Grinding through its gears
There’s truth in plenty here, but Oisin McKenna’s show is crying out for structure
Grindr/A Love Story
“I can tell you one thing for sure,” says the guy next to me at the end of Oisin McKenna’s hour-long piece of spoken-word theatre, “everything he said is true.”
Today is the last chance to catch Grindr/A Love Story, and if you haven’t encountered McKenna before, it’s worth checking out this exciting new talent. But if you’re expecting more than the odd flash of the brilliant spoken-word performance McKenna first brought to our attention at Come Rhyme With Me, you may be disappointed.
Described as a show “about the internet, sex, and frantically trying to connect”, it has moments of honesty, insight and humour. But it fails, like its protagonist, to forge a meaningful connection, and only rarely lurches into the intense prose at which McKenna excels.
Like a 140-character tweet, a little more structure and a lot more editing and this show could pack a real punch.
Ends Sept 14