‘Lonely Hearts’ is a hilarious, witty and fast paced piece that follows Callum and Anna, two loners, searching for love through online dating. They are mentored on this quest by pair of larger than life, love gurus who guide them through various dates and profile matches until their paths eventually entwine'
At The Knotted Project, we were very proud to receive funding from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND for the creation and tour of 'Lonely Hearts'. The show was our first full length theatrical piece, running at and hour. We had a fantastic tour with the piece in 2014 to venues including, The Brewery Arts Centre, The Dukes - Lancaster, The Grand Theatre Blackpool and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Delivered by two performers, multi rolling and slick scene changes are a recurring theme as we transform the space with a swish of a jacket and the swoosh of a coat rail. As two performers, we play thirty two different characters, each with a new voice, costume, physicality and the result is a dynamic, fluid piece with a perpetual rhythm.
‘Lonely Hearts’ is accompanied by an epic playlist of iconic love songs and breakup ballads which provides a wonderful, nostalgic musicality that has proven to be very popular with audiences.
Lonely Hearts - Review
Lonely Hearts is perfectly physical
By Adrian Mullen Lonely Hearts, The Knotted Project, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Lonely Hearts is perfectly physical. Natalie Morrell and Simon McElligott are consummate young professionals in the art of physical theatre. As The Knotted Project, they staged Lonely Hearts, the perfect platform for their skills and inventiveness as both performers and writers. They gave a seamless and polished performance as loveable loners Anna and Callum who register with Mr and Mrs Perfect.com, an online dating agency. The pitfalls of using the internet to find love are laid bare as they search for their special someone in virtual chat rooms.
I guess a dating agency is not the most original idea from which to build but the way they threaded Anna and Callum and their other quirky characters in and out of the story, using as props just a costume-laden clothes rail on wheels and two chairs, felt fresh and totally captivating. Their characterisation of dotcom outfit representatives Nadia and Shane was terrific and beautifully over the top.
Simon was absolutely hilarious portraying Aussie Shane, draped in patterned kimono-style wrap; Natalie as glam-puss Nadia, sporting fur coat and sunglasses, equally so. On Anna and Callum's heartfelt journey we met other humans of various fanciful states such as George Michael-obsessed Carol and wild, night clubber Gary, all played by Natalie and Simon, of course. They made the ordinary, extraordinary.
The story arc of our lovelorn duo was draughtsman-like drawn. No one measures up as their ideal partners - until Anna and Callum themselves finally come face to face. Tentatively at first, they hit it off and we think it's a match made in heaven. Anna dons her best red frock and Callum puts on a clean shirt and the pair are prepared for their first romantic meal together. The twist comes when Callum's two hours late and drama descends, emotions explode. Anna's beside herself with anguish. She says Callum's let her down big time after she trusted him so much.
Natalie and Simon have talent and charm by the bucket loads and I was totally absorbed by the hour long show that could stand up on its own at any theatre in the UK.
To start the evening we were treated to an very impressive ten minute show put together by the Brewery's Physical Performance 14-plus group, who showed plenty of ability and promise in their own piece Pineapple. Lonely Hearts was one of the best and most inventive shows I've seen for a while.
To sum up, I'll leave it to the young voice I overheard when I was leaving the theatre, who said, "How cool was that!" Precisely.