OUR REVIEWS

Reviews  - Henry VI

Trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7RVwKuIGLY

Read about it here http://ow.ly/X5UUh 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/henry-vi-review-at-wales-millennium-centre-cardiff-ambitious-and-daring/

The Stage:

In terms of innovation, the production really soars and Murphy deserves plaudits for attempting to present Shakespeare in such a bold and refreshing fashion. It’s a remarkable achievement, evidence of a director whose skill matches the daring of her vision.

Verdict: Ambitious, vividly staged and skilfully directed all-female promenade production

“This was fresh and audacious theatre, and perhaps the finest Shakespeare production I’ve seen performed in Wales.”

https://cardiffshakespeare.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/o-womans-heart-wrapped-in-a-players-hide-a-review-of-henry-vi-by-omidaze-productions-wales-millennium-centre-1-20-february-2016/

“It is likely to be the quirkiness of these productions that attract an audience in the first place, be that because you want to see how an all-female cast copes in a traditionally male-dominated world or just to see parts of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre that are not usually accessible to the public. However, what will keep these audiences coming back for more is the sheer quality of the performance.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/henry-vi-wales-millennium-centre-cardiff/

 http://www.thecircusdiaries.com/2016/02/13/henry-vi-by-omidaze/

http://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/…/review-henry-vi-wales-m…/

https://theyoungcritics.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/review-henry-vi-omidaze-by-kaitlin-wray/

http://www.thesprout.co.uk/en/news/review-henrynnium-centre/19645.html

this is a remarkable, darkly beautiful, seductively immersive experience.

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/henry-vi-wales-millenniu-12523

Mention in the Independent: And the trend for gender-blind Shakespeare has been swelling over recent years …and Omidaze Production has offered an all-female Richard III and Henry VI to Welsh audiences.” http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/gender-blind-shakespeare-classic-roles-to-be-taken-by-women-a6994176.html

 

Two Guardian Mentions:“Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets

There’s more Shakespeare in Cardiff, where an all-female promenade version of Henry VI takes place from tonight in the roof void at Wales Millennium Centre.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/feb/01/manipulate-any-means-necessary-herbal-bed-screaming-lord-sutch-theatre-top-tickets?CMP=share_btn_fb

“   True diversity in British theatre is scandalously overdue. It will bring huge benefits both creatively and organisationally, but I’ve long argued that until we get over a tick-box mentality in the arts nothing is going to really change, and that British theatre risks becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Maybe there is a shift because people are starting to take action on diversity. ……..At the Wales Millennium Centre, Omidaze’s all-female Henry VI has been much admired….At the Royal Court in London, four older actors are simply glorious in Escaped Alone, a brilliant, unnerving play written by a woman in her 70s, Caryl Churchill. Later this week, three women – and two black leads – star in The Maids in the West End. Rufus Norris recently announced that within the next five years there will be gender equality at the NT.

 http://www.asiw.co.uk/my-own-words/henry-vi-yvonne-murphy 

       

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Reviews  - Richard III

“This production is an absolute triumph.” (4.5 stars The Public Reviews) 

 “Shakespearean acting is generally a male dominated world, so it is refreshing to see an all-female cast tackle such a masculine play. Such is the strength of this cast, within moments one does not see gender, just the characters being portrayed.” 

"Omidaze have succeeded in creating something fresh and exciting out of the traditional. Do not miss this production.”

“the attention to detail and sense of purpose from the creative team is remarkable.”

 ://www.thepublicreviews.com/richard-iii-wales-millennium-centre-cardiff/ 


“This is a bold and exciting production that will delight those who see it.” 

