THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
Critic Reviews

“The shrewdly chosen vehicle for Changeinspeak’s apocalyptic fin de siecle drama is the serial killer thriller….Simon Blake’s script and production have a faint, rootless unreality, this gives a sense of society on the brink of self 

destruction. Aside from the performances the main strength is the atmosphere, Blake’s script asks real, incisive questions about trust. Brave and remarkable.” 
THE INDEPENDENT


“Changeinspeak have fashioned a striking theatrical pastiche of the journalistic and jingoistic: Set in 1999 as “sterilised as a military past” they invigorate the familiar cry that war and entertainment have become indivisible. A company that continue to forge, a fresh enquiring language from their fountain of talent. You should tune into them now” CITY LIMITS

COLLECTING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director

The play was the first in a supposed millennium trilogy.  The play evolved around an election campaign and a series of violent murders.  The main protagonist was a journalist who had run out of words to describe the horrors he had seen and receded into silence.

LAZARUS MAN
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director

A stark thriller documenting the violent disintegration of a fourty something man.  A chance and seemingly unimportant confrontation between the man and a fifteen year old boy brings his life and responsibilities into stark and alarming focus.

Critic Reviews

“A brutally cogent picture of a life tumbling inexorably and surprisingly into the abyss…a compelling and sincere drama with scenes of enormous insight and warmth…A devastating account of a gang rape and Joseph Swash brilliantly conveys a terror struck boy’s belligerence in the climax. These scenes in particular reveals Blake to be a writer of discernment and an infinitely sensitive director” TIME OUT


“Loss of one kind or another – respect, control and ultimately life is at the heart of this remarkable production…Lazarus Man is both bleak and lively using every second to explain the giant and deep themes with sureness and sensitivity. An intelligent and moving performance from everyone involved.” METRO

WRETCHED GROOMS

A traditional heist thriller with a sexually subversive subtext. The play drew influences from Raymond Chandler, Barry Adamson, Grifters, Mamet and Magritte.  Nothing was ever as it seemed.

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Critic Reviews

“Blake writes beautifully, marshalling the poetic and the demotic, the passionate and the humorous. The patterns of behaviour enacted and the revelations of the personalities involved are fascinating. Four strong and physical performances under the direction of the author complement the energy of the writing”  THE SCOTSMAN


“Fine passages of writing from comic patter to poetic soliloquies….Blake’s direction is inspired. Clarrisa on a swing, smiles alluringly or perhaps insanely at the audience; suspended picture frames lurch like imbalanced pendulums”  THE TIMES

THE PRINCE

An attempt to investigate the political process in both Britain and America using Machiavelli’s treatise on statesmanship as a starting point.  The piece came out just eight weeks after the landslide election of New Labour.

Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
Critic Reviews

“Simon Blake certainly knows a beautiful turned phrase when he sees one. The writing is sharp and well observed and the dialogue comes at us like a runaway train…The company uses physical and musical elements to enhance the story…Blake and his company must be applauded for their bravery in tackling such a huge and complex set of subjects with such verve and energy.” THE FINANCIAL TIMES

THE TEMPEST

Set in the opulence of the thirties, the beginning of talking pictures and the rise of Nazism.  Prospero’s trip included wardrobe from Bella Freud, Red or Dead, Vivienne Westwood & Hussein Chalayan.

Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
Critic Reviews

“A radical presentation , heavy on pop culture, cinematic references, Bolivian marching powder, accessibility and laughter. Blake’s vision of Shakespeare’s world of magic and cruelty is admirably invoked….For mood, style and innovation and sheer entertainment. A snort above the rest.” THE TIMES

PASSION PLAYS

A play about the nature of fame and personal and artistic responsibility within the framework of a thriller concerning the assassination of the governor elect and a terrorist group attacking artistic establishments.  The characters tapped into recognisable artists including Buchowski, Nico, Marvin Gaye and Sallinger.

Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
Critic Reviews

“Determinedly mined themes such as addiction, politics and religious extremism…the casts ability in animating the ethical void is impressive…Blakes assertive style makes the play an eloquent and provoking case for Millenium circumspection”  TIME OUT


“Blake’s script is bleakly poetic….His great strength is in creating a genuinely uncomfortable sense of paranoia, each character superficially sympathetic but each having the possibility of betrayal – violence is always imminent…The whole thing is like the theatrical equivalent of a Leonard Cohen album and I for one am a fan.  STAGE & TELEVISION TODAY

Critic Reviews
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POP
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director

Pop was the play missing from your record collection, a series of short pieces pulled together by the DJ, The World’s Last Great Lover.  Each piece a love story inspired by different genres of music from Jazz to Country.

