Based on real letters from real prisoners, To Lonely, with love explores the act of letter writing and how the intimacy of the written word can bring light in the darkest of moments. Words have actions and once on the page, they cannot be taken back. Compared with posting your thoughts and feelings fleetingly online, a letter is a deliberate and thoughtful means of communication, a piece of yourself floating in the ether hoping for connection. This honest and moving new work looks at those in isolation and how letters can help bring two lonely people out of their own personal prisons.
These real life stories and characters are intertwined with outbursts of abstract pop culture moments told through a bold and vibrant physical style.
This ‘little’ show on the tiny La Mama stage lifts the spirits and restores one’s confidence with its professionalism, its focussed invention, its ideas, heart and intelligence.
- Michael Brindley, Stagewhispers
Created by Jennifer Monk, Perri Cummings and Lisa Dallinger from real letters
Scripted by Perri Cummings
Directed by Jennifer Monk
Performed by Jennifer Monk and Lisa Dallinger
Costume design by Emma Howchin
Lighting Design by Jason Crick
Image: Eadie Testro-Girasole
Developed in 2016 Exploration Season with direction and creative input from Harriet Devlin, Lee McClenaghan and Canada White.