Young Critics: Vassa Reviews

The Young Critics were invited to review our production of Vassa by Maxim Gorky, adapted by Mike Bartlett.

"The quality of the production itself is at the standard expected for the Almeida, realistic set and costume, brilliant light and sound design that worked throughout which is always a good sign. The acting was fantastic"
Read Bianca Rawlinson's review

"Billed as a “savagely funny” adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s classic novel - and promising to explore class war, gender politics and capitalist downfall - Vassa is a mixed bag of violence, revenge and warm-toned interior decor, but never quite reaches its full, outlandish potential."
Read Clodagh Chapman's review

"Despite excellent performances from a strong cast, this explosive pre-revolutionary Russian family drama falls flat as it loses its historical bearings."
Read Grace Fergusson's review

"Commandeering the commotion at the centre was actress Siobhàn Redmond, truly in her element"
Read Claire Chelsea Bondzanga's review

"Vassa Zeheleznova has a lot on her plate - or rather, desk. An unpleasant Russian matriarch, she’s having to contend with a sick and dying husband, her boisterous offspring and a crumbling family business - all in a country on the brink of a revolution."
Read Liam O'Dell's review

"The performance space, Vassa’s office is fuelled with crude violence, both physical and verbal, resentment and most unexpected cruelty and utter absurdity..."
Read Mahdi Nasser's review

"Tinuke Craig’s production is, on the whole, neat. She positions offstage characters lurking around the edge of the scene to summon a mood of paranoia and espionage."
Read Rufus Love's review

 "Armed with the best lines of Bartlett’s witty and sharp writing, Danny Kirrane as Semyon generates easy laughs from the audience."
Read Allissa Tai's review

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