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Or You Could Kiss Me

National Theatre Cottesloe

An intimate portrait of two lives, told through the medium of puppetry.

Or You Could Kiss Me is the new production from the acclaimed, Laurence Olivier Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.

In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories – one imagined, one remembered – their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey.

Or You Could Kiss Me is an intimate history of two very private lives, lived in extraordinary times. The production uses a bare stage, a handful of domestic props and the puppetry of Handspring Puppet Company, whose techniques were seen in the National Theatre and West End hit War Horse. 

Neil Bartlett, writer and director of Or You Could Kiss Me, is the former artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith. His work also includes a production of Romeo And Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For more about Or You Could Kiss Me at the National Theatre read the First Night Feature.

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Nearest Tube
Waterloo (approx. 250m), Southwark

Nearest Bus
76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)

Nearest Train
Waterloo (approx. 250m)

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Cast & Creative


Adjoa Andoh, Finn Caldwell, Basil JOnes, Adrian Kohler, Craig Leo, Tommy Luther, Marvyn Millar


Director - Neil Bartlett

Producer - National Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company

Designer - Rae Smith, puppet design by Adrian Kohler

Lighting Designer - Chris Davey

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Author - Neil Bartlett and Handspring Puppet Company

Music By - Adrian Tilt

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