Ex-Eastender shines on Cambridge stage

THE award-winning production of Earthquakes in London is coming to Cambridge next week and The Hunts Post has two pairs of tickets to give away to see the show.

THE award-winning production of Earthquakes in London is coming to Cambridge next week and The Hunts Post has two pairs of tickets to give away to see the show.

Starring ex-EastEnder Tracey Ann Oberman, the Mike Bartlett play centres on the lives and loves of three sisters, abandoned long ago by their doom-mongering, climate scientist father, Robert.

Oberman plays Sarah, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who is in a coalition government trying to force through a green message. Her charcter is on the brink of physical and emotional exhaustion which the actress says is no stretch for her due to her heavy touring schedule which sees her getting up at 5.30am and not going to bed until 1am!

She has a younger sister, Jasmine, who is destroying herself with drugs and alcohol and constantly offering herself up as tabloid fodder.

The middle sister, Freya, is pregnant and growing increasingly depressed about the uncertain future her child will be born into. She sees apocalypse all around her and hears on the news that there is going to be an earthquake in London.

Rocketing from 1968 to 2525 and back again, Earthquakes in London is an exhilarating whirlwind of a play which explores one fractured family’s reaction to the global issues which trouble us all.

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Ms Oberman told The Hunts Post: “It’s an amazing piece of work, trendy, cutting edge, very of the time.” The Eastenders star said she will be happy to back in the area and feels like an “honorary student” having spent weekends at Girton College in her youth, the city is also close to her heart as her late father, who always championed her acting career, attended St Johns College. With just two weeks left of the tour, Tracey told how she will be sad to see the production end and has absolutely loved touring.

Earthquakes in London started at The National Theatre before being revamped, re staged and partly re-written for the touring cast, Oberman says it’s been exciting to see so many young people outside of London in the theatres getting a buzz off the material and hopes for a similar reaction on the final leg in Oxford and Cambridge.

Aside from playing the nation’s favourite murderous soap queen Chrissie Watts, Tracey has starred in over 600 radio plays, most recently playing Joan Crawford opposite Catherine Tate’s Bette Davies in Bette and Joan and Baby Jane. The radio play, which was written by Oberman, explores the legendary rivalry between the two leading actresses during filming of the classic thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Tracey confessed that she is a bit of a Bette Midler fanatic but was keen to move on with her writing career and has recently been commissioned to do another play for Radio 4, while she was tight-lipped about the subject matter, she did reveal that her latest venture sees her writing about something “totally different” to what she has done before.

To stand a chance of winning tickets, just tell us the name of the character Tracey Ann Oberman played in EastEnders. Answers on a postcard or sealed envelope top The Hunts post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB. Entries should include your name and a daytime telephone number and reach us by Wednesday, November 9. Usual Archant competition rules apply.

INFORMATION: Earthquakes in London plays at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from Tuesday, November 8 to Saturday, November 12. 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets �15-�30 available by visiting www.cambridgeartstheatre.com or by calling 01223 503333