Phil Porter's stage romcom Blink subverts the stereotypes of its genre
- Gareth K Vile
- 18 February 2014
'The story feels like a psychological thriller, about following someone and using technology'
Phil Porter’s love story, Blink, has already charmed London and Edinburgh audiences. Far from a simple stage version of the ‘meet-cute’ comedy, Blink fashions romance from the difficulty and isolation of both urban life and the characters’ idiosyncratic upbringings. Throwing in a sly comment on virtual romance, Porter’s script charms and disturbs – often at the same time.
‘I wanted to write something small and funny – and a bit different,’ Porter says. ‘I was interested in creating a strange mismatch: the story feels like a psychological thriller, about following someone and using technology: and if I layer a love story over that it could make an interesting mixture.’
Featuring two ‘sheltered’ characters finding their way in the big city, Blink subverts the stereotypes of its genre. ‘It is influenced by romantic comedy – if you know people have a set of expectations, at every point, you can decide to confound them, to try and do something a bit darker and complicated,’ Porter explains.
Poised between the innocence of the couple, and the sinister encroachment of online surveillance, Blink grapples with love and alienation in a sharp, contemporary and witty manner.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 20–Sat 22 Feb.