Reviews, Awards & Testimonials


“Nigh-on essential at this year’s Edinburgh Festival”
- The Guardian (on Boris World King)

“Written with equal parts flourish and focus”
- Dominic Maxwell, The Times (on Boris World King)

Satire as sharp as ever
- Mark Lawson, The Guardian (on Boris World King)

“The sharpest show I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe”
- Kezia Dugdale, The Times (on Boris World King)

“Tom Crawshaw’s fine entertainment deserves to be seen by everyone.”
- British Theatre Guide (on Boris World King)

“Crawshaw is master of his materials. His next play will be watched with interest”
- The Spectator (on Play On Words)

“Both smart and funny… an ingenious little box of tricks”
- The Times (on Play On Words)

“Light-footed and adept at scrambling the act of theatre”
- Time Out (on Play On Words)

“Nothing short of magnificent… A remarkable play, which will surely have a future beyond Edinburgh”
- Chortle (on Not The Messiah)

“I cannot recommend this show enough, it was the highlight of the festival for me”
- The Gay UK (on Not The Messiah)

“Sensitively and brilliantly told. A gem.”
- British Theatre Guide (on Not The Messiah)

“The audience hugely enjoys this clever show”  ★★★★★
- The Stage (on The Adventure Machine)

“Tom Stoppard for the Michael Gondry generation”
- Three Weeks

“Essentially the new Shakespeare in town”
- Edinburgh Guide

“The dedication of this talented young man is astonishing”
- Daily Mail

“Tom Crawshaw is a real playwright”
- London Theatre Guide

★★★★★ The Stage, Fringe Guru, Three Weeks, Edinburgh Guide, Remote Goat, Broadway Baby

★★★★ The Times, Evening Standard, Chortle, WhatsOnStage, British Theatre Guide


  • Winner, Best Dark Comedy, Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020
  • Winner, Lost Theatre Five Minute Play Festival, 2012
  • Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing, 2007
  • Spirit Of The Fringe Award, Fringe Guru, 2011
  • Best Event, Buxton Fringe 2012
  • Best Musical Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2005
  • Best Production of 2015, Chris On Theatre (
  • Winner, OUDS New Writing Festival, 2007
  • Contribution to Tourism, Derbyshire County Council, 2005


“I have been a professional actor for twenty five years. Tom Crawshaw wrote a one-man-show for me to perform. His writing is beautifully constructed and, as an actor himself, he has a performer’s feel for what will work well. Not The Messiah has a wonderful balance of comedy and pathos. Reviews and audience reaction will back all this up!”
- George Telfer, Actor, Dotted Line Productions

“The Chronicles of Arnica was perfectly pitched for our cast of 9-15 year olds: they engaged with it right from the beginning. Tom’s writing never talked down to the children in the cast or in the audience, and at the same time, the play was exciting to watch, with plenty of jokes for the adults in the audience to enjoy. I’d have no hesitation in working with Tom again.”
- Laura Monaghan, Artistic Director, REC Young People’s Theatre Company