THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS

Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer)

A Ten Tonne Sparrow production
Thu 27 May 2021 7:30pm Fri 28 May 2021 7:30pm Sat 29 May 2021 7:30pm

In 2013, after 17 years of being on air, late night radio legend, Richard Mercer, left his final Love Song Dedication. Now, two brave friends attempt to fill the void that ‘The Love God’ left behind.

Join Bonnie and Tom on their quest to find the perfect love song. After listening to literally thousands of dedications this hilarious duo are neck deep in the challenge. They seriously need your help. It’s going to take all night! Actually, only about 70 minutes. You’ll laugh, you might cry. And your heart will soar (secretly) at all those half-forgotten songs you’re ashamed to know the lyrics to.
Part comedy show and part performance, the critically acclaimed and utterly charming Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) will take you on a joyous ride through contemporary politics, philosophy and wicked dance moves, one pop song at a time. In a world of post-truths, pandemics, ironic memes and anti-social media, this highly intelligent and warm-hearted show is the ultimate therapeutic experience. Irony will be truly dead, and only one question will hang in the air: “What is love? (…Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more...)''

Created and Performed by Tom Hogan and Bonnie Leigh-Dodds
Lighting Designer Emma Lockhard-Wilson
Stage Manager Madeleine Lapstun

“A bonkers and exhilarating romp through the highs and lows of '80s and '90s power ballads, elevator music and hideously awkward encounters with matters of the heart."
The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
"One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see!”
Alt Media
"The show is hilarious, surprisingly touching and very fast paced..."
Sydney Arts Guide
★★★★½
The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Hogan and Leigh-Dodds are intelligent and effervescent, both youthful specimens, full of beans and big ideas..."
SuzyGoesSee
"Funny and spirited, it will melt the inhibitions of even the most cynical."
The Buzz from Syd
''... audiences comment and cheer; we turn to strangers and smile at each other and laugh together on our way out of the venue, strangers no more."
Sydney Arts Guide
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