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In the Press

Read on for a flavour of what the press have said about EKP’s shows and other work.


Ellie Keel’s entry in the 2020 Stage 100 (January 2021)

Arifa Akbar’s feature on The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, including interview with Ellie Keel (The Guardian, December 2020):

Kate Wyver’s feature on Lem N Ginge, including interview with Ellie Keel (The Guardian, October 2020):

Interview with Ellie Keel (Alex Wood, WhatsOnStage, September 2020):

Interview with Ellie Keel (Lyn Gardner, The Stage, August 2020):

Article on The Women’s Prize for Playwriting longlist, including interview with Ellie Keel (Chris Wiegand, The Guardian, July 2020)

Interview with Ellie Keel (Amy Walters, NW Connect, May 2020)

Comment from Ellie Keel (Chris Wiegand, The Guardian, March 2020)

Guest blog post from Ellie Keel about The Women’s Prize for Playwriting (Paines Plough, February 2020)

Interview with Ellie Keel On Alchemy Festival (Hannah Greenstreet, Exeunt, March 2018)

Arifa Akbar’s article on the rise of audio plays in the pandemic, including interview with Ellie Keel (The Guardian, February 2021)

Shows in Press

HOTTER 10-questions | Hotter, Mary-Higgins Hotter-honest-bodies | Mary-Higgins | Ell-Potter Womens Hour | Misogyny online, The week’s news, Talking about turn-ons Hotter review | comedy soho theatre

Lyn Gardner ‘A fringe sensation’

The Guardian ‘Celebratory and brave’,

★★★★ Evening Standard, ‘Scorchingly enjoyable… riotously funny’,

★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ‘I have never seen a show with such power’

★★★★ The Stage, ‘cuts to the heart of the female experience’

★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag, ‘absolute elation’

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly, ‘something I have never seen before in a theatre’

FITTER Fitter review | A love letter to masculinity Fitter review at Soho Theatre London | Messy and melancholy exploration of masculinity Fitter at Soho | Mary Higgins and Ell-Potter Fitter Review | Dynamic funny show about men that we didn’t know we needed


Collapsible by Margaret Perry won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work, The Stage Award for Acting Excellence (for Breffni Holahan), and the awards for Best New Play and Best Production at the Dublin Fringe. In Edinburgh, it was a The Sunday Times, The Independent and The Guardian Pick of the Fringe.


It was nominated for Best New Play, Best Lead Performance (for Breffni Holahan) and Best Set Design (for Alison Neighbour) for its run at the Bush Theatre, London, in early 2020.

A Younger Theatre:
‘Collapsible is unequivocally, an outstanding piece of theatre. It cuts through stereotypical representations of those suffering with poor mental health, hitting on the raw, painful truth…Holahan’s performance is something supernatural’

The Guardian:
‘Thomas Martin’s graceful direction complements Alison Neighbour’s fractured set as we watch Essie fall apart… a modern Beckettian cry for help.’

The Stage:
‘Hypnotically performed…The writing is luminescent and often startling.’

‘stunning, funny, disturbing, exhilarating…a show that leaves you feeling alive’

‘The calibre of writing is remarkable…a stellar performance from Holahan’

‘‘Alison Neighbour’s set for Collapsible may be one of the most striking for a solo show […] The perfect insight into the mind of someone afraid to jump, unable to know if there’s anything solid waiting to meet them.’

‘[an] intricate and well-crafted script…Holahan tells the moving story of Essie with vivid magnetism’

Fest Mag:
‘As Essie, Breffni Holahan is quietly remarkable…this subversion of the [solo show] genre feels bracingly novel.’