REVIEW ROUND-UP: Stalking the Bogeyman at Southwark Playhouse

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Based on a true story, this tale of one man’s quest for vengeance following his childhood rape is brought to life in Markus Potter’s production. This London premiere production of David Holthouse’s play runs at Southwark Playhouse until 6 August 2016. But does it impress the critics? 

The Guardian: ★★ Lyn Gardner wrote: “In its current clumsy stage form, the story works less well, though the core narrative is gripping and there’s a committed cast.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ Dom O’Hanlon responded more positively saying: “There’s no doubt that this is a difficult watch, and in the intimate surrounds of the Southwark Playhouse, the emotional effect on the audience is part of the shared experience.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★★★(1/2) “Through this extended piece of gonzo journalism reportage has created therapy, catharsis and revenge in an 85-minute emotional battering ram.”

British Theatre Guide: “This gripping staging shows how deeply such trauma can affect lives, and not just those of the victims.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★ “Stalking the Bogeyman is painful to watch and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats constantly, it is a play that needs to be seen, a story that needs to be heard.”

Evening Standard: ★★★ Henry Hitchings commented that: “Although the storytelling is at times pedestrian and the supporting characters are thinly drawn, this is an unflinching vision of the soul-eating effects of shame.”

Musical Theatre Musings: ★★★★ “The cast, set and direction all come together to serve justice to this powerful and moving story. It’s productions like this that demonstrates that the arts do matter and deserves to be seen by many.”

Time Out: ★★★ “This is not the most theatrically innovative of evenings, with a lot of show and tell. But it’s an undoubtedly important and at times gut-wrenching testimony to the long-term impact of abuse.”

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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