Special performance of two narrative verses by the celebrated poet Christopher Reid.
Performed by Robert Bathurst and Sarah Malin
Directed by Jason Morell
Price: From £10
Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet and Downton Abbey) and Sarah Malin join together in this special performance of two narrative verses by the celebrated poet Christopher Reid.
Love, Loss & Chianti is a double bill of two 40-minute lyrical verses adapted for the stage: A Scattering and The Song Of Lunch.
A Scattering, which won the Costa Book of the Year, is a startling and beautifully expressed depiction of loss, grief and resolution, drawn from the author's own experience, written over a three year period.
The Song Of Lunch, which Reid began to write on the day he finished A Scattering, is a fictional, hilarious, poignant and farcical drama of a disastrous attempt to rekindle a lost relationship. Two ex-lovers meet for lunch: what can possibly go wrong?
Robert Bathurst says: “Both pieces are about love and loss; there’s a lot of drinking in the second half, hence the title Love, Loss & Chianti.
“These two pieces are a celebration of language, verse plays by one of our finest living writers. I relish the prospect of sharing his work with theatre audiences.
“I came across A Scattering when a friend was ill. It manages to articulate complicated and turbulent emotion in a jaw-droppingly humane, unsentimental, invigorating way. Reid's phrasing is so clear and immediate, perfect for theatre.
“The Song Of Lunch, likewise, is deliciously expressed. Although published as a poem to be read, it cries out to be performed by two actors. It's truly hilarious in an awful sort of way, suitable for anyone who's been on a terrible date."
Robert Bathurst is best known from his many TV roles, including David Marsden in Cold Feet and Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey.
Sarah Malin will be familiar to SJT audiences from her appearance in Grimm Tales, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and Tim Supple, in 1995.
Poet Christopher Reid wrote A Scattering as a tribute to his late wife, the actress Lucinda Gane. The poem was awarded the Costa Book of the Year in 2009, making Reid the first poet to win the award since Seamus Heaney in 1999.
“My theatrical treat of the year” - Matthew Sturgis.
“A masterwork by a man who has met, artistically, his moment” Josephine Hart, Chair of the Costa judges.
'Robert Bathurst is a class act and a master of nuance' (Herald).
'A beautiful comic actor' (Financial Times)
20 May 2018, 3.00pm