Anything That Gives Off Light is a true celebration of Scottish culture, humour, music and storytelling. It follows two friends, Brian and Ian, and their new American acquaintance, Red, as they embark on a unique road trip that explores the history of Scotland and explores cultural differences between America and Scotland.
The success of the play lies in its humour; completely Scottish, yet incredibly clever, it manages to keep the audience engaged. The actors give convincing and passionate performances that encapsulate the characters perfectly. However, at times the narrative lets them down and loses our attention. Switching constantly between recreations of cultural events by the characters, and their own journey, it is often hard to follow and becomes frustrating to keep up with.
The real highlight is the band that accompanies the actors on stage and uses musical numbers to carry parts of the story forward. This music manages to capture the culture beautifully and is a welcome interval to the main narrative.
Words: Nastassia Sutherland
Anything That Gives Off Light, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Aug 16-26, 7.30pm