Find out what our community partners say about Play With Fire
Chris Layhe, Wigan Youth Zone.
"On behalf of the staff and kids from Wigan Youth Zone just wanted to say a big thank you for welcoming us to your production of Orphans on Friday night. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening and the Q and A session was a real revelation in terms of gaining an insight into the work of the actors and crew and from the perceptions of the children. My only regret is that we didn’t get a photo of everyone at the end. Thanks once again.”
North West End
...(Orphans) is a very dark play but suffused with humour, and the characters are real, flawed human beings, not creations of film fantasy. It makes for compelling viewing, being both hard to watch and a delight to watch at one and the same time. This is credit to the quality of both acting and directing, which were in this production, absolutely solid. With superb direction by Alyx Tole, with assistance from a very able director in her own right, Amy Liptrott, you know that this play is very safe hands; but add to that the cumulative talents of the three actors, James Oates, Shaun Hennessy and Daniel Bradford, and the play takes on a life and dimension of its own.
I really enjoyed everything about this production. The set worked really well and its design added rather than detracted; I loved the time-lapse segues; again both LX and FX adding to the narrative, not detracting, and the costumes were also almost perfect. As I have already said, the acting was outstanding. The three actors working so well together in this very tight-knit and extremely well written piece of theatre.
It's only the middle of January, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this production will be one of the most outstanding to come out of the Fringe scene in Manchester this year! If you only go and see one Fringe production this year, make it this!
Nicola Rigby, Senior Youth Worker Bolton Lads and Girls Club
Thank you so much for your invitation and warm welcome to us on Saturday to watch a performance of ‘Orphans’. The young people who attended really enjoyed the experience and all were engaged throughout the performance. I have had young people asking when the next one is! One young person was unsure if he would attend when I first invited him, as English is not his first language and he gets frustrated when he can’t understand what is happening. However with encouragement he attended and loved it! He really enjoyed the magic of live theatre. I am looking forward to us working together in the future.
Quiet Man Dave
Play With Fire’s production is outstanding. There’s a wonderful pace, both in the snappiness of exchanges and in the way the play slows down for moments of reflection. Intelligent direction from Alyx Tole makes excellent use of the well designed set, and develops the three characters effectively. James Oates is a menacing but insecure Treat; Daniel Bradford captures Phillip’s confusion between obeying his brother and getting out; Shaun Hennessy balances the conflicting sides of paternal and manipulative Harold. All are influenced by the absence of Phillip and Treat’s mother. It’s one of those plays where what’s not said is as important as what is.
A very impressive first production from Play With Fire, of a little known but powerful and moving script. Strongly recommended.