Set among scrub parklands, crumbling pubs and tower blocks, Serving It Up is a portrayal of racism, anger and easy violence in London’s East End.
The play opens on Sonny and Nick sitting on a park bench talking about girls and drugs: two young men with nothing else to do. Sonny can’t control his aggression, whether he’s talking to his family, an old friend, or the sharp-tongued girl he fancies. So it’s probably for the best that he doesn’t know Nick is sleeping with his mother Val, a lonely wife saddened that her husband and son don’t care enough to eat the cakes she bakes for them.
Serving It Up is an angry and perceptive piece about destructive prejudice and sadness. It was Eldridge’s first play, and was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in 1996.