Paines Plough brings Alan Harris’ critically praised new play ‘Love, Lies and Taxidermy’ to Margate this September as part of Roundabout Festival 2016.
The play has been impressing all those who have seen it at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Broadway World caught up with Alan to chat about his latest work.
BWW speaks to Alan Harris about 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Love, Lies and Taxidermy.
Tell us a bit about Love, Lies and Taxidermy.
The blurb describes it as an offbeat love story and that’s exactly what it is. A boy, Val, meets a girl, Ash, outside a medical research centre in Merthyr Tydfil and… well, I won’t go into the plot too much, but their relationship develops in an unconventional way. We get to meet some other characters who are related to them and, also, Merthyr plays a big part in the play – its spirit runs through everything.
What inspired the show?
Lots of stuff. I think plays are a combination of the personal, the experienced and the imagined – and this fits that description. I worked in Merthyr for a while so got to know it quite well and since leaving there (about 10 years ago!) I’ve wanted to base a play in the town. I’ve also been interested in how people on the margins of society make a living and how people fit into society (especially when they feel as though they should fit in but their personality makes that hard).
Why did you decide to bring the show to Edinburgh?
I didn’t. I wrote it and sent it to Paines Plough. Luckily they loved it and they decided to bring it to Edinburgh.
Do any taxidermy animals feature, and if so – what kind?
Lots. Val’s dad Jacub stuffs animals – he’ll stuff anything.
Who would you recommend Love, Lies and Taxidermy to?
Of course, I’d recommend it to everyone! But if you’ve seen a show in the Roundabout space before you’ll know what expect with the staging. If not, I’d recommend it to people who like seeing theatre in an intimate setting and love good storytelling.
Full article here.
What the critics are saying:
“A stupidly lovely fantasy… very funny… make[s] you believe that sometimes real life can actually be better than the movies.” – ★★★★ The Guardian
“Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas.” – ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
“Perrin and his cast delight.” – ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“The next gem from Paines Plough at the Roundabout.” – ★★★★★ British Theatre
“Another audience laughing their heads off… another resounding success from Paines Plough.” – ★★★★★ Scots Gay
“A funny, heartwarming and tender tale of underdogs fighting the odds.” – ★★★★ Fest
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