Reviews:

 

'Infinite Lives' by Chris Goode:

 

Lyn Gardner, Guardian

 

“Chris Goode’s play is like a beautiful thorn. It keeps on pricking at something already tender as it exposes the way we live now and our increasing feelings of disconnection in a connected world. It’s small, but then our lives are small in the face of the infinite universe. It’s witty, heartbreaking and painful too. Nik Partridge’s enormously confident production uses sound (by Timothy X Atack) and projection (Alex Wright) to terrific effect. At its quiet centre is Ray Scannell’s beautifully understated John.”

 

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What's On Stage:

 

“An excellent piece of new work that needs to be seen.”

 

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Exeunt: 

 

“Scannell’s captivating performance is aided by Timothy X Atack’s soundtrack and Alex Wright’s digital projections, which blend a contemporary digital world with something more retro and tongue-in-cheek, the endearing bleeping of the ZX Spectrum. Nik Partridge’s direction is also accomplished; the play is very verbal, it could almost be a radio play, but Partridge makes this static quality work in the play’s favour, taking us into John’s bedroom, into his head, as he goes through this hollow period of his life.”

 

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Bristol 24/7: 

“Infinite Lives is an important and compelling modern-day fable, acting as a warning of how introverted and insular we’ve become.

 

Crysse Morrison's Blog: 

“This is a treatise on loneliness, erotica as love, and broadband as the only communication we now know, exquisitely written and brilliantly presented. Narrated by ‘John’, an agoraphobic obsessed with a gay porn website (he’s played mesmerically by Ray Scannell), this lucid and compassionate story is vividly animated by projections (Alex Wright) and sound (Timothy X Atack) and superbly directed by Nik Partridge. The script is moving, funny, and sometimes sublime.”

 

 

'Stacy' by Jack Thorne:

 

Mentioned in Lyn Gardner’s ‘What to See’ Section. Guardian Culture.

 

‘As good as, if not better than, the original professional production.’ (Andrew Haydon).

 

Three Weeks:

 

‘absolutely captivating throughout; Jack Thorne’s razor-sharp writing melds beautifully with Nic McQuillan’s pitch-perfect performance.’

 

British Theatre Guide:

 

‘It's hard to say what impressed me more about Stacy; the brilliance of the writing, or McQuillan's expert performance’

 

Broadway Baby:

 

‘Through fine direction from Nik Partridge and Georgina Ower, and a stand-out performance from McQuillan, Stacy is a subtle triumph’.

 

Fringe Report:

 

‘Nik Partridge and Georgina Ower's direction rises to the challenge with a production that is refreshingly real and perceptive’.

 

Exeunt Magazine:

‘Nik Partridge’s and Georgina Ower’s well-paced production never loses our interest, teasing out the spiky humour of Thorne’s writing while never backpedalling on the messy moral complexity at its heart’

 

A Younger Theatre:

‘Stacy is a well-worth-it monologue of a boy lost, a love story gone awry, a 60-minute tale of neurosis and almost-adulthood, and a confession from a young man who has no idea how he ended up here’

 

Stage Won:

'Lasting only an hour, this is an intense and deceptively simple piece of theatre that stays with you long after it is over, and suits the Pleasance’s intimate StageSpace perfectly - directors Nik Partridge and Georgina Ower are to be congratulated.'

 

Fringe Guru:

 

Taking the audience nimbly through moments of laughter, discomfort and real shock, PlayOn Theatre’s production of Stacy is complex and challenging. This personal tale is both startling and subtle – and McQuillan engages the audience throughout, crafting a journey that leads us through swings of emotion and leaves us with an unsettling uncertainty.

 

'Bluebird' by Simon Stephens:

 

'The best production of my work that I have seen by a student company' (Simon Stephens)

 

The Stage:

STAGE MUST SEE SHOW.

‘Speaking from experience, Stephens’ words are by no means easy to do justice to, but this lot pull it off with skill and dedication’.

 

Broadway Baby:

‘Exeter University Theatre Company mine this great script for all it’s worth, and their production is superb… A masterclass of realism. Go see it’

 

Three Weeks:

 

'A well-paced, well-crafted piece of theatre… This slick, professional and emotional production is thoroughly entertaining. Just remember to take your tissues’.

 

'Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness!' by Anthony Neilson:

 

Bristol Culture:

'The stops were well and truly pulled out by Nik Partridge... There were some delightful directorial touches.'