Theatre

Love Me Now

Content by Chloe Nelkin Consulting.

This spring, the world premiere of Michelle Barnette’s Love Me Now will come to Tristan Bates Theatre. Throwing a sharp light on casual relationships and today’s hook-up culture, Love Me Now is about the toxicity of casual dating and the grey area between love and sex, consent and compliance, yes and no.

Brutal, funny and honest as hell, Michelle Barnette’s debut play explores the superficial intimacies we share and the defensive barriers we put up.  The #MeToo campaign, and the conversations that have followed, have forced everyone to re-examine their behaviour in past relationships, and has emphasised the reality of consent as far more nuanced than simply saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Written in 2015, when Tinder’s popularity was on the rise, Barnette asks why millennials have come to view the relationships and sex as transactional. It has since become apparent that this is not just a story that needs telling, it’s a story that everyone seems to be living in some capacity.

Directed by Jamie Armitage, the team includes OV12 Alumni and Linbury Prize winner Fin Redshaw, and 2018 Offie Finalist for Best Lighting Design Ben Jacobs.

Writer Michelle Barnette comments, This play has been sitting in a drawer for longer than I care to admit, but somehow feels more relevant now than when I wrote it. #MeToo showed the world how pervasive rape culture is, and how deeply women of all ages have been affected by it. Ultimately, Love Me Now is about the emotional repercussions of consistently presenting ourselves through a male lens, accepting our emotions and needs as secondary. We have to stop allowing ourselves to be supporting characters in our own narratives. The overwhelming response from people so far is that Love Me Now is their story too – and I’m excited to put this story forward, continuing conversations about consent, self-worth, and how we can begin to change the culture that’s so deeply embedded in our society.

Michelle Barnette
Michelle is a freelance producer who works extensively with new writing. She was the producer of
Brutal Cessation (Assembly Edinburgh/Theatre503) and is currently producing SPARKS (VAULT Festival). She holds a BA in Acting from ALRA – The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, an MA in Early Modern History from King’s College London, and an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London in association with Shakespeare’s Globe. Michelle was a young producer with the Westway Trust and was long listed for the OV12 in 2017. She is currently a reader for Flux Theatre. This is her debut play. 

Jamie Armitage
Jamie is a Junior Associate at the King’s Head Theatre. He trained at L’École Philippe Gaulier, and was a Trainee Director at the King’s Head Theatre 2016/7.  Jamie has been the Associate Director on SiX (Arts Theatre) and The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre). Previous directing credits include; SiX (Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Nominated for Best Musical); Spoonface Steinberg (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Richard II (Emmanuel Chapel); Footlights Pantomime: Robin Hood, and Henry IV Part 1 (ADC Theatre). 

The Actors Centre Established by actors for actors in 1978, the Actors Centre, based in London’s Covent Garden, offers an unrivalled programme of professional development opportunities for working actors including practice based-workshops from Shakespeare, voice and movement through to sight-reading, screen acting and improvisation along with extensive opportunities to provide its members with knowledge and links to the industry assisting them in gaining employment. 

Love Me Now

Tuesday 27th March – Saturday 14th April

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St,
London WC2H 9NP

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