Reviews for RUN at the Bunker Theatre

"Tom Ross-Williams is superb in the role, never trying to smooth out the different sides of this unassuming, engaging teenager, but rather letting moods swing and interests shift. It's a performance that's comfortable with inconstancy - no mean feat - held together by a contagious energy. An hour in his presence is an enlivening thing, and he moves beautifully, punctuating the text with religious rituals set to rhythmic beats."

4 STARS - What's On Stage (link)

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“one superb performer, who manages to keep the audience absolutely engrossed throughout…Tom Ross-Williams who is fantastic as the young Yonni, despite being alone he seems to take up the whole stage. Not only does he tell the story beautifully, he portrays it through wonderful movements of his body that closely resembles a ballet. Frequently making eye-contact with the audience, he makes this a very intimate and personal experience, it’s difficult to decide where Tom ends and Yonni begins…a performance that, like his characters adopted planetary personality, really is out of this world.”

5 STARS - Theatre Weekly

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"Quite simply this is a young man to watch. There was no aspect of his entire monologue that felt like a performance. As he described Yonni’s mother separating the eggs for Shabbat, I could almost see the lady carrying out her precise and measured actions. Similarly, the first time that Yonni and Adam make their real connection, there’s a real glow of happiness mixed with nervousness reflected in Tom’s face that reminds you once again of what it was like to be young and in love for the first time. Tom’s delivery is spot on."

5 STARS - LondonTheatre1

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"Tom Ross-Williams achieves this with a complex mix of intensity, subtlety and overt self-awareness that inhabits the skin of the 17-year-old North London gay Jewish teenager he energetically plays... As Yonni, Ross-Williams commands Laughton’s rich dialogue as he switches from portraying the fidgety, funny, excitable teen to conveying the passionate and frustrated longing that lies within all of us, whatever age."

4 STARS - ATTITUDE

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“…fresh, sharp and essential to British theatre…Ross-Williams is an energetic force on stage…It’s a hard task for any actor to hold the stamina to perform an hour long monologue of this calibre but Ross-Williams achieves this with such rigour he leaves the audience hooked, it is easy to see why he’s an up-and-coming star of the stage.”

4 STARS - Theatre Full Stop

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“Tom Ross-Williams is able to enact each scene change with ease…He succeeds in conveying various things at once: he is funny, serious, realistic as a 17-year-old, both young and old, and his portrayal is deeply moving. The play is worth watching for his performance alone.”

4 STARS - The Upcoming

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