There are some stories that will make you laugh, some that will leave you angry, and occasionally a story that will leave you tingling with emotion. Some Small Love Story provides the latter. Written by Alexander Wright as part of the Flanagan Collective, Some Small Love Story is an emotive four-hander musical looking at the death of two loved ones. A young couple will have their relationship torn apart by a car accident, and an elderly couple will see years of companionship fade away overnight. It’s a simplistic narrative that weaves itself between the four characters, with dialogue dispersed between beautiful harmonies and music written by Gavin Whitworth.

Some Small Love Story works because it doesn’t try to punch above it’s own weight. The narrative is simple, the characters are everyday, and it provides qualities and situations that we can all relate to. Wright picks out the everyday gestures and moments that we can recognise in our own lives. We smile at the routine that one couple has over cooking and washing up, and we relate to those first butterfly feelings as we begin to explore being more than ‘just friends’ with another person. Some Small Love Story is intimately formed and presented, it’s strikingly everyday whilst hitting upon something much larger – almost epic in size. The death of a loved one is, after all, universal.

If the writing of this new musical is charming, then the direction is superb by Joseph Hufton. The cast stand in the same position throughout the whole performance. The emotive qualities of the dialogue and songs is explored solely through their voice and facial expressions. Hufton’s decision to rely upon the talent of his cast to explore the emotional depth of Wright’s story is an excellent choice, the audience easily invests in the characters and the situations that are described or sung to us. This stripping back of anything bar storytelling leaves way for a real tender and emotive portrayal of the characters, and judging by the number of tissues dabbing oat eyes around me, it works.

There is a tendency when writing musicals to project a certain epic scale upon them, but Some Small Love Story proves that sometimes it is the purest and rawest of qualities and emotions that can be presented through song. You don’t need a dance number or jokes aplenty to win over an audience’s heart, you need something you can relate to, and an intimately told story to work its magic on you.

The Flanagan Collective features a host of talented singers and performers, none rising above the rest, but none sinking below either. The harmonies are perfectly pitched, and Whitworth’s music is interspersed in all the right moments, although a part of me wished for more of the songs (nothing beats a four-part harmony by a talented cast to let your heart soar). Sensitive new musicals are difficult to come by unless you’re prepared to go down the comedy zombies or satirical route, but Some Small Love Story proves that it’s often the simplest of human emotions that can triumph when written and performed with heart. If there is one thing to see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, then Some Small Love Story is it. Let’s hope for future life of this intimate new musical.