Writer: Dave Fargnoli
Director: Amy Gilmartin
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
It is a common occurrence in the modern online world for individuals to be deceitful: it couldn’t be easier to take on another identity when the screen in front acts like a shield. It’s unsurprising that many media projects have chosenthis intriguing subject matter. Dave Fargnoli’s original playsafewordpresents similar ideas of this misuse of identity but with far more realistic consequences; instead of lying throughmatch.comoreharmony.co.uk,a new couple are untruthful to each other face-to-face for pleasure.
Socially awkward 27-year-old artist Isobel (Clare Ross) hits it off with advertiser Ian (Samuel Jameson) at a housewarming party. He has contacts which could inject life into Isobel’s nonexistent career, however he also has a weird fetish which will soon torment the woman who operates on a black and white spectrum.
Similar to how the Imagists had a constitution they adhered to, new Edinburgh based company, Urban Fox Theatre, also have a list of aims they aspire to accomplish with their original plays. With the list of prospects including “to be dark”, “to provoke” and “to create intimate performances” it is clear that the group can give themselves a huge pat on the back assafewordis everything they set out to achieve.
The four-membered cast are entirely believable in their rôles. Both Ross and Jameson pull off the idea of two unconfident souls who find a new way to keep the romance burning. Roisin Diamond and Joe Johnson both narrate the action that takes place during the clever tale and they effortlessly adapt to portraying acquaintances of our protagonists.
Urban Fox Theatre are a bright young bunch who have you guessing what is true and what is fiction in this original dark psychological drama.
Runs until Sun 24thAug