Here's what actors, audiences and reviewers say about us

Stars come in all shapes, sizes and brightness, whether they're on or off stage. Here's some star feedback we've received.

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Actors (feedback from people who performed in these plays)

Awesome. Tremendously cool.
Good storyline and great twist to all the fairytales in the play.
It's great. Really, really great.
I think the play was so so so so so so cool. Thank you.
The play was terrific.
I like the play.
I loved her all the fairytale characters and stories were all muddled up and weird.
I like wearing freaky glasses and I like how it didn't make any sense at all.
I like the play.
For the performance, I really liked how everyone put in 100% and everyone did rad face expressions.
I really liked Peter Rabbit and the pig they were cool.
It's very cool, funny sort of but I like it.
I would like it more if we got given characters names, it was entertaining and a lot of fun.
It was thrilling.
Wicked.
I loved it.
It was funny.
It was really fun and cool.
It was great.
A quirky bit of fun.
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Director (feedback from the director of these plays)

"The students absolutely love it! They love the humour, the mix of fairytales and the world of today. The characters are brilliant, the variety is outstanding, with opportunities for larger and smaller roles and the opportunity for some fun costuming. The children had a ball!"

'The students loved the characters and I found it very easy to direct. The play gives the director the opportunity to use different levels, groupings and a variety of characters. The blend worked well. You couldn't 'beat it'."

"As a director you have scope to ‘really move’ this play and use all moments accordingly, making the most of the ‘moments’ and enhancing characters. The opportunity for the actor’s to develop their own identity, their own history and individuality, creating the perfect mix. Facials, little looks here and their, the rolling of the eyes, the opportunity to create suspense. A fun and thoroughly enjoyable play to direct, perform and watch. It has the ability to take the audience on a mystery journey that will not leave them disappointed."

"As an experienced classroom teacher and drama teacher, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to trial some of Mark Casson’s plays. What an exceptional playwright. He writes with wit and humour and caters for the age group specified. His plays not only capture the hearts and minds of the actors, but the audience as well."

"As a director his plays are easy to direct and can be adapted to suit. His plays are versatile and easy. As a teacher/ director you are able to make the plays as simple or as complex as you like. Leaving room to cater for all learning and reading levels. Mark writes appropriately for specified age groups. The plays I have used have made the performers and audience smile."
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Audience (feedback from parents, family and friends in the audience)

That was a lot of fun to watch.
I could see that they enjoyed being in it.
Good to see a full house watching.
Very funny.
Moved along quickly.
Recognised lots in the play.
Great job.
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Reviews (review snippets of some of Mark Casson's plays)

 "Mark Casson (http://www.actup.co.nz) will also be writing plays for us once again – his expertise as a professional playwright provides us with international-quality when it comes to the scripts that we work with."


" In any plate worth its salt, you should be surprise in a twist in the plot. Shakespeare was very good at that. In keeping with the Shakespeare tradition comes a new play by Mark Casson, called The Birthday Stain, which includes surprise and death ......whatever may be said of the play it is never dull. Casson has been writing plays for several years, this is his best yet. It has in anonymity of setting and in universality of appeal. The characters are all slightly, strangely recognisable. They could be your neighbour ( but not I hope your family). The cast of five develop an overpowering sense of menace. The play deserves to be done and, as it certainly was in this case, done thoroughly well.'


"..the evening would begin with a "quirky bit of fun" in the form of Tuesday's Stranger, written by another New Zealander, Mark Casson..."


"Casson is much more fluid and expressive with The Urinal, Mrs Fish and The Prime Minister.  This play is well structured, his meaning, resolution and goes somewhere. So too does Soldier Stale which earns the author high marks for dramatic tension, good writing in characterisation."


"If you have a burning desire to see drama as it used to be go and see this play."


"The Urinal, Mrs Fish and The Prime Minister was selected for the South Island finals of the New Zealand Theatre Federation One Act Play Festival."


"The Coloured Room Through The Black-And-White Window was the Otago University Drama Society’s entry into the Australian Festival of Student Theatre in Australia where it was placed in the top three entries."
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Contact ActUp 
Email: mark@actupstar.com
Post: 28 Creswick Terrace, Wellington New Zealand.

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