REVIEW: Please switch mobile on during show

I Wish I Was Lonely at Forest Fringe. Picture by Richard Davenport.
I Wish I Was Lonely at Forest Fringe. Picture by Richard Davenport.
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Walking into the Dukes you expect to sit back relax and escape into the stage that is presented in front of you.

But imagine having that stripped away as you walk into what feels like a drama class, reminiscent of those high school years.

When I entered The Round, uncomfortable and hesitant, I stared at the empty chairs laid out in the centre, all facing opposite directions.

I should have already expected I was in for a ‘weird’ Friday night after we were told to all write our mobile phone numbers down at reception before-hand in a Derren Brown-like manner.

But poet Hannah Jane Walker and theatre maker Chris Thorpe reassured the audience this wasn’t some trick or game but simply an interactive show.

And that’s what it was.

It was eye-opening to realise how we all depend on our mobile phones.

It becomes our identity, the very entity of our soul.

If the hosts hoped to educate the audience with this notion they did exactly that and more.