Runtime: 1h 30m
Hampstead may have lost its Arts Council funding, but it hasn’t lost its eye for a great new play. Joe White’s Blackout Songs sold out the downstairs space late last year and now transfers to the main stage with Alex Austin and Rebecca Humphries reprising their much-admired performances. They play the unnamed couple who think of themselves as artists and who meet at an AA meeting and skive off to the pub together. White’s play has a really interesting structure that isn’t linear and that allows the audience to see the couple at different points in their relationship and leaves them to fill in the blanks as this story, which begins as a rom-com but turns into something more devastating, evolves.
Following its sold-out run in the Downstairs space, a 2023 Olivier Award nomination, three finalist nominations and a win (Rebecca Humphries for Lead Performance in a Play) in the OffWestEnd Awards and amazing reviews, Blackout Songs transfers to a reconfigured main stage for a limited run of 4 weeks only. 'You told me you loved me, once. You said you carried me. You remember that? You still carry me? Or did you drop me, somewhere along the line?' A chance encounter at an AA meeting… They’re drawn to one another, into a crazy passionate bond. Then later, once they’re drinking again, they both have this almost-feeling that they might have met before – could even have been together, sometime in the past… Obviously that’s impossible, so they must be thinking of somebody else. They should really get sober together and figure it out: that would be a worthwhile project. Maybe they will - just after one last quick drink… Joe White is a former Channel 4 Playwriting Award winner whose play Mayfly (Orange Tree) won Most Promising New Playwright at the OffWestEnd Awards. Guy Jones, who directed Mayfly, returns to Hampstead following his triumphant production of Ruby Thomas’ Either The cast includes Alex Austin (I Hate Suzie, Sky; Gundog, Royal Court) and Rebecca Humphries (Ten Percent, Amazon Studios; Wild Honey, Hampstead Theatre).