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Algorithms review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘spirited debut play’

Sadie Clark in Algorithms. Photo: Ali Wright Sadie Clark in Algorithms. Photo: Ali Wright

Sadie Clark’s Algorithms is a romcom with more com than rom. Using movie references, pop music, and online dating as its framework, it charts one bisexual woman’s quest for love while reflecting on the relationships of her 20s. While none of this is new ground, Clark’s assured performance and solid writing in this relatable one-woman show brings an array of distinct characters to life.

Brooke (Clark) has written the matching algorithm for the online dating company where she works. When her relationship with Ameera abruptly ends, she finds herself in need of its services. She throws herself into a series of miserable online dates in an effort to land a picture-perfect relationship for the 30th-birthday party her mother is throwing her. But life is not like the movies.

Clark’s play accurately captures the pressures of the social media bubble — when it seems as if everything is working out for everyone but you. With a few props, changing accents, and an expressive face, Clark gives us a clear window into Brooke’s messy life. From the outside her missteps play like comedy but she does not neglect the inevitable heartbreaks of your exploratory 20s.

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Verdict
Spirited debut play about looking for love and understanding yourself
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