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Forget Fire (Pepperdine University – Malibu)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

As the cast individually welcomed every audience member, I realised this wasn’t going to be some Luddite rant. When the blurb referred to technological barriers, it seemed an anti-technology, anti-progress agenda was certain, but this engaging, engaged troupe have devised something special here. It’s an honest reflection of the tolls – emotional, psychological, interpersonal – exerted on the smartphone generation, never forgetting that “you can’t go back”: the internet is here to stay. There is a loose central narrative following a young woman’s reaction to a social media hoax, but the whole thing is shot through with rich seams of allegory, symbolism and some wonderfully simple but effective staging. Moving and honest: a lovely piece of contemporary theatre.

C, until 9 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]