Royal Court


02 Jul 2016 - 06 Aug 2016

£10.00 - £35.00

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A film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light.

New devised play, centring around an obsessive film director, created in the rehearsal room.

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“Scalpel sharp lines and superbly observed physical comedy... An immense pleasure ... Performances are uniformly excellent. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Funny, well-performed... O'Neill: a remarkable and ridiculous performance: full-bore, fourth wall-breaking... genuinely anarchic”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Playful, frustrating, often hilarious, occasionally inspired... Intelligent and witty about art and ego, beauty and elusiveness.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Having begun as a satire on artistic pretentiousness, turns into wild farce... Cracking one-liners... outrageous slapstick. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Smith is irresistibly useless... I have not laughed so helplessly in ages. O’Neill makes the evening unmissable. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“Enjoyable... Smith proves, in a fine performance, that ego takes many forms, including a manipulative quietism. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Smith brings a low-key, brooding (slightly colourless) intensity to the egomania of Maxim... O’Neill: joyously over-the-top. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Savage comedy... One by one, the play demolishes an entire skittle-alley of creative industry myths. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Often hilarious... Neilson’s freewheeling production is also flamboyantly histrionic... A terrific turn from Lawrance. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Smith delivers a confident portrait of a pretentious film director... O’Neill: maddeningly funny if somewhat distracting. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Fun, some of it unfathomable... and the germ of one or two interesting ideas about authenticity... In effect a first draft. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“An ambitious oddity that is both full of wit and hard to believe a word of. It doesn’t feel finished. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“O’Neill, often dazzlingly funny as Ivan, can’t blind us to the fact that this self-fancying lothario capsizes the play. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Infantile, lavatorial cartoon... Neilson forgets his own dictum that “comedy should be based in truth". ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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