Our next production is Lovesong, a play written by Abi Morgan, in collaboration with the celebrated physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly. Morgan has written extensively for TV and film (The Iron Lady, Suffragette, The Hour, etc.), but started her career in theatre. She collaborated with Frantic Assembly, early in her career (Tiny Dynamite), before reuniting with them to produce Lovesong, in 2011.
Lovesong is an unforgettable love story, about the 40-year marriage of Maggie and Billy, which is sadly coming to its end because of Maggie’s illness. Past and present collide. The kitchen and bedroom of Maggie and Billy’s house, where the walls were never scribbled on by longed-for children, are stalked by the ghosts of their younger selves: the smooth-skinned, radiant Margaret and William. An old woman walks into the wardrobe and a young woman walks out. An elderly man dances with the memory of his young wife; a young man makes love to the woman his new wife will eventually become.
Lovesong is a radical departure for the Little Theatre, as the production features the unique choreography, for which Frantic Assembly is famous. The director, Mike Bellenie, is familiar with their method, and has incorporated their trademark movement into his production, in order to heighten the emotional impact of the play.
The cast is made up of Devan Dallas and Moni Noszkay (both seen recently in RolePlay), as young Margaret, and old Maggie; and Little Theatre debutants, Kris Swinbank and Neil Lloyd, as William and Billy.
The play opens in just over two weeks, and runs from 11-16 June. Buy your tickets now at hblt.co.uk.
This play promises to be a roller-coaster of emotion. Don’t miss out!