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REVIEWS

these are a few of my favourite 

 
Coward Conscience
- written and directed for Eleventh Hour Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Spaces, 2022 -

★ ★
"The power and strength of the writing and performances sell this confrontational and confessional piece"
Graham Strachan, British Theatre Guide



More Myself Than I Am
- written and directed for Eleventh Hour Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Riddle's Court, 2019 -

★ ★ ★ ★
"The story of the Brontë sisters is a well-known one...  but it’s one that bears retelling, especially when as succinctly and emotively done as it is here by the cast of the Eleventh Hour Theatre Company: what makes it stand out as a cut above is the strong characterisation, lively dialogue and dynamic performance."
Robert Peacock, The Wee Review

★ ★ ★ ★
"The emotionally charged scenes are gripping and unforgettable... the kind of period drama
you might expect from the BBC, and the script reads like a story written by one of the sisters themselves."
Kate Nora, Broadway Baby



1984
- adapted and directed for Close Up Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Greenside, 2018 -

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Still horribly relevant in 2018, Max Thomas and Rebecca Vines have written a chilling adaptation of Orwell’s novel that is brilliantly brought to life by a talented cast; there is a reason Close Up Theatre have had sell out shows at the Fringe since 2004... a powerful piece of political theatre"
Catriona Scott, Broadway Baby



Antigone
- artistic director for Eleventh Hour Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Spaces, 2016 -

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"This is by far my favourite show at the Fringe.  Intelligently acted, directed and performed,
the cast holds the audience firmly from beginning to end.  Do not miss out. "
Hannah Sanderson, edfringereview 
 

 
 Richard III
- adapted and directed for Close Up Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Greenside, 2015 -

★ ★ ★ ★
"Excellent"
Bruce Blacklaw, Three Weeks 

★ ★
"Close Up Theatre have delivered another fantastic show this year:  vital... modern... impressive... superb"
Alex Hargreaves, Broadway Baby
 
 

The Canterbury Tales
- directed for Close Up Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Greenside, 2014 - 

★ ★ ★ ★
"This slick and saucy imagining of Chaucer's beloved Tales doesn't miss a beat. 
Sexy, sordid storytelling from an accomplished cast of bright young things"
Hannah Cutting, Three Weeks


 
Chatroom
- artistic director for No Prophet Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, C Venues, 2014 - 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Crucially important, this evening cannot go unwatched"
Lottie Scaramanga, Broadway Baby 
 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“In the 6 years I have reviewed theatre I have never felt so compelled to want to interject ….
with a festival that has over 3000 shows it would be impossible to get to see everything
but to miss “Chatroom” would will only fill you with regret”.
New Current
 

 
Arcadia
- directed for Close Up Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Greenside, 2013 -

★ ★ ★ ★
"An outstanding performance in its clarity, its simplicity and its class"
Veronkia Kallus, Edinburgh Spotlight 


 
Boys
- directed for No Prophet Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, C Venues, 2013 - 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“A thought-provoking play, supported with strong performances,
and dynamic direction from Rebecca Vines”
Adrian Bradley, Broadway World


★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“It’s heart wrenching and warming at the same time”
Fresh Air


★ ★ ★ ★
“Outstanding, perceptive and sensitive acting”
Katharine Wootton, Three Weeks 




Punk Roc
- directed for No Prophet Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Spaces, 2012 - 
 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Gripping... [an] invigorating performance as alarming as it was honest...  grim...  brutal... familiar... realistic...
A brilliant performance exposing the skills of some great up and coming talent".
Paige Wilson, Three Weeks

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Do anything you can to get a ticket"
Sarah McIntosh, Broadway Baby 

★ ★ ★ ★
"The entire cast excel in what is a chilling, superbly written piece of theatre"
Gary Flockhart, The Scotsman

★ ★ ★ ★
"Should certainly be on your list as one to see"
Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide


 
Death of a Salesman
- produced for Close Up Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Greenside, 2011 - 
 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
" Brilliant... excellent... I couldn't recommend it more highly"
Philip Liebman, Three Weeks
 

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