It is, as I have been discovering over the course of seeing various comedies, stand up shows and plays at the Edinburgh Fringe, remarkable what people will do in search of love. Few have gone as far as Riley (Anuschka Rapp) and Tegan (Zoe Woodruff), however, spending their ‘life savings’ (their words) and getting on a long-haul flight, having apparently exhausted their options closer to home.
You Have A Match is an amusing romp (sorry) through various dates and dating websites and apps, including some I have never come across before, such as MeetMindful, a “relationships company” that asserts that it “inspires people to make meaningful connections every day”, whatever that means, and Pure, where profiles vanish one hour after they are created – one for the GDPR obsessives. Not ever having used dating websites myself this was something of an education for me – yes there’s Tinder and eHarmony, but there are so many more besides.
Given the sheer number of first dates that these two good friends have been on – Riley insists Tegan has been on a ridiculous amount over the last five years or so, there are plenty of awkward and embarrassing situations to reminisce on an intercontinental flight, so much so that while the headphones go in, the in-flight entertainment isn’t savoured for very long as the conversation flows so freely.
It helps, perhaps, that both are gregarious people, even if Riley insists her own Instagram feed is more inclined towards National Geographic and interior design rather than anything related to dating and relationships. Their overseas trip, perhaps predictably, doesn’t exactly result in love at first sight, but they do seem to have been culturally enriched if anything. There’s a lot to laugh about in the stories these ladies tell – and the audience laughs with them, which is considerably more pleasant than laughing at them.
At times the characters are sat on the floor, which doesn’t help anyone sat further behind the first couple of rows in a room without tiered seating. That said, proceedings rattle along at a fairly brisk pace (it’s not as if the long haul flight feels like it’s in real-time or anything) and the show demonstrates through humour the old adage that it is better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all. A witty and entertaining play.
Review by Chris Omaweng
Two girls take on the world of app store dating. In a society where its easier to swipe right then say ‘Hi, how are you?’, where is the line between a serial dating addict and someone longing for more? Tegan is straight. Riley is gay. They have been best friends since their school trip disco disaster and have shared everything: from fake tan mitts to condom collections… except sexual conquests. Watch as they deconstruct their co-dependency, pack for the dating trip of a lifetime, and swipe through the world of easy hookups and awkwardly going dutch.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates: 12th August 2019 – 17th August 2019