Writer: Jack McNamara
Reviewer: Marina Spark
Summerhall is hosting the intriguing showTheatre On A Long Thin Wireby Future Ruins.It uses no actors, no set and no tech. It is simply the audience and a telephone placed on a chair in a room. The room chosen by Future Ruins is a relatively soulless, small loft space. Inevitably the phone on the chair rings and an audience member answers it. What up until this point is a fascinating, captivating experience descends into a laborious, tedious, patronising 50 minutes.
Theatre On A Long Thin Wireis a daring, but fruitless, look at group psychology. The voice at the end of the line heavily relies on the audience automatically being sold on the concept and does very little to win the audience over. Sadly this means that the audience becomes gradually more disengaged with every fabricated sentiment from the voice applauding us for working as a team, being such a nice group and supporting him. With a highly predictable plot, little drama and even less suspenseTheatre On A Long Thin Wirehas not lived up to expectations this year. Potential can be seen in this concept but it requires more effort in its attempt to engage the audience.
Runs until 24th August