Review: My Romantic History, Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge

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It may have been Valentine’s Day this weekend but a touring play called My Romantic History was far from, well, romantic.

Here were one night stands, broken hearts, work hook-ups, cheating and an abortion.

The course of a true romcom never did run smooth, it seems.

But this frothy three-hand tale of two 30-somethings still struggling to get over high school love was still an enjoyable date for the night.

The story was simple. Two colleagues get together one Friday and find themselves in a relationship neither want. A third of the play is told from his viewpoint. A third from hers. And the final third, when things come to an unlikely ending, is neutral.

The whole thing is made up by short, snappy scenes featuring razor sharp dialogue and a revolving Brit Pop soundtrack.

Ryan Cerenko as Tom is particularly effective, turning a potentially self-indulgent character into a charmer as confused by growing up as the rest of us. Samantha Edwards too gets laugh after laugh as a series of minor characters.

Yes, it’s twee but it’s poignant and funny. Ever seen A Kind Of Loving, a 1962 kitchen-sink drama set in Preston? It’s a 21st century version of that - and that’s no bad thing.