21 March 2018

BUGGY BABY opens at the Yard Theatre

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BUGGY BABY opens at the Yard Theatre

With Sound Design by Giles Thomas, BUGGY BABY opened at the Yard Theatre in a production directed by Ned Bennett.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

Giles Thomas and Jess Bernberg max the sound and lights to make Buggy Baby a visceral watch that swings from humour to horror in a flash.”


The Stage ★★★★

There’s so much colour here, and so much noise in Giles Thomas’ sound design; it’s a constant sensory overload, full of looming things that are funny one second and disturbing the next – a baby’s eye view of the world.”

“bizarre, baffling, brilliant”

The Guardian ★★★★

“Like a surreal Harold Pinter play, Josh Azouz’s brilliantly warped fairytale… is very weird and uncomfortably funny.”

“This show is beautifully put together, from Max Johns’s cunningly simple design… to the growing sense of danger evoked by Giles Thomas’s sound design.”

thespyinthestalls ★★★★

“a beautiful elision of the comic and the tragic, the everyday and the fantastical”

“The piece is impeccably designed all round, from the fantastically creative set by Max Johns, which works beautifully with Jess Bernberg’s excellent lighting design, to the ominous sound, composed and designed by Giles Thomas.”

BroadwayWorld UK ★★★★

Theatre Bubble ★★★★

14 March 2018

BR’ER COTTON opens at Theatre503

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BR’ER COTTON opens at Theatre503

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise (winner of the JMK Award in 2016) with Lighting Design by Amy Mae. BR’ER COTTON by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm opened at Theatre503 on Monday.

The Guardian

Roy Alexander Weise’s direction makes use of a compact space with ease; the actors almost glide across the stage, and the framing of more dreamlike sequences is impressive.

Amy Mae’s lighting allows the shifts from kitchen to moonlit cotton field to dystopian video-game wasteland appear seamless”

“This is an important play, and a great one, that will leave audiences thinking for a long time.”

Evening Standard

Roy Alexander Weise’s visually bold staging relishes this ambitious play’s fiery dialogue 


It adds up to an intricate consideration of the complexities of present-tense race relations, but Roy Alexander Weise's production ensures it's always fully-felt.

The Stage

“Weise’s production cruises along on Jemima Robinson’s set… [he] is an exciting director with scope and real visual flair.”

13 March 2018


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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY has been nominated for an Outstanding Achievement in Music award for the original orchestrations and arrangements by Simon Hale, along with nominations for Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Currently playing in the West End after transferring from the Old Vic. 

FOLLIES has also been nominated for an Outstanding Achievement in Music award for The Orchestra, under the music supervision of Nicholas Skilbeck and music director Nigel Lilley, as well as Best Lighting Design for Paule Constable. It also received a further seven nominations including Best Director and Best Musical Revival, and played at the Olivier, National Theatre until January 2018.

ANGELS IN AMERICA received a nomination for Best Lighting Design for Paule Constable, her second nomination in this category, and also received nominations for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Director amongst others for its run at the Lyttleton, National Theatre.

ON THE TOWN received a nomination for Best Musical Revival after running at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with Lighting Design by Howard Hudson.

13 March 2018

THE CHERRY ORCHARD opens at Bristol Old Vic

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THE CHERRY ORCHARD opens at Bristol Old Vic

Michael Boyd directs this revival of Chekhov’s play, with design by Tom Piper. It opened at the Bristol Old Vic last week, before it moves to the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

The Guardian ★★★★

“The mood of the drama, often difficult to judge, hovers exquisitely between cruelty, tenderness and knockabout humour via moments of fragile pastoral tranquility.”

“Tom Piper’s design brings the audience fully into this threatened household, with its unrequited, unspoken loves and unquiet, silent ghosts.”

The Times ★★★★

“There is not a tree to be seen in this airy and elegant production… we see only a branch of luxurious blossom, though, at times, petals fall from the sky on to a household collapsing as fast as old Russia itself.”

“The designer Tom Piper has even reconfigured the theatre, extending the stage and adding, in the back, tiers of on-stage seating that perfectly replicate the rest of this gorgeous Georgian theatre.”

Financial Times ★★★★

 “a fuller, sharper Chekhovian portrait than English speakers are used to”

The Stage ★★★★

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

06 March 2018

THE JUNGLE BOOK by Jessica Swale is currently on tour around the UK.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK by Jessica Swale is currently on tour around the UK.

Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, Jessica Swale brings a fresh take with this new production currently touring the UK, directed by Max Webster. 

The Stage ★★★★

“joyfully inclusive spirit”

“it all coheres through Swale’s pacy, comic script” 

LondonTheatre1 ★★★★

“a real treat for the all-ages audience”

“Her powerful patriarchy-busting panther was a delight and an excellent role model to Mowgli”

“a fab night out full of colour, laughter, thrilling music and more” 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“Swale teases fresh ideas out of a story you may think you know already. It feels largely contemporary – a celebration of diversity and the power of family, no matter what form it takes.”

“a Jungle Book for the present day, one ready to enchant and educate in equal measure.”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“All of this… culminate in a show that is a true showcase of extraordinary talent and skill.”

“a family-friendly, visually impressive, toe-tapping, feel-good show… while also providing a subtle social commentary, and that’s exactly what it needs to be.”