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I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You | Old Red Lion Theatre

Audiences arriving at the Old Red Lion Theatre for I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before could be forgiven for believing they’ve taken a wrong turn into a nightclub, especially given the above-pub setting of the venue.

With thumping bass, flashing lights, and the two actors dancing while sneaking each other tentative glances, the opening scene of I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before throws us straight into the beginning of writer-actor David Scotland’s relationship with Art (Robert Strange), which also serves as a metaphor for his relationship with art as a passion and a career choice.

The story is told in two strands, the first depicting Dave and Art’s relationship as it develops and then fractures, and the second a series of monologues in which Dave explores topics including religion, sexuality, grief and the struggles of forging a career in the arts.

Scotland is energetic and likeable as a performer, while his script tackles some challenging issues in a relatable manner. It can feel slightly disjointed at times, but always provides food for thought for the audience.

Opposite Scotland in the relationship scenes, Strange is enigmatic and amusing as Art, although his motivations are not always as clear as Dave’s as the audience is only able to experience him through Dave’s eyes.

Music and movement are also woven into the performance, with a playlist featuring Azealia Banks, New Order, The 1975 and Tom Odell among others, which audience members are encouraged to download after the show. The playlist sets the mood well, while Amy Allen’s direction is skillful and enhances the intimacy of the piece.

Touching and thought-provoking, I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before takes its audience on a whirlwind journey through the writer’s life, while also encouraging them to examine similar themes within their own lives.

I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre until 25th May. For more information and tickets, follow the link here.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4*)

Gifted tickets in return for an honest review


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