‘Love Songs’ is a new play by celebrated North East playwright Tom Kelly. It opens at The Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT, 0n 21st September 2019 at 7.30pm, before touring.
Tom Kelly is well-known to North East audiences and has had a bumper year, with his new play ‘Bobby Robson Saved My Life’ playing to standing ovations from South Shields to Ipswich and his musical ‘Dolly Mixtures’ garnering a host of rave reviews on its revival this summer.
Like both these shows, ‘Love Songs’ is a heartfelt mixture of comedy and drama and it is filled with great songs like Bridge Over Troubled Water, True Love Ways, Love Me Tender, 24 Hours From Tulsa, and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.
These songs are performed by the two protagonists as part of a 60s tribute tour. The two lead characters have to face their demons to have a chance at building a life together. Meanwhile, the play features the quirky characters that people the tribute tour, some of them unable to separate themselves from the icons they portray, with often comical consequences.
British Theatre Guide said: “The songs are great… and the cast get the balance right, getting some of the mannerisms (vocal and physical) of the singers they are paying tribute to but not attempting to mimic them… an enjoyable evening’s theatre with just enough of the dark side to make us stop and think.”
Tom wrote the play for his friends Helen and Jonathan Cash, after initially working with them on a revival of his play, Baby Love. Jonathan, who both directs and acts in the play, explained: “We had a great time working with Tom. It’s the authenticity of his characters and the depth of feeling he brings to his writing that makes his work so satisfying, both to watch and to perform.”