Reviews

SHERLOCK HOLMES
AND THE WHITECHAPEL FIEND

adam meggido’s production is beautifully staged with fine work throughout from the designer jason denvir

– The Times –
 

jason denvir’s excellent set design makes clever use of curved steel girders to suggest both a magnifying glass, fittingly, but also a camera lens juxtaposing some clever contemporary technological touches. visually, the show is a treat.

 
– Stage Talk Magazine –
 
 

get the stage design! a fabulous mix of james bond and the pipes you don’t normally see in the local sewerage works. genuinely loved it

 
– Great British Life –

HIGH SOCIETY

The setting is New York state’s Oyster Bay; backdrop of yachts on blue water, and round moon filling a night sky, in Jason Denvir’s crisp evocative setting

– CLARE BRENNAN The Observer –

Director Joseph Pitcher has a remarkable knack for putting a fresh, inventive spin on a well known piece, while staying true to the spirit of the original, and he’s abetted here by a superb team. The production values from Jason Denvir’s airy, expensive-looking set are spiffing

– ALUN HOOD WhatsOnStage –

Porter’s music and songs are brought to sparkling life on Jason Denvir’s gorgeous terrace overlooking the yachts in Oyster Bay, Long Island

– PATRICK MARMION Daily Mail –

Jason Denvir’s striking stage design creates a tiled terrace against a backdrop of blue water and millionaire boats

– CLIVE DAVIS The Times –

Jason Denvir’s marina-chic design is all glass and marble, leaving plenty of room for Jaye Elster’s wild choreography that reinvigorates a show that might otherwise reek of nostalgia

– PAUL VALE The Stage –

Magnificent sets by Jason Denvir help create a highly polished West End Calibre production

– The Musical Theatre Review –

It offers charm and style on Jason Denvir’s geometric shape clad set with the steady sunrise of Hector Murray and Nic Farman’s Lighting Design

– MICKEY JO BOUCHER Broadway World UK –

Jason Denvir creates an interchangeable set creating fresh settings throughout the performance with an ocean backdrop that sets the scene for life in High Society

– ELAINE CHAPMAN Theatre and Art Reviews –

GYPSY

This is a show set in a series of enclosed spaces – stuffy digs, overcrowded dressings rooms and dusty railroad stations. These are all captured in Jason Denvir’s composite set, which still manages a few surprises to accompany Louise’s big transformations

– PAUL VALE The Stage –

Jason Denvir’s impressive set take us from the slums of Seattle to Vaudeville stages of New York, and the back rooms of Burlesque Houses. This is a sumptuous Gypsy that revels in the shabby and much as the chic.

– Theatre Weekly –

The extension of the stage creates and intimacy that only exists between actors and audience, but also turns Gypsy into and extended vaudeville performance rather than just another musical

– Broadway Baby –

The auditorium has been transformed by Jason Denvir into the stages of 1920’s vaudeville venues. The raised and extended thrust stage brings the performances even closer to the audience in what is already a delightfully intimate venue. There are slick scene descriptors built into the props and cloths

– Pocket Size Theatre –

With a versatile set from Jason Denvir and a new arrangement of the score, Gypsy is nothing less than a triumph

– Number 9 reviews –

The stage is perfectly formed to become a burlesque cabaret stage

– Theatre reviews –

TOP HAT

Jason Denvir’s design is a marvel of art deco panels and sconces

– The Stage –

A lavish Art-Deco design in pastel green, pink, cream and gold spreads across the stage and auditorium. This work of art identifies the period and creates the mood for this step back in time

– Broadway baby –

Jason Denvir’s design is gloriously stylish, effortlessly immersing you in the 1935 while not feeling dated at all

– All that Dazzles –

The set is just wonderful. With an central wall bed, windows that shutter open with various landscapes beyond, an art deco design throughout. It looks like the icing of a sponge cake good enough to eat

– Richard Lambert Theatre Reviews Design –

Staged largely between hotels in London and Venice, it seems impossible for the show to look anything less than utterly stylish on Jason Denvir’s set, a vibrant art-deco design in emerald, gold and cream

– Broadway world –

Jason Denvir’s design is first rate and beautifully detailed

– Londonlivinglarge –

Jason Denvir’s deco set, all chevrons and Egyptian embellishments, evokes the bewitching allure associated with the golden age of Hollywood movies. The period detail and aesthetic he has achieved is nothing short of perfection

– The Recs –

Jason Denvir’s ingeniously crafted Art Deco set transports us, by sheer slight of hand, to each location

– The spy in the stalls –

Jason Denvir’s set design is chic art deco in gorgeous pastels with real attention to detail built in. This one set manages to span three countries, and has some nifty ways of taking us to various locations

– Theatre Weekly –

A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK

jason denvir’s claustrophobic hotel room is thick with remorse, fear and the human needs to take comfort in a strangers arms.

