Dec 2015 - Rapunzel (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow)
"Audacious live rock music, played by superb musician Cat Myers and the universally excellent cast, is as bright and bold as the characterisations [...] this is a family production worth climbing a tower for." Mark Brown, The Sunday Herald.
Jan 2016 - The Weir (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)
"Amanda Gaughan’s direction, however, makes a deliberate and successful choice to restrict any hints of Spooky 101 or jolly Celtic fakery [...] Michael John McCarthy’s restrained sound and music are representative of this [...] the craft of all concerned makes for a highly rewarding evening." Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre.
April 2016 - The Silent Treatment (Lung Ha Theatre Company)
"Maria Oller's jaunty production [...] is aided hugely by a musical score by MJ McCarthy that bubbles under the action throughout, and which sounds part silent movie, part 1970s sit-com." Neil Cooper, The Herald.
April 2016 - Leaf By Niggle (Puppet State Theatre)
"...a vividly evocative soundscore by Karine Polwart & Michael John McCarthy is a further reminder of what rich dimensions the arts bring to our everyday lives." Mary Brennan, The Herald.
July 2016 - The Lonesome West (Tron Theatre, Glasgow)
"A superb & satisfying production." Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman.