If you were even the most casual radio listener in the 90s, chances are that you would have stumbled across Richard Mercer's Love Song Dedication segment. From the mid-90s, the affectionately known 'Love God' of FM radio dominated the airwaves late at night. As social media presumably killed the radio star, Richard Mercer's final dedication was Trisha Yearwood's 'How Do I Live (Without You)' in 2013, fittingly requested by his wife Cherin.
Five years later, two friends Bonnie Leigh-Dodds and Tom Hogan attempt to fill the void that The Love God left behind. Their challenge is to find the ultimate love song from a list of 100 tracks that aired during Love Song Dedications during Mercer's reign on air. Leigh-Dodds and Hogan analyse the tracks by discussing their merits (and lack of) to determine which song should be worthy of the title of 'The One'.
To do all this in 70 minutes is not easy but the talented duo manages to ruthlessly cull a song list of popular love songs via a combination of theatre, comedy, dance and, of course, karaoke. In between scenes, dedications are played – some charming, some funny, some thought-provoking and some downright plain weird. The winning love song itself is an unexpected surprise. And while Leigh-Dodds and Hogan cleverly incorporate clues pertaining to the winning love song along the time, the answer doesn't become obvious until the very last minute.
Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) is currently running at PACT 107 until Saturday July 28.