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Long Distance Affair (Make Possible An Impossible Trip) (PopUp Theatrics)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Distance is no barrier to intimacy in this intense, immersive experience. Thirty actors from five continents have collaborated to create an innovative production in which each audience member is individually given three live performances to watch – and should they choose, participate in – over Skype. The resulting unique encounters strikingly illustrate how quickly connections can be felt with strangers, while the possibility of participation also movingly highlights how quickly one person can have an impact on another’s actions. However, alongside this, you are made acutely aware of the powerlessness that can sometimes result from physical separation. Occasionally, the distracting capacity for overhearing others’ conversations broke the performances’ intensity, but this should not detract from an ambitious and deeply thought-provoking project.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug, 1.00pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3.00pm, 3.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]