in 2015 Ben played 'Orestes' in 'Iphigenia in Tauris' at the Rose Playhouse. This year he is flexible for work and auditions.
The best work comes from Ben Hale as Iphigenia’s brother Orestes and his lifelong “friend” Pylades (Andrew Strafford-Baker). They contribute vibrant performances and excellent chemistry ... Pylades’ comforting of Orestes as he is tortured by the furies for murdering his mother is the stuff fanfic is made of, it’s that homoerotic and genuinely lovely. Even though their behaviour is rather laddish (they came to Tauris to steal Diana’s statue from her temple), they are charming, passionate and a joy to watch.
Ben Hale playing Ruth's wayward and just out of gaol husband Ray Taylor is suitably troubled and Hale really embodies this character with utmost conviction.
Ben Hale puts on a moving performance as the noble, big brother who struggles to support his sister. In the most powerful scene of the play, he displays great nervous energy as he paces about the stage interrogating his mother's boyfriend Hale's performance in this scene creates a tension that is tremendously gripping as he is plagued by the horror of what this man may have done to his sister.
However, the climax is still an emotional affair, and special mention has to go to Ben Hale, who plays stuttering Billy Bibbett with brilliance not only at the end, but throughout the play.
Ben Hale is the sort of actor you’d get on a plane to go and watch. His portrayal of Trip in the opening scene is masterful. Good acting here combines with good writing to create a character that is fascinating in his egoism and his pathological need for control. Val and Trip are excellent foils for each other; the emotional Val losing control in the face of Trip’s cold determination to hang onto it, blowing up only when he cannot remember a name. Hale’s portrayal of the control-obsessed Trip is, in itself, wonderfully controlled. We see Trip’s insecurities coming out initially only in glimpses; the compulsive hand-cleaning, the playing cards; every physical attempt to maintain control points to an underlying unravelling just as every confidence Trip shares in fact conceals something about him and the story he claims to be telling.