Reviews



We have performed all of our different productions at a wide variety of venues across London and have been delighted not only by the wonderful reception we have enjoyed each time but also by the fantastic feedback from our audiences - both in our Visitors Book (below) and on film (above)!

REVIEWS FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL:
~ Thank you for a brilliant and professional performance this afternoon. The changes of emotions and clothing with such integrity of acting was quite moving. So pleased to be with you - a gem of an afternoon! - John P
~ I loved it!  Utterly magical.  Thank you - Anonymous
~ This was amazing, would love to view again - J Zaman
~ A beautiful production! Very emotional. Well done - Michelle
~ Stunning and talented. Thank you - Anonymous 
~ Absolutely fantastic show. Well done everyone - J.B.
~ Really talented bunch, a really impressive interpretation & dramatisation - so creative with the props and the overall format.  Brilliant & congratulations! - Anonymous  
 ~ A beautiful programme - very moving and the puppets/spirit of christmas yet to come were amazing. My friends' teenage daughter joined us and she loved the performance as well - Yvonne
~ Simply wonderful afternoon and I hope to see more of what you do come Easter? - Françoise G
~ This was an excellent production. I found myself entirely engrossed in the tale. Well done! - Jim
~ Such an innovative and engaging performance! My 4 year-old son and I enjoyed it - and we especially loved the future spirit and the magical tunes! - A.V.Elliot



REVIEWS FOR A TALE OF ROBIN HOOD: THE RESCUE:


~ Gorgeous and brilliant! Loved the dancing and the fighting! - Bella
~ Thank you for such an amazing event! Very interactive and enjoyable! - Anonymous
~ Wonderful performance, a good balance with humor. Really enjoyable fights, especially considering the space - Nicky P
~ Very charming storytelling and beautiful singing, with a well presented model to boot - Anonymous
~ ~ Lovely afternoon’s entertainment, thank you. I look forward to seeing you all again one day - Colin R




REVIEWS FOR PERSEPHONE & THE POMEGRANATE SEEDS

~ Fabulous retelling of Hades and Persephone! - Jane B
~ Engaging actors, great songs! Thanks for a fun afternoon - Anonymous 
~ Brilliant show! Loved the tent. Well done to you all. Very inspirational - thank you! - Philip 
~ Great performance. We really enjoyed the singing, the story and the outside setting. - Anonymous 
~ I really enjoyed the performance and the boys liked it too. This was a great story - Stephanie, Marius & James



REVIEWS FOR AESOP'S FABLES:

~ What a great show. Thank you - Lise
~ Our daughter really enjoyed the performance. She is 5! - Emma & Chris
~ Thank you so much - it was amazing! - Fiona
~ It was the best show ever. - Benjamin, aged 7
~ A Brilliant show - the stories were ideal for the children to understand. And a perfect length too. Very good. Thank you - Anonymous


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We also hope you may find the following feedback from some of both Shadow Road and Artistic Director Emma King-Farlow's other productions and projects helpful!

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Utterly brilliant, spellbinding and wonderful.  I have a lump in my throat as I think about it ....Audience member Celia F on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Great evening last night - your show is amazing!!!  Well done and very pleased that the BCA supported this production.
Steven Mindel, Chairman of the BCA, on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Emma King-Farlow has mounted a truly magical production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at St Mary’s Church, Barnes…
Mia Gibbons, Churches Together in Barnes, on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

This production was such a pleasure.  The fine story by C.S. Lewis was performed by a great team of actors, all of them perfectly in character. The Christian allegory worked gently but effectively in the beautiful mediaeval St Mary's Church, Barnes. The opening 40’s dance set the scene in wartime Britain, from where the evacuee children escape through the wardrobe to Narnia.  Costumes were inventive and the simple set was used imaginatively.  Many thanks to all and to the volunteers and Barnes Community Association. A special evening.
Anonymous audience member on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

That was EXCELLENT. Thoroughly brilliant production. My daughter and her friend were scared witless by the White Witch. The acting, the pace, the energy, the eerie music - all amazing. Well done to all.Audience member Laura v d B on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

A production of a high calibre and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It had great direction, an inventive set design within the church itself, excellent costumes, a well thought out and realistic sound track, a surprisingly complex lighting design...and good acting from all the performers. A pre- Halloween treat!"
Anonymous audience member on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

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Working with Shadow Road was a very exciting experience, especially as we’d not organised a theatrical production here at London Wetland Centre before.  So we were delighted when Emma King-Farlow wrote bespoke productions for us, both for our St George’s Day activities and Robin Hood.  She managed to use the unique nature of the Centre to maximise its potential for both plays.  Although it was very hard work for both parties managing the events, Shadow Road were always extremely professional and the end productions were thrilling – our visitors loved them!"
Catherine Starling, Marketing & Communications Manager, WWT London Wetland Centre
Catherine worked with Shadow Road on St George’s Quest (April 2016) and Robin Hood (June-July 2016) at the WWT London Wetland Centre.

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Emma King-Farlow's promenade production of Robin Hood was an outstanding summer event at the London Wetland Centre.  ...Using the Centre's outdoor locations to the hilt, Robin and his merry men (and women) impressed with expert sword fighting, breathtaking derring-do and an unexpectedly moving climax.
      ...Congratulations to Emma on an adventurous and spectacular production."
Robin Eastwood writing about Robin Hood in Prospect magazine

The programme notes describe this production as “immersive”, and it’s certainly that. The audience literally follow the action as it moves from one part of the nature reserve to another. We get a wedding, spectacularly-staged sword fights, romance, death and music and songs, all skilfully staged to make the most of the spectacular outdoor setting...
      ...Robin Hood is family entertainment at its best. There’s something for everyone. The four people I went with (two adults and two young children) all thoroughly enjoyed it. I did too. On this evidence, Shadow Road Productions is a company with a very bright future.”  Roger Pettit on Robin Hood


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I worked with Emma in my capacity as Chairman of the Barnes Community Players.  We asked Emma to direct the most challenging production we have ever undertaken, Jesus Christ Superstar.  Once she decided she was going to take on the challenge, Emma stuck with it and successfully overcame all obstacles with a professional, personable and graceful attitude.  The use of the church, lighting, interpretation of the story lines, costumes, it all came together in a remarkable show, which everyone loved to be part of and was proud to have engaged with.  The Barnes Community Players put their trust in Emma's ability and we were not disappointed.  She 'gets the job done' with grace, integrity and efficiency, creating a remarkable show.  I would recommend Emma without hesitation."

Patrick Van den Bergh, Director of Healthcare at Watkins Gray International LLP/ Chairman of the Barnes Community Players
Patrick worked with Emma on an 800th Anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar at St Mary’s Barnes in June 2015.

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It was an awe-inspiring evening... A brilliant script with the perfect blend of humour, pathos and meaning. It was very thought-provoking and you hit all the notes exactly. ...Will you be able to take it forward? Many more need to see it.Lieutenant General Sir A.D.S. on Dreams From The Pit

What a huge and enjoyable success last night was, brilliantly written and performed and directed. ...everyone was buzzing afterwards with praise. A difficult subject to address, but done with sensitivity and humour." Audience Member Fiona S. on Dreams From The Pit


I firmly believe that Dreams From The Pit should go places now. The play is simply too powerful for only one show a year." Jake Wood (TA Veteran, PTSD sufferer & author) on Dreams From The Pit

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