PURPOSELESS MOVEMENTS : EIF 2019
It is in this section that words give way to Drazek’s careful, understated movement direction as she and the cast rigorously interrogate and send-up the ironies of the show’s title. (The Times)
…is a gorgeous mix of freeform dance – allowing the body to speak its own language – and candid storytelling…what could have been simply a political statement inviting us to think about the everyday challenges of cerebral palsy also turns into a wondrous, messy, tactile carnival. (The List)
…this marvellously moving piece of accomplished physical theatre. (Wee Review)
Throughout it all, BSL interpreter Amy Cheskin is a performer herself, floating in and out of dance moves with the quartet (The Independent)★★★★★The List★★★★★Edinburgh Guide★★★★ The Times★★★★ The Independent★★★★ The Stage★★★★ The Wee Review★★★★Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
MY LEFT/RIGHT FOOT 2018/9
Herald Angel : WINNER / Fringe First : WINNER
Nominated for 6 CATS Awards (Winner of Best New Music)
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Having predicted this show to be one to watch, it’s fair to say that this will be one of the hottest tickets in the UK let alone Edinburgh – get in there as quickly as you can! A delight from start to finish, expect your face to ache from smiling non-stop.
PURPOSELESS MOVEMENTS 2016
CATS AWARD : Nominee
Rachel Drazek’s robust, punky choreography mocks the tropes of group machismo: there’s arm wrestling, racing, and male model posturing, there’s flirting with the BSL interpreter… (The Stage)
Tremendously choreographed. (The Sunday Herald)
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company have created an enlightening production which explores movement with a whole new concept. (The Review Hub)
IF EVERYONE had the opportunity to see Purposeless Movements, attitudes towards disability would change overnight. (The Scotsman)
This is one brilliantly shrewd triumph of a show…honest even unflinchingly graphic, wickedly funny and memorably impressive at every level . (The Herald)
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Rachel weaves a sort of magic in the room through improvisation and simple aids. Through gentle encouragement and with the help of the carers, Drazek brings a palpable sense of joy to the room.