Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics (3 stars)

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

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).

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

  • 3 stars

Running Dog Theatre Josh is good at dancing, but not at people. Is the hokey cokey really what it’s all about? Josh doesn’t know, but he’s damn well going to find out. A new show about social anxiety, about coping mechanisms, about big ideas and how they impact on small things. About taking chances. And about dancing.

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Studio

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Studio

£12 (£10) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 28 Aug

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