Rom-coms and pop songs collide in a musical rollercoaster charting the highs and lows of identity politics, romantic clichés and open-mic nights.
Alex is singing – Stevie is watching. The songs tell us their story. Will they fall in love “properly” – as seen in Richard Curtis’ 2003 mega-smash Love Actually? Or is that just for straight people?
Following their success with Smart Casual, ArtsLab Graduate Company GOYA present a work-in-progress performance of their new queer love story.
Supported by Arts Council England.
GOYA is an award-winning young, queer and femme-led theatre company creating new music theatre. Based in Oxford and London, they platform new writing and support early-career LGBTQIA+ artists. Previous work includes Smart Casual (North Wall Arts Centre, Cockpit Theatre, Above The Stag), Don’t Shoot the Albatross (ZOO Venues, Canal Cafe Theatre, VAULT Festival) and Sex with Friends (and other tiny catastrophes) (Pleasance Edinburgh). They are the 2022 recipients of the Musical Theatre Review’s ’Special Award’).
In July, GOYA will premiere their new musical Four Felons and a Funeral at the North Wall Arts Centre, before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with both Four Felons and Actually, Love.
Cast and Creatives
Writer – Sam Woof (they/them)
Director – Tomas Howells (he/him)
Musical Supervisor – Livi van Warmelo (she/her)
Producer – Mrinmoyee Roy (she/her)
Producer – Lowri Spear (she/her)
Access Consultant – Deepa Shastri (she/her)
BSL Interpreter – Vivi Valiame
Alex – Sam Woof (they/them)
Stevie – Jordan Broatch (they/them)
Actually, Love was informed and inspired by focus group conversations with 18 queer people from London, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire.
Actually, Love will be captioned and BSL interpreted. There will be a post-show discussion with the creatives and cast after the performance, we actively encourage audience feedback to support the play’s development.