Riverside Theatres Presents
A Ten Tonne Sparrow production
LOVE SONG DEDICATIONS (WITHOUT RICHARD MERCER)
Created and performed by Tom Hogan and Bonnie Leigh-Dodds
Lighting Design by Emma Lockhard-Wilson
In 2013, after 17 years of being on air, late night radio legend, Richard Mercer, left his final Love Song Dedication. Now, two brave friends attempt to fill the void that ‘The Love God’ left behind.
Join Bonnie and Tom on their quest to find the perfect love song. After listening to literally thousands of dedications this hilarious duo are neck deep in the challenge. They seriously need your help. It’s going to take all night! Actually, only about 70 minutes. You’ll laugh, you might cry. And your heart will soar (secretly) at all those half-forgotten songs you’re ashamed to know the lyrics to.
Part comedy show and part performance, the critically acclaimed and utterly charming Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) will take you on a joyous ride through contemporary politics, philosophy and wicked dance moves, one pop song at a time. In a world of post-truths, pandemics, ironic memes and anti-social media, this highly intelligent and warm-hearted show is the ultimate therapeutic experience. Irony will be truly dead, and only one question will hang in the air: “What is love? (…Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more…)”
- This production contains mild coarse language and mild sexual references.
- *Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8839 3399.
Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19. Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.
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Promotional photography by Nick Mckk
Production photography by Freya Ludowici
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Tom is a writer and performer, exploring authenticity and mythology through comedy and collaboration. Under the name Scott Sandwich, he is an esteemed and prolific performance poet, and his work The Kalevala (According to Scott Sandwich) has featured in galleries in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Spain, and Benin. He co-wrote Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays (2017) with Finn O’Branagain, as well as writing and performing in The Epic (2015 – 2018). He produces the podcasts Missing Richard Mercer, Obscure Music History and Polish Club’s Sophmore Slump. He also composes music for theatre, film, and performance nationally.
Bonnie is a Melbourne-based creative with a background in theatre, marketing, writing and producing. She currently works for Melbourne Theatre Company and has previously held the position of Marketing and Communications Manager for Next Wave and Brunswick Mechanics Institute, and has worked at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Union House Theatre and Australian Shakespeare Company. She was also Co-Director for Small and Loud, a monthly scratch night held at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 2018 – 2020.
Green Room Association Awards
Best Sound Design and Composition
Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards
“One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see!” – Alt Media
“The show is hilarious, surprisingly touching and very fast paced…” – Sydney Arts Guide
★★★★½ – The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
“A bonkers and exhilarating romp through the highs and lows of ’80s and ’90s power ballads, elevator music and hideously awkward encounters with matters of the heart.” – The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
“Hogan and Leigh-Dodds are intelligent and effervescent, both youthful specimens, full of beans and big ideas…” – SuzyGoesSee
“Funny and spirited, it will melt the inhibitions of even the most cynical.” – The Buzz from Syd
”… audiences comment and cheer; we turn to strangers and smile at each other and laugh together on our way out of the venue, strangers no more.” – Sydney Arts Guide