We Are All Just Little Creatures, Traverse, Edinburgh ****
On a gorgeous stage designed by Karen Tennant and lit by Simon Wilkinson –an archway with a glittering curtain, an open space with a hint of indoor grandeur and outdoor botanical beauty – a series of figures from kings to
floor-sweepers arrive, interact, and conjure up the small things that, despite everything, bring delight into human lives.
There’s a magical musical score composed and performed live by David Paul Jones and Kevin Lennon, featuring lushly lyrical songs, alongside moments of driven tension and wild celebration; there are three professional dancers, and a team of seven inspired young “delight collectors” from the young artists’ group.
And above all, there are 17 of Lung Ha’s company members, bringing all their different abilities, intensities and insights to this eccentric and beautiful cavalcade of human life.
“Be friendly, be brave, be positive, have courage,” says company member Keith Watson to the audience, with irresistible kindness and passion; and if ever a show was designed to help us live up to that advice, then it’s this beautiful piece of total theatre, powerful, poignant and true. - JOYCE MCMILLAN
Final performance at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 2 April