Face 2 Face
- Craig Angus
- 9 August 2018
Technological advancement, romantic interest and narrative curveballs all a bit much
Technology is taking us to thrilling places, but the consequences of these developments are varied and uncertain. Will automation take even more jobs and industries? How will it change the way we interact with each other – our personal relationships and sex lives? Face 2 Face is set 20 years in the future; baristas are humanoids, the latest gadget is called a 'sleevescreen' and an app called Thinka has established synergy between our dreams and reality.
The topic is also widely covered in popular culture, by artists of all kinds, and therefore carving out an original perspective is difficult. While there are some creative ideas put forward in Face 2 Face, it doesn't break new ground.
The show isn't without merit but the central plot (a love story about finding a real human connection) tries to achieve far more than you can expect from a 50-minute performance. There's a narrative curveball that adds very little, a further twist that can be seen coming from another planet and an ending that just arrives abruptly. Luke Mazzamuto provides the best moments; his charisma shines through when he adopts the persona of an arrogant Porsche owner. Face 2 Face otherwise bites off more than it can chew.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 3.05pm, £10 (£8).