My Robot Heart (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

My Robot Heart

Stylish, likeable one-woman show with live band

This charming one-woman show slathered with well-observed social satire about wardrobes, Morrissey, and the rules of the playground asks an important question: ‘If it’s only physiologically possible to be in love for 12-18 months, then what on earth happens next?’

Meet Eliza and her family, whose relationships are a thought experiment about how humans are programmed to love. Younger step-brother Harry’s story about childhood friendship seems out of place in a play otherwise about romantic love, but the proportions and interplay between Eliza and her father’s stories is wonderful. The inevitable ending of each still manages to surprise.
Molly Naylor is instantly likeable. She inhabits each of her characters with simple props and complex storytelling, her soft sense of humour making each endearing at the same time as highlighting their flaws.

A live soundtrack is provided by ‘real band’ The Middle Ones, a two-girl group whose use of a vintage suitcase as a drum pushes their indie-ness into a clinical condition. They add a stylish tint to proceedings, and their interactions with Naylor are hilarious.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 3.25pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50).

Molly Naylor and the Middle Ones: My Robot Heart

  • 3 stars

Molly Naylor (writer of Radio 4’s Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You) and the Middle Ones - ‘Sneakily brilliant tunesmithery’ (Fly) - present a storytelling show with live soundtrack. Using stories and music, together they explore love and fear - the meaning of both and the relationship between the two. ‘Brave, funny…

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