by Gary Henderson
The Hope Theatre
Off West End Award Finalist 2021 - Best Movement
Off West End Award Nomination 2017 - Best Director
CRITICS CHOICE BEST SHOWS 2017 - London Pub Theatres
We chat to fast rising director of SKIN TIGHT, Max Kirk, bringing award-winning New Zealand plays to the UK - Interview
"bursts with passion and energy... the set, lighting and sound design intertwine, working beautifully together"
***** A View From the Outside
"Sensual and balletic...expertly directed"
***** Close Up Culture
"The clarity of Max Kirk's direction and staging is impeccable"
"Kirk’s direction is dynamic from the offset"
"draws the audience in and holds them spellbound"
"Moving, provocative, and truly original as a piece of art"
- Islington Tribune
"Flawless... heartbreaking" Miro Magazine
Just Before Sunrise by Max Kirk
The Alma Tavern Theatre
‘‘brilliantly written, deftly performed and a joy to watch. Max Kirk is a name we will definitely be seeing a lot more in the future"
"the whole audience was left in amazement, with one such reviewer left quite simply in complete bewilderment as to how to do justice to such a poignant performance"
‘a cosmic understanding of life and love’
***** Bristol Theatre Review
"witty, poignant, intellectually chewy and often very moving" B 24/7
HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman adapted by Nicholas Wright
The Winston Theatre
***** Epigram (On Part 1)
"so good that I’m running out of positive adjectives to use’
***** Intermission (On Part 1)
"a masterful display of performance, narrative, and sheer emotional lucidity."
***** Epigram (On Part 2)
"plays of poetry, love and drama that draw you into their world"
***** Intermission (On Part 2)
***** Bristol Theatre Review (On Part 2)
Get Your Sh*t Together by Artemis Howard and Elliot Salt
Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
‘Directors… deserve enormous credit for shaping the production into such a heady cocktail of laughter and melody’
**** Edfringe review
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW - Fringe review
Low Tide in Glass Bay by Artemis Howard and Elliot Salt
Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
"Impossible not to feel invested in every character"
"the cast were so well selected it seemed as if the characters were written for them personally"
"keeps the laughs coming... a likeable look at what happens when grown-ups still have a lot to learn from the school of life."
Henna Night by Amy Rosenthal
Etcetera Theatre Camden
"An intelligent and well-observed two-hander"
Susan Elkin, Sardines magazine
Walk Swiftly and with Purpose by Siofra Dromgoole
The North Wall
"a tumbling, touching story of four female friends on the brink of adulthood – imagine an English, all-girl Superbad"
- Fergus Morgan, Alchymy critic in residence
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce adapted by Max Kirk
“Kirk’s trademark quirky directing style paved the way for some beautiful shadowplay, which, not to give too much away, added a cinematic backdrop to the whistle-stop tour through Philippa Pearce’s children’s classic.”
Up! by Pete Docter adapted by Max Kirk,
Anson Rooms, Bristol
"Rendered sensitively and skillfully, Max Kirk’s bold directorial move to retain the younger versions of lovers Carl and Ellie onstage to linger amongst their older selves successfully weaves us into a scene of past and present.” Epigram Bristol
The River by Jez Butterworth
The Wardrobe Theatre
"A tense, surprising and sexy play that’s not just about fish"
"the direction is so good"
"I would certainly like to see more from director Max Kirk"