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Lover, The

In 1984 the great French novelist Marguerite Duras wrote the story of her own youth in Vietnam, a personal truth told in passionate, vivid fragments. These incandescent glimpses of remembrance became one of the most acclaimed and widely read books of modern French literature. Read more …

Now three of Scotland’s major performing arts companies are collaborating in theatre and dance to bring her story to the stage; taking us back to 1929 when a fifteen year old girl crossing the Mekong Delta first catches the attention of an older Chinese man and accepts a ride in his chauffeured limousine. She has no idea how this chance meeting will change her life forever.

50 years on, looking back on their illicit affair which flared and died, she finds the intensity of her first love still burning bright in her memory. It illuminates a past fraught with the confusions of the lovers’ ruthless desire, her own dysfunctional family and the divisive colonial culture which pulled them all apart.


Features about Lover, The

Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick--Putting Marguerite Duras' The Lover onstage.

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 09/01/2018

Jemima Levick and Fleur Darkin on The Lover

Amy Taylor, The Skinny, 12/01/2018

Theatre Preview: Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick on blending theatre and dance in The Lover, their new production for the Royal Lyceum

Mark Fisher, The Scotsman, 16/01/2018

Where and when?

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh from Saturday January 20, 2018, until Saturday February 3, 2018. More info: www.lyceum.org.uk

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