Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me – Live Theatre
I know the blog has been quiet of late, never quite recovering from its 2020 hiatus, but since September is the time of new starts – a back to school, new notebook freshness that I still feel to this day – I thought I would revisit it. Plus, I was just reminded how much I am paying in WordPress hosting fees, so…
And last night’s show is a great excuse to post! I’d heard good things already about Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me, a one-woman show written and directed by Amy Trigg, which is at Live Theatre from Wed 7th to Saturday 10th September, before embarking on a national tour. And it didn’t disappoint.
Reasons tells the story of Juno, a young woman navigating life and love and spina bifida. Based in part on Trigg’s own experiences, it is exceptionally sharply written and performed (with vacuum tight direction by Charlotte Bennett), switching effortlessly between light and darkness, between humour and laughter, and anger and fear. Trigg is an engaging performer, though her amiability shouldn’t blind you to what is actually an incredibly nuanced performance, as the cracks in Juno’s cheerful mask creep through.
Running at just over an hour long, there is no slack, and while the piece doesn’t soften the reality of Juno’s life, it is often riotously funny. It’s also perfectly suited to the intimacy of Live’s stage, where you can see up close all of the emotions playing across Trigg’s face.
In short: go see it!
Reasons runs at Live from 7 to 10th September, and tickets cost from £10-16 with concessions available. The cabaret area of the theatre in the main stage (where this is performed) is wheelchair accessible. Get tickets and information here: https://www.live.org.uk/
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