"Ayling is a director with a very clear vision."

Fringe Review

 

Dan is mentioned in a Guardian feature about Katie Mitchell, written by Charlotte Higgins. 

 

He also features in an article about young directors in The Stage

WHO DID I THINK SHE WAS? (2019)

"...a well-constructed, well-told and thoroughly engaging story,

whose resonance and relevance is amplified by such a personal telling.

An unusual show, part stand-up and part theatre, but 100% worth watching and engaging with."

****Fringe Guru 

TO SEE THE INVISIBLE (2018)

"Dan Ayling’s impeccable white-plastic staging..."

The Daily Telegraph

"Dan Ayling's production feels intensely poised... strong and vibrant..."

****BachTrack

"...the slick efficiency of the production, directed by Dan Ayling."

The Guardian

"Dan Ayling's surreal, dreamlike and occasionally nightmarish production [is] a confident staging."

The Stage

"...intriguing and effective, largely thanks to the superb performances in combination with the highly contrasting staging."

**** Rhinegold, Opera Now

"...a step into the future... gets under the skin..."

****Financial Times

DESERT DUST AT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM (2017)

"Dan Ayling brings sensitivity and deftness to the darker themes of the show,

while also bringing a requisite charm and magic to proceedings."

**** Breaking the Fourth Wall

"A heart-warmingly loving tale for the whole family to enjoy."

**** The Spy in the Stalls

THE TRAP (2017)

"Dan Ayling's zippy direction makes this a sparkling comedy ... smart, quick and full of high interest."

**** The Reviews Hub

"Flourishing under Dan Ayling's agile direction, this is exhilarating comedy."

**** Everything Theatre

 

"A sharp, insightful play, enjoyable and acerbic in equal measure."

**** London Theatre 1

"Immensely witty [and] entertaining - a great evening out."

**** West End Wilma

"Fine comedy theatre ... crammed full of ideas, sharp writing, charismatic performances and evocative set design.

A winner!"

**** London City Nights

GLORIANA (2016)

"A stylish production."

Tom Hickox, chairman of St Endellion Festival

A CHRISTMAS CAROL  (2015/16)

"A surprising, quirky production. There's a mischievous twinkle about everything the company get up to."

* * * * The Telegraph

"Jim Broadbent is a genius Scrooge."

* * * * The Times 

"Real theatrical magic."

* * * * The Stage 

VAST WHITE STILLNESS  (2015)

"An atmospheric act of ghosting. A fascinating delicate thing - like a skeletal winter leaf."

The Stage 

"A perfect site-specific creation and a wonderful journey through the nether world of the mind."

* * * * The Argus

STRUILEAG  (2014)

"Ayling's direction has a fresh, utterly engaging vitality."

* * * * The Herald

COSÌ FAN TUTTE  (2014)

"A sparkling new production."

* * * * WhatsOnStage

"Joyfully liberated. Fresh and spontaneous."

* * * * The Independent

"A superb and imaginative take on a classic operatic comedy"

* * * * The Arts Desk 

FLOW  (2013)

"Immersive and captivating. Stunning work."

The Londonist

"An elegant yet powerful performance. A definite must-see."

The Upcoming

"Mesmerising. Physically and emotionally rewarding."

Spoonfed

WRITTEN ON SKIN  (2012)

"Nothing short of a triumph. A musical masterpiece."

* * * * * The Guardian 

"Here is a new opera that is palpably a serious and important work of art, both exquisitely crafted

and deeply resonant."

* * * * * The Telegraph

REMEMBER ME  (2012)

"Captivating. An exquisitely beautiful meditation on memory."

* * * * * The Scotsman

CLEMENCY  (2012)

"Ayling delivered Clemency as the short, sharp operatic shock it is."

* * * * The Scotsman

FEWER EMERGENCIES  (2011)

"Ayling's brave revival makes this staging among the cream of fringe theatre in London."

On The Fringe

"Ayling has managed to make what could easily be a wordy half hour something sharp and absorbing. 

Incredibly impressive."

Spoonfed

CITY OF LOST ANGELS  (2010)

"Unusual and memorable, full of intrigue and immediacy."

* * * * Financial Times

SHOOT / GET TRESAURE / REPEAT & ESCHARA  (2009)

"Ayling recaptures the supercharged intensity he brought to Howard Brenton's Christie in Love last year

and confirms that he is a director to watch."

WhatsOnStage

"Ayling's poignant and sensitive direction."

* * * * Broadway Baby  

 

"This ensemble of talented actors, strong direction and effectual design delivers a powerful message

about the world we live in today. Well worth watching!"

* * * * * Remote Goat

CHRISTIE IN LOVE  (2008)

"Gripping theatre, directed by Dan Ayling with a sure eye for organised chaos."

* * * * * WhatsOnStage

"Stunningly revived by Dan Ayling. A succession of theatrical surprises executed with skill.

Deserves much more exposure."

British Theatre Guide

"Ayling puts a clear focus on gestural honesty. He is bold and passionate in his presentational choices

and captures a real sense of danger."
* * * * Remote Goat

CAN'T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN  (2006)

"Ayling has provided a production of great value with meticulous direction. A classy piece that stimulates

and entertains."

* * * * TheatreNET

THE KISS  (2006)

"A remarkable debut of this talented young director."

David Gothard, former Artistic Director of Riverside Studios