The Good Room and Queensland Theatre Company
in association with Brisbane Festival 2014

Around the world, people love. They sing for love, they dance for love, they compose poems and stories about love. They tell myths and legends about love. They pine for love, they live for love, they kill for love, and they die for love. Anthropologists have found evidence of romantic love in 170 societies. They’ve never found a society that did not have it. – Helen Fisher, The Brain In Love

Based entirely on anonymous stories, I Want To Know What Love Is is a theatrical work made in response to the fragments of love, yearning and heartbreak submitted by the general public via the specially-built website: wewantyourlove.com

You are invited to bear witness to the love stories of strangers – some epic, others fleeting – as we ask some hard questions about the heart: What have you done for love? Is yours the greatest love story never told? Who, or what, do/did you love? Why? Is love science or poetry? What does love look/smell/taste like? What is the ultimate love song or lyric? Was there ever a time when love just wasn’t enough …

I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried thoughts, stories, crushes and conquests as secret confessions are transformed into magnificent declarations centre stage. This is a celebration of the ordinary made extraordinary. This is for you.

‘Visually, this is a beautiful production. Mountains of artificial rose petals are used in clever ways, and are just as striking as a post-breakup wasteland as they are as joyful confetti. Quotes from the submissions that make up the show descend from the ceiling to great effect (one less than subtle sentiment was a particular hit, both during the show and in the Instagram swarm that followed), and it’s a real treat to be able to wander around the stage on the way out. You might need to take a moment to compose yourself before exploring, though – you’ll be moved, and they won’t be rom-com tears. Bring tissues, but not your Mum.’

‘I Want to Know What Love Is tastes like a fistful of sticky, sugary, virtual cotton candy goodness, with a bit of harsh reality thrown in…

It’s the sort of verbatim theatre I love – not too verbatim – the words are painted in full colour, with layers upon layers of meaning between them and the canvas…The stories we hear range from love at first sight, I’ll love you forever, happily ever after tales to devastating blame games, plots for revenge and guilt-ridden admissions. Wow, we actually begin to feel like we know these people. We think perhaps we are these people. Not so random after all…

I Want To Know What Love Is is elegant, sophisticated, heartfelt, inspiring and uplifting; it’s delicious festival fodder. It’s original, beautiful and unfortunately, it will disappear after this week…or will it?

Go now, just in case. You don’t want to miss this. It’s gorgeous theatre’

‘Theirs is a brave examination of a broad canvas. The actors do not shy away from coarse but appropriate language here, personal detailed descriptions of first or later encounters, emotional turmoil – all the peaks and depths of love…

The performers breathe life into memorable moments from anonymous people’s lives. If we in the audience are also seduced momentarily into moments from our own past, that’s theatre magic. This company nails it.’

‘What do I say?
This play, this freaking play, was one of the best, actually scratch that, the best play I have seen. Ever.’