Reviews & Blasted
Reviews are a difficult animal, and inside The Other Room we have been wondering for a while about how we want to deal with them. We're not very keen on hiding things from our audience – and we know that you will find them anyway, you sneaky beasts. As an organisation we have realised that we fundamentally believe in critical opinion as the beginning of a discussion, rather than the end.
So, we've taken the decision to show you all of them. Every review that we get, we'll show it to you. And we'll do that because we want to talk about the theatre that we make and we want you to talk about it too.
We know that there is a full spectrum of opinion out there and that you, the audience, know it too. We won't pretend it isn't there and we aren't embarrassed of it. We aren't embarrassed of anything we make, if we were, it probably wouldn't end up on our stage.
So, you'll see it all, good and bad (mostly good this time around!). We want to respect and acknowledge opinion and encourage more of it. For us, it's about being open and honest with you, and encouraging those who have seen our shows to go ahead and let us know what they thought too. We want to hear it all.
Anyway, here are all the reviews for 'Blasted' so far;
Guardian - 'In a venue as intimate as this, it's sometimes as much as you can do to look at the stage', 4*
Western Mail - 'The Other Room excelled during its arrival on Wales' burgeoning theatre scene', 3*
Buzz - 'Co-dependence and revenge were all heightened by the intensity of the intimate space and muscular delivery of the three actors, there was literally no avoiding what was to come', 4*
The Sprout - 'If I had to sum up the production in one word, I would go with "unsettling"'
The Public Reviews - 'You come out thinking that you should feel more disturbed by what you have just witnessed than you actually do', 2.5*
CCQ - 'The director and the cast did what they could with the playwright's youthful desire to confront and to pile too much into ninety minutes'
Sam Pryce - 'A thrilling, deeply affecting revival of an eternally relevant play'
Kaitlin Wray - 'Brutal intensity, a performance you don't want to miss'
Eifion Ap Cadno - 'A feeling of tension prevails throughout, a personal & uncanny experience'
Kirsty Alexander - 'An incredible start to The Other Room's 'Life in Close-Up' season with brilliant performances from a stellar and brave trio'
Rebecca Hobbs - 'The fact that I am still reeling is a sure sign that The Other Room has set the bar high'
Whiplash Review - 'This intimacy is ideal for such a harrowing play, as it means you can't escape from what unfolds in front of you in all its hideous beauty.'
A Differing View - 'If this is anything to go by, The Other Room is a theatre to keep your eye on'
Luci and the Theatre - 'One of the best performances I have seen outside of London and I definitely want to see The Other Room's future productions'
We've also collected some of the tweets we've been receiving about the show in a storify that you can view here.
So, come and see the show and make up your own mind!
The TOR team.