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Stowaway – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington Director: Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington Reviewer: Glen Pearce Here in East Anglia, close to major ports, we’ve become all too familiar with the tragic stories of stoways being discovered in shipping containers. These poor souls are often found after they hid in the metal boxes, unaware that the container could be on board ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird has become a favourite story for many people over the years, its power to move unprecedented and Timothy Sheader’s production through its inventive staging and excellent cast does not disappoint. Christopher Sergal’s adaptation brings the emotional punch of the novel ...

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Ragnarok – The Hush House, RAF Bentwaters

Writer: Charles Way Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Paul Couch   Other than perhaps Beowulf, tales from antiquity don’t come much more epic than Ragnarok, the End of Days for the gods and mythical beings of Asgard. In Charlie Wray’s re-imagining for Eastern Angles, Thor, Loki the Trickster, and Odin All-Father are all present and correct but expect no Marvel Studios ...

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Merry It Was To Laugh There – Mercury Studio, Colchester

Director: Jules Easlea and Ignatius Anthony Reviewer: Michael Gray   There is something of a Mercury homecoming for this timely anthology; the director and the performers all familiar faces in this house. Devised by the cast and directed by Ignatius Anthony and producer Jules Easlea, the show mingles great poetry with the voices of the lads on the front and, ...

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Stones In His Pocket – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Marie Jones Director: Ian McElhinney Movement Director: Brian Burroughs Reviewer: Michael Gray   Stones in his Pockets has been showing for some eighteen years, already. This nationwide tour, setting off on the road from Chelmsford's Civic Theatre, is directed by Ian McElhinney, who was the director of its first ever incarnation back in the 90s. As we wait for ...

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Midsummer Songs – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Composer: Ben Goddard Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   University days are full of promise. A new circle of friends that will always be at the heart of your life and the prospects of a glittering career awaiting you as you set out to change the world. Of course life often gets ...

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Gunmetal Blues – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Scott Wentworth Music and Lyrics: Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray   This cute, clever little musical is enjoying its European première right here in Hornchurch, and it could hardly have wished for a more stylish staging. Like Dennis Potter's Singing Detective, it pays affectionate tribute to the film noir world of private dicks ...

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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foefalls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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