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OliviosK / Press

“Paul Hutton gives Strepsiades an instant comic reality and rapidly establishes a rapport with the audience. Jack Montgomery’s Phiddy is an excellent pairing, exactly the spoiled-child selfish brat we are told his mother has made him. There is an earthy vitality to Lyons's play. Beautiful music from composer Olivios Karaolides. Melina Theocharidou’s production has found a style that perfectly matches this text. She is well served by Katerina Angelopoulou’s colourful design with its simple setting of clouds sketched on a blue back wall and white pillar drums rearranged to suit.”

“Olivios Karaolides' consistently high quality score. Alexander Andreou's portrayal of Socrates as a warm, eloquent and touchingly vulnerable man is the shining highlight of the evening.”

“meticulously staged production...Katerina Angelopoulou’s simple but imaginative set, Karolina Spyrou’s subtle lights, Olivios Karaolides’ atmospheric music/orchestrations, and Sandra Maturana’s jolly dances. The Chorus of three, Riana Athanasiou, Lucyelle Cliffe, Rahil Liapopoulou, are the performing highlight of the show...talented in their harmony of singing, dancing and verse. The clean clear direction of Melina Theocharidou in an easy flow which distinguishes the text should be acknowledged. This company’s attempt at epic theatre on the tiny stage of Jermyn Street should be praised for its courage.”

“An amusing musical tale of kidnap and cranky religion with strong hints of paedophilia where moments that one might expect to be treated as high drama are instead pastiched and played for laughs. Particularly enjoyable performances by Ceris Hine as the young girl comically quick at discerning where her best interests lie, and Virge Gilchrist, absurdly sinister in black, as the soon-to-be-replaced favourite. Clever lyrics by Sarah Underwood, cheeky music by Olivios Karaolides, whirled merrily on in Melina Theocharidou’s direction. ”

“Karaolides writes a clear vocal line so the words are comprehensible, not lost in high soprano bravura ”