ALEX SCOTT FAIRLEY

REVIEWS

Below are a few reviews for some of my work; I have included mostly the ones that mention (and are nice about) my performances. Somewhat solipsistic, I know.

CHICAGO (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2018, dir. Richard Baron and Chris Stuart Wilson)

"Alex Scott Fairley minces, warbles and gets the laughs as Mary Sunshine. The ensemble work their socks off in fishnets and diamanté waistcoats and the overall result is an evening of musical joy. It’s a clever and original production which the audience adore." (The Wee Review, 21 June 2018)

http://theweereview.com/review/chicago-pitlochry-festival-theatre/

 

TRAVESTIES (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2018, dir. Richard Baron)

"Alex Scott Fairley as the highly intellectual James Joyce and Graham Mackay- Bruce as the incoherent Tristan Tzara are equally strong in their supporting roles..." (The Perthshire Advertiser, 29 June 2018)

" ...in a consummate eight-strong cast... revolutionary art in the form of Joyce (Alex Scott Fairley) and Tristan Tzara (Graham Mackay-Bruce), the founder of Dadaism, collides with revolutionary politics in the form of Lenin (Alan Steele). Just as Stoppard’s play overflows with literary allusions and ideas about the purpose of art, so the staging abounds with elaborate theatricality. Joyce recites an entire scene in limerick. The clever concoction is arguably the very definition of theatrical Marmite, but Baron and his cast succeed in making entertaining work of Stoppard’s maddening mix." (The Times, 10 July 2018)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-travesties-at-pitlochry-festival-theatre-hk80c968w

"Joyce, played with neat comedy by Alex Scott Fairley, turns into a Celtic-dancing leprechaun of a man..." (The Sunday Herald, 8 July 2018)

 

HIGH SOCIETY (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2017, dir. John Durnin)

"[Tracy's] assorted suitors are played with stylistic verve, with Alex Scott Fairley's Dexter sparring gamely with Alan Mirren's George... A class act on every level." (The Herald, 4 March 2017)

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15387943.Theatre_review__High_Society_at_Pitlochry_Festival_Theatre/

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2017; dir. Richard Baron)

"Serena Giacomini and Alex Scott Fairley are brilliantly matched in Richard Baron’s production as the aspirational Jane and Sidney Hopcroft, the former at her chirpy best when taking refuge from high-pressured social situations in frenzied cleaning; the latter clumsily hustling for business favours from their guests... in echoes of the social-climbing Lopakhin’s manoeuvres in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard... Baron and his cast handle these transitions seamlessly in a well-paced production, which takes place against the meticulous period detail of Ken Harrison’s set designs." (The Times, 3 March 2017)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-lurking-malevolence-at-heart-of-well-paced-tragicomedy-lxp73tnv2

 

ROUND THE HORNE (Apollo Theatre UK tour, dir. Tim Astley)

"" sees another run of the Round The Horne 50th anniversary tour by the Apollo Theatre Company, where 2017 sees another run of the Round The Horne 50th anniversary tour by the Apollo Theatre Company, where the classic Radio 4 show is brought to life by a brilliantly authentic cast of voice actors... Although each member of the cast brought something special to the mix, most impressive for me was Alex Scott Fairley, playing Hugh Paddick. While all the voices were spot on, he arguably took on the hardest role, due to Paddick's more varied range of character voices. He even took on forgetful Irish TV presenter Seamus Android (a take on Eamonn Andrews), originally portrayed by 1965-1967 cast member Bill Pertwee rather than Paddick." (Den of Geek, Tuesday 20 February 2017)

http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/other/47284/round-the-horne-50th-anniversary-tour-review

 

THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE (Kenny Wax/Cambridge Arts Theatre UK Tour 2016, dir. Malcolm McKee)

"Alex Scott Fairley gives a brilliant rendition of 'The Night I Appeared As Macbeth' and Anna Stolli also provides outstanding vocals. Alex and Anna cap their fine performances by appearing in a very funny sketch on how he should deliver the word Time." (Eastbourne Herald, Tuesday 9 August 2016)

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/what-s-on/entertainments/not-shakespeare-as-we-know-it-1-7516632

