February 2020 Audience Feedback

The show was wonderful! The direction was so creative and the story so well told! My Dad loved it and remained hankie in hand for most of the show! ‘

‘We were blown away by the show … it will stand the test of time … most fabulous piece of theatre and history.’

‘Brilliant story telling from a fantastic cast … clever and creative re-enactments … with a lovely sound track and humour to boot! ‘

‘So clever a play and brilliantly directed and acted. Should be compulsory viewing for schools!!’

‘Very cleverly done and such amazing and unbelievable stories!’

‘We watched this amazing show last night. The most wonderful theatrical performance I’ve ever seen. I hope it lives on and many more get to experience it.’

June 2019 Reviews and Audience Feedback

Terry Adlam, Maidenhead Advertiser. Highlighting the role the RAF played in the Second World War, and taken from first-hand recollections from those who served, Writer, Steve Darlow, Director, Joe Malyan, Producer, Auriole Wells and an exceptional cast and production crew produced a powerful and entertaining piece of verbatim theatre. In the intimate surrounding of The Studio Theatre, I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and was amazed at the creativity used that saw everyday objects and furniture transform into, for example, Spitfires and Lancasters bombers. Equally, Malyan and his team excelled in original reconstructions of famous air campaigns and battles. The cast of nine portrayed over 100 roles, slipping in and out of characters with consummate ease and skill, with moving monologues, speeches, poetry and songs from the era. In the week that commemorated the Normandy landings 75 years ago, this was a fitting theatrical tribute and like ‘The Few’, will be remembered by me.

Angie Burns. As I took my seat in the Studio Theatre, I was embraced by a very effective, intimate set, displaying artefacts, props and wartime memorabilia. Already I felt in the moment. With a small cast of 9 actors, portraying over 100 roles, with their own storytelling, I have to say I was truly moved and at times quite choked up listening to their incredible accounts and experiences. With small interludes of song and movement which were chosen so appropriately for those particular scenes, the cast defiantly portrayed their characters well with real emotion and conviction. I watched other members of the audience be taken on an incredible journey. The creative use of props e.g. torch lights to create the shadows of aircraft, chairs grouped together with actors portraying a flight mission, were only a few of the many other creative scenes I witnessed … Congratulations to everyone involved and I really do hope this is not the last time we see ‘Their Finest Hour’. I would like to read of its’ success showing in other parts of the UK.

Audience feedback.

‘Absolutely brilliant! What a journey it takes you on!’

‘A really engaging and moving show.’

‘A beautiful and emotional piece.’

‘A truly magnificent show.’

‘Honoured to have seen it. Gripping and emotional, not to mention technically challenging! Should be mandatory viewing!’

‘Loved it!! Great stage presence and loved the use of so many props!!’

‘I loved it, beautifully performed and directed.’

‘A fantastic evening. I need to see it again at some point to take more stories in. There was so much to see, hear and experience.’

‘What a great show – a story that needs to be passed on!’

‘Brilliant production on every level – fascinating, detailed, thought provoking.’

‘A beautiful and powerful piece of theatre … They bring the brave voices of the incredible men and women of 75 years ago to the stage in a touching and educational experience.’

‘A wonderful piece showing what the airmen and all involved went through. Amazing direction and acting.’