“As Richard sinks deeper into paranoia Phillips shows us that the flipside to his ambition is his desperation to be loved, until before the Battle of Bosworth we see him weeping and utterly alone, unable to even trust himself. Phillips’ strength as an actor is to show us this descent, and still leave the audience with some sneaking admiration for Richard’s slyness and wit”

 http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/uncategorized/richard-iii-stage-review/

Director, Yvonne Murphy hopes to bring new audiences to Shakespeare and there’s no doubt this brave, stunning production can do that. If only the novelty of climbing into the usually inaccessible roof space brings just one new fan in she will have succeeded.” (4 stars Wales Online) http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/richard-iii-review-stunning-production-8639938

"It was a very brave decision by Omidaze Artistic Director, Yvonne Murphy simply to stage a production of this mighty work of Shakespeare, with the limited resources available to any company that isn’t the Royal National Theatre or the Royal Shakespeare Company and even they don’t always get it right. Even more brave to present the play with an all female cast and then to stage the production in the previously unexplored void in the roof of the WMC. So triple plaudits to Murphy before the curtain goes up, not that there is a curtain in this mysterious and exciting environment." Theatre in Wales Theatre Reviews

http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/reviews/reviews_details.asp?reviewID=3355

http://oneliteraturejunkie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/into-void-richard-iii-at-wmc.html

Grabbing a cushion off an hook on the wall, we took our seats. When the play began it struck me that the clothing was also with inside out; every little detail added to the upset scene. The play was totally absorbing, the spontaneity of the cast who had to adapt to where we sat around them, the movement through the Void, following the drama around was compelling. There was no stage. It was dusty and raw …

https://theyoungcritics.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/review-richard...

The cast of 8 strong female performers made Shakespeare’s words leap off the page, their strong performances giving the language of arguably Shakespeare’s most famous history play new energy and meaning.  Young Critics; Review Richard III Omidaze ...


This All-Female Production of Richard III is produced in association with Wales Millennium Centre. Supported by The Arts Council of Wales and 172 individuals via Kickstarter. Opened 10th February 2015. 10th - 23rd Feb. Venue:Roof Void, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 

http://kirstenmcternan.zenfolio.com/p931586699/h1e0bf0a4#h1e0bf0a4


Twitter Audience Reviews & Feedback

"Hi I would just like to thank you for the powerful production you executed at the millennium centre Saturday afternoon. Having been dragged kicking and screaming into Shakespeare from my partner [well not quite). I must admit to being overwhelmed by the performance and exhausted by the pure emotion that was shown by the whole cast. I am now looking forward to more productions, in the same venue. Excellent and thank you , I have been converted." Alison Edwards (Audience Member)

"Dear All, Just to say congratulations on this afternoons production of Richard iii that was thoroughly enjoyed by my wife and I. An inspired venue in the attic of the Millennium Centre, and I kept imagining it as also being ideal for Macbeth? We also appreciated the intimacy of the venue with a small audience, all able see at close hand the actors expressions and body language, not always possible in a conventional theatre. I could easily envisage how in former times audiences in the yards of coaching hotels would have experienced the same feeling of "presence". Please pass forward our appreciation to the cast and production crew, we look forward to future productions. Yours sincerely Huw Geraint Edwards" (Audience Member)

"10/10 Different, accessible, absorbing, engaging, believable, gender isn't an issue" - Penny Newman (Audience Member)

"10/10 creative, dramatic, easy to follow with pockets of humour, I thought it was fabulous. It had the 'wow' factor" - (Audience member)


The Other Room @TORtheatre · Feb 27

Just discussing the brilliant @omidaze Richard III @theCentre and booking tickets for tomorrow. Excited! DW KW BD DP

Seriously excellent production of Richard III @omidaze @theCentre Da iawn @JessHayles @AnaMaskell @mairiphillips! SMASHED IT.

Bold.Provoking.Beautiful.Congrats all female Rich III

#FEMALERichardIII at @theCentre was awesome! I found myself completely entranced throughout

Wow to #FEMALERichardIII @theCentre just incredible, spine-tingling performances and awesome setting. To think I almost let it pass me by!

Incredible production in an incredible space, thank you @omidaze for #femalerichardIII. Lots to think about.

@omidaze an engaging and interesting final performance #FemaleRichardIII in a incredible space. Really pleased I got to see the performance

So lucky to have experienced the final incredible performance of Richard III tonight @omidaze @theCentre

Stunning @omidaze production of #FEMALERichardIII in the roof void @theCentre. Congratulations to Director Yvonne Murphy & the cast & team.

