Ladykiller by Madeline Gould
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Broadway Baby
"a smash hit at this fringe and beyond”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Skinny
“Madeline Gould's script is unflinching… Hannah McClean's bright-eyed portrayal is chilling, charming and terrifyingly believable. What is most thrilling about Ladykiller… is how the chambermaid looks and sounds just like us. She could easily be our neighbour, co-worker or friend.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Three Weeks
“…an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. ‘Ladykiller’ defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens)"
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Stage
“Be nice to people who work in customer service” is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Scotsman
“Hannah McClean is superb as the maid… Her disarming smile is Cheshire Cattish, sometimes shark-like – enough to make you think twice next time you leave your hotel room in a state.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ The List
“pokes at the optimism of feminist beliefs in equality and the innate compassion of women in a bracing… monologue of fierce intensity.”
“a mesmeric performance. It’s a rare treat, combining humour, horror and intelligence.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Miro Magazine
"Madeline Gould’s script is one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe."
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mind The Blog
"A compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breathtaking."
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Theatre Box Blog
"Ladykiller is entertaining, funny, engaging, and an effective allegory for challenging gender roles in contemporary society."
⭐⭐⭐⭐ To Do List
"A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker…"
"Ladykiller is a surprisingly enjoyable fifty minutes, with a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue, delivered with aplomb by performer Hannah McLean."
"Her is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that darkness and contradiction that I loved."
The F Word
"It is a very dark comedy and a fascinating topic to dwell on."
⭐⭐⭐⭐ London Theatre 1
"A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking evening that delivered some excellent entertainment great performances"
"these were fine examples of good storytelling"
A Younger Theatre
" Ladylogue is a lovely celebration of emerging female writers and their female characters."
There Ought To Be Clowns
"a vivid and vibrant collection they make...never failing to place women’s stories at their heart."
" a brilliant mix of laughs, shocks and drama leaving with you plenty to think about."
Coconut by Guleraana Mir
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pocket Size Theatre
“I cannot recommend Coconut enough”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rev Stan
“an effervescent story of love and self discovery”
“Coconut bubbles with wit and laughs, it is illuminating, heart-warming and affecting.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Everything Theatre
“brilliant & side-splittingly funny.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mind The Blog
"A refreshing & funny look at life for a proportion of British Muslims – an entertaining 90 minutes with some standout performances.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Theatre Reviews Design
“...lifting the veil on the issues affecting British Muslims today namely identity, fulfilment, race, coercion, gender and violence.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plays to See
“...a strong piece of work and it makes you question the sacrifices all make in their relationships”
British Theatre Guide
"The play sensitively portrays different approaches to Islam while showing the destructive foolishness of failing to respect the rights of a woman to be true to her own beliefs. You may not agree with everything Rumi does or says but you will certainly feel like cheering her approach to life."
View from the Cheap Seat
"This is a strong piece of work and it makes you question the sacrifices all make in their relationships."
Blog of Theatre Things via My Theatre Mates
“Coconut is a very funny take on religion, culture and the pressure to be someone you’re not for fear of letting other people down…Entertaining & satisfying to watch”
My Entertainment World
“The Thelmas theatre company want to tell the stories of those underrepresented in the arts, and with this production they have done their mission real justice. We all need to see more plays like Coconut.”
NOTCH by Danaja Wass
"disturbing, emotive and flecked with dark humour”
Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor
"Wass is a really distinctive new voice and one who observes through unblinking, barbed eyes"
The Play's The Thing
View From The Outside
"a powerful, poetic performance piece that provokes surprised barks of laughter"
View From The Cheap Seat
"an exceptional piece of work from Wass and Moore"
"a precise exploration of emigration, homelessness, and people's hypocrisy."
The Spy In The Stalls
"a fearless confrontation of a broken system"
Skin Like Butter by Leah Cowan
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Grumpy Gay Critic
“…challenging theatre…as charming as well as it’s damning…” “a boldly poetic and beautifully human look at asylum seekers…”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Female Arts
“…an exciting and almost dangerous edge…” “will stay with me for some time”
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Grumpy Gay Critic
"A wide selection of hilarious, challenging, and heartbreaking plays on female identity and womanhood executed with grace, variety, and interest."
"…an energetic bunch of talented women… I’ll be watching you again"
⭐⭐⭐ Everything Theatre
"…giggles even continued as the set changed for the final act..."
View From The Gods
"An all-female cast and crew making theatre that people like - maybe that's the best kind of feminism."