Gay investigative journalist Babatunde ‘Babs’ Okonkwo has come to visit his lesbian best friend Regina ‘Regi’ Abengowe in Lewisham, south London. With mounting pressures back in Nigeria, where homosexuality is illegal and escalating dangers for their partners, Babs and Regi hatch a plan to get married. They hope this ‘cover’ will stop the threatening rumours and allow Babs to safely expose the inhumane treatment of LGBTQIA+ people in Nigeria, especially in the north where being gay is publishable by death.
Between Waitrose shifts, Regi's undergraduate degree, and snippets of news from back home, Regi and Babs put their friendship to the test. With the help of Regi’s 89-year-old German Jewish neighbour and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ Board Game.
But the storms are gathering in Nigeria. Regi records the acts of violence happening to their friends and Babs’s own brother threatens to betray him. As the wedding approaches, Regi and Babs must choose what they care about the most.
how we love is a new play about different types of love.
AIRLOCK is a theatre company passionate about engaging, accessible new writing featuring queer characters.
Previous praise for AIRLOCK
★★★★★ Jack the Lad - "One of the best new plays we have seen this summer."
★★★★ LondonTheatre1 - “Poignant, current and witty." / LGBTQ Arts Review - “Occasionally surreal... Witty and sharp."
★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 - "A new level of imagination."
★★★★ BroadwayBaby - “The show crackles along with a significant amount of fizz and humour [... ] An engrossing, moving and captivating hour.”
★★★★ BroadwayBaby - “This production by AIRLOCK is atmospheric and beautifully realised.”
★★★★ Edinburgh Guide - "This is a nicely crafted, polished and deeply impressive piece of theatre."
ANNETTE BROOK is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Young Writers’ Programme and their ‘Invitation’ group and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2015-16. Plays include: GALA MAE (Matchstick Piehouse, 2019) longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award 2016; COLD BLOW LANE (Matchstick Piehouse, 2018); THE MARRIAGE OF LADY MEDE (Ledbury Fesitval and Shoreditch Town Hall, 2017, THE OTHER HALF (The Feminist Library, 2015); LITTLE BABY NOTHING, (Theatre503, 2013)
ROBBIE TAYLOR HUNT is a Kiwi-Brit director and a graduate of the Mercury Theatre’s Early Career Training Programme. His directing credits include TUNA (VAULT Festival 2020), ERIS by John King (Bunker Theatre), WIFE by Ella Duffy (Theatre503, Manchester Royal Exchange), and RABBIT by Nina Raine (Mercury Theatre). He has had assistant director roles on the London Fringe, in regional theatres, and on the West End. He is an apprentice intimacy director with IDI-UK.Book Now
(from the scratch performance of the first 10 minutes. Southwark Playhouse, 2018)
‘Humorous and harrowing in equal measure.’
‘... an interesting plot... certainly has potential as a concept.’
(from the showcase performance of first 10 minutes. Bunker Theatre, 2019)
'A well-observed portrait of two lives arranging themselves in a delicate, risky balance that opened my eyes to the hardships of LGBTQ+ people in Nigerian society.'
'Gorgeously light hearted humour framing some really hard shit that’s so very important to see and talk about right now'
'How we love had real depth. The two hander switched tones effortlessly, providing moments of warmth, humour and lightness in the witty interactions between the endearing central pair, but a warmth that was constantly made frail, and precious, by a sense of real danger pressing in on them from outside.'
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