ED2022 3/5 Reviews ED2022 Theatre Reviews

Assisted (Oxia Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2022

I have always been scared of those home AIs, and this show was never going to do anything to make me feel better about them: a couple install a new “next-generation AI voice assistant” into their home and we watch it find a way to slowly tear them apart. Although advertised as sci-fi, the show explores surprisingly heavy themes, and ultimately the most engaging elements of the play are the very non-sci-fi moments of watching a relationship crumble. Things start slowly, and the first act is not brilliantly paced, but the piece finally finds its feet and grips its audience. Pacing issues aside, there is throughout an ominous sense of foreboding and the production succeeds in maintaining and growing it – and making one worried about future technology! It’s a bit like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’, if not quite as compelling.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall or Niddry St until 27 Aug
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Melrose]