Love Dance at Chiswick Playhouse | Review

Love Dance is currently running at the Chiswick Playhouse. It’s a two-hander performed by Jacoba Williams and Derek Murphy.

Love DanceThe story is age-old, girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl falls in love with boy! Although this time the setting for the story is somewhat farcical, a little too far from realism and a little hard to believe. Although maybe that is what makes this piece a romantic comedy? I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the circumstances in which the play starts and the last five minutes were a little bit too out there for me. But that is the writer’s choice.

Our two protagonists present strong characters on stage, Jacoba Williams as Rose is a socially awkward woman with a hint of narcissism and self-importance about her. She remains strong in character and manages some tricky medical jargon speech flawlessly.

Derek Murphy’s character Adam is full of Irish charm, quick retorts and presents a character that the audience instantly connect with and warms to.

Together they have great on-stage chemistry and small acts, like playing cards, miming driving a car to the beach and waltzing around the stage as Adam teaches Rose to dance, are beautifully executed and brought a huge smile to my face.

The story takes place in one setting – Rose’s flat. The set is well designed with ample exits allowing Rose to make various costume changes off set, yet can still be heard and take part in the dialogue. The set is designed with doors to the left and right (bedroom and bathroom) as well as a front door.

The story spans a period of about a year and the lighting and sound design are designed perfectly to help show time passing.

All in all, the performances were strong, the direction tight and the set/lighting/sound/costume on point, I’m just disappointed with the script/story.

3 Star Review

Review by Faye Stockley

This comic triumph from acclaimed duo Andy Walker (The Story of Tracy Beaker) and Lesley Manning (Ghostwatch) tells of the hilariously rocky path of the two most unlikely characters finding love. Exploring the balance of highflying careers and motherhood goals with all the heart and humour of a rom-com, the team behind Chiswick Playhouse’s 5-star play Delivery reunite to tell a reverse love story for our generation.

Director Lesley Manning
Writer Andy Walker
Cast Jacoba Williams and Derek Murphy
Running Time 90 minutes (no interval)

Wednesday 10th November 2021 – Saturday 27th November 2021
Chiswick Playhouse, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW

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