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It's time to think again about the Live Theatre.

MY Romantic History, Live Theatre, Newcastle, until May 12 TOM has just started a new office job and has barely become acquainted with the water cooler before new colleague Amy gets him into bed.

Or is it he who gets her into bed? This play by DC Jackson gives us twin perspectives on an office fling and its serious implications.

Act One introduces the new boy who has learned about romance the hard way and come to regard himself as "a d***".

He is determined not to end up in a long-term relationship with someone from work.

In any case, he is still haunted by the memory of the girl who dominted his juvenile dreams.

In Act Two we see the events of Act One through the eyes of Amy, aged 32 and an increasingly anxious singleton.

She, too, wasted a lot of years on a suitor from school who was so clingingly besotted he had her name tattoed.

Bouncing between the pair and egging them on is Sasha, whose love for samba drumming knows no bounds.

My Romantic History, which has been adapted for theatres across the world and generated mirth in many languages, is sharp, funny and rude.

For Live Theatre it has been given a Tyneside backdrop.

But it is the enduring, universal language of love, lust and romantic misadventure that is to fore in this firecracker of a play directed by Max Roberts.

Brian Lonsdale is perfect as haplessly laddish Tom, and Bryony Corrigan never misses a beat as Amy.

But the multiple role-playing honours go to Amy McAllister who is Sasha and enough other characters, including all Tom's and Amy's past suitors, to fill the top deck of a bus.

If you thought Live Theatre did plays about pitmen and fish filleters, perhaps that was then. Prolonged laughter on opening night greeted this brilliantly earthy reflection of now - a 21st Century Tyneside where offices have replaced the industries of old.

David Whetstone


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Apr 26, 2018
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