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Alistair McDowall’s new play set in a mental asylum in 1863, where a woman gains unparalleled supernatural powers.

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The London Evening Standard
January 28th, 2022

McDowall set out to write a myth that tracks human history, then to transcend it. Naturally he falls short. But to watch him try is exhilarating. Go. Get your mind blown and your hackles raised.
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Time Out London
January 28th, 2022

There are things about ‘The Glow’ and its premise I’d be more critical of if there was anything else on the stage like it, and Featherstone’s immaculately stylish direction serves a script that would be left exposed by a more naturalistic production. But Alistair McDowell has undoubtedly come up with the goods again.
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The Telegraph (UK)
January 29th, 2022

It’s hard to encapsulate his time-bendy head-scratcher, but think of the obsession in The Da Vinci Code with Mary Magdalene and a Doctor Who box-set watched on fast-forward and you’re halfway there; in terms of its theatrical pedigree, you can spot comparisons with JB Priestley and Thornton Wilder.
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The Times (UK)
January 28th, 2022

January hasn’t even ended yet, and we already have a contender for the title of worst play of the year. Alistair McDowall’s time-travelling fantasy actually begins promisingly...Before long, however, it plunges off the rails...
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February 11th, 2022

If you surrender to it, it's utterly exhilarating and absorbing. But you might also write it off as utterly bonkers. It could all seem so fantastical that it becomes meaningless, but director Vicky Featherstone roots the play in a carefully sustained realism which the acting follows.
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The Stage (UK)
February 11th, 2022

McDowall’s control of form sharpens the theatrical friction of his intriguingly juxtaposed questions. It’s disappointing, therefore, that it ends with a kind of deflating answer.
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The Arts Desk
January 31st, 2022

The Glow certainly radiates an unforgettable feeling of spooky beauty, invoking a place where you can almost hear the hooves of the riders of the apocalypse. It’s haunting.
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The Guardian (UK)
January 28th, 2022

Vicky Featherstone’s production has great control in the way it slowly feeds us information, toying with the confusion it creates as myth and history collide. Sci-fi is too rarely done on stage but here McDowall has chosen the perfect medium.
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