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Obsolete (Tepid Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Only very brave performers would include five minutes of complete silence in the middle of their show, but this skilful duo pull it off in ‘Obsolete’, a sardonic and absurd take on technology. In a venue reminiscent of a nuclear bunker, the show has a disturbingly post-apocalyptic feel. It’s presented as a launch for a new technological breakthrough but in truth explores the disquieting degree to which the internet has penetrated into all aspects of our lives. Only in the last third (and during a laboured part on Gates and Bellos) does the pace slacken and the focus drift a fraction. But Dan Allum-Grazelle in particular shines as the straight man of the duo, while the gentle audience interactions are delightful. 

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlie Ellis]