This is an interesting one. This week, I'm chairing a post-show panel at the National, following Tanya Ronder's powerful new play Table. The play follows a family history centred on a table that has been in the family's possession for over 100 years. The table is eaten at, pissed on, fucked on, hidden under, cut, dismembered and transported across the world.
The panel I'm chairing looks at tables and the role they play in family life. The guests are Nick Humphrey, a curator in the V&A’s furniture department, and Jonathan Pratt, and auctioneer, often seen on programmes like Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. We'll be discussing the play and subject of furniture in the form of a table, reflecting on its changing role in our daily lives, and the social history that can be traced in everyday objects.
The panel is on 9 May at 10.25pm, straight after the performance of Table. It's free to ticket holders, £1 for everyone else. Tickets bookable here.