– attitude.co.uk –

jonathan o’boyle’s perfectly subtle and increasingly powerful production, on designer jason denvir’s liminal set, with its bed and television, symbols of both connection and distraction.

– london theatre guide –

set designer jason denvir and lighting designer nic farman have both made for a snug setting, though discomfort and claustrophobia. 

– the upcoming –

jason denvir’s hotel room provides the anonymous, yet also intimate, setting for what proves to be a deep examination of masculinity, homosexuality, and how people repress things.

– whatsonstage –

jason denvir has recreated one of those low-budget hotel rooms that seems decorated to emphasise alienation and depression – as teddy jokingly remarks, it’s the “same shade of ugly”.

– the artsdesk –

aspects of love

Jason Denvir’s design, a wall of cornflower blue shutters, backlit in various shades of sunset, is sumptuous and rather gorgeous.

– the stage – ****

 Jason Denvir’s flexible, charming slatted-door set design looks like an homage to Maria Björnson’s gorgeous original and, in tandem with Aaron J Dootson’s evocative lighting design, succeeds in whisking us around the various European locales – from Paris to Venice then Pau in the South of France- between the 1940s and 1960s.

 A glamorous, captivating European antidote to a miserable London winter and with a sensational central performance, this is one to see.

– whatsonstage –

a magnificent production; now the shoe finally fits and ‘aspects’ is off to the ball.. a dappled pastel-infused shutter-encircled design from jason denvir conjuring warm nights of yearning and desire… some kind of alchemy has occurred. go and soak up the magic before it’s too late.

– whatsonstage –

ravishingly good revival… this stripped back production elevates the show into an unalloyed masterwork… the intimate performing space creates an almost suffocating intensity, perfectly in keeping with the passions and thwarted love being enacted onstage. jason denvir’s shutter-festooned set ably conjures up the bohemian playgrounds of paris and venice, a perfect backdrop to create a series of strikingly backlit tableaus, reaching their peak with the intoxicating tango that accompanies ‘hand me the wine and the dice’.

– the stage –    *****

jason denvir has transformed the intimate setting with an expanse of shutter doors which are used to great effect as we glide through multiple cities bathed in atmospheric shafts of light… the sheer quality of this production breathes new life into lloyd webber’s work. slick, stylish and oozing with passion.

– opening night –

sunday in the park with george

jason denvir’s costuming goes a long way to creating firstly the illusion of Seurat’s 19th century Paris and then after the break, the cliched pretensions of New York’s modern art community.

-musical theatre reivew – Jonathan Baz* * * *

imaginary

pixar-esque with the 7ft tall Big Brenda, giving a performance that’s even bigger than his colossal outfit and wig (costume credit: Jason Denvir) 

-musical theatre reivew – Jonathan Baz* * * * *

brass

jason denvir’s simply effective designs perfectly setting the scenes.

– musical theatre review – jonathan baz. ****

simple but terrifying designs by jason denvir … the stage language is striking, unsettling and constantly surprising… human individual stories being told in a world that seems to offer little in the way of personal comfort or shelter.

– british theatre.com review – julian eaves *****

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Jason Denvir’s brilliant set is transformed from three separate slides in the blink of an eye into three houses of straw, sticks and brick, the first two crumbling under the wolf’s huffing and puffing but Q’s more thoughtful brick edifice defying all his dastardly efforts. The set was almost the star turn for my grand-daughter who has now given up on “awesome” as the mot juste to express pleasure. These days the acting, singing, dancing, set and story are “epic” instead
Musical Theatre Review – Jeremy Chapman

Jason Denvir’s set comes into its own in the final act, when the three pigs’ houses are revealed. They’re rather sumptuous creations; one heaves with hay, another is made up of spindly sticks and the pièce de résistance, the brick house, comes complete with a smoking fireplace. The audience bursts into spontaneous applause.
The Guardian – Mirrian Gillinson

Jason Denvir has given The Three Little Pigs a look that is quite incredible. From the rotund pig outfits that exaggerate Ewan Jones fabulous dance routines to the set, which resembles a Van Gogh countryside keeps the look of the show interesting with tricks aplenty as the Wolf huffs and puffs.
Britishtheatre.com – Doug Mayo

He finds his way to the building site where the pigs, with the ingenious help of designer Jason Denvir, have erected structures of straw and sticks – with a Stomp-like percusssion number to set the mood – and the more durable brick bolthole that opens out spaciously, and colourfully, to accommodate the happy family reunion at the end.
Whatsonstage.com – Micheal Coveney

