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Anna Russell Martin Joins John McLarnon In Kyle Falconer and Laura Wilde’s NO LOVE SONGS As Cast Announced

29 April 2024



Dundee Rep have today announced the cast for the upcoming UK dates of smash-hit gig theatre show, No Love Songs. Anna Russell Martin joins the cast as Lana, opposite John McLaron who is reprising the role of Jessie.

Anna Russell Martin trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked extensively in theatres across Scotland, winning Best Female Performance 2020 at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for The Panopticon.

John McLarnon (Local Hero, My Left Right Foot) returns as Jessie, and was a part of the original cast of No Love Songs, which opened at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2023 to rave reviews, followed by a triumphant homecoming run at Dundee Rep.

This production of No Love Songs previews at Dundee Rep on Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 May before heading to the Theatre Royal Brighton as part of the Brighton Festival from Fri 17 - Sat 18 May. The show will then transfer to London’s Southwark Playhouse Elephant from Tuesday 4 - Saturday 15 June 2024 with tickets on sale NOW


Photo: Anna Russell Martin (left) and John McLarnon (right)

The five star hit musical is the brainchild of the lead singer of Mercury Prize nominated Scottish indie band, The View’s Kyle Falconer and his partner Laura Wilde, co-written with Johnny McKnight. Reimagined live on stage in this unique and urgent gig theatre show, No Love Songs features hits from Kyle’s 2021 solo album, No Love Songs For Laura, such as Stress Ball and Mother.

The production is co-directed by Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director, Andrew Panton, and Associate Director Tashi Gore telling a personal story of love and new parenthood, dealing with the subject of post-natal depression. This original new musical follows Lana and Jessie as they learn to navigate the unique challenges of their new lives as parents.

Andrew Panton said “We’re excited to bring No Love Songs to new audiences across the UK, building on our initial world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. Working with this exceptional company has been a joy to rediscover this important story.”

​Tickets are now on sale NOW




No Love Songs
By Kyle Falconer, Laura Wilde and Johnny McKnight

Southwark Playhouse Elephant

Tuesday 4 - Saturday 15 June 2024

Press Night Thursday 6 June 2024

Performances: Mon - Sat, 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Ticket Pricing: £10 Pioneers' Preview, £16 Previews, £26 Standard, £21 Concession 

Location: Southwark Playhouse Elephant, 1 Dante Place, London, SE11 4RX

Closest Tube Station: Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line) Take the Shopping Centre exit.

Box Office: Tickets are available from Southwark Playhouse.


From an original idea by Kyle Falconer and Laura Wilde

Songs by Kyle Falconer

Book by Laura Wilde and Johnny McKnight

Directed by Andrew Panton and Tashi Gore

Musical Direction and Arrangements by Gavin Whitworth

Lighting Designer Grant Anderson

Sound Designer Ritchie Young

Set Design Stylist Leila Kalbassi

Costume Design Stylist Cate Mackie

Kyle Falconer & Laura Wilde (pictured below) No Love Songs - pic by Tommy



About Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre
The story of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre is one of its people: its artists, creatives, staff, participants and audiences.

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre sits at the cultural heart of Dundee as a centre of creative excellence. The Organisation looks outwards, creating and delivering work for local, national and international audiences, with learning at the heart. “The Rep” recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. Scottish Dance Theatre is one of the few full-time companies in the UK and is made up of nine inquisitive and versatile dancers who have come from all over the world to work and create in our home at Dundee Rep. The organisation has created a number of award-winning productions, made in Dundee that tour nationally and internationally; establishing a reputation as one of the UK’s leaders in theatre, dance and music production, carrying the Dundee brand far and wide. 

Dundee Rep Theatre has created a number of award-winning and award-nominated productions, including the world premiere of ‘Let the Right One In’, ‘The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil’, the Scottish premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘August: Osage County’, and the 80th Anniversary season world premiere of Peter Arnott’s ‘Tay Bridge’.

Working at the forefront of the art form, Scottish Dance Theatre collaborates with internationally acclaimed choreographers and artists, supports the development of emerging and home-grown talent and promotes a plurality of voices. With more than 30 years of history, the company has developed a distinctive identity that brings together artistic integrity and social commitment, reaching a wide range of audiences and communities locally, nationally and across the world. Scottish Dance Theatre has received multiple awards, including the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company Repertoire, and has built a strong international profile, becoming Scotland’s flagship contemporary dance company.

At the heart of the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre vision is the belief that artistic and creative experience of the highest quality should be open and available to all. The Organisation has an extensive engagement programme working with people of all ages both within the building and in formal and informal learning contexts across Scotland and internationally.

Over the course of eight decades, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre has been at the heart of performance in Scotland, and grown into a world-class organisation, with two artistic forces based in Dundee, travelling to and reaching the rest of the world.

About Southwark Playhouse
Southwark Playhouse
is a registered charity that delivers a year-round programme of entertaining and enriching work. Southwark Playhouse operates two separate venues ‘Southwark Playhouse Borough’ and its newest theatre ‘Southwark Playhouse Elephant’ which opened in January 2023. Southwark Playhouse has always prided itself in telling stories and inspiring the next generation of storytellers and theatre makers, where support for the community has been rooted at the core of the organisation.

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