"It is clear that this young and hugely talented group of actors - Lizzie Bea, Jordan Lea Davies, Alex Morgan, Alex Scott Fairley and Anna Stolli; with the ‘minstrel’ Oli Jackson on piano - are all well versed in Shakespeare. I cannot quite fathom out how they managed to learn and perfectly present some of the longer pieces and monologues; Alex Scott Fairley’s ‘The Night I Appeared As Macbeth’ was, as was everything, immaculate and perfectly timed." (Local Secrets, Wednesday 10 August 2016) 

http://www.localsecrets.com/ezine.cfm?ezineid=5650~shakespeare-revue-rollicking+theatre-and-shows#sthash.VRa3y4n9.dpuf

"Alex Scott Fairley's 'The Night I Appeared As Macbeth' was an absolute joy. I wanted to see him play Macbeth; it could do with a bit of freshening up... This was Shakespeare as he might have been performed by the most unlikely performers, including a lovingly presented Flanagan and Allen piece..." (Hunt's Post And Saffron Walden Gazette, Wednesday 10 August 2016) 

"Alex Scott Fairley nailed the 'posh Shakespearean actor' stereotype, bringing humour of a kind entirely different to the work of his fellow performers. He has a rich, high baritone sound which he put to excellent use throughout the evening." (Live Theatre UK website, Sunday 7 August 2016) 

http://livetheatreuk.co.uk/2016/08/07/review-the-shakespeare-revue/

 

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Kenny Wax/Cambridge Arts Theatre UK Tour 2016, dir. Ewan Jones)

"Alex Scott Fairley was fantastic as the Big Bad Wolf, making a powerful panto-style baddie."  (Eastbourne Argus, Tuesday 2 August 2016)

http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/critic/14665045.The_Three_Little_Pigs__Devonshire_Park_Theatre__Eastbourne__Tuesday__August_2/

 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2015, dir, Charlotte Conquest)

"The triumphant trio of Alex Scott Fairley (Mad Hatter); Christopher York (March Hare) and Barney Cooper (Dormouse) played off each other with great eagerness and effect." (Essential Surrey website, Friday 23 October 2015)

http://www.essentialsurrey.co.uk/theatre/review-alice-in-wonderland-st-mary/

"The highlight of this occasion is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a fast-talking Alex Scott Fairley (and Christopher York as the March Hare) presiding over an enormous, comprehensively laid table." (British Theatre Guide website, Saturday 24 October 2015)

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/alice-in-wonder-st-marys-ch-12191

"The Hare and the Hatter - Christopher York and Alex Scott Fairley - were a highlight of an already excellent production." (The Farnham Herald, Friday 30 October 2015)

 

WAS IHR WOLLT (Openhouse Theatre, Vienna 2015, dir. Eric Lomas)

"Der Narr Feste ist der Animateur, der bei dieser Beach Party Akteure wie Publikum vom ersten bis zum letzten Moment bei Laune hält. Alex Scott Fairley beweist als solcher ungemeine Wandlungsfähigkeit und vielseitiges Können. Er schlüpft in jede beliebige Rolle, um der zu sein, den er gerade gibt. Der junge Mann beherrscht das Puppenspiel und verfügt über eine Gesangsstimme, die sich ganz Natur gegen die von hinten eingespielte Karaokebegleitung locker durchsetzt." ["The fool Feste is the entertainer who keeps both the actors and the audience at this beach party in a good mood, from the first to the last moment. In the part, Alex Scott Fairley shows uncommon versatility and all-round ability. He effortlessly slips into every role he plays. The young man masters puppetry, and displays a tuneful singing voice that stands out easily against the karaoke track accompaniments."] (Kultur und Wein, Thursday 16 July 2015))

http://www.kulturundwein.com/open-house-theatre.htm?nocache=1437060831#wasihrwollt

 

ROMEO UND JULIA (Openhouse Theatre, Vienna 2014, dir. Eric Lomas)

"Nebenbuhler Paris (witzig Alex Scott Fairley) ist ein 'Wall Street Journal' lesender Wirtschaftler der Marke trotteliger Buchhalter." ["His rival Paris (the hilarious Alex Scott Fairley) is played as a 'Wall Street Journal'-reading businessman, in the form of a doltish bookkeeper."] (Wiener Zeitung, Thursday 31 July 2014)

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/kultur/buehne/648887_Die-iPod-Julia-liebt-den-Klampfn-Romeo.html

 

