Reviews

Lady Windermere's Fan   (Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre 2012)

 “Cameron Stewart excelled as tubby (sic) Lord Augustus”

Daily Express  

“Cameron Stewart as Lord Augustus Lorton....does real justice to Wilde's wonderful writing”

Whatsonstage.com

“Cameron Stewart is charming as the avuncular Lord Augustus”

The British Theatre Guide

Larkin with Women  (Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor 2005 nominee)

“Cameron Stewart’s beautifully restrained portrayal of Larkin has real depth….”

Manchester Evening News. 

“Chris Honer directs a terrific cast, with Cameron Stewart finding sympathy in the role of the lugubrious poet…”

The Stage

“Cameron Stewart gives a remarkable performance as Larkin - his physical resemblance to the man himself is uncanny and you hang on his every word. Stewart also treats us to some heart stopping renditions of Larkin’s poetry…. (and) is particularly good in the death bed scene, trying to disguise his fears with a thin veil of good humour. This is one of those performances that will be talked about for years to come - yes it really is THAT good.”

Sale and Altrincham Messenger

“Cameron Stewart makes a very convincing laconic Larkin with a flair for quick changes that punctuate this succession of short scenes with their clipped and, at times, hesitant lines. His sense of timing in their delivery is immaculate and his ability to empathise with the part suggest an understanding of the life and work of the poet that is both engaging and impressive.”

Morning Star

My Grandfather's Great War  (The Stage Award for best solo show nominee 2008)

"The most affecting show in town is a simple, honest tribute by one man to his grandfather. The actor Cameron Stewart has, with the assistance of adaptor/director David Benson, brought the First World War diaries of Captain Alexander Stewart to the stage. When Stewart steps into "character" as his stoical, decent, dependable - and, yes, heroic - grandfather, the piece brings home the mud, terror and physical agony of the Western Front with a visceral urgency that sets your heart racing."

Daily Telegraph 

"Cameron Stewart's grandfather, Captain Alexander Stewart, was on the front line in the Somme and Passchendaele. During his service he kept a diary. Now, 90 years later, these written memories are the source for a warm and touching one-man show. Stewart takes on the mantle of acting out his grandfather's words as he gallantly fights for King and country, withstanding the horrors of trench warfare. Although Stewart is convincing as he movingly reenacts passages from the diary, it is when he offers his own insight and thoughts that the show excels. Stewart's dilemma is that, evidently, he has an immense admiration for his grandfather and his actions, yet he abhors warfare. This brings him to contemplate the legacy of the 'Great' War. An accessible show that is informative, entertaining, and poignant."

Edinburgh Evening News ****

"Based on his grandfather Alexander's memoirs, Cameron Stewart's absorbing one-man show vividly evokes the horror and the excitement of life on the front line in World War I. Indeed, his re-enactments of the Somme are so effective you can almost see the blasted landscape littered with corpses and hear the doomed cries of men drowning in mud. While most of his fellow soldiers were killed, Alexander survived the war despite taking part in three major offensives. On one mission he even charged into enemy trenches and single-handedly captured a German machine gun post, a thrilling episode which Stewart recreates with tremendous energy. What is most shocking about the show is not the graphic violence but the revelation that Alexander and thousands like him knew exactly what they were letting themselves in for when they signed up, and were prepared to face almost certain death for king and country. Stewart ponders whether he would have done the same and questions whether he could ever live up to the memory of his grandfather. In the early 20th century, going to war was a straightforward way of proving your masculinity, but these days the issue is obscured in moral confusion. Although a personal tribute to his grandfather, My Grandfather's Great War also offers a poignant meditation on the nature of humanity and war."

Metro **** 

"Historians will tell you what we know of the past comes largely from lucky finds; Cameron Stewart's re-discovery of his grandfather's diaries from the First World War and his publication of them in "real time" on the web and on BBC Radio 4 in the Today programme have made an invaluable contribution to people's understanding of that conflict and the motives of those who fought in it. No great surprise, then, to find Baby Belly 1 a nearly full house for Stewart's presentation of Captain Stewart and his experiences. Cameron Stewart is a fine actor with an engaging personal presence; his ability to breathe life into words written almost a century ago is considerable, and his engagement with his audience equally so. What comes across strongly is the phlegmatic understated tenacity of those who quite clearly wished they could be somewhere else, but (mostly) saw it as their duty to carry on, obey orders and hope to hell they didn't get shot, or if they did, that it would be a non-fatal "blighty one" which would literally take them out of the firing line. In Cameron Stewart's shrewd hands, his grandfather emerges as an essentially sympathetic character caught up, as so many others were, in a war neither of their making or choice, but in which they felt they had no alternative but "do their bit" and hope, without great expectation, to remain alive. Every so often the Fringe throws up something unexpectedly special, and My Grandfather's Great War is among these. Strewn amid the tales of being trapped armpit high in mud and rats licking "Brilliantine" from Captain Stewart's hair, of horrific attacks and horrendous casualties, the humanity of Cameron Stewart's grandfather and the men he served with shine through. Their heroism is as much that of the survivor as the soldier, their hopes and dreams simple as pleasures taken among family and friends. To regard the "lost generations" as naive or ludicrously optimistic is to ignore voices as shrewd and aware as Captain Stewart's."

Edinburghguide.com *****

 

 

 

 

 

 

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