Love in dig­i­tal age

A cut­ting edge play looks at life and love in the 21st cen­tury.

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Love and Information, a con­tem­po­rary play by English playwright Caryl Churchill, has taken the international cir­cuit by storm. A play about the way so­ci­ety has changed its meth­ods of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, thereby forc­ing re­la­tion­ships to change dra­mat­i­cally, Love and Information ex­am­ines how we live with chang­ing forms of information, and how we man­age this information and love.

The playwright does this by show­ing small snip­pets of her sub­jects’ lives, and hav­ing th­ese work­ing to­gether to por­tray gained, lost or de­sired con­nec­tions be­tween in­di­vid­u­als. To­gether, th­ese 57 snip­pets in­volv­ing more than 100 char­ac­ters come to­gether to make one re­mark­able whole that con­tains con­tem­po­rary sto­ries of tragedy and hi­lar­ity, of rich and poor, about young and old, the ob­sessed and the dif­fi­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don Guardian, Love And Information is ‘‘A bril­liant, funny, shat­ter­ing syn­the­sis of frag­ments’’.

Di­rected by Massey’s Rachel Le­nart with a cast of 20 third-year drama stu­dents, the lo­cal pro­duc­tion of Love and Information co­in­cides with a sea­son of the play at Welling­ton’s Circa Theatre.

Rachel’s Mod­ern Drama stu­dents have taken on all as­pects of the theatre process to cre­ate a fully en­gaged col­lab­o­ra­tive vi­sion – not only per­form­ing, but de­sign­ing, as well as tak­ing on as­sis­tant di­rec­tor and dra­maturg roles, stage man­age­ment and pub­lic­ity. A cut­ting edge play that speaks to the heart of mod­ern so­ci­ety, Rachel is promis­ing an ex­cit­ing, evoca­tive, must-see pro­duc­tion.

❚ Love and Information plays next Wed­nes­day June 1 at 12.30pm and 7.30pm, and Fri­day June 3, 7.30pm in Massey’s Sir Geoffrey Peren au­di­to­rium. En­try is by koha.

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