Two Loves Lost review

By Student Ambassador, Shania Waterson

Set in London 1955, Two Loves Lost was a heart-felt, one-act play that explored the struggle of being gay before the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. It was produced and directed by Derbyshire LGBT+ and written and performed by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities of Derbyshire.

Main characters, John and Ed, fall in love and John begins his first true love affair. Of course due to the criminalisation of homosexuality at the time, their love had to be kept behind closed doors. A jealous colleague of Ed’s has a suspicion against the pair and they are soon arrested and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

The stage had a simple set of a table and 2 chairs stage right, a sofa upstage, and 2 stalls and a wooden stand stage left. The actors moved the pieces of stage around to create different scenes, but the set itself was effective because it was so simple, that it made you focus on the story being told rather than the set in the background. A newspaper salesman gave us headlines each scene change which I thought was a great move to keep the audience interested- which they definitely were with each witty headline.

The actors multi-rolled extremely well. From a policeman, to a newspaper salesman, to people in care homes and many more, each character had bold characteristics to differ from the rest. Because of this, the audience adored each character and were clearly enjoying every moment of their journey.

The actors were fun and really played into their roles. They took any chance that they could to make cheeky comments if something didn’t go as planned which made the audience laugh and enjoy it even more.

They finished off the show with some facts about the LGBT+ community, to remind us that what we’d just watched happen to John and Ed, happened to many others.

Overall, Two Loves Lost was a great show that highlighted the awful experience the gay community had to go through before the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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