WLTM

WLTM (Would Like to Meet) is a studio show about love, hopes and our imagined future.

A piece to make you happy, WLTM has it all. From putting the fun into dating, we cover hopes and failed relationships, socio-political commentary and an (optional) interactive dance: this piece may just make you fall for the person sat next to you! This piece is as much about us as it is for you!

PS: Dress: casual! Memories welcome! Dancing permitted!

A little about the concept

Performance is always about relationships. Between performers, between audience and performer, between a performer and objects … relationships are integral parts of performing. We’re interested in all of those, yes, but in this work we are interested above all in what might be called the romantic relationship – the kind we’re in with one another. In the consuming passion. In the moment when dinner for two turns into a stomach-knotted rollercoaster of wanting, needing, lusting. The moment – days, months, years (lucky or unlucky?) later – when dinner for two turns into fear, loathing, and a stomach balled with hate. And everything in between.

Two Destination Language’s WLTM exposes our own histories, our own foibles, our own failures through devised text, movement and audience participatory games. A piece about love and sex, one night stands and soul mates it foregrounds the human relationships as vital to all that we call life. It lets the audience share their hopes – declare their love if need be – and expel the bile-ridden past. It invites us all to become better lovers. Research (PAIR Project, University of Texas) suggests we make our relationships through wanting them – compatibility doesn’t exist, just willingness to try – so we’ve a good chance of creating true love.

Responses to the work

“Since watching Would Like to Meet last week, I’ve seen Michael Clark Company, Jarvis Cocker and the Britten Sinfonia, but it’s Would Like to Meet that has stayed with me.

We learn at the outset that scientific research says there is no such thing as compatibility, just the desire to make a relationship work. Kat and Alister, Bulgarian and Scottish, do have some things in common though, not least woolly socks, hardiness and country dancing. They tell vivid stories, so the people they love crowd into the space – parents, grandparents, sisters and friends – a collage of memories, scenes from meetings and hopes for the future. Some of these hopes – a house with a garden, a dog, a child – are bittersweet, part of a generation who will not be able to finance their children’s lives to the standard their children will expect.

I loved sitting amongst the coloured lanterns and coloured bunting, a cross between a village fete and a late night drink in a holiday taverna, where we were gently encouraged to join in the action, eat bread and honey, learn a dance and perhaps take the opportunity to share our own memories of loved ones with each other. I loved exchanging a stolen look with the person sitting opposite me, a slightly cheeky personal interaction valuable when your family might live on the other side of the world. I smiled at the meeting at a yoga class recounted whilst performing a downward dog, and I laughed quite an embarrassing amount at a melodramatic poem about love across the boundaries of class and wealth set against the theme tune from ‘Titanic’.

Gentle, thoughtful and funny, Would Like to Meet is a memorable piece of interactive theatre perfect for those like me who don’t much enjoy interactive theatre.

Gemma Okell, Salisbury Arts Centre Director

Audience responses

“A wonderful show!”

“Intimate, emotionally provoking, the openness of a relationship and it was incredible how the worked touched me!”

“Sweet+tender+loving! Inclusive and absorbing, a real feel good piece!”

“Liked its tempo, humor, connection, relation and variety!”

“Reality with surrealism”

“Engaging performance, a positive approach to exploring relationships, personal cultural stories, strong thought- provoking script. Innovative, refreshing and poignant. Enjoyed the humorous aspects.”

Performance History

WLTM was at Salisbury Arts Centre on 24th October 2013 – we’ve also been sharing our work as we made it as part of Hunt and Darton Cafe in Cambridge on 25th May, at hatch in Leicester on 17th June, and as part of Practice at Salisbury Arts Centre on 18th July. We also showed excerpts from WLTM as part of Under Construction in Brighton (27th October) and Canterbury (10th November) that same year.

Co-commissioned by Salisbury Arts Centre.