Sharp, deeply real and moving. Love, Love, Love directed by Mike Bartlett, extraordinarily takes the audience through three action-filled acts jumping from the years 1967,1990 and 2011. Across these acts, we follow a family whose experiences link strongly to social change, intergenerational conflict and economic struggles.

Rachel O'Riordan, the artistic director, says she "can't wait to see how our audience here in Hammersmith reacts" after hinting at the contrasting reactions she expects from the younger and elder audience members. While she felt that younger people would relate to the struggling family dynamic, she then felt as though the older audiences may relate on a closer level to the social changes through time.

I would compare Love, Love, Love to that of 'An Inspector Calls', both highlighting the rapid societal growth and the issues that arise from it. This play premiered in 2010 and Rachel also addressed her interest in how a 2020 audience would react differently to the subjects mentioned.

As a teenager myself, I related to many of the struggles Jamie and Rose went through in Act 2, siding with many of their worries, while next to me my mother understood Kenneth and Sandra's conflicts.

I profoundly enjoyed attending this show, through each act I felt engaged with the naturalistic settings and dialogue. Both enabling me to react humorously and emotionally. The hum of the audience in response to the characters was just a prime example of the immediate and real concerns addressed within the play from many perspectives.

I most enjoyed the narrowing down into one singular family who's problems and conflicts appears as a microcosm for the issues in wider society which is still applicable today.

The actors Nicholas Burns, Rachael Stirling, Isabella Laughland, Mike Noble and Patrick Knowles, played their specific roles so naturally and rich in character.

The set and dialogue were simplistic yet effective which contributed to the naturalistic and real atmosphere of the play. 

All in all, Love, Love, Love is a MUST watch for anyone 12 or over, strong language and on-stage use of cigarettes should be noted before attending. 

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Thank you to Lyric Hammersmith for having me, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the performance.