Ludus - Playful Love

Genre 
Drama
Venue 
Auditorium
Ticket prices 
£12 Full
£10 Concession
*subject to booking fees
Sep 2018 19 Wed 7:30pm (doors: 7:00pm)

It was the poetic language of acclaimed playwright and poet Clifford Bax's plays that inspired Theatre Broad to produce ‘LUDUS – playful love.’

The two fifteen-minute poetry plays have been fused with music, visual art, mime, song and dance to deliver a delightful multi-arts performance piece.

Prelude and Fugue is a delightful fusion of poetic language, music and visual art. The play set in the 1930s reflects the musical interlude ‘Prelude and Fugue’ by Johann Sebastian Bach and tells the story of the twice married Rosemary, who a week before her third wedding, is having her likeness drawn in charcoal by the young and innocent Joan. As Joan sketches, the two women discover a dark secret shared by both of them.

With emotional dexterity, the lyrical dialogue and music gently exposes elements of their past, which in turn informs their friendship and their fate. The use of the musical interlude ‘Prelude and Fugue’ at intervals throughout the play helps to drive the action and reflects the emotion of the piece.

Square Pegs is an amusing and thought provoking fantasy about love.  Square Pegs is a thought provoking farcical romp about lust and life. Hilda, a passionate young girl from the 20th Century longs for an equally passionate lover, but Harry has eyes only for his car! Gioconda a practical girl of 16th Century Venice longs for a lover without all the raw and radical passion of her time.

They meet at ‘Merlin’s Gate’ where disappointed lovers can turn ‘The Book of Time’ and move within some other age. Thoughts on love, told from their own prespective, and with unceasing eloquence, Hilda and Gioconda complement each other to perfection; but will they find a solution to their dilemma? The poetry of the play is peppered with dance, mime, songs and humour, along with a scorching sound track.