Last updated on March 9th, 2019
Dirty Great Love Story was just the tonic I needed after an extraordinarily peculiar week on the world stage. It’s a one-man and one-woman romp directed by Pia Furtado and with some energetic performances by Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine, executed mostly in rhyme. Originally a 10-minute award-winning Edinburgh Fringe piece, written in 2012 by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, it’s now made its West End debut at the Arts Theatre in Covent Garden.
Meet Richard, an awkward, geeky and lovable “knight in shining glasses.” Meet Katie, a recently dumped gluten-intolerant singleton, prone to alcoholic mishaps and with a bad case of sarcasm. The pair meet at a hen and stag do in a nightclub and have the obligatory shameful one-night stand in a Travelodge, thinking they will never meet again.
What follows is a succession of fender-benders between them over the next two years at barbecues, Christmas parties, festivals, weddings and christenings. They’re joined on stage by Richard’s best friend Westy, the Northerner and CC, Katie’s irritating la-di-da friend. There’s also Richard’s girlfriend Lindsay and Katie’s boyfriend Matt who should really be called Pratt. All six roles are seamlessly played by Scott and Antoine and with great comedic dexterity.
It’s not really that dirty: there’s a blow-job gone wrong and an awkward breast cupping moment, but on the whole this is an adorable rom-com à la Richard Curtis meets Bridget Jones. A tacky Christmas jumper and obligatory wedding country pile even make an appearance. Yes, Dirty Great Love Story was most definitely the gin, the tonic and the lemon that I needed!
Playing at The Arts Theatre until the 18th March 2017
Tickets from £20 – £45
Run time: 85 minutes with no interval
About the Arts Theatre
The Arts Theatre in Covent Garden is only a 1 minute walk from Leicester Square tube station. It’s a cosy, intimate playhouse with 350 seats in the main auditorium and 60 seats on the first floor. There’s a members’ only cocktail bar downstairs but you can gate-crash with an Arts Theatre ticket. The Madd Hatter’s Café in the theatre foyer serves yummy Fortnum and Mason’s cakes, but it’s the tea lattes that have me smiling like a Cheshire cat (try the macadamia or the butterscotch).
LouiseFebruary 5, 2017 at 11:29 am
Great post, Scarlett. I love your theatre reviews – and the Mad Hatter’s Café certainly looks like it’s worth a try! Yum Yum
DiaryofaLondonessFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:33 am
Thanks Louise. I will always find any excuse for yummy cake! Scarlett x
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.comFebruary 2, 2017 at 11:25 am
This sounds like a lovely romantic piece, Richard seems like such a cute character “knight in shining glasses”, amazing 🙂
DiaryofaLondonessFebruary 3, 2017 at 8:16 am
Hi Miriam, it’s very cute, and yes, Richard is too!
KatiaFebruary 2, 2017 at 9:00 am
Very good review! Thanks
DiaryofaLondonessFebruary 3, 2017 at 8:16 am
Thank you Katia! Scarlett x
SaloniFebruary 1, 2017 at 9:47 am
Right up my street! Think I would love it. Thank you for sharing!
DiaryofaLondonessFebruary 1, 2017 at 9:48 am
I hope you enjoy it Saloni! Scarlett x
Shelley GoodmanFebruary 1, 2017 at 12:26 am
Sounds like another London piece headed for the cinema. Has Richard Curtis seen it, I wonder?
DiaryofaLondonessFebruary 1, 2017 at 4:51 am
Love is all around us!
Clare PhillipsJanuary 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm
What a great piece of theatre – don’t we all need cheering up in these dreary days. Sounds delightful and shall be watching you for more recommendations. Thanks from another culture seeking Londoner x
DiaryofaLondonessJanuary 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm
Glad you enjoyed it Clare! Scarlett x
Lucy SiddiqiJanuary 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm
Love the sound of this one – going to book tickets now. Thanks Londoness! It’s always a joy to see the productions in smaller theatres.
DiaryofaLondonessJanuary 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Hope you enjoy it Lucy. Love to hear what you think. Scarlett x
Lorenne RioJanuary 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm
Sorry we are not in London we cannot go and see that piece. I hope it comes to Paris
DiaryofaLondonessJanuary 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm
I wonder what the Parisians would make of it!
clarissa MorrisJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm
I was there also – it is FANTASTIC and hilariously funny. What else do you suggest for this month in theatre terms?
DiaryofaLondonessJanuary 30, 2017 at 5:46 pm
Try “Travesties” which is a Menier Chocolate Factory transfer to the Apollo and “Sex with Strangers” at the Hampstead Theatre. Let me know what you think!
Kameron BrownJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Wow it looks like a great piece! Thanks for the share @ Diary of a Londoness!
DiaryofaLondonessJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm