LOVE STEALS US FROM LONELINESS
by Gary Owen
This play was commissioned and produced by the National Theatre Wales and its first performance was at Hobos, Bridgend on 7 October 2010.
Set in Bridgend in Wales, Love Steals Us from Loneliness focuses on the family and friends of a teenager (Lee) killed in a car accident. SCOTT was Lee’s best friend. He confessed love for Catrin, Lee’s girlfriend, and kissed her. Catrin told Lee and, consequently, Lee stormed off in his car. This excerpt occurs in the second half of the play when SCOTT remembers back to a time when he, Welly, Huw, Rob and Lee made a pact that whoever died first would send a message to the others (proving there was life after death). However, after Lee’s death, the message didn’t come at the agreed time.
We used to go for chips every dinner time.
We’d cross Merthyr Mawr Road, then cut in the back of the tennis club.
Then by the side of the river, into town.
There was a chip shop with a pool hall above.
It’s a rock club now.
You may know it.
We’d bomb down there and wander back
Stopping on the bridge, sitting on the stones in Newbridge
Fields for a bit
With chip cones steaming off vinegar in our hands.
One day you said
D’you think you go on after you die?
Or is that just it, once you’re gone you’re gone?
You said, it’d be handy to know either way.
But so far no-one in history had figured it out.
And you said
Well then boys.
Looks like it’s down to us.
We decided that whoever ghosted first should return and