The Art House presents
I Want to Know What Love Is
1 Mar 2019 Showing at The Art House Studio
Joyous. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Take a dizzying ride through love’s collision course.
Based on 800 anonymous love stories submitted by you, your friends and your exes, I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests as secret confessions are transformed into magnificent declarations centre stage.
I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests. Acclaimed Queensland performance collective The Good Room asked members of the public to anonymously submit their stories of love - fragments and memories, confessions and admissions – and they’ve transformed those secret submissions into magnificent declarations centre stage.
Submission #87: “It’s been years, but I still think of you and wonder ‘What could have been?’”
Submission #346: “I choose to say it did not fail. It just finished.”
Submission #302: “Jemma forever xo”
Following a sold-out premiere season in Brisbane Festival 2014 with Queensland Theatre, the work had a subsequent sold-out return at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival in 2015, and a Melbourne season at Provocare Festival in 2017. This thrilling production is on national tour in 2018.
This is for everyone who’s ever loved. Anyone who’s ever hurt. This is for you.
A Critical Stages & The Good Room Production
Created by Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Caroline Dunphy, Kieran Swann and Lauren Clelland
Performed by Amy Ingram, Caroline Dunphy, Margi Brown-Ash, Tom Cossettini
Director Daniel Evans
Designer Kieran Swann
Lighting Design Jason Glenwright
Composer/Sound Design Lawrence English
Producer The Good Room & Critical Stages
The Good Room is a Queensland-based performance collective who use the anonymous experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre works.
We ask you – and people just like you – to anonymously share with us fragments and memories, confessions and admissions from your lives, as part of a process that blurs the line between ‘audience’ and ‘maker’ to play with the idea of theatrical collective authorship.
Ours is an investigation of empathy, connectedness, stakes and sacrifice. This expresses itself in an aesthetic world that is both dark and light matter; a dichotomy of spectacle and depth. Mirrorballs, rose petals, panda suits and party dresses stud our theatrical universe but totems of party, play and celebration are often subverted; this is richly affirmative, highly contemporary, and widely accessible theatre – underpinned by rigour, ethics, and deep consideration.
The Good Room is comprised of an ensemble of diverse makers with practices that span film through visual art. We are Lauren Clelland, Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram and Kieran Swann…and we enjoy frequent collaborations with Caroline Dunphy, Lawrence English, Jason Glenwright and Leah Shelton.
"A crowdsourced letter of love and loss; 60 technicolour minutes that will have you cringing, crying and singing along." The Australian
"You’ll be moved, and they won’t be rom-com tears." Brisbane Times
"Elegant, sophisticated, heartfelt, inspiring and uplifting. You don’t want to miss this." XS Entertainment
“It was incredibly physical…. Visually spectacular … Constant colour and movement... It’s a relationship condensed into one hour. A really joyous experience -like Valentine’s Day on crack!”– Fleur Kilpatrick, 3RRR Melbourne