“The story starts in a big city full of big buildings. Everything in the city is loud, smelly, over-the-top, too much. It’s like this, because everyone likes it like this. It makes them feel right at the centre of everything. Like the world is spinning around them.” – Operation Love Story, Jennifer Williams
Operation Love Story is an anti-rom-com for the disenchanted, satirising the dreams sold to us by Richard Curtis. Spun Glass Theatre have crafted a poignant and imaginative storytelling show set in a make-believe landscape of tall buildings and lonely people.
Spun Glass Theatre’s work is driven by a fascination with gender politics rooted in a desire to stage women’s stories and to examine masculinity and femininity not as closed boxes but as wells of power for all people to draw from. Their previous work (The Lovers, You Left Me in the Dark, Laura) focused on narratives that revolve around the everyday traumas and triumphs of romantic love, distilling the stories of famous female characters from classic texts such as Masha from The Seagull. You Left Me in the Dark won an Argus Angel Award at Brighton Fringe in 2013.
Speaking about the process of creating Operation Love Story, Jessica Cheetham (director) said: “Operation Love Story is a beautiful and quirky story with a big heart and a great sense of humour. The stage space is kept bare so the quality of Jennifer’s writing shines through, complemented by Michael Corcoran’s lighting design – a bare bulb hung centre stage around which the story revolves. We’re using the space as a dark canvas on which we can paint with light to show the narrator’s emotional journey and flights of fancy.
Marie is then free to play within the performance space and with each individual audience. Each performance is a theatrical experiment in how the audience are listening, for Marie to discover how she can work with them to create the landscape of the story in their imagination. The power of Operation Love Story lies in this simplicity – in what Marie can inspire in the imaginations of the audience.”
Operation Love Story
27th to 31st July 2016