DICK WHITTINGTON (Millfield Theatre, London 2013, dir. Marc Day)

Once again [Marc Day] has assembled a top-notch cast with some serious singing ability... Add a highly acrobatic, Toyah-lookalike cat (Erin Jameson) and an easy-to-boo, scratchy King Rat (Alex Scott Fairley) and we have a right giraffe, me old china!.” (The Stage, Friday 17 December 2013)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/39399/dick-whittington

 

A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2013, dir. Richard Baron)

Alex Scott Fairley turns in a charismatic and well-judged performance as Guy, the quiet homme fatal who wreaks havoc among the women, in a decade when women once again needed to make no apology for their sexuality, and their desire.” (The Scotsman, Sunday 28 July 2013)

http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/theatre-comedy-dance/theatre-review-chorus-of-disapproval-pitlochry-1-2979009

 

“[Irene Allan] and [Alex] Scott Fairley display a remarkable tenderness in their scenes together, and the moment in which they first kiss is surprisingly moving.” [The Times, 21 June 2013]

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article3796888.ece

 

Alex Scott Fairley plays Guy Jones, the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s newest member, as delightfully naive and shy.” (The Stage, Monday 3 June 2013)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/38619/a-chorus-of-disapproval

 

The play opens as recently widowed and slightly dweeby Guy Jones auditions for a small part in The Beggar’s Opera… I describe Guy as “dweeby” but he turns out to be an unwitting agent provocateur and rather opportunistic with the ladies! He is played superbly well by the not-at-all dweeby Alex Scott Fairley.” (Highland Perthshire News, Monday 15 July 2013)

http://www.highlandperthshirenews.co.uk/music-performance/pft-summer-production-reviews-1

 

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2013, dir. Richard Baron)

“[Jessica] Guise and Alex Scott Fairley, as Windermere, bring enough ambivalence to their roles to make us worry about the upright couple’s future…” (The Times, Wednesday July 31 2013)

 

MOTHER GOOSE (Millfield Theatre, London 2012, dir. Marc Day)

Alex Scott Fairley steals every scene he’s in as a rip-roaring Demon King - sneering, snarling and thoroughly relishing his nastiness.” (The Stage, Friday 14 December 2012)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/37943/mother-goose

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2012, dir. Charlotte Conquest)

…a very houseproud First Fairy, hung about with rubber gloves and dusters, swishes around with a Hoover and polishes everything in sight, hilariously incongruous as First Fairy is a tall, thin and very male Alex Scott Fairley, although he does make a very excellent and entertaining woman, particularly as Thisbe in the "play within a play". (British Theatre Guide website)

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/a-midsummer-nig-guildford-colle-7693

 

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2012, dir. Caroline Devlin)

Alex Scott Fairley goes to town with his comical portrayal of French Dr Caius.” (Shakespeare Revue website)

http://shakespeare-revue.com/play.php?pid=10&action=review&rid=430

 

AN INSPECTOR CALLS (Vienna International Theatre 2012, dir. Eric Lomas)

Bewegt und schuldbewusst reagiert die jüngere Generation (Julia Thorne und Andrew Phillips, beide mit höchster Intensität), während der künftige Schwiegersohn (mit Haltung: Alex Scott Fairley) versucht, das Geschehene ganz einfach wegzurationalisieren.” [“The younger generation (Julia Thorne and Andrew Phillips, both playing with absolute intensity) are moved, and react with acknowledgement of their guilt, whilst the future son-in-law (played with poise by Alex Scott Fairley) tries to find a simple, rational explanation for the whole affair.”] (Der Neue Merker, Saturday 21 January 2012)

http://www.der-neue-merker.eu/wien-international-theatre-an-inspector-calls

 

Alex Scott Fairley brings moving touches of remorse to the otherwise stiff role of Gerald, the quintessential upper-middle-class Englishman.” (The Vienna Review, Wednesday 1 February 2012)

http://www.viennareview.net/on-the-town/on-stage/the-ghost-of-a-chance

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Millfield Theatre, London 2011, dir. Marc Day)

Alex Scott Fairley and Greg Castiglioni pounce on their comic roles as Madame Fifi and Louis with gusto, providing plenty of laughs and encouraging lots of audience participation. In their capable hands the second act is much pacier…” (The Stage, Thursday 15 December 2011)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/34672/beauty-and-the-beast

