‘Engaging and fun, giving the audience the chance to step into Dicken’s home for the evening…and presented Coutts who to me was indeed unknown before hearing about the play.’
– Review Extract from Huffington Post
‘It was very exciting as it was in Dickens’ old house, the scenes could have actually happened there…good fun, an enjoyable evening’
‘The play was clever in how it interwove the historical and social themes with the political…It had a lot of resonance to today. If you want history that you won’t find elsewhere, follow what’s going on with Untold.’
-Review Extract from London Culture Show
The Scar Test
‘This is not a play you walk out of and move on from quickly. This is a play that lingers in the recesses of your mind, nagging at you over the course of several days. And that is what it should do.
Telling a patchwork of stories gathered by YW Befrienders and presented on stage in a breathless 50-minute showing, the production places the focus squarely on people; accents and body language take the place of elaborate staging and costumes. The entire cast delivered fantastic, understated performances.
This is a production with a purpose and a message. And one we must listen to. Let’s hope this was not the last chance for local audiences to see it’
-Sarah Cox, Bedfordshire News
‘I caught yesterday’s premiere of The Scar Test at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston. Not only touched by the performance and glad for the chance to see such compelling live theatre, I am more informed about the plight of refugees seeking safe haven in the UK and more aware of how poorly too many of these individuals are treated.
Cast includes Claire Chate, Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, Charity Dooshima Or, Waleed Elgadi, John Gregor, Holly Kavanagh, Debbie Korley, Nadia Nadif, Eileen Nicholas, and Arinder Sadhra … and they all do a stunning job presenting a strong case for at least a bit more compassion toward refugees entering this country (many of them the survivors of torture and rape) and ideally a complete overhaul of the system.’
– Review extract from Chris Osburn, Huffington Post
‘The play has a political, social and immediate relevance’
‘Very powerful, very moving but there are a few laughs along the way with some challenging scenes’
‘Really worth seeing by a wider audience’
Review extract from East London Radio
Unflinching and extremely hilarious, a new interactive ensemble piece by Untold Theatre explores the relationship between Katherine of Aragon and her Moorish servant Catalina. Directed by Daniel Goldman, Catalina takes a quick but deep look at traditional and contemporary concepts of race and, at times, strikes dead on a nerve – albeit by tickling rather prodding viewers. Writer Hassan Abdulrazzak’s dialogue rolls with wisecracks and wisdom and is handled adeptly by the play’s cast of four (Nicholas Waters, Leon Stewart, Nadia Nadif, and Zainab Hasan).
-Review extract from Chris Osburn (tikichris.com)
Catalina’ is thus a period piece with one leg planted firmly in the present. With all the fourth-wall breaking self-awareness that tends to accompany the mise-en-abyme format, it’s full of anachronistic pop culture references, bawdy humour, self-mocking industry jokes and sly satirical jibes aimed squarely at post-modern society. Whereas this cocktail could have come across as smug with a strong whiff of desperation, the execution is commendably slick thanks to the acuity of Abdulrazzak’s script, director Daniel Goldman’s sense of pace and a versatile cast clearly having a whale of a time. Part of the Oval Theatre’s First Bites series, this work-in-progress took a mere five days to polish and rehearse. It’s a testament to ‘Catalina’s sophistication that it is already very much good to go.
-Review extract from Olutola Ositelu (http://tolitasmusings.
‘This was a very sparse production in Colchester Art Centre’s small intimate space, that intimacy was reflected in the small company of actors, each actor playing at least two roles. Just as the actors moved effortlessly from one character to another so the stage’s setting moved from one space to another through lighting changes, moving a few props around created marital bed chambers, a church and a tavern, all done convincingly, to great effect. The story was told with humour and dignity through some very effective acting. Untold Theatre have created a fun, innovative and informative production shedding light on a character – Catlina – who we know tantalizingly little about yet might have played a part in acts that fundamentally changed the history of England forever.’
-Review extract from Michael Ohajuru , Historian and author of Black Africans in Renaissance Europe
‘There’s more than enough potential high-stakes dramatic tension in that story to fill out a much longer play, albeit one that trespasses into Wolf Hall territory. Catalina is one of history’s forgotten witnesses, but the scarcity of evidence about her is an ideal basis for re-imagining her character and her story in much greater depth… talented cast, with endless potential for comedy.’
-Review extract from John Morrison, Journalist and Theatre Critic