"Politicians, Muslims and victims alike all have been given a voice in this production – a voice backed up by profound acting. There were moments of intense silence and stillness that really packed a punch and then sudden movements that had people in the audience flinching. There were powerful voices that communicated sheer pain and emotions that resounded throughout the 90-seat black box theatre as tears streamed from the eyes of the onlookers. Every single actor gave it their all and it was enough, more than enough. An excellent performance"."
London might have healed those cracks but the social and political aftershock may be buzzing for a while - and by the time Warde Street ends, so will you."."
A Younger Theatre
Noone and Ibrahim give real powerhouse performances, pushing themselves to the limit "
British Theatre Guide
The second act is dramatically gripping and it is performed to the hilt by Ibrahim, Maya Saroya as his wife Yasmeenah and in a splendidly bravura and pain-filled performance by Shane Noone as Eddie. Warde Street had a highly acclaimed outing at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2013. In this new production, directed by Jenny Eastrop, it remains deeply disturbing. A salutary reminder that such wounds take a long time to heal for, as Eddie, speaking as an Irishman, puts it: “we never forget”.”
"The expanse of stars and the heaps of praise which the production has earned are justified – for the show is sublime.The acting within this play, as I have already hinted, is at an exceptional level. Each actor makes their character feel believable and three-dimensional; and one, at certain moments, forgets one is watching a play.on the whole the stage is quite bare, and the reason for this is simple: When a production has great acting, direction and script, what else matters? if you have not seen Warde Street, you must ask yourself why that is the case, and you should do that on the way to the Park Theatre Box Office; alternatively, if you have seen Warde Street, fantastic – when are you going again?"
"The second half is one of the most amazing hours I’ve spent in a theatre. Set in a corner shop in Manchester is slowly builds from a drunken knockabout to a violent and genuinely terrifying theatrical experience.
I won’t spoil what happens but Omar Ibrahim, Shane Noone and Maya Saroya build an atmosphere of tension and threat that left me on edge and exhausted.
If you haven’t yet been to the Park, this is a good opportunity. This is not cuddly, luvvie theatre: it is challenging and unsettling but also rewarding."
Reviews From the Original 2013 Production
"This powerful production embodies new writing at its best: relevant, challenging, and absorbing. Warde Street’ is gripping, and questions the divide between personal and political, and more importantly, the identity of the individual and collective responsibility. Although thought-provoking ideas are voiced, the play never errs into preaching. The text is so strong, and performances so captivating that the simple staging works, and the music only aids the heightened atmosphere the actors create. Damien Tracey emerges from this phenomenal production as a playwright to watch. Everything the Fringe should be about, grab a ticket if you can."
View From The Gods
"It's this clarity and precision that gently subverts expectations that makes the work such a winner. As a new play, Warde Street is an exciting piece of writing which asks some very difficult questions. It's a thought-provoking hour, executed with flair."
"Gripping, thought provoking, political and topical. It continues to play in your head long after the curtain comes down. I was completely engrossed right from the start and was carried along on the journey without any distraction. Damien Tracey is to be congratulated for his intelligent writing and sharp dialogue which somehow even accommodates some comedic moments to bring texture to the production. Congratulations to all involved; I hope Warde Street goes on to be appreciated by many future audiences."
West End Wilma
"Tracey has produced a well-observed piece of theatre. When an audience is left speechless at the end of a performance because their emotions have been left in tatters, you know you’ve done something right."
One Stop Arts
"Damien Tracey writes a rapturous play about hatred and forgiveness, terror and religion. The plot is entertaining and clever with flashbacks and suspense, yet leaving plenty of room for personal interpretations. There is a peculiar energy behind the succession of events, a force keeping the audience breathless for the whole duration of the show. The writer plays with a varying range of emotions and orchestrates the dramatic tension of the play with precise timing, raising suspense gradually and breaking straight after with a witty use of comedy. Drawn from Tracey's own experience and attentive observation of London after the 7/7 acts of terrorism, every line of the script is thought through intensely and placed in the play like the carefully chosen pieces of a fine puzzle. Every ingredient of this play suggests that Warde Street will have a long life. Some people were so intensely immersed that, once it has finished and they were walking towards the exit door, they looked just as if they had just awoken after a pleasant nightmare, breathing deeply and thinking: "Ok, now it's time to get back to my life."
"This was one of the most powerful, affecting and emotive pieces of theatre I have seen. It struck home on so many levels and raised, through a real human story, so many issues that I have thought about myself. I defy anyone not to find at least one aspect of the story that speaks to them. Reviews by their very nature are personal, but I often struggle with just how personal to make them. With a show like this that has so much emotional resonance, that decision is harder still. At the time of writing, one night of the remaining five was advertised as sold out. I strongly urge you to book before it’s too late. The ultimate aim of theatre should be to make the audience feel, whatever the emotion, and this more than does that. I hope this isn’t the last we will see of this incredible play, a show that raises this many important issues and delivers them with such an emotional punch deserves to be seen by more people than a week long run at a small venue allows."
"I don't cover fringe shows and short runs but, since it is August, Warde Street struck lucky. And so did I. Warde Street is a really excellent play, powerfully imagined and tautly written. It reminded me of early Neilson and early Kelly -- the same terrifying fury. Emotionally draining and psychologically convincing, it told a really good story in a neatly structured way. It also posed, in the first part, an acute ethical dilemma."
Words Of Colour
"Almost Aaron Sorkin-esque in its verbal pacing with rapid fire and carefully crafted dialogue, Warde Street places Islamophobia under a blazing spotlight. Tracey showcases how grief, coupled with media sensationalism and political expediency, can transform a once loving, though dysfunction, cross cultural friendship into one of misunderstanding and hate. Warde Street is provocative, relevant, solidly acted and dramatically potent. A must see play "