Theatre review: The Smallest Light
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Smallest Light at Zoo Southside (Venue 82), reviewed by Roger Cox
A SHOW about four idealistic young women looking for “quirky” ways to effect change in the world around them? The premise for The Smallest Light sounds agonisingly introspective and deeply cringeworthy and, yes, at times it’s more toe-curling than anything Ricky Gervais managed in The Office.
But if beauty is truth and truth beauty, then this is also a beautiful show, in the sense that its causes are just and its heart is in the right place. So what if the girls’ experiments with protesting about bikini car washes, rescuing perfectly edible food from supermarket bins and fostering abused women’s cats don’t ultimately amount to a whole hill of beans? All their actions are carefully thought through (sometimes perhaps a little too carefully) and the point – as hinted at in the show’s title – is that if enough people do enough small things, the big things might just take care of themselves.
Ria Ashcroft, Kristy Guest, Hannah Stone and Rebecca D’Souza are all capable performers with enthusiasm and purpose; it would be interesting to see what they can do with more nuanced material.
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Originally published in The Scotsman