Reviews

A TENDER THING, by Ben Power – Full Circle Theatre, directed by Linda Davey

“Both Ms Kennedy and Mr Croome are very impressive: credible, vulnerable, heart-breakingly affecting – I swear you could hear pins drop. Can they speak the verse? You bet they can. Their delivery is clear, effortless, meaning-filled and … beautiful.”  The Green Room.

“Flloyd Kennedy brings softness, playfulness and mirth to the character of Juliet.” AussieTheatre

“There are some perfect moments, including Kennedy’s, “I have forgot why I did call thee back”, Croome’s take on the arrival of morning (this scene is so perfectly reversed we wonder why the lines were ever given to Juliet), and his unfailing, endearing support of his beloved wife, particularly in their dance together, which is perhaps the most telling, moving moment of all.” XS Entertainment

BRAVE NEW WORLD ORDER, Brett Heath and Clarry Evans – Dianne Gough Productions, director Flloyd Kennedy

“A serious rock comedy, part musical comedy, part cabaret, part reality TV kitchen show, BNWO is truly unique”. Greenroom

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE David Mamet – Trocadero Productions, directed by Flloyd Kennedy

“ . .. you have to admire the courage of a company who produces professional quality work without any government funding, and admire them I do.” Time Off

MADAME BUTTERFLY Puccini (additional text: Paul Sherman), Operatif – 4MBS Festival of Fine Music, directed by Flloyd Kennedy

“When an opera audience gives a standing ovation and most have been moved to tears, someone is doing something right. The intimacy of this production by Operatif – directed with economic yet pointed detail by Flloyd Kennedy … gave it a poignant edge mostly missing in blockbuster operas.” Courier Mail, Brisbane

“this scaled down production did confirm that it is possible to present first rate opera that captures an audience musically and emotionally”             The Review, Brisbane

“Here was opera at its most basic yet most potent, intimately and simply staged, beautifully and dramatically sung..”’   Patricia Kells, Opera Magazine

“…director Flloyd Kennedy must take a major credit for intelligent management of play-plus-opera”        Val Vallis (former opera critic with The Australian and Opera UK)

SCOTLAND – Golden Age Theatre Company – Director Flloyd Kennedy

 CLOSER THAN EVER Richard Maltby Jr & David Shire (Mayfest and Aberdeen)

“… swept away by the sheer musicality and integrity of this show… cannot be recommended enough”  Aberdeen Press & Journal

“excellent musicianship, slick staging, ritzy choreography… “      Glasgow Herald

THE PROMISE Alexei Arbuzov (Scottish tour)

“a haunting quality piece of theatre”            St Andrews Citizen

“Very much an ensemble piece … deserved better than the small audience which turned out”       Perth Courier

IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS Goethe (Scottish tour)

“ .. phenomenal skills of the cast and the lucid precision of the direction.. without the clutter of props and machines to distract from the poetry of the drama and the dynamics of the characters’ emotions”           The List

“..thoughtless directorial style.. rather effective plinky-plonky music.. still worth seeing”   Scotland on Sunday

“tightly paced direction, a pared-down set, eerily effective lighting and music..”   The Herald

PERICLES William Shakespeare (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) Golden Age Theatre

“audience left shocked to realise Shakespeare could be this good … enthralling ..nifty choreography… excellent acting ..action packed show – I loved it”              Edinburgh Evening News

“…small space proves no restriction to Golden Age Theatre’s robust energy… they outreach their immediate environment to create a visually charged wider world… strength of the performances, tightly choreographed scenes, highly efficient lighting, striking use of music with a haunting score… truly absorbing”      The Herald

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER Alan Sillitoe adapted by Steven Jamieson and Paul Brennan (Mayfest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Scottish Tour and secondary schools tour)

“Superbly executed… performed with wit and raw energy”   The Independent

“… highly charged and compelling performance”                 The Scotsman

“powerful and poetic script, stark staging and talented commitments… “  Dundee Courrier

“…quality production…poetry in motion”         Edinburgh Evening News

“Minimally yet imaginatively staged and confidently performed … a funny, furious and passionate piece of drama”        The List

THE GOLDEN AGE Louis Nowra (UK premiere, Cumbernauld, Scotland)

“The cast are excellent, the music, sound and lighting unfaultable”        Scotland on Sunday

“..the company’s integrity and careful preparation shine through … superb physical and spoken acting”   The Scotsman

“ one of the most absorbing, moving and uplifting theatrical experiences of the year… “

Cumbernauld News & Chronicle

occasional thoughts of Flloyd Kennedy, for anyone who might be interested

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