"THE GIFT OF THE GAB" (full length stage play)
White Bear Theatre, London 15th May - 9th June 2018
‘Strong chemistry … strong comic performances … detailed set and sound design means the Winter of Discontent has never felt closer… The 1970s pop culture references flow thick and fast… could use another half an hour with these characters.’ The Stage
‘Playfully witty banter—delivered exceptionally by Ross Boatman, Michael Roberts and Charlie Allen, whose ensemble lampoons of ‘70s popular culture and political climate are truly a thing to behold’.
‘Amazing set… Tantantinoesque dialogue… sharp and funny… echoes of Pinter and Martin McDonagh and a soupcon of the Ealing comedies’
Sim E Sigh's set is beautifully observed. Devon Opp's costumes worn by a cast perfectly suited to the their roles. Nicely judged performances. Reminiscent of Minder and Only Fools and Horses. Broadway World
A shout too for Ivanhoe Norona, whose extraordinary face invests his caff owner with inbuilt comic potential and Madalina Bellariu, whose bee stung lips give Concetta exactly the kind of Italian allure that can be tough - maybe impossible - to resist. Broadway World
In ‘70s garb, and an Afro to match, Harold Addo (Toe-Rag) is genuinely funny.
The arch-wordsmith’s trendy nephew Winkle, played convincingly by Lewis Bruniges. London Student
‘love the cast and characters. Charlie Allen excels … oozing with the repellent machismo of the 1970’s. Ross Boatmen (from TV’s Mum) combines an amiable exterior with flashes of greed and maliciousness. Ivanhoe Norona is convincingly volcanic in his passion and I particularly enjoyed Michael Roberts low key performance which always suggested the cunning and conniving mind of the career criminal.’ London Box Office
‘the cast are excellent; the set design is superb and the direction was fluid and strong.’ London Pub Theatre
"THE ALBATROSS 3RD & MAIN" (full length stage play)
Park Theatre Jan 10th - Feb 4th 2017
**** 'A teasingly enigmatic tale of small-town American crime… a heady cocktail of Sam Shepard grittiness, Harold Pinter intrigue, and dark Martin McDonagh absurdity... in two superbly developed acts. Eden – who directs and designs as well – plots an intricate story that drips with cinematic cool'
**** 'darkly comic and clever three-hander is fast-paced and entertaining with echoes of David Mamet … impressive stage design … an outstanding cast’
West End Wilma
**** 'had the audience laughing throughout … the conclusion was perfection as well … suburb writing and direction from Simon David Eden.
On In London
‘An excellent comedy that is rich, dark, well designed and acted, play loaded with wit, wisdom and the courage to examine some important themes.’
Paul Levy Fringe Review
**** Aaron Sorkin-esque wit. Engrossing fun yarn that flew by.
Joe Fuller, Latest 7
‘Funny, intimate and realistic with a dark twist. Extraordinary performances. Not to be missed!’
Stephanie Prior WHM magazine
‘Compelling. Biting social commentary.'
‘Slick, punchy, black comedy and a psychological thriller, full of sharp, stylish and intelligent writing. Very clever and very, very funny. A must see for theatregoers from Brighton and beyond.
Paul Gustafson G-Scene Magazine
"THE SAVAGE KINGDOM" [Book I in the Animalian series]
""Thought provoking. Original. Vibrant storytelling. This is a book for all ages written by someone who cares deeply about nature, its creatures and our beautiful planet." Virginia Mckenna OBE, Born Free Foundation
***** - reader reviews on: Amazon, LoveReading4Kids, GoodReads
"BLISS - ALL FALL DOWN" [Feature length TV drama]
"... Hugely enjoyable..." The Times
"... serious drama..." The Telegraph
"WHEN THE SAINTZ GO MARCHING IN" [stage play]
"... STUNNING. That is the only way to describe When The Saintz Go Marching In... moments of great sadness and comic relief..." © Copyright 2010 Newsquest Media Group - Daily Echo
"JG BALLARD'S VERMILION SANDS" [scripts for tv series]
"... An exhilarating experience... Simon has done a brilliant job taking the essence of my original setting and expanding it into something rich and mysterious... it's going to stun viewers and resonate in their minds for years. In fact it could be a classic of new millennium drama..." J G Ballard April 2000
"SMASHED" (Interactive Film - Youths & Alcohol Abuse)
"... Best film of this type I have ever seen..." PSHE Teacher, Hampshire.
"... Like watching something really good on TV, not like the normal stuff you see at school..." Year 9 pupil
"... Truly amazing resource. Everyone must have this in their school... " Deputy Head, Quilley School
"LIFE" [track from 'The Road Will Rise' album]
"... Loved your song man..." Keith Reid [Procol Harum] 606 Club, Chelsea, Oct 2009 [okay not 'press' exactly, but hey, he penned 'Whiter Shade of Pale'!]
"FOR EMILIE DU CHATELET" [Codagraph from 'The Weight of Fire' Exhibition]
"... symmetry defined..." Museum of Computer Art, New York
"LA BOULE" [short film/SDE producer]
"... imaginative magic... " Time Out
"PS: SURREALISM" [album]
"... Bold musical experiment... sound that many a garage band would envy... Eden's lyrics juxtapose vivid images..."
New Musical Express