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REVIEWS

CITIZEN

“… a wonderfully moving, intelligent, fascinating, confronting, entertaining, and overall multifacted piece of art… This, to me, is what theatre is at its best: a way to better understand our fellow humans, and also a powerful call to action.” - ★★★★ Theatre Box Blog, April 2018

“Sepy Baghaei’s unique take on identity is refreshing and convincing.” - ★★★★ Spy in the Stalls, April 2018

“What an achievement. Baghaei’s commitment to representatation marks her several cuts above other practitioners… Baghaei is an artist with genuine integrity and I will watch on keenly as she goes from strength to strength.” – The Tung Magazine, May 2018

“CITIZEN is a thought-provoking piece of theatre that doesn’t hold back with regard to the ongoing political issues in Iran… a fascinating insight into a culture that many Londoners will know little about.” – The Blog Of Theatre Things, April 2018

“…many of the scenes are immensely affecting, and the entire piece is thoughtfully reflective and potent, ably acted and executed, and thus, well worth seeing.” – ActDrop, April 2018

One Night Fran

“Oh, this was perfection. The writing was excellent, the direction gentle but perfect and the acting brilliant… The twists at the end of the story were nicely timed and performed, leaving me, for one, really wanting to know what happened next when the lights went down. Awesome.” – ★★★★ London Theatre 1, November 2017

Wilde Tales

“Suitcase Civilians’ respectful, yet inventive versions of these time-honoured tales show that Wilde’s work are a natural fit for theatre … Making a show that’s suitable for all the family, yet appealing to adults isn’t the easiest thing, but Suitcase Civilians by staying true to themselves and what they find entertaining, have found a balance that’s hard to achieve.” - ★★★★ Female Arts, April 2016

“Sepy Baghaei’s adaptation works well within the format of a travelling show. Her solid direction gives her actors the tools and opportunities to enjoy themselves as much as the audience… All in all, Wilde Tales is a fun evening of entertainment and storytelling, for the young and the old alike.” – Everything Theatre, April 2016

“The show was performed in ‘The Space’, and Sepy Baghaei made good use of the direction options this space provides. Weaving in and out of audience members, using the stage, doorways and balcony, the actors frequently changed the focus point, which kept the production exciting, particularly for the younger members of the audience.” – A Younger Theatre, April 2016

Re: Memory

“What Baghaei creates is thoroughly adventurous and quite wonderful … Leaving Re: Memory feels very satisfying, almost gleefully so…” – SuzyGoesSee, June 2015

“Continual observing, noticing and questioning ‘why?’ leaves one reflecting for days after Re: Memory is first experienced. Baghaei’s show is innovative and may just be the alternative theatre experience you’ve been waiting for.” – Emily Richardson, Upstaged Reviews, June 2015

“There are many reasons to go to the theatre, but we always hope to confront ourselves at some level. With Re: Memory, Suitcase Civilians have placed you on centre stage and given you a first class chance to take a good look at your naked self.” – Lisa Thatcher, June 2015

“…executed in an incredibly simple way … [it's] quite touching.” – Russell Anderson, Playing at Plays, March 2015

Body Language

“Director Sepy Baghaei creates a flowing world that interacts with the segueing dancers that spills the drama out into the audience so the feeling is wholly interactive … Baghaei cleverly retains the fullness of the complex subject matter so that we never get bogged down in each individual story.” – Lisa Thatcher, June 2013

“The scenes… are so natural, so warm and funny, they seem like the kind of thing that can only result from the actors bringing a lot of themselves to the roles.” – Concrete Playground, June 2013

Sonorous

“A satisfying, sweet, well-made narrative with a classical arc. Beautifully performed, simple, clear and delightful.” – Augusta Supple, November 2012

Something To Be Done

Gabriel McCarthy… gave a wonderful comic performance in Sepy Baghaei’s quirky piece about inspiration Something To Be Done…” – Sydney Arts Guide, April 2012

“The act involved dance, mime and contortion. Described as one man searching for inspiration, it was phenomenal.” – Stage Whispers, April 2012


ARTICLES

An interview with Suitcase Civilians - Interview with The Space for Wilde Tales, March 2016

Oscar Wilde reimagined for the stage - Interview with Attitude Magazine for Wilde Tales, March 2016 

Re: Memory – Interview with Alternative Media, June 2015

Interview with Sepy Baghaei - Interview with Theatre Red for Grimm Tales, August 2012

Play Without Words: Sepy’s work experiment in physical theatre – Interview with Parramatta Advertiser for Something To Be Done, January 2012