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Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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However, as Margaret/Maggie prepares to take her own life and end her suffering, Billy is at her side. The performance was conducted in the visceral, physical theatre style which Frantic Assembly is so well accredited for.

This evoked sympathy from the audience for Maggie, as the shoes were representative of her youth; being unable to walk in them seemed like being unable to relive her youth despite her best efforts and clear sense of nostalgia. It's not often that you hear mass sobbing in the theatre, but it's all sniffles during the latter stages of this new Frantic Assembly show. Using these furnishings for entrances and exits gave the impression of all their memories together being tucked away.The absolute precision and fluidity of movement that was choreographed created the sense of the performance feeling like an actual love song. I think the reason it was so particularly hard-hitting was that even though physical theatre elements and explorative strategies created a non-naturalistic effect, the original plot beneath it is an entirely realistic depiction of a couple’s lives together and shows how being so in love and having each other as a constant shields them from recognising how quickly the things around them change until they’re near the end of their lives. Moving from England was their first leap of faith, setting up Billy's dentistry business another, but a lifetime later it is the sick, frail Maggie who is doing the jumping, and she needs Billy to help her prepare.

Her The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn was written and performed as part of The Great Game: Afghanistan cycle of plays which recently toured to the Pentagon. is a question we all ask ourselves as we grow older, and while this show may be shamelessly emotionally manipulative with its musical underscoring and videos of rising flocks of starlings, the manipulation of time that is most heart-stoppingly effective. It's hardly surprising: Abi Morgan's love story, spanning the 40-year marriage of Maggie (Siân Phillips) and Billy (Sam Cox), is as tender as the bruised peaches that fall to the ground in the garden of the elderly couple's US home. The powerful poignancy of the piece is further ratcheted up by the presence of their younger selves about to begin their journey into a long but childless marriage.It had been mentioned earlier that taking too many of these blue pills would consequently end her life, and so having this repetition each time she took one built the tension leading up to her death. This moment allowed for the audience to confirm that the older and younger couple were in fact the same people; costume choice for both women and both men were identical. Join Frantic Assembly Associate Simon Pittman as he leads you through a physical creative task inspired by the rehearsal process for our production of Lovesong. One example of this is through voice; both characters of Margaret spoke with a fast paced, pronounced British accent.

The production stayed with me for a long time after I had seen it, as for me it illustrated the fragility of life and relationships, and the naturalistic, raw emotional response to separation through death.Wheelchair spaces and their adjacent seats for accompanying guests are not available to book online. is as tender as the bruised peaches that fall to the ground in the garden of the elderly couple's US home. Her plays include Skinned, Sleeping Around, Splendour (Paines Plough); Tiny Dynamite (Traverse); Tender (Hampstead Theatre);. She also gives a beautifully understated performance as the old lady wracked by physical pain and dark memory. Video projections onto the back wall of the stage featured in some scenes, and often related to the event of conversation that had just taken place.

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