“…the story is given weight, depth and a poignancy elevated both by Pippa Murphy’s score and sound design, which seems to echo down the centuries, and a closing coup de theatre which can’t fail to tug at the heart-strings.”

The Herald - Neil Cooper (read more)

“With a talented cast and beautiful staging, The View from Castle Rock is a memorable piece with a story that is both touching and at times humorous.”

Fringe Review - Glenys McIntyre (read more)

“Marilyn Imrie’s production is stark and elegant, employing simple-yet-effective techniques, including billowing sheets to represent waves and beautiful choral singing from the cast, accompanied by Brian James O’Sullivan, who plays various traditional instruments.”

The Times - Allan Radcliffe (read more)

“Filling the altar and the aisles of this old church with electric energy, the piece reveals the pressures on family of uprooting across the world, and the newly unleashed role of women in the New World.”

The List - David Pollock (read more)

“Elegant use is made of music by Pippa Murphy, and not only are the sturdy wooden structures of Claire Halleran’s set used to evoke both the Castle Rock and shipboard life, sparing but effective use is made of the space in St Mark’s – itself, of course, in the shadow of the Rock.”

AllEdinburgh Theatre - Hugh Simpson (read more)

“The Laidlaws will stay in my memory for a long time. Stellar Quines give a truly stellar performance, and the audience gave them loud and prolonged applause. This is another sell-out show, so hurry and get a ticket if you possibly can.”

ScotsGay Fringe - Mary Woodward (read more)

“a lovely piece of theatre that truly reflects both the word and the spirit of Munro’s original and is definitely worth a look.”

British Theatre Guide - David Chadderton (read more)

‘there’s also a chilling parallel with the millions of people still boarding, in Munro’s words, “leaky sepulchres” to escape poverty and war.’

Fest Mag - Tim Bano (read more)

“This powerful piece of theatre from a totally braw ensemble is a timeous and heart wrenching reminder of the perils of emigration.”

Edinburgh Guide - Irene Brown (read more)

“A fine ensemble of five actors brings this story vividly alive in a quietly moving show rooted in real lives”

The Guardian - Lyn Gardner (read more)

“tended with gossamer-like precision by Romanes, who makes a slow-burning ritual out of Sharp’s heartfelt text which, by embracing the life left behind, honours the dead with the most beautiful of tributes.”

The Herald (read more)

“…although this is a high-risk play – more great flight of lyricism than conventional drama – it makes a hugely fitting coda to Muriel Romanes’s 20 years at Stellar Quines,”

The Scotsman (read more)

“The Air That Carries the Weight’ marks a very considerable achievement, creating a distinctive and thought-provoking piece where linearity and literalism would have utterly failed to do so.”

Edinburgh Guide (read more)

“Cleverly framed and delicately staged on what could well be John and Jeanine Byrne’s most evocative and cleverly constructed set yet, there is an aching beauty to Stellar Quines’ latest production.”

AllEdinburgh Theatre (read more)

“stellar performances and the talent on display both on-stage and backstage shows just why this award-winning Scottish theatre company is so highly regarded.”

“Isobel, played with emotional clarity by Melody Grove.”

Broadway Baby (read more)

“it’s Beattie’s impassioned performance that turns a competent show into a moving one. She has mastered the script, and squeezes every drop of emotion from it”

The Fest (read more)
Production: The List

This is a production that has all the right ingredients, never dips below the highest level, and constantly impresses.

FringeReview (read more)
Production: The List

memorably beautiful

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (read more)
Production: Threads

rhythms of the mills explode into life

The Herald (read more)
Production: Threads

transcends the ordinary

The Herald, Neil Cooper (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

one of the 2015 Fringe highlights.

British Theatre Guide (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

heartfelt performance

FringeGuru (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Beattie’s performance is again remarkable

FringeGuru (read more)
Production: The Carousel

absorbing.

FringeGuru (read more)
Production: The List

A veritable Tour de Force

East Coast FM (read more)

draws us into the woman’s emotional journey

Theatre Guide London (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

a powerful hour.

Theatre Guide London (read more)
Production: The List

a visceral stomach-punch of a play

fest (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

a blistering performance

fest (read more)
Production: The Carousel

a gently stunning production.

fest (read more)
Production: The List

exciting and compelling

Broadway Baby (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Trilogy’s Trio of Fringe Firsts

All Edinburgh Theatre.com (read more)

a sinister and gripping play with extreme power.

Broadway Baby - The List (read more)
Production: The List

a complex and moving story with a compelling performance throughout.

Broadway Baby - The Carousel (read more)
Production: The Carousel

close to perfection

British Theatre Guide - The List (read more)
Production: The List

a gripping hour

British Theatre Guide - The Carousel (read more)
Production: The Carousel

Beattie is an astonishment in all three shows

The Guardian - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

any opportunity to witness all three parts must not be missed.

All Edinburgh Theatre.com - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Highly Recommended Show “Teamed with the beautiful writing and endearing performance The List cements itself as a fantastic piece of theatre.”

Fringe Review - The List (read more)
Production: The List

“Lighting and sound design is beautifully done providing another layer of atmosphere as Beattie’s tremendous storytelling skills bring to life the past and present both of which haunt her and threaten to push her over the edge.”

Fringe Review - The Carousel (read more)
Production: The Carousel

Beautifully crafted, sure-footed and intensely moving…It is, by any measure, a tremendous conclusion to an excellent theatrical trilogy

Sunday Herald, Mark Brown - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Highly Recommended Show – The third instalment of the Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy explores the fragility of life, and of memories.

Fringe Review - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Epic trilogy of three generations of women comes to a powerful emotional climax

The Stage - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Muriel Romanes’ direction is immaculate, Philip Pinsky’s sound a vital element in a unforgettably rich and vivid hour of solo theatre.

The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Maureen Beattie is again both star-soaring and realistically grounded in this magnificent solo role that she has made her own.

Edinburgh Guide, Irene Brown - The Deliverance (read more)
Production: The Deliverance

Stellar Quines’s Muriel Romanes directs with a light touch, on a simple set designed by iconic Scottish artist John Byrne, in a deceptively uncomplicated production that has both classy and integrity.

The Public Reviews on The Deliverance (read more)

This stellar piece of theatre is outstanding and entirely captivating, and should be right at the top of everybody’s list.

The Public Reviews
Production: The List

Stellar Quines have produced a thought-provoking study of action, consequence and the foibles of human behaviour.

The Herald
Production: The List

Maureen Beattie gives an inspired performance which embraces both the sensitive and dramatic contents of the play and at times the comic mundanity of everyday life.

Broadway Baby
Production: The List

The voices of three generations – grandmother, mother and daughter – are given breath in this poignant and emotional story by stellar actor, Maureen Beattie.

EdinburghGuide (read more)
Production: The Carousel

Like the carousel rides which segment the text, the same faces come round and round again, and patterns repeat. Keeping up with this ornately structured play is dizzying, but resolves in a justifying surge of euphoric joy.

Exeunt (read more)
Production: The Carousel

…in Maureen Beattie, Tremblay’s beautiful stage poem finds a performer who can conjure up all the faces of woman evoked in The Carousel…

EdinburghGuide (read more)
Production: The Carousel

Second play in Jennifer Tremblay’s trilogy is triumphant torrent of emotion at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The List (read more)
Production: The Carousel