REVIEWS GATE

"A rollercoaster to damnation"

 

GINGER HIBISCUS
“Vivid and intriguing, it has the ability to provoke, to show the darkness alongside the light, and to be used as a springboard for serious discussions.” 

 

Echoes

by Neil Smith

Production Details
05 - 28 AUGUST, 2016

Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Fringe

Production Details 
07 - 29 AUGUST, 2015

Greenside, Edinburgh Fringe

Production Details 
24 MARCH - 11 APRIL, 2015

The Jack Studio Theatre

After Three Sisters

by Neil Smith. Inspired by Chekhov

Creditors 

by Neil Smith. After Strindberg

Cast and Creative Team

 

ADOLPH Tice Oakfield

GUSTAV Paul Trussell

TEKLA Rachel Heaton 

 

 

PLAYWRIGHT Neil Smith

DIRECTOR Ross Drury

MOVEMENT Jill Rutland

PRODUCER Jessica Stewart

DESIGN Leah Sams

LIGHTING Lewis Fowler

SOUND Lewis Fowler

 

 

 

 FEMALE ARTS 

"They really have created true art with their latest play, performed at The Brockley Jack.

 

"One of Chekhov’s best stories is brought into the almost modern day surroundings, as well as carrying on where he left off.  

 

"What an innovative triumph it is."

 

 LONDON PUB THEATRES 

"This is a strong, challenging play with outstanding performances, funny, tender but with a dark political commentary at its heart."

 

 LONDON THEATRE 1 

"Director Ross Drury uses the small stage well and moves his actors around with the deft touch of a chess grand master.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast and Creative Team

 

OLGA Violet Patton-Ryder

MASHA Jill Rutland

IRINA Sarah Cullum

NIKOLAI / JAMIE Luke Barton

 

PLAYWRIGHT Neil Smith

DIRECTOR Ross Drury

MOVEMENT Rose Ryan

PRODUCER Jill Rutland

DESIGN Jacob Lucy

LIGHTING Michael Corcoran

SOUND Chris Drohan

 

 

 

CLASSICAL ADAPTATIONS

1905. Moscow. Three sisters return to the capital to find it is no longer the peaceful city of their childhoods. 

2011. London. Three siters try to stay afloat in a city on the brink of tearing itself apart. 

 

Situated around the events leading up to the St. Petersburg massacre and the London riots, After Three Sisters is an intimate and anarchic look into what makes a city and a family turn on itself. 

An empty hotel in the heart of a conflicted city. People are rioting,  banks are burning, and Adolph's mind is playing tricks on him.

 

As he anxiously waits for his wife to return, he finds safe haven in the company of Gustav, the only other guest. 

 

But his new friend may prove even more dangerous than the demons in his own mind. 

 

Production Details 
18 OCT - 05 NOV, 2016

The Jack Studio Theatre

Reunion

by Neil Smith

NEW WRITING

 EDFRINGE REVIEW 

"Suffocatingly intimate... a brilliant reflection of the play’s consistent contrast between the disturbing violence and gentle affection of the central relationship."

HIGLY RECOMMENDED 

FRINGE REVIEW 

"A taut, modern day psycho-drama... Reservoir Dogs meets Lear"

 

An isolated cottage, deep in the English countryside.

 

John makes a surprise visit to his ex-partner Helene, whom he abandoned nine years ago. In his dreams, a young girl has been calling him Daddy, begging him to come and save her... 

 

On arrival, John finds out that Helene is no longer the timid girl she was, and as a storm rages outside, a nine-year-old girl looks on. 

 FRINGE GURU 

"Echoes will definitely stay with you… but when you find yourself on your own on a dark night, you might wish that it didn’t."

 BROADWAY BABY

"The seconds of silence that reverberate when the lights go down are evidence of this play’s potency."

 FRINGE GURU 

"It was George’s tartan mules that pleased me first. For a wee while, I was comfortable that Reunion would turn out equally wholesome and familiar; but then it doesn’t. Not at all. And I felt tears pricking my eyes"

 THREE WEEKS 

"This fantastic script balances subtlety with exposition to tauntingly reveal this couple’s secrets."

 EDFRINGE REVIEW 

"A very skilled piece of theatre which performs the almost impossible feat of delivering a genuinely frightening spectacle."

 

30 years ago, George and Jude's nine-year -old daughter, Jen, did something terrible.

 

30 years on, and Jen is about to arrive for the family's annual barbeque. But Hitler the cat drowned in the night, Jude looks like a drug dealer, and George refuses to light up the coals... 

 

It's about love. It's about loss. But mostly, it's about George and Jude. An elderly couple with a past that refuses to stay buried. 

Cast and Creative Team

JOHN Luke Barton

HELENE Jill Rutland

 

WRITER Neil Smith

DIRECTOR Ross Drury

MOVEMENT Rose Ryan

DESIGN Living Record

LIGHTING Michael Corcoran

 

 

 

Cast and Creative Team

GEORGE Luke Barton

JUDE Jill Rutland

 

WRITER Neil Smith

DIRECTOR Ross Drury

PRODUCER Jill Rutland

DESIGN Living Record