Review: Life is Shrinking

Attune Theatre
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD
3 Stars (3 / 5)


I don’t own a mobile phone. Have not done for over a year now. I am neither a Luddite nor a too-cool-for-school hipster going against the grain of the mainstream. I simply lost my last phone and did not replace it. Thrown into the mysteries of online dating apps: Tinder, Grindr, Blendr; I was able to grab the gist of this new world from Life is Shrinking – an examination of how the prevalence of technology in our modern lives is altering the way we think and interact with each other.

A woman sick of the question “How’s your love life?” tries to find love (or at least a shag from the online world on the way) – Julie Martis as Hannah is a joy to watch. Guided by Simon Devon’s character Hannah discovers she has the power to eradicate men who displease her from existence all together by simply swiping their profiles.

Using interactive video segments the script moves along at a cracking pace, with only one major clunker, the sassy woman having to have an obligatory camp gay friend to give life advice cliché, having no life of their own other than to be the friend. When will this patronizing trope end?

Life is Shrinking is an entertaining play; well acted and staged, examining an important aspect of modern life. Not how life advances technology, but how technology and the reliance on it alters human life and interactions.

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