Awards & Reviews

PLAYTHINGS

Winner: Member’s Choice Award (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Winner: Best Supporting Actor – St John Cowcher (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Production (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Lead Actor (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Performance (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Independent Director (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best New Writing (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Host (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
★★★★★ – Gutter Culture
★★★★☆ – Theatre People
★★★★ – Isolated Nation
★★★★ – Mystery Case
“What emerges is a beautifully nuanced and completely believable story of a kind of mutually protective love” – Seesaw Magazine
Playthings is really heartfelt, effective storytelling that draws you in and demands that you care about these beautiful, disturbed, and odd young people” – Stage Whispers
“It is nurturing and healing that lies at the heart of this beautifully crafted work” – The Post
“Superbly structured and finely written” – ITA
“I didn’t know I could feel so many emotions at once…Definitely the best show I’ve seen at The Blue Room this year” – Around The Sound
“McArdle is at the top of his game – his work is plain and truthful and unafraid to confront – there is not a moment wasted in this simple, pared back work” – Fourth Wall Media

LAIKA: A STAGED RADIO PLAY

Winner: Member’s Choice Award (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Winner: Judge’s Choice Award (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Winner: Best Independent Production (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Production (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best New Work (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress – Arielle Grey (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Design – Andrew David (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Publicity (Blue Room Theatre Awards)
★★★★☆ – ArtsHub
★★★★☆ – The Theatre Diary
★★★★ – The West Australian
★★★★ – OUTinPerth
“One small step for theatre, one giant leap for theatre-goers everywhere” – Isolated Nation
“A feast for the eyes, ears and brain” – Seesaw
“Radiates excitement and interest” – ITA
“McArdle’s masterful writing immerses you into the world of the final frontier” – Fourth Wall Media
“One of the best shows I’ve seen this year” – Dircksey
“A compact, well-judged production — immensely enjoyable” – RealTime

JOSEPHINE!

Winner: Best Independent Director – Scott McArdle (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Children’s Award (FRINGE WORLD Awards)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress – Jo Morris (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Composition – Georgina Cramond (PAWA Awards)
10/10 – Cass (8 years old)
9/10 – Wania (10 years old)
“This really is first class family entertainment” ★★★★☆ – Theatre People
“Scott McArdle is the ultimate storyteller” ★★★★☆ – Fourth Wall Media
★★★★ – Mackensey (17 yo) & Larni (10 yo)
★★★★ – Perth Arts Live
★★★★ – The Theatre Diary
“With the pizazz of Disney and the sincerity of Enid Blyton…Could you ask for anything more?” – Isolated Nation

FRANKENSTEIN

★★★★ – Metior Magazine
★★★★ – The Theatre Diary
“The cast was perfectly suited to their roles and breathed life into their characters” – Avenoir
“McArdle is easily one of the most energetic figures in Perth theatre at present” – Australian Stage
“This superb adaption can be strongly recommended to amateur and professional theatres everywhere” – ITA

COINCIDENCES AT THE END OF TIME

★★★★ – Perth Arts Live
“Impeccably timed and beautifully staged…a pleasure to behold” – Buzzcuts
“The performances were easily strong enough to do this incredible play the justice it deserved” – Australian Stage
“Reminding us that love has had to face the real threat of annihilation before, and triumphed” – The West Australian
“Brutally honest, joyful, and heartbreaking” – Avenoir

BETWEEN SOLAR SYSTEMS

Winner: Best Production Team (The Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Actor – Nick Maclaine (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress – Emily David (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Best Newcomer – Emily David (PAWA Awards)
Nominated: Member’s Choice (The Blue Room Theatre Awards)
Nominated: Best Design – Overall (The Blue Room Theatre Awards)
“This is a production that is perfectly balanced” ★★★★★ – OUTinPerth
“It is packed to the brim with plot twists, enthralling set, lighting and sound designs, talented performances and a haunting, final message” ★★★★☆ – Theatre People
Between Solar Systems changes the parameters of possibility for independent productions in a black box theatre, and for science-fiction on stage” ★★★★ – ArtsHub
“Jaw-droppingly ingenious” – ITA
“The most creative and best use of the Blue Room space I’ve seen yet” – The AU Review

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