Let’s raise our glasses to long lost loves and current lovers, to mums, to dads and to absent friends.
Uninvited Guests staged an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception and a radio dedication show. Audiences spoke of their own and other’s loves – deep, passionate, ambivalent and unrequited – and dedicated songs to them.
Your letters of love may become part of the show, romantic gestures or signs of friendship, shared publicly between us.
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart was devised at Leeds Met Studio Theatre and Arnolfini, Bristol. A Scratch version of the work was performed at BAC’s Burst Festival on 18th & 19th May 2007. Since then the show has toured to National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Arnolfini, Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Alsager Arts Centre and Latitude. We trialled a version of the show for elderly people at the Peel Centre in Islington, in association with the Clod Ensemble’s Extravagant Acts for Mature People programme, and the Lyric Hammersmith in January 2009.
We presented the show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2009.
In May 2010, we took Love Letters Straight From Your Heart to rural North Devon, to the village hall of Berrynarbor and The Burton Art and Gallery Museum, Bideford, before performing at The Arches in Glasgow. The show has since been performed at Corn Exchange Newbury (June 2010), Warwick Arts Centre (November 2010), Tobacco Factory Bristol (January 2011) and Oxford Playhouse as part of their Playhouse Plays Out programme (February 2011). The show was presented at the Unfringed Festival in Limerick in January 2011, where it won the Spirit of the Fringe Award, and Parabola Arts Centre in April 2011.
In February 2012 we presented a sold-out run at Southbank Centre, London and in April performed at Trove, as part of Fierce, Birmingham and the Lingfield & Dormandsland Community Centre. In June we performed at Holborn Day Centre and Riverside Day Centre in London as part of Clod Ensemble’s Extravagant Acts for Mature People.
In 2014 we toured to various venues in the highlands and islands of Scotland, in partnership with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival. We visited arts centres outside the central belt and engaged older audiences in pre-show workshops, helping them write the personal dedications to loved ones that make up the show.
After the 2014 tour, Uninvited Guests adapt their critically acclaimed show to the Welsh language to be performed in six venues in North Wales in May.
Supported by the New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project, funded by The Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairnbairn Foundation. A BAC Scratch and an Arnolfini We Live Here commission. Also commissioned by Leeds Met Studio Theatre. Originally funded by Arts Council England.
"It is a marvelous piece of theatre that blowtorches away Britishness and forces you to feel. "
"***** You can't help but fall in love with it."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"***** Initially, you feel voyeuristic as loves and heartbreaks are revealed; after a while you simply feel part of a huge community as lives, hopes, dreams and sadnesses are offered up in a way that is blisteringly honest and unvarnished, but also entirely safe because of the anonymity."