It would be rude to miss romantic comedy at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 21:45 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 17 May 2013

Laurie Skelton as Amy and Jon Brown as Tom in My Romantic History [Picture: Simon Wallace / MeltingPot Pictures]

Laurie Skelton as Amy and Jon Brown as Tom in My Romantic History [Picture: Simon Wallace / MeltingPot Pictures]

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A SLIGHTLY rude romantic comedy about relationships opens at a Welwyn Garden City theatre this week.

My Romantic History can be seen at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: John Davies]My Romantic History can be seen at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: John Davies]

ONE moment you are just colleagues. And then Friday night drinks, a quick grope and you’re suddenly an item.

Directed by John Davies, My Romantic History opens at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City this Friday.

Written by DC Jackson, it’s a wry romantic comedy that is unsentimental, a bit rude – it comes with a strong language warning – but in the end hopeful and warm-hearted.

“This is the funniest and most original new play I’ve seen in a very long time,” said John Davies, director of the play and a veteran of theatre productions worldwide.

My Romantic History, which contains strong language, plays at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityMy Romantic History, which contains strong language, plays at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

“It’s wickedly accurate about the trials young people go through in their search for the ideal partner.”

It is all about twenty-something Tom and Amy, who meet at work, end up in bed together, and find themselves trapped in a relationship neither is sure they really want, partly because each is still obsessed with their first lover.

In the first act, Tom interrupts the action to tell the audience what he is really thinking, which is often at odds at what he has just been saying.

We see some of the same events through Amy’s eyes in the second act, again in conflict with what she’s been saying – and, to great comic effect, with what Tom had been claiming earlier.

In the third act they get to see the truth about themselves and each other.

The play was first performed in Edinburgh in 2010, where it won a Fringe award and got rave reviews, leading to a completely sold-out run at the Bush Theatre in London.

One word of caution – the play is not suitable for young children as it contains strong language.

My Romantic History opens at the Barn on Friday at 8pm, and runs until Saturday, May 25, with an additional matinee performance at 2.30pm on the last day.

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked by telephone on 01707 324300 or online at www.barntheatre.co.uk

As usual, there will be a pre-show interview with the director at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 22, and a post-show question and answer session with cast and crew on Friday, May 24, both free of charge.


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