Samantha Ellis’s new play is a witty reimagining of the Hollywood rom-com. Our lead, Kate, likes bad boys. So when she meets male feminist Steve and falls in love, she has a little adjusting to do. True to the romcom format, the couple go on a journey to overcome the barriers of their relationship. Hers: obsessions with lipsticks, cupcakes and Heathcliff? His: balance in place of passion and an unromantic understanding of marital partnership.
The two performers (Sarah Daykin and Tom Berish) however, have quite the challenge as they make up the entirety of the cast, whilst the storyline includes two weddings and a whole cast of true to life comic characters. But this is a powerhouse production team with plenty of experience: Ellis is prolific; a playwright, journalist, and writer. Along with the many plays under her belt, she has two non-fiction books and regular column space amongst The Guardian, The Observer, Intelligent Life, Exeunt, The Pool and the TLS. Director Matthew Lloyd also has a string of successes behind him after his former position at the acclaimed Royal Exchange in Manchester as Joint Artistic Director and Chief Executive and now as Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre.
Premiering this week, How To Date A Feminist should be theatrical, comical and all in all, a good night out!