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REVIEWS

LITTLE WOMEN

“Sepy Baghaei’s production is resourcefully produced without frills… It’s like catching up with old friends on a worn but still comfy sofa that feels perfectly natural after a bit of adjusting.” ★★★★ The Stage

“A challenging, detailed and poignant production.” ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

“The direction by Sepy Baghaei is fluid and pacey. The emotional impact is huge … a real Christmas treat.” Sue in the Stalls

“A vivid and joyful updating of a well-loved family classic.” Everything Theatre

“A charming joy to watch.” Spy in the Stalls

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

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

“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

“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

“…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

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.” – ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

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

“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

“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

Re: Memory

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

“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.” – Upstaged Reviews

“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

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

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

“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

Sonorous

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

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

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


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