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The Infinite Line Between Dating And Dying at Etcetera Theatre

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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
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There are really two scripts running here. One is the one I am watching unfold in front of me and the other is the one that is woven into the very psyche of the human species- the quest for a mate.

Sitting in the quaint little Etcetra theatre with my husband, a word that I had learnt long ago in High School Biology class never seemed more apt- ontogenetic. The Collins dictionary defines it succintly as 'the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organism from embryo to adult'.

Yes, something definitely ontogenetic in me stirs. I watch London's ( and by that I mean all those metros across the world) best archetype of a pretty young thing search for a man who, she hopes, would just come by in a casual but smart outfit, speak but not chat her up, spontaneously ask if she was up for a drink and let a relationship build and run to its own inevitable conclusion, not unlike a fairy tale ending.

However, that seems to become more and more utopian for our heroine as she meets a variety of 'matches' her dating app brings her. Her inner dialogue, pre and post these dates, the actual dates themselves are what is skilfully written and directed by Natasha Chandra and played to perfection by a cast of just a threesome comprising Kieran Iyer, Joanna Coulton and Sonia Martins.

The lighthearted humour throughout makes for an entertaining hour (my husband and I had moments where we could perfectly reminisce about some identical moments in our lives).
Something, somewhere in the play must resonate with everyone at sometime. This in itself is a good enough reason to go.
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Why? A must watch for everyone out there who has been through or still going through the thrills and spills of online dating!
When: 9th May and 10th May 2015
Where: Etcetera theater, Camden High Street, Camden
Cost: 12
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