Lonely Hearts Club

by Luke Barnes

A quirky, charming and quietly unique coming of age story


Lonely Hearts Club was one of those plays that you read, and could never quite forget. So when the opportunity came to test some new writing as part of Liverpool’s Summer of Love I jumped at the chance to ‘play’ with Lonley Hearts Club.

The piece itself was originally written whilst Luke was on attachment to Soho Theatre. It’s fun, joyful, just a little bit silly but with an ever so big heart

It’s the story of two boys growing up in Southport. Two boys falling in and out of love – with each other, with their parents, with where they live and with what life offers them. A love story told through an end of pier show – so karaoke, merges into Punch and Judy and on into ventriloquism.

The workshop production is directed by Tony Lidington (see also Shuff & Byng) who I first worked with on a weird and wonderful project called Geoquest with the musician Hugh Nankiville and mythogeographer Phil Smith

Development Period: Further development at Halifax Square Chapel in September, followed by industry sharings in Essex and London

Key dates: Sharing dates to be announced soon

What We Are Looking For:Venues and promoters from theatres, working mens clubs, variety clubs to come and see the sharing

Web Links: Find out more about Luke Barnes here:

Find out more about director Tony Lidington here: http://www.prom-prom.com/