Note: This review is from the 2015 Fringe

@ Zoo Southside, Edinburgh until Sunday 30 August @ 13:45

Sophie Rose is a spoken word performer and theatre maker and Quiet Violence is her latest solo show. The performer combines theatrical drama and spoken word storytelling to unfurl a narrative about the turmoils and indecision’s in life. Sophie is a brilliant performer and engaging stage presence. She is also a very talented writer, as her words are passionate and believable and this makes Quiet Violence a funny and fulfilling story.

We follow the performer as she is confronted with various situations in which she must make a decision. These options vary in scale and consequence, but they always highlight the indecision’s we have in life. The stories have an observational feel and are presented in a comedic and personal tone. She confronts love, procrastination, alcohol, clothing and a range of other topics. These issues are weaved together through Sophie’s mastercraft in storytelling. This grabs the audience’s attention and pulls them right into the heart of the turmoils.

The set design for Quiet Violence is minimal with only an black inflatable sofa and a blue bag filled with Hobnobs on the stage. With few props Sophie does a tremendous job of taking us to a dismal flat and a dodgy nightclub. Storytelling through words is the performer’s strong point. Sophie conveys the characters and situations with an exuberant language that rolls of her tongue like rhythmic poetry. She performs spoken word theatre the way it is supposed to be – with imagination, style and engaging storytelling. Quiet Violence is touring later this year and is definitely worth catching if you have missed the show during the Fringe.