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Plays by Richard Marsh

Dirty Great Love Story

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Two hopeful, hapless romantics get drunk, get it on and then get the hell away from each other. In her eyes, he’s a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she’s perfect. He’s short-sighted. A very human tale of good intentions and bad timing.

Dirty Great Love Story received its world premiere at the Pleasance, Edinburgh, in August 2012, directed by Pia Furtado, and produced by the cast and Polly Ingham. It received a Fringe First for innovation and outstanding new writing. In 2013 it was presented at Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds by Polly Ingham Productions. It transferred to 59E59 Theaters in New York in June 2013 as part of the Brits Off-Broadway Festival, presented by Polly Ingham Productions and Tim Johanson Productions in Association with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Ideal for actors seeking two-hander comedy pieces for auditions or performance, Dirty Great Love Story was widely praised on its initial productions, with The Times writing of its ‘Comic precision, heart and unflagging pace . . . Laughs are frequent, unsignalled and brilliant’.

Richard Marsh's plays include Skittles (BAC, Nursery, Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, and Radio 4 as Love and Sweets); Nicked (book and lyrics, HighTide and Criterion); Westminster Side Story (book and lyrics, Coalition at Theatre503); Khaliq's Story/2007 (Decade at Theatre503); Fairytale of New Cross (Theatre503); Dad's Money (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh and London). Richard Marsh was one of the inaugural 503/5 writers-in-residence at Theatre503.