Love for Sale
a 1930s cabaret-play
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'Kelly Burke seems to have come to life from a Henry Miller novel and walked straight onto the set of Casablanca. In this cheap bar with a “cheap pianist” we have an intimate conversation about the human heart — and Burke’s talent is spectacular.' Fringe Guru
'A heartfelt and stylish show which is as intelligent as it is decadent.' The List
Oh show us the way to the next whisky bar —
oh, don’t ask why.
An American nobody, just on the wrong side of young, runs off to Paris to escape the Depression. When she finds herself a sweet Frenchman and a gig in a cheap cabaret, she thinks she’s cheated fate — but the City of Light has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Love for Sale was developed site-specifically for Wilton’s Music Hall, where it played to sold-out houses before moving on to the St James Studio, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Soho Playhouse, Off-Broadway.
a play about Zelda Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald is a novelist. Mrs. Fitzgerald is a novelty.
-- Ring Lardner
Zelda Sayre is the belle of Alabama, the outrageous good-time girl who captures the heart – and imagination – of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their life together is one great party, from the madness of Jazz Age New York to the gin-soaked glamour of the Riviera. Then Zelda takes up writing herself — and more than her marriage begins to crack up.
Zelda has played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the West End, and was most recently seen in a salon performance for L'Air Arts, Paris.
'Witty, thoughtful and full of subtle nuances, this play about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife is not to be missed. Kelly Burke’s performance as Zelda is a tour de force — enthralling. Burke effortlessly creates this attractive, intelligent heroine, making her sympathetic, enigmatic and engaging in equal measure. Brilliantly written, smoothly staged and superbly acted, Zelda is one of the best hours you will spend this festival.'
'An outstanding piece about the agonies of art and the burdens of love.'
OffWestEnd Award finalist, Best Female Performer, Kelly Burke
Natalie Barney's Last Salon
a Modernist invocation
Nothing about me should surprise you...
I'm an American.
Natalie Barney’s Last Salon explores the sensational life of the Parisian-based American icon whose legendary literary salon gave birth to Modernism, and whose Sapphic affairs scandalised polite society.
The play was commissioned and performed in February 2020 as part of the Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves series at Shakespeare's Globe, and was subsequently adapted as an audio drama for Reading Fringe Digital with Lucy Newman-Williams and Augustina Seymour, directed by Fiona Leonard.
Stay tuned for news of post-pandemic performances...