Funny, filthy and human: Why 'I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change' is the comedy musical we need right now

Funny, filthy and human: Why 'I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change' is the comedy musical we need right now

We caught up with the Director, Tom Heald, to find out more about this comedy show: pegged as ‘a witty musical revue, tackling modern love in all its forms’

What drew you to directing this particular show?

This show sits perfectly within my sense of humour. The show ranges from quick-witted in some places to downright filthy in others. But what really drew me to the show was how fully realised the characters are and how there are real, sad and human moments which contrast with the moments of humour.  

How are you finding the role of directing so far?

Very daunting! I have never directed before and it can be difficult to describe your vision to the people in the room,  but I’m very lucky to have an incredibly talented and rather lovely cast as well as a very talented production crew.  

What are your personal highlights from the show/rehearsals?

This is the first show I have done since the real heights of the pandemic. It has been great to actually be back in a room creatively looking at a show with actual human beings again! 

We have a small cast of 7 in this show and we use this small cast as an opportunity to put across this fringe-y aesthetic with all props and costumes being on stage throughout. I hope that this unique staging process will make this production stand out!.

How is this show relevant to our lives today? What will resonate with people?

This show was originally written in the 90’s, but the version we are doing is from the 2018 revival, so some of the more outdated parts of the original script have been updated for a modern audience. The way people date has changed rather drastically in the last ten years or so and songs like ‘Picture of His Penis’ take a humorous look at how the development of technology has changed the way people date. As well as generally updated references, ‘The Baby Song’ involves a same-sex couple and I have tried to involve same-sex relationships within the direction to reflect a more accurate depiction of modern relationships.

Why is it important that people take time to see this show?

The show is obviously very funny, but the words of Joe DiPietro (the lyricist of the show) stuck with me throughout the rehearsal process. He said ‘when performing this show, obviously make it funny but don’t forget to make it human too’ This is something I think particularly will stick with people as, although the show is silly in places, there are moments of real heart.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change plays at the ADC Theatre between Tuesday 26 and Saturday 30 April

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