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Sarah Brown with Kadiff Kirwan as Sky Masterson
Guys and Dolls Crucible 2019
Johan Perrson

...but in this version Sarah Brown – played by Alex Young – is no gullible sap. While there’s a swoony flavour to her encounters with Sky, who woos her to win a bet, she’s never entirely swept off her feet. In the Havana scenes, which can have an unsavoury whiff of booze-fuelled manipulation, it’s clearly Sarah who decides to knock back the rum with gleeful abandon.

- Catherine Love

on GUYS AND DOLLS, Guardian

Yet Alex Young's Sarah – who has the best voice in the cast – is no virginal, buttoned up zealot but a lonely, disillusioned woman hovering on the brink of a midlife crisis.

- Claire Allfree

on GUYS AND DOLLS, Telegraph

Alex Young’s Sarah has a sideways slide of the eye that suggests her laces are not as strait as might be supposed – an impression confirmed when she is introduced to Cuba, rum and fun by Kadiff Kirwan’s super-cool Sky Masterson, the gambler who, by winning a bet, loses his heart.

- Clare Brennan

on GUYS AND DOLLS, Observer

Alex Young’s Poppy, whose air of quiet desperation as she tries to put her life back together is impossibly touching.

- John Murphy


The Stage

Alex Young as Sally, (the eponymous Girl), who is deemed too common by Bill's new-found family...she has a shimmering presence that beautifully complements the rather doltish Bill.

- Maxwell Cooter

on ME AND MY GIRL, Whatsonstage

Bush gently questions Park Hill’s complex history and controversial present, celebrating Poppy’s new life while wondering at whose expense she can start over in a plush new flat. Mostly, though, Standing at the Sky’s Edge is a heartfelt exploration of home in all its guises.

- Catherine Love



Alex Young, who plays Bill’s sweetheart, Sally, brings sincerity and affection to their relationship. Her voice is clear and sweet, just as Sally should be. She too has excellent comic timing. “My aunt’s a duchess,” Bill explains to her. “So that makes me-” “Dutch,” she kindly replies.

- Natalie Haynes

on ME AND MY GIRL, Guardian

As their younger selves, Adam Rhys-Charles and Zizi Strallen (Ben/Phyllis), and Fred Haig and Alex Young (Buddy/Sally) are both affecting and effective foils to them, amplifying how far they've strayed from their original selves.

- Mark Shenton on FOLLIES,

The young quartet are perfectly cast, particularly Alex Young as a feverishly neurotic Sally, who wants to "curl up inside [Ben] and disappear".

- Marianke Swain on FOLLIES, Broadway World

The Follies Young Ones perform at The Stage Debut Awards

[Director] Cooke keeps the “ghosts” more often in play than even Sondheim might have envisaged. Youth has its day in the earlier versions of Phyllis, Sally, Ben and Buddy – the truthful standout in a fine quartet is Alex Young.

- David Nice on FOLLIES, The Arts Desk 

The quartet are stalked by their younger selves – admirably portrayed by Fred Haig, Zizi Strallen, Alex Young and Adam Rhys-Charles. Cooke handles the complications of dismay and shame that are brought out by this interplay of innocence and experience with delicacy and restraint.

- Paul Taylor on FOLLIES, The Independent

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Trailer for Show Boat, Sheffield Crucible

Alex Young - who must surely rank alongside the most gifted performers of her generation - gives a perfectly pitched Carrie Pipperidge, with immaculate timing, voice and presence. Her take on Mister Snow is a treat.

- Jonathan Baz on CAROUSEL

The delightful Alex Young and Gavin Spokes lend some individuality and humour, providing a necessary respite from the prevailing earnestness.

- Mark Shenton on CAROUSEL, The Stage

Alex Young is very funny as the tipsy bar pick-up, draped in an owl coat that she's only too ready to shed.

- Paul Taylor on PROMISES PROMISES, The Independant

Alex Young is a scene-stealing, outright hilarious stand-out. Worth seeing for her alone!


Trailer for Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible

Alex Young is a riot as devilish flirt Marge, feeding off a crowd hungry for laughs, and there were moments when she had us in the palm of her hand. ‘Nothing gets past you, does it,’ she coos to the hapless Baxter.

-Josh McLoughlin on PROMISES PROMISES, Time Out

There is striking support from Alex Young (“Do you like this coat? It’s owl”) as a bar-room pickup.

-Michael Billinton on PROMISES PROMISES in The Guardian

Alex Young is radiant as Ellie May Chipley.

-Sam Marlowe on SHOW BOAT in The Times

Alex Young as Erma also provide[s] a top-level comic performance.

-Jonathan Brown on ANYTHING GOES in The Independant

Alex Young has more fun than is decent with the sailors in 'Buddy, Beware'.

-Johnny Fox on ANYTHING GOES

PS - Alex had to get quite drunk to make this page. It's mainly for her mum. 
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