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Steel Magnolias- Grand Opera House, York

Director: David Gilmore Writer: Robert Harling Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:3] Steel Magnolias is most famous as the 1989 hit film starring legendary actresses as Shirley Maclaine, Sally Field, Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton. Written to help the writer overcome his grief at his sister’s death from diabetes, every emotion is present here. Robert Harling’s stage version of this story provides ...

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Sampled Festival: Day 2 – The Junction, Cambridge

Festival Director: Kate Madden Reviewer : Jack Trott   The Sampled Festival of Performance is a mini fringe festival, taking place over a weekend, that is exactly as it says – a sample of works in progress as well as tried and tested performances. With seemingly every performance space, office, side room, foyer and even car park utilised to put ...

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Barefoot in The Park – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman and Peter Cregseen Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   It is nearly 50 years since Neil Simon’s Barefoot in The Park appeared on Broadway but this delightful play is still just as relevant today as it was in 1963. The curtain rises on the newly married Corrie Bratter, eagerly waiting the furniture for her first ...

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HighTide Festival: Brunch Plays – The Cut, Halesworth

Writers: Shiona Morton, Berri George, John Barton, Karis Halsall Director: Melanie Spencer Reviewer: Glen Pearce A leisurely Sunday morning. Coffee, bacon rolls and new writing. What could be better? HighTide have assembled a team of writers either based in, or inspired by the area, to write a series of micro plays. Given rehearsed, script in hand, readings, the series of ...

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HighTide Festival: The Adventure – The Printworks, Halesworth

Writer: Oliver Birch Director: Dan Bird Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Some reviews are difficult to write, not because there isn’t anything to say about a production, but, because the fact that the element of surprise is so central to the success of the piece, that to say anything that would weaken the whole experience. So it is with Bad ...

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HighTide Festival: The Hour of Feeling – The Rifle Hall, Halesworth

Writer: Mona Mansour Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] Middle Eastern political upheaval often causes ripples way beyond the national boundaries of the countries involved. It’s perhaps appropriate then, that HighTide have chosen Mona Mansour’s The Hour Of Feeling as one of a quartet of plays from New York’s Public Theatre to cross the Atlantic to play in Suffolk. ...

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HighTide Festival: The Best Years Of Your Life – The Rifle Hall, Halesworth

Writers: Nancy Harris, Kenny Emson, Nicola Werenowska, Mahlon Prince, Tom Eccleshare Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] What is the best year of your life? Turning 16? 18? Your 21st? These formative years as you journey from childhood to adulthood are often looked back on with rose-tinted nostalgia but at the time where they really such great milestones? nabokov ...

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HighTide Festival: Organs Of Little Apparent Importance – The Cut, Halesworth

Writer: John Mcleod Dramaturg: Rob Drummer Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3] Theatre is often seen as a communal experience, although we individually have differing responses to a piece we share that collective response with fellow audience members and share in the live experience as a whole. John Mcleod’s Organs of Little Apparent Importance takes a different route, providing a solitary experience ...

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