Love, Genius and a Walk - new dates announced

Wednesday 12 September 2018

London Fringe - Shows

Mixing a modern love story with fact-based historical drama, Love, Genius and a Walk continues its London pub theatre tour in October with dates at the Drayton Arms and Etcetera Theatre.
Love, Genius and a Walk at the Drayton Arms Theatre and Etcetera Theatre

Image: Bringing Up The House

Directed by Holly Payne-Strange and written by award-winning author and playwright Gay Walley, this new play - Love, Genius and a Walk - examines the story of Gustav Mahler, his wife Alma, and how stories like theirs affect the world today.

Having had short runs over the summer at Ye Old Rose and Crown and the Rosemary Branch Theatre, the producers - Bringing Up The House - have now announced further dates at the Etcetera Theatre and the Drayton Arms Theatre this October.

Gustav Mahler, a great artist, is devoted only to his work, his wife Alma, has issues of her own.

In despair, Mahler goes to see Freud, and they discuss love and sabotage - and both men know well how the responsibilities of genius weigh.

Contiguously, a modern couple, a banker and his wife (who is writing about Mahler), mirror Alma and Mahler, and the two stories twist and turn through the quagmires of love and genius.

Love, Genius and a Walk was nominated for 6 prizes, including best play, at the Midtown International Festival in New York, and is brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, with producer and director returning to the UK after emigrating to America 22 years ago!

About the playwright

Gay Walley is the author of Strings Attached, which was a finalist for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner Award, the Writer's Voice Capricorn Award, and the Paris Book Festival Award.

The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable was a finalist for the Paris Book Festival Award, and a film based on the book, The Unattainable Story, starring Harry Hamlin was released in 2017.

Ms Walley is also a Zoetrope finalist for her story, The Naked Maja.

About the director

Holly Payne-Strange is a published poet, children's author and reviewer.

She is the resident director of Fireside Mystery Theater, a podcast with over two million downloads, and is also one of World Ocean Art's "Stand out artists" of 2017.

For her work on Energy Tale she was nominated for best director and the overall show was nominated for best production.

She also directed The Other Side of the Sky with Rising Sun Productions, which was selected for a short encore performance to showcase the best of their work that season.

Holly is an associate member of the Directors Guild.

About the company

Bringing Up The House is dedicated to changing lives.

They do this through theatre and housing.

Theatre changes lives in a radical and tangible way, art feeds the soul and stimulates the mind, giving meaning and hope.

They call this the "heart step".

Being housed in a respectful and honorable way is essential.

This is the base that everyone's lives are built upon.

They call this the "nest step".

Step by step they combine art and homes to develop love, strength and stability.

"Change, one person at a time, one animal at a time, one story at a time".


Playwright - Gay Walley

Director - Holly Payne-Strange

Producer - Wendy Payne for Bringing Up The House


The Drayton Arms

153 Old Brompton Road


London SW5 0LJ

Etcetera Theatre

265 Camden High Street

Camden Town

London NW1 7BU


October 7th, 5pm and 8th, 7.30pm - The Drayton Arms

October 12th to 14th, 7.30pm - Etcetera Theatre




Drayton Arms

Etcetera Theatre

Bringing Up The House

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