“This production refuses to shy away from making people uncomfortable… It is a bodily experience, and importantly it sheds light on a disease that few will have heard of before. It is a show that will captivate your mind, examining the human body with heartfelt precision” A Younger Theatre
Man to Man
Mercury Theatre, Colchester 4-19th October 2013; Park Theatre, London, 4-30th November 2014
“Theatrically speaking this is a tour-de-force, award deserving performance by Tricia Kelly… Director Tilly Branson… build(s) the tension gradually but remorselessly up to a final coup de théâtre”. 5 stars – What’s On Stage.
“a tour de force… scenes both realistic and surreal are strongly drawn… the powerful ending is unrelentingly dark“. 4.5 stars – The Public Reviews.
Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse & national and international tour, 2015-2016.
“thought-provoking reflections… Ava… speaks powerful words of wisdom with an extraordinary level of understanding… More than just storytelling, more than a play, quite an experience”. Left Lion
“accomplished… different threads are tied together with aplomb… a brave and thoughtful show“. Fringe Review
“ambitious and provoking… sometimes funny, often moving and engaging throughout“. Buxton Fringe
New Perspectives Theatre Company, Lakeside Arts Centre and UK tour, 2nd May-1st June 2013.
“The story is immaculately played out… a meticulously researched and insightful play“ – The Stage.
“vivid and true to life… a fantastic piece of theatre“ – Left Lion.
“Perhaps the best performance in 25 years in our village hall“. “Outstanding… stunning…. We have National Theatre Live in our village hall, and it’s as good as anything we’ve seen from them” – Audience feedback.
End to End
The Gramophones, Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and UK touring 2013.
“The play is a superb work from an up-and-coming Nottingham company, richly layered, funny and entertaining and at times very moving. If you feel your life lacks excitement, this may be the right medicine to help you rediscover your lust for life“ – Left Lion.
“Truly sensational…pitched perfectly…brought to life with a real sense of energy and vibrancy” – Buxton Fringe Review, July 2012.
“An injection of optimism…energetic storytelling, five stars” – Three Weeks, Edinburgh 2012.
New Perspectives Theatre Company, East Midlands theatre/rural tour, 2-7th July 2013.
“a very satisfying, engaging and thought-provoking 70 minute theatrical reflection on what it means to live in the East Midlands today… The STEP UP Creatives and Director Tilly Branson have packed these 70 minutes full of creativity, ideas and innovation“
Audience review, Thurgarton.
New Perspectives Theatre Company, East Midlands theatre/rural tour, 21-24 June 2012.
“Memory is hard enough to manage well in one production and taking on five interweaving tales could have had alarming results. Not here as the basic understanding of the main theme is sound enough to carry us through – a feat which shows Branson as a promising director with her hands securely on the helm” – Audience review, Guildhall, Derby.
Always in the Afternoon
Rehearsed reading at Derby Guildhall, part of Theatre Writing Partnership Momentum Festival, September 2011.
“I do like rehearsed readings. Both as an artform but also as a more affordable way of bringing a play to professional production. What I don’t like in some rehearsed readings is the static form where essentially the cast just read – the half way house is best, as was there last night. I don’t think it was any worse for having script in hand, that simply became part of the props or staging, and I liked the simplicity of that” – Audience feedback.
“I really liked the staging on three sides, the three stories intertwined… I really enjoyed the soundscape/music and the light effects really helped to give a flavour of how the piece will be in full production“ – Audience feedback.