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Last night I was happy to discover a fringe theatre in London I’d never visited before. Positioned on The Cut, opposite the Young Vic, I must have walked past The Calder Bookshop Theatre many times, but never noticed it.
What makes this theatre unique is that, as its name suggests, it’s in a bookshop. I don’t mean in a room above a bookshop, but literally in the shop. We squeezed into the small shop, between walls of books, to see a series of short plays.
Love Bites is a showcase for new writing and currently features six shorts by various writers. All the plays are centred around the same bar and loosely based on the theme of love (with the emphasis on loosely).
The stories are really comedy sketches, apart from the third and most affecting play, Late One Evening, a conversation between a man who has been stood up and an intriguing older lady.
I was thoroughly entertained for two hours and, at just £10 a ticket, I’d highly recommend the show.
Love Bites is on at The Calder Bookshop Theatre until 13 November.