Raya London Reviews and Tickets

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Alex and Jason are reunited after dating 30 years ago in Deborah Bruce's comic and warm new play.

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Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
June 21st, 2021

Roxana Silbert’s production is an enjoyably twisty 80-minute rollercoaster though, at times, to quote one of Alex’s later lines, “it feels a bit forced”.
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London Theatre
June 21st, 2021

The result, under the careful eye of the Hampstead’s artistic director Roxana Silbert, is a tantalising portrait of damage of varying degrees as it afflicts people keen to move forward even as they keep getting pulled towards a grievous past.
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The Times (UK)
June 18th, 2021

Rather, it’s wonderful to be in an intimate space up close to lifelike characters who only gradually strip back layers of flirtation, awkwardness, jollity and self-deception to reveal complex, contradictory emotional lives. I’d almost forgotten how powerful theatre’s microscope can be.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 19th, 2021

Roxana Silbert's production is so superbly calibrated to each twitching nerve end and hair pin shift, it makes the play feel sharper than it actually is...Yet if the writing sometimes stretches credulity, the performances never do.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 18th, 2021

The characters spend a lot of time talking at cross-purposes or holding on to secrets the audience couldn’t hope to suspect or sense...It’s a shame because there’s an interesting character lurking in here – but there needs to be a lot more digging.
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The Arts Desk
June 23rd, 2021

There are probably too many [issues covered] for a zippy 80 minute, interval-free production, but were this a pilot for a six-parter, I’d be tuning in to see what happens next.
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What's On Stage (UK)
June 18th, 2021

It's difficult not to think that the play has bitten off slightly more than it can chew, and might have been better served honing in on just two or three of these issues rather than trying to cover all bases.
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What's On Stage (UK)
June 23rd, 2021

Though Raya has many of the components of a nostalgia-fuelled romance, there’s very little chemistry on display on stage.
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