• Drama
  • By Aella Jordan-Edge
  • Produced by Sheer Fiesty
  • theSpace at Jury's Inn
  • Until 24th August 2013
  • Time: 20:20 (Duration: 50 mins)
  • Review by Rowena Hawkins
  • 20th August 2013
In Real Life (IRL)
3.0Reviewer's rating

New, all-female theatre group Sheer Feisty share their cautionary tale of love online in In Real life (IRL).  This modern love-story will resonate with anyone who has spent a little too long gazing at someone’s Facebook page or liked one too many instagram photos to be considered socially acceptable. There is, the show suggests, a fine line between online friendship and becoming an accidental stalker.

Anna (Aella Jordan-Edge) and Jay (Elizabeth B. Harris) work together. Alice and Jay have an online relationship that is becoming increasingly heated despite the fact they have never met. What Jay doesn’t know is that Alice is really Anna with a fake email account. The results are funny but also worrying, even more so as In Real Life is apparently based on a true story.

Jordan-Edge and Co-Artistic Director Sorcha Scott-Strzala have created a current and experimental piece with a lot of potential although its execution needs work in places. There are some great one liners hidden in the occasionally confused script which are delivered with casual brilliance by Jennifer Wakely as Sven/Janet/Margarite/Poppy/Nikki. Wakely steals most of the characters, a lot of the best lines and all of her scenes with a performance that totally overshadows the rest of the show. She is going places and, with a bit more practice, Sheer Feisty might be too.

About The Author

Editor & Reviewer

Rowena recently completed her degree at King’s College London. She loves art, cinema and all kinds of theatre, from the classics to the experimental, and has a particular fondness for Shakespeare. Rowena has worked with international theatre festival LIFT and won the IdeasTap and A Younger Theatre Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme 2014. She was also selected as one of In Between Time 2015’s Festival Writers.

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