Tell me the truth about love
Tell Me The Truth About Love
Celebrating in words and music the relationship between the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, this play draws on the many letters which the couple wrote to each other between 1939 and 1976.
The piece was first staged as part of FitzFest in June 2017 – one month before the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which finally decriminalised sex between consenting males over the age of 21.
Matthew Coulton and Stewart Clegg played the parts of Britten and Pears. Excerpts from Britten’s music were performed by the FitzFest musicians under Daniel Bates, and by the tenor Andrew Staples.
It was staged again at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre in February 2018, with songs from the tenor Tim Langston.
It’s one of those plays that carries on in the head – those two brilliant people sustaining and nourishing their love through such long separations, having to keep it secret for so long.
The actors were lovely, and the musicians brilliant.