THE CLOAKROOM ATTENDANT
A monologue written & performed by Dimitra Barla
Margot, the cloakroom attendant of a national museum, entertains the audience with her daily stories, while weighing the challenges of a serious relationship and of the unavoidable dilemma: ‘to be or not to be a parent? With wit and sensitivity, artefacts become alive and visitors take mythical dimensions. Dante’s condemned lovers, an unfortunate French queen and an inquisitive boy help Margot balance on a suspended world of imagination, aspirations and self – fulfilment.
Dimitra's endearing monologue has been performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, the Wallace Collection Museum, the Canal Café Theatre and the cities of Athens and Copenhagen. It has received fantastic reviews!
''An unassumingly captivating performance'' Act Drop
''Sweet and Whimsical'' The Spy in the Stalls
''Endearing and Wonderfully expressive'' North West End
''Worth seeing'' London Theatre1
Directed by Natalie Katsou, translated in Greek by Eleni Barla and in French by Panos Zalepas, music by Spyweirdos, lighting design by George Agiannitis.
THE SPINNING TOP
A short film written by Dimitra Barla
Produced by the University of East Anglia
The Spinning Top is a coming of age short film about the stress caused by loss and the passage to adulthood.
The story is set in a small village in the English countryside, in early summer.
The film evolves around Melia and Samuel. Melia, in her late teens, is an intelligent and driven young woman. Samuel, in his late teens, is Melia’s closest friend. Samuel is a kind-hearted and generous young man, who has decided to take on his father’s craft and be a carpenter. The story begins with the death of Melia’s father, who was suffering from lung cancer. Melia’s torn between leaving for New York to pursue her dreams or stay at the village to support her mother. Samuel wants what’s best for his friend, despite his strong feelings for her.
The film is a production of the University of East Anglia.
REMEMBER GIBRALTAR ?
A film written by Dimitra Barla
Produced by Drama Studio London
A drama about love and duty before the outbreak of World War II.
Gibraltar 1939. Days before the outbreak of World War II, a British naval officer must choose between his duty to his country or the woman he loves.
The short film is a production of Drama Studio London.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT - A TALE OF LOVE AND ADDICTION
A romantic drama written by Dimitra Barla
Real isn’t how you made, said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt. And once you become Real, you can’t become Unreal again
Boy meets girl. Phil meets Nina. And they roll the dice.
From the hot skyline of Athens to the rainy streets of London, they struggle to put together the fragments of their life, while fighting their demons and Phil’s drug addiction. They lose themselves in a rollercoaster of emotions, but gain a new vision of the world through the purifying experience of love.
We live in sad times of migration, austerity and war; but we also live in times of reflection, where what really matters shines crystal-clear.
The project is currently in development. A teaser was shot and screened in the 2016 Brighton Greeks Festival, with the following cast and crew: Nicholas Cohen as Director, Steven Fergusson as DOP, Dimitra Barla as Nina and Kim Hardy as Phil
Additional character research and development by Dimitra Barla
“This is a depiction of the capital that's harsh and humane, familiar and strange" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The Times, Ed Potton
"A heartfelt, gentle and at times dour tribute to the razzmatazz of cultures, lifestyles and lonely existences in London." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Dirty Movies, Victor Fraga "At its best shows diverse London as it’s rarely seen in the movies" ⭐️⭐️⭐️The Guardian
London Unplugged presents a vivid portrait of London painted by emerging and diverse talent that speaks to survival and connection in the big city.
'London Unplugged' is a collection of female-led short films about London
joined by the thread of real life athlete, Yourlance Bianca Richards running across London, East to West, exploring the areas she crosses from Stratford
to Kew Gardens as she makes her epic journey across the city.
It is the work of emerging talent: film school graduates, first-time and emerging, diverse directors.