"Alice Hamilton’s in-the-round play is engaging and comic, carried off well by some great performances. Max Dorey’s set is beautifully detailed, from the props-table at the entrance (the first scene takes place on the lonely stage of the Royal Court Theatre) to the stage ropes dangling from the ceiling."
"Alice Hamilton’s decision to stage Pendleton’s play in the round is a choice one inasmuch as it invites us into the peccadillo-littered lives of Orson and his cohort while providing a constant reminder that this is after all a theatre - But it’s also the Royal Court circa 1960, and if the decor of the Jerwood Downstairs is notably absent, Max Dorey’s excellent set more than makes up for it with a glut of theatrical clutter, giving the impression that this is one of many rehearsals in a venue sustaining more than just this one production"
"Orson’s Shadow is one of the few productions at the new Southwark Playhouse to be done in-the-round... it really gives set designer Max Dorey the opportunity to really create the various backstage environments where the show takes place. But the detail is not just confined to the performance area, as Dorey turns the entire auditorium into bits of rigging, prop tables, and tape-marked floors. It’s a wonderful environmental immersion that plonks you in the heart of the grand-slam between Welles and Olivier..."
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