Tonight with Donny Stixx

Tonight with Donny Stixx

Ferment Theatre
Here Arts Center, NYC
By Philip Ridley
Set Design Steven Kemp
Sound Design Toby Algya
Light Design Dante Olivia Smith

Cast: Harry Farmer

“Tonight With Donny Stixx,” directed by Frances Loy…offers an ideal introduction to the savage beauty of Mr. Ridley’s world…designed to manipulate our senses by stealth…Mr. Farmer is willing to go as far as [his] demented character demand in self-aggrandizement and self-abasement

New York Times - Critic's Pick

Intermissionless and endlessly engaging, “Tonight With Donny Stixx” may be an evening spent with a disturbed individual, but the sympathy it elicits for its subject is a credit to the talents involved. It’s a night well spent.

Stage Buddy

gut-bustingly intense…Frances Loy, who directs, creates an atmosphere that makes us feel less like audience members and more like jurors…ultimately shows how easily the ugly modern world around us can slash through the psyches of those who aren’t quite equipped to handle its pressures — and how ill-equipped we are to judge them.

Theater Mania

Women w/o Walls

Women w/o Walls

Broads Word Theatre
The Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles
By Robin Rice
Set and Sound Design Aaron Lyons
Light Design Stacey Abrams
Costume Design Jen Albert
Fight Direction Dawn Sam Alden

Cast: Jen Albert, Kristin Carey, Esther Mira, Natalia Ochoa

Thought-provoking theatre has always been and will continue to be a great reason for experiencing this type of play, allowing audiences to examine their own thought processes and reason for being…Director Frances Loy is to be commended on her small-set direction, especially for the illusion of a moving train, the swaying motion of the actresses throughout their journey which allows the train to be perceived as all the more real

[It] will take you on an exhilarating ride through the netherworld… The cast does an amazing job at not only making you feel like you are on the ride with them but also feeling the same compassion and intensity of human existence and the finality of death. Women w/o Walls is existentialism at its finest


A Doll's House

A Doll’s House

Theatre Delicatessen
Picton Place, London, and Latitude Festival, UK
By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Sophie Reynolds

Designed by William Reynolds
Sound Design by Fergus Waldron
Costume Design by Katharine Heath
Movement Director Alexandra Baybutt

Cast: Margaret-Ann Bain, Polly Eachus, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Melissa Woodbridge, Zimmy Ryan

The direction, staging, style and acting brought A Doll’s House to life in a new way that was both true to its original message and had resonance with today’s audience. For those looking for something less than conventional when it comes to the stage, Theatre Delicatessen is a prime example of experimental and successful productions. It is almost impossible to put into words the full impact which A Doll’s House had upon me – it is definitely one to be experienced.


Such is the vigour of the action, pent up on a catwalk that begins to look like a rat run, that the modern clothes quickly cease to be obtrusive. The [cast] make their cross-dressing point: gleaming and authoritative when they are in male attire – with men’s shoes proving to be the tipping point in producing a manly look – they show how arbitrary authority can be.


Frances Loy’s all-female production takes care to judge both genders equally…In fact, Loy throws every social opposition – class, wealth, race – into sharp relief on the traverse stage… the re-evaluation of every character is a sign of the intelligence of this production.


I’m happy to report that Theatre Delicatessen’s arresting and strangely persuasive pop-upversion, directed by Frances Loy, honours the original, while challenging the notion that men and women are now equal in society by presenting the piece in modern dress and with an all female cast.


The Yalta Game

The Yalta Game

Little Dog Productions
New Diorama Theatre, London, and Leicester Curve, Leicester
By Brian Friel
Designed by William Reynolds
Sound Design by Fergus Waldron
Cast: Kirsty Mann and Jake Harders

Director Frances Loy has kept it simple for what is essentially a pair of monologues, occasionally interspersed. A few chairs as café, train, and waterfall wisely focusing our attention on the piece’s fascinating psychological forays and the contrast between Dmitry and Anna. To sense the distance between the characters’ internal reality, that one they project to the world, and that which is perceived by the world is the nature of the Yalta Game…If you like a spoonful of metaphysics stirred into psychological realism, you’ll love playing the Yalta Game.


Mercury Fur

Mercury Fur

Theatre Delicatessen
Picton Place
By Philip Ridley
Designed by William Reynolds
Sound Design by Fergus Waldron

Cast: Debra Baker, Mikey Bharj, Matt Granados, Isaac Jones, Suraj Rattu, Jack Sweeney, Chris Urch, Tom Vickers, Ben Wigzell

Almost unbearable to endure and yet so compelling you can’t stop watching…the play is perfectly matched to this here-today-gone-tomorrow -pop-up venue.


Loy’s confident direction has employed full use of the space to encourage the audience to feel they are in the moment with the characters.


It just takes the right company in the right space to reveal the heart behind the horrors.


This is a dangerous, intense and occasionally excruciating piece of experiential theatre. It is not family viewing. You stumble out of this dark and hellish world, gulping the fresh air of the night, and mighty glad to be alive.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre Delicatessen
Picton Place, London, and Latitude Festival, UK
By William Shakespeare
Designed by Harry Scott
Movement Director Alexandra Baybutt

Cast: Giovanni Bienne, Olivia Brown, Josh Cass, Dan Crow, Robert Curtis, Mark Knightley, Esther McAuley, Nigel Mattison, Owen Morse, Nicola Moss, Bethany Webb, Jennifer Wren, Isaac Jones

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is often set in sunshine but the director — Frances Loy succeeds in her darker comprehension of the Dream. The play is about an unleashing of chaos where natural order has been turned upside down and a series of accidents show the weakness and fickleness of ‘mortals’.The production achieves a sinister ambience – effectively underpinned by the mocking tongue — clicking and hissing of fairies and sprites… Also authentic was the sparse use of props. This was achieved with stylish efficiency…Hugely enjoyable.


Challenges the whole experience of visiting the theatre…an interesting and enjoyable retelling of Shakespeare’s fairy world, performed with great passion from an energetic cast.