BWW Review: I AM FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU AND IT'S MAKING ME DO STUPID THINGS, HOME Digital Channel
Manchester's HOME is kicking off a series of works commissioned specifically to entertain audiences during the lockdown. First up in the program we find Bryony Kimmings' I am falling in love with you and it's making me do stupid things, where the effects of boredom and loneliness lead to a rollercoaster of a night in.
After finding the email address of a man she met months before, Bryony decides to make contact with a quirky video to jumpstart the potential of a relationship and to kill some time. What ensues is a streak of messages that escalate into the distorted emulation of a standard night back when the world was slightly simpler.
Kimmings' one-sided conversations might reveal next to nothing, but they are a mirror into the private seclusion of people around the UK (and probably abroad too). With barely anything to do but drink wine and imagine a whole liaison, she goes as far as acting out a string of stereotypical types of women the guy may like.
While the message of the short play is blurred behind the patina of the (rather pitiful) need to actively look for male attention out of tedium, Kimmings writes a funky glimpse into the mind of the average woman. She even records a whimsical song to anticipate how wonderful their post-lockdown shared bliss is going to be.
Will Duke's editing and Tom Parkinson's sound design turn the otherwise static monologue into a fairly dynamic short film, adding pace and rhythm to Kimmings' amicable script. While this piece isn't especially groundbreaking, it will occupy the brain for a while and it will definitely deter the audience from doing anything silly like texting an ex or embarrassing oneself irreversibly via the internet...