Reviews: Ay Carmela

Review by: The Times

Ay Carmela

Set in the Spanish Civil war... a play serious in intent and aiming for gallows humour, cast in the flexible mould of magic realism where the dead return to talk, remember, and eat sweet quinces with the living... Carmela s strangely tender recollections are interwoven with harsh events, and whether playing dead or alive, Mansfield s performance is genuinely affecting...in Tom Wright's generous production.

Review by: The Stage

Ay Carmela

Here is a modern Spanish Classic given the translation it deserves. The dialogue is an audacious mix of hearty word play and quick fire banter, clever poetic devices and vivid imagery. Pickavance absolutely devours the part of Paulino. Comically and emotionally extravagant, his body is as fluid and flexible as his speech. Mansfield is excellent. Her singing is beautifully restrained in its passion... an intriguing, mysterious and haunting play.

Review by: UK Theatre Network

Ay Carmela

Carmela is played to utter perfection – Mansfield sings, snaps her castanets, and flamenco dances to the manner born... The indefatigable Robert Pickavance is masterly in the role of Paulino... Steve Trafford s script is a triumph of imaginative vitality... A surreal, fantastical black comedy, overlaying elements of slapstick and burlesque with moments of real pathos: Beckett would have approved.

Review by: The British Theatre Guide

Ay Carmela

Elizabeth Mansfield is ideally cast as Carmela. As well as giving a wonderfully funny and moving performance she also has a thrilling singing voice... Robert Pickavance gives a tour de force performance as the harassed Paulino, in comparison with whom Basil Fawlty is positively laid back. It's one of those plays that rattle around in the mind long after you leave the auditorium, and another feather in Ensemble's cap.

Clara's Gift

Frauenliebe und Leben

Clara's Gift

Glorious music, ridiculous words! Among contemporary listeners this is the near universal response to Schumann’s famous song cycle. More info...

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

A new comedy by Steve Trafford
With songs by Henry Purcell

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy transports us into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill, Nell Gwyn, his royal whore, once the brightest star of the Restoration theatre, rages against her fate. More info...

The Uninvited

Songs and Stories of Exile

The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a performance tour de force telling the extraordinary stories of refugees and exiles, from all over the world, past and present. More info...

Marie

The Story of Marie Lloyd

Marie

The poet T.S. Eliot described Marie Lloyd as: “The greatest music hall artist of all time”. Marie Lloyd lives again in this popular and celebrated show, which features all her famous songs. More info...