News archive for May 2012

Lisa Evans'  RUN! A SPORTS DAY MUSICAL has been enjoying a successful run at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, where it opened on 1st June. It's a funny, heart-warming musical that follows four students and their teacher, Mr Budge, in a story of falling over, getting up and carrying on. Elsewhere, Lisa Evans' altogether darker THE ANGEL TIDE is to open at LAMDA Theatre Studio on 4th July. The play celebrates the lives of people who have lived and worked by the River Thames and is full of mystery, adventures and a fair amount of blood. Lisa is an award-winning playwright, whose play THE DAY THE WATERS CAEM won the Writers Guild Best Play for Young Audiences Award last year.

Ahead of the release of Paul Duane's documentary, BARBARIC GENIUS, about author and chess master John Healy, John was interviewed by Matthew Sweet for Radio 3’s Night Waves. In the interview (available on iPlayer) Matthew described John’s award-winning memoir THE GRASS ARENA as “One of the great works of the 20th century”. Following a successful run at the Odeon Panton Street in May BARBARIC GENIUS was screened at the Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL on 22nd June as part of the Open City Docs Festival, where it was very well received.

**** "Paul Duane has created an enthralling documentary...Healy is a lonely, haunted, brilliant man... a gripping study", Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"John Healy has a story worth telling... an absorbing film" Philip French, The Observer 

**** "This documentary about author John Healy is a must-see if you like dark revisionist tales..." London Evening Standard 

"Fascinating documentary... his story deserves this sensitive telling" Guardian Guide

"Sage... sad... stirring in the audience both warm and tormented feelings" Antonia Quirke, Financial Times

**** "A fascinating and emotionally engaging documentary that's by turns heart-breaking, sobering and inspirational" Matthew Turner, Viewlondon  

"A fascinating if stubbornly enigmatic subject for a documentary... absorbing" Tim Robey, the Telegraph 

**** "This humane and haunting film... is all the more interesting for the frayed edges it leaves on display" Little White Lies

"The fascinating tale of a modern hellraiser, ‘Barbaric Genius’ proves that the spirit of Hemingway is still alive and kicking"  Time Out

***** "You will never look at someone clutching a bottle of booze on our streets the same way again after watching this film"  Camden New Journal

"The best Irish documentary of 2012"


Gee Williams’ latest collection of short stories, A GIRL’S ARM, is published this week by Salt. Williams, acclaimed writer of SALVAGE and BLOOD ETC, has been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Wales Book of the Year and these extraordinary new stories are already garnering superlative reviews:

"Williams’ writing is affable, mellifluous, her descriptions and observations at intervals almost mesmeric [...] She’s a bit of a magician"  New Welsh Review

Simon Allen's episode of espionage thriller series HUNTED, a BBC/HBO co-production created by Kudos (SPOOKS, LIFE ON MARS) aired on Thurs 18th Oct on BBC1. The show stars Melissa George (ALIAS, DARK CITY, THE SLAP) as Sam Hunter, who plays an operative of a private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life she believes may have been orchestrated by one of her own team.

“It manages to be both thoughtful and kick-ass, delving into the murky world of private security and corporate espionage”  The Guardian

“Has a pedigree that most shows would die for” The Digital Fix

"Hunted is a vastly superior shoot-’em-up, action-adventure yarn" The Times

“Breathtakingly well done, an adrenalin rush of excitement the likes of which I can’t remember seeing in a British TV drama before”  The Stage

“There’s something curiously intoxicating about a show where sociopathy is the default position of practically every character”  Metro

“It hit the ground running, with an action-packed sequence involving snipers, hostages, chases and double-crosses”  The Telegraph

 ***** “We’re hooked” Heat Magazine

**** "Complex, thrilling drama" TV Times (Pick of The Day)