"Performers Harry Thompson and Leah Filley draw their audiences into an intimate conversation between two friends in their 20s/30s reflecting about life, love, disappointment, misogyny, and hypocrisy. [...] This is theatre that demands attention, an ability to endure discomfort, and a willingness to laugh in the darkness. It mines bleak territory of privilege and hopelessness and is recommended for the emotionally brave, or for the broken who are hoping to see themselves reflected on stage." (8.5 stars)
- Steve Davis, The Adelaide Show
Full review: https://theadelaideshow.com.au/reviews/mullygrubs/
"Lifelines are always available if one is prepared to reach out, and Filley and Thompson have provided an honest and truthful exploration of depression and anxiety. They are both witty, colorful performers with a lot to say about the trappings of life and the social media landscape."
- Flora Georgiou - Stage Whispers
Full review: http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/mullygrubs
A cleverly conceived and executed piece that purports to be one thing and turns out to be something else entirely [...] Along with the fruity language, the performances are strong and confident, which a production like this needs to succeed. Leah Filley and Harry Thompson – who also co-wrote Mullygrubs – carry off their characterisations with aplomb."
- Alex First, The Blurb
"Mullygrubs is a theatre performance that is the brainchild of Melbourne-based performers and writers, Harry Thompson and Leah Filley. It paints a realistic and exhilarating picture of anxiety and depression, with the main focus on the importance of support networks and friendship."
- Kate Sansome, This is Radelaide
"Harry portrays a flamboyant gay man who likes to tell bawdy jokes, and Leah’s character is a deep thinking but tormented woman. [...]
But what really shines through is the connection between the two, how kind-hearted they are towards each other."
- Andrew O'Grady, The Advertiser
"The lovers, adding to the formulaic excellence of a Shakespearean comedy, being Ferdinand (Alexander Korman) and Miranda (Leah Filley) are quite genuine with one another. The wood-baring scene (which is done cleverly with umbrellas rather than log piles) becomes a heartwarming shared moment between Korman and Filley; the instantaneous chemistry that sprouts between them an homage to the absurd ‘love at first sight’ notions so often found in the Bard’s work. Filley overcomes her actual age to make Miranda young at heart with the simpering voice she adapts and her lighthearted steps and overall physical approach to the character."
- Amanda Gunther, DC Metro
"Leah Filley, who plays Miranda, does a great job poking fun at Miranda’s naiveity"
- Sarah Guan, Brightest Young Things
"Leah Filley is a girlish and innocent Miranda"
- Beth Meyer, Our Kids
"The outstanding talents of Josephine Vains and Leah Filley proved to be a match made in heaven...Filley completed the dynamic, by providing an acting performance which did justice to a musicians life-long struggles and love affair with their art form. A showcase of Australian talent in the arts, and proof that the richness of Melbourne culture and talent should be celebrated and indeed witnessed."
- Gabriel Grech, Bohemian Rhapsody
"One of the entertainment’s two main forces, Leah Filley played a young cello-playing musician who talks with various acquaintances and family after her return from study overseas as she attempts to carve out a career in Australia."
"Filley’s efforts [and] these musical breaks gave the evening most of its emotional colour and interest."
- Clive O'Connel, The Music
"The six strong cast take to their small stage with command to tell the tale of the most famous of Rome’s Caesars.
One of Shakespeare’s ripest plays for long and impressive speeches, Essential Theatre delivers the gravity and depth behind the words superbly, and electrify their modest space. ...Shakespeare would be proud"
- Imogen Rowe, Edinburgh Guide
"This all-women production of Julius Caesar is a mature, confident performance featuring an effortlessly fluent and dynamic cast, who bring this play of treachery and pride to life."
- Zoe Robertson, Young Perspective