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Applause for 'Inzain'!

Dynamic duo: Leon Wander (front) and Trevor Allan Davis

YOU know the girl in the EDF advertisement currently being aired on TV? The one who is running and jumping over baskets to get to the winning post?

Well, in real life, she’s not a runner but a writer – and a very good writer at that.
Her name is Leah Chillery and I had the pleasure of meeting her after watching her powerful, wonderfully written drama, Inzain.

Set under a random railway arch in Battersea, south London, the play centres on the relationship between pushy, wannabe footballer Zain Farraday (Leon Wander), who wants nothing more than to play for Crystal Palace football club, and a grumpy, bitter football manager (Trevor Allan Davis) who struggles against dark forces inside and out.

So good is the acting that by the end of the piece, we get to understand and empathise with these two complex and multi-layered characters. They’re both evenly matched with their toe-to-toe banter, which mixes comedy with great ethos.

Described as a ‘pop up’ comedy play, because it literally popped up for a short, three-week period, it’s a shame that the production had such a short run. But according to Rosalyn Wright of Fine Artistree – the production company responsible for Inzain – the organisation is only at the start of its creative journey.
“That is the beauty of pop up theatre,” Wright said. “As long as you have a good script and excellent actors, we can pop up anywhere and anytime.”

So there you have it; Inzain may well pop up again somewhere near you soon. And if it does, it’s well worth the watch.

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