I went into Light, by Theatre Ad Infinitum, knowing nothing, other than it was on its third run at the Battersea Arts Centre, so it should at least be alright. And I think that’s maybe the best way to see it, so I’ll keep this brief to avoid spoilers as I heartily recommend you try to see it if you get the chance.
Set in the future, it taps into very relevant topics around the use of technology and surveillance, while having a touch of the Rogue One rebel mission about it. Performed entirely in mime, with only some occasional sparse dialogue displayed in surtitles, it never struggles to communicate the narrative. The word “mime” probably conjours up twee images of men pretending to lift suitcases that won’t move, or be trapped in invisible boxes. Well put that image into said invisible box and crush it – mime is better described as physical theatre and done well – like this – it can be brilliant. The costumes and set are minimalist, with an electronic soundscape score, lots of darkness, and some very clever, intricately choreographed, handheld lighting, ensuring you focus on the action, of which there is plenty.
It’s atmospheric, thrilling, and makes mime seriously cool. Go see it.
Light is on at the Battersea Arts Centre until 17th June. Find out more here.