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Summer of Circus Launch: Kin, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Devised: Barely Methodical Troupe and Ben Duke Director: Ben Duke Reviewer: Simon Topping The piece starts with a collective shout from the five male performers as they push and shove their way around each other; vying to gain the upper hand. A stern looking woman enters and the jostling stops; replaced with vain attempts of physical prowess to win her ...

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Bring on the Bollywood – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Sâmir Bhamra Composers: Devesh Sodha Director: Sâmir Bhamra Choreographers: Leena Patel, Subhash Viman, Sonia Sabri Reviewer: Michael Gray A colourful tribute to the Bollywood genre, this big-hearted show explodes onto the Hornchurch stage in a riot of song and dance, gorgeous costumes and songs from the big screen. A little bit camp, a little bit kitsch, but great uncomplicated fun ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Norwich

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Lu Greer Watching a production, starring the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, of The Murder at Haversham Manor progressively go from bad to worse due to a lack of talent, budget, luck, or common sense should mean that any audience is in for a very long night. This is not, ...

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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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PULSE FESTIVAL: Am I Dead Yet – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

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  Writers and performers: Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a thin line between life and death as explained by Chris Thorpe and Jon Spooner in Am I Dead Yet? And there’s also a thin line between engaging theatre and pretension. It's a line the duo come perilously close to crossing in this one-hour ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: The Road To Huntsville – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

The Road To Huntsville

Writer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Jonathan V McGrath Reviewer: Glen Pearce The internet is a scary place. For every funny cat video, and Stephanie Ridings has plenty of those, there’s much darker content such as sites allowing you to become a pen pal with a prisoner on death row in America. It's a topic Ridings explores in her one-woman show The Road To ...

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