"delivered by Ms. Wyatt in a captivating performance" - New York Times on BUNNY

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As BUNNY enters into its final week of performances State Side the New York Times has come out with a cracking review of the show!

    “Jenny Turner’s delightful, gently animated line drawings reflect

    childlike simplicity, suburban dreariness and the story’s

    trajectory.” 

    “delivered by Ms. Wyatt in a captivating performance

    “we see a Britain in the throes of seething ethnic strife.” 

Read the full review here

BUNNY plays at 59E59 Theaters until Sunday - so please head along if you happen to be in the Big Apple!

 

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2 - 20 November 2011 (Times vary)

Box Office: 212.753.5959 / http://59e59.org/  

 

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4 stars for Bunny in NYC from Exeunt Magazine

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The fantastic Rosie Wyatt has won more plaudits from yet another reviewer State Side!

    “Bunny’s primary attraction is Wyatt’s superb performance… she

    makes Thorne’s text appear effortless.

    “Over the course of the play, we come to care immensely for

    Katie.

Read the full review here

 

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2 - 20 November 2011 (Times vary)

Box Office: 212.753.5959 / http://59e59.org/  

 

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BUNNY hits New York

Monday, 9:30am and team nabokov set off, bound for the land of the brave and the home of the free!

The well-oiled, SAS like machine that is nabokov on tour hits a slight snag at approximately 10am when the producer’s visa hasn’t been processed - but no matter!  Something as insignificant as ‘the law’ isn’t going to get in the way of BUNNY by the fantastic Jack Thorne heading State Side!  At the last minute the new visa is processed and we’re set, and we’re go, and that’s good enough for us…

Excitement.

Fear.

Feariment.

The flight was a fun seven hours packed with banter, films and free aeroplane food that frankly is so processed that actually selling it would violate several international health regulations.  Oh and some free drink.  And a bit more.  And, oh go on then, just a bit more.  A little too much free drink in fact for some Mark…

After a smooth landing and a taxi into the city we are there and ready to let Katie loose on the city that never sleeps!

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The first week has gone brilliantly with packed out audiences and the first rave review is already out! 

    “Rosie Wyatt makes a smashing professional and New York debut in Jack Thorne's edgy, frank drama” 

Read the full review here

In between shows various disgustingly touristy duties have been fulfilled with gusto and the team have been out on the town discovering just why they call it the city that never sleeps!  Also we headed down to the awesome Ars Nova (one of the coolest and bravest venues in New York, dedicated to developing young talent) and spent a cracking night watching some young guns tell the story of American nuclear power through song, dance and theatre.  Lovely stuff.

All in all an incredible week and team nabokov have now headed back to the UK, leaving the truly superb Rosie Wyatt to perform BUNNY for another two weeks!  We are, of course, intensely jealous of her. 

BUNNY is playing in New York with the Brits Off Broadway at the 59E59 Theatres until November 20th, so if you happen to be in the Big Apple head along and check out the show!

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A week until we open BUNNY in New York!

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We're not really sure how it happened, but suddenly with only a week left of our sell-out run at the Soho Theatre (book tickets here) we're off to New York to open another production of Jack Thorne's "brilliant minature play" (according to Time Out).

The flights are booked, our visas are ready and we can't wait to be heading off to the Big Apple to educate the Americans about Luton. We'll be keeping you updated on what audiences think of the show when it's at 59E59 Theaters, but in the meantime if you haven't seen it while it's here, get booking. After sold out shows last week and only two left for tomorrow (even after we added more seats!), you've got to get there fast if you want to see it.

 

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**** The Guardian
**** Time Out
**** The Scotsman
**** The Financial Times
WINNER: THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD, 2010

Soho Theatre, London
Wed 12 – Sat 29 October 2011 8pm; Fri and Sat Matinees at 2.30pm
2 - 20 November 2011 (Times vary)
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4 Stars and Critics' Choice in TIME OUT for Jack Thorne's BUNNY

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We had a fantastic first week of performances at the Soho Theatre, and this week we're Critics' Choice in TimeOut!

"Rosie Wyatt is excellent as Katie"

"Thorne writes with exceptional drive and insight"

"a brilliant minature play about Britain"

Read the full review here.

Make sure you pop along to the Soho Theatre in the next two weeks so you don't miss it! Wednesday is sold out, but we do have tickets later on in the week.

