Theatre review: Humans Inc
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Humans Inc at C (Venue 34), reviewed by David Pollock
Full marks for visual invention to this amateur science fiction hour filled with flying cars, flirtatious talking houses and humans whose bodies are artificially upgraded in exchange for large sums of money – the only caveat being that those who can’t afford their regular payment to the upgrade corporations end up degrading and dying.
It’s a Blade Runner-esque futuristic noir about broke freelance cop Isaac and the last purebred human, Eva, expertly imagined with a retro aesthetic of hand-propelled LED spaceships, silver spacesuits and wooden wall panels carried past striding characters to create the effect of movement. There is also a soundtrack that wouldn’t have been misplaced in a 1980s episode of Doctor Who.
Yet behind all the impressively DIY visual tricks, there is as much thematic meat as an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Until 26 August. Today 6:10pm
More info: Humans Inc is at C
Originally published in The Scotsman