GOOD dating stories and bad dating stories, you might have thought you heard them all.
But a new play promises to uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of what dating teaches you about yourself.
In the dark Irish comedy The Bad Daters, characters Wendy and Liam embark on a first date, believing it is doomed.
Wendy is coerced into going on the date by her overprotective sister, and Liam is coerced into the rendezvous by a cursed past that forces him to constantly exert himself.
The play explores the struggle both characters must face to survive the date while uncovering heartbreaking truths about themselves.
Written by New Yorker Derek Murphy, the dark Irish comedy stars Sarah Maria Lafferty and Brian Gallagher, both of whom have performed individually at the festival.
Lafferty told The Sun, “Both characters in ‘The Bad Daters’ are damaged people, but both want to move on with their lives despite their many flaws.”
“It’s an entertaining yet profound analysis of two quirky people who just seem to get together. We believe that as the play progresses, audiences will see both characters gradually drop their defenses and wonder if these two characters end up having a… real emotional bond.
“For most people, dating is a daunting experience because there is so much hope and emotional commitment that good dating is probably the exception to the rule.”
“In ‘The Bad Daters,’ we have an extreme example of two people having trouble getting to know each other, but it’s a fun and dramatic journey.”
The show will be held at The Space at Edinburgh’s Surgeons Hall and will consist of 22 shows from August 4th to 12th and August 14th to 26th.
Tickets are available in edge area Property.