Reviews 

The Olympians Review

'Through our characters we find 4 symbols of our societal issues that unfold during the play and remind us that not all is what it seems.'

 

'This is a splendid effort by a young theatre company that is passionate about getting the mess out from under the rug. It is a very brave move to do an expose on such problems as xenophobia and many others.'

 

'It is a real talent to be able to act, write and educate with a gentle touch. There’s nothing more patronising than to be lectured on issues we all know or deal with everyday, but the team, Ioana Goga, Jez Davess-Humphrey and Beatrice Bowden, manage to make it believable and empathetic.'

Live London Post 

Love (to) Bits Review

Written, co-directed and starring Ioana Goga the show really was a ‘one-woman show with a few guest appearances!’ Ioana played Cynthia Plath, who framed the show as a sketch in a comedy show, which had potential, but turned out to be a little unnecessary- as it set expectations up in a certain way and then went off in a different direction.

She was joined on-stage by Nadia Murgia, who played a friend (though this was never actually established) Alongside the verbatim characters that broke up the scenes. This was interesting- and the characterization was good and it worked well to break up the scene and also to explore the topic of ‘love’. She also added a Brechtian feel to the show with the signage, it was helpful as the show navigated from examining past crushes to her full-blown relationship with Van, played brilliantly by Adam Venables. That section of the show felt the most like a traditional play, following the trajectory of the relationship towards what felt like the inevitable, but with funny and relatable moments, this was the highlight of the piece- the interactions and moments (I’m looking at you, dressing gown, ice cream and Cèline Dion) that made you laugh and feel a warm sense of unity with Cynthia.

If you get the chance to see this show, I recommend it, the show could do with a little cutting in some places to give it more time in others, but the message is very refreshing and needed at the moment, and I left with a smile on my face and feeling a little bit better about the world.

Two Lasses in London

Growing Into My Skin

There is something to be said about a piece of art that has the scope to be both deeply personal and widely universal. Ioana Goga’s Growing into My Skin falls into this category. Goga’s topics of womanhood, love, mental health, and life are topics that hold an undeniable universality and any audience member would be able to find a moment of agreement within her spoken word performance. Yet, Goga brings her own personality to these topics, she bravely speaks of her first love, her moments of insecurity, and the ups and downs of her life. She is a natural storyteller, her language is captivating and her performance is well-paced and delivered.

As Goga takes the audience through the various topics one memorable aspect of her performance is her honesty. You can tell Goga enjoys performing this poem and we feel her rawness throughout which can only indicate the honesty of her words. I was particularly struck by her love section, she mentions her first love and how he has stuck with her throughout succeeding relationships and first dates. In the same way, Goga continues to mention her first love again and again in the following stanzas. Her format and language choices mimic her life experience. With each section of Growing into My Skin, Goga brought amazing emotion, it felt as if she was reliving the moments she was describing and I lived them with her. I laughed when she laughed, sighed when she sighed and felt her frustrations. Her stories felt like mine and that was comforting.

The resounding message of Goga’s work was we must remain optimistic about the future and appreciate that our past makes us, that these are all experiences we live through whilst we grow into our skins. Goga did a fantastic job of taking us through her stories and allowing us to find moments that resonated with ourselves. It was a well-written and well-performed piece that everyone can find likeness in.

Aditi Mohan

There's so much passion in Ioana Goga's performance that it's difficult not to be drawn in to the persuasiveness of her rhetoric and the sheer power of her poetry. Goga's stirring performance is easily one of the most compulsive of the festival.

 

Paul Vale (for the performance at the One Act Festival in 2019 at the Stockwell Playhouse)