- Eddie Harrison
- 8 August 2017
Unfeasibly upbeat musical about the dangers of addiction
'This is a tale about love and connection. About the bonds bonds within brains. And the bonds between brains.' So reads the inscrutable flyer for Fix, billed as a 'unique mix of song, science and soliloquy' from Worklight Theatre. When the flyer for the show offers such a glaring error, audiences may question the care with which a show has been constructed, and in the case of Fix, they're right to wonder.
Fix is performed by a cast of three – Rianna Dearden, Finlay Cormack and Fiona Whitelaw. Each of them play fictional characters designed to illustrate aspects of addiction; Zach, a gambler obsessed with online gaming, Maggie, the wife of a sex-addict with a porn addiction, and Robyn, a counsellor with an unhealthy interest in Facebook. Fix seems to have limited the scope of addiction to internet-based activities, but despite supposedly being based on research, none of the stories are sufficiently developed to provide much insight into the nature of addiction or the problems it causes.
What makes Fix much harder to take is the improbably jolly style of presentation that these dark materials get, opening with a singalong song about the effects of dopamine on the brain. This initially seems like a Flight of the Conchords parody until it transpires that this show is deadly earnest; later on, there's a song about the dangers of viewing online pornography, a break in which the dopamine number is reprised, a tune about the growing number of casinos in the UK, and a final performance of the dopamine song before the show grinds to a welcome halt. Written by Joe Sellman-Leava and Michael Woodman, and directed by Katharina Reinthaller, Fix feels like a work in progress that needs a radical rethink before going back before the public.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug (not 16), 5.40pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).