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The Galway Festival 3rd Dec 08 - John C. Begley
When in Ireland last July, I saw "Giselle" at a theatre in Galway - as part ofthe Galway Irish Arts Festival. It was an EXTRAORDINARY production.
David Lynch move over! Or should I say it was the dance equivalent of the sureal productions of David Lynch. I loved it. And, I want to see more.
Hall for Cornwall, Truro 5th May 08 - Jenny Jones
Had never heard of your company before so didn't know what to expect. When I saw James Son of James I was gobsmacked. What a tour de force. Such a talented company with amazing dancing and such a complex story line so relevant to everyday living.
The only improvement for me would have been to see more of your fantastic dancing - there just wasn't enough of it. Having said that, I wouldn't want you to have missed out anything, so perhaps the performance just should have been longer!
You are such an amazing bunch of talented young people. Keep up the good work and please come to Cornwall again. Soon!
truro cornwall last night of tour 4th May 08 - neil erskine
fantastic thanks for coming to see us in cornwall set costume and of course the cast made for the best thing here in a good while please come back some time each member of the cast shone and had us uplifted and laughing ...kep challenging the norm please defying the patterns of dance and theatre adopted by so many youre friend s neil ness
Lighthouse, Poole 20th Apr 08 - Stacy Stroud
I saw this with a couple of friends and was very impressed!
The set design was simple but bold, the music ranged from eerily repetitive to laugh-out-loud and the actors were focused at all times.
The best part of the show for me was the physical theatre; the choreography displayed a range of emotions from desperate to overjoyed, and the movement was an effective way of showing a side to the characters you hadn't seen before.
The only criticism I could give is that occasionally the singing of a couple of performers was drowned out by the music and the wooden house construction could have been used more.
I would recommend seeing this production. The sheer energy that goes into the performance is amazing, and the result is an outstanding piece of theatre!
High Wycombe Swan 13th Apr 08 - Judy Lamb
I was bold over FANTASTIC! Saw it twice and wish I had recommended the WORLD. Interesting issues tackled and timing spot on. I teach Drama and will use some of your ideas with the kids. I was unwell on Friday and sadly missed the Post PRODUCTION talk. What was injected into Simon? How long did it take to prepare and when's your next tour?
CONGRATULATIONS BEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN
Lyceum - Sheffield 10th Apr 08 - Sarah Jane Smalley
Came to see the show last night and was bowled over - thought it was absolutely fabulous - 'proper' theatre that made me laugh, made me cry and really made me think. Wonderful performances from all the cast which was particularly amazing because the Lyceum was far from busy and mostly made up of old dears - surely singing a song which starts '************' in that circumstance has got to feel a bit weird? How I wish that more of my younger arty mates went to the theatre and it wasn't just an older middle class preserve (at the Lyceum at least) - they would have loved it too! Many many thanks for brightening up our Wednesday evening :)
Warwick art centre 30th Mar 08 - Thelma Osondu
I really enjoyed everybit of the play James son of James.I loved the musical and comedy aspect of the play.It had a very good story line but i did not like the way James died at the end after been good to the community.I think this play tells a story of Jesus in the last supper and how he was betrayed after saving souls.If i am to rate this play i would give it a number 4.
Warwick Arts Centre, "James Son of James" Thursday 28th February 2008 3rd Mar 08 - Stefanie Mace
I saw James Son of James with the University of Worcester and I thought that it was amazing. The choreography was beautiful and the performers were superb.
I thouroughly enjoyed my evening and the use of minimal set was a great contrast in the messages that the choreography portrayed!
I am interested in physical theatre and this performance enlightened me in showing me what the body is truly capable of!
Northern Stage 4th Feb 08 - Karen McArthur
This has to be the best performance I have seen on stage in the past three years. It left me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Excellent performances from the whole cast. Brilliant and talented director Michael Keegan Dolan, where does he get his inspiration from? x
NorthernStage, Newcastle 1st Feb 08 - Roy Russell
What really struck me about this production was the deft characterisation, particularly the taut, manipulative politician's wife (right from the beginning, when you see her mouthing the words of her husband's speech), the tragic yearning of the doctor and the gauche body language of the two teenagers.
The ballroom scene dancing was pure pleasure and the conception duet superb. The only character I found slightly misplaced was the policeman. Fine in the domestic scenes but more like a European customs officer than the inflated bull-necked rural guard you might expect, though the tendency to arbitrary violence came across.
The dramatic turning point was when you realised the darker undercurrents of the story. For me, this was the scene when Fallon chased his daughter round the room (though I may have missed earlier hints) but overall I found the show engrossing and truly memorable.
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