⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Weekend Notes
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Broadway Baby
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Gutter Culture
WINNER - MOST OTUSTANDING PERFORMER - NZ Fringe
NOMINATED - BEST IN FRINGE -NZ Fringe
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AWARD - Fringe Review UK
"It is storytelling at its best." - Theatre Review New Zealand
Giant and Angry
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Age
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Gutter Culture
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Fringe Feed
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Perth Happenings
WINNER - BEST SCRIPT - Montreal Fringe
NOMINATED - BEST COMEDY - Fringe World Perth
NOMINATED - BEST VISUAL IDENTITY - Montreal Fringe
A Bitter Shrew
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Weekend Notes
Sarah W., The Plus Ones
“You are watching a pro at the top of her game.“
Christine Pyman, Broadway World Adelaide
"Wildly funny and on point!"
Aidan Johnson, Pop Culture-y
“English also does more than simple laughs. The show is cleverly written and performed, and takes the audience on an emotional journey, so much so that after a poignant moment it was possible to feel the tension and anxiety in the room. Then she brings it all back again with some tasteful yet relieving jokes. It’s a testimony to her ability to write and perform that despite the more heart-wrenching moments, the audience was still able to leave.”
Christine Pyman, Broadway World Adelaide
“English's intense energy and breathtakingly fast delivery catches the mood of today's life, shows the rage, and range of contemporary womanhood, and throws in some basic anatomy for the male viewers.”
Culture Team, Cult Montreal
“...delivering zinger after zinger to the roaring audience with the utmost ease through her amiable and positively effervescent stage presence.”
Stephen Cooke, Local Xpress
“Her approach is casual, sipping a beer as she relates her tales, but her focus is constant, and her candour refreshing. English isn't truly bitter, she's hopeful that there are better times — and partners — ahead, but you might be if you don't get to hear her ribald stories first-hand.”
Get Around Me
Madeline Copp, Mooney on Theatre
“Get Around Me is not just worth seeing, it’s necessary to experience.”
Gareth Williams, The Music
“The show is laugh out loud, uncomfortable at times, brutally honest and just plain brutal. Go see it.”
Julia Hern, Australian Stage
“It’s a sobering story that is way too common but rarely told in the first person. English tells it with passion and pride.”
Drag Queen Stole My Dress
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Gutter Culture
Evan Webster, The Chronicle Herald
“It’s gritty, it’s real, and I loved it.”
Bonnie Parker, Stories Well Told
“English’s performance is bold, confident and heart-warming.
One of the best things about English’s vivacious performance is just how likeable she is,
by the end of the show you feel more like her friend than an audience member.”
Hi!Drama New York, Review, February 28, 2014, by Eva Heinemann
"Gillian English knows how to paint a vivid story without any of the
ususal one person tricks with voice and posture changing although
on occasion she proved she is very good at accents.
(Look out Meryl Streep)...Gillian English is a wonderful storyteller engaging
the audience and reacting to our reactions as we gasped or fell out
of our seats laughing.It had an intimate feel; like we were sitting at a bar
as she recounts this life-changing incident in her life."
NY Theater Now, Review, February 28, 2014 by Ed Malin
"Delicious and triumphant!"
Manhattan With A Twist, Review, February 25, 2014 by Jacy Topps
Love in the Time of Time Machines
Hi!Drama New York, Love in the Time of Time Machines Review, February 27, 2013, by Eva Heinemann
"The 3 superb,sincere actors have great comic timing."
NYTheater.Com, Love in the Time of Time Machines Review (excerpt), By Ed Malin, February 22, 2013
"The formidable Gillian English, whose recent credits include starring roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Matt and Ben is believable both in her motivation for staying with her boyfriend and for leaving him."
Mooney on Theatre, Love in the Time of Time Machines Review, February 17, 2013, by Adam Collier
"Love In The Time Of Time Machines makes incredible use of its three performers and an ultra-simple set to pull off a clever, ambitious plot."
Stage Buzz, Interview, February 24, 2013, Byrne Harrison
Stage Buddy Interview, February 21, 2013
Theater in the Now Spotlight, New York, February 18, 2013
A Woman of No Importance
FAB Magazine, A Woman of No Importance Review, January 27, 2013 by Michael Lyons
"Gillian English, as well, serving ’80s Dynasty realness, plays an anxious, condescending wife, oft upturning her nose, and is equally a joy to watch."
Antony and Cleopatra
The National Post - Canada, Antony and Cleopatra Preview, by Jason Rehel, September 21, 2012
"One of the original battlegrounds of the sexes gets a saucy reboot as Theatre Elusive brings its daring rendition of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Gillian English stars as the eponymous heroine, with William MacGregor as Antony, her lover. The story, of course, is sadly all-too-universal, even 2,000 years later: “Women are still vilified and have their power reduced to their sexual value, their appearance,” says the play’s director, Rosanna Saracino. Egypt’s self-styled Isis is perhaps the archetypal example of the patriarchy’s ability to derail even the most powerful female leaders; the monarch was a brilliant tactician, military planner and political persuader, but ultimately her story was defined 15 centuries later by the Bard as simply one half of a doomed romance. Herewith, then, the 21st century’s redefinition, from the same crew that brought us the hit stageplay Matt & Ben."
The Charlebois Post - Toronto, Antony and Cleopatra Review (excerpt), by Christian Baines, September 28, 2012
"Leading the cast is producer, Gillian English as Cleopatra, determined to portray Egypt’s queen as an object of respect, admiration and fear, whilst never forgetting to indulge those character traits that see her attacked as Antony’s whore. Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare’s most complicated female roles, and English attacks it with fearless authority. That said, in a production that prides itself on emphasizing the queen’s political prowess, it’s an oddly submissive gesture to enter the space by descending the stairs backwards, emphatically rear-first. This, however, is a one-off offence. There’s no questioning English’s presence or charisma throughout the rest of the play."
Mooney on Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra Review (excerpt), by Samantha Wu, September 29, 2012
"I found Gillian English’s portrayal of Cleopatra compelling and eye-catching; she embodies the regality of the Queen of Egypt, and the inherent sex appeal of a strong and proud woman. She also personifies the fragility of a woman with the weight of a nation’s fate on top of her; a woman in love; and a woman that has to play the political game surrounded by powerful men. The juxtaposition between Cleopatra, Antony and Octavius is exquisite – the moment when Cleopatra bows in supplication to Octavius is raw and powerful."
I Don't Like You
The Coast, I Don't Like - Article Excerpt, by Kevin Hartford, August 9, 2012"The title I Don't Like You is derived from one of English's romantic misadventures with an actual human being. "I was seeing this guy and we went on some dates," she says. "I didn't really like him. There was nothing redeemable about him, but he kept asking me out on dates and for some reason I kept going. After awhile, I realized he hadn't so much as tried to hold my hand and I was like, 'Dude, what gives?' And he looks at me and says, 'I just don't like you.' I was like, 'What a perfect name for a show.'"
CTV Morning Live, I Don't Like You Preview Interview with Heidi Petracek, August 10, 2012
Matt and Ben
CBC Radio - Here and Now, Matt and Ben Preview Interview by Laura Di Battista, November 16, 2011
Mooney on Theatre, Matt and Ben Review (excerpt), by Tasha DiLoreto, November 26, 2011
"English’s portrayal as a clueless and dense Ben is the perfect counter to Whitney’s version of an uptight and perfectionist Matt, who forces Affleck to sit through staring exercises that Affleck hilariously deems “weird and gay”."