Critic Reviews
Critic Reviews

“One of City Limits highly rated and fave companies…full of the snap and crackle of popular culture, a proustian collection of histories triggered by classic songs. Changeinspeak are doing their bit to preserve the “Our Tune” tradition” CITY LIMITS


“A series of slick and clever vignettes inspired by classic pop songs….An outstanding play imaginatively written and directed by Simon Blake” 
THE INDEPENDENT

Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
JIMMY JAZZ

A highly choreographed and cartoon style saw Jimmy Jazz take a journey through Thatcher’s England in this Faustian romp.

Critic Reviews

“The definitive biography of the 1980’s. A potent phantasmagoria of mime, racy dialogue, piped music and killing wit, develops into a frighteningly funny black comedy. Wonderfully effective parable for our times, it achieves the seemingly impossible. It shocks, informs, enlivens and entertains. It is an exceptional play performed with bravura by an exceptional young company. It really must be seen.”  WHATS ON IN LONDON


“A fast and furious rampage through the eighties exploding with potent mix of anger and humour…Completely original. The message never worthy , always worthwhile. The muscular style uses cartoon exaggeration, extreme physicality and music, plus a very sharp script. This is tough, comic, addictive theatre.”
THE SCOTSMAN

BROKEN HEADS
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director

An epic drama depicting contemporary British anti-Semitism and Jewish militancy as an analogy for the state of Israel.

Critic Reviews

“Sustains its author’s traditional fondness for a finely wrought turn of phrase. Blake’s graphic direction never ceases to surprise and all eight unpretentious performances are deliciously spunky; Yet the aphoristic set pieces give the piece an entirely new gravity. Blake and Changeinspeak have finally come of age.” CITY LIMITS


“The young cast give committed performances and there is plenty to admire and enjoy in Blake’s chic production.”
THE INDEPENDENT

COLOURED SANDS
Changeinspeak - Writer & Director

The play dealt with a relationship between a young boxer and his girlfriend during a nine month period while the boxer trained for the big fight and his lover carried their baby.

Critic Reviews

“Simon Blake is a bold director. Brilliantly displaying a variety of theatrical styles – a soap operaish story about a girl who falls for a boxer; wonderful spoofs on Bogart clips highlighting the daft misogyny, the thrillingly choreographed sequences of the grotesque rituals youths go through as they prepare for a night on the tiles. This production manages to keep an ambitious script whizzing along” CITY LIMITS

Changeinspeak - Writer & Director
BEAUTY DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

A disturbing and claustrophobic thriller sees a young black London lad escape the Brixton riots to take up the role of driver for an assassin preparing for a job in Rotterdam.

Critic Reviews

“Blake’s masterly control of time and pace is sure to leave a lasting impression, while bleak and disturbing , the play never strays from the charged descent into the darkness. Blake’s poetry and Max Rademacher’s haunting guitar/vocal accompaniment add the final sheen to this razor sharp direction of the phenomenon we call society” REVIEW 91

“The immensely talented London company has plenty of meat on their bones. Beauty follows the growing awareness of Billy, an ebullient Tom Jones for the 1980’s in Simon Blake’s well-tempered drama” THE LIST

PITY FOR THE DREAMBOYS
Common Eight Theatre Company - Writer & Director

The play followed the two very different lives of a sixth form public school boy and a working class lad in Balham who both share a love of language.

Critic Reviews

“The talented young company produce a piece that no one can hear without sympathy and unease” THE OBSERVER


“This ambitious first play is angry and vital – its poetry just abrasive enough to keep it from romantic idealism. These maybe dreamboys “whose rhymes have no reason” but the young company have created a piece full of sound and fury which signifies something deep felt in the frustrations of today’s youth” TIME OUT

And Those Who Thought Differently......

“Go and see the real thing at the Barbican and avoid this.”  TIME OUT, The Tempest

“Blake obviously fancies himself as a new man in this boy scout’s guide to the feminist perspective.”  WHAT’S ON IN LONDON  -  Coloured Sands

“A piece of socialist mutton dressed as theatrical lamb…..What we have here is a company who seemed to have turned their backs on theatre.” TIME OUT   -  Jimmy Jazz