• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Performance reviews

A Small Story

A Small Story

Tron, Glasgow

Mary Brennan

To an adult eye, Fred Pommerehn's set design probably spells out domestic hell: the boxes and drawers that should be neatly lodged in the shelving unit up-stage are piled into hasty heaps - it's a mess. For two to four-year-olds- the target audience for this Starcatchers Scottish-German co-production - the exuberant clutter looks more like fun than a silent witness to frantic upheaval.

Whatever that event was - it's another story. This one - gently entitled A Small Story - sees Andy Manley and Ania Michealis, the Guardians in matching maroon uniforms, restore a caring calm and order to the chaos. In the process, they use the various objects they encounter to tell a series of everyday moments that encapsulate aspects of life itself.

There's little or no spoken text. Instead Danny Krass's amalgam of music and sounds underpins the vignettes with easy-to-follow clues: church bells and the wedding march attend the marriage of a frothy white wash scourer and a black enamel punch - whee! the groom even provides the flurry of confetti.

Two peppermills fall in love and have a baby, but the cleverly succinct scenarios don't shy away from the darker realities of life. The pepper mills visibly divorce, just as the glass cafetiere-beaker, which has come to the end of its useful life, is tenderly wrapped in cloth and coffined in a drawer while three teapots form a guard of honour.

Cups, jugs, glasses - familiar stuff all comes into play before being tidied away. But what lingers on is the power of imagination - regardless of age - to transform the ordinary into something dramatic or playful or talismanic. That imagination flourishes abundantly in Manley and Michaelis.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.