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NO MAN'S LAND - What did YOU think? [14 vote(s)]

5 stars - Incredible! Amazing play! I absolutely loved it!
64.3%
4 stars - Great! I really enjoyed it!
7.1%
3 stars - Good, I liked it
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2 stars - OK, but probably wouldn't see it again
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1 star - Loved seeing Damien on the stage, but the play was not for me
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0 stars - Terrible, I really didn't enjoy it
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Initial Twitter reactions to No Man's Land and Damien's performance are really positive!






















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It's really nice to see such positive vibes so far!
Will be interesting to see what the reviews are after press night. It's also just pleasing to see people crediting and recognizing Damien now and not just a complete list of people saying how great it was and only talking about Ian and Sir Pat.


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Loving seeing these great audience reactions. It bodes well!

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Really looking forward to seeing this tomorrow night and as an added bonus I have received an email today to let me know that there will be a post show talk after. I'll report back later this week with the details.

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Wow, that's incredible news Becca, look forward to hearing all about it and hope you have a memorable evening!

You may very well be the first to vote in the poll!



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A No Man's Land review from Leeds Book Club. Great read! (there may be spoilers!)

No Man’s Land at Sheffield Lyceum

 

Owen Teale and Damien Molony in their supporting roles of Briggs and Foster were equally impressive. Their motives – heck, even their relationship with Hirst – is never really clearly delineated and each appears to regard Spooner as a nuisance and a threat. Their presence alone ups the tension levels, as well as introducing a physicality previously lacking. For the first time, there is an undercurrent of violence – it directly ties into Hirst and Spooner’s history, but is separate from it. Really odd, but quite powerful. That the actors managed to apply such nuance to their characters (a few of us speculated about their characters backstories, friendship, protectiveness and so on for some time after the curtains closed!) in such a short span speaks to their respective skills. Irritatingly, I was well into the second half before I recognised Molony from Being Human and Ripper Street – he is transformed in this.



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Woah Becca!!  A past show talk? - how fantastic!!!  Have great evening.....really looking forward to hearing all about it.



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That is a great review of Damien and Owen's parts in the play. The last sentence just shows what a fantastic actor Damien is.

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I'm not in the least surprised that the reaction so far has been so overwhelmingly positive.....but I have to say that I'm really pleased by how much Damien has been mentioned in the comments I've seen so far - considering the company he's in I did wonder if he might be completely overlooked! 

Love that review by Leed Book Club.....but slightly amused by the comment: "Irritatingly, I was well into the second half before I recognised Molony from Being Human and Ripper Street – he is transformed in this."  Firstly I'm not sure why that should be irritating....but also - transformed from what?  I always thought Hal and Albert were very different characters! 

Also saw a comment somewhere about Damien's chameleon-like qualities..... Can't wait to see this - 3 weeks today!!



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Delighted Damien is being recognised as the great actor he is at last.

As for not recognising him as Hal in Being Human or Albert in Ripper Street - that's because he acts the part and not just himself! He's so good in everything he does because every character is so different, he just seems to immerse himself in the role.



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It was Sheffield press night on Monday, here's a review from the Derbyshire Times with a brief mention on Damien!

Review: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart shine in No Man’s Land | Derbyshire Times


 



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woomewithtulips wrote:

Really looking forward to seeing this tomorrow night and as an added bonus I have received an email today to let me know that there will be a post show talk after. I'll report back later this week with the details.

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 Cooeee Becca! How was it? And would love to hear about the post show talk!



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"Foster (Damien Molony), full of his own attractiveness"

No Man’s Land, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield | The Star

 


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I believe we would all like to hear how it went :)

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Thanks to  rubyrosettared for alerting me to this ★★★★★ No Man's Land review, on opening night at the Newcastle Theatre Royal!

No idea why this part stands out

 

Then, suddenly, in come the interlopers, Damien Molony’s self-regarding young Foster, flicking his 70s-style hair and cutting through the air of drink-fuelled gentility with swear words, and Owen Teale’s Briggs who is straight out of a Ray Winstone movie.

 



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The more I hear about this play the more intrigued I am!

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Have any forumers been to see it yet? It would be amazing to read a forumer review!

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Fingers crossed soon Rosie and it would be great to have some votes in the poll!

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The review in the a Evening Chronicle is slightly different to the one I tweeted to you Domino, that one, though tweeted via the Chronicle Twitter account appears in its sister paper, The Journal.

