The British Theatre Guide
Ellis' play calls upon multiple skills from the actors, including pantomime and singing, which are performed against the ever changing backdrop, which accompanies the plot in a witty fashion.
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What a wonderful production! It was excellent.... couldn't stop laughing!!!! Great acting/singing/keyboard playing/lighting/make-up/direction etc etc etc.............. The animation was genius!
Francesca Brown, WriteOn Theatre
This is a very convincing new style of theatre born of old music hall/melodrama technique and digital technology. There's huge scope here. The counterpoint between the animation and the on-stage action points up irony, subtextual implications and comedy in a cinematographic way a bit like Baz Lehrman's Moulin Rouge - but the live performance never gets overwhelmed: the animation sets the time and place and contributes an additional subversive point of view on stage. The possibilities for historical or topical documetnary theatre are endless. Fascinating and hugely entertaining!
Dave Wybrow, The Cockpit Theatre
Really enjoyed the show! When are you hoping to have your London run?
Jasmine Cullingford, Theatre & Programme Manager, Blue Elephant Theatre
And that Nick
With four actors
Has created something truly different
And I hope to see more.
Tony Newbold, Writer
The show Pirate Jenny was great fun. A swashbuckling story with pretty songs. The moving cartoon pictures for the backdrop worked very well, drawing the audience into the action. We were there inside the house, at the harbour and in the thick of the battles, while Jenny emerged as a role model for independently-minded women everywhere.
Valerie Jones, Educationalist
‘Best evenings entertainment in ages. Loved the songs (finding them very ‘hummable’), acting superb, costumes colourful, animations brought the whole thing to life and tied it all together in a very unique way – I especially liked the exploding cannonball effects and of course, the sword fights. Sad it’s over really because I’d like to see it again!’
Debby Sass, Costume Designer
I went to see your show, "Pirate Jenny" at the Bridewell Theatre on Monday evening and (as you invited comment in the programme) just wanted to say how much I and my three friends enjoyed it. We loved the concept - combining live performance with ever-changing illustration/animation as a backdrop. It was a brilliant way of setting the scene or changing the set without all the usual clumping about of props and stage sets ! The show itself was original , amusing and touching. The four actors were utterly convincing in their main roles and wonderfully versatile. I was amazed that such a small cast were able to hold the attention of the audience throughout ; they were really excellent. And how they could sing! In fact their singing was good, as were all the different songs. Well done to your company for coming up with something a bit different ..... and pulling it off .
D. Reid, Councillor
What a fantastic show! We really enjoyed ourselves. I hope the last night of the tour goes spectacularly! Break a leg and all that!
Sam Trask, Engineer
Really great to see how it (Pirate Jenny) has developed. The screen (and interaction with the screen) looked AMAZING. Really tremendous set of actors too.... I don't suppose Jake had studied the "Flash Heart" character from Blackadder by any chance?
Merlin Matthews, Multimedia Designer
Fantastic show - very polished, every aspect was great. Lots of positive comments at the interval from the audience.
Just had to write to tell you how much we enjoyed the show. It deserves to be a success !
Excellent show. First time for ages we haven't even felt close to nodding of during a performance!
... it's got a long way to go - and it deserves to go all the way. Mike Maran (Producer)
Of all the shows he has done, this one must rank as the best. Great story, good songs, great cast and acting and fabulous animation.