Timmy (4 stars)

This article is from 2018


credit: Katie Davison

Broken hearts and irritating older men

Whilst Timmy doesn't reinvent the wheel on slow burning breakup stories, it offers humour and great performances from the two main leads. Directly addressing the audience throughout, and only once addressing each other, the leads cycle through a 'will they won't they' routine over their 10-month relationship, whilst never quite seeing eye to eye.

There are moments of frustration as the titular character, a 35-year-old man dating a 25-year-old woman, continues to throw his rattle out the pram. As Timmy becomes increasingly unlikable, the flip-flopping between moods begins to feel tedious. A post breakup hook-up – whilst completely inevitable –still causes laughter.

A smug attempt to maintain the relationship from Timmy, which is unavoidable for the narrative, manages to avoid feeling too clunky, but is nevertheless cliché. Timmy is a meditation on the issue of modern day dating when settling down no longer has the appeal it once did, gently railing against romcom' sensibilities.

The mundane subject matter is handled with humour, and the nuances of incompatibility are presented in neat dialogue. Whilst the narrative is predictable, the performances are enjoyable and the play is full of laugh out loud, funny moments.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug (not 14), 4.15pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).


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