Words Wal Reid
Can dreaming of someone and whispering sweet nothings to the world help materialise them? Well, this interesting proposal is further explored and pondered by writers Duncan Armstrong & Isobel Mackinnon – the result posing an interesting supposition with its quasi sci-fi leanings.
Thank goodness there was air-conditioning, this made the performance more enjoyable taking in the show tinged with its audio/visual charm, while solo performer Duncan Armstrong who plays Chris, takes the relationship with his unseen soulmate Fiona firmly by the reins, turning out a solid & credible performance.
Duncan, who also has down syndrome, is very likeable as Chris. I had no idea what to expect but found myself emotionally engaged with his character. The young Touch Compass dancer’s character eager to find love beyond that of his eternal (and annoying) flatmate/mother who seems to spend more time checking up on him with her incessant phone calling.
As the blurb goes: “All rational thoughts slip when an accidental rendezvous brings him together with the woman of his dreams. Blinded by the euphoria, their language and physical barriers are no match for his attempts to woo her.”
It’s ultra-modern romance that to me bears the markings of Charlie Brooker of Black Mirror fame. It’s definitely a different take on the ‘online dating’ angle that seems to ask more questions that give answers, but therein lies the beauty of this show.
Wellington Theatre group Everybody Cool Lives Here are behind this show and while it’s only on until the 24th February, there will be a demand for the show’s short season. I’d recommend getting along to see this futuristic love story that probably will become a reality in the not so distant future.