FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

Plot gets lost in this enjoyable exploration of Internet age sensation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

FOMO is the name for the Internet age sensation of looking at all the fun and success your friends are having on social media and feeling like you’re missing out. Zoe McDonald (a name shared by both the character and the actress who plays her) is in a quandary over whether or not she’s suffering from FOMO; it doesn’t help that she has a dozen internal voices trying to make the case for her.

The Present Tense Ensemble have staged their show in a working radio station, with each of Zoe’s alter-egos appearing as producers, presenters, phone-in callers and the like. It’s a neat trick, but can make for a confusing pitch at points. Is this actually Zoe’s internal dialogue (something never made explicit in the script)? And if so, why does she get worried about her secrets being revealed ‘on air’? It doesn’t help that Zoe has barely a shred of personality to herself, too often drowned out by the cacophony of supporting cast-members.

The production is rescued by the real-life McDonald, who channels each character with gusto and indulges in some very hands-on audience interaction. You may not be entirely clear on where the plot’s going, but McDonald will ensure you’ll enjoy the journey.

Underbelly @ Forth FM Radio Station, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 4pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).

FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

  • 3 stars

The Present Tense Ensemble Live from the studios of Radio Forth 1, Zoe McDonald and her 12 alter-egos broadcast their own radio programme. A theatre comedy beaming direct to your headphones. 'There is such polish in the craft and flow of the show, and such charisma in the delivery of the material, that FOMO goes down like…