"This is classy stuff, as fresh now as it was 33 years ago in Los Angeles - and pretty much what fringe theatre is for."

Nominated for Broadway World’s

Best Revival of a Play 2016





by Lyle Kessler

Directed by Paul Tomlinson


…defies expectations at all turns, taking in sickening violence, brutal bullying, incarceration and racism and leaving the audience laughing until it hurts. What about calling it the funniest tragedy in town?

There is often mayhem in the play, but Tomlinson keeps it well controlled and stages the comedy sequences with aplomb. The re-enactment of a reported incident on a bus involving Treat, with Philip standing in as a rude passenger, is an absolute riot. The production is crisp and assured, the rapid shifts in tone being judged to perfection.

… both brutal and heartbreaking, full of intense emotion from beginning to end, but not without comedic moments. The small cast delivers Kessler’s dialogue with commitment and conviction, making for an engaging experience.

Theatre Bargain

The final scene is beautifully acted and downright heart-breaking. Kessler’s excellent, thought-provoking script combined with some fabulous performances and emotionally raw moments make for a great night out on the Fringe. It would be fabulous if this could transfer; the play and actors alike deserve more exposure.

Under the Stars



"Another intelligent production from Paul Tomlinson and Dilated Theatre. If you like your theatre served rare but feisty, it’s definitely worth catching.


Orphans has had top class productions on Broadway, in the West End and across the World, but it seems a fair bet that this small revival on the London fringe could stand proudly alongside any of them."

The Reviews Hub

Orphans is a punchy script, always able to inject black humour, and never missing the mark.

 A Younger Theatre