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Carousel – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Lu Greer   Carousel, originally written in 1945, tells the story of the ill-fated romance of Billy Bigelow (Keith Higham) and Julie Jordan (Gillene Butterfield). Soon after the two meet they find themselves out of work with Julie pregnant and Billy, seeing no other choice, turns to crime to try ...

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Pulse Festival: That Is All You Need To Know – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Co-devisers: Chris Bone and Nicholas Pitt Directors: Paul Slater and Kate Stanley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   One of the unexpected side effects of the recent anniversaries of the start of both the First and Second World Wars is the recognition that the stories from these conflicts need to be captured and preserved. It’s not only the soldier’s tales from the ...

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Pulse Festival: Bromance – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Performers: Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, Charlie Wheeler Director: Eddie Kay Associate Director: Ella Robson Guilfoyle Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The acknowledgement of the existence of ‘Bromance’ may be a recent step, but Barely Methodical troupe’s fusion of theatre, circus and dance is pure good old fashioned entertainment. There’s nothing dated, however, about Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift or Charlie Wheeler’s performances. ...

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Hot Stuff – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Devisers: Maggie Norris and Paul Kerryson Director : Matt Devitt Musical Director : Julian Littman Choreographer : Valentina Dolci Reviewer: Michael Gray This shameless cult musical is nearly a quarter of a century old now; though the story it recycles has its origins in medieval Germany. But it's set very firmly in the suburban 1970s, with music all the way ...

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The Forest – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

All too often we get hung up on the conventions of theatre. The formal, unwritten rules that keep performer and audience separate shape our theatre going. While for those new to theatre those conventions can be off-putting, for those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) those conventions can literally be a barrier to attending the arts altogether. Frozen Light’s ...

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Absent Friends – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director : Michael Cabot Reviewer:Michael Gray The theatre of embarrassment. A very English genre, and one of which Ayckbourn is the undisputed master. There's no better example than this gem from forty years ago. An era cleverly captured in Simon Kenny's evocative set. York Stone fireplace (electric fire where the log-burner would be today), frosted glass ...

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What Will Have Been – Norfolk And Norwich Festival

Created by:Yaron Lifschitzwith theCirca Ensemble Director:Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Glen Pearce   While some circus groups such as Cirque du Soleil strive constantly for the next big special effect to make their shows more spectacular, Yaron Lifschitz and his Circa ensemble have returned to the basics with their latest work, What Will Have Been. Performed in the round and on a ...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Norwich Playhouse

Aoife Duffin in A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing

Writer: Eimear McBride Adaptor and Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Life is never a simple, straightforward path, twists and turns threaten to derail plans and long-held dreams need constant revision. It’s a shifting perspective that is hard to capture on the page, yet Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel captures the internal monologue of a woman from the womb to ...

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