The Bad Daters, a new Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy that reveals the fun side of online dating and singleness

You may think you have heard all the good and bad stories about dating.

The new show promises to reveal all the good and bad things dating has taught you.

Sarah Maria Lafferty and Brian Gallagher are appearing in 'The Bad Daters' at Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Sarah Maria Lafferty and Brian Gallagher are appearing in ‘The Bad Daters’ at Edinburgh Fringe FestivalCredit: Alan Byrne
The play explores how the two characters get through a first date


The play looks at how two characters navigate a first-date.ALAN BYRNE

The characters Wendy, Liam and the Irish dark comedy The Bad Daters embark on their first date with the assumption that it will fail.

Wendy’s overprotective sister forces her to attend the rendezvous, and Liam has to do it because of a past curse that requires him to make an extra effort.

As the play delves into the heartbreaking truths of both characters, it explores their struggle to survive the first date.

The dark Irish comedy is written by New York-based Derek Murphy and stars Sarah Maria Lafferty and Brian Gallagher, who have both individually previously performed at the festival.

Lafferty told Central Recorder: “Both of the characters in ‘The Bad Daters’ are damaged people but they both want to get on with their life despite their many flaws.

“It’s a fun but deep analysis of two quirky people who just seem to be drawn together. We think that as the play progresses, the audience will be able to see both characters gradually drop their defensive mechanisms. They will also wonder whether these characters can create a true emotional bond.

“For most people, dating is a daunting experience because there’s so much hope and emotional involvement so good dating is probably the exception to the rule.

“In ‘The Bad Daters’, we have an extreme example of two people struggling to get to know each other but it’s a funny and dramatic journey.”

The Space, Surgeons Hall is the venue for this show. It will run from August 4 to August 12, and then August 14-26.

You can buy tickets from any retailer. Fringe site.

'The Bad Daters' is running for 22 shows at the Fringe


The Fringe Festival will be hosting a series of 22 performances entitled ‘The Bad Daters.’ALAN BYRNE

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