Reviews

Colour Radio      Edinburgh Festival 1979 (Fringe First)      Director and contributing writer

‘Intelligent, acute, observant, coruscating wit, incredibly funny.’ (The Edinburgh Festival Times)

The Last Day of a Condemned Man      Upstream Theatre London and Edinburgh Festival 1979     Adapted from Victor Hugo and directed by Murray Watts

‘The Last Day of a Condemned Man is brilliantly conceived’ (Time Out)

Moscow Circles      Edinburgh and Dublin festivals 1984      Adapted from Benedict Erofeev and directed by Murray Watts

‘Moscow Circles is riveting… extraordinarily brilliant.’ (Dublin Evening Herald)

The Fatherland      Bush Theatre at Riverside Studios Jan 1989      Written by Murray Watts and directed by Brian Stirner

‘When you hear of a play written by a white man about a family living in Soweto, there are bound to be misgivings. Murray Watts’ Fatherland is, however, utterly convincing. In its mixture of tragedy and comedy, its poetry and political commitment, it is reminiscent of Sean O’Casey.’ (The Guardian)

‘A moving and ambitious drama by Murray Watts… There are several moments when, as in the finest Chekhov productions, one finds oneself laughing at the characters in a haze of sympathetic tears… This fine play….’ (The Daily Telegraph)

The Miracle Maker      Screenwriter      2000 S4C/BBC/ICON

The Miracle Maker, at one time the world’s largest animation project, was five years in the making. On the strength of the screenplay by Murray Watts, British Screen decided to fund the project and an international cast of stars was assembled, including Ralph Fiennes, William Hurt, Julie Christie, Richard E Grant, Miranda Richardson and Ian Holm. The film opened nationwide in the UK on March 31st 2000 to critical acclaim… it was the prime time movie for Easter Day 2000 on ABC in the US, and was the top-rated film on the US network. The film was rapturously received by the American critics and public and won the Movieguide Award for the most inspirational movie on US TV in 2000. It received its second US prime time transmission on Easter Day 2001 and its first on the UK on BBC 1, Good Friday 2001. The film continues to be shown in many languages around the world.

‘A truly memorable film…’ adapted by Murray Watts with admirable clarity and freshness.’ (****The Sunday Times)

‘Murray Watts’s script is an admirable combination of simplicity and detail… doing justice to the religious, racial and social context…. Compelling.’ (Time Out)

‘One of the most powerful renditions of the Christ story you’re likely to see… the script by Murray Watts is sharp and unpreachy… an Easter treat.’ (**** Metro)

‘One of the most entrancing pieces of story telling I have seen in ages… beautifully crafted… miraculous…’ (The Times)

‘The thoughtful script finds a new way of presenting the story of Christ… destined to become a classic.’ (***** Daily Mail)

‘Glorious… surprisingly poetic and lifelike… Murray Watts’ elegant script….’ (Variety)

Mr. Darwin’s Tree      Westminster Abbey and tour 2009-12     Writer and Director

‘The highly-acclaimed one man show by Murray Watts… a prolonged standing ovation for actor Andrew Harrison… A brilliant, fast-paced and beautifully detailed performance’ (Church Times)

‘Murray Watts has argued that theatre needs more plays about faith and helps to justify his beliefs with these two plays (Mr Darwin's Tree and First Light): respectful to piety but open-minded about the counter arguments, completely different in subject but equally thoughtful and absorbing.’ (Mark Lawson, The Tablet)