The Bloody Ballad

by Lucy Rivers

Cast:  Lucy Rivers / Oliver Wood / Hannah McPake / Dan Messore / Tom Cottle

Music and Script: Lucy Rivers / Designer: Lisa Leighton / Lighting Designer: Will James & Jane Lalljee / Fight Choreography: Kev McCurdy / Choreography: Jem Treays / Creative Associate: Dafydd James / Photographer: Kirsten McTernan

2014  Argus Angel
2013 What's on Stage / Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Musical
2013 What's on Stage /Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Musical Best Music
2013 Scotsman/Brighton Fringe Award for Emerging Talent
2013 Theatre in Wales Awards – Best Ensemble
2013 Theatre in Wales Awards – Best Ensemble Best Music

★★★★★ It’s a heady mix, and – provided you’ve a stomach strong enough – it’s utterly unmissable. Unique and excellent.
The big Issue

★★★★★I wouldn’t recommend walking home alone after a night at ‘The Bloody Ballad’
Three Weeks

★★★★ Director Adele Thomas has judged the tone and pace superbly, while allowing Rivers to explore and exploit the mischievous shadows of her craft.
The Arts Desk

★★★★★ Raucous, riotous and totally debauched ‘The Bloody Ballad’ is Bloody Brilliant! A definite must see!
The Quodian Times

★★★★★ The Bloody Ballad is, quite bluntly, a bloody good show.
The Edinburgh Reporter

★★★★★ True innovation, playfulness and creativity. This feels like a cult classic of the future
The Public Reviews
★★★★ Is this a gig? Is this a musical? Is it a piece of theatre? It’s somewhere on a sliding scale between all of these, taking the best attributes of each for a performance that is fresh, immediate and unexpected.
A Younger Theatre

Gruesome good fun

★★★★ Funny, riotous debauchery, this love story is full to the brim with surprises
Forge Today

★★★★ This endearing switchblade romance is a slice of 50s Americana with a blackened heart.
Broadway Baby

The Bloody Ballad is exciting, unmissable new theatre. You will leave beaming.           
The Stage

Adele Thomas's pared-down directing focuses on the multi-skilled performers – and they rivet attention.
The Observer

It is a weirdly sexy mix of hate, love and loneliness in the American mid-west with wonderful musical. It is expertly created by director Adele Thomas and her cast of five.
Plastic Magazine

The most brilliant, dark and immersive piece of theatre I’ve seen for a long time. David Lynch merged with Nick Cave in a dark alley on crack, set to rocking live performance.