Mar 2010

Apr 2010

Rip Her to Shreds

Written By Grant Corr
Directed by Max Lewendel

Mena Town isn't ready for a seventeen year old cross dressing Debbie Harry, but D doesn't give a shit, he's going to be who he wants to be and no one's getting in his way.

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It’s 1981 and Mena Town isn’t ready for a seventeen year old transsexual.

D would rather suck on the bottoms of his da’s shite encrusted trousers than wear a pin striped suit to his brother’s wedding. That’s because D would rather look like Debbie Harry.

It’s 1981 and Mena Town isn’t ready for a seventeen year old transsexual. The local hard man thinks he can sort him out. D’s ma is at her wits end; why can’t she have a normal family, just for one single day. His brother doesn’t want him to be his best man, he’ll ruin everything. And his best mate, big Brenda, wants D to keep his hands off her gorgeous new romantic boyfriend. D doesn’t understand why there is such a fuss from everyone, it’s his life, and it’s up to him what he wears, or who he goes out with; or is it?

Rip Her to Shreds is a story about being different, a freak, a weirdo, and a disappointment. But D’s no ordinary teenager, he’s on an adventure, a journey of a lifetime, and nobody’s going to live his life for him.

The Cast

Creative Team

Director: Max Lewendel
Prod Manager: Caroline Saunders
Asst Producer: Louise Ody
Ed Manager: Margaret Pritchard
Set Designer: Christopher Hone
Costume Design: Katharine Heath
Sound Designer: Matt Downing
LX Designer: Seth Rook Williams
Stage Manager: Jules Richardson
Asst Director: Tom Brandt
Costume Asst: Margarita Pohkrel
Graphic Artist: John Good

Cast

Davy Harrison: Tom Read Wilson
Brenda McVey: Siobhan Fanning
Joan Harrison: Teresa Jennings
Neville Harrison: Francis Adams
Colin Harrison: Wez Crotty
Keenan: Rowan Finnega

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

★★★★★
"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

★★★★
"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her."
Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

★★★★
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like."
David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

[Their] adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature"
Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her." Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like." David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

Icarus Theatre Collective's adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature." Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown