Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts
In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013
Zip Theatre gratefully
Matrix Standard for
Advice & Guidance
Wolverhampton Chronicle 15.12.95 Set sail for lots of adventure
Shiver me timbers! A salty sea ditty about lost treasure has been turned into a Wolverhampton pantomime packed with fun. The town's Zip Theatre is staging a sequel to Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island.
The audience was whipped into frenzied excitement as Adventures on Treasure Island unfolded.
The five cast members superbly interacted, but the star of the show had to be Denny
Ffrench as the Dame. He produced a truly loveable character. Also appearing were
Dyll Ferreday as Ben Gunn, Colin Dixon as Jim Hawkins, Sue Pollitt as Long Tall Sally
and (writer, director) Jon Lingard-
Romeo and Juliet 1: Bury Times 22.05.92 Comfortable with Zip
It has always been a contention of mine that Shakespeare should be banned from schools
Imagine, then my consternation when I realised that the bulk of the audience at the
Met last Friday for the excellent Zip Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet were
far nearer to school days than I am.One cannot, of course, say much about the play
The production, however, is THE thing with Shakespeare. Will they be faithful to the original? Will they spoil it through 'modernisation' ? Will they forget the acting and rely on our Will's magic words to carry the day? All those I can accuse companies of and have done. But not Zip.
This youthful and multiracial company, based in Wolverhampton, have toured with this play for a couple of months now and it is plain to see that they are comfortable with it. So were we....
2: Wolverhampton Chronicle 27.03.92 From Bard -
Wolverhampton's Zip Theatre firmly dispelled the myth that Shakespeare is only for
the highbrow with their thoroughly modern version of Romeo and Juliet. Up-
Rosalind Paul, as Juliet, was nothing short of excellent with a marvellous grasp of pace and feeling for her character's innocent nature that made her utterly believable. As Romeo, Colin Dixon gave solid support to his Juliet but was outshone by her. There were stunning performances from Alex Jones, as the flamboyant and energetic Mercutio, and Cathy Pemberton, who was loud, proud and deliciously vulgar as Juliet's nurse.
However, it is difficult to single out individuals from a cast who were obviously thoroughly prepared and had given their roles much careful thought. Extremely convincing fight scenes arranged by Kevin McCurdy and some atmospheric music between scenes made this truly a performance to remember.(Caroline Jones)