“The whole play was a true delight” “A must see”
“Despite the serious political aspects, incredibly funny. I very rarely laugh when I watch something funny, yet it had me laughing out loud”
“I was excited to see what the Company and Dixon Potter had produced this time”
“The relationship between the cast worked extremely well” “Made me feel like I was watching people’s real lives”
“Some may call it sensationalism. To these people I would argue that there are people who said the same about how far the Nazi’s would go and look what happened”
“These suggestions about our future may never happen but the fact that there is a chance that they may occur is reason enough to do something"
“Superb acting from Richard de Lisle & Kate Carthy” “All the actors suited their roles perfectly”
“The main concept (of the set) was simple yet it was well thought through. Great thought had been put into the design”
★★★★★ (Kat Caunter)
“Thought provoking and funny, entertaining and chilling, ‘Quite an achievement”
“This is a brave piece of writing that is saved from being preachy by the level of skill in how each character is written and the performances of the actors on stage”
“You would be forgiven for thinking it was a staged version of the newest episode of Black Mirror”
“What starts out as a kitchen sink drama questioning the state of a post Brexit Britain turns into an extraordinary and surrealist piece of work that compares the immigration office with the Gestapo and Stoke on Trent with West Berlin”
“Writer and director Ian Dixon Potter sets up a brilliant three way dynamic”
“It could have easily subsided into a lecture but the complexity of the main characters saved it from such a fate.”
“The mundane and surreal are paired together brilliantly”
“A tour de force performance from Maxine Howard - a complex character who has to question what she believes in and then stand up for it. It’s a beautiful journey to watch because Howard ignites such empathy from the audience through her performance”
“Richard de Lisle’s comic timing allows what could have been an annoying character to be charming”
“Kate Carthy exercises extraordinary skill multi rolling as the ill informed racist neighbour and Nazi immigration officer”
“This is an important play because this bleak future is ahead of us”
“In the same way the Greeks would stage tragedies to warn society that their actions have consequences Ian Dixon Potter is grabbing his audience and shaking them to say ‘wake up! This is real and look at what could happen if we don’t do something”
“It is provocative in an unusual way. Starting off with a picture of reality that is so easily recognised and slowly twisting the picture into one of complete despair allows the audience to be open in dealing with the questions that are being put forward to them”
“What makes you first think that the play is being too forward in it’s politics you realise is a necessity for the style of the piece to work.”
★★★★ (Open Door)
"A dystopian post-Brexit world - our setting for Dixon Potter’s latest fast-paced script"
"The disparity of opinion between Ralph and his mother (a Leaver and Remainer respectively) provides interesting points of discussion and humour in the script"
"I especially enjoyed the interspersing of the domestic tale of the trio and the love story which unfolds, with the haunting and fearsome presence of the Immigration Office"
"The actors all played their roles well – particularly Maxine Howard whose comic timing was spot-on"
"I would recommend this play as I would any piece of art that looked at varying outcomes of our near future with such humour and an interesting storyline"
"I laughed along at the physical and verbal comedy throughout the piece and as usual Dixon Potter’s script was as snappy and witty as it was introspective"
“There is not one production that I have seen by Ian Dixon Potter that I haven’t been left pondering and reflecting on the subject”
“Tongue in cheek British humour” “It doesn’t take itself too seriously"
“I wasn’t expecting it to be as funny as it was” “Dorothy, (Julia Faulkner) excels at her comic timing”
“For me it really hit home”
“Ralph- played excellently by Richard de Lisle”
“Heidi played by Clare Aster, demonstrates the vulnerability of those who have only wished for the best”
“With classic British humour, you're left smiling and chucking in your seat throughout”
“Ian Dixon Potter always amazes me with the many stories he creates and directs. What I love is that all productions are different from one another, but all display a strong meaning – this one a little close to home!”
Other Golden Age Theatre Company productions by Ian Dixon Potter:
BOY STROKE GIRL (at Etcetera Theatre Camden in March 2017): “Thought-provoking and very, very funny” “I will be first in line for Dixon Potter’s next venture.”
THE DEAD SHEPHERD: “It is a completely satisfying piece of theatre” “Sexy and comedic, tense and full of intrigue and brimming with entertaining characters”
TIRESIA: “A clever piece which uses a complex plot to draw attention to ethical and philosophical issues.” “Dixon Potter allows the audience to form their own opinions”
GOOD KING RICHARD: “The truth has never been so compelling" "a sense of the epic” “the human truth behind the monstrous fiction" ★★★★ (Mindtheblog)
THE RESURRECTIONIST: “I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a show so much in a while. It was original, thought-provoking, heartwarming, and yet also endearing and funny”
★★★★ (The Mortal Fool)
THE SCHOOL OF LIGHT: “Entertaining and thought provoking” “Sharp dialogue” “hilarious and, at times, poignant”
★★★★ (The Metropolist)
BOY STROKE GIRL (at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2016): "Boy Stroke Girl is perfectly written so as to keep the audience guessing. This allows for the questioning of your own thought process at the same time the characters are questioning theirs."
HIDING HEIDI: “The whole play was a true delight” “A must see” "incredibly funny" “Superb acting from Siobhan Ward, Richard de Lisle, Maxine Howard & Kate Carthy” “All the actors suited their roles perfectly”
★★★★★ (Kat Caunter)
THE TEST: “A truly engaging production, it definitely succeeds and leaves the audience reflecting. The performers told the story brilliantly” ”Challenges the boundaries of artificial intelligence - well- researched, strong & meaningful - a delight“
A tale of love and hate in Stoke on Trent
In 2024 Stoke on Trent is a dangerous place for a European. Heidi has made her life in England but after losing her job she faces immediate deportation. Will she be captured by the sinister Unregistered & Illegal Alien Enforcement Office with its unsympathetic officials and vast network of eager informers? Will she find somewhere to hide? Will she even find love amidst the hatred and intolerance of post Brexit Britain.
A dystopian satire written & directed by Ian Dixon Potter
Performed by Kate Carthy, Albert Clack, Clare Aster, Julia Faulkner & Richard de Lisle. News bulletins read by Robin Lustig
Set designer: Peter Foster
Sound & Light designer: Janet Smith-Cantrill
Sound & Light technician & stage manager: Ricky McFadden
13th to 18th November 2018. Tues to Sat at 8.30pm
Sunday matinee at 3pm
MUSEUM OF COMEDY Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR