Is modern love in a state of emotional emergency? What is love and how can we make it last? Courrtia Newland and Pat Cumper’s script explores these questions through three couples.
Fellow students, Vanessa and Jay represent frustrated love - young professionals, Angela and Richard, advertise hopeful love - May and Carlton, an elderly married couple, depict experienced love. Other couples tell of their experiences from video screens ranged around the stage. What can they teach us that will improve our own lots in the love lottery? But is it such a lottery? Isn’t it all about communication, laughter, self-knowledge, as some of these couples suggest? Karena Johnson’s exploration relates specifically to contemporary Black Britain but could just as well relate to contemporary multi-racial Britain. The journey from initial cynicism through to open-eyed optimism involves exhaustive hypothesis and there are certainly more subtle ways of exploring the problems represented by modern love - the freedom of the script is impeded by its agenda. The energy and wit of the cast, particularly Annie Buhari and Femi Oguns as Vanessa and Jay, carries it through and Marc Matthews is excellent as Carlton.