Category: 7. Love in the Past Participle



“Hamilton May’s writing is both beautifully poetic and detailed as modern and witty”


Playmakers at Tabard Theatre presents six new plays among which is John Hamilton May’sLove in the Past Participle. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival this is a play that I’m curious about even before entering the theatre – a new play is an exciting event and I am hoping it adds a new perspective to the well-discussed subject of love.

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Four actors in a cosy and intimate office-like space deliver monologues to the audience as if what they are saying is what we could read in their private journals. It is their love lives that they are sharing and though they seem disconnected at the beginning we soon realise they are intertwined and not in a conventional way. The play portrays a lesbian and a gay couple in different points of their amorous relationship – one at a peak point, ready for marriage, the other at a saturation point, ready for rupture. Always in this narrative setup and not acknowledging each other, the actors successfully keep us engaged with their energy and great characterisation and this makes us empathise and care for the characters in a short period of time. Special mention goes to the actresses Ashley Beckett and Tamaryn Payne – they bring such beauty and tenderness to the words describing the characters’ love for one another that it makes the ending more poignant.

Hamilton May’s writing is both beautifully poetic and detailed as modern and witty – both amusing and endearing, always in the past participle. However, the connection between the two couples in the end feels a bit forced and rather short. I would say the audience wants more by the end of it. Maybe there should be a Love in the Future Tense so we can learn more about the lives of these brief characters.

I am not exactly sure what the conclusion to be grasped is rather than merely restating the plot: there are two couples, in or out of love, who have lost that love they once had – If we are going to speak of love and relationships I would enjoy a bit more detail so one can learn something new from it. 3.5/5

By Sofia Moura

Love in the Past Participle was shown at the Playmakers Festival at the Tabard Theatre from Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th April.



“Five stars: I was hooked from the start.”


2015 is the inaugural year for the ‘Playmakers Festival’ at the Tabard Theatre where over the course of 6 days, six new plays were given their London premier, and I was lucky enough to catch one of the shows “Love in the Past Participle” presented by A Friend of a Friend Productions.

A long table, with all sorts of ordinary detritus dominated the room as the audience took their seats. After a while and with no particular rush, the actors (Ashley Beckett, Joshua Diffley, Philip Honeywell & Tamaryn Paynes) come on, sat down and started doing ordinary things, never acknowledging each other. As the lights went down, they started to talk, each delivery interlinked monologues giving their own version of how they had arrived at the place they were at relationship-wise today. Individuals they may be, but it is soon made clear that the lives of the stories of these four are closely related and will eventually come together in a most explosive way.


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One last chance (for now)

Last night’s performance of Love in the Past Participle at the Tabard Theatre was SOLD OUT! If you didn’t manage to bag a return ticket, then don’t panic, you still have one last chance tonight. A limited number of tickets are still available online. Book now and we’ll see you tonight:


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Production Photography

Gorgeous photographer Bogdan Staiculescu has been back in the rehearsal room and we just couldn’t wait to share his snaps with you!

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Behind the Scenes

We thought you might want a sneak peak from the Love in the Past Participle rehearsals. So here’s what we’ve been up to for the last few weeks:


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