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147 Questions About Love, Paul Davies and Catherine Bennett. Image Courtesy of Volcano Theatre 147 Questions About Love, Paul Davies and Catherine Bennett. Image Courtesy of Volcano Theatre

What if, right at the very beginning of a relationship, you apologise for everything that will accrue? Or if, in the throes of that first intimate ecstasy, saysorry for what s to come? Emma Geliot digests the questions that should be on every internet dating profile.

In a very compact space, with a maximum audience of 20, 147 Questions About Love , is tender, beautifully observed and often very funny. Inspired by the novel The Interrogative Mood, by Padgett Powell, and created and performed by Catherine Bennett and Paul Davies (both stalwarts of Volcano Theatre), this production slowly draws the audience into intimate moments, laying bare the complicated nature of the emotion we all crave.

147 Questions About Love. Paul Davies and Catherine Bennett 147 Questions About Love. Paul Davies and Catherine Bennett

For all of the common ground that brings couples together, some of the smaller, more slowly revealed questions can prove to be deal breakers. What if your lover prefers fox-trotting to a waltz? Subscribes to a political, philosophical or religious view that you just can t agree with? What if they don t appreciate that there are burrowing owls in the UK, or dance as you ask these fundamental questions? What if their fears are not yours, or their DIY skills dubious (I feared for the stability of the table, one of the minimal props)? All the physical Volcano hallmarks are here, tempered for more mature performance now. Walls are climbed as one would rush upstairs to find spectacles, forget what the climb was for and pick up a toothbrush instead. Those exasperating lapses as the cracks begin to show, or are re-cemented by a moment of unexpected acceptance.

At a running time of just under an hour, this is a perfect hot nugget of observational wisdom, which burns through the brain for hours afterwards. Volcano continues to deliver the goods, offeringsurprises that add depth, rather than a one-line gag.

If you ve ever been in love, or want to be, go and see this, then work on how you would burrow if you were an owl it could save your relationship.

147 Questions Abut Love is at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 09 & 10 October at 8.30 Book Tickets here and at Theatre Ffwrnes, Llanelli 19 November 11 am, 1pm & 7.30pm Book Tickets here

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