I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before review – Edinburgh Festival Fringe ★★★☆☆

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I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before is a weaving, narrative-hopping, existential reflection on art. It explores being a creative artist, and relationships. 

Written and performed by David Scotland (Dave), and also featuring Robert Strange, the piece uses music as a strong thread throughout the story, which is told in a number of small vignette-like scenes. 


There are two main strands to the narrative. The first concerns Dave’s relationship with his boyfriend – Art (Strange). The relationship is a classic story of two people who are very clear about their boundaries in relationships – and it’s very clear that those boundaries are fundamentally different. 

The second strand is a series of monologues, delivered by Dave, explaining to various people in his life his choices around being an actor, and his progress within that profession. There’s a strong auto-biographical element here, as indicated in the information about the show.

Whilst some of these monologues reveal a great deal of trauma, some are very funny. The one with the agent is absolutely brilliant – and possibly contains things every actor wishes they’d said at some point in their quest for representation. 

The story almost becomes secondary to the feelings Scotland manages to evoke. There are profound truths within this play, and it’s a script I’m still thinking about a few days later. 

Final Thoughts

At times deeply philosophical, at times fun, at times almost a cry for help, this is a show that everyone will take something different from.

I’ve Never Met Anyone Quite Like You Before continues at the Edinburgh Fringe until 26th August

Featured Image Credit: Quite Like You Productions

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