Love Song focuses on oddball Beane (Cillian Murphy). His well-meaning sister Joan (Johnston) and brother-in-law Harry (Michael McKean) try and make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. After Beane’s apartment is burgled, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind Beane's mysterious new love Molly (Neve Campbell).
Directed by John Crowley, Love Song received its European premiere on 4 December 2006 (previews from 25 November) at the New Ambassadors Theatre, where it will now finish its limited season on 17 February 2007 (See News, 11 Jan 2007). It has just been nominated for Best New Comedy in this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards (See News, 18 Jan 2007).
All five cast members from John Crowley’s production – Campbell, Johnston, McKean, Murphy and James Scales, who plays a bewildered waiter in one of the play’s funniest scenes – joined us for the post-show discussion, which was hosted by Whatsonstage.com editor, Terri Paddock.
Highlights from the discussion follow…
On the play’s ‘comedy’ classification
On why they accepted their roles in the play
On why they like to return to the stage
On the appeal of London & the West End stage
On playing an imaginary girlfriend
- by Caroline Ansdell