The Stage “vital” ★★★★
Breaking the Fourth Wall “powerful” ★★★★⭑
Hiive “tender, stunning” ★★★★
Miro Magazine “honest, beautiful” ★★★★
London Theatre 1 “timely, assured” ★★★★
Reviews Hub “haunting, essential” ★★★★
British Theatre Guide “moving”
The Play’s the Thing “strangely beautiful, engaging”
A Younger Theatre “political theatre at its finest: personal and responsive”
"a number of shows... have addressed the male gaze and the objectification of women. However, none illustrates the ramifications of this quite so powerfully as Foreign Body."
“Capture[s] the fragility felt by the invaded body, and the courage needed to forgive the man, or men, who invaded... a reminder of how important individual action is in creating political change.”
“a brave and challenging work [that] approaches its emotive subject calmly and with respect, giving a much-needed voice to the voiceless women who experience sexual violence.”
"Foreign Body is an act of courage; a vulnerable revealing; an offering of connection to all those silenced... Imogen Butler-Cole de-stigmatises the conversation and her courage in sharing her story is a gift to all of us."
"a striking piece – the personal approach of the performance forces the audience to not only listen, but to look into the eyes of a survivor and question the rape myths that we are surrounded by."
"a great piece of art that moved me deeply and made me think"
"a really beautiful, powerful and courageous show exploring healing after sexual assault. At times it was hard to remember to breathe."
The Future is Beautiful Podcast - Interview on Foreign Body
Soho Radio's Dojo - Interview on Foreign Body (from 35 minutes)
“Foreign Body is a delicate, assured, beautiful and subversive piece of work. It challenged and changed the conversation for me.” - Inua Ellams, writer of Barber Shop Chronicles and An Evening With an Immigrant
“I was completely inspired by Foreign Body. It... sparked conversation, created empathy, understanding and empowerment. Beautifully written and performed." - Lucy-Anne Holmes, Founder, No More Page 3
“An insightful and necessary piece of theatre. A powerful and poignant performance about coming to terms with sexual assault and finding community and healing afterwards.” - Winnie M Li, Author of Dark Chapter and Co-Founder, Clear Lines Festival
“Foreign Body is a truly amazing achievement. Carefully holding audiences on a moving journey through shock, violation and ultimately, slowly, finding voice and power again. Imogen's work blends the silence and embodiment of trauma with authentic voices of survivors, doing justice to both words and the things that cannot be said.” - Dr Nina Burrowes, Psychologist and Campaigner on Sexual Violence