The Empathy Experiment

Spoken Word (theatre, poetry)

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Is empathy facing extinction? Are smartphones to blame? Multiple slam-winning Canadian poet Rose Condo returns with her latest spoken word show. Embarking on a day of no mobile phones, Rose delves into tech addiction and compassion using herself as the test subject... think Dr Jekyll meets Dr Seuss. Join Rose in the final hour of her experiment as she madly tries to capture data, record findings, navigate withdrawal and prove her theory that empathy can be saved. Runner-up for Best UK Spoken Word Show at Saboteur Awards 2017. 'Emotionally charged performance' ( **** (Winnipeg Free Press).

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  • Dates: 13 August
  • Type: Open
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Howard Saffer 103 days ago

We went yesterday and it was a lovely and moving experience. Even with the variety of shows on at the Fringe, this show stands out as something rather different. Rose delivers most of the show through a poetic commentary, and each section has a particular style, but the section with Trump talking to his magic mirror was really amusing.

It certainly made us think more about how we use our phones - and other devices.

A great show - go see it!

Mike Parsons 105 days ago

I saw the Empathy Experiment today and loved it. Amazing content & delivery. A personal challenge explored candidly and thrown out for us to embrace. Loved the switching between observation, discussion and poetry. Thanks!!!

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The Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

t’s a funny show which is easy to relate to. Rose Condo has a candid way of telling her story, from magic mirrors and political narcissists to a letter to Facebook. It’s easy to picture yourself in Condo’s narrative and I start to appreciate her immersive experiment towards the end of the show.

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FringeReview 90 days ago

Don’t get me started on smartphones.  I got one of these new all-singing all dancing things six months ago and have long since abandoned it, reverting to the simple little thing I had before, which struggles to pick up signal in most parts of the world and, as for on-line...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

I would hope the average Fringe-goer could forego their phone for an hour; though judging by the panicked looks when Rose Condo asked volunteers to seal their phones in envelopes, I may be wrong. Those who did participate, who did focus on the show, were rewarded with an engaging, spoken-word...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

The Empathy Experiment is one of the many hidden gems that the Fringe is all about, located away in a dark basement of a pub down an easy to miss side street. And honestly, it is these little gems that are worth hunting out, because where else will you hear a Canadian artist ask you to hand over your mobile phones for an hour, and the whole audience actually doing so!

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