Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Clickbait, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield
Connecticut high school company Red Chair Players has been attracting attention on the Fringe since winning a Fringe First for The Laramie Project in 2002. While more recent productions have not reached that exceptional standard, their work continues to be pertinent and insightful, and never more so than this year.
The seven young women in this cast are growing up in a generation for whom life takes place online, from understanding world affairs to shopping for shoes. It’s a world where the tech-savvy young must try to stay one step ahead, but going viral can be a blessing as well as a curse.
Clickbait, written for the group by drama teacher Brian Borowka, follows a group of students who believe they can raise money to help their classmate, Sophie, who has a rare and painful medical condition, by inventing their own version of the ice-bucket challenge.
While the production doesn’t quite manage to resolve the problems of staging a drama in which most of the developments happen online, some assured performances help to drive the action. Above all, Clickbait makes us think again about the online community, which craves emotional connection, but only on its own very fickle terms.
C (Venue 34), Until 15 August, 2:30pm / listings
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