Rave reviews for Jellyfish featuring Nicky Priest
New play Jellyfish, which features Winterson’s actor, Nicky Priest, has received rave reviews this week. The show, currently playing at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, tells the love story between a woman with Down’s syndrome and a non-disabled man, offering a careful examination of modern day attitudes. The reviews have so far been extremely strong, including some standout mentions for Nicky. We have highlighted a selection here.
“Nicky Priest, as Kelly’s neurodiverse friend Dominic, dilutes the play when it threatens to become too intense – his comic timing is bang on – and allows for scenes in which two characters with different disabilities get to hang out and talk about their worries and hopes. This feels incredibly radical in its own quiet way.”
★★★★ – The Stage
“Nicky Priest, a comedian with Asperger syndrome who plays Kelly’s friend, Dominic, delivers his lines with a fantastic deadpan humour.”
★★★ – The Guardian
“What a heartening, important, thoughtful and unsettling evening this is. Ben Weatherill shows himself to be an emerging playwright of startling emotional empathy with this careful examination of a love story between a woman with Down’s syndrome and a non-disabled man that many might find troubling.”
★★★★ – Evening Standard
“Set in Skegness, where hardship is the norm and the costs of care are a challenge, Jellyfish lets the seaside speak to Down Syndrome: a place of superficial fun and underlying sadness, where sweet teeth lead and impulses take over, just as Kelly craves ice-cream and kisses all the time.”
★★★★ – WhatsOnStage
A huge congratulations to Nicky and indeed the entire cast and creative team, on a new piece that has caught the imagination of audiences and critics alike!