Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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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.

Although subtle, this technique added depth to their characterisation, therefore making their characters even more believable for the audience. 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 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. This use of soft lighting and gentle music, which accompanied the couple’s conversation about death, made the audience feel remorseful and naturally captured the universal fear of ageing. This created a sorrowful ambiance, as it proved hard to watch a couple who were once so passionate and full of adoration for each another now have nothing left to say to one another.Her plays Splendour and Tiny Dynamite were commissioned by Paines Plough and are published by Oberon Books. If this sounds tricksy (add in powerful video backdrops and an intensely moving underscore), it isn’t – all is perfectly pitched and done with beautifully judged finesse. Both men wore brown button down shirts, whilst in one of the scenes Maggie is seen wearing a scarf of the same blue colour as the dress Margaret was wearing in the previous scene. A crescendo of classical music faded into the scene as she tried to walk in her old shoes with difficulty. Throughout the performance I thought of Maggie and William as a unit, and so when Maggie died it felt as though William was left at a loose end and appeared vulnerable without Maggie; the sorrowful atmosphere could’ve easily accounted for the death of both characters.

This worked particularly well in the scene where Bill and Maggie are laid on the bed, and Margaret and William are sat, perched up against the end of the bed. 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. The play revolves around a couple, William and Margaret/Billy and Maggie, who are depicted at two key stages in their lives. Despite maintaining their individual personality traits, the relationship of the couple seemed to change in many ways as they grew older.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. Wheelchair spaces and their adjacent seats for accompanying guests are not available to book online. A specific scene which was empowered by music was the scene where Maggie finds her old high heel shoes in the wardrobe.

The performance takes place in the kitchen and bedroom of Bill and Maggie’s house, which is stalked by the ghosts of their younger selves. That sometimes bumpy relationship is drawing to a close as Maggie’s increasing and terminal frailty forces the couple into making some drastic preparations.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. One example of this is through voice; both characters of Margaret spoke with a fast paced, pronounced British accent. 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.

Abi Morgan is a British playwright whose plays have been widely performed at theatres across the country, including the Donmar Warehouse, Traverse Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. As they enter the final week of her life, the house becomes full with memories of their marriage and their desperation to conceive a child.Past and present literally intertwine as the older and younger couples move around each other across the stage. Frantic Assembly is the operating name of Frantic Theatre Company Ltd, a Registered Charity, no 1113716.

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