Theatre review: Timeline
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Timeline at Greenside (Venue 231), reviewed by David Pollock
The theme and staging here are really wonderful, and work to create a tangible authenticity in speaking with the voice of the Facebook generation.
On one side of the stage a large video screen displays a mock-up of a Facebook timeline, travelling dynamically from
month to month while albums of photos ﬂash past. Alongside this, ﬁve young and very able actors speak to one another
entirely in verbatim proﬁle updates and personal messages.
It’s all very representative of the new mode of language that online interaction is creating, but at the same time it means what’s discussed is ephemera: relatively shallow chit-chat about dating and gossip and so on.
The format’s highly inventive, as a male character examines a girl’s body in detail in lieu of “Facestalking” her photos, a discussion is verbalised with over-emphasised vowels liiiike soooooo, and a boy having his account hijacked speaks against his will with another voice.
For all its vivid intelligence though, it feels we’re only ever seeing these characters’ public faces. That may be partly the point, but it takes the edge off a very good show.
MORE INFO: Timeline is at Greenside, until 24 August, 2:55pm
Originally published in The Scotsman