Tortoise was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award and longlisted for the Bread & Roses Playwriting Award and the Athena Award. Diva Magazine chose it as their theatre event of the month, and an extract will be published in an anthology of female new writing.
"A well-written and rich script. The three central characters are distinctive and interesting and their individual developments and stories are very astutely revealed as the play progresses. The mental illnesses the characters are dealing with are explored with great sensitivity and the offbeat, often dark humour – particularly Nauru’s dry sarcasm – fits very well as light relief to this theme. Nauru’s speech on the psychology of horror and human responses to it is particularly poignant, as is Isobel’s ending monologue. There is also a subtle sadness and beauty in Elizabeth and George’s interactions and their dialogue quietly highlights the invisible barriers between them." The Kings Head Theatre.
"Although it deals with serious themes, it's not heavy. Rather, it is a funny and touching at the same time, breaks stereotypes about mental illness forces you to think and ask questions. [...] Very well-received." Zachodnikoniec.
"A good choice to open Seize the Stage and set the bar for the rest of the afternoon. The afternoon as a whole was quite extraordinary and we were privileged to be the first to have seen these plays. The variety and quality of the pieces performed were inspiring, reminding everyone of the talent within those four walls." FemaleArts.