Lovers Rock Monologues - The back story

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Feb. 26, 2020, 2:07 p.m.

Lovers Rock Monologues

Wednesday 11th March - Saturday 14th March, 7.45pm

Lovers Rock Monologues is a show celebrating the golden years of Lovers Rock, the 70's and 80's, when many second generation Afro Caribbeans were in their youth going into adulthood.

The show humourously highlights the Lovers Rock lifestyle, the fashion the attitudes and influences of the day, the part the church played in many households and also the highs and lows of falling in love for the first time.

The show delightfully marries storytelling with music to give the audience a theatrically musical experience.

It came about through the will of Janet Kay, Carroll Thompsonand Victor Romero Evans, who had for a long time spoken about staging a Lovers Rock musical. After conceding that to stage a full on musical would be too arduous in terms of costs and staging, it was agreed that an idea which was fun, economical and mobile would be the best option.

Janet Kay then contacted the Millfield Theatre in Edmonton in the hope that they could secure a show there and spoke with Paul Everitt the Artistic director of the theatre. So, with this phone call a deal was secured with The Millfield Theatre who offered Janet, Carroll and Victor a full week at their Enfield Studio theatre - The Dugdale Centre. The show was a SELL OUT before the opening night.

Victor Romero Evans having had experience in writing plays was then assigned by Janet and Carroll to write a musical involving the three artists and a minimum amount of musicians.

Having read 'The Vagina Monologues' Victor decided that a style similar to that concept but with audience participation would be ideal and thus Lovers Rock Monologues was born.

Janet, Carroll and Victor then called on their long time musical associates who had played for them for many a year in the music business.

The Lovers Rock Monologues boat is being kept afloat through the love shown for the show by all who have seen it and the by the efforts of these three artists, Janet Kay who does all the graphics and marketing, Carroll Thompson who is the master of finance and Victor Romero Evans who writes and does the marketing.

So why not come along for a night of hilarious tales and unforgettable music!

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