Matthew Xia directs this production of Joe Penhall’s play about race,ethics, sanity and prejudice at the Young Vic Theatre. 

Time Out:****Andrzej Lukowski wrote: “all credit to Xia and cast for making this sardonic comment on another time and place feel horribly and exuberantly timeless.” *** Matt Trueman said: “Matthew Xia’s production, though it shows how people dissolve into institutions, is somewhat off the pace, swallowing several key moments and never quite detonating.”

The Telegraph: ***** Dominic Cavendish was impressed saying: “Any production of Blue/ Orange is only as good as its cast, and in all the stagings I’ve seen, I haven’t encountered a better trio than the one director Matthew Xia places on a raised, exposed consultation room.”

The Guardian: **** Michael Billington commented: “Some plays, acclaimed on a first showing, shrink on revival. Penhall’s has actually gained in authority with time.”

Broadway “its revival could hardly be more timely with mental health provision on the political agenda and the role of junior doctors pored over in detail in the media.”

Gay Times: *** “Ultimately, Black/Orange is absolutely worth watching, but is let down by its failure to be compelling and relevant to audiences today.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “The quality cast – David Haig, Luke Norris and Daniel Kaluuya – all seem to have their acting dials turned up to 12, it all just feels a bit over the top.”

British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher found: “a powerful and moving work that retains its sense of humour while challenging viewers’ preconceptions and the nation’s attempts to escape its social responsibilities, while providing an excellent showcase for a trio of talented actors.”

Blue/Orange plays at the Young Vic Theatre until the 2nd July. For more information and to book tickets visit:




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