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Lots And Not Lots (Greg Sinclair And Scottish Theatre Producers)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2022

Ping-pong balls, flashlights, multicoloured whirling noise makers: with just those simple props, Edinburgh-based director/composer Greg Sinclair and his cast of six of the city’s youngsters conjure an elegant and quietly magical if rather slight piece. It might seem abstract at first, with movement, music and enigmatic text fragments painting in the performers’ on-stage relationships, but things quickly come into sharp focus in an exploration of order versus chaos, rules versus creativity. A collaboration with Craigmillar’s Lyra arts space for young people, ‘Lots And Not Lots’ takes a defiantly youthful perspective on some big questions, never providing easy answers, but reminding us of what young people care and worry about. It might be modest, but it’s very memorable.

Summerhall, until 21 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Kettle]