Love, Lies and Taxidermy

DOI: 10.5040/9781784604240.00000002

Alan Harris's play Love, Lies and Taxidermy is an offbeat love story set in a small town in Wales. It was first produced by Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd, and was first performed in Paines Plough’s Roundabout venue at Summerhall on 5 August 2016 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The play is set in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil, where Valentine, the son of a Polish taxidermist, meets Ashley, the daughter of a debt-ridden ice-cream salesman called Mr Tutti-Frutti. They meet at a medical-research facility and tentatively embark on a romance, via a first date in Tesco's supermarket. Their relationship is obstructed, however, when Valentine’s attempts to save his parents’ marriage collide with Ashley’s attempt to save her dad’s business.

The original production was performed by three actors, although an author's note in the published script states that the play was 'written for any number of performers, and the lines of dialogue can be divided up as future productions see fit.'

The premiere production was directed by George Perrin. It was performed by Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush.

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Nick Hern Books

Alan Harris

ISBN: 9781848425897

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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