The evil spectre of Covid-19 continues to stalk us, and we are left to live a virtual existence until science leads us back to a normal life. Like so many other pleasures we hold dear theatre has moved online. The Space UK has now provided a range of excellent shows as part of their new season. They specialise in live performance and host a major programme of events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This piece by Moropshy is a series of monologues analysing characters and their perceptions of love. Verse text is accompanied by visually inventive animation and digital editing to illustrate characters’ feelings and experience.
Sharp edits intersperse with six contrasting views of love but ultimately have the common link of a shared experience. Three boys and three girls dig deep to express what love really means to them. How do we measure something quite so intangible; the most profound emotion that makes us feel most alive? Tales of love lost, found and temporarily misplaced are easy to identify with. Similarly, the angst of emotional dependency will strike a million hearts fractured by bumps in the road. The denial and vulnerability of being in love is also well represented; the need to protect ourselves from what we secretly long for. These characters are thoughtful, undaunted by self-analysis and happy to discuss their feelings. However, we’re not all wired in quite the same way. As Phil Collins once observed ‘your heart’s on your sleeve, but your sleeve is rolled up’. This piece is really about articulating our thoughts so the people we love know how we feel.
This might feel very West Coast and reminiscent of a bygone era when hippies were tuning in and dropping out. But the agenda has shifted to a point where people are less willing to keep a stiff upper lip. In this period of enforced isolation it’s more important than ever to be communicative. What better opportunity to repair a faltering relationship or nurture ones that might flourish…provided we talk? The actors are charming and engaging with a perceptive script. It’s a perfect way to pass half an hour…and it’s free!
Produced by: Morosophy Productions
To Me, That’s What Love Is is playing as part of Online@TheSpaceUK Season 2, and will be availabe fre until 31 January. This show, plus many others, can be found on the website below.