Where: Southbank Centre, London
£: 20 (Early Bird 15)
What is it?
One of the stand-out shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2009 Love Letters Straight From Your Heart is an interactive dedication to love; an event positioned somewhere between a wedding reception and a live radio show where the audience is invited to celebrate and share their declarations and tributes amongst an intimate audience of 40.
Using dedications contributed before the event, the performers recite words exclusively written by those in the audience, creating unique content for every show that is then interspersed with back-to-back songs played in an amateur DJ battle. Uninvited Guests attempt to express the inexpressible without irony and question whether “I love you” has become a cliché hijacked by romantic comedy and popular music. Audience and performers are seated at two long tables, where cava is served, toasts are made and speeches given, continuing the company’s practice of blurring the lines between theatre and social festivities.
Formed in Bristol in 1998, Uninvited Guests make entertaining and provocative performance, representing a contemporary reality, in which memories of movies are as much part of our experience as intimate dialogues with lovers. The company works in various contexts and constellations, focusing mainly on performance but also producing installation and digital media. From 24th February the company will be touring Make Better Please, a town hall meeting cum séance cum radio broadcast, created to exorcise the woes of the communities it is performed in.
More info: For more details and tickets visit southbankcentre.co.uk.