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REVIEWS

TROUP AND CHURCH DESERVE HUGE CREDIT FOR WRITING AND EXECUTING TERRIFIC, TASTEFUL COMEDIC BEATS [...] THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO PROTAGONISTS IS TOUCHING, AND I AM LEFT CARING FOR THE TWO OF THEM.
EXECUTION IS BRILLIANT. TROUP AND CHURCH HAVE CONJURED A MOVING AND INSIGHTFUL STORY OUT OF THEIR STORIES AND OTHERS

Tom Carter, London Theatre 1

4 STARS

BLEAK SCENES ARE LIFTED BY WITTY, WELL-WRITTEN SONGS, HILARIOUSLY BITING CRITICISMS OF THEIR “LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER” MASTER’S COURSE, AND TENDER MOMENTS IN THE PAIR’S FRIENDSHIP AT THEIR LOWEST. THE PLAY LEFT ME FEELING ENERGISED; THE ACTORS MADE IT CLEAR THAT [...] THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE TO REFORM THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND HELP THOSE INSIDE.

Emily Chudy, Medium

5 STARS

A FASCINATING MULTI-CHARACTER PIECE WHICH FEELS LIKE A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF THEIR TWO YEARS WORKING IN PRISONS THAT MANAGES TO BE TONGUE-IN-CHEEK ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT LOSING EITHER THE TRAUMA OR THE HUMANITY OF LIFE BEHIND BARS. CELL OUTS STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE OF LEVITY AND SERIOUSNESS, DRESSING ITS COMMENTARY IN WITTY DIALOGUE, ORIGINAL MUSIC AND A WARMTH THAT DRAWS THE AUDIENCE INTO THEIR WORLD. ENERGISED DRAMA FROM A PROMISING DUO.

Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub

4 STARS

[CELL OUTS] DEMONSTRATED THE COMPLEXITY OF IT ALL IN A WAY THAT I’VE NEVER REALLY BEEN ABLE TO EXPLAIN/ARTICULATE. AND ASIDE FROM MY PERSONAL CONNECTION TO IT, IT WAS WRITTEN/PERFORMED SO WELL, SO ENGAGING AND GREAT CHARACTERS AND PERFECT BALANCE OF FUNNY AND DIFFICULT. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE SEEN IN SO LONG. I WANT ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO GO SEE IT

Ex-Prison Officer's response

5 STARS