POT, Rua Arts National Tour

The Reviews Hub ****

‘Acutely observed morality tale.’

‘From the start of the play’s opening prologue, a monologue from Wahab Sheikh’s blood-soaked Josh that is almost Shakespearean in its intensity, Razia is intent on providing a fresh take on the lives of young people who find it impossible to escape gang culture.’

‘Under the direction of Sophie Moniram, each of the trio of actors walks the line of ambivalence, with characters that each have secrets, regrets and squandered potential.’

– Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub

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London Theatre 1 ****

‘POT has a lot to say and it says it ebulliently.’

‘POT is a prescient, timely and engaging account of gang life.’

‘… equipped with a female-focused narrative, this is a taut and street-savvy chamber play that deals with consequence, redemption, learning and growing.’

‘The snappy dialogue and colloquial patter sink down with ease and makes for an engaging experience.’ 

‘… underpinned by some truly fine acting performances that signpost actors to look out for in the future.’

– Greg Wetherall, London Theatre 1

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A Younger Theatre

‘Bookended by poetry, this piece may be modern in topic but has a touch of the classical.’

‘POT is clever, modern and yet also timeless’

‘The set is the perfect backdrop, not only for its realism, but its invention. The grill that hangs above the stage – a shard of wire that recalls violence and imprisonment – is a simple yet very effective addition to the scene.’

‘It feels a little dreamlike, but more importantly and impressively, it feels like POT isn’t too far from the truth.’

– Charlotte Irwin, A Younger Theatre

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Theatre News ****

‘totally engaging’  

‘The fate of young lives in the difficult circumstances where gang culture thrives is an area which needs more light thrown on it and this production has done that, in a realistic yet hopeful way.’

‘The claustrophobic atmosphere created by the setting works very effectively and reinforces the storyline – it’s a good image for the situation of someone trapped by her circumstances and at same time seeking protection.’ 

‘… limited space effectively projects her inner and outer worlds, her fear, distrust, paranoia and anxiety to escape.’ 

‘[It] leaves open a chance for transformation and hope – and there are some lovely visuals used to create that effect.’ 

Based on the audience response, the play hit home…’

– Boris Gluck, Theatre News

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Everything Theatre ****

‘Excellent… essential viewing

 ‘…as each secret is revealed, each is an absolute gut punch.’

‘POT works both as a thriller and as an amazing piece of social commentary.’

– Rob Warren, Everything Theatre

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The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Black Theatre Live National Tour

British Theatre *****

‘Moniram blends humour with the more serious drama in the text and keeps the proceedings lively.’

‘Ambreen Razia’s performance is astonishing and engaging.’

‘The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl works beautifully as an intimate piece of theatre. We are taken into Shaheeda’s confidence and begin to understand the pressures that she faces both from society but from within her own culture and family.’

‘I can only highly recommend this piece and suggest that if it is coming to a theatre near you, that you invest in a ticket and experience the play for yourself. I doubt you will see something more moving or a performance as strong from such a young performer any time soon.’

-Douglas Mayo, British Theatre

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The Stage ****

‘Sophie Moniram’s production is a winning combination of simplicity and ambition; hidden depths lurk in both Petra Hjortsberg’s set design and Paul O’Shaughnessy’s beautiful lighting, while Razia’s script touches on everything from first love to cultural expectations to student-teacher relationships’

– Lauren Mooney, The Stage

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Plays To See *****

‘Very funny… This really is an evening in the theatre that people should not miss’

– Tom Aitken, Plays To See

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Everything Theatre ****

‘Fresh and hilarious…. An absolute must see’

‘Excellent comedic timing and delivery’

‘Visually wonderful’, ‘truly immersive’ and ‘very topical’

– Emily Cousins, Everything Theatre

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London Theatre 1 ****

‘Laugh-out-loud production’

 ‘Energetic and passionate’

‘Simultaneously amusing and poignant show’

– Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1

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The Five Stages of Waiting, Tristan Bates Theatre

Female Arts *****

‘Director Sophie Moniram has a deftness of touch, mining the humour from the barbed communications between the sisters and other people at the hospital… it is the well-observed situations and the authenticity of the behaviour that provides the mirth.’

‘Five Stages is a play that on paper sounds conventional, but upon watching it, it opens up vistas of understanding about one’s family, and the acceptance or rejection of their opinions and company in our adulthood.’

‘Thoroughly recommended.’

– Michael Davis, Female Arts

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Mouth London ***** (92%)

‘Clever, funny and sad. Exactly what a play about a tumour the size of a potato should be.’

‘incredibly humorous’, ‘comic timing was superb’, ‘the play knows when it’s time to be serious and when to break it with a laugh.’

‘the all-female cast… empower their characters with traits and personalities that are identifiable to the audience.’

– David Holloway, Mouth London

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Grumpy Gay Critic *****

‘An astonishing piece of new writing that is perfectly executed. … one of the most brutally uplifting and joyously upsetting shows of this year.’

‘A devastatingly funny and human play that finds sublime humour in all the wrong places, and heartbreaking tenderness in all the right ones.’

‘Sophie Moniram is a director that astutely understands Dixey’s text. Every effort has been made to make the action feel as bone-fide as the characters. She’s not afraid of making long awkward silences just that, or have people talk over each other just like they would in real life. Some of this is even employed theatrically to create a sense of tension and drama as well as a sense of reality. But most importantly, Moniram allows the cast as much time as they need to be their characters, never feeling that they’ve not been given enough space to be who they are, or cutting short what they are doing.’

– James Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic

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Fucking Outside the Box, VAULT Festival 

‘Fucking Outside the Box is an impressive feat of writing and storytelling from Burgess, well-directed by Sophie Moniram, with excellent timing, strong characters and effective design elements.’

– Simon Holton, A Younger Theatre

‘Polished and well-crafted’

‘touching, informative and poignant… carries a strong message for young people’

‘Burgess’ performance is excellently believable.’ 

– Laura Kressly, Everything Theatre

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Ovalhouse 

Theatre Bubble ****

 ‘witty, sharp, humorous comedy’

‘As Shahida, adeptly directed by Sophie Moniram, Razia is a chameleon as she effortlessly switches between the portrayals of a anxious mother, overbearing aunt or buxom and overweight friend. Her Shahida is cutting, mocking and empathetic by turns. She is also good at leading the audience up several cultural blind alleys: by challenging the prevailing stereotype of how we might expect and even want a play about young British Muslim women to pan out, she takes the right creative risk by saying what she wants to say, how she wants to say it… This a young woman who is wide awake and who manages to speak to all: no matter race, age or gender.’

– Verity Healey, Theatre Bubble

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‘Alongside laugh out loud moments, the play non directly asks hugely important and imminent questions about the struggles of identity felt by second generation immigrants’

‘Brilliant moments are born out of the contrast of our character’s two coexisting worlds’

‘high energy humorous portrayal of a girl’s London High School life’

– Lloyd, SOOBAX

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Halloween Cabaret, Worlds End Studio

‘It was truly heartening to see such a level of support for this fundraiser, under the clearly imaginative direction of Sophie Moniram.’

‘exactly the right balance of playful-yet-threatening’

‘consistently consumate performances’


– Martin Slidel, Whats On London

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 ‘Quietly assured direction by Sophie Moniram with tender portrayals by Andy McLeod and Elizabeth Twells.’

– Martin Slidel, What’s Peen Seen

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