Futures Festival: Talking Stages

Mwansa Phiri


Pleasance London


(60 mins)


'The dating pool has piss in it.'

Lelani wants to meet the man of her dreams. Elijah wants to be the kind of man women dream about. After connecting on a dating app, their attempt to live happily ever after becomes derailed by the never-ending relationship advice debated on Twitter. Set to a soundtrack of 90s RnB, Talking Stages is a romantic comedy that asks the question - why are we all finding it so hard to fall in love?

Developed as part of Soho Theatre's Writers' Lab 2021/2022

SHORTLISTED: Tony Craze Award 2022

Cast and Creatives:
Written by Mwansa Phiri
Directed by Taiwo Oyebola
Produced by Visual Sauce
Associate produced by Emmanuella Damptey

Reviews for previous work:

‘A tightrope walk between joy and tragedy’ ★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

‘A fantastically authentic piece of theatre that is captivating dark and heartbreaking’ ★★★★ Binge Fringe

‘One of the fringe must-see shows for 2023’ ★★★★ Theatre and Arts Review

‘A powerful, raw and goose-bump inducing performance’ ★★★★ Three Weeks

'Superb performance' Guardian


'This is an intriguing one' Independent

About Futures Festival
Futures Festival is a festival of work-in-progress shows from leading independent performance makers. Each week is curated by a Pleasance Associate Artist around a different theme. This year's festival lineup is…

The Future Is Thirsty AF with Louise Orwin
A week of performances with a focus on social media, shifting paradigms, multimedia and the climate crisis.

The Future Is Queer with Sweet Beef
A week of performance by queer theatremakers pushing formal boundaries to create interactive work from drag and cabaret to formally experimental work.

The Future Is Violet with Papergang Theatre Company
A week of character driven work that challenges tokenism and rises above marginalisation.

Find the full Futures Festival line-up here.

Futures Festival is supported by Christina Smith Foundation.

All shows in the Futures Festival are taking part in a Pay What You Can scheme. Ticket prices range from £6-£15. Please pick the pricing most suitable for you. 100% of ticket income, goes direct to the artists presenting.

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Futures Festival: Talking Stages


Pleasance London

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