The Documental productions have won recognition in the South West and beyond. Members of the team have won awards in a number of disciplines from writing to directing to producing to film making.
Our shows have been Pick of the Theatre Week in the Guardian, and pick of Ferment Fortnight in The Stage. Our PROPS radio drama series was Offie-nominated. LAMINATED and HOT FLUSHES were selected plays for the Bristol Old Vic Open Session, and SCORE won a Plymouth Fringe Award.
Documental has grown with support from Arts Council England, Peggy Ramsay Foundation, Golsoncott Foundation, Elmgrant Trust and The Audio Content Fund.
We are proud to be associates at Exeter Northcott Theatre and Exeter Phoenix.
Praise for Documental’s Audio Productions:
“Absolutely first rate on every level and totally real” (PROPS radio dramas) Ian Winterton, writer
“Would Like To Meet approaches the subject in a funny, relatable way (but also makes listeners consider what many people have to deal with). Ngozi is an excellent presenter.” Peter Beeson, Cornucopia Radio
“Would Like To Meet approaches the subject in a funny, relatable way (but also makes listeners consider what many people have to deal with). Ngozi is an excellent presenter.” Rosemary Waugh Exeunt feature here
Praise for Documental’s Live Work:
“Cunningly constructed and gloriously sung” (Score) Lyn Gardner review here
“So funny and a wee bit heart-breaking” (F*ck Tai Chi at Exeter Northcott Theatre) Chris White, writer and Spork director
“A whole heap of giggly fun” (Laminated) **** The PRSD
“Inspired by her own life and conversations with special needs families, Lucy Bell’s Laminated explores the impact of having a high-needs child on a marriage in this warm and funny conversational one-woman show.” (Laminated) The Stage
“I laughed, sang along with some choruses and reflected deeply about where we are and what we have become…it left me smiling and yet wondering why we are not more angry.” (Hot Flushes) **** The PRSD
“A powerful and hilarious new play by Lucy Bell gives voice to young dads” (Pulling Out) Kentish Towner
“A remarkable representation of the realities of young parenthood that is tackled with heart, sensitivity and humour” (Pulling Out) Naia Headland-Vanni in Exeunt review here
“Score is a wonderful show, one that realistically portrays drug users and ex-offenders as exactly like the rest of us – somewhere between stainless angels and evil, downtrodden monsters.”
Rosemary Waugh Exeunt
“Laugh-out-loud lines sit unapologetically beside the frustration of witnessing these two young women trying to save each other, but never quite managing to be in the same place at the same time.” (Score) ★★★★ The Public Reviews review here“A powerful theatrical hit.” (Score)
★★★★ FemaleArts review here
“This show speaks to an important part of history that shouldn’t be ignored and is ripe for reclaiming by the Learning Disabled community.” – (Mary and The Matrons) BEAM / Mercury Musicals Development
Feedback From Our Audiences:
“A solar plexus punch of a play: funny, poignant, thought-provoking. I laughed then had to reach for a tissue.” (Laminated)
“Very, very funny” (Laminated)
“An epic, tender family story” (Laminated)