Cindy packs so much information in her talks that there is something to interest everyone. With her energy and enthusiasm, she is a great favourite at The Print Room, and we are delighted that she can adapt herself to speak and write on almost all of our productions.
The Print Room
Cindy manages to strike the perfect balance with her talks. By giving newcomers a comprehensible understanding of the background to the play, whilst simultaneously stimulating more informed audiences with a fresh perspective, she brings a whole new dimension to the work we present. Thought-provoking and entertaining, her presentations have proved very popular with our members.
Jermyn Street Theatre
Dr Lawford’s pre-show talks before my productions of Judgement Day and 4000 Miles offered audiences a fascinating introduction to the world of these plays. I found her approach accessible and engaging but also hugely detailed and insightful – learning so much about the context of both plays that I hadn’t discovered in months of research and rehearsals!
Was just about to text you to say how much April [de Angelis] and I had enjoyed your pre show talk for 4000 Miles. Very interesting background material, beautifully presented that hugely heightened the pleasure to be got from the show. Thank you.
Theatre director and television producer
I just wanted to … say how excellent I thought the pre show talk on Horvath was on Monday. I absolutely loved it, and it brought out such an amazing richness and background that I wouldn’t otherwise have appreciated. .. [All that Cindy had to say] was both highly relevant and extremely interesting and engaging.
Faith, Hope and Charity
Dr Cindy Lawford gave a fantastic talk at our recent production of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Everyone present found it informative, engrossing and entertaining – full of material that shed a new light on the production, and that threw up interesting conversations and questions. The audience was gripped – no mean feat considering they had been sitting on wooden benches for an hour and half! We’ve already got Cindy booked in for Moby-Dick, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Playwright and Director, simple8 theatre company
Dr Cindy Lawford has the vibrant energy of an artist who happens to be academic and this is wonderful! I love her talks and I always learn from her in the most exciting way!
Director for Theatre Lab
Lysistrata and The Oresteia
Cindy has been doing pre-show talks at the Print Room for the past two years, and we’ve loved the response we got from audiences.
The Print Room
Given the impossibly difficult task of giving offering background on a play which, by it’s very magical pseudo-improvised nature, should be as mysterious as possible, Cindy was an absolute marvel and exceeded all my expectations! THOM PAIN (BASED ON
NOTHING) is, at it’s best, able to tease the audience thrillingly; sometimes offering everything, sometimes nothing. Cindy was able to draw the audience further into Will’s writing without ever compromising the essential riddle of the play! I would be honoured to work with her again.
Simon Evans, Director
Cindy combines immense passion, humour and impressive research, and the audience come away informed and ready to see the show. I can’t think of a better warm-up!
Lucy Bailey, Director
Kingdom of Earth and Uncle Vanya