True tales of love from Kingsbury pub

Love Story cast from left to right: Noah Young, Babajide Fado, Nick Ellsworth, Chloe Wigmore and Portia Booroff

Love Story cast from left to right: Noah Young, Babajide Fado, Nick Ellsworth, Chloe Wigmore and Portia Booroff

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A love-struck cast of five will perform romantic tales based on true stories told by the staff and punters of a busy pub over Valentine’s weekend.

Theatre company Openscript will act out bite-sized plays based on the real life love stories of those who work at and visit The Kingsbury in the heart of Aylesbury.

Company director Madeleine Vose first sounded out the idea of Love Story with the pub’s general manager Matt Barry in August last year, and after he came on board she spent time in the pub observing and chatting to the clientele about the first time they fell in love.

Madeleine, who lives in Buckingham Park, Aylesbury, said: “There were families, people coming in to watch the football and those dropping in for a bite to eat.

“I found the pub to be a friendly, relaxed and personable environment and it’s the perfect layout for our performance.”

Madeleine spoke to staff and customers, who she said were ‘incredibly generous’ in sharing their experiences.

The cast – Noah Young, Babajide Fado, Nick Ellsworth, Chloe Wigmore and Portia Booroff – have been rehearsing at the Queen’s Park Arts Centre for the past week, and were the final five whittled down from 550 people who applied for the parts.

Madeleine hopes that Love Story will encourage those who don’t often visit the theatre to enjoy being entertained over a beer, a coffee or the karaoke on Friday night.

Love Story will run for four days over Valentine’s weekend, from Thursday, February 12 to Sunday, February 15. There will be four showings on each day: 11am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7pm.

Love Story was able to go ahead thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of more than 70% towards the project costs, and Aylesbury Town Council contributed 11%

The remaining 9% was raised through donations from families, friends and audiences from Openscript’s last show. For more, search Openscript on Facebook.