Boys from the Blackstuff
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Boys from the Blackstuff

Boys from the Blackstuff London Reviews and Tickets

(8 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow

About the Show

80s Liverpool: tough life, no work, no money. Find jobs, avoid 'sniffers', work harder, laugh along.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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174 Reviews | 6 Followers
Outstanding cast!, Great staging, Stirring, Important, 1980s history

See it if you like shows with huge impact! Great portrayal of hope, humour, pain the life for those unfortunate families in crisis without employment

Don't see it if you prefer a light hearted & not too serious show.

105 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great acting, Dated, Confusing

See it if you are familiar with the original TV drama series.

Don't see it if you never watched the original. Both storylines and characters feel random if you don’t know them.

114 Reviews | 14 Followers
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to see a dated play

Don't see it if you want an emotional connection

34 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if You like great writing about the difficulties experienced by the ordinary working people. Set in the 80s but still very pertinent.

Don't see it if You want a happy play. There’s black humour but it’s heart breaking and upsetting too. Read more

221 Reviews | 43 Followers
During previews
Profound, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if stories about the working class and their struggles to get work and also stories about our mental health and how friendship can help

Don't see it if you find it hard to understand regional accents or not keen on shows with a full rounded ending

50 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
Moving, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you remember the TV show and Thatcher's Britain. Good history lesson if you don't

Don't see it if you want fluff

141 Reviews | 19 Followers
During previews
Long, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You wanna see someones A-Level course work LIVE

Don't see it if You can get tickets to PUNCH, which is just better Read more

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It's a story about the dark days in 1982 when a lot of people were unemployed and benefits were minimal. If you like history and story.

Don't see it if If you are looking for something uplifting, then I would not go. It really reminds us of how bad things were.

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
May 30th, 2024

"This is a blast from the past, which still echoes today"
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Time Out London
May 30th, 2024

"...a tremendously powerful study in tragic masculinity"
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The Times (UK)
May 30th, 2024

"fine performances but much of the detail is lost"
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May 30th, 2024

"It’s a cry from the heart that rises beyond history to become a lesson for today."
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The Stage (UK)
May 30th, 2024

"It’s all intelligent, and powerful, and true"
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The Independent (UK)
May 30th, 2024

"Wasserberg’s chunky production is a similarly vexed mix of functional and imaginative."
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London Theatre
May 30th, 2024

"...a play with heart, warmth, and camaraderie..."
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The Arts Desk
May 30th, 2024

"a lyrical, funny, affecting variation on a television classic"
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