“There’s actually no such a thing as good publicity, there’s just planned and unplanned, and this is very much the latter.”
YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and moments later goes on to drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history.
His publicists Gracelyn, Ruchi and Danica have quite a morning ahead of them. They’ll need to apologise on his behalf all whilst fielding calls, defusing social media, stamping out print, handling the talent, licking SOLT’s wounds and if Arthur could stop posting on Instagram for a second that would be great.
Cuttings was my first full length play. It had two staged readings which were performed at Theatre503. The reading was performed by Jamie Rose Monk, Izzy Dawes and Dhanushuka Anson. The reading was directed by Rob Ellis. The time spent with 503 and the notes they gave on the show proved invaluable in helping me shape what would later become the full show.
The show would later go onto transfer to the Hope Theatre where it ran for three weeks.
The play was published by PlayDead Press and went on to be nominated for the Liverpool Hope Comedy Playwriting Prize 2019. The full production starred Natasha Patel, Maisie Preston and Joan Potter. The production was directed by Rob Ellis. Reviews below.
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“★★★★★ London Theatre Reviews “A Fantastic Production, Cuttings Is A Modern Comedy For A Modern Audience And It Is A Revelation. ”
“★★★★ Broadway World “Cuttings Explores Truth And Blame With Plenty Of Cheek And Cockiness. Quick Witted And Fun, It’s A Clever Exploration Of The Malleability Of The Media.”
”Ollie George Clark’s Sparky, Well-Observed Play Delves Into The Murky World Of Modern-Day Crisis Management…This Sassy Journey Through The Dark Arts Of PR Ends In A Way That Is Both Smart And Satisfying.”
“★★★★ London Pub Theatres “Sharp, Funny And Inventive…Cuttings Is An Up-To-The Zeitgeist Comedy”
“★★★★ LondonTheatre1 “Every Inch Of The Small Space Of The Hope Is Used Well, With Attention To Detail And The Intimacy Really Does Make The Audience Feel Part Of The Story.”
“★★★★ Dress Circle Antics “Ollie George Clark’s Script, Is Razor Sharp, Fiercely Contemporary And At Times Laugh Out Loud Hilarious. Cuttings Is A Fine Example Of The Gems That Are On Offer Away From The Bright Lights Of The West End.”
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