 

“…Fairley’s Dame, Madame Fifi, is a riotous French fancy. She leaps about the stage, parle français and has everyone shouting “Ooh la la, Fifi!” upon every entrance…” (British Theatre Guide website)

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/beautymillfield-rev

 

DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Creation Theatre, Oxford 2011, dir. Charlotte Conquest)

The supporting characters in general are played with panache, particularly Alex Scott-Farley’s grisly Pope Adrian.” (The Stage, Tuesday 22 February 2011)

 http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/31361/doctor-faustus

 

THE GRUFFALO (Tall Stories USA and UK tours 2006/2009, dir. Olivia Jacobs)

Alex Scott Fairley plays the various predators, and Alan Park brings the Gruffalo to life. Fairley probably has the most fun, shifting from Cockney fox to stiff R.A.F. officer and a Ricky-Martin-inspired snake. The others get their moments, and they all work together like a well-oiled children’s-theater-producing machine.” (The Minneapolis Review, Monday 19 January 2009)

 http://www.minnpost.com/arts-arena/2009/01/review-gruffalo-jolly-romp-all-ages

 

Alex Scott Fairley’s comic predators are a wonder – and his Joachim the Rattlesnake not only steals the show but has got to be one of the funniest comic performances of the festival.  Beg, steal or borrow a child and get over to C Too – you won’t regret it!” (Musical Theatre Network website)

www.musicaltheatrenetwork.com/wp-content/.../09/2008-reviews.docx

 

NON-SCENE (Garage Theatre, Edinburgh 2003, dir. Brian Fillis)

A superb supporting performance by the young Office Janet (Alex Scott Fairley).” (Scotsgay Magazine, issue 53, August 2003)

http://www.scotsgay.co.uk/text/sg53.txt

 

FLAHOOLEY! (Sadlers Wells, London 2012, dir. Ian Marshall-Fisher)

I should say that far and away the best thing in the whole production was Alex Scott Fairley who played Mr. Tuffles. He is a charismatic performer with perfect pitch and exquisite comic timing and it's baffling to me that he's not yet on Broadway clutching a Tony award.*(*Declaration of interest: I know and love Alex and he gave me a ticket to the show on Sunday.)” (A Desk Set Of One blog)

http://adesksetofone.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/out-and-about-2-flahooley-at-sadlers.html

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A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2013, dir. Richard Baron)

Alex Scott Fairley turns in a charismatic and well-judged performance as Guy, the quiet homme fatal who wreaks havoc among the women, in a decade when women once again needed to make no apology for their sexuality, and their desire.” (The Scotsman, Sunday 28 July 2013)

http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/theatre-comedy-dance/theatre-review-chorus-of-disapproval-pitlochry-1-2979009

 

“[Irene Allan] and [Alex] Scott Fairley display a remarkable tenderness in their scenes together, and the moment in which they first kiss is surprisingly moving.” [The Times, 21 June 2013]

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article3796888.ece

Alex Scott Fairley plays Guy Jones, the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s newest member, as delightfully naive and shy.” (The Stage, Monday 3 June 2013)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/38619/a-chorus-of-disapproval

 

The play opens as recently widowed and slightly dweeby Guy Jones auditions for a small part in The Beggar’s Opera… I describe Guy as “dweeby” but he turns out to be an unwitting agent provocateur and rather opportunistic with the ladies! He is played superbly well by the not-at-all dweeby Alex Scott Fairley.” (Highland Perthshire News, Monday 15 July 2013)

http://www.highlandperthshirenews.co.uk/music-performance/pft-summer-production-reviews-1

 

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2013, dir. Richard Baron)

“[Jessica] Guise and Alex Scott Fairley, as Windermere, bring enough ambivalence to their roles to make us worry about the upright couple’s future…” (The Times, Wednesday July 31 2013)

 

MOTHER GOOSE (Millfield Theatre, London 2012, dir. Marc Day)

Alex Scott Fairley steals every scene he’s in as a rip-roaring Demon King - sneering, snarling and thoroughly relishing his nastiness.” (The Stage, Friday 14 December 2012)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/37943/mother-goose

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2012, dir. Charlotte Conquest)

