The Art of Dating and Dumping (2 stars)

It's official: romance is dead

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This article is from 2008.

The Art of Dating and Dumping

Ghost tours are annoying because the part of you that secretly believes you may actually see a ghoul, is always let down. This show similarly disappoints. You are drawn to it, suspecting that it may just present you with the holy grail of practical dating guides and, of course, it doesn't. Styled as a spoof lecture on the dos and don'ts of modern day courtship, writer Dave Florez and comedy sister double-act Gavin & Gavin present a predominantly lame step-by-step guide to chat-up lines, text messages, first-dates and dumping.
The trio exhibits a fairly clear plan of comic action, presenting firstly a generic piece of dating advice, followed by an obvious warning and then a crass interjection. Snippets of groping, swearing and gimp mask-wearing are designed to undermine the homely tone of the initial gags. Sadly, these funny ruptures are all too infrequent and neither they nor Sharon Gavin's sparkling performance, can lift this rather bland show. A great disappointment for the struggling romantic.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 25 Aug, 8.50pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).

This article is from 2008.

The Art of Dating and Dumping

  • 2 stars

A spoof lecture on the dos and don'ts of relationships which disappoints. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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