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Pulse Fringe Festival: The Birdhouse – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Developed with: Jos Houben, Peta Lily and OmarElerian Music by: Greg Hall Reviewer: Flip Miller   Despite being a work in progress The Birdhouse is a very polished performance. On entering the studio you are greeted by the four female performers offering mints to all comers. Although appearing not to be in character, after a while you become aware that ...

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Alex Horne: Seven Years in the Bathroom – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Alex Horne Director: Alex Horne Reviewer: Kelly McGibney [rating:3.5] In Seven Years in the Bathroom Alex Horne presents a statistics-filled show about how long we as average humans spend on everyday activities during our lifetime. As the show’s title suggests the average person (or specifically male) spends a total of seven hours in the bathroom during their life. Throughout ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Opposition – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer, Composer and Performer: Hannah Silva Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Education, Education, Education. The Lady’s Not For Turning. Big Society – politicians love their short catchy, quotable sound bites. While a whole industry of speech writers, focus groups and spin doctors has now grown up around politicians, there’s a long history of political rhetoric. Look behind the words, though, ...

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Simple Things – The Lowry, Salford

Writer and performer: Phil Buckley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3]   Comedians often use aspects of their personal lives as the basis for their professional routines. Phil Buckley takes a literal approach to autobiography and describes incidents from his life in a laid back manner with little exaggeration. In his new show Simple Things Buckley tries to understand how, despite continuing ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival:The Etiquette Of Grief – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and performer: Ellie Harrison Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Where grief used to be a private affair, the deaths of celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Jade Goody and the Princess of Wales have turned grief into a much more public display. For those, though, struggling to show the required outpouring of inner emotions, Ellie Harrison may have the answer. ...

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Michael Winslow: Man of 10,000 Voices – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:4] Michael Winslow is a man who makes sounds…thousands of sounds, sounds you never thought a man could make. Power tools, screaming guitars, that beepy noise the supermarket scanner makes, sex toys. Strange sounds, movie sounds, everyday sounds. Michael Winslow is also the man who played Sgt. Larvelle “Motor Mouth” Jones in the Police Academy movies. Given ...

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