The Deal Versus the People

  • "Full of energy and passion. Seriously compelling. Using Bradfordians rather than polished actors, lends the piece a brilliant authenticity and gives a voice to those who are so often voiceless. Sometimes theatre needs to be as dangerous as this is."

    Yorkshire Post

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory

  • Full of sweaty, sweary joy at the sheer possibilities of life

    The Guardian
  • Powerful and triumphant … a celebration of the human will that transcends religion and gender

    The Independent
  • A theatrical experience to remember; raw, heartfelt, blazing with energy and sometimes absolutely beautiful

    The Scotsman
  • An irresistible thing about muscle, guts and the determination to stand up for who you are in an increasingly mad world.


Our Glass House

  • Shattering.

    The Guardian
  • Visceral stuff… truly opens a door into another world.

    The Independent
  • Essential stuff, which highlights still hidden crimes in one of the most theatrically powerful ways imaginable.

  • Acted with believable intensity by an excellent cast.

    The Times
  • Striking…the artistry with which it combines the text with a series of haunting installations, some high powered acting and a magnificent soundscape.

    The Scotsman
  • The acting is excellent. The script is crystal-clear. Each room is a meticulously-imagined world... Remarkably intensity... Almost overwhelming.

    FEST Magazine
  • Leaves the air ringing… A magnificent achievement and one that feels vitally important.

    Exeunt Magazine
  • Our Glass House rewards bravery on the part of the audience.

  • The performances are so utterly believable, bold and without judgement.

    Female Arts
  • Sure to stay with you for a very long time. It’s resonant, sensitive and yet incredibly bold, an experience rather than just a performance.

    Public Reviews
  • Bound to receive tremendous acclaim. It’s simply wonderful.

    The Stage
  • A courageous production… tackles a complex and challenging issue and takes this into the heart of a non-theatre community that has come to receive it with a sense of ownership.

    Total Theatre
  • Effective and affecting, Our Glass House is a wonderfully inventive site-specific production from theatre collective Common Wealth like no other I have ever seen in Bristol. It is a superb use of space, part art installation, part performance, so prepare to get lost in thoughts and lost in this house and its secrets.

    Bristol Culture Magazine
  • Astonishing and absorbing-actors were compelling throughout

    Bristol Evening Post
  • Top Picks of Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    Metro, Independent and The Guardian Top Picks of Edinburgh Fringe 2014


Recent Articles

  • Kate Tempest on Radical Acts & Common Wealth
    The Observer Kate Tempest September 2018
  • "I don't feel like I'm going to work, I feel like I'm participating in a movement"
    Poor Theatres Jenny Hughes October 2015
  • Play about controversial trade deal opens in Bradford City Council Chambers
    Independent Nick Clark October 2015
  • We've gone away and fucking cried sometimes
    Exeunt Alice Saville October 2015
  • Where did you find them?
    A Younger Theatre September 2015
  • Why we made The Deal Vs The People
    Big Issue in the North October 2015
  • "I haven't seen a drop, never mind a trickle"
    Huffington Post Ruth Bergan December 2014
  • Bradford’s Muslim women boxers enter the ring
    Guardian G2 12th August 2014
  • 'Extremism fight is battle for all'
    Scotsman Joyce McMillan
  • 'Not just for boys': Muslim women take new play about female boxing to the Edinburgh Fringe
  • The female Muslim boxers making their mark on the Fringe
  • Women are squaring up to beat stereotypes in the ring
    The Herald
  • Pick of the Fringe
    Radio Times: No2 Things to see at Edinburgh
    Scotsman: Top 10 pick of the Fringe
    The Times: Top 10 Theatre to see at Edinburgh Fringe
  • Can a theatre show help domestic violence victims?
    The Guardian 16th July 2013
  • Muslim Female Boxing Show Set for Edinburgh Fringe
    Scotland on Sunday 6th July 2014
  • Duty of care
    New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood Maddy Costa 14th November 2013
  • Spreading the Word
    Exeunt Magazine Guest blog by Evie Manning 11th November 2013
  • People in Glass Houses
    Youth Arts Interview with Rhiannon on Our Glass House 8th November 2013
  • Our Glass House Interview
    This Week London Interview with Evie 14th November 2013
  • You really have to be there
    Metro 24th April 2014
  • First Person Interview: Ambreen Sadiq
    Financial Times 3rd August 2013
  • Female Boxers take to the stage
    Asian Express October 2013
  • Why Theatres Need to Get Out More
    The Guardian Lyn Gardner's Theatre Blog 25th September 2013
  • With rape centre-stage, theatregoers can no longer turn a blind eye
    The Guardian Lyn Gardner's Theatre Blog 4th September 2013
  • Innovative domestic abuse play takes place in four bedroom house
    Daily Record, Scotland 14th August 2013
  • Some police officers guilty of domestic abuse says new chief
    The Scotsman 20th August 2013


We’re Still Here

50 New Radicals with NESTA and Observer New Review, 2018

Our Glass House

Winner of Special Commendation Award
Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards 2013

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory

Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award 2014,
Short-listed for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2014

TV and Radio


  • Interview with Ambreen Sadiq, Evie Manning and actors
    Look North BBC