Lobster (4 stars)

This article is from 2019


Bridget Jones meets Online Dating

Walking into a shipping container, lit with pink neon, and playing the Pina Colada Song, the audience expect a fun and lively 50 minutes with Loquitor Theatre. Written and performed by Gemma Harvey, this one -woman show does not disappoint.

The story follows a thirty-something Polly, as she tries to recover from the mother of all break ups, and as she starts to navigate the world of online dating. The show is both tragic and hilarious; Polly is vivacious , fun-loving and cringingly honest, but the audience watches as her time on Tinder slowly saps her spirit, and all hope of finding love.

What's even more interesting is that the stories of all these bizarre and disturbing online encounters are real; either coming from Gemma's own experiences, or those of her friends. The pace and energy of the play dips a little towards the end, but for the most part the audience hangs on Polly's every word. An engaging, loveable and very relatable character, this play is a must for anyone who has had to, or is considering joining a digital matchmaker. It's overall light-hearted, but carries with it a warning; if we are careless with the way we treat others, love will lose its humanity, and everyone will suffer as a result.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 12am, £10 (£9).


  • 4 stars

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