Society is ever changing and in the modern day social media plays a huge part in how we live our lives.
And when it comes to the subject of love, it’s no exception with the internet used by many looking for Mr or Mrs Right.
But, it’s not always necessarily a good thing as the new comedy ‘Love 2.0’, which is coming to the Adam Smith Theatre on Wednesday, March 18, goes to show.
Andy McGregor, writer and director, told the Press he’s pleased to be coming back to Kirkcaldy.
He said: “I am really looking forward to it. I was part of the team that made ‘In Time O’ Strife’ with the National Theatre of Scotland so I spent about five weeks living in Kirkcaldy and got to know it, and the people there, pretty well.
“I’m mostly looking forward to a wee trip to Rejects!
“The studio space in the Adam Smith is perfect for our kind of show, it’s intimate, in your face and the audience will all be really close to one another, which is great for a show that is all about the audience and actors having a good laugh together.”
‘Love 2.0’ follows the story of Gary (played by Samuel Keefe) and Suzie (Lucy Goldie) as they use the internet to give their love lives a boost.
Gary is a catch - on Facebook at least. He’s a virtual dream man, smart, funny and profound. He even likes all the same things as Susie - cheeky full-fat lattes, ‘One Born Every Minute’ and the melodies of Mick Hucknall and ‘Simply Red’.
However when the pair try to move their online romance into the real world, things don’t quite go according to plan.
The production has been touring theatre venues around Scotland in recent weeks, so how’s it been going down elsewhere?
“It has been going down brilliantly,” Andy explained.
“What has surprised me most is that even though it is a very broad comedy about two teenagers on Facebook people of all generations have found it really interesting and have taken something different away from it.
“Younger people enjoy seeing parts of themselves and their friends in the characters whereas older people tend to enjoy the raising of a magnifying glass to all that is wrong with young people today (when has it never been thus)!”
If you think theatre isn’t really for you then I encourage you to come along because I think you’ll have a really good timeAndy McGregor
So what can people expect from the show?
“A laugh! That’s the most important thing,” he said.
“If you think theatre isn’t really for you then I encourage you to come along because I think you’ll have a really good time!
“It’s very theatrical, there are lots of things that happen that are different to TV so it’s very much a live experience with some brilliant acting.
“Which isn’t to say the play isn’t about anything, it’s very much about the effects of social media on young people, and society as a whole, but I’m not the sort of theatre-maker that likes to ram great political ideas down your throat, the jokes and having a laugh are top of the agenda!”
Social media is something that surrounds us all, but where did Andy get the idea for this play?
He continued: “I work a lot with young people and I noticed that some would start reaching for their phones without even being aware of it, as soon as there was some slight moment of inactivity the muscle memory kicked in and the phone was in their hands.
“Then I noticed my work colleagues, who are not teenagers, starting to do the same and I thought ‘something has fundamentally changed here’.”
“I could have made a very serious piece about internet intrusion and governments trawling through your Facebook profile for information, but that’s not my personality and that’s not the kind of world I know.
“I do know the world of the awkward teenager well, I was living it for a period (weren’t we all!), so it felt like a knock-about comedy, which goes pretty near the line but I don’t think crosses it, seemed the right way to go.”
The production was shortlisted for the Channel 4 / Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award.
Andy said: “That was a great thing for us as we started writing this play as a wee side project whilst at drama school (the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and for it to be recognised by some really top players in the comedy world as a play worth performing gave us the stimulus we needed to keep on going.
“We also received some great feedback from them that helped us develop the play further.”
As writer and director, what does Andy hope people will take away from the performance at the Adam Smith?
“I am hoping they will have an entertaining night out that is different to cinema or being stuck in front of the telly.
“I hope that they will discuss how they have been in similar situations as the characters (or know someone who has) and talk about how social media can be this brilliant thing, but how it has also added a whole new layer on to the dating process.
“The number of comments I’ve received from women who say that their friend is just like our female character Suzie is ridiculous!
“So I think it’s very relatable and there’s something fun about seeing yourself/your friends on stage.”