In Fidelity

Rob Drummond is known for being one of Scotland’s most experimental and accessible theatre makers and his new show In Fidelity is no exception. Taking his inspiration from diverse sources like Take Me Out and Charles Darwin’s theories about evolution and the survival of the fittest plus more than a little bit of real life experience Drummond attempts to answer some of the fundamental questions about love, relationships and fidelity but he needs some help from us...

In Fidelity will make even the most stone hearted cynic in a hopeless romantic.

Inviting two single strangers onto his dating show, Drummond asks us to evaluate our own relationships from multiple perspectives: are we genetically hardwired to cheat or remain faithful? What attracts us to someone else? Is romance dead nowadays? How much has the internet influenced modern relationships? It’s beautifully open ended and welcomes insights from the audience as much as from Drummond himself, even going so far as to finding the longest surviving couple in the audience to ask them what love is. On the surface it seems like just a bit of fun and some may write it off as a gimmick but on a deeper level it’s also an incredibly brave decision on Drummond’s part to let the show depend on complete strangers but it completely and utterly pays off in the end.

However there is no denying that Drummond is firmly in the driver’s seat, reassuring the participants that they don’t have to answer any questions they don’t want to and making sure there’s a safe, comfortable atmosphere in which everyone can contribute. Furthermore he manages to balance the moments of insightful honesty from himself and other audience members with the perfect mixture of wit, wisdom and analytical speculation.

In an age where Tinder and the internet are decried as the death of romance being a part of In Fidelity will make even the most stone hearted cynic in a hopeless romantic.

Reviews by Liam Rees

Pleasance Courtyard

UNCONDITIONAL

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Signals

★★★
Summerhall

Everything Not Saved

★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Daughter

★★★
Pleasance Dome

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

★★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Chase Scenes

★★★

Performances

Location

The Blurb

The new exciting theatre experience from the creator of Bullet Catch and Quiz Show. 2016 marks Rob and Lucy's 15th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to create a show about love? For research, Rob underwent an MRI scan. His ventromedial prefrontal cortex surged when looking at a picture of his wife. But it also surged when looking at other pictures. Part TED Talk, part theatrical experiment, In Fidelity combines evolutionary theory and a live onstage date. Whether you're single or not, this is a play for those looking to find and celebrate love.