Jason Denvir’s ingenious designs have real charm. The big bad wolf is more interested in preening his vertiginous quiff than dismembering tender piglets clad as they are in capacious pink onesies
The Telegraph – Jane Shilling

There is no sign that Drewe (who also directs), designer Jason Denvir and choreographer Ewan Jones have been limited by staging the piece around the set of The Commitments, in situ at the Palace Theatre. Instead, the colourful, imaginative approach creates a narrative that flows effortlessly as Bar, Bee and Q learn that life is best when ‘families stick together’.
The Stage – Lisa Martland

Mother Pig and her three offspring are up-sized by wearing Jason Denvir’s clever half-body fat suits. Denvir is also responsible for the set which is simple but no less effective, and presumably had to be designed around that belonging to The Commitments.
Plays to See – Richard Voyce

Jason Denvir’s costume design is modern and fits the tone of the production perfectly.
Broadway World – Jenny Antill

Jason Denvir’s simple yet colourful design animates the piece, with effective costuming and a clever set design.
Public reviews – Scott Stait

MACK AND MABEL

“Jason Denvir’s evocative prop store set with moody shafts of light through smoke is a setting which makes full use of a dank vault beneath
London Bridge station that dares you to lift your spirits for too long.”

Attitude.co.uk

“The glorious staging with some of the highest production values a fringe show has surely ever seen”
The Evening Standard

“The Vault at Southwark Playhouse is the perfect space for a show which largely takes place in film studios and set & costume designer Jason Denvir and lighting designer Howard Hudson have done a great job creating the backstage world and the early 20th century period with a pile of props and machinery at the back which is brought forward and moved around to create many different scenes. The period costumes are excellent and the lighting is hugely atmospheric.”
garethjames.wordpress.com

“The intimate surroundings of the Vault studio of the Playhouse are the perfect setting for the production; Jason Denvir adorns the murky, cavernous stage area in the classic movie studio paraphernalia of the day; with the audience seated just inches away from the action, it is nigh- on impossible not to feel part of the process. A leak in the ceiling drips steadily onto the crude concrete floor; a Super 8mm film projector clinks and whirrs into action and the Vault is thrown into implausibly dramatic lighting (Howard Hudson) from the authentic-looking floor lamps; within moments I was rapt.”
CTStheatreblog

THIRD FLOOR

“Jason Denvir’s set design provides not only a brilliant platform for the drama but a space (aided by the intimate Trafalgar Studios 2) that genuinely feels as though it could be the cramped hallway of a new apartment block.”
British Theatre Guide

WOLFBOY

“Jason Denvir’s succinct design concept works perfectly in this intimate venue”
The Stage

HONK!

“A superly designed show by Jason Denvir….puts the icing on the cake for this really promising seasonal offering.”
The Stage

“Jason Denvir’s ingenious design allows for flying geese, dancing frogs and hatching eggs to grace the stage with equal believability and a genuine sense of fun throughout”
What’s On Stage

“It’s deftly done, with a design by Jason Denvir that makes a virtue of the fact that the whole thing feels a mite cramped on the Royal stage.”
The Guardian

“The joyous energy of Panton’s production is played on Jason Denvir’s colourful set … (providing) major contributions to ensuring the story and its human world in animal form are treated to a vigorous, colourful outing.”
Reviews gate

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

“Both find the lacerating edge of albee’s razored dialogue: they hurl perfectly honed hate across designers Jason Denvir’s
smoky, shabby living room set with terrifying precision”

Time Out

“The emotional baggage of George and Martha’s relationship is reflected by the cluttered set, a convincing 1960’s academic’s living room /study complete with jazz records, modern art, Life magazines, and of course drinks cabinet.”
Londonist

“Jason Denvir’s design sets a suitably tawdry tone, with a worn-out animal hide splayed across the floor as a sardonic reminder of the blood sport being played out.”
Mail On Sunday

“Jason Denvir’s cluttered living room set is also a labour of love with the kind of gorgeous attention to detail you can savour at such close quarter’s’”
Daily Express

“The compact nature of the smaller Trafalgar Studio contributes to the play’s pungent atmosphere as the events unfold so very close to your eyes. Jason Denvir’s set, depicting a 1960’s bourgeois living room complete with tasteless wallpaper and chintzy drinks cabinet, also helps the evening along.”
Music OMH

STIG OF THE DUMP

“Clive King’s engaging tale, about a boy who discovers a caveman living in the local chalk pit turned dump, is brought vividly to like in the tabard’s imaginative production. Considering the venue’s size, Jason Denvir’s picturebook perfect set represents a design feat. Using raised platforms, the safe domestic world sits cosily above an impressively realised chalk pit, decorated in detail with debris and framed by suspended jam jars with fairylights.“
The Stage