My first time was in Sheffield. My second time could be Sheffield next week or somewhere else in the future. That is for seeing Love and Information at the theatre. I would see it again because so, much in it and type of show could miss nuances or forget whole characters by the end as so, many characters and so fast paced. Would I be able to say, I can not remember the worse time? (1)
Just before the show started, read this in the programme:
Wondered what had let self in for, for next 45minutes. How can there be no location and no character identity? What would that leave there to be? Luckily it was character led. As stated above lots of different characters in lots of scenarios. Rereading above I remembered the context, that it was an interview with a designer from the show. They are saying the script did not provide locations etc… I kind of find, that hard to believe or maybe I need to see the show again or see script. To see whether words could have been given to different genders. One scene that certainly identified, at least the gender of one character was where character tells someone they are there Mother. Then there is the scene with two priests. Think it would have been vicars rather than priests if had not been two men in the scene. The words if memory serves me would probably have worked with one or two female vicars; but taken on a different meaning. Therefore, although the performers were amazing, if I was to see it again then I would prefer a different production of it to see how else it could be interpreted. The characters could be different races or genders to in this production; in the main.
I think it is natural to try and find patterns, but maybe some plots you just have to accept like they are? This is how I felt about Olive Kitterage (2). To me the theme was memory. Hence I wonder if it could have had a more appropriate title. A show in Sheffield around memory including different scenes with couples; why not take from the Pulp song Do you remember the first time? There is the couple talking about dissecting a chick to see it’s memories so, could go for a shock title; smashed chicken brains, chicken brains on toast… But then not every scene is about memories …Maybe I’m thinking about this too much but it was a thought provoking play.
1. Do you remember the first time is a song by Sheffield band Pulp. It contains the line, I can not remember the worse time.