Love in the Lockdown follows medieval musician Emilia (played by Rachael Stirling) and playwright Giovanni (Alex Newman) in the early stages of an intense relationship, which starts with awkward early Zoom dates just before lockdown. Each short episode will be streamed in real time on the anniversary of some of the key points in Lockdown 1.0.
Over 3 months, the separated lovers get closer. They also work on a project together, inspired by The Decameron by Boccaccio, a “14th Century box set” of 100 stories told by young people to while away their quarantine during the Black Death in Florence in 1348. Giovanni reimagines this work, drawing out parallels with the COVID-19 pandemic, while Emilia and her ensemble (played by The Telling), plan the music.
However, their relationship ultimately gets tested and the challenges they face lead them on a soul-searching journey to discover their artistic truth.
Each episode will be released on the BREMF and The Telling Facebook and YouTube channels in real time, a year on from the point in 020. All episodes will remain online until the end of May 2021 and the series can also be viewed in its entirety from 23 – 31 May.
Episode 1: Thursday 4 March 2021, 2pm
Episode 2: Friday 5 March 2021, 6pm
Episode 3: Tuesday 23 March 2021, 8pm
Episode 4: Wednesday 24 March 2021, 5.15pm
Episode 5: Thursday 15 April 2021, 5pm
Episode 6: Wednesday 5 May 2021, 10am
Episode 7: Thursday 13 May 2021, 6pm
Episode 8: Saturday 15 May 2021, 11am
Episode 9: Sunday 23 May 2021, 7pm