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Île (Sophie Joans – Spark In The Dark)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

Who needs to go on holiday when ‘Île’ is bringing the sunshine to Edinburgh? It’s a one-woman production that explores family history and returning to your roots, which in this play are in Mauritius. Even though the staging was incredibly minimal, I was transported to the sunshine due to the brilliance of the highly descriptive script, and while there is only the slightest use of sound and lighting, Sophie Joans manages to command the attention of the entire audience with her hypnotic movements, helping the images to form in our minds. Pacing does become a minor issue due to the descriptive nature of it, though this nonetheless fleshes out the uncomplicated plot. Overall, it is warmly written and gorgeously performed.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Melrose]