I was invited along to The Arts Theatre in Leister Square, London to watch ‘A Dirty Great Love Story’* as its making its debut in the West End. Its a story of Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, played by Ayesha Antoine and Felix Scott.
This show is so unique and has you laughing from the offset. Its such a relatable, real life story told in such a simplistic setting, with just the two actors and the use of perfectly timed rhyme, one liners and British humour. Felix and Ayesha set the scene with little help of changing in lighting and sounds, they switch between numerous different characters as they take you through each of their stories of an unlucky love story. Starting with their first drunken encounter at a hen and stag night out which leads to a one night stand. One sees the night as a mistake the other has fallen, but it doesn’t run very smoothly, as I’m sure you can imagine. The story follows the pairs lives and unfortunate events of the next two years in the most comedic way. It has you laughing and wanting to pull your hair out as the characters keep being pulled apart.
The two characters were full of energy and electricity. The relationships and characters they portrayed were so believable and relatable. Such a talent to be able to keep an audience as engaged as they did considering it wasn’t a massive production, it was just the two of them on the stage performing the story.
I would highly recommend this show for a good laugh, a romantic comedy full of hilarious one liners and the touching reality of unlucky love stories.
And in the words of Richard Marsh “Love stories are great, but the best are dirty”.
A Dirty Great Love Story is showing at The Arts Theatre Monday – Saturday until the 18th of March 2017. You can order your tickets here! It would be a perfect alternative for a Valentines evening out.
*Complimentary tickets for review purposes. Photos C/O Richard Davenport.