‘A Simple Tale of Love’ Comes to the London Horror Festival

As the veil between the two worlds thins and Halloween approaches, what better way to spend your evening than dancing with the devil!  Friday the 29th of October downstairs at the Pleasance Theatre…

Leave your rationality at home as you enter the curious world of ‘A Simple Tale of Love’ – imagine the vicar of Dibley and Faustus thrown together. Will it all end in damnation, an inferno of passion or with a cup of tea?

Meet Molly – a seemingly ordinary, middle aged woman who’s been cheated on, divorced and in a job where she’s the butt of the joke – life’s not going so well.

And the object of her desire is JD – a very unusual and strange man – exiled from his home, friendless, jobless and clueless!

After a chance meeting one night in a dark alley way their lives become entwined and Molly soon feels intoxicated by his mysterious and peculiar ways – but what other ominous secrets does he have apart from confiscated knives? 

The play not only explores the love between two people but the love of one’s self, of one’s dreams and is a metaphor for the reawakening of your deepest, darkest passion.

This one act two-hander dark dramedy is both poignant and absurd, evoking tears and laughter. Written by Sasha Ravencroft, directed by Nicole Roberts Ryder and starring Helen Walling-Richards and Daniel Singh Pabla, with Kristina Poliszczuk as Stage Manager and choreographies by Summer Jay Jones. This is Rude Raven Productions’ debut professional play.

‘A gentle comedy about women’s empowerment and lust for life’ – London Pub Theatres Magazine

‘A morality play of sorts, A Simple Tale of Love was well-written, boldly lit and was strongly directed by Nicole Roberts Ryder. This fifty-minute production is packed with impressive monologues and good pacing’ – Mark Aspen Reviews

‘A real joy with delicious writing and engaging actors’ – London Pub Theatres Magazine

‘Dark bizarrely funny drama. A tale of a mythical place, vulnerability, Salsa dancing and protecting love. Wonderfully entertaining’ – Karen (@MrsOsmond_)

‘The writing is outstanding’ – London Pub Theatres Magazine

‘Molly is very likable, and Helen Walling-Richards easily wins over the audience with her accessible and sympathetic characterisation making Molly a woman struggling to be noticed and stuck in a life she doesn’t enjoy’ – The Reviews Hub

‘Daniel Singh Pabla as JD has some terrific moments and wicked expressions which make it quite clear he’s not from around here’ – London Pub Theatres Magazine

Running time: 50 mins


Playing at The London Horror Festival:


@The Pleasance Theatre (downstairs) on the 29th October ’21 at 18:30 

Tickets £9 (£8 concessions)

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