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What the Critics said about

“Manly Truelove’s Theatrical Anecdotes Part I”:

 

“A hilarious hour of many finely-crafted phrases... a one man show that could certainly be taken anywhere intelligent humour is appreciated”

[ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD, 13 / 7 / 2001]


“Manly is the brilliant creation of Darren Gooding and his tale of mythical actor Sir Thrigby one of the best things to happen to the Colchester arts scene in years... Darren showed what an exceptional storyteller he is.”

[NORTH ESSEX EVENING GAZETTE 10 / 9 / 2001]


“Inspired comic inventions… I predict that Gooding has a talent that will take him to many more venues as Manly.”

[HALSTEAD GAZETTE 19 / 4 / 2001]


“...an entertaining evening, especially for anyone with a long memory for theatre.”

[THE STAGE 23 / 5 / 2002]


“A real oddity… The sight of Manly’s cocktail making and drinking prowess elicited gags and applause all round.”

[THREE WEEKS, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, AUGUST 2002]

What the Critics said about

“Remembering Dame Hermione”:


“Manly’s mother Hermione is a delightful creation... Her direction of The Importance of Being Earnest, as performed by a Marxist collective, was a gem.”

[HALSTEAD GAZETTE 16 / 7 / 2004]


“Gooding has increased in confidence, with sharper verbal and physical comic timing and a stylish presentation of his material.”

[THE STAGE 01 / 7 / 2005]

Reviews

What the Critics said about

 “Civic Ceremonial”

“When the dust has finally settled on the town’s first comedy festival, I hope this show will be one of the things it’s remembered for… brilliantly performed by Darren himself… Let’s hope we see more of the “Mayor” at next year’s festival - I would vote for him.”

Neil D’Arcy-Jones,

COLCHESTER GAZETTE 25.04.13

What the Critics said about

“The Cabinet of Leopold Thorn”


“I can honestly say that this is a gripping, intriguing, magical and superbly acted tour-de-force. If I were pitching it to Hollywood I would probably say: ‘It's Sherlock Holmes-meets Dickens-meets Doctor Who!’"


Liz Mullen -

BFBS RADIO


“Gooding is a compelling performer, vocally brilliant, swapping gender with ease, and bringing to life an array of characters, each becoming visible before us… one of the best solo performances I have seen in a long time.”

Paul T. Davies -

COLCHESTER GAZETTE 29.05.13