The Chronicle review was by Hannah Graham. Another glowing review!

"In the hands of four fantastic actors, No Man's Land moves from hilarity through awkwardness to tragedy..."

Damien's character was described by the reviewer as being "bright, camp and unexpectedly violent" (colour me intrigued!)

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Thank you Lisa, I didn't realise there were two, just followed the link you tweeted. Is there a link to the Hannah Graham one ? Or is it a non online publication?

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So its been a week since I saw the play (apologies for the delay is posting, I don't know where the last 7 days have gone) and I have to pretty much agree with all the points made in the Chronicle's review.

All four actors give wonderful performances. The two Sirs are clearly very comfortable in their roles and give a masterclass in how to deliver, what can be difficult to follow, Pinter lines. Both gave surprisingly energetic performances for men in their 70's, McKellen is particularly sprightly.

Damien's character Foster is a bit of a cockney wide-boy. Very self assured " Everybody likes me, the ladies love me" (he's not wrong) and his introduction along with Owen Teale's Briggs offer both comedy & menace to the story.

Whilst the two Sirs are undoubtedly the stars of the show both Damien & Owen more than hold their own on the stage and truly make this performance an ensemble piece and not the double header it could have been.

Although I can't fault the performances it was the story itself that let the play down for me. I like a beginning, middle & end and this, well what is this?
The after show Q&A showed that I was not the only person thinking this as the first question asked was "I really enjoyed it but what was it about?" Ian McKellen answered this with "It's just about life. Take it for the situation it is. Don't try to read too much into it - these characters are all there, this is the situation they find themselves in and how they deal with it" I'll try to remember this when I see it again in November but I was still left with questions about what was actually happening.

The two Sirs understandably fielded most of the questions but Damien did make a few points that I remember:
1. He rang his Dad after first read through to say that he didn't know how he was going to do this as he just kept finding himself staring in awe at Ian McKellen.
2. On the first few read throughs they all read each others parts so that they could understand what was happening in the play.
3. If he could play another character it would be Spooner - to which Ian McKellen said he expects to see him in the role in a future incarnation of the play. Ian was very complimentary to Damien's performance of Foster and said that his and Owen Teale's introduction to the cast brought a new lease of life to the play for him and Patrick Stewart.

Stage door had a barrier keeping us from the actors and as expected there was quite a crowd waiting. Patrick Stewart came out first, signed a few autographs & went back in.
Ian McKellen was next, he stayed out a bit longer and took some photos but we couldn't get close.
Damien came out last (we didn't see Owen Teale). He looked as if he didn't really expect anyone to be there for him but spotted us and came straight over to say Hi. We told him we thought his performance was great & he thanked us for coming. I asked if he was enjoying the experience to which he said he was pinching himself everyday.
A few others were waiting for Damien's autograph at this point so we stepped aside, however as he was about to leave we asked if we could grab a photo which he of course obliged.

I gave the play 3 stars - performances were great but the play itself wasn't my cup of tea.


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Thanks becca!! smile

It's good to hear that damo can hold his own amoungst such esteemed company - not surprising....but good to hear nontheless!  Damien doing comedy and menace live on stage sound like a dream come true!!  I'm kinda assuming that the 2 Sirs will be fantastic to watch, whatever they're doing, so tbh I'm not too worried about whether I understand what's happening, as long as it's entertaining.....and it sounds like it will be.

So pleased for you that you got to see the Q and A.  Interesting that they read through each other parts....and that he'd like to play Spooner - I shall be watching out now to see whether I think it's a good part for him.....although if Sir Ian McKellan thinks it would be then who am I to contradict??! wink  The two of them have been playing this for so long now it must be quite refreshing for them to bring in two new faces - I wonder how much it affected the themes/mood of the play for them....

And it's fantastic that he came over for a quick chat and some pics.  I'm guessing the stage door must've been quite swamped with Ian and Pat fans.....



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Thank you Lisa, I didn't realise there were two, just followed the link you tweeted. Is there a link to the Hannah Graham one ? Or is it a non online publication?


 I've had a look on the website and the only review on the site is the one that i tweeted you yet the review in the actual hard copy is different, by a different reviewer and i can't seem to find her review online. It's very puzzling. If you'd like me to transcribe the review, let me know :) 



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Thanks for the info, Woomewithtulips.  I expect the play will make even less sense to me as I'll probably be struggling a bit with the accents too, but I can't want to see Damien be both comical and menacing on stage.  He does it so well. 



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