Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right The Future For Beginners review

Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.

The Furture for Beginners, Liveartshow

The Future For Beginners review

Summerhall

By Daisy Bowie-Sell
Advertising

It's rare to hear an opera that revolves around question as mundane as who has just answered the phone, or how it was going in your data planning job.

But Liveartshow’s ‘The Future for Beginners’ doesn’t care about your preconceptions, or any of the usual opera rules. In this surreal but cute new show, one performer sings her (very capable) heart out – while her partner onstage talks just like the rest of us.

Hearing someone sing at full soprano tilt, entirely out of context, is mostly pleasant, pretty disconcerting. That’s compounded by the fact that for most of the piece, the singing feels incidental and a little like a gimmick. All of which overshadows the story of two office workers, who fall for each other and decide to try to make sure they end up old and grey but still hopelessly and happily in love.

To attempt their crazy quest, they’ve decided they must plan the rest of their lives in minute detail - something that takes seven years of planning. Inevitably, though, somewhere in the process they lose day one, which changes every other day after that.

'The Future for Beginners' is a piece about unreachable things, hoping for too much and about what happens if you plan when you should be living. The use of opera singing does make sense in the end, although tying up that thread in the show’s final moments is too late. This show is too wound up in its quirky premise, but it’s a gentle charmer.

By Daisy Bowie-Sell

The latest Edinburgh Fringe theatre reviews

Pioneer review

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama

It's probably written down somewhere in an old dusty book of Edinburgh Fringe Rules that staging a big-scale sci-fi thriller with a complex set is Not Advisable. Science-focussed theatre company Curious Directive have clearly ignored all the rules.

Read the review

Advertising

Early Doors review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama

Pint after breakfast anyone? Noon may sound a little early to be drinking, but you’d feel out of place if you didn’t join in with the regulars during this play staged in a small Edinburgh boozer.

Read the review

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Nothing review

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama

Struggling to find work, bored, angry and obsessed with technology and sex: a bunch of today’s Generation Y speak to us in this series of monologues.

Read the review

Show more
Recommended

    You may also like

      Advertising