Industry Reviews

5* ‘ Worked with the boys on Bridging the gap project, a multi generational program working with the community of Chaddesden in Derby. I was one of the music coordinators. These guys are the real deal! Inspirational, engaging professional and a total plesure to work with! Very flexible and quick to react to challanges faced when working with such a varied cross section of the community! Nice one guys! C u next time! 🙂   Joe Brown – Gateway Soundz

4* ‘The Revenge of the Guargantuan Poo Monster is a two man show starring Ben Adwick and Paul Broesmith. It is like the best of the worst B movies you have ever seen with Ben and Paul playing a colourful array of characters. I loved it as did the small but appreciative audience at the theatre, including a father and son who talked about it excitedly as they left. The story goes that the small rural town of Quolon (clever) is threatened by a terrifying creature and only 2 cowboy plumbers stand in its way. Meet Dave and Barry of High Noon plumbing (in Yorkshire); not the sharpest tools in the shed but good natured affable fellows and devotees of the plumbing code. Don’t forget your plunger!

I saw this show in Derby a couple of years ago and was impressed with the seemingly effortless way Ben and Paul switch between characters and scenes. They’ve added a couple of shopping trolleys this time which make a neat home for the majority of their costumes and props and double as a car when required. This keeps the action pacey but in so doing they have given themselves even less time to take a breath! I felt tired just watching them. The duo are aided by Chris Coleman who is largely unseen but assists with the bigger props and displays signs to denote location – little gems such as Turtles Head Trailer Park or T.I.T.S TV. Very silly but very good fun!

Ben and Paul have been working together for a long time which is evident in the way they interact on stage. The way the show plays out, you could forget that there are only two of them, which is a credit to their delivery. The characters and accents are great – I particularly liked a Taggart homage with Sergeant Gruff and PC Camp.  Both performers are excellent at physical comedy and combat and are required to give very physical performances here, be that by beating each other up, or getting violated by the Poo Monster (yes I mean violated..)

This show is full of energy and contains almost every poo joke you could think of.. and a few that you couldn’t or wouldn’t want to think of! It has lots of laughs and much more besides. So will Dave and Barry defeat the terrible Poo Monster? Well you’ll just have to make your way down to the Greenside Theatre to find out.’       Clare Snape – The Good Review

‘Cutting Edge and original theatre’             Ashley Franklin – Derbyshire Life

4*  ‘I spent the first part of this show flinching. Two actors rapidly change in and out of various characters: a redneck couple copulating in a car, ditzy American news reporters, preposterously violent Glaswegian policemen, and implausibly dedicated plumbers. The central conflict of the play is the appearance of a giant, murderous poo monster. Lazy and puerile, I thought, until it clicked: this show, initially seeming like a compilation of toilet humour and tacky stereotypes, is actually a self-conscious parody of overused elements in popular culture and B-movies. Everything is deliberately over-the-top: the cheap look, the vulgarity, the filth. It’s a testament to the cleverness of the writing that it takes the lowest possible subject matter – a fecal monster – and makes it hysterical. Graphic, scatological, incredibly funny. –         Kyung Oh – Three weeks                                         See more at:

‘It was a cold night at Sudbury Hall and in the moonlit shadows ghostly figures were lurking as a brave group of visitors pushed on through the darkness.

The chilling sight of two long-dead schoolgirls dancing in the shadows made us hurry along the gravel footpath, but then there was another ghostly image emerging from near the those hardy enough to venture out to the National Trust property for this mix of film night and theatrical performance were starting to see what they had in store. They were also left in no doubt that venturing inside Sudbury Hall was only going to escalate the terror.

In the company of Paul Broesmith and Ben Adwick from The Lost Boys theatre group, we were escorted around the hall looking for ghostly clues to a historic mystery and ended up in the cellar for an exorcism that would see visitors looking over their shoulders and hoping the dead stayed dead, at least until we could make our escape. The evening unfolded with plenty of humour and a good deal of panache from the Lost Boys as they weaved their story around a screening of the 1960s classic chiller The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr.

The Lost Boys had seen the spooky similarities between Sudbury Hall and the manor in this classic ghost story based on the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw. And watching The Innocents in the Long Gallery after our fright in the cellar, certainly added to the spooky atmosphere generated by the movie.

It was a chance to see some darker corners of this historic property and to rediscover a film classic in a novel and very entertaining way. There was an appreciative audience at the event, so hopefully it won’t be a one-off and we will see the Lost Boys back at Sudbury Hall before too long.’

Nigel Powlson- Burton Mail


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