In The Media
A collection of media articles about Stockroom/Out of Joint.
For Bleasdale, the point of staging the play with Stockroom Productions will be in the quality of the work, but also in examining the importance of work: “There is a lot of ugliness around today due to the way people feel about their work. It is one of the problems in the way we live. But perhaps the biggest sadness for me is that in the 40 years since I wrote Blackstuff, we might have hoped that things would get better.”
.@Out_of_Joint artistic director Kate Wasserberg speaks for the first time since Max Stafford-Clark stepped down two years ago, discussing the 'traumatic' chain of events and how the company has begun to move forwards https://t.co/I8bT0H1siz pic.twitter.com/xsmJGl8c95— The Stage (@TheStage) October 2, 2019
Close Quarters featured in Susannah Clapp’s Best Theatre of 2018
★ ★ ★ ★ The Observer
Bowen’s intelligent, dramatic script is dynamically delivered by a crack theatre squad: set it in your sights…Here’s hoping that this Sheffield Theatres and Out of Joint co-production will be sent on a tour of duty around the rest of the country.
Overall, the script is strong, with a sense of the different dialects for each character, and a nice balance between comedy and drama; action and reflection…The direction and choreography keep the play tight and engrossing. The set is used well with action happening at multiple heights and clever integration of props and scenery, along with a few unexpected surprises.
It’s an engaging watch, and though some of the themes may feel familiar, there’s plenty of innovation in the setting, dialogue and production that makes this well-worth seeing.