National mythologies and personal histories collide in this rowdy collaboration between The TEAM and the National Theatre of Scotland. More…
An American woman and two Scotsmen meet in a London pub, nursing their individual grievances and sense of political betrayal. When the ashes of a legendary social activist and kickass grandmother demand to be laid to rest, the trio head off on a transformative journey between the past and present, the real and imagined, Scottish highlands and Appalachian mountains, in search of a fitting ending. "Anything That Gives Off Light" features a throbbing score by the Bengsons that mixes the Scottish-American folk tradition with stomping punk, and the TEAM’s trademark athletic performance style.
See it if you've ever lived in Scotland or loved a Scot, ditto Applachia, ditto "rural America" at large. You love cool songs and whisky.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot or traditional structure. This show is about emotions, lived experiences, shared history, and personal myth-making.
See it if You want to see an intense concert/musical hybrid. You are a fan of the Bengsons' music.
Don't see it if You dislike musicals that are not entirely linear. Dislike indie-folk-rock and Scottish music.
See it if You’d like to be carried away to London, Scotland, and over the ocean to Appalachia. This tiny show feels as big as the world
Don't see it if You need linear shows, don’t want to hear diverse opinions, or can’t handle a full range of powerful emotions onstage
See it if you love Scotland, Rachel Chavkin, & the Bengsons. It's entertaining, but it's heavy-handed. We get it we should all listen to each-other.
Don't see it if you're looking for a tradition show. You don't want to hear about the dangers of climate change, fracking, & guns
See it if You enjoy riveting Scottish stories, set to an indie-folk soundtrack. You enjoy intimate evenings of theatre.
Don't see it if You need a perfectly clear piece - the story gets lost in itself and is a bit confusing.
See it if you want to explore the connections of the US (Appalachia) and Scotland, and the performers are wonderful! Music is outstanding.
Don't see it if you want an 'easy' play. There's a lot of content and the connections explored weave into each other.