Love, Lies and Taxidermy


ISBN: 9781848425897
Author: By Alan Harris
Publication Date: 4/08/2016
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


An offbeat love story about Mr Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in.

This is a boy-meets-girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice-cream salesman at a medical-research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First date in Tesco and things are going well.

But it’s difficult to fall in love when your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat of a prison sentence.

Alan Harris’s play Love, Lies and Taxidermy was first produced by Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre, Roundabout, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before touring.

‘Fits perfectly into Paines Plough’s own distinctive brand of romcom… using wit, speed and countless asides to the audience, [it will leave] the average viewer in tears by the end, though whether of laughter, sadness or empathy might vary from person to person’
British Theatre Guide

‘Stupidly lovely… It’s not the stuff of traditional romcoms, and it takes place in a town where it seems as if all roads lead to Tesco, where it’s always drizzling and the future is pretty bleak whatever your age. But out of this, Harris spins a piece of very funny popular theatre about the need for dreams, seizing the initiative when all seems lost and bringing people together’

‘Raucously funny… a joyful, surprising tribute to love, hope, community and big ideas. It will have you walking away with a spring in your step’

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