Reviews, Reaction & Testimonials

While the majority of our shows each have their own dedicated page including several reviews and pieces of audience feedback for that particular production, we have also collected a selection for you to read and enjoy here, together with several testimonials from venues, charities and other partners we have been privileged to work with over the years.


~ Working with Shadow Road was a very exciting experience, especially as we’d not organised a theatrical production here at London Wetland Centre before. So we were delighted when Emma King-Farlow wrote bespoke productions for us, both for our St George’s Day activities and Robin Hood. She managed to use the unique nature of the Centre to maximise its potential for both plays. Although it was very hard work for both parties managing the events, Shadow Road were always extremely professional and the end productions were thrilling – our visitors loved them!
Catherine Starling
Marketing & Communications Manager, WWT London Wetland Centre
~ Emma and the team have been great to work with, always ready to talk through ideas, and understanding of our needs and restrictions working in sensitive locations. Their creative ideas really help our place shine.
Emily Ryley
Senior Visitor Experience Officer, Ham House & Gardens
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~ Dreams from the Pit had the audience spellbound. It was an emotional rollercoaster and, from what I could tell, very much appreciated. This was a huge undertaking, most professionally executed. Thank you for doing it to support us. It did a lot of good and got the word out to a new audience.
Commodore Andrew Cameron
Chief Executive, Combat Stress
~ We asked Emma to direct the most challenging production we have ever undertaken, Jesus Christ Superstar. Once she decided she was going to take on the challenge, Emma stuck with it and successfully overcame all obstacles with a professional, personable and graceful attitude. The use of the church, lighting,interpretation of the storylines, costumes - it all came together in a remarkable show, which everyone loved to be part of and was proud to have engaged with. The Barnes Community Players put their trust in Emma's ability and we were not disappointed. She 'gets the job done' with grace, integrity and efficiency, creating a remarkable show. I would would recommend Emma without hesitation.
Patrick Van den Bergh
Chairman, Barnes Community Players
Jesus and Mary

Having taken a Visitors’ Book to all of our Fireside Folktales performances, we are lucky enough to have more positive feedback than we can share here!  You can read some of it on each of our individual production pages – to find all of our Fireside Folktales’ plays visit here.

In the meantime, here is a small selection of the reactions we recorded from our very first performances at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, 11th-12th May 2019:

While part of our Fireside Folktales collection we couldn’t not give A Christmas Carol it’s own section on our reviews page. We call it our “acclaimed” production for a reason. It has been our joy to bring this show to various properties, including Southside House, National Trust locations, St Mary’s, the Coach & Horses and a number of charity performances at care homes, cancer centres, and a treatment ward.

If you would like to book A Christmas Carol for your own private event, or would like to speak to us about bringing it to a charity location please email us at:

While we couldn’t fit all of our reviews here, here are a few of our favourite:

~ Thank you for a brilliant and professional performance this afternoon. The changes of emotions and clothing with such integrity of acting was quite moving. So pleased to be with you - a gem of an afternoon!
John P
Audience Member at The Mulbery Cancer Support Centre
~ This was an excellent production. I found myself entirely engrossed in the tale. Well done!
Audience Member

~ Stunning and talented. Thank you 

~ Really talented bunch, a really impressive interpretation & dramatisation – so creative with the props and the overall format.  Brilliant & congratulations! 

~ I loved it! Utterly magical. Thank you
Audience Members
~ Thank you for the fantastic Shadow Road Productions team for the wonderful performance of A Christmas Carol. Everyone really enjoyed it and it felt very festive!
Irene O'Donnell
Teenage Cancer Center
~ This was amazing, would love to view again
J Zaman
Audience Member
~ A beautiful production! Very emotional. Well done
Audience Member
~ Such an innovative and engaging performance! My 4 year-old son and I enjoyed it - and we especially loved the future spirit and the magical tunes!
Audience Member at Southside House
~ Simply wonderful afternoon and I hope to see more of what you do come Easter?
Françoise G
Audience Member at Southside House
~ A beautiful programme - very moving and the puppets/spirit of Christmas yet to come were amazing. My friends' teenage daughter joined us and she loved the performance as well
Audience Member at Southside House
~ Utterly brilliant, spellbinding and wonderful. I have a lump in my throat as I think about it ....
Celia F
Audience Member
~ Great evening last night - your show is amazing!!! Well done and very pleased that the BCA supported this production.
Steven Mindel
Chairman of the Barnes Community Association
~ Emma King-Farlow has mounted a truly magical production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at St Mary’s Church, Barnes…
Mia Gibbons
Churches Together in Barnes
~ This production was such a pleasure. The fine story by C.S. Lewis was performed by a great team of actors, all of them perfectly in character. The Christian allegory worked gently but effectively in the beautiful mediaeval St Mary's Church, Barnes. The opening 40’s dance set the scene in wartime Britain, from where the evacuee children escape through the wardrobe to Narnia. Costumes were inventive and the simple set was used imaginatively. Many thanks to all and to the volunteers and Barnes Community Association. A special evening.
Audience Member
~ That was EXCELLENT. Thoroughly brilliant production. My daughter and her friend were scared witless by the White Witch. The acting, the pace, the energy, the eerie music - all amazing. Well done to all.
Laura v d B
Audience Member
~ A production of a high calibre and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It had great direction, an inventive set design within the church itself, excellent costumes, a well thought out and realistic sound track, a surprisingly complex lighting design...and good acting from all the performers. A pre- Halloween treat
Audience Member

We have received so many wonderful feedbacks from our UNBROKEN festivals that it’s impossible to include them all here. But you can view them on the UNBROKEN website here

To see more reviews and testimonials from our past productions click on the productions below: 

More reviews of Artistic Director Emma King-Farlow’s work, together with testimonials from others who have previously worked with her, can be found HERE on her website.