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Andrew Liddle
Features Writer
7:00 AM 15th September 2020

Love Letters From Scarborough

A young and innovative theatre company going by the name of Uninvited Guests brings a completely digital performance to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre this Autumn.

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart. Photo credit Jonathan Bewley
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart. Photo credit Jonathan Bewley
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart takes words, song dedications and stories contributed by the audience in advance and gives them, according to the company, ‘a new shape, look you straight in the eye, and offer to dance with everyone in the room’. Apparently, they ‘blur distinctions between theatre and social gatherings, creating a performance from the audience’s song dedications and the stories attached to them.’

Every night is unique to its audience: their memories, their current and past loves or friendships, their emotions laid bare for everyone to witness, acknowledge and support. Dedications are spoken, toasts are made, speeches are given, songs are sung and dances are danced on the audience’s behalf and in their presence.

Directed by Paul Clarke and performed by Jessica Hoffman and Richard Dufty, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart was originally a BAC Scratch and Arnolfini We Live Here commission, and was also commissioned by Leeds Met Studio Theatre.

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart can be joined via Zoom on Thursday 1 October at 2.30pm or 7.30pm. Only 45 tickets will be sold for each show in order to maintain the intimacy and warm atmosphere of the performance. However, there can be any number of audience members sitting at each screen to watch the show, which lasts from 60 to 75 minutes.

Tickets are priced from £10. To book, visit the website: sjt.uk.com/whatson or call the Box Office on 01723 370541 (currently open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 4pm, for both phone calls and in-person bookings).