Really engaging and interesting #FemaleRichardIII by @omidaze. Strong performances in a crackin' space. More like this please!!

Richard III REVIEW ***** http://oneliteraturejunkie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/into-void-richard-iii-at-wmc.html  @omidaze @theCentre #Shakespeare #womeninbiz #dramadramadrama

Weekend spoils @theCentre. Spellbinding interpretation of Richard III 'when men are ruled by women.' #FEMALERichardIII @omidaze

RT @swankytramp @theCentre incredible show guys! Just left feeling very emotional! All great but Richard blew me away! #FEMALERichardIII

Loved @omidaze #FEMALERichardIII @theCentre. STELLAR ensemble, amazingly atmospheric space-feeling empowered and inspired-congrats all!!

Richard III by @omidaze in the roof space @theCentre was stunning.

amazing production of Richard 3rd, so different!

Very much enjoyed @omidaze #allfemaleRichardIII @theCentre today. Great space, great words! Thank you, ladies!

#FEMALERichardIII RT @DedicatedDivaa: amazing production of Richard 3rd, so different! @omidaze @theCentre

For one audience member in our Q&A - this was her first ever experience of theatre and of Shakespeare #FEMALERichardIII - she loved it!

RT @JRSturt @mairiphillips was fantastic as #FEMALERichardIII @theCentre tonight -controlling, manipulative yet frustratingly endearing.

Intense, and uniquely staged, performance of #FEMALERichardIII this evening @theCentre and in the roof, of all places! Well done @omidaze !

What a unique experience. Brilliant, strong female performances. You had me gripped! @omidaze #RichardIII

#FEMALERichardIII An incredibly innovative production and fantastically raw and powerful central performances. Well worth watching

#FEMALERichardIII was phenomenal, it was so cleverly designed & unlike anything I've seen before - astonishing performances, I'm blown away

I recomend anybody and everybody to see the brilliant and powerful #FEMALERichardIII @omidaze Congratulations to all involved. Inspiring!

A huge congratulations to @omidaze for their wonderful #FemaleRichardIII I LOVED it!!! Don't miss it

A massive congratulations to the cast & crew of #FEMALERichardIII @omidaze tonight. Go see @theCentre everyone! ❤️#Shakespeare

Lady Rhondda @LadyRhondda · Feb 12

Just watched a wonderful Richard III in attic @theCentre Entire cast superb Go see this all-women production while u can!

Cardiff Shakespeare @cardiffshakes · Feb 13

Exciting all-female Richard III in Cardiff this week by the wonderful @omidaze!

Oren Actors Mgmt @Oren_Actors · Feb 12

well done to @omidaze cast for a brilliant press night performance yesterday @theCentre. Impressive intensity & energy. #FEMALERichardIII

Katrina Walters @KatrinaLWalters · Feb 12

@theCentre amazing use of roof void space and brilliant production all round @omidaze #FEMALERichardIII.

Laura Drane @laurahd · Feb 11

#FEMALERichardIII is absolutely epic, such a massive undertaking. Da iawn @omidaze & all the cast/creative team. Proud to have backed you.

 · Feb 11

Intense, engaging and fantastically performed by a talented cast. Well done @omidaze! #FEMALERichardIII

Ken Skates AM @KenSkatesAM · Feb 11

Incredible performance of Richard III at @theCentre tonight. @Omidaze have excelled themselves.

RT @Michael_Carklin: Superb production by @omidaze in roof void of @theCentre Fantastic performances. Don't miss it. #FemaleRichardIII

Quench Culture @QuenchCulture · Feb 11

Incredible production of Richard III at the @theCentre by the amazing @omidaze look out for our review online soon

Absolutely loved #FEMALERichardIII performed in incredible 'roof void' space in @theCentre Such strong performances - a must see!








All-female Richard III comes to the Centre's Roof Void
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Yvonne Murphy Arts Council of Wales Clore Leadership Fellow 2013/14

Read Yvonne's blog here www.omidaze.wordpress.com

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