PREVIEW: The Half Life of Love

March 12, 2016

Directed by Martin Dickinson, The Half Life of Love stars Paul Moriarty, Jack Klaff, Laurence Bown, is produced by Hi-Lo Productions in association with Rialto Theatre and supported by the Arts Council England.

Half Life of Love

The Half life of love is forever. It remains toxic, poisoning life long after love is over.

Alex sits in his chair drinking red wine and listening to music, numb to all but his day to day existence. A sudden knock on the door late at night and Connor has turned up; 17, drunk, disorderly, a mess in the guise of a fit young lover. Alex recognises in him the boy he used to know, an innocent who always loved picnics and tuna sandwiches. How does love and nurture turn to rejection and hatred?

This latest play from Gail Louw is a thrilling examination of the complex relationships of adopted parents, their children and gay partners. The play views adoption, relationships, power, trust and abuse in a way that is universally applicable to all people who suffer torment, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender.

Paul Moriarty and Jack Klaff star in this new production from Gail Louw, the winner of the Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2014 with her play Duwayne.

Paul Moriarty is a well established actor who has had decades of experience in theatre, film and TV. He has played in all the major theatres including the National Theatre and the RSC. He is particularly well known as George Palmer in EastEnders and Sgt Wells in A Touch of Frost.

Jack Klaff  is a multi-award-winning actor, solo artist, director and writer. Film credits include: Star Wars, For Your Eyes Only, King David, Threat, and Storage. Around 200 TV credits include Vanity Fair, Road Rage and Jack’s own plays.

Laurence Bown also appears as the young boy, Connor. Martin Dickinson is the director.

Gail Louw is an award winning playwright with productions staged throughout the UK, Australia, USA and South Africa.

Her play Two Sisters was staged in LA in January/February 2016. Miss Dietrich Regrets, which was staged in South Africa in June 2015, has just received 4 Naledi nominations including Best Production. Her play Blonde Poison is on at the Sydney Opera House (Studio) in May 2016 and a collection of four plays was published by Oberon Books in 2015 entitled Gail Louw: Collected Plays.

Event: The Half Life of Love by Gail Louw

Where: Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton

When: May 16-20

Time: Starts 19.15, lasts 1 hour 15 mins.

Cost: £12/£10 concessions

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Other dates on National Tour:

May 21-22: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London
Telephone: 020 8340 3488
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May 24-25: (including matinee), Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne
Telephone: 01323 412000
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June 4: Ashcroft Theatre (Studio), Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Telephone: 020 8688 9291
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June 23-25: Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Telephone: 01483 440000
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