STAGE REVIEW: My Romantic History @ Live Theatre (24.4.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A blazing scattergun comedy playing out against an evocative pen-and-ink fantasy of Newcastle (conjured by local illustrator Ben Holland), this updated production of D. C. Jackson’s My Romantic History is an uproarious tale of love won, lost and misremembered in the big city; a fiendishly clever take on romantic comedy tropes that dares the audience to keep up and sees director Max Roberts draw magic from a tight, stellar cast.

While at its heart a fast-paced tale about the fragile and complex nature of love, sex and our need to be involved in relationships, it’s wise not to settle in too soon for the usual rom-com rompery. Straight out of the gates this thing is on rails, an office romance gone awry and headed for a break-neck turn in the second act that throws a dazzling new perspective on the machine gun dialogue and fourth wall annihilation of the first.

The chemistry of Bryony Corrigan, Amy McAllister and Brian Lonsdale sees the three of them soar in chunky roles spanning time, space and multiple perspectives, sharp-shooting gag after gag while leading us through a puzzle box of memory and meaning to a hard-cut ending that’ll leave audiences stunned.

My Romantic History is a romantic comedy that refines its own genre and deserves to be seen cold and savoured fully. Rich, ingenious and completely hilarious.

My Romantic History is at Live Theatre, Newcastle until Saturday 12th May.

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