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“The best piece of new writing in London” – Review Round-Up: THE SWELL

Annie is happy at last – she’s engaged to Bel, the love of her life, and counting down the days to their wedding. But then old friend, free spirit, and troublemaker Flo turns up unexpectedly, and announces she’ll be staying with them until the big day. Their surprise reunion turns into a complicated love triangle with dangerous consequences that threaten to destroy Annie’s Happily Ever After…

The world premiere of thrilling romantic drama THE SWELL, written by Isley Lynn has opened as part of Tom Littler’s first season at the Orange Tree Theatre. Shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, THE SWELL features a live vocal score and will run until 29th July. Tickets are available now.

★★★★★ Lost in Theatreland – ‘The star of the show, however, without a doubt, is Lynn, whose understanding of people is unparalleled, and whose writing is funny, moving and gutting all by degrees. This is a name that will surely be at the forefront of new British theatre for many years’

★★★★ Evening Standard – ‘Isley Lynn’s characters are nuanced and beautifully drawn, and the play’s dialogue is gorgeously natural and flowing. […] Lynn’s writing is genuinely exciting’

★★★★ The Stage – ‘it’s not just a play that stands or falls on its plot twists. Instead, it’s the combination of super-smart structure and tender details – the macro and micro together – that underlines just how skilled a writer Lynn is.’

★★★★ The Guardian – ‘it is Lynn’s intricate stitching of three full, complex women that steer this epic’

★★★★ The Reviews Hub – ‘gripping and emotionally telling’

★★★★ The Arts Desk – ‘This is the best piece of new writing in London.’

★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls – ‘fiendishly clever piece of writing […] Lynn’s writing is deceptively artful and astute, crafty yet judiciously crafted.’

★★★★ All That Dazzles – “hauntingly beautiful […] formidable all female cast bring Isley Lynn’s touching and gripping story to life”

★★★★ The Artiscape

Theatre Vibe – ‘The Swell was  shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting and viewing it you can see why.’

Isley Lynn is represented by Jonathan Kinnersley at The Agency (London) Ltd.