The Age – Grand Questions Swirl in this acting masterclass (Review) ★★★★

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This production is an acting masterclass…the ensemble of four performs with impressive clarity and precision, distinguishing multiple characters

He then called on the crowd to ‘stand on the shoulders of our great artists past, on the shoulders of our great women, our inspiring Indigenous, our brilliant filmmakers and technicians, and create works that debunk fear and hatred, that champion the misrepresented and unheard … We should stand on shoulders so that every other bugger may see what we stand for. You can hold my hand for balance; I’ll be on the next shoulder across.’

Arts Hub – Green Room Awards

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Accepting the Green Room Award for Male Actor in the Theatre Companies category, for his performance in Red Stitch’s Dead Centre/Sea Wall, Ben Prendergast evoked Sir Isaac Newton’s famous quote: ‘That we are able to see further than our predecessors is not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their shoulders.’

He then called on the crowd to ‘stand on the shoulders of our great artists past, on the shoulders of our great women, our inspiring Indigenous, our brilliant filmmakers and technicians, and create works that debunk fear and hatred, that champion the misrepresented and unheard … We should stand on shoulders so that every other bugger may see what we stand for. You can hold my hand for balance; I’ll be on the next shoulder across.’

Daily Review – Dead Centre / Sea Wall (Review) ★★★★

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Both actors seemed to me to be faultless. As Stephens’s writing requires, Prendergast is more nakedly emotional, yet never self-indulgent. It is the kind of acting where the technique is invisible and absolutely at the service of the characters it summons up. Afterwards it occurs to you the risk that has been taken: it is theatre that demands a strong emotion from the audience and any false note on the part of the writers, the actors or the director would make the whole thing collapse.

Stage Whispers – Sea Wall (Review) ★★★★★

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This is very special theatre…a production of sheer perfection. I have rarely seen an audience so still, so moved by a performance which is essentially low key and without Mr Prendergast’s usual charisma. I myself couldn’t stop the mascara from running….fortunately the male audience members with tears in their eyes were not wearing mascara. No amount of acting can make an audience believe if the actor doesn’t come from a place of emotional reality. Truth is everything, and that’s all this actor needs.

Stage Whispers – The Flick (Review) ★★★★★

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Prendergast is such a charismatic actor that there are moments when you see him hunch the shoulders a little more, bow the head, work at hiding the charisma; in Act 2 he is simply superb, generously sublimating his power as an actor and handing the stage to Dion Mills (always powerful in his own right) in a cameo role and to guest actor Kevin Hofbauer. Four stunning performances beautifully directed in a superb play.

The Saturday Paper – The Flick (Review) ★★★★★

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Nadia Tass directs a splendid cast with a glowing, understated brilliance that has no false steps. Sam is a great portrait of a man with a heart and mind as good as the next one. The Flick shows why the theatre is its own magic lantern, and it shows how it can take on everything the cinema creates and come off triumphant.

ArtsHub – The Flick (Review) ★★★★☆

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The Flick very much represents the epitome of theatre. The cast are brilliant in their roles, subtly displaying these aching affections with utmost sincerity. Prendergast is a delight to watch, and his desperate attempts to gain Rose’s attention is both heartbreaking and endearing.

Herald Sun – The Flick (Review) “revelatory”

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The cast is revelatory, Prendergast resists the very easy temptation to make Sam a creepy loser, instead conjuring a man shackled to his own existence, searching for an out. This is Red Stitch’s finest work in recent memory and, as three-hour stints in movie theatres go, this one’s totally worth it.

Stage Whispers – NSFW (Review) ★★★★

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The dazzling Ben Prendergast brings us editor/magazine chief Aidan; driven, hungry, ruthless but with a tiny streak of decency…or is it merely self-preservation? Prendergast’s presence is always compelling; he’s an actor of authority with an anarchic edge bubbling just beneath the charm, whatever the role. Here, a monumental battle of great acting. It’s mesmerising, and worth every cent of the ticket price.

Crikey – Straight (Review) ★★★★

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The final scene was a brilliant and sensitive piece of comic acting by the male leads Ryan Gibson and the wonderful Ben Prendergast. At one point, I almost fell out of my seat with laughter during a set piece involving what looked like an exploding tube of lubricant.

Vulture Mag – Midsummer (Review) ★★★★

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This Vulture got her moment in the sun in an unexpected cameo performance (sans notebook) and has decided to give away the writing and defect to the theatre. Preferably with the gorgeous Mr Prendergast. An uncanny likeness to Ewan McGregor, enhanced by a pretty authentic Scottish accent, did this young man no harm. Throw in his mastery of guitar and a very nice singing voice, and you have the whole package.