ROMANCE IS DEAD by Ben Lewis
Set in the present the play tells the tale of Lauren & Jamie; they are a perfect match but there’s a flaw. Lauren suffered a childhood accident which left her able to see dead people. Jamie is struggling with a family crisis. They meet accidentally in a bar; but their blossoming friendship is cut tragically short … or is it?
This fresh comedy drama about an unwilling psychic and her supernatural love interest was first nominated for best radio drama at the WGGB Awards 2017; it has been adapted for the stage by Emma Daintrey.
Author Ben Lewis is an award winning writer for theatre, TV, film and radio. He is currently developing projects for Channel 4 and the BBC, and is co-artistic director of theatre company Inspector Sands.
Lauren – Rebecca Aloneftis
Jamie – Nicky Paton
Jo – Claire Hogan
Reginald – Mark Hamblin
Celia – Brenda Cottis
Tim – Rupert Jordan
Other parts played by: Jo Buggey, Emily Harman, Joe Symonds, Richenda Whitehead
Directed by Emma Daintrey
About the group
CADS is based in Royston, Hertfordshire and has been entertaining audiences since the 1940s. The company perform an ambitious Pantomime every January, a drama or musical in September as part of Royston Arts Festival, and a short play or entertainment evening in the spring.
This stage play was first performed on 21 April 2018 when CADS and students from Royston Meridian School Performing Arts department collaborated to present ‘Living & Loving’; a unique evening of comedy, tragedy, music, laughter and tears in two parts. ‘A’ level drama students performed an excerpt from ‘Saved’ by Edward Bond, a harsh play which became pivotal in the abolition of theatre censorship in 1968.
In a wonderful example of community collaboration CADS supports the school with all its technical theatre requirements whilst benefitting from generous rehearsal and performance space. For this production of ‘Romance is Dead’ Meridian GCSE music students were commissioned to compose an original underscore. The Director chose a clever, quirky composition by Oscar Berry (14).