BUNNY by Jack Thorne

Soho Theatre, London

Wed 12 – Sat 29 October 2011 8pm; Fri and Sat Matinees at 2.30pm

020 7478 0100 / http://www.sohotheatre.com/

 

"Beautiful, sad and effortlessly enthralling” - BUNNY gets 4 stars from Spoonfed

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BUNNY opened at The Soho this week and the first review is out and it is a cracker! 

 

    “Hard as it is to pick a highlight from the stellar career of Jack

    Thorne, this Fringe First-winning monologue does suggest itself an

    obvious tipping point

 

    “a terrific, magnetically-watchable Rosie Wyatt

 

     “the beautifully sad story of a lonely girl who was never given 

     enough.

 

Read the full review here 

 

BUNNY by Jack Thorne

Soho Theatre, London

Wed 12 – Sat 29 October 2011 8pm; Fri and Sat Matinees at 2.30pm

020 7478 0100 / http://www.sohotheatre.com/

 

BUNNY, a year on...

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And how far we've come! The formidable Rosie Wyatt performed Jack Thorne's fringe first award winning 'bunny'' for the 50th time last night at the soho theatre upstairs. Rather auspicious you might say? In our 9th venue Katie enthralled her new London audience with her trade mark wit and sas. Team nabokov couldn't be more thrilled to be here for Bunny's long overdue London debut, and celebrated with post show bubbles and banter.

It was a fond reunion between cast and creatives and Rosie threw out another belting performance. It's been an incredible journey that has brought us to the mighty Soho and 'Bunny' is certainly back with a vengeance -  funnier and feistier than ever!

Miss us at your peril...

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Rosie and Joe discuss BUNNY

We've spent the morning at the Soho Theatre preparing for our first performance this evening (we can't wait).

In the meantime, thought, we thought we share with you a short video of Artistic Director Joe Murphy and actor Rosie Wyatt talking about the play.

And if you want to find out more, come along to the Soho Theatre at 8pm this evening (or another night in the next three weeks).

 

***** Five Stars, Whatsonstage.com 

***** Five Stars, Manchester Evening News 

***** Five Stars, Watford Observer 

**** Four Stars, Scotsman

**** Four Stars, Financial Times 

**** Four Stars, Independent 

**** Four Stars, Fest 

**** Four Stars, Three Weeks 

**** Four Stars, British Theatre Guide

Bunny by Jack Thorne

Soho Theatre, London

Wed 12 – Sat 29 October 2011 8pm; Fri and Sat Matinees at 2.30pm

020 7478 0100 / http://www.sohotheatre.com/

 

59E59 Theaters, NYC

Wed 2 - Sun 20 November 2011

212.753.5959 / http://59e59.org/

BUNNY at the Soho Theatre

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Katie's finally coming to London. After a Fringe First winning Edinburgh run, followed by a critically-acclaimed UK tour, nabokov is proud to bring Jack Thorne's searing monologue to Soho Theatre, for a limited season of three weeks, before taking the show to New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters.

If you haven't had a chance to catch this fantastic piece from one of the UK's most exciting young voices, book now before you miss out! And then check out the series premiere of Jack's new TV show The Fades which airs tonight.

BUNNY

by Jack Thorne

October - November 2011

Presented by nabokov

Amusing, poignant, bang on the money real – catch it if you can” - ***** WhatsOnStage

Pretty much pitch perfect” - ***** Manchester Evening News 

The Fringe First Award winning production goes to London and New York.

"I don't like thinking. But I do. Think. All the time."

Scorching heat. A fight. A car-chase. A siege. Feisty 18-year-old Katie is thrust on white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening when her boyfriend is attacked on the street. Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future.

This award winning, deeply personal new play from one of Britain’s most exhilarating young writers is an unflinching, heartbreakingly vulnerable look at the complexities of growing up and the complications of racial diversity in Britain today

Electrifying” - **** The Scotsman

Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth" with writing that is "fresh and compelling". - **** The Independent 

Rosie Wyatt gives a remarkable performance" - **** The Financial Times


BUNNY by Jack Thorne

12 - 29 October

Soho Theatre // Dean Street // London // W1D 3NE // Closest Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd / Leicester Sq.

