‘With the short fantasy drawn by John Woolrich from his 1996 chamber opera In the House of Crossed Desires, the return was made to the sphere of the grotesque, with chiming clocks, crashing pots and pans, braying clarinets and growling tuba.’
The Times (Barry Millington), 7 January 1997 

‘… [it] compresses his recent opera of similar name into a mere eight minutes with perfectly explosive force.’
The Sunday Times (Paul Driver), 11 January 1997