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Pulse 2016: Andy Smith – The Preston Bill

Andy Smith - The Preston Bill

Writer and Performer: Andy Smith Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: New Wolsey Theatre   To understand the grand scale we often need to focus in on the minutiae. World events and social change are sometimes to vast to comprehend. Relate those changes to an individual, however, and it becomes digestible. It's a technique employed well by Andy Smith in The Preston ...

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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, "I'm glad I'm normal", Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips... Despite ...

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FEATURE: 16 Years on and Pulse keeps getting stronger

It's May 2001 and Suffolk Youth Theatre is about to take to the New Wolsey Theatre stage with their innovative adaptation of The Jungle Book. Nothing remarkable about that but the opening night also marked the first performance under the Pulse Festival banner. Over the 16 years between, the festival has grown to become one of the countries most influential ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Glamour of Yesteryear – Sweet Waterfront

Chic BonBons - The Glamour of Yesteryear

Writer/ Performers: Chic BonBons Reviewer: Daniel Perks   A title such as The Glamour of Yesteryear immediately conjures up images of black and white film stars, looking flawless in their vintage costumes at the height of Parisian chic. Now there is no question that Chic Bonbons, a five-piece cabaret and burlesque troupe, are incredibly beautiful ladies in spectacular costumes. But, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Shit-faced Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice – The Warren

The Merchant of Venice

Director: Rev. Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Niall Harman Shit-faced Shakespeare is a simple concept, but a brilliant one. A cast of five, not forgetting two umpires, take to the stage of The Warren every night to perform an hour-long version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. To complicate proceedings, beforehand one cast member gets exceedingly drunk, and continues drinking throughout the ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: An Audience with Henry VIII – Bosco Theatre, Spiegeltent

An Audience with Henry VIII

Writers: Ross Gurney-Randall and Pete Howells Director: Tony Haase Reviewer: Niall Harman What brings the notorious King Henry VIII to a wooden tent in a Brighton square, with grass growing through the floorboards and an audience gathered on excruciatingly uncomfortable benches? The late King has been dead for 469 years, and since then seems to have been in purgatory. He ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: And The Rope Still Tugging At Her Feet – The Warren

And The Rope Still Tugging At My Feet

Writer: Caroline Burns Cooke Director: Colin Watkeys Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Caroline Burns Cooke, writer and performer, takes centre stage. Tired and exhausted in a shabby black dress, she spends the next hour pouring out her tragedy based on Joanne Hayes and the 1984 Kerry Babies Scandal. It may be inspired by past events, but And The Rope Still Tugging ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Sellotape Sisters – The Warren, Brighton

Signal Theatre's Sellotape Sisters

Writer: Lee Mattinson Director: Robert Wolstenholme Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Seeing Sellotape Sisters at the Brighton Fringe Festival presents an immediate contrast. A city renowned for Gay Pride hosts a play that highlights how only a few decades beforehand, this overly flamboyant and visual celebration would have been completely avant-garde and unacceptable. It is 1966 and homosexuality is illegal. Phyllis ...

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