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The Empathy Experiment (Rose Condo / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

I would hope the average Fringe-goer could forego their phone for an hour; though judging by the panicked looks when Rose Condo asked volunteers to seal their phones in envelopes, I may be wrong. Those who did participate, who did focus on the show, were rewarded with an engaging, spoken-word performance exploring empathy, encouraging us to put our devices away (for a bit!) and concentrate on where we are and what’s around us. Condo eschews Luddite clichés, noting the benefits of mobile devices and never lecturing or patronising her audience. She models true empathy, by engaging honestly with the complexities of the modern world. Catch it if you can, and afterwards, enjoy a quiet lunch without your phone, like I did. 

PBH’s Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]