Now then folks, this post is a little out of the ordinary, and I know you’re waiting with baited eyes for the shortlist for number #52, but I wanted to take this opportunity to alert you to an exciting little love-related expo that’s popping up in London town next week.
The event is called Reply to: PO Box 49, and it’s a celebration of over 300 years of the lonely heart’s ad (the first ever one was published in 1695, fancy that! That’s even longer than I’ve been single!). It’s an experiential live theatre event which will be held in the delightful Battersea Mess and MusicHall from Wednesday 11th of July until Saturday 14th of July. It includes works from over 70 creatives including film-makers, directors, actors and singers, and documents the eternal quest for love, from the very first lonely heart’s ad to modern day interweb dating. When you enter the event, you’ll be led and coerced through the series of scenes around the building by elusive guides and cross-century characters, and you’ll be absorbed into the weird and wonderful pan-historical world of lonely hearts.
Why am I telling you this? Well one of the lovely producers got in touch having read my other dating blog, Internet Berating, which is all about the weirder side of internet dating emails, asking if I’d like to be involved somehow. And of course, since I’ve become some sort of self-styled Queen of Lonely Hearts, I said yes! So as part of Reply to: PO Box 49, a selection of my dating emails will be performed, recorded, and played in a wide variety of different places including a busy train station and the toilets, and quite frankly, I’m delighted! I shall be popping along to the event myself on Wednesday, which of course will coincide with the reveal of my shortlisted candidates for Mr #52, so I plan to celebrate with a cheeky cocktail or two, and an interactive theatrical experience. Lovely.
So where’s the summary of all the key info? Why, right here of course:
Reply to: Po Box 49
A History of the Lonely Heart
A Curious Dave Production
Wednesday 11th July - Saturday 14th July 2012
Battersea Mess & Music Hall, SW11 1DJ
HOW CAN I ATTEND?
Website and tickets : www.replytopobox49.com
Price: Only £10, for a romantic experiential theatrical artistic adventure. That's like buy one get four free!
I’M ON TWITTER, AND I WANT TO FOLLOW?
Twitter : @PObox49 #PObox49
So what are you waiting for? Click, book, go, and prepare to be moved, amused, shocked and intrigued. But the one thing you won’t be is lonely...