Roller Diner, Soho Theatre

The staff at this scuzzy, traditional American-style diner in Birmingham may not be best, but they’re happily set in their ways. Eddie, his daughter Chantal, her boyfriend PJ and part time waitress Jean are doing just fine…until Marika turns up and wants to change everything. It’s a trope that’s been used in stories throughout time – a mysterious foreign woman arrives and positively impacts her community whilst evading questions about her past. When the truth is revealed, she disappears, leaving the world irrevocably changed in her wake. Combined with snippets of original music, plenty of comedy and influenced by Rocky Horror, contemporary immigration politics, romcoms and a variety of other sources, Roller Diner is a wonderfully silly yet touching testament to the power of outsider’s fresh perspective.

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