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Theatre Royal Stratford East 2016


Welcome to Club Paradise and the hidden world of a London nightclub seen through the prism of toilet attendants, Sophie and Abiodun's relationship. Atiha Sen Gupta’s heartwarming love story beckons us to celebrate with them as they approach their first anniversary.

Grab a stool onstage to experience up close the world of these two young lovers and the people they have to cope with on one of the busiest club nights...Valentine's night!

Cast: Estella Daniels, Lanre Malaolu

Set and Costume Design - Diego Pitarch

Sound Design - Chris Murray  

Lighting Design - Laura Curd    

★★★★ The Times
'This is witty, scrumptious writing, alive to the possibilities of the moment… Estella Daniels enchants us as Sophie… Lanre Malaolu is a dynamo as Abiodun' 

'Inviting, gripping and heartfelt... this is an important piece of theatre' 

★★★★ The Stage
'Neatly-constructed two-hander that combines delicate romance with tragedy... Gupta has been appointed writer-in-residence at TRSE and this new production is a shining endorsement of her work'
‘Beautifully written… a must see’ 

Evening Standard

'Stratford East's new season bounds with confidence' 

Time Out

'Casts a vital light on a precarious labour that's all too often forgotten' 

Newham Recorder

'This thought provoking play manages to both startle and amuse'

‘Sen Gupta's play genuinely does that thing theatre often claims to do: opens your eyes to the situation of others you previously overlooked’ 

British Theatre Guide

'An insight into the kind of life too many migrants are forced to endure in the United Kingdom'

‘An authentic and necessary tale… refreshingly immersive… Counting Stars shines a light on the grottiest of places and finds the stubborn glimmer of stars’ 


'Intriguing, thought provoking and funny'

'A clear-headed warm-hearted play... the acting’s superb' 

The Rip Tide

'Gupta’s skilful, sensitive and slyly humorous writing has real guts and soul'

'Pooja Ghai’s production is vibrant, energetic and heartfelt' 

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