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Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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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. There is a deal of clever staging: characters disappearing into wardrobes, coming out of the fridge or emerging like the Kraken from some subterranean time world beneath the bed. An aspect of the set left open to interpretation was the use of the autumn leaves scattered across the stage floor; I believed this was symbolic of decay and time passing.

A playful, heart-warmingly funny and tragic drama, LOVESONG speaks to all ages with its exploration of ageing, falling in love, and the fragility of life. 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. The absolute precision and fluidity of movement that was choreographed created the sense of the performance feeling like an actual love song. 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. Instead, they used much more subtle features to make it clear to the audience that they were the same character.

An example of this was how as a younger couple, they seemed to discuss everything; children, jobs, ambitions, friends, however as they grew older the silences between conversations seemed to become longer, and conversational topics seemed to run dry. Lovesong’ worked as a Dali timepiece but made one ache for a recent past when such lovely works of art could be enjoyed in real time.

A crescendo of classical music faded into the scene as she tried to walk in her old shoes with difficulty. Lovesong is the story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives: as young lovers in their twenties and as worldly companions looking back on their relationship from old age.

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 scene created a mellow atmosphere amongst the audience and also carried a sense of dramatic irony, as the young couple discussed their plans for what their lives would be like in future. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The play revolves around a couple, William and Margaret/Billy and Maggie, who are depicted at two key stages in their lives.

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