Reviews: my work

Box

31 October 2018, Brighton University: script in hand, audience feedback

“Much more playful than Stoppard; you empowered the audience”

“A playground full of swings!”

“I liked the playfulness, how you played with the two varieties of the characters and embodied the quantum physics in them”

“It made me think of Caryl Churchill”

“You really engaged us with the science”

“I like that it wrong-foots you!”

“It really reminds me of Carl Djerassi’s work”

“It was a challenge but it was entertaining!”

Glitter Knickers

2-5 March 2016, Rondo Theatre, Bath: a few of the audience reviews

“Bloody amazing”

“Hilarious, beautifully observed, artfully written. Go.”

“Loved it! Funny, astute, painful & crammed full of face-achingly good one-liners!”

“A tour de force in writing & performance -catch it.”

“Hugely enjoyed Glitter Knickers:  great script, perfect casting and laugh out loud funny.”

“What a show! Bravo to everyone!”

“It really is fantastic and will resonate with women everywhere. Made me laugh continuously.”

“Go and see Glitter Knickers: it’s brilliant!!”

“Great night out. Very, very funny show.”

“…the fantastic Glitter Knickers – it’s very funny, slightly bonkers and utterly sweary!”

“A MAZ ING”

“Fab show – we LOVED it!”

“I loved it. Trippy & brain-bendy.”

“Blown away! Funny real clever moving.”

“You are a consummate storyteller, Gill, and this play is a romp through the imagination and Lucinda created such visual imagery. It was a joy! Huge congratulations to all involved. Thank you for a great night at the theatre.”

A Bit of a Song & Dance

July 2014, script in hand, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

“I straight away knew “A Bit of a Song and Dance” had theatrical magic. A Potteresque madcap comedy with a lot of pathos, and I determined to make it the next exploration of the Writers Forum. All the formidable actors I asked to join us jumped at the chance once they had read the script.

“Gill is incredibly open creatively when it comes to discussing the script and has the genuine confidence in and passionate care in her work to “play” with possibilities both before and during rehearsal. She knows her characters and has their best interests in her big heart, and most importantly she wants to know how her story will best be served up to her audience, and works tirelessly for compelling clarity.

“She is a joy to work with, as was her play. We had a magical moving day, all a bit exhausted in the best way.”

Amanda Horlock, freelance Director/ Actor and Coordinator of the Writers’ Forum @ The Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Passion

March 2014, VAULT Festival, London: tidy carnage theatre company

‘Atmospheric and unique. An eye-opening experience ‘-  Metro

‘An unforgettable production’ – New Current 

“Glasweigan theatre collective tidy carnage have beaten off stiff competition to win an IdeasTap sponsored slot at the underground Vault festival this Spring. Plucked from hundreds of submissions, they are one of only four companies chosen to receive an all expenses paid production. tidy carnage will present Passion – a raucous one woman rave, unraveling stories & secrets as the night wears on.” – Female Arts

An interview with director Allie Butler and actor Helen Cuinn here, with further coverage of the show in A Younger Theatre. 

And in 

Black Barn

15-17 June 2012, LOST Theatre, Stockwell, London

Audience reviews:

“Very Dark. Seriously loved it.”

“Brilliantly bonkers!”

“tidy carnage pull one out the hat!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the sinister surrealism of Gill Kirk’s Black Barn. Thought-provoking stuff. Loved it.”

Away With The Fairies – 4 stars * * * *

20-31 March 2012

“With a light comic touch. Gill Kirk’s witty script manages to deal with exploring the complexities of human relationships, questioning the true value of money and art, while at the same time never forgetting to make its audience chuckle.”  – WhatsOnStage.com

4 stars * * * *

“Yet another wonderful production…a short yet fantastic evening’s entertainment.. With a brilliant script and immensely talented actresses, I could have most happily sat through more.” – Bristol Theatre Review

“Gill Kirk’s script is well observed, clever and imaginative with some lovely little touches that evoke a variety of emotions. Director Eleanor Fogg has taken the script and designed a wonderful performance…Jasmine Darke, Meg Whelan and Kirsty Cox each gave a strong performance…an interesting and enjoyable show.” – Guide2Bath:

“Great, whipcrack dialogue”Venue

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Water’s Not So Thick – 4 stars * * * *

June 2011, Bath Rondo Theatre

“Acutely observed and sharp as tacks, [with]  plenty of wit and humour … that soon gives way to a much bleaker portrait of dysfunction and dependence, and a plot which builds with the relentless momentum of tragedy.” – Venue Magazine

I wholeheartedly recommend that you go.”

Gill Kirk’s strong writing and Alison Farina’s excellent casting and direction have produced a piece of theatre that provides moments of laughter, moments of sadness, and the occasional slight gasp of shock as a new twist is revealed….”- Guide2Bath

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Passion / 24-Hour Plays – 4 stars * * * * 

Runner-Up, Play of the Year 2011, Venue

24 Hour Plays, Theatre Royal Bath, 28-29 May 2011

“Gill Kirk’s sympathetically rendered ‘No Milk, No Stamps’ refracted a tragic incident in a post office through the perspectives of the people directly involved and their partners.”

The 24 Hour Plays’ had the spunky, adrenaline-rich verve of a 1970s punk album…The quality of work here, from writers, directors and actors was astonishing, a confirmation, as if any were needed, that the West Country’s home to both some extraordinary individual talents and an atmosphere that’s conducive to doing original stuff…

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Eddie King and The Death of Rave, Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre, 2-4 August 2011

“A moving, thought-provoking piece of theatre”- Viv Kennedy, Guide2Bristol

“Overwhelmed by hyper-energetic, Ali Watts, performing as a hard living but happy “Glasgoburgh” soldier, home on leave, who among the convivial crowd in the theatre bar would guess that “Passion”was written by a woman, Gill Kirk?…The outpouring of the soldier’s passion is pure masculine. Ms Kirk must have observed the species very closely, and Watts has too, so authentic is the character they’ve created.”   -Arthur Duncan, Remote Goat

“Gill Kirk’s ‘Passion’ was a splendidly fast, fevered monologue by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Ali Watt, as a sped-up, loved-up Scot for whom the rave was a place less of hedonism than of to-the-death love and solidarity with his fellow men. This man … had seen the best and worst of human nature in the first Iraq war, and for him the rave was a veritable Eden of love and togetherness.”      – Steve Wright, Venue Magazine

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