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PULSE FESTIVAL: Heads Up – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Kieran Hurley Directors: Alex Swift and Julia Taudevin Sound/music: Michael John McCarthy Reviewer: Paul Couch What pillar would you lean on if the world as you knew it came to an abrupt end? Reflection? Hedonism? Denial? Faith? In Kieran Hurley’s blistering one-man show, Heads Up, he offers perspectives from four very different, ordinary individuals who face the Apocalypse ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   John Boyne’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas imagines the world of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, Bruno, whose father is promoted to oversee ‘Out-With’ (a misunderstanding of the name of the concentration camp at Auschwitz). Bruno strikes up a friendship with a Jewish boy ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: There Shall Be Fireworks – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

The Plasticine Men in There Shall Be Fireworks

Writers: Simon Day and Martin Bonger Director: Simon Day Reviewer: Glen Pearce Afghanistan - a complex land full of different tribes, a rich history now scarred by conflict. It is this mix that has a huge impact on Richie, whose childhood experiences in the country still haunt him well into adulthood back in his native America. Based on true stories, ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: The Duke – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Shôn Dale-Jones in The Duke

Writer, Director and Performer: Shôn Dale-Jones Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s always a bit of a grey area in Shôn Dale-Jones shows. Is it Dale-Jones or his alter ego Hugh Hughes performing. Here it’s Dale-Jones himself credited but as he points out in the opening minutes the names of real people are interchangeable. Like much of Dale-Jones/Hughes previous work, The ...

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Salomé – The Swan, Stratford on Avon

A man in uniform smiles at one in a dress

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Owen Horsley Reviewer:  James Garrington When Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama was written in 1892 it was banned as blasphemous while still in rehearsal. It wasn’t until four years later and a French translation that it was actually performed in Paris, not making a public appearance in Britain until 1931 when the ban was lifted. The ...

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18-22, Attractive, Insecure – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writers: Bethan Leyshon and Elaine O’Dwyer Directors: Gráinne Byrne and Emily Cameron Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a website called Casting Call Woe that catalogues all the ridiculous casting breakdowns for acting roles looking for young women. Such roles are usually underwritten, with any characterisation junked as quickly as the creators want their actresses to shed their clothes. Such indignities ...

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Partly Political – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Performers: Rory Bremner, Jan Ravens & Jo Caulfield Reviewer: Ron Simpson Times are hard for a satirical political impressionist. In his Wakefield show Rory Bremner himself quoted the great Tom Lehrer: “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” and things, he claimed, have got worse since 1973 – and who would disagree? So, although his Donald ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America's current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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