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Love and Information

“Dazzling, disorientating, haunting”

Love and Information leaves you feeling punch-drunk. Caryl Churchill’s play, receiving its regional premiere after its 2012 debut at the Royal Court in London, consists of over 100 characters (played by a cast of six), in a series of 57 unconnected scenes, some lasting a few seconds, others lasting approximately five minutes. “My head’s too full of….stuff” says an insomniac towards the start. By the end, you’ll know where she’s coming from.

In many respects, it’s a dazzling production. Max Jones’ set is breathtaking – a grid-like collection of squares in which actors appear, disappear and then reappear as new characters. Johanna Town’s lighting lends things an almost sci-fi sheen. Yet it can be a challenge making sense of Churchill’s sketches – a man declares he’s in love with a computer, there’s a lounge-jazz version of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun, some Avenue Q-style puppets appear, and a man dressed as Father Christmas wanders onstage and then disappears again.

Although the scenes are unconnected, there are recurrent themes: an exploration of memory and the effects of  dementia, as well as commentary on modern society’s incessant need for a constant stream of information. Caroline Steinbeis’ direction is well-paced, and her cast handle each scene beautifully – especially as Churchill’s script gives minimal stage direction,s and assign no gender, name, age or race to the characters.

It can sometimes feel scattershot and unfocused, but it’s a tremendous technical achievement with the power to haunt and disorientate.

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Production Details
Production nameLove and Information
VenueCrucible Studio
StartsJune 29, 2018
EndsJuly 14, 2018
Running time1hr 45mins
AuthorCaryl Churchill
DirectorCaroline Steinbeis
Set designerMax Jones
Lighting designerJohanna Town
Sound designerBen ., Max Ringham
Casting directorAnna Cooper
CastDebbie Chazen, Ciaran Owens, Ian Redford, Marian Mcloughlin, Mercy Ojelade, Sule Rimi
Stage managerAndy Hall
ProducerSheffield Theatres
VerdictRegional premiere of Caryl Churchill's dazzling, disorientating and kaleidoscopic play
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