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Vivo Darte's Rent at the Mill has now sold out. It has bee a sell out show with wonderful reviews in the theatre press.  Here are some of the reviews:

LTR - -Sometimes strange things happen in the world of theatre. Like someone deciding to take one of the most popular musicals, RENT, and make of it an immersive show in the world’s oldest working paper mill. Oh, this “someone” has a name: Dan Cowtan, Director of Vivo d’Arte productions.

RENT is a musical set among a community of artists, drug users and homeless people in New York during the mid-1990s and won a Pulitzer Price too. You all probably know that.

There is so much energy and passion in the cast: Connor Dyer puts his charisma and vitality in the character of the filmmaker, Mark; the extremely talented Aran MacRae is the HIV-positive ex-addict rock musician Roger, who falls in love with Mimi – Lizzie Emery at her stage debut.

Collins (Benjamin Froehlich) and Angel (Andrew Rawlinson-Heat) are spot on, probably my favourite couple of the show.

Casey Bird and Natalie Winsor and both great in the characters of Maureen and Joanne and their conflictual relationship.

Great support of the ensemble, inventive choreography and plenty of interaction (feel free to put your dance shoes on if you want).

The talent of the cast, the so much loved story and excellent use of the lights and spaces – being a promenade show, you will move around the beautiful old paper mill – will make the whole experience a unique one to be remembered.'

My Theatre Mates -  ‘A truly immersive piece with a magnificent cast’: Evie Freeman for @Mind_The_Blog,  

always probing the filmic possibilities as well as being a sounding-board and shoulder to cry on for the other characters. Inevitably taking the eye is Casey Bird as performance artist Maureen who’s rendition of Over The Moon gives the phrase “over the top” a cakewalk like inadequacy. And Aran MacRae as aspiring rock-musician Roger creates an insistent, percolating, quiet intensity to proceedings – a necessary counterpoint to the frenetic goings-on around him.The central potency of the piece is developed through the character of Angel, an inspiring performance by Andrew Rawlinson-Heath, which delineates the mid-nineties sombre backdrop of the effects of AIDS/HIV and whose riveting death-scene is relayed through the stroke-of-genius use of multiple screens embedded in the fabric of the setting. As well as giving us eyes on hidden parts of the inevitably sight-line-inhibited locations it feeds into the docu-drama narrative of real-time action. Technical Director Jon Stacey takes due credit for this as well as his extraordinary lighting design which captures the ambience of the space as well as achieving the difficult aim of illuminating performers scattered amongst the audience without disconcerting those watching them.Lizzie Emery gives an affecting and effectual performance as Mimi, releasing raw emotion at the moving denouement of the piece whilst Andrea Campusano’s choreography is an essential component of the show with performers gyrating precariously on scaffolding, tumble-dancing on stairways and leaping around on tables, bar-stools and even an old car. It’s vibrant and it’s frenzied and its all one can do not to join in.Actually, I almost did. Moving from one location back to the bar at the interval I was first in the queue as is my customary modus operandi. I ordered a glass of wine and the bartender refused to serve me. He was, though, handing out bottles of Bud to people all around me. I tried again. Turns out they were all cast members and this was not the interval. I turned away sheepishly and found a table. Now come on people: if this is proper immersive theatre surely the reviewer should be served as part of the action!What a night out. Rent is a sensational show with a dazzling, totally committed and talented cast. Despite the tragic overtones, one comes away with uplifted heart, tingling senses and zinging spirits. There really is only
one word for it: Wow.'5 Star RatingReview by Peter Yates