Into the Light is a physical theatre piece brought to us by Hijinx Theatre and Teatro la Ribalta. This show in particular focuses on the use of light to explore the themes of acceptance, loneliness and being yourself.
This is a collaboration of European performers from Wales, Spain and Italy. Each of the nine performers got their own chance to showcase their talents to the audience. We get to hear each of their dreams and aspirations through a series of audio clips.
While each of the performers brings their distinct personality to their role, there is also a sense of community within the ensemble. They all trust and rely on each other to perform the show. English, Spanish and Italian are used during the performance, however whether you understood what was being said was irrelevant because it was all being conveyed through the movement.
The staging is very simple, the main prop is the use of lights - torches, lightboxes and mirrors to reflect the light. I must state the use of a mirror to reflect light into the audience wasn’t my favourite choice - it almost blinded me it was so strong!
Overall this is a lovely piece of theatre. Although each of the performers are unique, the one thing they have is common is that they all feel they are being their true self when performing and it’s clear they enjoyed every second of it.
This was my first time at the Lowry in 2019 and I was shocked when I got to my seat to see some of the fabric had been thorn, and there was chewing gum on some of the other seats. Clearly the Quays Theatre is in need of a bit of TLC.
Reviewer: Brian Madden
Reviewed: 13th March 2019
North West End Rating: ★★★★