Six and a Half Loves, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Monday 23 August 2010
This is lovely. Terry Saunders's bittersweet animated shorts "about perfect couples who can never quite fulfil their perfection" have become something of a cult hit on YouTube and are now brought to life by the comedian on stage.
The animations are still there, too, often providing a hilarious counterpoint to the lovelorn narrative.
It's the story of three couples (plus a sex doll and a girl called Thingy) – breaking up, making up, never getting together – which in time loop in on one another in a more or less romantic symphony. Sean, Nigel and Lenny are what you might call Gamma males – lonely, heartbroken, a little pathetic. One attempts to heal by "chatting up a girl younger than his shoes." Another quails at the sight of a "kooky bookshop full of lonely but beautiful people."
Saunders has an eagle eye for the clichés of relationships and their endings. There are some soppy moments, but you'd have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy this charming hour.
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