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No Take Backs (November 19th-30th, Hen and ChickensTheatre)
 
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"It requires its audience to keep up and rewards them for doing so. If you fancy something dark, amusing and different, give this engaging work a try."
"Tonally, it's slightly reminiscent of BBC2 comedies Inside No. 9 and The Wrong Mans, but with more comics jokes."

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Everything Theatre - Laura Kressly

"With a snappily written script full of great one-liners and witty comebacks, this play supports a number of good roles for female actresses especially."

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Psychopomp and Circumstance (November 19th-30th, Hen and ChickensTheatre)
 
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"There's no doubt Eckett is writing to please himself first and foremost, but when the writing is as fiercely intelligent as his, it's of little consequence."
"Where else, for example, would you see a reference to both American modernist novelist Gertrude Stein and Jessica Hynes' Spaced character Daisy Steiner? And if that combination of high art and pop culture appeals, you're sure to find something to love."

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Full Stage Splash (16th, 17th, 18th August 2012 Etcetera Theatre)
 
One Stop Arts - Tom Oakley
★★★★
"Aside from the energy and subject knowledge, what impressed me the most was how well all four performers worked together. There are several scenes where dialogue is fluidly shared between them, showing considerable rehearsal, intelligent direction and adept delivery."

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views from the gods - Gareth Alexander
★★★★
"As someone whose Master's degree dissertation was on comics, there was little I could fault them on as far as the factual content went. And as a comedy lover and theatre fan, the results could have hardly been better."
"On the whole, this was a stupendous, giddy romp through the facts of the funny books"

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Snipe London - Alan Hindle

"The writing is often brilliant, managing to come across as prose hip hop and instructional poetry"

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Camden Fringe Voyeur - Carmel Shortall

"Totally engaging, Full Stage Splash strikes the right balance between information overload and downright silliness. The cast – Daniel Farley, Kate Quinn, Kris Wood and writer, director, performer Michael Eckett clearly enjoy themselves whether over-the-top fighting in the style of 90s comics or clomping up and down the stage as the bandiest-legged cowboy ever; their love of their subject matter is infectious"

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Everything Theatre - Julia Cameron
★★★
"Clever and entertaining is really the best way to describe this extremely thoroughly researched piece"

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Broadway Baby - Tom King
★★★
"Funny and oddly educational if a little over-nerdy."

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Stand-Up Comics (22nd-27th November 2011 Etcetera Theatre)
 
Camden Fringe Voyeur - Carmel Shortall

"Stand-Up Comics is crammed with gags, in-jokes, smart one-liners and comic book references but you don’t need to know anything about comics to enjoy it."
"The cast are excellent; particularly writer/director Michael Eckett who plays Liam and Sandy Jarvis who plays the ditsy and irrepressibly perky Liz.."

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A leek writes - Amanda Leek

"It is a play that is fun, witty, and reverent to the comic book fantasy world – but touches on the multitude of things that confuse and paralyse us."
"The celebration of the pointless and random makes the play so utterly relevant and brilliant.
The play is bursting with such beautiful dialogue it is hard to imagine the characters’ lives are as empty as they say they are. They rapidly race through a script that totally relies on the comedy of painstaking timing – and I mean painstakingly physical bumps and knocks endured."

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Stand-Up Comics (8th August 2011 Roundhouse Studio Theatre)
 
On the Fringe - Adam Hutchings

"And the laughs came thick and fast. There was such a rapid turnover of jokes that many would have been missed. Amongst this onslaught I expect everyone found something to crack-up at. Hidden in that very succinct and particular geek-humour which ruled most of the dialogue were plays on language, pop culture references, self-deprecating remarks, jokes to groan at, and a bonanza of obsessive superhero  ponderings. In short, I really liked it."

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Islington Gazette/ London24.com - Jon Dean

"Stand-Up Comics is a thoroughly humorous and enjoyable 60 minutes."

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Stripped (22nd-26th February 2011 Hen and Chickens Theatre)

A Younger Theatre - Melissa Negro

"Quite a lot of the play is in its script, which Eckett seems to have crafted both carefully and playfully, with sexual references to match his mythical ones. It’s teeming with references to be teased out, and existential questions to be considered. But it is the strength and energy of the young cast that truly brings it to life. The chorus is vivacious, each member of the company does their bit to breathe life into something which is quite pointedly unreal."

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Spoonfed - Lauren Romano

"This challenging, manic mix of dialogue and physical theatre pushes the small cast to their limits and makes for some occasionally brilliant, comical moments."

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London Festival Fringe - Tobias Chapple

"The directing here is clever, making great use of not only physical comedy, but of body language generally, with several cast members having excellent expressive control."

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