The dialogue is exquisite. It does more than simply jump off the page, it leaps out grabs you by the throat and smacks you around. A truly original well written piece that succeeds in doing what I always want from a good play. To learn. To think. To laugh. To cry. To feel. -- Roy Williams Obe, Playwright Beautifully pared down, the rhythms of life are really there. The writers have given a voice to those who have none. -- Jane Boston, Senior Lecturer And Head Of International Voice Central School of Speech and Drama A play like this helps to dash the misconceptions that children get into the care system because of something they have done wrong. A moving experience to watch as the story unfolds and one that needs to be put there for the public to see. -- Pam Redican Principal of Wings School, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire. Winner of the Pride of Britain Award for her dedication to the education and care of 'difficult' young people Uncompromising depiction of urban life..this is a raw punchy piece. -- Henry Hitchings Evening Standard 20120106 Powerful new play. The dialogue continually bubbles with unpredictable comic life. Agonising and funny at the same time. -- Paul Taylor Independent 20120106 A raw edgy piece. Punchy dialogue..a sharp understanding of displaced people. The play's portrait of a social system that offers care but no protection leaves an uneasy aftertaste. -- Michael Billington Guardian 20120107 A gripping new chamber play. A disturbing portrait of a feckless white youth. The storyline's fragmented glimpses are intriguing. -- Kate Basset Independent On Sunday 20120108 A raw edgy piece. Punchy dialogue..a sharp understanding of displaced people. The play's portrait of a social system that offers care but no protection leaves an uneasy aftertaste. -- Michael Billington Guardian 20120107 A bruising sad play. Very good on the painful relationship between father and son. A painful, promising play..it ends wisely and movingly. -- Sarah Hemming Financial Times 20120109 The dialogue is always lean and accurate. Absorbing, unflinching. -- Dominic Maxwell Times 20120110 A play written - rather exceptionally - by a writer/performer in her sixties and an actor in his twenties. Clarity of intention..that thoroughly grips. -- Dominic Cavendish Daily Telegraph 20120120 Unique as a piece of new writing. Fog has a tenderness and subtlety. A subtle study of lives adrift. -- Caroline McGinn Time Out London 20120112 Hard-hitting and devastatingly pointed writing. -- Martin Newman Huffpost Culture 20120112 A fierce heart breaking snapshot of the concrete horizons and posturing demotics of inner-city London estates. Effortlessly captures the under-siege mentality of inner-city culture..in a play you wish was twice as long. -- Claire Allfree Metro (London) 20120110 There is real craft in this writing collaboration. -- John Nathan Jewish Chronicle 20120113 A bruising lyrical short about teenagers in London whose quality and impact suggests that 2012 in London's only wine bar theatre, will be as impressive as it was in 2011. -- Caroline McGinn Time Out 20120106 A thumping, emotionally fraught and brilliantly written play. Emotionally devastating. -- Aleks Sierz The Stage 20120106 At its best, the language of the play feels like it's been inhaled through a water pipe and then exhaled to the beat of drum 'n' bass. It burns, it stings, it makes your blood tingle...there's an intensity and a rush to the dialogue that gives the work its emotional punch...Fired up by this linguistic energy, Fog is sometimes frightening in its anger and desperation. It rushes along like a roach flushed down a plughole. A story that leaves you stunned by its violence, and its terrible sadness...Fierce and terrifying. -- Aleks Sierz The Arts Desk 20120106 Funny, powerful and very, very real, it is also mesmerisingly sad..masterful writing put(s) Britain's care system on trial in courageous new play." -- Martin Newman The Mirror 20120106 A painful, promising play, raising the thorny issue of fatherless boys and of young care leavers and their difficulties. -- Sarah Hemming The Financial Times 20120108 The dialogue continually bubbles with unpredictable comic life. A collaboration made in the vicinity of heaven. -- Paul Taylor The Independent, 20120106 'Fog' is unique as a piece of new writing. Tash Fairbanks and Toby Wharton's (play) benefits richly from the verve and faux-yardie argot of youth and the poignant wisdom of experience. Aching and explosive. -- Caroline McGinn Time Out 20120109 Funny, powerful and very, very real, it is also mesmerisingly sad. -- Martin Newman The Mirror 20120106
About the Author
Tash Fairbanks is a writer, theatrical performer and playwright. She trained at E15 Acting School, and was a founder member of the lesbian feminist Siren Theatre Company. Her playwriting includes commissions for Theatre of Thelema, Women's Theatre Group, Graeae, Theatre Centre and Charter Theatre Company with such works as Mama's Gone a Hunting, Curfew, From the Divine and Wash Your Hands Please. Toby Wharton graduated from RADA in 2007, and his acting credits include: Days of Significance (RSC), Ajax (Riverside Studios), Transient (Pleasance/Shunt Vaults), Home (Tristan Bates Theatre). Film and TV includes Post code, Silent Witness and The Bill. He has also taken part in many readings and workshops at The Royal Court, Young Vic, Soho, and National studios.