Patrick Marber's plays include Closer and Dealer's Choice, the latter about a poker game and, in part, an exorcising of gambling demons. Marber is the co-creator of ‘Alan Partridge’ and has written widely for television and radio comedy.
The Biggest Game in Town: Victoria Coren, Al Alvarez, Patrick Marber
What is the attraction of poker to writers like Al Alvarez, Patrick Marber and Victoria Coren? Is it the thrill of taking risks? Does it offer them new insights into the human condition? Is there anything particularly Jewish about a love of poker and gambling? In this lively and amusing round table discussion, chaired by fellow writer Anthony Holden, the panellists attempted to get to the bottom of the subtle and not-so-subtle charms of poker
Poker has long been linked with both writers and the Jewish community. Journalist and poker player Shelley Rubenstein has been dealt a strong hand with her guests for this discussion. Then primarily known as a comedy performer, Patrick Marber chose the game as a setting for his debut play Dealer’s Choice, a 1995 Evening Standard Award winner at the National Theatre, while his career since has included Closer, Notes on a Scandal and directing Leopoldst...