Actually, Love

Musicals and Opera (lgbtq+, live music)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Green
  • 15:45
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: GOYA Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: This show will contain strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Rom-coms and pop songs collide in a musical rollercoaster charting the highs and lows of identity politics, romantic clichés and open-mic nights. Alex is singing – Stevie is watching. The songs tell us their story. Will they fall in love "properly" – as seen in Richard Curtis' 2003 mega-smash Love Actually? Or is that just for straight people? Following their success at last year's Fringe, Musical Theatre Review's Special Award winners GOYA present a queer love story.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access via The Green area. Quite steep ramp at entrance. All seating moveable.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 5 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Johnny Ross 36 days ago

Saw this show day one of the Fringe and, over 80 shows later, it had remained as one of my top favourites of Edfringe 2023. The queer love story is touching, the writing is poignant and hilarious, the critique of the rom-com genre is pitch perfect, the music and singing are sublime and the acting wonderful. As you can tell, I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Go see it.

Peter Mills 38 days ago

A really wonderful show with two charismatic and classy performers on top of their game. Funny, witty, thought provoking and poignant all rolled into one. Highly recommended.

Olivia 48 days ago

This show is really special, and personally my favourite production from week 1. It is confident, funny, sweet, and excellently written and performed. Describing it as 'feel good' almost feels like an under-service, as whilst it's enjoyable to watch, it also has a lot to say about relationships, rom-coms, love, and communication. Layered issues are explored in a thoughtful and often amusing way. 'Actually, Love' works well in an EdFringe slot but is easily strong enough to be extended into a slightly longer production. Highly recommend!

Ben 49 days ago

Really recommend this show - tightly written and perfectly performed, really sweet without being too earnest

Joly Black 50 days ago

A casual and down to earth and very self aware musical… enjoyable, touching and I didn’t want it to end. The music feels very welcome, I wasn’t sat thinking ‘why are you singing?’ - which cannot be said for all new musicals I’ve seen this year haha
I think the queer element of it was also fantastic, not only did I relate to some bits, I felt like I learnt from other bits and got insights into other people’s experiences being queer which was great!
The whole rom-com genre commentary/ subversion was brilliant, very funny and on point.
Highly recommend!!

Hannah Bruce 52 days ago

I loved this show so much. It was heartwarming, feel-good and funny, as well as being technically great. I would definitely recommend this show.

Riya Kataria 53 days ago

I actually loved this show. I always love comedies that don't just compel, but force you to engage in some emotional introspection. The script was engaging and both Sam Woof & Jordan Broatch played off of each other seamlessly. Also, I'm particularly a fan of great soundtracks and both GBF and Funny were highlights. The show is self-aware, snarky, and incredibly compelling in the same breath, and I had a fantastic time throughout all of it. Can't wait to catch 'Four Felons & A Funeral' as well. Overall a must-watch.

Chloe Bond 53 days ago

Ahhh! Where to start: this was an incredible start to the Fringe for me - and set the bar sky high for everything else. Hilarious, heartfelt and with amazingly talented performers - I cannot recommend this wee show enough.

Adam Somerset 56 days ago

I was at a preview of Goya Theatre's show at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham. The venue was packed- admittedly it was not big- and the audience loved it.

From the first chord played by Sam Woof the show for its hour's length is unerringly on key.

Woof brings a musician's compositional discipline to it in the rhythm of the action. His script plays with the genre of the romcom, & for all the surface good spirits, it has a theme of seriousness, the extent to which an artist's skill be compromised. This is well-nigh perfect Fringe fare.

Adam Somerset, Editor Theatre-Wales

Vince Nisbet 57 days ago

Such a beautiful story, showing different queer perspectives so wonderfully. This show touched my heart

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Theatre Travels 36 days ago

A great little fringe show that will leave you with all the good feels after their one hour time slot is up.

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Below the Line (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

The writing for this show is perfect

Lost In Theatreland (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

It is a joy to watch a show with a non-binary couple at the centre, it’s refreshing, and this show feels very necessary right now.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Witty and funny

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Theatre & Tonic (4/5 stars) 53 days ago

If you’re a fan of a good rom-com, or even a complete cynic, there is definitely something in this show for you.

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