Couples+Pairs/2/ – Theatre Upstairs, Feb-18

couplesandpairs2Couples + Pairs /2/, the second in a series of short plays and songs, all with love and relationships as a theme, opens soon at the Theatre Upstairs.

This entertaining and thought-provoking evening of original short plays, by exciting new and emerging Irish writers, is the second show by Blue Heart in association with Theatre Upstairs, to explore the theme of love in all its pain and glory. Searching for love, finding love and losing it are all touched on, in short bite-sized pieces.

They will include a very funny look at the workings of an unusual Dating Agency, where the owner is prepared to use very unconventional methods to find her new client the partner of his dreams.

Another suggests love after death is a real thing, when two medical students fight over the affections of a woman who is no longer alive! In another piece, the development of a possible romance between long-term friends is explored. What exactly did happen on a drunken night out?

Live music is used throughout to link the pieces, with some songs, some familiar and some less so, will amplify and echo the stories on-stage, some of which are funny, with others being deeply sad or downright strange. Like relationships themselves.

Blue Heart Theatre is a recently established Irish theatre group, whose mission is to present new writing, and revive classics not seen by contemporary audiences.

Producer Sean Denyer commented:

“The ten-minute play has not much of a history in our theatre, but in the USA it is huge. It allows writers to try out new ideas, and if you don’t like one play, there will be another one coming down the track, which you may love.”

All of them in this show have relationships as a common theme. Two feature same-sex relationships, and two of the pieces have been written by writers who are gay, and the company itself is a mix of genders and orientation.

“We couldn’t imagine doing a show like this without including an LGBT perspective – at the end of the day love is love, and we want to show the full spectrum,” said Sean, who added:

“The show may be best thought of as the theatrical equivalent of a blind date, only much less stressful!”

The show has already been accepted to the Limerick Fringe in April, and will also be travelling to the Brighton Fringe in May.

Date and time:    7pm 3rd-18th February 2017 (no show on Sundays)
(Previews Feb 3/4/6 Matinees 1pm Feb 8/11/15/18)
Venue:        Theatre Upstairs, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Booking:        www.theatreupstairs.ie  or Tel: 0857727375
Price:            €12/10 (Dinner and Show €18/16)

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