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One Life Stand (Middle Child)

By | Published on Wednesday 22 August 2018

This play sets out to prove that it’s possible to conduct an even less nuanced examination of online life than “what if phones, but too much?” For the music, a procession of four-chord songs, mixed so that at least one of the voices is usually inaudible. For the script, the most cack-handed exploration imaginable of the ways the internet impacts on our relationships. There’s no bar low enough for ‘One Life Stand’ not to tumble into it: its treatment of the sexual abuse of a vulnerable teenager comes close to suggesting that she was asking for it because she published her own sex tape online. This production is a complete dud, a dull squandering of its many resources.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Alexander Hartley]