Tickets // 020 7478 0100, www.sohotheatre.com, or CLICK HERE!

 

2 - 19 November // various times

59E59 Theaters // 59 East 59th St // Between Madison & Park Ave // New York City // NY 10022, USA. // Subway: 4/5/6 or N/R/Q to 59th & Lex.

Tickets // +1 212.753.5959www.59e59.org

 

A Farewell to BUNNY on tour...

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Well, dear bloggers, that was the BUNNY 2011 Summer tour!  And what a ride we’ve had…

From Plymouth, to Manchester, to Oxford, to Taunton, to Bath and all the way up to Hull, BUNNY has been embraced by audiences across the country!

    “Amusing, poignant, bang on the money real – catch it if you can” - ***** WhatsOnStage

    “Pretty much pitch perfect” - ***** Manchester Evening News

    “This really is a remarkable performance” - **** Exeunt Magazine

    “Rosie Wyatt’s performance is inch perfect” – Bristol Evening Post

The unbelievably talented Rosie Wyatt, the superb assistant director Kirsty Patrick Ward, the fearless Stage Manger Sara Shardlow and a very proud team nabokov have had many adventures along the way, and loved every minute of it!

We want to say a massive thank you to all the venues we visited and everyone who came to see the show!

For those of you who didn’t catch it, I’d keep yours eyes open in the Autumn as this is one BUNNY that just may hop again…

 

5 stars from the Manchester Evening News

Another cracking 5 star review for BUNNY on tour!

The Manchester Evening News gave the show a stonking review in Manchester this week!

    “The writing and performance make for a gripping 60 minutes of theatre.

    “pretty much pitch perfect.

Read the full review here

BUNNY is in Manchester until Saturday and here is where else you can catch it:

 

28 June

Oxford - The North Wall Arts Centre

01865 319 450 / www.thenorthwall.com

29 June

Taunton - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

01823 283244 / www.thebrewhouse.net

1 – 2 July

Bath - Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal
01225 448844 / www.theatreroyal.org.uk

4 – 6 

July
Hull - Hull Truck Theatre

01482 323638 / www.hulltruck.co.uk

 

When Manchester met Katie: a tale of faulty projectors, a great audience and a cracking 4 star review from Exeunt Magazine

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After a lovely first week at the Drum in Plymouth we were sad to say good bye, yet suitably excited to arrive at our second venue, the fabulous Royal Exchange Studio in buzzing Manchester!

We had a somewhat eventful ‘get in’ & tech, which included a rather scary moment when our beautiful projections were looking decidedly green! But thanks to the hard work & clever know how of super SM Sara & the brilliant Exchange technical team, we soon located that pesky dodgy connection & had everything looking shipshape in no time.

Our audience was greeted in the bar to tunes from Jesse J, Kesha & Rhianna & the 70 strong house quickly took their seats for our first night. Rosie was on top form, & introduced Manchester to our Katie with her trademark wit, energy and gusto. The audience were wonderfully responsive & appreciative – who could ask for more? 

Well a great 4 star review would be nice…

    “funny, poignant and exhilarating”

    “this really is a remarkable performance" 

Read the full review from Exeunt Magazine here

With four performances left at the Exchange, team Bunny have made themselves right at home, & may just have to have a wee poke around some of Manchester's pretty little boutiques over the next few days - would be rude not to really! Rosie and Sara will be seeing Sarah Frankcom's 'A View From A Bridge' in the main house, the lucky things.

We’re here until Saturday so come check us out in the Studio. Book your tickets quick mind, they’re selling fast!  Here’s where we’re off to next…

28 June

Oxford - The North Wall Arts Centre

01865 319 450 / www.thenorthwall.com

 

29 June

Taunton - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

01823 283244 / www.thebrewhouse.net

 

1 – 2 July

Bath - Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal
01225 448844 / www.theatreroyal.org.uk

 

4 – 6 

July
Hull - Hull Truck Theatre

01482 323638 / www.hulltruck.co.uk

 

“Amusing, poignant, bang on the money real – catch it if you can.” – 5 stars from WhatsOnStage for BUNNY on tour

A great review from WhatsOnStage to kick of the BUNNY 2011 tour!

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      “Bunny is a dynamic, captivating piece”

      “Rosie Wyatt (Love, Love Love) is excellent.”

