Anthony Banks | Theatre Director  

Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon

Hampstead Theatre December 2011 – January 2012

Balancing the cocktail of 21st century life is as impossible as herding cats for Justine, Michael and Saddo: Justine has an infuriating new boss; Michael works from home, chatting to strangers for a living; Saddo is one of those at the other end of the phone line. Teetering on the edge, all three are heading inexorably towards Christmas.

Lucinda Coxon's chillingly funny new play freeze-frames a generation negotiating intimacy and independence in the 21st century. Nominated for Best Play Theatre Awards UK.

Reviews

Lucinda Coxon's arresting new play. Anthony Banks's masterly direction ... unforgettable.

The Times

Anthony Banks's striking production - he's planted razor blades in the Christmas pudding.

The Independent

It’s a tall order to negotiate a play that pushes into recesses of horrific abuse while keeping the bright sheen of something rather everyday – that mixes the unspeakable with droll conversational exchanges; Anthony Banks’s production, presenting the action on and around a giant white sofa, placed on an equally forbidding white carpet, handles the uncertain, shifting mood perfectly.

The Telegraph

Anthony Banks's taut production... shattering.

The Sunday Times

Anthony Banks's production gets the point across with a horrid plausibility. The polished black shards of humour and ripples of queasy horror make for a compelling cackle into the void.

Time Out Critics Choice

Icily Funny.

Evening Standard

Deeply disturbing.

Financial Times

A bouncy comedy which accelerates without break into a dark and disturbing excavation of psychology.

WhatsOnStage

Anthony Banks' high energy production - a brave, cool gaze on the disconnectedness of contemporary life which lets nobody off the hook … faultless performances from Olivia Hallinan, Philip McGinley and David Michaels. So brutal, you almost forget to breathe. See it, and shudder.

The Guardian

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