2014 Spring Awakening

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2014 Spring Awakening

“[…] Although the actors work wonderfully as a team, their actions spliced with back-projected technological imagery, there are two stand-out performances. Bradley Hall is the tragic, supposedly innocent Moritz, and Oliver Johnstone his younger, yet more worldly-wise friend Melchior. […]”

“[…] And it’s the setting for some great performances from this young cast. The present-day setting makes Johnstone’s job harder as it exposes Melchior’s darkest moments all the more starkly – there’s no ambiguity over whether or not he raped Wendla – so it’s a credit that he manages to maintain a degree of audience sympathy, and make this the story of Melchior understanding his faults and growing up. […]”

“[…] Wendla has a wonderful rapport with Melchior whose emotional detachment is pitched perfectly by Oliver Johnstone. […]”

  • Spring Awakening – Liverpool Playhouse – 13/05/2014 – liverpool50.blogspot.it, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 – this is another review I love much!

“[…] Aside from the writing, where this production really hits its target is in the casting. […] and Oliver Johnstone is superb as the savvy but aloof Melchior, full of confidence at first but ultimately crushed by the fate of Wendla and Moritz. His character both drives much of the storyline and gives it many of its darkest moments, and his rape of Wendla and subsequent rage on his expulsion from school leave the theatre in stunned silence. This is a performance with great commitment and sensitivity. […]”

“[…] Under the excellent and innovative direction of Ben Kidd, all of the actors deliver, and the lead characters do not disappoint […] the roguish Oliver Johnstone is perfectly cast as the curious and brooding Melchior […]”

“[…] His young cast make younger characters riveting. Oliver Johnstone is glassy-eyed as the dark-hearted Melchior; […]”

“[…] So, too, is there brilliant chemistry between Bradley Hall’s troubled Moritz and Oliver Johnstone’s cocksure Melchior, as they discuss with one another the ethics of porn. […]”

“[…] This adaptation focuses almost completely on Wendla and Melchior – two very sensitive performances by Aoife Duffin and Oliver Johnstone. […]”

“[…] Aoife Duffin (Wendla) and Oliver Johnstone (Melchior) shuffle through a few awkward encounters with humour […] as an ensemble the cast play up this boisterous production well,  […]”

“[…] Among a strong cast the standouts are Aoife Duffin as volatile Wendla, Bradley Hall as anxious Moritz and Oliver Johnstone as haunted yet detached Melchior. […]”

“[…] That’s the accurate bit; the terrifying bit is how insanely good the cast is. […] Oliver Johnstone is suitably cold, lost and hard as the faithless Melchior. […]”

“[…]Melchior (an impressive, many-layered portrayal by Oliver Johnstone […]”

“[…] When Melchior (Oliver Johnstone) loses his temper and throws the chairs around, it is well-staged. The scenes with Melchior and Wendla (Aoife Duffin)  are genuinely moving […]”

“[…] The central trio of Aoife Duffin (Wendla, under-informed about sex, abortion), Bradley Hall (Moritz, academic and peer pressure, suicide) and Oliver Johnstone (Melchior, intelligence but no attachment, rape) are only first among equals in the company. […]”

“[…] and she creates a convincing chemistry with the excellent Oliver Johnstone as Melchoir. […]”

  • Review… –  by Charles Hutchinson, 20 March 2014

“[…] backed by the kinetic performances of Aoife Duffin as Wendla Bergman and Oliver Johnstone as Melchior Gabor. Spring re-awakening indeed. […]”

“[…] Oliver Johnstone and Aoife Duffin in Spring Awakening at West Yorkshire Playhouse:It’s hard to imagine a stronger cast of young actors.’  […]”

“[…] The main pairing is Oliver Johnstone’s nihilistic Melchior, a brooding, handsome lad,   […]”

Review: Spring Awakening at West Yorkshire Playhouse – by Leeds List Com, 13 March 2014

“[…] The cast might be young, but they’ve got a lot of good work under their belts. […] wannabe nihilist Melchior, whose superman fixation is neatly punctured by RADA trained Oliver Johnstone. […]”