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Pulse Festival: Be Better – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devisers and Performers: Elena Voce Siriani and Saskia Marland Reviewer: Glen Pearce   As the ubiquitous selfie threatens to invade every corner of our lives, the importance of image has never been more acute. We consume with voracious appetite the latest pictures of friends, strangers and celebrities. We ourselves are now all too aware of the importance of projecting an ...

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The Car Man – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies &Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree   Billed as ‘Bizet’s Carmen Re-imagined’, Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Car Man’ is loosely based on both Carmen and The Postman Always Rings Twice. It is gritty and erotic, and has at its heart compelling but fallible relationships. A neon sign states that ‘You are now entering Harmony’, ...

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Pulse Festival: Every Brilliant Thing – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Writer: Duncan Macmillian with Jonny Donahoe Performer: Jonny Donahoe Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently on the subject of depression, with one notorious columnist describing it as a fashion item. For those who have suffered from depression or who have dealt with the aftermath of suicide, it’s a much more ...

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Pulse Festival: Stand – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The recent election has sparked a resurgence in debating and caused people to stop and think about what it is they really believe in. For many that belief will stay just in their head, a set of notions that the think about but don’t act upon. For another group, however, they ...

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Pulse Festival: War Is Boring/War Is Fun – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Selma Dimitrijevic Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Diaries play a vital rôle in our understanding of the real impact of war. When those diaries are seen through the eyes of an innocent teenager such as Anne Frank they impact is even stronger. While the current anniversaries of the First and Second World Wars are focusing attention 70 and ...

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Little Shop Of Horrors – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book &Lyrics:Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Gareth Machin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Michael Gray This cult musical is a cultivar of the 1960 Corman film; from modest origins off-Broadway, it has grown into a major industry, with community groups drawn to its catchy tunes and off-the-wall story. Specialist plantsmen supply the various Audrey IIs, from ...

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Pulse Festival: Idiot-Syncrasy – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Choreographer and Performer: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Glen Pearce Sometimes a performance defies mere words on paper. It’s more about atmosphere, emotion and connection. Igor and Moreno’s Idiot-Syncrasy is one such show. Note down on paper the elements that make up this show and it seems thin and unlikely to hook an audience. Witness the elements in action ...

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