Double Barrel reviews roundup

By November 18, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Joe Gregory, Andy Curry and Bill Laughey in Double Barrel

One&Other Magazine – Luiza Morrell

“As the room started filling with audience members, there seemed to be little space for the actors to work with, but this simply made the performances even more atmospheric. First was The Signalman, Charles Dickens’ haunting story of a railway worker, depicted in such a way that it was difficult not to feel the pain that this lonely man had gone through. This was shortly followed by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat, which was chillingly portrayed as the main character went further and further into madness, haunted by his actions…the audience were fully brought into the performances happening around them; clever use of props and confident acting made the room adapt into whatever the actors saw…I would urge you to go for this uniquely different and immersing experience.” – Click here to read the full review >

The Yorker – Farah Kelly

“Drawing the audience in with prolonged stares and dramatic pauses, the tale of the lonely signalman’s unfortunate fate immediately exemplified the story-telling skill of this theatre group. The story was powerfully told. The small but strong cast masterfully moulded the atmosphere in the room into an eery captivation. It was wonderful to hear such a wonderful narrative delivered so perfectly…Despite the size of the tiny room, the actors did not hold back in any sense of the phrase. Bellowing their screams and furiously throwing themselves around their tiny stage- this was local theatre at its very best. It was as equally thrilling as it was unnerving being that near to the action, being able to really study every facial movement and clench of a fist so closely…the crowd and myself were wholly impressed with the skill this tiny theatre group had exerted on this tiny stage. Wonderfully entertaining, going to the pub is going to be that bit less exciting without the option of being provided with brilliant storytelling alongside my pint, now.” – Click here to read the full review >

nineteenthcenturyist – Emily Bowles

”..The very talented cast of four provided their own music and sound effects, and were dressed in Victorian-style clothing…No space was wasted; the signalman’s red light hung underneath a wall light, and the fireplace functioned as, well, a fireplace, in the basement of Poe’s story…Both stories are quite introspective, so the narrator figures had extended monologues, wandering around the room and addressing themselves to the audience. I feel like Dickens (the master of public readings) would’ve approved…it was incredibly atmospheric…Don’t miss out on this unusual production” – Click here to read the full review >

Love Leeds Radio

“Hedgepig are a fantastic independent company from York. Their recent production, titled Double Barrel, was a piece of fine and compelling storytelling…The setting for both stories was ideal, providing a sense of nostalgia harking back to the days when haunting tales and chilling anecdotes were told by the fireside. It was simple and rustic storytelling at its best with few props and only the actors and the language driving the stories. The small, intimate and very well attended pub room was successfully transformed into an atmospheric theatre space, made even more atmospheric by the excellent delivery of the cast. Dickens’s short story The Signalman was wonderfully narrated by Joe Gregory. His confident performance made full use of the audience absorbing them in every word as he passionately guided them through this ghostly and lonely tale. Bill Laughey gave a strong performance as the troubled signalman taking the audience with him during every moment and every vision, causing many a shudder of chilled isolation. The Black Cat made use of some inventive props, and the story was very creatively told. Andy Curry gave an excellent, passionate and driven performance as a man battling with his loss of humanity as he found himself compelled to acts of violence and murder.” – Click here to read the full review >