Read the full review here

Book tickets at the Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth here

Rosie Wyatt and the BUNNY team will be in Plymouth until this Saturday, and just in case Plymouth is a little far, here’s where else the show is heading to over the Summer:

14 – 18 June
Plymouth - Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal

01752 230440 / www.theatreroyal.com

21 -25 June
Manchester - Royal Exchange Theatre

0161 8339833 / www.royalexchange.co.uk

28 June
Oxford - The North Wall Arts Centre

01865 319 450 / www.thenorthwall.com

29 June
Taunton - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

01823 283244 / www.thebrewhouse.net

1 – 2 July
Bath - Ustinov Studio, Theatre Roya

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01225 448844 / www.theatreroyal.org.uk

4 – 6 July
Hull - Hull Truck Theatre

01482 323638 / www.hulltruck.co.uk

 

Let's Get This Show on the Road

Assistant Director Kirsty writes from the theatrical front line of the BUNNY tour!

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We are thrilled to announce that nabokov’s 2011 tour of Jack Thorne’s Fringe First Award Winning BUNNY has officially begun! First stop was Plymouth, where last night The Drum played host to our Katie for the first of 5 performances. With new tunes, a hot new look, and as much break neck chat as ever, the incredible Rosie Wyatt kicked off the tour with the first of many knock out performances to an enthralled Plymouth audience.
 
We would like to say a massive thank you to our friends at the Drum, for making us feel so welcome and for helping us brush off the dust from our trusty projector, and iron out the creases in our big, beautiful screen. In no time at all the knots were tied, the screen was up, and the superb illustrations of Jenny Turner and video design of Ian William Galloway were looking as stonkingly good as ever - it's as if we’d never been away!
 
Talking of new friends, we would like to welcome Sara Shardlow (our fab new stage manager) to the BUNNY team, and say a special thank you to Nat Walker for coming all the way to Plymouth to show her the ropes. Great to have you on board Sara!
 
But it hasn’t been all work and no play - director Joe Murphy very generously took team BUNNY for a slap-up seaside meal at ‘The Waterfront’, and there are rumblings of Rosie and Sara testing out their palates on a Gin tour around Plymouth Distillery, thanks to our pal David Prescott. Have fun girlies, we look forward to hearing all about it and expect you to be gin connoisseurs by the end!
 
So if you are in Plymouth, or have friends that are, get them down to the Drum where Katie will be rocking out till Saturday. Here’s where else our ‘Bunny’ will be leaping to - next stop Manchester Royal Exchange. Blimey, it’s good to be back…
 
14 – 18 June
Plymouth - Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal
01752 230440 / www.theatreroyal.com

21 -25 June
Manchester - Royal Exchange Theatre
0161 8339833 / www.royalexchange.co.uk

28 June
Oxford - The North Wall Arts Centre
01865 319 450 / www.thenorthwall.com

29 June
Taunton - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
01823 283244 / www.thebrewhouse.net

1 – 2 July
Bath - Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal
01225 448844 / www.theatreroyal.org.uk

4 – 6 July
Hull - Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638 / www.hulltruck.co.uk

"Deftly told story of the drift to adulthood" - the EDP reviews BUNNY

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A fantastic review for Bunny at the Norwich Playhouse in the Eastern Daily Press!

   “an astounding one-hour monologue

   “told in a passionate, authentic and evocative voice

   “the performance won last year’s Edinburgh Fringe First

    Award and it deserves to win many more

Read the full review here

Thanks so much EDP, we’re so glad you enjoyed the show!  We also want to join you in congratulating the Norwich Playhouse on programming bold new writing!

 

5 stars from the Watford Observer for BUNNY

Dear bloggers 

here is one last review of BUNNY by Jack Thorne!

The Watford Observer’s Melanie Dakin gave the show a fantasic ***** star review!

Here’s what she had to say:

Jack Thorne’s blistering monologue

the excitable, wonderful, warm and naive Katie

Joe Murphy’s direction in this piece is so masterful it’s virtually undetectable

I have seen good things by Watford Palace’s creative associates nabokov before and look forward to many more collaborations"

Read the full review here

Thank you very much Melanie, we’re so glad you enjoyed the show!

