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City Love - CLF Art Café

Theatre preview

CITY Love, a striking new play by award-winning writer Simon Vinnicombe, will be performed at the Bussey Building’s atmospheric and trendsetting CLF Art Café from September 9 to September 28, 2013.

First dates are magical. There’s absolutely no pressure to do anything. It’s the opposite…We won’t have argued. We won’t have done anything silly. We would have just been two people meeting. It’s as perfect as it gets.

Lucy and Jim are alone. To the rest of the world they seem to be doing OK: they have jobs, friends, ambitions (well sort of). Until their chance meeting on the number 12 night bus causes them to spiral into a world of love, pain and (mis)communication.

In City Love, Vinnicombe takes a funny and unflinching look at how trivial insecurities can send us crashing into self-destruction. According to the press release, sharp observations transform the mundane into the epic, and Vinnicombe’s slick, witty and agonizingly accurate text will pierce the heart of anyone who has ever been in love.

Presented by The Orange Line Collective, this world premiere production will be directed by Sarah Bedi.

Simon Vinnicombe won a Peggy Ramsay Pearson Award in 2010 and was a member of the BBC Writers Academy. He is currently on commission for Soho and the National Theatre.

His theatre credits include Show Me The World (Underbelly, 2011), Cradle Me (Finborough Theatre, 2008), Wisdom (Manhattan Theatre Club, NY, 2008), Turf (Bush Theatre, 2008), Celebrity 24-hour Plays (The Old Vic, 2007), A Night with the Apathists (Union Theatre, London, 2006), Year 10 (Finborough Theatre, 2005) – Time Out Critics Choice, and Wilde Tales (Southwark Playhouse, 2005) His radio credits include Mary Cherry and Hard Road.

Speaking about City Love, Vinnicombe said:

“I’ve always wanted to write a story of love told from both sides of the relationship. I wanted to dig deep into the insecurities and fears that consume us when we embark on a partnership and see them in all their silliness, all their horror and all of their joy. I also wanted to write about London and how the city wields its influence on all of us, often without being aware of it. I wanted to write about people and places I’ve known and tell a story as honestly as I possibly can. The best plays, books and films all manage to make you feel something which changes your outlook on life. Love leaves its indelible mark on all of us, nothing can ever be the same again. I’d say the same thing about London too.”

Tickets: Full Price: £12 per person, concessions: £10 per person. All are available on 0844 477 1000 or from Ticketweb.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3pm.

NB: City Love contains some strong language and adult themes and is therefore suitable for ages 14+.

CLF Art Café, Level 3, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST (entrance opposite Peckham Rye Station – through the archway). Please note the Theatre is on the 3rd floor, so those requiring step-free access should contact the venue directly to arrange access (