…a very houseproud First Fairy, hung about with rubber gloves and dusters, swishes around with a Hoover and polishes everything in sight, hilariously incongruous as First Fairy is a tall, thin and very male Alex Scott Fairley, although he does make a very excellent and entertaining woman, particularly as Thisbe in the "play within a play". (British Theatre Guide website)

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/a-midsummer-nig-guildford-colle-7693

 

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2012, dir. Caroline Devlin)

Alex Scott Fairley goes to town with his comical portrayal of French Dr Caius.” (Shakespeare Revue website)

http://shakespeare-revue.com/play.php?pid=10&action=review&rid=430

 

AN INSPECTOR CALLS (Vienna International Theatre 2012, dir. Eric Lomas)

Bewegt und schuldbewusst reagiert die jüngere Generation (Julia Thorne und Andrew Phillips, beide mit höchster Intensität), während der künftige Schwiegersohn (mit Haltung: Alex Scott Fairley) versucht, das Geschehene ganz einfach wegzurationalisieren.” [“The younger generation (Julia Thorne and Andrew Phillips, both playing with absolute intensity) are moved, and react with acknowledgement of their guilt, whilst the future son-in-law (played with poise by Alex Scott Fairley) tries to find a simple, rational explanation for the whole affair.”] (Der Neue Merker, Saturday 21 January 2012)

http://www.der-neue-merker.eu/wien-international-theatre-an-inspector-calls

 

Alex Scott Fairley brings moving touches of remorse to the otherwise stiff role of Gerald, the quintessential upper-middle-class Englishman.” (The Vienna Review, Wednesday 1 February 2012)

http://www.viennareview.net/on-the-town/on-stage/the-ghost-of-a-chance

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Millfield Theatre, London 2011, dir. Marc Day)

Alex Scott Fairley and Greg Castiglioni pounce on their comic roles as Madame Fifi and Louis with gusto, providing plenty of laughs and encouraging lots of audience participation. In their capable hands the second act is much pacier…” (The Stage, Thursday 15 December 2011)

http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/34672/beauty-and-the-beast

 

“…Fairley’s Dame, Madame Fifi, is a riotous French fancy. She leaps about the stage, parle français and has everyone shouting “Ooh la la, Fifi!” upon every entrance…” (British Theatre Guide website)

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/beautymillfield-rev

 

DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Creation Theatre, Oxford 2011, dir. Charlotte Conquest)

The supporting characters in general are played with panache, particularly Alex Scott-Farley’s grisly Pope Adrian.” (The Stage, Tuesday 22 February 2011)

 http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/31361/doctor-faustus

 

THE GRUFFALO (Tall Stories USA and UK tours 2006/2009, dir. Olivia Jacobs)

Alex Scott Fairley plays the various predators, and Alan Park brings the Gruffalo to life. Fairley probably has the most fun, shifting from Cockney fox to stiff R.A.F. officer and a Ricky-Martin-inspired snake. The others get their moments, and they all work together like a well-oiled children’s-theater-producing machine.” (The Minneapolis Review, Monday 19 January 2009)

 http://www.minnpost.com/arts-arena/2009/01/review-gruffalo-jolly-romp-all-ages

 

Alex Scott Fairley’s comic predators are a wonder – and his Joachim the Rattlesnake not only steals the show but has got to be one of the funniest comic performances of the festival.  Beg, steal or borrow a child and get over to C Too – you won’t regret it!” (Musical Theatre Network website)

www.musicaltheatrenetwork.com/wp-content/.../09/2008-reviews.docx

 

NON-SCENE (Garage Theatre, Edinburgh 2003, dir. Brian Fillis)

A superb supporting performance by the young Office Janet (Alex Scott Fairley).” (Scotsgay Magazine, issue 53, August 2003)

http://www.scotsgay.co.uk/text/sg53.txt

 

FLAHOOLEY! (Sadlers Wells, London 2012, dir. Ian Marshall-Fisher)

I should say that far and away the best thing in the whole production was Alex Scott Fairley who played Mr. Tuffles. He is a charismatic performer with perfect pitch and exquisite comic timing and it's baffling to me that he's not yet on Broadway clutching a Tony award.*(*Declaration of interest: I know and love Alex and he gave me a ticket to the show on Sunday.)” (A Desk Set Of One blog)

http://adesksetofone.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/out-and-about-2-flahooley-at-sadlers.html

 

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