Aisling Lally's Love Me is one of three plays bought to the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 by York DramaSoc. Lally asks what love is, and how do we learn to like ourselves, let alone love ourselves? These sound like straightforward questions in theory, but can lead to a lot of confusion, leaves many questions unanswered in its path.
How do we learn to like ourselves, let alone love ourselves?
Fran knows she wants to “be loved” but she cannot figure out how or by whom. After a disastrous and brief "thing" with Jay, she is left abandoned and alone. The feelings that she hears others talk about just don't seem to be there for her, no matter how hard she tries.
Through Fran, Love Me tries to explore what it means to love ourselves before we are ready to love someone else. However, a scene in which she is snogging Jay is confusing, and the fallout which she experiences afterwards came across as very far-fetched, especially since it is unclear precisely what takes place.
Another scene, in which the four-strong cast perform in slow motion to indicate drunkenness, is particularly enjoyable. A brilliant depiction of how the world can appear from an inebriated perspective, it was a huge credit to the cast's acting ability.
Billed as a “celebration of female friendship”, Love Me identifies and tackles this on a surface level, yet fails to go any deeper. There are some interesting ideas and characters within the storyline which I would like to have seen developed further. I feel this play would benefit from harsher editing to allow the storyline to be much clearer in certain places and flow smoother.