Exeunt Magazine/ on 'these delicate things'
In this moving but somewhat chilling piece, Armstrong recognises and acknowledges within his symbolism that the drive to create can also be the same, very human impulse that impels someone to destroy
The Stage/ on 'Red Shoes'
the visual and design flair of Red Shoes, along with the energetic live music, is attention-grabbing... Armstrong's set design has a Brechtian finesse, and the plot becomes a foundation for musical numbers that meditate on the themes.
The Herald/ on 'Little Match Girl Pasion'
Armstrong’s real skill is in ratcheting up tension between movement and extreme stillness
The List/ on 'Little Match Girl Passion'
an example of how contemporary classical music can be accessible, experimental and emotionally powerful: the strict and precise choreography of the performers – and the use of evocative costume – lends David Lang’s score a bitter-sweet poignancy
The Skinny/ on 'Lunchnox'
Meanwhile, Josh Armstrong's Lunchbox is possibly the most pleasantly surprising piece in Sonica's programme this year.
Premiering at Rotterdamse Operdagen, May 2017
Composed by Oliver Coates
Performed by the Ragazze Quartet
Directed by Josh Armstrong
Designed by Christophe Coppens
Inspired by the North Sea Flood of 1953—which left the Netherlands devastated and took many lives in the UK and Belgium—this new music-theatre work explores the beauty and catastrophic power of the sea at a time of increased risk from climate change.