"The eye is definitely drawn to the fully functional wrestling ring that dominates this intimate space but Max Dorey’s design is full of other inspired touches – the battered lockers, the gaudy but crumbling paintwork, the work of genius that is the graffiti-covered corner where Stairs’ throne sits..."
There Ought to Be Clowns
"Max Dorey’s amazing set turns the Old Red Lion’s small studio into a convincingly seedy evocation of Ardrossan Beach’s Tartan Wrestling Madness (TWM) club. The wrestling ring dominates the space and it is clear that its function is not solely decorous as the entire cast find themselves bounced off the ropes or slammed into the canvas (more of which later). The nicotine-yellow walls are sufficiently stained with cheap wine (and possibly worse) that you wouldn’t want to get too close to them. So convincing are the surroundings, you can almost smell the sweat, liniment and Buckfast..."
"The first thing about Lardo you notice is the appearance of a mini-wrestling ring in the already tight space of the Old Red Lion Theatre. But Max Dorey’s set design goes much further that just the ring by turning the entire upstairs of the theatre pub into a dilapidated gymnasium, complete with graffitied and stained walls. Given that the ring takes up almost all of the performance space, it gives an extra sense of claustrophobic immersion to the entire show"
Grumpy Gay Critic
"The boxing or wrestling ring is an overworked metaphor in the theatre, but here it’s the real thing that’s under scrutiny, and the raggedness only add to the sense that you are peeping into a closed, marginal world, normally hidden from view. Lots of swaggering fun, plenty of tension and full of potential"