Thursday, 17 January, 2002

**Cuttings from the popular press***

The reviews have been reasonable.....CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, “It is an astonishing piece, harrowing, gripping, and revealing a vivid gothic imagination..” He goes on to say, “Bedbound is an uncomfortable, unforgettable tour de force.” BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, “As directed by Walsh himself, the piece is as fierce and frightening as, at just one hour’s running time, it’s brief and brusque.” MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, “ "Words, words, words," said Hamlet when asked by Polonius what he was reading. His phrase aptly sums up Enda Walsh's 60-minute play….It consists of a torrent of language and little in the way of dramatic action in the visible present.” PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT describes the play as “a high-pitched stream of vomit and guts”. NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, “Nothing quite so weird as the expressionist Bedbound …has hit the London stage's main tracks in years.” He goes on to say, “Norma Sheahan captures Daughter's angry melancholia, giving her grace rather than the crippled incapacity the text demands. Liam Carney's Dad seethes with foul-mouthed energy but lacks a dangerous cut and thrust.”

Links to full reviews from newspapers...
The Times
The Independent
Evening Standard

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