Reviews of Lesbian Style

There’s been a great response to Lesbian Style in both Derry and Dublin with standing ovations and fantastic audience reactions. I’ve posted some reviews and comments below:

Left to right: Abby Oliveira, Mel Bradley, Michelle Wiggins, Claire Dooher

Left to right: Abby Oliveira, Mel Bradley, Michelle Wiggins, Claire Dooher

“If you don’t go to anything else in the Dublin Gay Theatre festival, GO TO Sole Purpose Productions ‘Lesbian Style’ by Hilary McCollum! If you never go to the theatre again, GO TO THIS. If you want a tightly scripted hour and a half rollercoaster of rip-roaring Derry Dyke wit, through poignant moments, gritty truths, and a beautifully uplifting celebration of love and women, GO TO THIS!”

“beautifully performed, fast-paced and fluid”

“wickedly funny and poignantly moving”

“wonderful universal stories”

“Fantastic piece of writing and 4 wonderful performers! Touching, funny, with some real heartwrenching moments. Brilliant piece of work!”

“a wonderful piece of work… funny, moving and thought-provoking.”

‘so funny, heart rending, dark yet always returning the audience to a place of shared positive spirit. Emotions ebbed and belly laughs flowed… I think it’s a play that we all owe ourselves the pleasure of seeing.’

Patricia Byrne (director) and Hilary McCollum (writer) with Eva Gore Booth award, presented to Lesbian Style at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

“Lesbian Style. This play from Derry does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s about lesbians and it has style. Sole Purpose Productions presents verbatim theatre with the voices, tears, laughter and integrity of the interviewed women, sensitively collated by writer Hilary McCollum into a captivating weave of women’s lives today. There is a powerful diverse ensemble of gutsy women whose respectful empathy for their diverse subjects shines through in what is a celebratory revelation of lesbian life and love. It is well directed by Pat Byrne, fast paced, charming and honest. The piece is very well cast with an equality of performance that enthrals the audience with seemless changes, clever narrative and a myriad of characters exploring issues from youth and coming out to health, love and control. The four onstage women get to grips with characters from reluctant teenagers to bewildered parents and bring to life voices from rural isolation to Urban Activists. They have a wonderful bond as a team and an obvious respect and love for their subjects. The wry Northern humour and perfect timing, peppers Mc Collum’s clever script with a proper sense of celebration of lesbian love.” Brian Merriman, International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival director

“We saw “Lesbian Style” tonight at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, an entry from Sole Purpose Productions in Northern Ireland that was energetic, funny, moving and satisfying. Playwright Hilary McCollum put together a narrative arc that traced the experience of many women, from coming out to falling in love, to dealing with the tough parts: from illness, to breakup to homophobia from within and without. Special bonus: the talented cast got the audience to chant “vagina.” The cast of Michelle Wiggins, Abby Oliveira, Claire Dooher and Mel Bradley were versatile and handled the changes in tempo and tone well. Lovely work all around!” Kathleen Warnock, playwright

“Just home from Lesbian Style. Fantastic play guys! Had me in chills and almost to tears. So relatable, and intimate. I especially loved the reference to trans* identities and lesbianism. If anyone hasn’t seen this yet, DO.”

“I have to tell you how incredibly touching the show is, there is laughter, moments of emotional bliss that really reaches those tear ducts… Daring and inspirational… Witty and clever… Lesbian style won’t disappoint… You really don’t want to miss this!!”

“witty and fearless”

“Brilliantly funny, witty and touching, stories that lift your soul and fill it with inspiration, I recommend that everyone see’s this wonderful, well written, produced and acted piece, the cast blew me away.”


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