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A world premiere by Adam Brace

A funny, timely tale of true grit, self belief and canny opportunism.

Lucky Henry, a Congolese security guard, has set his sights on representing his country at the 2012 Olympics. Only one problem; he’s a terrible swimmer and his Russian coach wants to fly home on the first day of training.

Everyone loves an underdog – think Eddie the Eagle or Eric the Eel. Follow Henry’s journey from deep end straggler to Olympic hopeful as the two men try to fulfill their dreams at the London games.

Adam Brace's previous plays include Stovepipe, Midnight Your Time and The Four Stages of Cruelty.

A nicely sardonic piece…excellently performed by Obi Albili and Paul Moriarty.

The Guardian

Brace is a skilful writer, and Charlotte Gwinner’s production...funny and touching.

The Evening Standard

Beneath its charming exterior, Brace's petite odd-couple piece hides a steely core that's carefully handled in Charlotte Gwinner's tidy production.

Time Out

Lightly written and neatly designed by James Cotterill

The Observer

Charlotte Gwinner's production... smart enough to make for an increasingly persuasive hour.

The Times

A play with a head on its shoulders.

The Financial Times

The piece possesses a quirky charm and a seductive air of breezy topicality.

The Daily Telegraph

The bouyant Obi Abili.


The statuesque Obi Abili plays Lucky Henry with flair. The sharp dialogue and strong acting are engaging, and the stylishly lit minimalist set is clever.

The Arts Desk


'definitely a playwright to watch'

Charles Hart, Sunday Times

'a writer of real global awareness, there's a majestic sweep and wisdom to his work. He's funny, too.'

Miriam Gillinson, Metro

Writer: Adam Brace
Director: Charlotte Gwinner
Designer: James Cotterill
Lighting: Emma Chapman
Assistant Lighting: Josh Carr
Sound: Greg Clarke
Casting: Camilla Evans


Obi Abili
Paul Moriarty

Open Dress Rehearsal:
Friday 27 July, 1.00pm (Contact the Theatre on 020 7839 8811 to attend)


Sunday 29 July, 3.00pm


Monday 30 July, 2.30pm

Performance Run:

Tuesday 31 July, 2.30pm
Thursday 2 August, 2.30pm
Friday 3 August, 2.30pm
Sunday 5 August, 3.00pm
Monday 6 August, 2.30pm
Tuesday 7 August, 2.30pm
Thursday 9 August, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Friday 10 August, 2.30pm (Audio Described Performance)
Sunday 12 August, 4.00pm

Tickets: £7.50 - £15
Two plays £20 best available seats
Box Office: 0844 847 1778

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