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REVIEWS

2021

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet (in association with Brink Productions)

Bakehouse Theatre

David Mealor’s take on Glengarry Glen Ross for his Flying Penguin Productions is nothing short of superb. This was to be the 15th anniversary for the much-lauded company.  Thanks to the pandemic it’s 15 plus one but still a very happy anniversary indeed for a jewel in the crown of Adelaide’s vibrant theatre scene.

THE ADVERTISER

David Mealor has brought together an outstanding Ensemble.  The Flying Penguins are souring again with this production.  I have said before – Adelaide needs a permanent rep company of this calibre to remind us of the richness of the theatre of the recent past, those plays which have been left in the drawer too long.

MURRAYBRAMWELL.COM

 

 

This is unquestionably one of the most satisfying productions I have seen in a long, long time. *****

ARTSHUB

 

The calibre of this production, the expert direction and the brilliant performances are all the stuff of theatre magic.  This kind of excellence is the reason we wish to go to the theatre and why we should continue to do so.  Catch it if you possibly can and bravo Flying Penguin Productions.

STAGE WHISPERS

Sea Wall by Simon Stephens (in association with Adelaide Festival Centre)

Space Theatre, AFC

 

There are so many cherished memories and moments woven into this story of love and loss it feels like you have lived a lifetime in just over 30 minutes.  It represents an extraordinary feat by UK writer Simon Stephens, Flying Penguin Director David Mealor and especially, its solitary actor Renato Musolino. *****

THE ADVERTISER

 

 

Flying Penguins director David Mealor has remounted his 2018 production of Sea Wall and it is more assured than ever.  Every facet is unified into an outstanding theatrical experience.  As Alex, Renato Musolino is outstanding. *****

IN DAILY

 

Sea Wall is a stunningly moving piece of modern tragedy.

STAGE WHISPERS

 

Sea Wall is written by Award winning author Simon Stephens, directed by Award winning director David Mealor – a tremendous combination that produces a fine production.  A moving piece of theatre which displays the talents of all involved. **** 1/2

GLAM ADELAIDE

2018

SOLO – A Double Bill

Sea Wall by Simon Stephens and Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine

Goodwood Theatre

 

David Mealor is one of those directors with a Midas touch, turning pretty much everything he handles to gold.  When he’s working with good material and great actors, the results are truly impressive. He has drawn superb performances from the actors in the simplest of settings. This is gold plated storytelling.

THE ADVERTISER

 

Flying Penguin is again air born with this shinning night. Director David Mealor keeps it so simple and so beautiful.  BRAVO!

THE BAREFOOT REVIEW

 

In this splendid double bill, Flying Penguin’s director David Mealor has put together two outstanding theatre works to remind us how potent carefully fashioned monologues can be.  The performances are simply terrific.

THE AUSTRALIAN

 

2016

The Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet (in association with Zephyr Quartet)

Space Theatre, AFC (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

 

A magnificent new arrangement.

THE ADVERTISER

 

You can’t ask for much more … thoughtfully conceived and skilfully executed. ****1/2

THE CLOTHESLINE

 

2013

The Dark Room by Angela Betzien (in association with State Theatre Company SA & Holden Street Theatres)

Holden Street Theatre

 

What a piece it is. Edge of your seat stuff, with a shattering climax.  Most strongly recommended.

THE ADVERTISER

 

The six member Ensemble, under the direction of David Mealor, is quite superb.

RIP IT UP

 

A stunning production. Captivating theatre. 

GLAM ADELAIDE

 

2010

Blackbird by David Harrower (in association with Adelaide Festival Centre)

Space Theatre, AFC

 

A harrowing experience.  A difficult and unforgettable ninety minutes of theatre.

THE AUSTRALIAN

 

Another high bench mark for Flying Penguin productions.  The play and performances stay with you long after you have left the theatre.

RADIO ADELAIDE

 

A challenging, brilliant, unforgettable piece of theatre.  This one is not to be missed.

STAGE WHISPERS

 

True West by Sam Shepard

ACArts Main Theatre

 

Riveting … outstanding … anarchic and hilarious … the effect is dynamite.

THE ADVERTISER

 

The Performances are excellent … outstandingly handled … meticulous production.

THE AUSTRALIAN

 

A breath taking, epic production in every respect … it is a landmark production.

DB MAGAZINE

 

Outstanding … powerful … brilliant and full of contradictions … compelling theatre.

AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE

 

There is much to love in this production. Take a bow Flying Penguins.

INDEPENDENT WEEKLY

 

2007

Assassins by Stephen Sondheim & John Weideman (in association with AFC InSPACE)

Space Theatre, AFC

 

Director David Mealor and his hand picked cast give meticulous portrayals, some poignant, some jubilant, and all exceptional. Race to see this triumphant production.

THE ADVERTISER

 

Don’t miss this absolute champion of a show.  Boasting probably the most remarkable cast of truly accomplished performers ever put together in Adelaide, this show glitters with a firmament of stars under David Mealor’s brilliant direction.

THE MESSENGER

 

The all-star cast and award-winning director have produced an outstanding production of this thought provoking piece. A must see.

STAGE WHISPERS

 

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Queens Theatre

Pinter’s perfection: This is must see theatre.  If director David Mealor’s directorial debut with Translations got tongues wagging, this production will have them positively twisted.

THE ADVERTISER

 

It is arguable that that there is no such thing as perfection but, on very rare occasions, something comes along that is so close that even the most conscientious nit picking is a fruitless exercise. This is one of those occasions.

RIP IT UP

 

Riveting Theatre - This is a production that has all the ingredients that has made Harold Pinter a playwright of genius, and David Mealor a director cut from the same cloth.

ADELAIDE THEATRE GUIDE

 

With work of this calibre the company deserves a more permanent habitat.

ADELAIDE REVIEW

 

2005/6

Translations by Brian Friel (presented by Malthouse Theatre)

Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

 

Translations by Brian Friel (in association with Holden Street Theatres Director’s Choice Program)

Holden Street Theatre

 

In his debut as director, David Mealor has created a first rate production and left those of us fortunate enough to have seen it with many meaningful Translations of our own.

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW

 

David Mealor has made a mighty directorial debut with a complex, challenging work ... Brilliant Theatre.

THE SUNDAY MAIL

 

This is a fine production of a wonderful play with uniformly excellent performances.

THE SUNDAY AGE