Kevin Fegan

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Press Quotes

The IndependentThe Independent **** 4 stars
(Obama The Mamba @ The Lowry 2013)

"By interweaving their two stories playwright Kevin Fegan has created a clever vehicle through which to explore the contrasts and commonalities of the Brothers Obama and their very different lives in America and Africa ... Fegan's script time-shifts skilfully through George's story providing the material for a virtuoso performance by Clifford Samuel ... Where Fegan has been cleverest is in the unforced resonances he highlights between the "hope out of adversity" rhetoric of the two men ... "


Daily TelegraphThe Telegraph **** 4 stars

(Obama The Mamba @ The Lowry 2013)

"George Obama was in the house to see his life story set on stage ... offers a powerful "yes we can" message as any on the U.S. presidential campaign trail ... a rallying cry on behalf of the world's dispossessed ... undeniably inspiring ... a commanding performance ... heart-stopping, high adrenalin ... "


Messenger Newspapers logoMessenger Newspaper Group ***** 5 stars
(Obama The Mamba @ The Lowry 2013)

"Utterly compelling - you'll struggle to see a better piece of live theatre this year ... If you only visit the theatre once this year, make sure it is to see Obama the Mamba - President of the Slums"


The Guardian
The Guardian **** 4-stars
('Fireflies' @ The Lowry 2009)

"Fegan's drama, commissioned by The Lowry, is an inner-city romance between two lost souls longing for a second chance in life... Noreen Kershaw's production skilfully integrates the digital elements, created by Manchester production company Lion Eyes TV, into a seamless montage of live and filmed action. But it's the core components of good writing and fine acting that determine the show's success ... It's raw, uncompromising stuff, but ultimately Fireflies leaves you with a warm glow."


The Independent
The Independent
('Strange Attractors' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"Fegan runs ever faster to keep his work at the leading edge of contemporary life"


Manchester Evening News logo
Manchester Evening News
('Fireflies' @ The Lowry 2009)

"A love story for the 21st century ... Kevin Fegan's script is poetic, comic and rich in frank language - this is real people talking. Skilfully directed by Noreen Kershaw, there's a clever mixture of film and computer graphics to reinforce the gritty background of this northern drama. I sympathised, I empathised and I laughed out loud."


What's On Stage logoWhatsonstage.com
('Fireflies' @ The Lowry 2009)

"New and exciting theatre is well and truly alive in Manchester! For the proof look no further than The Lowry's world premiere production of Kevin Fegan's multimedia play Fireflies. The love story is timeless and could easily be reset in any town or city without compromising the integrity of the writing. Fireflies is a triumphant partnership of mediums seamlessly bringing together film and live performance. The action is beautifully paced by Director Noreen Kershaw who clearly believes in Fegan's excellent and intelligent script. A top quality production of an excellent new play that surely deserves a life beyond this world premiere."


PLays InternationalPlays International
('Seven-Tenths' for Walk the Plank Theatre Ship)

"Kevin Fegan once again confirms himself as Britain's most innovative Playwright"


The ObserverThe Observer
('Strange Attractors' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"The ethical consequences of virtual reality, in personal and political fields, will be immense. Fegan, a really promising writer, is the first to bring them into the theatre"


The New StatesmanThe New Statesman
('McAlpine's Fusilier' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"It is a brilliant conceit to insert a living myth into contemporary Irish history. It is above all a bold ambition to put the play into verse, challenging a number of famous Irish ancestors."


Daily TelegraphThe Daily Telegraph
('Excess XS' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"Black comedy of a kind in which Fegan excels"


The Irish PostThe Irish Post
('McAlpine's Fusilier' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"A significant contribution to the emergence of Irish writing in Britain. Kevin Fegan is a name we will hear much more of in the future"


City Life logoCity Life Manchester
('Matey Boy', El Inocente Productions for national tour)

"Those lucky enough to catch Fegan's skilful delivery on the fringe circuit recently can bear witness to its effectiveness on the stage as well as the page"


Sunday TimesThe Sunday Times
('Private Times' for The Library Theatre Manchester)

"Could not be more timely. Fegan's idea of a privatised prison that turns out to be owned by two if its long-term inmates is ingenious. So is the use of a prison drama group as a metaphor for the role of the arts in society"


Financial TimesThe Financial Times
('Private Times' for The Library Theatre Manchester)

"A savage Swiftian swipe at the new morality, mischevious Shavian paradox"


The GuardianThe Guardian
('Private Times' for The Library Theatre Manchester)

"It's a lively, funny, serious piece with an emotional poetry of its own"


The ObserverThe Observer
('Excess XS' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"Memorable play about the drug Ecstasy and the Manchester rave scene"


The IndependentThe Independent
('Excess XS' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"Miles better than Rock Around the Clock"


The GuardianThe Guardian
('Lord Dynamite' co-written w/ John Fox Welfare State International 1991)

"A superbly engineered grand-scale piece of special effects theatre which expands the imagination, informs and entertains and lifts the spirit"


The IndependentThe Independent
('Lord Dynamite' co-written w/ John Fox Welfare State International 1991)

"Highly enjoyable piece, the nearest a British audience is likely to get to a homegrown carnival"


PLays InternationalPlays International
('The Clayman' El Inocente Productions, Manchester City of Drama 1994)

