From our obsession with early 00’s virginal pop stars, to mid 00’s dreamy emo boys, to baring it all on social media today…
Friday Night Love Poem is a funny, cringey and heartfelt throwback to the female teenage experience, from the early 00's to today. Three coming-of-age stories, one epic play about the journey to embracing female pleasure.
Written by Natalia Knowlton
Presented by Crossline Theatre
Full-length play, 4-5 actors
Directed by Mariana Aristizábal
Kate - Gina Ruysen
Paula - Vanessa Labrie
Sarah - Amanda Vilanova
Cecilia - Kara Chamberlain
Mia - Jordan Daley
Stage manager - Sam Campbell
Set & costume designer - Malena Arcucci
Sound designer - Laura Iredale
Friday Night Love Poem first premiered in May 2019 at Drayton Arms Theatre (London), The Warren (Brighton Fringe) and Camden People's Theatre (London). The premiere production was directed by Sammy Glover and the original cast included: Kara Chamberlain, Vanessa Labrie, Cicely Long and Gina Ruysen. The latest version of Friday Night Love Poem streamed online for two weeks in August 2021 on Zoo TV (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Fringe).
Natalia started writing Friday Night Love Poem as part of her Masters in Playwriting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, under the mentorship of Clare Bayley and Ola Animashawun. A rehearsed reading of the script took place in May 2018 at Camden People's Theatre (London). It was directed by Sammy Glover and the cast included: Laura Asare, Kara Chamberlain, Mary Higgins and Allegra Marland.
"An important piece of theatre on consent and the unspoken realities of women and sex." ★★★★ The Only Culture Vulture
“Refreshing, comedic and highly empathetic take on the female sexual experience.” ★★★★ Theatre T
“The characters feel authentic and not ciphers bereft of depth.” ★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
Photography by Ali Wright.