Darrie Gardner gave a heart-breaking portrayal of a mother bereaved...The final, dramatic denouement was all the more powerful for taking place in an actual church, and was further enhanced by some well-judged cinematic music and lighting...a unique, memorable and surprisingly entertaining experience" 5* Londontheatre1 (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019).
"Darrie Gardner stands out as Sister Gudule...The need for voice projection and clear articulation is a challenge in this setting, and particularly if the audience is to follow Hugo's convoluted plot, but the actors do a commendable job. This is great entertainment and a wonderful chance to visit St. Paul's, The Actors' Church" 4* LondonLivingLarge (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019).
"The six-strong cast are required to show great flexibility as each portrays multiple characters...Darrie Gardner demonstrates an affinity for light and shade with her roles... The cast also prove to be adept musicians, providing an enthusiastic rendition on Matthew Malone’s authentic sounding compositions. 4* Theatre Weekly (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019)
"Samuel Mattioli as Montano/Gratiano, and Darrie Gardner as Emilia are three very strong supporting actors, each bringing a distinctive and compelling presence with them on stage. In particular, Gardner’s speech at the end about women and their husbands was a highlight; it was moving and irreverent, making the creeping inevitability of Desdemona’s death somehow more painful". London Pub Theatres (Othello - Moors Bar Theatre 2017).
"...Sophie Millett and Darrie Gardner nail the bittersweet bonding song, "We Don't Understand Our Children" with empathetic assurance" 4* Broadway World (Salad Days - Union Theatre 2018).
"Lloyd and Gardner evoke a genuine intimacy and affection which underpins the playful bickering between the two . . . Gardner and Cooke render the uneasy chemistry between the two former lovers in a way that is touching . . . is totally convincing . . . incredibly well written, directed and performed and is among the best shows you will see on the Fringe (Camden or Edinburgh) right now" 5* Remote Goat (Mercy Road - The Hen & Chickens Theatre) 2016
"There are several strong performances from a company of 14, including Darrie Gardner . . . " Reviews Hub (Norma Jeane the Musical - Stockwell Playhouse) 2016
"The whole play is neatly told by merely four actors, all of who bring credibility and warmth to the characters they portray . . . the set piece songs are particularly strong, sung with West End verve in the south-west corner of Serpentine Green . . . Darrie Gardner oversees the whole thing like a Dogsthorpe Fairy Godmother! ... " Peterborough Telegraph. (Nativity Blues - Eastern Angles) 2015
There are one or two places where both book and songs work really well. I remember particularly an exchange in act two between Profumo and his wife, when she realises that he’s been unfaithful. The scene has real power and poignancy – and I might add was very well played by David Pendlebury and Darrie Gardner" 4* Plays to See (Profumo The Musical - Waterloo East Theatre) 2013.
The versatile Michael Howe gave us two very contrasting performances as the suave Ward and the pipe-sucking Harold Wilson, as did Darrie Gardner playing the heart-broken Valerie Hobson and a very northern Barbara Castle. As Wilson and Castle they gave us the comedy highlight of the evening in their gloating victory song ‘Put the Kettle On’. 4* Musical Theatre Review (Profumo The Musical - Waterloo East Theatre) 2013
Darrie Gardner in particular, both as Profumo’s wife Valerie, and as the chipper Labour powerhouse Barbara Castle, gleefully revelling in Tory misfortune, gave a heartfelt and engaging performance, providing a poignancy and nuance ... She reminded the audience that Mrs Profumo is an oft forgotten casualty in this whole sorry debacle.. . Gardner's rendition of ‘Without Love’ is a standalone moment" A Younger Theatre (Profumo The Musical - Waterloo East Theatre) 2013
Ms Gardner is at her best when she puts her own interpretation on more contemporary material - with a deep, rich voice . . . her versions of Kirsty McColl's Soho Square and a beautifully slowed-down take on Ray Davies' Waterloo Sunset are the standouts from the set . Ms Gardner brings us a few stock London characters . . . allowing her the chance to show off excellent comic timing" Broadway Westend World ("Angels Dining at the Ritz") 2011
The beautiful Darrie Gardner articulated majestically'
Greenwich Times ('A Woman of No Importance' - Greenwich Playhouse) 2010
"Lady Caroline (Darrie Gardner), with marvellously sustained upper class vowels, generates broad humour as she hunts down her husband the reluctant Sir John" The Stage ('A Woman of No Importance' - Greenwich Playhouse). 2010
Darrie Gardner is delightful as the wonderfully eccentric Lady Caroline". Newshopper (A Woman of No Importance). 2010
"Worth going for the singing and setting alone, Missy D's powerful voice fills the intimate underground space with classic tunes. Changing characters from chavs to centenarians to provide a good old fashioned cabaret of many acts, but just one versatile performer......In the end it is the singing that is Missy D's forte, rich and sensual, she warmly embraces the audience ..." Brighton Argus/Three Weeks ('Delovely' - The Brighton Festival 2008')
"Gutsy, vibrant, singing voice, cheeky smile and full-on commitment to every note and every word, refreshing, nice acting touches... a talented, warm-hearted performer' Fringe Review ('Songbirds & Heroes' - Edinburgh Festival 2007).