Between the 6th and the 9th of April, a group of 2nd year Acting students at UCLan put on a performance of Caryl Churchill’s play ‘Love and Information’. The piece is far from traditional, and consists of a large quantity of very short sketches culminated together to create a 2 hour piece of theatre. Although the piece lacks any form of overarching story-line, and lacks character gender, age, background or progression, its interesting sketch show format ensures that there is most definitely something for everybody.
Talking to other audience members after the show proved highly interesting, as some of the scenes picked out by other people as favorites were the ones I specifically remember being slightly less impressed by, and vice versa.
The refreshingly simple staging of the play, directed by Mark Whitelaw, was incredibly well designed. A fabulous mixture of digital media was incorporated into the performances of the actors, lifting panels were used to hide the actors on stage, and revealing the next scene instantly ensured that there was no drop in pace, which can be an issue with pieces like this. The imaginative set design allowed for a fantastic and smooth running of the play.
The actors themselves put on a fantastic performance, handling fast paced material, numerous set and costume changes, and coping brilliantly with the epic challenge put in front of them in the constant character changes. they found the perfect mix of comedy and drama in what is definitely an extremely challenging script. The cast play off of each other fantastically to ensure we are provided with quality throughout. The audience are kept glued to the stage throughout, and you certainly can not afford to miss even a second of this fantastic piece of theatre. A thoroughly deserved well done.
Get yourself down to the main theatre in UCLan’s Media Factory at 7pm on the 8th and 9th of April (Friday and Saturday). Trust me, you don’t want to miss out.