The Who's Tommy
by Pete Townshend
UK Theatre Best Touring Production
"Directed by Kerry Michael, it's a kaleidoscope of colour, song, music and action which is hard to resist. This is very much a Tommy for the modern age – packed full of resonance. With the story being based around a ‘deaf, dumb and blind kid' and the production showing how barriers can be imaginatively surmounted in, the show has a power beyond its original narrative"
***** What's On Stage
"Inclusive, energetic and compelling, this is theatre at its best"
***** Everything Theatre
"The Who’s Tommy – the original rock opera – is a sprawling, kaleidoscopic storytelling experience. So it makes sense for Kerry Michael’s staging – a co-production between the New Wolsey Theatre and disabled theatre consortium Ramps on the Moon – to be sprawling and kaleidoscopic too. And, brilliantly, liberatingly, it is.
The concept is inspired…. An eye-opening, awe-inspiring, extraordinary evening"
***** The Stage
"It isn’t often that I join in a standing ovation but I did for this fizzing staging of The Who’s classic rock opera"
***** British Theatre Guild
"Kerry Michael’s production also offers a gold standard for accessible performance, offering captions and audio description but also a truly engrossing, totally fluid integration of British Sign Language throughout the whole show. This feels absolutely as effective at communicating meaning within a musical as, say, a dance number does (of which there are also many).
**** Time Out
"Kerry Michael’s staging for Ramps on the Moon, a collaborative project producing work in which deaf and disabled artists are integrated, transforms its dated excesses into something fresh, meaningful and moving. And those familiar killer tunes are delivered with blazing rock’n’roll attitude"
**** The Times