Theatre (multimedia, comedy)

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  • Underbelly, Bristo Square - Buttercup
  • 12:00
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Loquitur Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing, infrequent nude imagery
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


In 30 years, the cultural change in courtship has been enormous. Today, overwhelmed by technology, are we losing sight of what human connection truly is...? Based entirely on real-life experiences, this hilarious, romping, multimedia exposé of modern dating scrutinises the deeper, brutal side of love and life, challenging our preconceptions of women and dating, sex and autonomy. From dreadful dates to exciting encounters, Tinder swiping, sexting, dick pics, pressuring parents and supportive friends... why is Polly so desperate...? What lies behind her relentless campaign...? And what might any of us do when our world falls apart?

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Level access into the space. There is a slight lip on door frame.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Jo-Anne Smithson 121 days ago

Show was great and well acted. But she’d better not stand you up too.....!

Alex Covell 123 days ago

Polly is trapped in a cycle of bad dates, dick pics and awkward encounters. She’s after her lobster, but, in this fast paced, character-driven one-woman show, we find that maybe her lobster isn’t quite what she thought it should be. Through jazzy projections, direct address, satires and a high-energy performance from Gemma Smith, we see an honest and revealing exploration of what it means to be a single 30-something when there are so many fish in London. The performance takes a political turn as we are uprooted from the quirky comedy into challenging, revealing and painful moments for Polly. This is a playful, thoughtful journey through dating life, and worth checking out!

Rachele Fregonese 129 days ago

This show speaks to the hopes and heartaches of the modern woman looking for love through apps dating. It is in turn funny and moving and the actress is very charismatic and relatable. I loved it and I think I am going to try and see it again!

Laurel 130 days ago

Fantastic, we absolutely loved it! Wonderfully witty and well written! Don’t miss your chance to be the first to see it, one to definitely watch!

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 110 days ago

In the last years, online dating apps - and the ever-more-absurd scenarios that facilitate - have emerged as a fruitful mine of comic reflections. This year's Fringe has several such shows. Lobster is a fun-filled addition to the budding sub-genre; a lively likeable and funny one-woman show about (not) finding...

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The F Word 111 days ago

Written and performed by Gemma Harvey, this play takes a sharp and uncomfortably realistic look at the world of online dating.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

Online dating empowers people world-wide to meet their match with just a few swipes or clicks. Lobster examines all sides of online dating, from the hilarious horror stories, to the pains of rejection. Depending on your experience with online dating, this show either serves as a relatable ordeal or as...

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The List (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

Bridget Jones meets Online Dating...

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Everything Theatre (3/5 stars) 115 days ago

Harvey is a lovely performer, with a great idea for a play. She also makes a valid point about all the rubbish about dating that can be found on the web.

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Online dating can be a savage experience but is often also hilarious and Loquitur Theatre’s production maximises the fun aspect of modern single life portrayed by bright pink lighting and a good use of multimedia to support Harvey’s performance.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

Is there anyone out there who really loves online dating? ...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

Look for tickets... Polly has just come out of a long-term relationship, her ex, Joe, doesn’t return her calls, she misses the easy, mundane kind of love that they had. However, on the advice of well-meaning friends and family, she decides to get back out there and start dating.Written and...

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