Three Acts of Love
Newcastle Live Theatre
Until Saturday 16 December 2023
Three very different plays have been bundled together. Each one is a response to the word 'love'. Each play is brought alive by three actors that adapt to the different tone of each piece. Over the top is live music from The JoWhereToGo Show Podcast favourite Jayne Dent aka Me Lost Me who adds to the atmosphere.
The Start of Space by Laura LindowDr McGill (Imogen Stubbs) appears on stage to present a lecture to junior doctors on her specialism -The Heart. After establishing herself to the audience by singing the praise of Newcastle in winter, she starts discussing the workings of the heart as a diagram is held up. But soon she starts to trail off. The story then introduces her son Rory (Rebecca Glendenning-Laycock), who is heading off to university and a cardiac patient simply described as Child (Laila Zaidi). The Child is complicating matters by refusing treatment and Dr McGill is so busy that she is struggling to make time for her son.
The audience find themselves joining the doctor on her journey on the matters of the heart. In a fairly short piece one finds oneself with a number of questions about the characters onstage and those referred to offstage too (where is the child's mother for example?).
The result is an intriguing piece as you are left filling in the gaps yourself. This isn't a bad thing as each person will have their own, perfectly valid, take on it. There is always that temptation to fill in every gap and tidy each sub-plot - but it is nice to be given the opportunity to reflect and come up with our own ideas.
fangirl, or the justification of limerence by Naomi ObengClara is a fan. A massive fan. The sort of fan who would rather spend time watching the online queue go down so she can be merchandise rather than risking boarding a train work a weekend with the boyfriend as the risk of poor wi-fi risks missing out. The thing is that the purchase also leads to an intimate gig with their idol - referred throughout as "God".
Review: Stephen Oliver
Photos: Mark Savage
Creative & Production Team
Laura Lindow - writer The Start of Space
Naomi Obeng - writer Fangirl
Vici Wreford-Sinnott - writer with the love of neither god nor state
Jack McNamara - Co-Director
Bex Bowsher - Co-Director
Amy Watts - Set & Costume Designer
Me Lost Me - Score, Live Music & Sound
Alicia Meehan - Movement
Drummond Orr - Lighting Designer & Production Manager
To book go to www.live.org.uk or call Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.