OPINION - Strategic Love Play’s creators on the exhausting pursuit of romance: The Evening Standard Theatre Podcast


Playwright Miriam Battye, who has also worked on major TV shows including Succession and Dead Ringers, and award-winning director Katie Posner join us from Somerset House to talk about their new show A Strategic Love Play at the Soho Theatre.

The work, which triumphed at the Edinburgh Festival, is about the most awkward of dates between two people who have happened to swipe right, and examines modern romance in darkly comic terms.

In discussing the show, Battye and Posner reveal their worst dates and why they think the pursuit of romance can be so exhausting. They talk about issues facing theatre today, including how the lack of funding and arts in schools is blocking many young writers.

For our reviews this week, we went to I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical by Alexanders S Bermange at Wilton’s Music Hall, and Candy by Tim Fraser at the Park Theatre.

Plus, we discuss our thoughts on critics recently taking aim at shows for their ideas rather than the production itself. So what if a critic agrees or disagrees with a play’s thesis? Also, on-sale tickets for Spirited Away at the London Coliseum.

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