As we launch our month devoted to ‘Love and Marriage’, we remembered that tentative first step we take on the path to find these wondrous things: the first date. Then all too soon we remembered the first date’s fun but awkward younger brother, the blind date. As we recalled all the often cringe-worthy but sometimes amazing examples of the ones we went on in the past, we suddenly thought, how great would it be if there was a show that encapsulated the whole experience. We found out there was.

Blind Date is the impossibly funny brain child of Rebecca Northan which sees her portray Mimi, otherwise known as Mimi the Clown, as she experiences the perils and pitfalls of a blind date for herself. In case that prospect wasn’t hilarious enough on its own, the actress has to pick her match from the audience on each night. What follows is a wonderfully funny night of improvised comedy as actor and audience member muddle their way through their first date, getting to know each other and potentially finding love in their two hours on stage.

The genius of the show is in its shocking simplicity and its willingness to explore a subject which is both awkward and fascinating to behold. Northan, who portrays the delightful Mimi, has an unrelenting drive to push the drama forward, which is counterbalanced perfectly with her desire to create a truly organic and interesting performance each night. This also complements the unique set up brilliantly and ensures that each night has a new and exciting feel as Mimi prowls the audience in search of that night’s passionate flame.

While we are tempted to call this something of a one woman show, with Northan carrying the progression and often her hapless co star under her belt, as well as some of the shows biggest laughs. However our dear Mimi is not alone on stage and the illusion is maintained with the help of her wonderful co-stars Jamie Northan, Kristian Reimar and Tyler Rive , who take on other roles to help flesh the piece out and add a few extra pitfalls to our young lovers path to romance.

If we had to find just one critique in what is essentially comedy gold, at a mere two hours in length without an intermission is might seem at first glance to be a bit of a drag, but that being said when the drama begins to close you can’t help but which it was longer and had a little more to it. The other issue we had is one which is systemic with the set up of the show, in order to maintain the illusion sometimes Mimi has to go through a great deal of boring, morbid or unsuitable conversation with her co-star. This is not necessarily a bad thing in itself as it simply shows Northan’s ability to navigate her way free from these darker subjects to more light and fanciful topics. However, a few too many awkward conversations can sometimes be just enough to set a patient theatre–goer on edge.

Altogether we were impressed and thrilled with Blind Date, which took a simple idea and made it an amazing comedic roller coaster that would appeal to audiences from all walks of life. There was the odd ropey moment here and there when we went to see it, but with the unique hook of a different co-star each time, we have a show which manages to be fresh each and every night. If you want to see how a much fun you can have on a blind date, walk, run and saunter down the the Charing Cross Theatre and spend the night howling with laughter.

Blind Date is playing at the Charing Cross Theatre until 11 July 2013