Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Quiet Violence, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
The room smells of deep heat, but Sophie Rose tells us this isn’t a physical performance; it’s just that the company from upstairs use the space to warm up in. However, it is about the physical and non-physical things that we do (the “quiet violence”) in order to fit in or simply not offend. For instance, as Sophie demonstrates, squeezing into a pair of too-tight jeans because “they’re in fashion”, or failing to correct someone who persistently gets your name wrong.
Set around a group of flat sharing 20-somethings – with a blow-up sofa the centre of their social activity – the writing is full of amusing and at times poetic observations from Sophie’s “nice and spicy Nik Nak knees” to her enthusiastic suggestion to an audience member that “we should start a band”.
Loosely focused on her character’s relationship with a man she would clearly be better off without, the piece could do with a more developed story (and quieter music), but the script is light and fresh. We’re not allowed to use the word nice at school, Sophie reminds us: we have to embellish it and be more descriptive. But sometimes nice is the word you need – and this is a nice show.
ZOO Southside (Venue 82) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 28 August 2015
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