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  • Kate Wimpress

    ... the performances went really well here at NEA, with two very well deserved standing ovations from the audience and a great deal of excitement about your forthcoming festival shows.

  • Lorna Murray

    I was at The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists at Kemnay Village Hall on Monday evening. Brilliant performance and inspiring way of dealing with serious political situation. Thanks so much

  • Catherine Whiteman

    I saw your production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists in Kemney Village Hall. It was absolutely fantastic, I almost didn't go as I had a very exhausting day at work but was so glad I did. Two actors (are you sure it was only 2!) populated the stage with a dozen characters with music and song and you even managed to squeeze in puppetry. Loved the nod to William Morris in the backdrops and the real gilder's tip and cushion. Please come to north east Scotland again.

  • Dave

    "My wife and I attended the performance at Milford Haven's Torch theatre last night with Rodney and Neil starring and we had an absolutely wonderful experience. I was impressed at how cleverly and magically the two gents sang and acted their way through so many parts so seamlessly. The musical pieces were great fun and fitted perfectly. If the show were still running there this evening we would be there again but this time with more people with us.
    We had both read the book in the past and we were intrigued as to how you would pull it off but you floored us with your creativity and energetic movement around the stage. We talked about the sheer talent we had witnessed all the way home.
    After being brought onto stage for the Great Money Trick I don't think I will ever forget it.
    Thank you to all who were involved. It really was some of the best theatre that I have seen in the last 25 years."

  • Brenda Blythe

    I took my mum to see the production on March 29th-her 89th birthday- in Hastings - our home town. It was superb - involving the audience with singing along and with the Money trick was inspired. Nothing was lost with the inclusion of humour and singing - in fact the stark contrast with the pathos of the workers situation was accentuated I think. Many congratulations to Rodney and Neil - they were brilliant - as were all involvedin the production. The fact that a Hastings audience requested 2 curtain calls speaks for itself - looking forward to more productions. Keep up the good work.

  • Roger JF André

    Tressell's narrative springs to life in this amazing production. The two man performance is a masterpiece of ingenuity and wit. All the characters come alive and truly fulfil the promise of the book. A hugely entertaining evening so particularly right for our time.

  • Terry Cordrey

    I saw this at Caistor Town Hall. How are these two actors going to manage all those characters? I thought. Well they did and what an absolutely fanatastic evening it was! A very professional production and well worth the £10 0s od (worth at least double that).

  • Chris Ure

    "It is rare in a lifetime of theatre that I have come away with tears in my eyes. But that is what happened having seen the 'Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' last night at the 'Seagull Theatre' in Lowestoft.
    Tears for am emerging new beginning where there was hope. For the embryo beginnings of a Labour movement and the realisation that the working man could have strength and representation through a trade union. But tears also for a society in which that poverty and inequality still exists. For the Thatcher years of trying destroy the power and spirit of the union.
    The two performers conveyed with power and humour and passion Tessell’s dilemma of over a century ago. They were extraordinary performances in which a change of hat or a simple prop could move the characterisation from one man to another and to take us from owner to foreman to worker with ease. A string of characters to convey the politics of power and poverty in Tresell’s classic story. The depressing realisation that at times it was the working man himself who was his own worst enemy enabling his employer to exploit him and to keep him in his place.
    Towards the end of the play I found myself unable to join in any more around the time of the song ‘Two Lovely Black Eyes’. I found myself becoming too moved and preoccupied to be dispassionate about the taunting of Frank Owen by his fellow workers and the lack of understanding of the true exploitation that existed. And of course the dramatic finale, the unfolding of the flag where no words needed to be spoken.
    It was a beautifully constructed and acted play providing an extraordinary professional vehicle for two actors who clearly know their craft so well. So thank you to Rodney Matthew and Neil Gore and to the production team. If the intention was to stir the blood and to remind us all what could have happened and what nearly did happen then it succeeded in that aim. I came away with strongly mixed feelings. Feelings of passion about the continued need for social change but also feelings of despair that nothing much has changed in over a hundred years. I attended with my wife and we both thought that it was hugely compelling theatre with two truly memorable performances.
    Thank you for a great production and do please pass on our thanks to Rodney and Neil."

  • Pete

    I attended the evening performance in St Andrews on the 16th Feb. I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the performance. I'm a big fan of the book and studied it for my MA dissertation, and was interested to see how it would lend itself to the stage. The production encompassed the main socio-political themes from the book and presented them in an entertaining and accessible fashion. The cast were outstanding! Thanks for a great night out

  • John Taylor

    Birnam Institute 17/02/2012. A brilliant performance. Excellent entertainment. Many thanks to all concerned.