Reviews

PETER PAN

Vicky Ireland’s adaptation of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie played at The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in May 2012.

“Tunes – real tunes – can seem in short supply these days where the latest musicals are concerned. This new adaptation of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan has a whole sequence of them, thanks to composer and musical director Steven Markwick – and that’s not to mention Vicky Ireland’s skilful filleting of the original and clever end-of-line rhythms…Truly magical.” **** What’s On Stage

“Wonderfully inventive…sheer delight…Music, slapstick, puppetry, flying and swashbuckling.” **** The Public Reviews

Fresh, imaginative…oozes charm.” The Stage

“A must-see for all the family…Made us chuckle lots…we smiled the whole way through until our cheeks hurt.” KidAround

 

SECRETS

Vicky Ireland’s adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Secrets played at Polka Theatre, in London, and on a national tour of the UK with Watershed Productions.

“You’d have to be extraordinarily insensitive and iron-hearted not to be smiling through tears at the end of this powerful emotional rollercoaster…excellent ensemble theatre firmly glued together by seven fine performances…Vicky Ireland’s direction is as ever impeccable.” The Stage

 

THE SUITCASE KID

Jacqueline Wilson’s brave and moving book tells the story of 10 year old Andrea – The Suitcase Kid – and Vicky Ireland’s stage adaptation received great critical and public acclaim in its season at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and on national tour.

“…a real theatrical treat…sensitively acted…the audience of school parties fell quiet as mice and raptly attentive the second the lights went down.” Scarborough Evening News

 

MIDNIGHT

Midnight tells the story of 13 year old Violet, her controlling older brother Will and her new best friend, the charismatic Jasmine. Violet retreats into a fantasy world inspired by the fairy characters created by her favourite author, Casper Dream, but in the end, she learns to cope with the real world.

“The stage adaptation portrays excellently the creative genius of Wilson, one of the modern day children’s authors who deserves huge credit for reinvigorating reading among youngsters. And the stage adaptation is clearly having a knock-on benefit for the theatre.” Eastern Daily Press

“This adaptation of Wilson’s best-selling Midnight is a beautifully staged, thoughtful piece of theatre which kept a young audience on the edge of their seats for more than two hours.” Norwich Evening News

“Directed by Vicky Ireland, Midnight deals with some very grown-up themes which the first night audience of prediominantly primary school girls lapped up with ease.” Nottingham News

“Good acting, a spooky set and the clever use of puppets all helped to cast a spell over the boys and girls in the audience last night but the adults were equally enthralled.” Hull Daily Mail

“Vicky Ireland’s magical stage adaptation of Midnight for Watershed Productions is justifiably pulling in the crowds…the whole beautifully staged affair is linked by stunning, specially composed music.” Romford Recorder

“This splendidly-staged and powerfully-acted production is guaranteed to pack in the Wilson fans. In my case, it has created one as well.” Southend Evening Echo

“Torquay sea front was teeming with teenagers this week as they flocked to catch Jacqueline Wilson’s Midnight at the Princess Theatre. Accompanying adults wouldn’t have been disappointed with the sleek production…The adaptation for the stage was handled masterfully by director Vicky Ireland…Last performances are today. Worth a last-minute dash.” Herald Express

“For many youngsters, this adaptation will be a first experience of serious theatre, so it’s heartening to find a play that is well performed, engaging and above all inspiring.” Yorkshire Post

“…the creative skill with which Watershed has interpreted Wilson’s hugely successful stories gives this next generation of theatregoers high standards against which to compare future theatre visits…this amazing production…” The Stage

“This stage version of the story by Britain’s most popular children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, proves that clever staging and fine acting can bring page to stage in a thrilling and original way.” Evesham Journal

 

BAD GIRLS

Bad Girls told the story of Mandy White and her battle against Kim’s gang and her unlikely friendship with Tanya, the “bad girl” next door. Bad Girls toured across Britain and to Dublin in 2004 and played at Polka Theatre in Spring 2005.

“…punchy, stimulating and theatrically ingenious…Clear, involving, relevant and entertaining. Bad Girls is a veritable model of theatre for young people.” Manchester Evening News

“…energetic, fast-moving adaptation…unpatronising and inventive…an excellent production.” The Stage

 

DOUBLE ACT

Vicky Ireland’s adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling story about identical twins Ruby and Garnet was a huge success at Polka Theatre, in London, and on a national tour of the UK with Watershed Productions.

“Nine year old Rebecca Norfolk among the audience in London said: “At first I knew they were grown-ups. But then I thought, whoah. That’s like me!: Jacqueline Wilson is similarly impressed. “This is fresh and energetic and should not disappoint fans. Stage plays are such difficult art, but this is how I would do it,” she said.” Times Educational Supplement

“Jacqueline Wilson’s punchy, contemporary tale about family dynamics is a kid’s show worth singing about.” **** The Mail On Sunday

“It’s a terrific surprisingly gritty story…Vicky Ireland’s zesty adaption does full justice to the story’s vitality, humour and deep feeling…Helen Rutter and Catherine Kinsella are outstanding as the twins…I loved this show and so, manifestly, did the younger members of the audience.” The Daily Telegraph

“…this is a tremendously entertaining and appealing production, almost irrespective of your age.” Manchester Evening News

“…we learn that even identical twins, dressed alike, can have personalities – and we have laughter and tears along the way. Great stuff.” Newcastle Journal

 

THE LOTTIE PROJECT

“Serious issues of modern day pre-teen life are dramatised with a feather-light touch resulting in a play both thought-provoking and very funny, while giving a young audience a real sense of what it feels like to be a Victorian. Evening Standard

“After 90 minutes we are left – having laughed, oohed, aahed, squirmed with emphatic embarrassment and generally sat on the edge of our seats – with the refreshing notion that history is fun, relevant and about people like us who just happened to live in a different age. This production proves that Polka has got children’s theatre down to a fine art.” What’s On