for Tis Pity She's a Whore
Breakfast, interview: Michael
was interviewed about The Ensemble Project on the TV One show Breakfast on Tuesday 16 March 2007.
New Zealand Herald: "Michael Hurst's no-frills production avoids sensationalising the play's gruesome material. Through skilful editing the complex narrative is presented with great clarity and the audience is engrossed by a well-paced story that is punctuated by violence."
Metro: "Hurst’s work with the group of new actors chosen for the Silo’s Ensemble Project has produced an intense and visceral performance packed with extreme emotion. . . .
This fine, exhilarating production honours a classic work with a real sense of danger."
theatreview.co.nz: "This production - 'an excavated classic adapted by Michael Hurst' - is peppered with modern expletives and an elegant early 20th century look. It ultimately boils down to another timeless classic exposé of a two faced social order, where insidious corruption and ruthless moral judgements make for conniving and bloodthirsty bedfellows. . . . [Giovanni and Annabella's] success in winning the audience's sympathy is a testament to the performances of Pickering and Soper under Michael Hurst's strong and clear direction."