Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

Lovesong (Oberon Modern Plays)

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Though widely performed in the south of England over the last decade, we’re delighted to bring this beautiful and haunting drama to the North East. One aspect of the direction which I found particularly thoughtful was the way that scenes which clearly showed Maggie and Margaret as being the same character, as an obvious choice would’ve been to have them speak some of the same lines or do some of the same actions- however this never happened. Projecting the image reminded the audience of this conversation, and added to the sense of loss and grief that both William and the audience felt when Maggie died.

Often when both couples appeared in the same scene together, the young couple were lit in a soft, warm coloured lighting whilst the old couple were often left in darkness. The set was simplistic; only featuring basic statement furnishings of the house (such as the fridge, table, bed and wardrobe). Whilst these furnishings were used beautifully for seamless entrances and exits of the actors (such as when Maggie walks into the wardrobe, and the younger Margaret steps out) the rest of the spacious stage was left empty; allowing room for scenes of elaborate physical theatre.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. 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.

Instead, they used much more subtle features to make it clear to the audience that they were the same character. 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. Another way in which Maggie and Margaret connected their characters was through the use of Brechtian-style gesture; both often pursed their lips to show displeasure. The performance was conducted in the visceral, physical theatre style which Frantic Assembly is so well accredited for. Despite maintaining their individual personality traits, the relationship of the couple seemed to change in many ways as they grew older.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. This costume coordination allowed for Bill to recognise that at times he saw the younger Margaret buried beneath Maggie’s ageing appearance and deteriorating health; the audience see this when the older Bill dances with the memory of his young wife. 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.

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