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Safeword (Urban Fox Theatre Company)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

Few plays can integrate an important message about the internet without forcing it down the audience’s throat. ‘Safeword’, brilliantly written, never feels forced. Ian wants to know everything about his girlfriend Isobel, but she thinks that some aspects of her life should be private, even though she keeps an anonymous and personal blog. Two narrators, slipping into various bit parts with subtle changes in demeanour, seem unsure about the facts of the story they are narrating. Dave Fargnoli’s script creates playful dialogue between witty Ian and closed-off Isobel, and creative staging has Isobel deliver her blog posts into a mic offstage. Fargnoli taps into the paranoid aspect of relationships, of the uncertainty of ever really and truly knowing someone else.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Tim Bano]