To Move In Time (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

To Move In Time

Solo performance musing over modern anxieties and time travel from Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment

Performed by Tyrone Huggins, who is both actor and a collaborator in this new work from Tim Etchells, To Move In Time is a monologue from an unnamed character, who fantasises about the various possibilities of what he would do if he could travel in time. Through repetitive motifs of language, the script goes in circles, always coming back to a new, better, but always flawed, option amidst dreams of possessing this superpower. To Move In Time is a quiet but confident play about modern anxieties over responsibility and choice.

Huggins' compelling performance guides the piece so that much of the hour flies by in what feels like minutes. He is both witty and considerate in his delivery of these grand concepts, making the performance personal while encouraging audiences with his direct gaze to consider his fantasies also.

The stage is set with a circle of flashcards, scribbled with words illegible to the audience. Huggins monologue is broken by a section where he reads from his own set, discovered in his pocket. In this moment the pace changes, to the detriment of the overall flow as the point of the cards is both unclear and seems forced.

Nonetheless, as the protagonist returns to the themes where he began Etchells' script digs deeper into the anxieties which plague us, whether blessed with superpowers or not. An insightful script and detailed performance in this thoughtful new piece of work.

Summerhall, until 24 Aug, 4.05pm, £10 (£8).

To Move In Time

  • 4 stars

What would you do if you could travel back and forth in time? This funny and original theatre play explores the opportunity in an unexpected way - with a monologue.