“Offstage Theatre is important. It engages with key social, architectural and political issues and gives a voice
to a community and engages with their heartfelt problems.” - Richard Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside

I AMPHIBIANS , staged in the Bridewell Pool I

Awards: Time Out Critic's Choice, Nominated for 6 OffWestEnd Theatre awards.
Additional coverage: The Independent, The Spectator, The Guardian, BBC London Radio,
British Airways inflight magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Times, Matt Truman,
British Theatre Gude, The Evening Standard,  The Financial Times, The Stage
“Potent…lyrical…impressive…it casts a shiver-inducing spell”
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Terrific…imaginative…it’s well worth taking the plunge”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Rather magically Amphibians invokes the memory of water on many levels…Amphibians is a lovely
and elusive piece of fringe theatre.”
Caroline McQuinn, Time Out, Critic’s Choice

“For once a production has earned the description ‘site-specific’…Cressida Brown’s direction
makes it extraordinary: both detailed and fluid…it’s total immersion.”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“Beautifully judged…touching…I was more engaged with their world than ever before, more full
of wonder and empathy for extreme athletes in their absurdity and glory.”
Libby Purves, The Times

“Amphibians is an artistic pleasure with its mix of popular storytelling, good acting and fine
directorial vision.”
British Theatre Guide

“Director Cressida Brown explodes Amphibians into a sparkling set of fragmented conundrums.”
Matt Trueman, Culture Wars

“It looks amazing,..Cressida Brown directs moments of ungainly vulnerability, dissecting the
limitations of her actors with choreographed physical exertion.”

“Cressida Brown’s superb new show…a fascinating and compettling insight into the raw
win-or-pose realities of life as an elite swimmer.”
The Arbuturian

I PHAEDRE , staged in Craigmillar Castle I
Additional coverage in Edinburgh Evening News
"A classic tale of forbidden love set in the ruins of a 15th century castle, Phaedreis more
than just theatre – it's an experience, and an inspired one at that."
Three Weeks ★★★★★, shortlisted for an Editor Award

"Welcome to tragedy...sublime"
The Scotsman ★★★★, Recommended Show

"All the archetypal appeal of the Greeks, epic humanness of Shakespeare and enough Gallic
melodrama to fill a dozen castles."
The Stage

"Phaedre is a multi-sensory experience that leaves no part of our body unconscious in the unravelling
story of forbidden and fatal love."
Fest ★★★★

"Brown makes great use of a number of imposing, and slightly spooky, locations within the ruin.
As they line the staircases between scenes the female chorus add to the play's tension with their
haunting songs and chants.”
Edinburgh Evening News

I HOME , staged in St Catherine’s Tower, Beaumont Estate, East London I

Features in Evening Standard, The Times, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune,
Building Design, Walthamstow Guardian.

Channel 4 News

"Extraordinary theatre"
BBC London

"An infectiously defiant spirit...linguistically versatile and 
politically charged...heartening"
Time Out ★★★★

“An enterprising young theatre company”
Evening Standard ★★★★

“Offstage pulled off a coup de theatre, creating a piece at once human, gripping, touching…the
writing, direction and acting were impeccably sensitive and nuanced.”
WhatOnStage ★★★★★

Further press:

I HAMLET I (RSC, Assistant Director for Greg Doran and directed the understudy for Hamlet,
Edward Bennett, who performed during Press Night, 2008)
Awards: Edward Bennett and Tom Davey were nominated and won prizes for the
Ian Charleston Award for their work in their Understudy roles

“Edward Bennett assumed the role with great style and achieved a well-deserved ovation
at the curtain call.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Edward Bennett provided a true theatrical thrill by taking over the role…after this, no one will think
that an understudy should be a mimic, obliged to imitate a star performance. After this budging up,
everyone will see more clearly the hierarchy of the play”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“Playing the prince with a mixture of biting wit and burning anger…the anguished, indecisive and
intellectual Hamlet becomes a more sardonic, scornful and definitely sane character, a first-class
mimic, in charge rather than a victim of events.”
Ivan Fallon, The Independent ★★★★

I ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, staged in Novello Theare, Westend I

Featured in publication “Something written in the state of Denmark: an actor’s year with the Royal
Shakespeare Company”, Keith Osbourn, published RSC.


“Sensitively directed by Cressida Brown.”
TimeOut ★★★★, Critic’s Choice