Both actors play humour and pathos with a rare deftness...Gebbels and Gilmore make us laugh one moment, and feel an awful swell of the heart as we suddenly understand the tragedy of their circumstances the next.
Extant’s production is a refreshingly ambitious show that brings absurdist theatre firmly into the 21st century
Being allowed to touch, push and turn the various dials, switches, keyboards, circuit boards, telephones and buttons on this extraordinarily elaborate set is a childhood dream come true if you are lucky enough to get involved with a Touch Tour.
Disability Arts Online - full review
impeccable comic timing...[Gilmore's] energy is sharp, and this never waves throughout the duration of the 90 minute performance.
It is an ambitious play to choose, however director Maria Oshodi has directed it to work effectively in terms of the integration of audio description.
Extant have magnificently crafted a stunning performance that is innovative and humorous. It highlights the importance of accessible theatre and it is a production that will attract audiences of all abilities.
Gebbels and Gilmore are an endearing match, recounting the same memories from their past lives as if for the first time.
Knowing that this is a production specially designed for a visually impaired audience adds an entirely new dimension to proceedings.
It’s still absurd, exactly as Ionesco would have wanted. But it reminds us all that theatre is a full sensory experience; it should not simply be seen, but be felt.
A Younger Theatre - full review
...the access was there for everyone, regardless of sensory make-up. It evolved the story, supported the characters and scenes and was a huge part of the artistic integrity of each piece
[it] made disability a dominant, creative, exciting and political presence with an effortlessness that meant everything felt smoothly inclusive
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