"An electrifying piece of contemporary theatre. This is the Iron Man for the 90's"


Manchester Evening News logoManchester Evening News
('Rule 43' for Cracked Actors' national tours, including British prisons)

"This gripping play is comic and dramatic, intense and real, the play deserves a full house"


PLays InternationalPlays International
('Excess XS' for Contact Theatre Manchester)

"The most accurate comment on society today to be seen anywhere in the country"


The GuardianThe Guardian
('Matey Boy', El Inocente Productions for national tour)

"An epic poem, written and performed by Kevin Fegan, who "won't apologise for poetry" and on this showing has no need - his verse is as tough, topical and streetwise as any disco rap"


PLays InternationalPlays International
('Totally Wired', a BIG Theatre production)

"The definitive theatrical experience for the internet generation. An incomparable web of intense emotion, lyrical beauty and gobsmacking imagery"


Manchester Evening News
('52 Degrees South' - a Big Theatre production at the Imperial War Museum North)

"A bold, powerful and very moving piece of work that re-examines the Falklands War from the point of view of the ordinary men who took part. Co-written and co-directed by Andy Farrell and Kevin Fegan, 52 Degrees South uses video projection and testimonies by veterans alongside narrative and poetry inside a magnificent exhibition hall."


City Life Manchester

('52 Degrees South' - a Big Theatre production at the Imperial War Museum North)

"Lyrical and hard-hitting drama, a powerful mix of video and verse,, the video interviews are full-on, a white-knuckle ride"


Manchester Evening News
('Love on the Dole' - The Lowry)

"Freely adapted by writer and lyricist Kevin Fegan, it is touching, funny and full of authentic spirit. A genuine achievement, it all works wonderfully well."


The Stage And Television Today
('Rule 43' for Cracked Actors' national tours, including British prisons)

"Devastating theatre that demands superlatives, I can't praise it enough"


City Life Magazine, Manchester
('Love on the Dole' - The Lowry)

"Fegan is still probably Britain's most underrated playwright. This is a significant adaptation commissioned especially for The Lowry."


The Guardian
('White Trash' - devised show with Quarantine Theatre at Contact Manchester)

"A company that specialises in weaving fictions from the real stuff and stories of people's lives. Everywhere Quarantine delves, it uncovers the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary and banal. 90 minutes of non-stop energy, offering up these young men exactly as they are. The show manages to be both celebratory and quite extraordinarily moving. The entire evening has a matter-of-fact lyricism about it. You come away with a sense of the fabric and rich emotional texture of their lives that defies all traditional stereotypes of the laddish, emotionally disconnected young man."


UBU, European Theatre Magazine

"The most unpredictable and innovative voice in British theatre. Fegan has constructed a theatrical framework around the Ecstasy generation."


The Guardian

"Fegan is a poet and playwright with a capacity for sympathetic identification and a taste for tough, complex issues."


Manchester Evening News
('Totally Wired' - a Big Theatre production at Contact Manchester)

"Fegan has never been interested in comfortable theatre - audiences either love him or hate him"


The Guardian
('Totally Wired' - a Big Theatre production at Contact Manchester)

"Manchester-based playwright Kevin Fegan has become a cult writer since his drugs-and-dance play, Excess XS. Totally wired deals with the aftermath of the drug and dance phenomenon."


The Mansfield Chad
('A Site For Sore Eyes' Mansfield Palace Theatre, 2006)

"Kevin Fegan is the first ever playwright to be commissioned by Mansfield Palace Theatre. The play is based on his home street and characters within his community, a dramatic interpretation of the lives of local residents affected by the derelict Mansfield General Hospital. The script cleverly uses narrative breaks for stories by spirits of the former hospital, mixing horrific and humorous anecdotes to bring the old building to life. The script manages to capture the perfect balance between drama and humour, allowing the audience to relate to the characters and feel their pain, while also providing classic comic relief throughout."


Manchester Evening News
(Oh W.O.T. A Lovely War, The Lowry, 2006)

"Inspired by, but very different to, Joan Littlewood's 1963 anti-war classic, Oh What A Lovely War, the latest community production at The Lowry looks at the theme of war generally, and especially the so-called War On Terror. What gives this impressive production its heart and soul is the fact that the stories it tells - each of them powerfully illustrating the impact war has on people's lives - are all true and drawn from the lives of the participants. From a heart-rending story of a suicide after the First World War to the heartache of a 19 year old whose similarly-aged boyfriend is being shipped off to Iraq, the stories show that none of us escapes the impact of war. Interspersed with these brave, often moving, sometimes funny and inspiring stories are songs, including not only the original production's Oh What A Lovely War but also folk songs from around the world. Directed by Andy Farrell and written by Kevin Fegan, this is a wonderfully ambitious and life-affirming, whilst instructive and thought-provoking production."


City Life
(The Ghosts of Crime Lake, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 2005)

"Crime Lake sounds like a fictional American Summer camp - the sort featured in slasher films like Friday 13th. In fact, it lies somewhere between Oldham and Ashton, and has provided inspiration for the latest community play by one of the North West's most prolific writers, Kevin Fegan. Over 100 young people have worked with Kevin to help shape the piece into an hilarious, surreal and spooky tale."


Manchester Evening News
(The Ghosts of Crime Lake, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 2005)

"Contemporary themes, neat rap and lots of fun, a real achievement, something special"