BUNNY's Stage Manager gives a round-up of her experience on the show

First to introduce myself – my name’s Natalie Walker and I’m the Stage Manager on BUNNY.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the show 29 times so far (and as I write this we’ve only got two to go) and having been part of the BUNNY gang for so long, there are a few things I’d like to say before our illustrious production draws to a close.

Firstly, a word on Rosie Wyatt. I still marvel at her turns of phrase, and whilst most Wyatt-isms should, and will, remain unpublished, I’ll miss her doing the Tim Vine dance for me every now and then, and asking questions like “Do I look like my headshot?”. 

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Yes Rosie, you do.  Because it’s you.

Next, a word to the team at the Iron Belly, Underbelly.  Our Edinburgh technicians were an eclectic bunch, always cheerful, happy and helpful, even though they work long hours and sometimes forget what daylight looks like.  My maths head tells me that between myself, Kirsty Patrick Ward, and the Underbelly techs (Peter, Jude, Not-Peter, Not-Jude and The Other One) we refocused 100 lights and tied over 500 knots to hold the screen up every day.  So a round of applause for the Edinburgh team.

It’s been a pleasure as always to work with Joe Murphy – by a happy coincidence, Joe and I have worked together before on rehearsed readings and other small productions with me providing sound effects for Joe’s work, so I’ve enjoyed seeing him develop a full production and having the chance to work with him in a different capacity.  Never before has a man given such a convincing impression that he has no idea what he’s doing whilst, in actuality, every detail is meticulously planned and every decision made with absolute conviction. Probably.  All joking aside, it’s a joy to work with a young director that really does have his own style and vision, and I look forward to our paths crossing again.  

As for the rest of the team, I feel like the reviews have given enough credit to the design and the illustrations so I need not lavish any further well-earned praise on their creators, but there is just one more person that needs a name check – the unsung hero of nabokov, Executive Director and General Manager, Ric MountjoyRic works tirelessly and passionately, ensuring not only that everyone is paid and in the right place, but that the production itself is running smoothly, the venues are happy, and the entire company is working like a well oiled machine.  Without his consideration and expertise, BUNNY couldn’t have been, so Ric, we salute you.

And to top it all off, a well-deserved Fringe First award (need I even start on the impeccable quality of writing?  Probably not.) for a play that is as funny and energetic as it is intriguing and evocative. Although it should be said that my other Edinburgh show also won an award, so I’m pretty sure that’s conclusive proof that I’m a lucky charm of a Stage Manager.  I’m just saying. 

And nearly 600 video cues later, my time with BUNNY must come to an end, as all good things do.  Always a pleasure, never a chore.  And… fade to blackout.

BUNNY: pictures from Watford

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Rosie with familiar tortured expression (acting)

 

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Rehearsing in the lovely Watford Palace Theatre auditorium - quite a contrast from the Underbelly!

 

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Emily Lawrance and Ben Benson rehearsing for the post-show entertainment


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BUNNY comes down South!

After an incredible month at the Edinburgh Festival (and a well earned week’s rest for Rosie), we are very excited to embark on our triumphant split week tour of Watford & Colchester.  

Not only will the south finally get a chance to see what all the fuss was about in Edinburgh, but we also have some brilliant nabokov post show events to look forward to! 

On Monday night after the evening’s performance of BUNNY at The Watford Palace, there will be a performance of Jessica Hynes’ brilliant short play The Sock (which debuted at the March nabokov Arts Club) performed by the wonderful Emily Lawrance and Ben Benson, and directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward

The lucky Watford audience will then enjoy a performance by the simply fantastic Brigitte Aphrodite and friends (including Sarah Mather, Emma Garrett, Conrad Sharp and Tom Allen) directed by Laura Keefe – what a treat!

We’ve had a wonderful week rehearsing The Sock –debating gender roles and stereotypes, dissecting the couple’s (all to familiar) argument, getting used to our microphones and discussing at length the joys and nightmares of communal living, even with those dearest to us. We can’t wait to see whose side the audience will take in this battle of wits!

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So if you weren’t able to make it up to bonny Scotland, now's your chance to catch nabokov’s award winning BUNNY at The Watford Palace (plus some more top notch nabokov drama)!

 

BUNNY

Written by Jack Thorne

Directed by Joe Murphy

 

6 and 7 September 2010

The Watford Palace Theatre

For tickets click here

 

8 – 11 September 2010

The Mercury Theatre Colchester

For tickers click here