Madden and Sarah Mann founded Incisor in 1998. Incisor's principal
aim is to write and produce exciting and independent new work of
strength and clarity, as well as to breathe new life into old classics.
Company combines the skills of seasoned professionals with the enthusiasm
of new talent to bring theatre to a wider audience. They believe
in the theatre as a valid and powerful creative medium.
"Channel 4 executives would kill to squeeze something with
this much life." The Argus, July 25, 2000
The Odd Female Couple - Open Air St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove
She Stoops To Conquer - Open Air St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove
Abigail's Party - Open Air St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove
Five @ the Brighton
Blithe Spirit - Open Air St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove & New Theatre
Twelfth Night - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
Importance Of Being Earnest - Open Air St Ann's Well Gardens,
Hotel Palmeira, written by James
Madden - Radio pilot - Touchwood Studio's, London
Brighton Soapbox by James Madden
- Monthly at Komedia, Brighton
What You Want, by James Madden
& Nasty Boy, by James Madden
- Komedia @Southside, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Tour
The Snatching of Bookie Bob (screenplay),
written by James Madden
Starring Rod Steiger, premiered at Planet Hollywood
So Bloody Important, by James Madden
- Man In The Moon, Chelsea &"Off Broadway ", New York
Artist's Model, by James Madden - Bristol Old Vic and Komedia, Brighton
St. Christopher, written by James Madden
Bagging up, by James
Madden - Canal Café Theatre, London
Shakespeare Made Easy
A fun workshop for 7 - 11yr olds , 12 - 15 yr olds , 16-18yr olds and Adults
with Sarah Mann, Actor, Director and Trinity Guildhall Examiner and James Madden, Actor, Director, and Playwright.
This workshop explores some of Shakespeare's famous scenes and monologues and gets students to think about his words in a practical and physical way therefore encouraging understanding and enjoyment. The power of his descriptive words is approached using drama games and improvisation. Please bring imagination and enthusiasm!
Mann's performance as the deranged Madame Arcati must have conjured
up much more than just the merriment and mirth which resounded from
St Ann's Well gardens. Blithe Spirit is a delight to watch. Every
playful line and witticism trips off the actors' tongues with ease.
Melrose, THE ARGUS, August 9, 2006
Importance of Being Earnest
AT DUSK IN THE PARK"
Oscar Wilde would be proud. His timeless wit has the whole of St Ann's
Well Gardens in peals of laughter until the sun sets.
....Sarah Mann's performance as Lady Bracknell is superb. Her pompous
tone and bulging eyes are enough to silence any outspoken politician
let alone the pair of foppish dandies who prance around the gardens
in pink pin-striped blazers, cravats and smoking jackets...
THE ARGUS, August 9, 2005
SHAKESPEARE SPICES UP SUMMER"
The play has been directed by Stephen Casey, who normally can
be found working with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Lucinda Cowden, who played Melanie in Neighbours, as Viola and then
.a highly professional portrayal of Maria from Sarah
with James Madden as Sir Toby Belch, there is plenty of
over-acting as the parts demand
If anyone thought Shakespeare
was dull, they will surely change their minds by watching this production."
Dore, THE ARGUS, August 2004
FESTIVAL 2000 - Komedia@Southside
Know What You Want ****
rapid fire pace of this blistering comedy is established as soon
as the lights go up on this story of three youngish people forced
by circumstances into sharing a flat. The opening where much of
the humour takes place off stage is truly inventive. Finally,
on to the stage arrives what must surely be one of the most hysterically
irritating characters ever invented
.Sarah Mann gives a dazzling
performance in the frenzied, jabbering and very challenging role
of Penny, who is so obviously besotted with her silent, scary,
skinny friend Tony. Penny believes Tony to be a recovering alcoholic,
but he is a secret drinker and, when he drinks, Michael D'Cruze
is allowed to demonstrate what a fine actor he is, playing Tony
as a man who with liquor inside him becomes a charming, chatty,
debonair wit with a penchant for quoting Noel Coward and Dylan
Thomas. If Tony was not an alcoholic before hooking up with Penny,
that woman would be enough to drive anyone to drink, with her
incessant babbling and wild mood swings, which she shoots through
like greased lightning to great comic effect. When they finally
sleep together she is fulfilled and ecstatic, he trapped and devastated
But for all the outrageous humour, this play has a black
heart. This splendid tale is reminiscent of The Caretaker, but
with bags of laughs and no pauses to interrupt its relentless
Jim Madden has written an extraordinary script that allows his
cast to show off all of their theatrical skills to huge effect.
The wonderful writing loops about, losing its own thread deliberately,
like a Vodka-swigging coke-head on a big hit., which is exactly
what this Class A comedy deserves to be.
Dubois, THE SCOTSMAN, August 2000