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Sus

*****

Written by Barrie Keefe

Directed by Paul Tomlinson



… makes for such gripping theatre that is at times unbearable to watch ... catch it if you can. This intense play successfully makes a very strong political point. The projections at the end are powerful and remind us that although SUS was written by Barrie Keeffe in 1979, the play is just as relevant today.


‘This is a powerful piece: tersely directed... brutally acted...’ Whats on Stage ****

… A well-deserved standing ovation is testament to Barrie Keeffe’s play’s searing impact and to Dilated Theatre’s successful production.

a passionate piece of high quality theatre’ – British Theatre Guide


… Director Paul Tomlinson shows the same concentrated, pared-down approach; this is watching the action through a magnifying glass and it is very powerful. The cast of three give performances that stand up to it.


… This is a passionate piece of high quality theatre that is as relevant today as when it was first stage over thirty years ago… The strength of the performances, combined with the magnificence of Keeffe’s script and Paul Tomlinson’s precise direction, completely take control of the audience.


‘gripping theatre... demonstrates the excellence to be found on London's fringe’


My Girl 2

Written by Barrie Keefe

Directed by Paul Tomlinson


“ … a stellar off-West End performance ... Brilliant, Harrowing and unbearable to watch."


"A fiery two hander for the new recession"

“Paul Tomlinson’s production, moves easily between various crises, and takes you by surprise in sudden jolts of violence … “

★★★★
Michael Coveney – WhatsOnStage"


"The anger is sharp and hot"

"Utterly convincing as a woman trying to smile through her terror"

Time Out


“Paul Tomlinson’s production is fast-paced and witty, though the very serious moral and political issues that underlie this love story are not glossed over."

"The Painful clash of idealism and reality"

Theatre Guide London


 "Levelling of humour and warmth...Sudden shifts in mood, the moments of joy and desperation"

British Theatre Guide


"Sensitive, strong performances."

“Paul Tomlinson directs with sensitivity, coaxing the nuances of well written grit from both performers. My Girl 2 does not make for easy watching, particularly with an ending of ambivalent despair, but it is one of the more thought-provoking pieces of theatre in town.”


Broadway World


"Desperately important"

The Upcoming




Orphans

Written by Lyle Kessler

Directed by Paul Tomlinson


Southwark Playhouse, London

****

Another intelligent production from Paul Tomlinson and Dilated Theatre. If you like your theatre served rare but feisty, it’s definitely worth catching.



Orphans has had top class productions on Broadway, in the West End and across the World, but it seems a fair bet that this small revival on the London fringe could stand proudly alongside any of them.

The Reviews Hub


…defies expectations at all turns, taking in sickening violence, brutal bullying, incarceration and racism and leaving the audience laughing until it hurts. What about calling it the funniest tragedy in town?


There is often mayhem in the play, but Tomlinson keeps it well controlled and stages the comedy sequences with aplomb. The re-enactment of a reported incident on a bus involving Treat, with Philip standing in as a rude passenger, is an absolute riot. The production is crisp and assured, the rapid shifts in tone being judged to perfection.


… both brutal and heartbreaking, full of intense emotion from beginning to end, but not without comedic moments. The small cast delivers Kessler’s dialogue with commitment and conviction, making for an engaging experience.

Theatre Bargain


Orphans is a punchy script, always able to inject black humour, and never missing the mark.

 A Younger Theatre


The final scene is beautifully acted and downright heart-breaking. Kessler’s excellent, thought-provoking script combined with some fabulous performances and emotionally raw moments make for a great night out on the Fringe. It would be fabulous if this could transfer; the play and actors alike deserve more exposure.


Orphans (2016)

Written by Lyle Kessler

Directed by Paul Tomlinson


Southwark Playhouse, London

 

Nominated for Broadway World’s

Best Revival of a Play 2016


BROADWAY WORLD

★★★★★

“This production is another fascinating revival at a venue that is unafraid to challenge its public.


This is classy stuff, as fresh now as it was 33 years ago in Los Angeles - and pretty much what


fringe theatre is for.”