...this riveting production takes a piece of iconic cinema and transforms it into a theatrical experience of the highest order.
...this ambitious stage adaptation by Torben Betts makes you wish that Lewis's thrillers were better known...a nightmarish vision of the moral rot accompanying post-industrial decline.
...bloodthirsty gangland tale gets bold stage adaptation...a production that operates on numerous levels.
A tense, atmospheric and psychologically rich exploration of a murky criminal underworld.
THE STAGE ★★★★
Intense, gritty, tenacious, fantastic.
THE REVIEWS HUB ★★★★★
...a brew of the darkest drama for those who think normal noir is just a tad vanilla...This is fare for a strong stomach...you could have heard a pin drop... A brilliant slice of Tyneside noir.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE ★★★★
The depth and intensity of Greek tragedy in a stylish and unremitting piece of slow-burning brutalist noir.
...a cinematic and spellbinding adaptation which left the audience at the Citizen's Theatre on the edge of their seats... Get Carter is an engaging, funny and frightening production which you can't go without seeing. Dead good.
Get Carter exhibits the same intellectual rigour (as Betts' What Falls Apart) and, most important of all, the same understanding of what makes people tick...a very powerful piece... Betts’s writing takes us right to the heart of this societal underbelly. For all lovers of real, serious theatre, this is not to be missed.
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
Highly original and criminally good... Betts cracks open Jack’s brutal gangster persona with the expertise of a psychologist, forcing Jack to see himself as he really is.
...a captivating thriller... Lorne Campbell’s Get Carter is as good as the film.
NORTH EAST THEATRE GUIDE
Keeping the title only and delving deep into the brutal post-war psychosphere of the city, Betts takes us into the mind of the titular enforcer...the wonderfully rich, sweary dialogue and palpable tension... it’s a big play, and it’s not in bad shape...Get Carter will do very well throughout the nationwide tour ahead of it.
It is evident from the moment that Carter’s train carriage peels away from Kings Cross station that this ambitious and self-assured adaptation by Torben Betts is resolutely Geordie in tone, setting and dialect.
WALES ARTS REVIEW (recommended)
This is a cracking production.
Artistic director Lorne Campbell and playwright Torben Betts deserve full credit for recreating this world...a tense, angry affair... any theatre piece which can take your breath away and have you fully submersed within minutes is definitely the type of play I like to see.
A very powerful play and an excellent production.
...a dark, claustrophobic and unsettling performance that is compelling and highly recommended.
Betts' reworking of the Ted Lewis novel was truly amazing...a truly remarkable performance. Theatre at its very best.
NORTHEAST LIFE ★★★★
Well-written and superbly performed by the entire cast, this is gutsy and compelling from start to finish.