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Brand New Ancients – Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Writer and Performer: Kate Tempest Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] The epic musical poem seems to be one of the themes of this year’s Latitude festival. Paul Heaton’s The 8th kicked off proceedings on Thursday and now Kate Tempest brings her work in progress showing of her equally ambitious Brand New Ancients. Although Tempest precedes the piece with a caveat that ...

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Love Story – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Erich Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and Additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   It’s always a good sign that, even though you know how a story ends, that ending delivers an unavoidable emotional punch. Blood Brothers has exploited that outpouring of emotion for years and Howard Goodall’s chamber musical adaptation of ...

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The Hurly Burly Show – Duchess Theatre, London

Director: William Baker Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3] Burlesque has made a staggering comeback in recent years in the UK, with its tongue in cheek humour, its risqué tease and its celebration of the female form finding favour with almost everyone who comes into contact with it, so it is no surprise that The Hurly Burly show has once again found ...

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Being Human – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Director: Steve Byrne Composer: Derek Nisbet Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:3.5]   Put your pre-conceptions of poetry at the door of the theatre. Gone are the rhythmic iambic pentameters of Shakespearean sonnets and in comes an evening of enjoyable poems. The poems have been collected from around the world by Neil Astley and compiled into his latest anthology of poems. Being ...

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DVD CHILD’S EYE VIEW: My Babysitter’s A Vampire – The Movie.

Producer: Disney Reviewer: Phoebe Patrick (10) [Rating:4] When a family hire a babysitter (Erica) played by Kate Todd to look after their children, they never knew they were hiring a vampire. Very quickly things start to go wrong and Ethan (Matthew Knight) needs to protect himself and the rest of his family from a blood thirsty pack of vampires that ...

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CD Review – Richard Beadle: Songs

Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:4] Richard Beadle is a very accomplished presence in contemporary musical theatre. His album, Songs, is an anthology comprising some works that will form part of Today Is My Day, a full length show that he is writing, while others are simply penned without a connecting thread. It is a mark of the respect that Beadle commands ...

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CD Review: The Journey Home – Mark Evans

Produced by: Siwan Lisa Evans and Ben Robbins Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:4] ; The Journey Home is Mark Evans’ debut English album and features songs that are of importance and significance to this already established star of the West End. The album is beautifully arranged and produced, and the underlying message of the songs selected suggest a young man, who ...

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CD REVIEW: The In-Between – A New Musical

Music/Lyrics/Producer: Laura Tisdall Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:5] The In-Between wouldn’t look out of place as a TV mini-series on the sci-fi channel but for Composer/Lyricist/Producer Laura Tisdall there was only ever one medium that would work for her. Musical Theatre. The In-Between is the tale of the space between parallel worlds…The place where Flick Wimple not only re-evaluates her life, ...

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