Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launches its new Studio Season with the stunning one-man show Lovesong by soul star Omar from Friday 17 September to Saturday 18 September 2010.

Following a critically-acclaimed run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this heart-warming monologue features Omar’s own music and lyrics, which earned him the reputation as founder of nu-classic British Soul.  

Lovesong tells the raw and emotional story of soul singer Oscar and his penchant for living in the fast lane. Easy come, easy go, he pays for sex and pays for drugs with no questions asked. But there’s something missing, something that the bottom of the bottle can’t hide, and as he broods over what might have been, the lonely womanizer is forced to reflect in his reckless life and broken dreams.

Omar joins forces again with award-winning writer/director Ché Walker following their triumphant collaboration last year on the soul/funk musical Been So Long, which was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009.

Ché Walker is an actor, director and award-winning playwright - scooping both the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and Arts Council England Writer’s Award for Drama in 2003 for his play Flesh Wound. He has won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love.
 
Omar is an internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician - his most well-known song was the Top 20 debut single "There's Nothing Like This" in 1991.