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Fingertips review at C Nova, Edinburgh – ‘convincing but static’

Fingertips at C Nova, Edinburgh Fingertips at C Nova, Edinburgh

A half-dozen 20-somethings gather for a night of drinking, games-playing and soul-searching, and the one thing most of them come to realise is that their lives and their handle on life have not progressed much since their student days.

They remain fascinated by each other’s sex lives and embarrassed, for one reason or another, about their own. The women complain of male sexism, the men of female inconsistency. Someone admits to being a virgin, someone is surprisingly romantic, someone denounces romance. 

And while most feel vaguely guilty that they’re not quite grown-ups yet, the only real change from their uni days is that they all now have a larger collection of sensitive spots for the others to attack or exploit. 

Playwright Naomi Fawcett is thoroughly convincing in her psychology of the quarter-life crisis, but less successful in shaping her character studies into a play. The 50-minute drama holds your interest, but mainly because you’re waiting for something to actually happen. Nothing does, and the play just stops at an arbitrary point, without having gone anywhere or really ended. 

Natalie Denton’s direction and the performances by the attractive cast suffer from the same limitation, wholly believable from minute to minute, but adding up to too little beyond the individual minutes.

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Convincing but static portrait of 25-year-olds still waiting to become grown-ups