Dates and Times
22 - 26 January 2019 at 9pm
Presented as a part of CAN Festival 2019. CAN Festival runs from 19 January – 2 February 2019, and celebrates the work of the best Chinese heritage artists working in the UK today, across theatre, music, live art, dance, film and more. http://www.chineseartsnow.org.uk/
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Presented by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi
Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic.
It is a classic tale of classroom crushes and awkward bedroom encounters – a cautionary guidebook on how to navigate the millennial dating scene – and a glimpse under the covers at our deepest desires and the all-consuming fear of ending up alone. Enlisting the help of everyone from the audience to Adele, Queen B to Busted, and Marvin Gaye to Janelle Monáe, Love Songs hopes to be something that’s all too relatable, but just a little bit different.
Why? Because ultimately, this is a story about learning to love yourself.
Developed through the Soho Writer’s Lab 2018 and supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Arts Council England and Chinese Arts Now.
16+ – explores adult themes and sexual violence
★★★★ – Three Weeks
★★★★ – The Wee Review
“Genuinely moving… with a surprising amount of joy and a real call to action.” – The Guardian
“A welcome twist on a genre that all too often excludes non-white women.” – The Stage
“Girl power is felt throughout Love Songs and the #MeToo conversation is persistently present.” – The List
“An insight into Asian womanhood, love, acceptance, and strength.” – Exeunt
A “sweet, celebratory show” with “quiet, gut-churning power” – The Scotsman
“Thrilling, funny, honest, heartbreaking and empowering all in one hilarious and healing show.” – Edinburgh Guide
Longlisted for the Tony Craze Award (Soho Theatre)
Shortlisted for the BroadwayWorld Comedy Award (Edinburgh Fringe 2018)
Shortlisted for the Asian Arts Award Comedy Category (Edinburgh Fringe 2018)
Guardian Best Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018
About the company
Alissa Anne Jeun Yi is a writer, performer, and comedic rapper based between Kent and London. Most recently her work has been performed at Soho Theatre, Yard Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Tristan Bates, Arcola, Brighton Fringe and Underbelly. She is a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company Writer’s Lab, Edinburgh Lab and Stand Up Lab and BBC Writersroom London Voices. She is currently developing her next solo stand up show, Banana, alongside other projects for her theatre company Trip Hazards.
Established in 2017 by Co-Artistic Directors Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and Nikhil Vyas, Trip Hazards theatre company aims to innovatively stage fun, fresh and thought-provoking work for modern and diverse audiences. Our energetic, cross-disciplinary shows combine the absurd with the autobiographical, whilst finding experimental and creative ways to explore East and South Asian narratives on stage.