Runtime: 1h 10m
Arriving from the Edinburgh Fringe, where it wowed audiences and critics alike, Miriam Battye’s two-hander for Paines Plough is an absolute cracker, full of laughter and heartbreak. In just 70 minutes, it covers a lot of ground as She (Letty Thomas) and He (Archie Backhouse), having swiped right, find themselves together and adrift in a bar as they try to get through the regulation two drinks. Will they choose each other and find a hand to hold in the dark? Or is their encounter already doomed because of past experience and expectations? Is love always the casualty in the era of internet dating when there is so much choice? This is a little firework of a play, and the touchpaper is expertly lit by director Katie Posner. As I wrote in my review for Stagedoor, "it's this generation’s Closer. But better written, funnier, and far more compassionate."
So they’ve both swiped right. Now they’re meeting for the first time. Facing each other. As if that’s a normal thing to do. But she’s being uncomfortable, and he’s a total bore. The vibe is horrific and the banter is even worse. But something is keeping them in their seats. Something is making them stay. Welcome to your hot date. With acid wit, Miriam Battye’s new play takes a scalpel to modern romance, interrogating what we really talk about when we talk about love. Age Recommendation: 14+