Based on a true story, this tale of one man’s quest for vengeance is brought to life at the Southwark Playhouse in Markus Potter’s production. But does it impress the critics?
The Guardian: ** Lyn Gardner wrote: “But in its current clumsy stage form, the story works less well, though the core narrative is gripping and there’s a committed cast.”
London Theatre.co.uk : **** Dom O’Hanlon responded more positively saying: “There’s no doubt that this is a difficult watch, and in the intimate surrounds of the Southwark Playhouse, the emotional effect on the audience is part of the shared experience.”
WhatsOnStage: **** Giles Cole thought that: “It’s not comfortable viewing, and nor is it meant to be, but it is skilfully woven together and expertly played by the cast of six.”
The Reviews Hub: **** (1/2) “through this extended piece of gonzo journalism reportage has created therapy, catharsis and revenge in an 85-minute emotional battering ram.”
British Theatre Guide: “this gripping staging shows how deeply such trauma can affect lives, and not just those of the victims.”
The Upcoming: **** “Stalking the Bogeyman is painful to watch and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats constantly, it is a play that needs to be seen, a story that needs to be heard.”
Evening Standard: *** Henry Hitchings commented that: “Although the storytelling is at times pedestrian and the supporting characters are thinly drawn, this is an unflinching vision of the soul-eating effects of shame.”
Musical Theatre Musings: **** “The cast, set and direction all come together to serve justice to this powerful and moving story. It’s productions like this that demonstrates that the arts do matter and deserves to be seen by many.”
Time Out: *** “This is not the most theatrically innovative of evenings, with a lot of show and tell. But it’s an undoubtedly important and at times gut-wrenching testimony to the long-term impact of abuse.”
Stalking the Bogeyman will play at the Southwark Playhouse until the 6th August. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/stalking-the-bogeyman/#details.