Wednesday 20 September 2017

The Boot - The Reviews

Is it a month already? Yes it is. Time flies etc. Anyway, we got two reviews, both good.

"A sex comedy with a twist" decided the Traffic Light Theatregoer. Reviewsgate, by contrast called it "A corkscrew of a thriller".

I'm not going to argue with a good review exactly, but you might be surprised that both critics went on the same, opening night, and that neither acknowledges the other elements. The one who liked the comedy seems to have missed the thrills, and the one who liked the thrills seems to have missed the comedy. Of course, I was aiming for both. Think North by Northwest, that kind of thing. Anyway, if it ever gets revived, maybe you'll be able to judge for yourself.

Saturday 5 August 2017

Press Release


Award-nominated writer and director reunite for new comedy drama The Boot at the Hen and Chickens

In 2011 Peter Briffa’s black comedy drama Country Life had a five night run on the main stage at Rada as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. Much was hoped for when it came to the three-hander,
but nothing was ever guaranteed. Then, the reviews started to come in. The British Theatre Guide described the play as “a sharply acid comedy” and A Younger Theatre told audiences that “everybody must go and see this thoroughly entertaining production. Now”.

Not finished yet, the play then transferred the Old Red Lion for a three week run, to more acclaim, with giving it a four star review and calling it “Quietly entertaining, brilliantly original”. Then it was picked up by the Wireless Theatre Company and adapted for radio becoming the first non-BBC produced audio drama to be reviewed by The Stage.

The Boot, which is once again directed by Paul Blinkhorn is a very different piece. Still peppered with Peter’s distinctive dark humour it is a play about a jaded husband who has the bright idea of inviting an ex-boyfriend of his wife to resume a past affair.

The cast comprises of Derek Hicks as ‘Bill’, Fiona McKinnon as ‘Julie’ and Michael Wagner as ‘Ray’. Derek originated roles in theatre premieres of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman and Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code as well as featuring in television’s Casualty, Shameless, and All Creatures Great and Small. Fiona is an actress and presenter, who will be well known to listeners of BBC Radio London. In contrast, Michael has worked extensively
for over twenty years as an international fashion model and actor and will make his theatre debut in The Boot.
Writer Peter Briffa has a play which has been shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan Society Award, which boasts amongst its judges are director Thea Sharrock, actor David Suchet, and writer and director Julian Fellowes. The results of which are set to be announced at the end of September.
Director Paul Blinkhorn is currently a participant of the inaugural Closr Development Programme supported by Creative England and Raising Films which supports writers, directors and producers in film and television. As a writer-director his award-winning short films ‘After Auschwitz’ and ‘Duty Calls' have been screened at festivals in Albania, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Romania and the United States.

The Hen & Chickens Theatre
109 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2NA
Thu 17 Aug 2017 9:00pm
Fri 18 Aug 2017 9:00pm
Sat 19 Aug 2017 9:00pm
Sun 20 Aug 2017 9:00pm
Tickets: £8.00
Book online:
Twitter: @ChillingOutProd #TheBoot
For further press information and images please contact:
Peter Briffa, Writer, on 07967 527332 or
Paul Blinkhorn, Director, on 07980 024073 or

Derek Hicks - "Bill"

Michael Wagner - "Ray"