Anne-Marie Piazza

Trained at The Bristol Old Theatre School


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Alice review in The Stage

★★★★ After the warm response to Alice in Wonderland last year, it makes sense that Iris Theatre should tackle the arguably lesser known novel, Alice Through the Looking Glass for its 2014 season. Writer Daniel Winder has taken the Lewis Carroll’s convoluted narrative and adapts it to create a highly entertaining and epic journey…. Anne-Marie Plazza juxtaposes the veracity of the Red Queen with the humility of a humble Mosquito

Jamie Jackson’s inspired direction celebrates Carroll’s bizarre imagination and channels the eccentricities of British life – laced with ritual and religion – to bring the audience into the plot of this superlative promenade production.

Verdict: A tireless, talented ensemble bring Carroll’s lesser-known work to life with flair and invention (The Stage)

 

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A few more Looking Glass Reviews

 

Anne-Marie Piazza dashes off as the energetic Red Queen to emerge in moments as Mosquito or prancing Unicorn as well as providing some delicious vocals. (British Theatre Guide)

As the Red Queen, Anne-Marie Piazza gave a marvellous “best of British”….With an outstanding cast and fluid direction from Jamie Jackson, this could just be the show of the summer. (LondonTheatre1.com)

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Looking Glass Reviews!

The star of the show is the unstoppable whirlwind of energy that is Anne-Marie Piazza. Piazza’s comic timing and boggle-eyed craziness reach climax in her role as the Red Queen and it must also be said that she has the purest clear-as-a-bell soprano that is worth the ticket price alone. (Postscript Journal)

★★★★★

And Anne-Marie Piazza (Alcestis) revel in their multiple roles and are experts at character adaptation…This marvellous production…closed with rapturous applause from the audience, this interactive game a sheer delight for kids and adults alike. (The Upcoming)

★★★★★

Brilliantly cast with actors that are both extremely talented and engaging, this production is very much an ensemble piece with each actor being given the opportunity to shine and entertain us… The very impressive musical talents of Anne-Marie Piazza (Red Queen, Mosquito and Unicorn) really enhance this production, all the while creating characters and switching instruments to add to our experience. (Westend Wilma)

★★★★★

Then we are transported to a magical wood, where Alice encounters a giant Mosquito (sensitively played by Anne-Marie Piazza). ..Piazza is beguiling as the said Mosquito…An ambitious and immersive production by an undoubtedly talented team (Public Reviews)

★★★★

We loved Anne-Marie’s turns as the powerful Red Queen and as the loveable, hilarious and zany Mosquito, she also demonstrated great operatic moments and is able to switch from being serious and splendid sounding, to being slapstick-silly and a comedy performer in the blink of an eye. (Entertainment Focus)

 

★★★★

We fill the pews to Anne-Marie Piazza’s hauntingly beautiful singing… all the actors bring beautifully stylised performances to their varying roles… Piazza’s Red Queen a good mix of imperiousness and kindness (What’s On Stage)

 

★★★★

Anne- Marie Piazza and Jos Vantyler who mutually share a captivating presence for all of their characters, especially as the duelling Lion and Unicorn, however, delivered the standout performances for us. (So So Gay)

 

★★★★

This is one of the most beautiful settings for an unusual theatrical experience – a tranquil haven right in the middle of Town…The Lion and the Unicorn are another comedy double with Anne-Marie Piazza – who is also the dominant Red Queen. (Remote Goat)

 

★★★★★

Every single character is played with exquisite attention to detail. The play is punctuated with high quality musical numbers…. I really couldn’t fault a thing. (Everything Theatre)

 

 

★★★★★

Electric, inventive, and mad-cap, this is a family show that has as much narrative style and substance as it does outrageous fun… They all throw themselves into their roles with brilliant aplomb, creating exuberant and engrossingly charismatic characters… passionate, creative, and mindful interpretations of the characters… Each player is the life and soul of whatever party they are at, and it’s a joy to see a cast as jubilant and having as much fun as the audience.  (Grumpy Gay Critic)

 

★★★★

The charm that this lovely production exudes is a great testament to the classic source material and an absolute must-see. (Theatre Fullstop)

 

★★★

The piece is infused with a marvellous sense of adventure…Anne-Marie Piazza plays an excellent disgruntled mosquito. (Time Out)

At its best, the show is enormous fun – with elements of stand-up, pantomime and dance with some fine original songs from Candida Caldicot…All the cast are excellent.  (Broadway World)

 

Iris Theatre have turned their talents to Lewis Caroll’s sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass and it’s even quirkier an darker tale to boot… this is the perfect after work tonic and smack bang in the middle of Covent Garden at St Paul’s Church. (Hoxton Radio)

 

A cast of enthusiastic and highly talented performers from Iris Theatre who showcase their versatility and energy from beginning to end. (Bargain Theatreland)

There seems to be nothing they cannot turn their hand to whether it is playing the spoons or the accordion, singing, dancing, doing pratfalls or, best of all, coping with interruptions from the more precocious junior members of the audience. Indeed part of the pleasure is the way the audience is brought in on the act. (Reviews Gate)