Review: Bright Ideas @ Paradise in the Vault

Moyan Brenn, Edinburgh Festival / CC
Photograph: Moyan Brenn / CC

Verdict: Highly Recommended Show

Genre: Comedy

Venue: Paradise in the Vault

Website: Blind Elephant

Company: Blind Elephant


‘With the help of two opposing lawyers, God is deciding whether or not to send another flood and have humanity start again. Following their five-star production of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, blind elephant return with an absurd moral tragicomedy. ‘With this level of focus and intelligence from their debut production, blind elephant are surely destined for great things.’


The personas of the two figures on stage are instantly obvious, one calm and composed, the other nervously twitching and unable to hide his inner thoughts. It soon becomes clear they are lawyers waiting for a case to begin and in time it becomes clear who they are waiting for. When God arrives as a woman in red cowboy boots a tense and brilliantly funny courtroom battle begins.

Ross McCormack provides great comedy in his expressions and movements as the nervous lawyer in trainers, while his cool and well dressed opponent provides wit and sarcasm. God is played excellently with a naive yet worldly authority and a lot of humour. The three interact well on stage and their camaraderie comes through creating real warmth in the performance. There are moments where direction could have been tighter to ensure each moment is as polished as the one before.

There is a lot packed accutane isotretinoin into this entertaining discussion on whether humanity should be wiped out, caught between the cold facts of war, poverty, cruelty, and insanity and the warm truths of intelligence, spirit, and free-will. It is easy to see the dilemma. Although it does seem the script leans heavily towards discussing the evils of humans and does not quite balance it out with the good, providing an equal balance would add more weight to the argument and make for even more intelligent debate.

Tragic events referenced within the piece have been well researched and root the debate in a truth that audiences can relate t (providing examples of good in the world on par with the bad would make for a much more compelling argument,however). The comedy is brilliantly done but could do with some more tension and more emotion which would deepen the meaning and messages conveyed with it.

Bright Ideas sparks wonderful debate on our culture and lifestyles and invites everyone to take stock of how they live and how they behave to decide whether humanity really is worth saving. With excellent comedy, intelligence content and a competent cast it seems Blind Elephant will have another successful year at the Fringe.

This review originally appeared on FringeReview and is reproduced in partnership with their permission.


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Christine Lawler 42 Articles
Christine has a passion for literature and has been a closeted writer since childhood. Other passions include theatre, film, and all things geeky. She lives in Glasgow with a cat named Molls and a tortoise named Haruki Kabuki.

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