Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics
- Irina Glinski
- 8 August 2017
Astronomy meets emotional awkwardness
Part astrophysics lecture and part village-hall-disco awkwardness, Running Dogs' Wanna Dance with Somebody! is a heartfelt journey through the solar system of performer Josh Lucas' life.
The show opens with Lucas dancing solo to some classic tunes with unashamed joyful abandon, which sets the warm and generous tone for the rest of the piece. Tired of feeling lonely and socially inept, he has asked his nearest and dearest for some advice. He shares their responses while mapping them out against a lampshade solar system, in an extended metaphor about constantly orbiting towards and away from his friends.
Agonising over missed connections at a disco is relatable but not hugely original. The theoretical physics promised in the show's title doesn't extend beyond some facts about planets, but all in all, it's difficult not to root for Lucas. He's an honest and likeable performer, and watching him take tentative steps across the dancefloor towards an invited (and brave) audience member, is a heart-swelling moment. Filled with humour and extravagant dancing, it might not be earth-shattering stuff, but it is lovely nonetheless.
ZOO Southside, until 28 Aug (not 16), 9.30pm, £10--£12 (£8--£10).