REVIEW ROUND-UP: Still No Idea at the Royal Court Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews of Improbable Theatre’s production, playing at the Royal Court Theatre until the 17 November 2018.

Time Out: ★★★ “Hammond and Spencer are careful not to bludgeon the audience with didactic intent but there are moments when understated risks sliding into un-engaging.”

Evening Standard★★★★ “Some parts of Lee Simpson’s production are over-extended but there are rich rewards in the section which shows Hammond getting cast in an EastEnders-style programme.”

The Arts Desk: “Too much can be made of an individual’s specific appeal, and one certainly gets the sense that Hammond has been admired perhaps once too often for her “cheeky face”; more to the point, I would argue, is her whiplash comic timing.”

The Stage: ★★★★ “A brilliant, radically honest follow-up that splinters some of the myths surrounding modern life and disability.”

Exeunt Magazine: “With deft insight, charm, and beautiful storytelling, Still No Idea takes stock of the ways in which things have (or have not) improved for disabled people.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★★★ “While depressingly blunt (the pair admit the show takes the audience to “a rather bleak place”), Still No Idea manages to raise many smiles and at least begins to point those who see it in the right direction and start to imagine a positive future creatively if we will but take up the gauntlet.”

Broadway World: ★★★★ “Hammond and Spence are a great double act and you can feel the warmth between them. Both are talented actors who do not preach but present and explain in an irreverent and open manner. This is a deceptively simple, touching and moving show that will challenge everyone who is lucky enough to see it.”

The Times: ★★ “Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence do Ant and Dec, but funnier (it wouldn’t be hard), yet it all feels more than a little bit tired.”

Still No Idea continues to play at the Royal Court Theatre until the 17 November 2018.

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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.