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Grrrrrrr. Still haven't found time to scan/post reviews and images from the 1991 production. So, for now, here's some of the coverage of the 2012 revival instead:


Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk, 2 Feb 2012:
http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/pitchfork-disney-arcola-theatre

Paul Taylor, Independent, 2 Feb 2102:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-pitchfork-disney-arcola-london-6298306.html

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times, 6 Feb 2012:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f89323f8-50b5-11e1-8cdb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1lhOsyaXJ

Any Stow, Fourthwall magazine [for drama students], 3 Feb 2012:
http://www.fourthwallmagazine.co.uk/2012/02/review-the-pitchfork-disney-arcola/

Eleanor Bradshaw-Layne, So So Gay [website], 3 Feb 2012:
http://sosogay.org/2012/theatre-review-the-pitchfork-disney-arcola-theatre-london/

Philip Ridley on ... Revisiting The Pitchfork Disney, 30 Jan 2012:
http://www.whatsonstage.com/interviews/theatre/london/E8831327948059/Philip+Ridley+On+...+Revisiting+The+Pitchfork+Disney.html

The Ridley interview I find a little bizarre for several reasons, but What's On Stage wouldn't permit me to comment (while accepting a comment from someone else who called the production/play the worst 'shite' they'd seen in 40 years!!)

OK, so Ridley and the producers and publicist of the 2012 revival are still hyping the line – big-time – that The Pitchfork Disney's 1991 audiences weren't 'ready' for the play and ran panic-stricken for the exits. But I seem to recall Ridley claiming this before the 1991 production even reached press night. And if it were wholly true, how come at least three members of that original audience went back to see Pitchfork three times in its 3 1/2 week run, knew they'd seen something very new and special, and went on to proselytise about it? Aleks Sierz (who went on to coin the tag 'In-Yer-Face Theatre', wrote a book about the trend, and credited Pitchfork with starting it). Dan Rebellato (the playwright and Royal Holloway academic hired to write the 2012 programme essay). And me. And, I mean, we can't have been the only ones.


May 2012

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