In Other Words was inspired by writer and performer Matthew Seager’s experiences volunteering in a care home before the pandemic. First performed in 2017 (when Theatre Things reviewed it during its run at The Hope Theatre), the critically acclaimed two-hander now returns in a new filmed version which is available to watch online from today.
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year.
It tells the story of the lifelong love between Arthur and Jane, from their meet-cute in a bar over some spilled red wine, through 50 years, to the residential care home where she dutifully visits the man who has become a shadow of her husband.
Two Off-West End plays have recently inspired my other half Peter Jones to compile Spotify playlists of his youth
There’s intimate, then there’s The Hope Theatre. With a capacity of just 50 seats, the audience at this small North London venue find themselves physically emerged in whichever narrative is unfolding before them.
In Other Words – A lifetime of love and loss is condensed into this touching play about the pain and confusion of losing yourself, and those around you, to Alzheimer’s.
Here’s a sneak-peek of Matthew Seager’s tender new play, IN OTHER WORDS, which opens tonight at London’s Hope Theatre.
Matthew (who wrote the play and stars in the role of Arthur) gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg, here’s what he has to say about this new piece of writing that is set to take The Hope Theatre by storm.
Off the Middle present Matthew Seager’s debut play IN OTHER WORDS, directed by Paul Brotherston and starring the author, at The Hope Theatre from 28 February to 18 March 2017.