Gone are the notions of destiny, true love and happy-ever-afters. Modern day loving is fast, half-arsed and emotionless; as Tom (Gary Collins) muses ‘if you haven’t met someone by the time you graduate, you’re going to marry someone from your work’. My Romantic History depicts this change through two colleagues Tom and Amy (Jessica Tomchak) who hook up after Friday night office drinks.
Only one year after it premièred at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Borderline Theatre Company are taking D.C. Jackson’s acclaimed non-rom com on tour. Jemima Levick’s production is reminiscent of the original; Lisa Sangster’s white set is transformed by lighting changes from office to bar to bedroom. It is the performances which refresh the script – the lines haven’t lost their edge or wit – but the timing and precision with which they are executed defines the characters. The fact that they are new, but at the same time, recognisable ‘everymen’ makes their story seem familiar. As the story unfolds, the neurotic idiosyncrasies of the characters are revealed. Their relationship is accidental, frustrating and quite human; that’s something about love that’s never likely to change.