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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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Kiss Me – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Anna Ledwich Reviewer: Stephen Bates Most of us know about the death toll from the First World War and the Spanish 'Flu outbreak that followed it, but Richard Bean's bitter-sweet romantic comedy, first seen at Hampstead Theatre in 2016, considers what one of the consequences may have been - an urgent need to re-populate the nation, ...

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In Tents and Purposes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roxy Dunn Director: Chris Head Reviewer: Lizz Clark Do we make our own luck? This story of two friends who have their fortunes told at a festival, and live the next ten years under the shadow of the predictions, explores just that question. Roxy Dunn's strait-laced Libby wants to be a writer, but is told she'll end up broke ...

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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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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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KATINA AND BECKY HAVE IT ALL – The People’s Improv Theater, New York

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Writers: Katina Corrao & Becky Yamamoto Reviewer: Robert Price All Katina Corrao really wants is to play a nosey neighbor on a TV sitcom, but she keeps getting messages from the dead (yet if anyone has any leads on a commercial spot she could book, please visit her website at KatinaCorrao.com). Corrao’s bubbling charisma brings an infectious energy to her ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Good Grief – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Jack Rooke Director: Gabriel Bisset-Smith Reviewer: Paul Couch Grief affects us all in different ways. Of course, many people follow the traditional linear path of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, but these stages are by no means set in stone. Many, like Jack Rooke, jump straight to the end two. When he was 15 and in ...

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