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Signals (Footprint Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

The Fermi paradox runs something like this: if it’s so likely that intelligent life exists out there, why haven’t we yet received a knock on our cosmic door? ‘Signals’ follows two of the functionaries waiting in the hall for the proverbial doorbell to ring. They are data analysts, crunching the numbers generated by a massive radio telescope. Eve Cowley and Immie Davies give crisp, witty performances; their characterisation is sharp, the rapport between them easy to watch and believe. This is good because, Benjamin Thapa’s understatedly sumptuous design excepted, there isn’t really much else here. In its latter stages, ‘Signals’ becomes almost outlandishly circuitous, its lightness and humour swamped by the odd and scarcely believable manoeuvres intended to raise the emotional stakes.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]