07 Oct 2016 - 26 Nov 2016

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

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0 reviews

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The Stone Age. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil. The Stone Age didn't end for want of stones.

One woman and her daughter. What do you do when you know it's going to run out?

An epic, hurtling crash of empire, history and family - Oil drives our imaginations from 1889 to 2016 and beyond.

World Premiere


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“Fnely detailed while also achieving a grand imaginative sweep... Mixes prickly humour with a mischievous intelligence. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Bold, playful and scorchingly ambitious... Duff excellently catches all May’s contradictions... Kettle is equally good. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Haunting... Never ceases to impress you with its bold, form-bending playfulness and passion...Duff is magnificent. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The beautiful economy of Cracknell’s production suggests at a stroke the epic quality of Hickson’s play as well as its intimacy.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Over-complicated and overly layered... Crude, slippery and in need of refinement. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Duff is bright and brilliant as ever... Sits rather uncertainly between family drama and political narrative. ”

Jane Kemp (What's On Stage)

“The abrupt gearshifts and jalopy-like nature of the thing grows more glaring... Ambitious, long. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Both elliptical and bombastic... there’s mischievous fun to be had, amid her sedimental sermonising... Duff certainly has a ball”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Admirable... Duff does a fine job... Cracknell’s staging likewise strikes a canny balance between naturalism and abstraction. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Ambitious but misfiring new play that tries to achieve too much... While I admired it, I couldn't enjoy it. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Audacity of vision can't override one's impression that the final result is an effortful slog. ”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“A strong contender for the worst play of the year... Self-indulgent production mistakes unintelligibility for authenticity. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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