Theatre Review: Little One at Belfry’s Spark Festival

Hannah Moscovitch finds a way in her extraordinary one-act play, Little One. Playing until March 23 at the Belfry

Hannah Moscovitch – who

Hannah Moscovitch – who

“Here’s where the magic doesn’t happen . . . “ – Claire




Literature and trauma sits as one of the hottest subjects in art. Representations of the Holocaust, responses to 9/11 and post-traumatic stress find their way into today’s artistic discourse. One of the challenges is: how does one explore trauma, without recreating it artistically?

Hannah Moscovitch – who, one can safely say, is among Canada’s best living playwrights – finds a way in her extraordinary one-act play, Little One. A small fugue, Moscovitch’s play counterpoints the trauma of two different families, exploring in a familial setting larger issues of abuse and survival. At turns funny and poignant, shocking and sad, Little One is a necessary play.

Joe Cobden as “Aaron” displays a lovely, gentle touch as the adopted brother of Michelle Monteith’s “Claire” – a deeply troubled young woman, and a survivor of sexual trauma. Monteith achieves the difficult task of rendering a scarred character, who acts out in violent ways, with sympathy and humour. Lily Ling, the piece’s Musical Director and Composer, squats stage right at a poorly-tuned child’s piano, a cross between Schroeder from Peanuts and the long-haired girl from The Ring.

Like a waking nightmare, Little One offers audiences the chance to wrestle with any demons of oppression they carry within.



Review by Brent Schaus


Little One runs at the Belfry Theatre until March 23

Tickets are $20 (+ tax); discounts are available for all performances for Seniors (10% off, age 65 +), Post-Secondary Students (25% off) and High School Students (50% off) — valid ID required to receive discounted price. Tickets are available at or 250-385-6815