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Shivered

Opens: 07/03/2012 Closes: 14/04/2012 Southwark Playhouse, London

Phillip Ridley is on a roll. The former visual artist now known for his surreal, confrontational work as a playwright will have had three works on stage this year, come summer. As his controversial first play closes, Southwark Playhouse premiers his newest piece, a family saga set in a fictional Essex town.

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Time Out“Tenderness barely gets a moment...” Who's the voyeur? And come to that, who is the gullible public? Hanging over this gruesome, savagely chopped-up narrative like a swinging corpse is fate and its repercussions...
 
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Evening Standard“More like a splintery illusion than something satisfyingly unified...” Plotting its decline, Ridley ponders the wretchedness of post-industrial society and the violence of desensitised youth, while also riffing about UFOs, the crisis of faith and viral video clips...
 
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The Independent“Beautifully acted and designed production...” Some find it extraordinary that Ridley is also a master of writing for children. But again that is to fail to feel the potential for magic that the adult plays, where innocence (as here) is so violated, long to get back to...
 
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Guardian“Ridley's excoriating politics come sprinkled with fairy dust...” But if the energy of the story dissipates, the performances, particularly from Joseph Drake and Josh Williams as Ryan and Jack, remain fiercely committed...
 
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The Observer“This bleak, attention-seeking play...” Drake's violent revulsion convinces but neither he nor Olivia Poulet's Lyn – Alec's mother – move us. Ridley also wackily throws in a monster, a clairvoyant and UFOs – the supernatural further debilitating credibility. Shivered made me shudder.
 
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The Stage“The most exciting piece of new writing on the London stage...” Instead of telling this story in a straight linear way, Ridley chops it up into 17 scenes which are shown out of sequence. The effect is that of watching an elaborate account of extreme emotional experience...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“A powerful drama...” Though perhaps sometimes guilty in the past of self-indulgent word-spinning, Shivered shows Ridley at his imaginative best in what is arguably his most moving and accessible adult play to date...
 
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The Arts Desk“Ridley is British theatre’s prince of imaginative writing...” The heightened emotions of the characters have shattered, or shivered, the linear narrative, and exposed all the pieces to our gaze, intrigued, appalled, voyeuristic...
 
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