It has been announced that Michelle Barnette’s debut play Love Me Now will play at the Tristan Bates Theatre from the 27th March. 

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Exploring casual dating and the grey area between love and sex, consent and compliance, yes and no, the world premiere of Michelle Barnette’s play will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre in March.

She’s a cool girl.She’s independent.She doesn’t worry about what she eats.
And she fucks whoever she wants.But when casual sex comes routine and what was convenient becomes all-consuming, she’s stuck being someone she never wanted to be.

Funny and honest, the play explores the superficial intimacies we share and the defensive barriers we put up.

Talking about the play Michelle Barnette said: “This play has been sitting in a drawer for longer than I care to admit, but somehow feels more relevant now than when I wrote it. #MeToo showed the world how pervasive rape culture is, and how deeply women of all ages have been affected by it. Ultimately, Love Me Now is about the emotional repercussions of consistently presenting ourselves through a male lens, accepting our emotions and needs as secondary. We have to stop allowing ourselves to be supporting characters in our own narratives.”

The production is directed by Jamie Armitage and will feature set and costumes by Fin Redshaw, sound by Andy Josephs and lighting by Ben Jacobs.

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