Reviews

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Published Reviews

The Telegraph, Reviewed by Dominic Cavendish

‘Grippingly tangible … inventive wit’

The Independent, Review by Michael Coveney

‘…fleet, skillful theatricality’ Four Stars

The Guardian, Review by Lyn Gardner

‘an unflashy and often quietly surprising piece of theatre that treats a familiar subject in a new way.’ Four Stars

The Times, Review by Libby Purves

‘a touching evocation of global migrants, an essay on globalised deracination, the
shifts and abuses of poverty in hidden communities’

What’s On Stage, Review by Michael Coveney

‘strangely epic and deeply satisfying’ Four Stars

The Evening Standard, Review by Henry Hitchings

‘the surreal theatricality of this distinctive piece is vigorously conveyed by the cast of five’

Time Out, Review by Caroline McGinn

‘In Gray’s hands this odd, deft, and deeply discomfiting play uproots your assumptions and leaves a lingering taste of someone else’s blood in your mouth.’

Exeunt Magazine, Review by Honour Bayes

‘This is a troubling and thought provoking production, that exerts a hold on its audience. We may shy away from the violence that underscores the play, but even at the end, it won’t let us go.’ Four Stars

The Public Reviews, Review by Val Baskott

‘Migration, exploitation, aspirations and lost dreams are all here. An ancient fable becomes a modern parable’ Four Stars

The Edinburgh Spotlight, Review by Keith D

‘ a powerful, darkly comic and gripping addition to the Traverse’s Fringe menu’ Four Stars

Islington Tribune, Review by Andrew Johnson

 ‘The Golden Dragon is one of those plays that stays with you, percolating in the mind long after you leave the theatre.’

Broadway Baby, Review by Rebecca Jones

 ‘An intelligent play, brilliantly written … in which the riveting acting never fails to keep the audience captivated.’ Four Stars

Total Theatre Review, Review by Dorothy Max Prior

 ‘a moving piece of theatre; we travel readily on the journey offered.’

The Financial Times, Review by Ian Shuttleworth

‘dramatically focused and unobtrusively intelligent … an unrolling tapestry of love and sex, life and death, and inevitably racism’

Morning Star, Review by Gordon Parsons

‘a compelling, deceptively surrealist framework for this tragi-comic dramatic prose poem’

The Herald Scotland, Review by Neil Cooper

 ‘a glorious interconnectedness of life’s rich tapestry and an instant karma that gives genuine food for thought’

Edinburgh Evening News, Review by Claire Wood

‘hugely topical … thought-provoking’

The Scotsman, Review by Joyce McMillan

‘dramatic, poetic and visual energy’

The Fest Mag, Review by Evan Beswick

‘the five person cast show extraordinary range and subtlety in the characterisation of the intriguing array of lives connected by The Golden Dragon’

STV Entertainment, Review by Alan Chadwick

‘a curious piece – haunting and riveting … an excellent multi-tasking ensemble’

The British Theatre Guilde, Review by Philip Fisher

‘The Golden Dragon is a poignant reminder of what might be going on just
up the road from any one of us’

The Stage, Review by Gerald Berkowitz

 ‘a shopkeeper hoarding products, and others, along with the tale of the grasshopper and the ant, which takes a dark turn as the grasshopper is forced to earn her winter food.’

Audience Reviews

Twitter Feedback

Week One Audience Tweets

What’s On Stage Reader Review from Plymouth Run

Joyce McMillan’s Personal Blog (Scotsman Reviewer)

Press Articles

What’s On Stage interview with Ramin Gray about The Golden Dragon.

The List, Edinburgh Festival interview with Ramin Gray about The Golden Dragon.

This is Devon interview with Ramin Gray about The Golden Dragon.

Another view on The Golden Dragon, article in The Guardian.

Lyn Gardner for The Guardian, Theatre Tips.

Michael Billington for The Guardian ‘Don’t mention the phwoar: The future of German Theatre’.The Goethe Institut interviews Roland Schimmelpfennig here.

Buy the playtext for The Golden Dragon, published by Oberon Books, here.

Reviews from the Arcola Press Night

‘A stark, tightly focused production’ – London Evening Standard

‘A clever and quirky piece of theatre’ – Fringe Review

‘Sharp and clever, witty and well-delivered’ – Public Reviews

Time Out‘s four star review

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