Theatre & Client Reviews
CLIENT REVIEW - HEALTHY TEEN MINDS
I cannot say enough good things about working with Riley Reign. We weren’t sure initially what we wanted and working with Riley to collaboratively figure this out was a great process. They really took on board our company’s beliefs and values to produce something that was completely on brand and very positively received by our target audience. Our work addresses challenging topics around mental health, stigma and traumatic experiences and Riley was sensitive and boundaried in their approach to developing a script. They were also able to pick up on our team’s sense of humour and embed that in their writing (to be honest, they’re funnier than we are and made us look brilliant!). They worked to hard deadlines, delivered on time and produced scripts that were engaging and accessible for our audience. I hope we can continue to identify projects to work on together.
- Robin Barker, Director, Healthy Teen Minds; Co-Founder, We Can Talk
QUEER WEEK 2020 - HERE QUEER AND MENTALLY UNCLEAR REVIEW
The verbatim musical Here, Queer and Mentally Unclear is a telling of the struggles and successes of queer people, with specific aspects of these stories being encapsulated in song. I could only salute the bravery of the performers at their honesty and courage in reciting words that have clear ties to their own personal journeys – and when they sang through their tears about gender dysphoria, depression, bipolar disorder and suicide, it made the reality of mental illness amongst queer people sink in.
While the show is stripped back and not for a patron of more expensive, showier productions, its value lies in its incredible sense of community and the electrical energy it sends throughout the room. Representing queer people is not something we can do too much of, and to have a week celebrating queer work and artists outside of what seems like our designated pride season is a positive change and this writer hopes that we will continue to have many more queer weeks ahead of us!
© Killian Glynn
Theatre & Client Reviews
HERE, QUEER & MENTALLY UNCLEAR - ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN REVIEW
Lyrically, there are impressive interlacing of stories (and with that, harmonies), as well as clever wordplay. “No rest for the wicked, well wicked, I must be,” sings Riley Reign, in a delicate song about life with bipolar disorder. The tone of the music is one which never undermines the sensitivities of the subject matter. In fact, in singing and delivering the monologues, speaking their truths, they perform with confidence.