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Wolf’s Child – Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Felbrigg Hall

Writer: Dave McKean deviser and Director: Bill Mitchell Composer: Victoria Abbott Reviewer: Glen Pearce If you go down to the woods today… just don’t expect a teddy bears’ picnic. WildWorks’ Wolf’s Child, commissioned especially for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, is a much more grown-up fairy tale. A gamekeeper warns audience members pre-show to keep to the middle of the ...

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Pope Head – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Garry Roost Director : Paul Garnault Reviewer:Michael Gray   Bacon's iconic art is celebrated world-wide; his paintings hang in the best museums, his images are instantly recognisable – think Screaming Pope. But what do we know of the man, his psyche, his sexuality and his “secret life”? Garry Roost's intriguing one-man show, somewhere between autobiography, confessional and stream of ...

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Feed The Beast – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Steve Thompson Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce On election night, what could be more appropriate than a new play looking behind the famous black doors of Number 10 Downing Street. Steve Thompson’s play, however, doesn’t look at the current election campaign, instead looks at a fictional Prime Minister’s relationship with the media. In an age where personality and ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: John Boyne Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Lu Greer   Written by John Boyne,The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,tells the story of Bruno who is the young son of a German army officer during World War Two. The book, told from Bruno’s perspective, sees the family move from the affluent Berlin to a place known to the young boy as ...

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Noises Off – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Frayn Director : Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:Michael Gray Doors and trousers, boxes and sardines. The very essence of farce is distilled in Nothing On, Robin Housemonger's classic from the early 70s. Michael Frayn's no less acclaimed tribute to the genre shows us the action on opening night (The Grand, Weston-super-Mare), then from backstage at an Ashton-under-Lyne matinée, one month ...

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World Factory – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Director: Zoe Svendsen and Simon Daw Game Co-Writers:Zoe Svendsen, Simon Daw, Kate O'Connor, Brian Walters, David Issacs Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Immersive Theatre – terrifying or engaging? Select 1 for terrifying or 2 for engaging. You have 45 seconds to choose… Isn’t all theatre meant to be immersive? We’re not talking onstage stand up ritual humiliation here How much more ...

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Avenue Q – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Musical Director: Daniel Griffin Reviewer: Glen Pearce It’s hard to believe that it’s now 12 years since Avenue Q first burst onto the stage. At the time, it was seen as a radical departure for the Broadway musical genre but it fast became a cult hit ...

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The Elephant Man – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Director : Simon Jessop Music : Steven Markwick Reviewer: Michael Gray   Cut to the Chase, The Queen’s versatile multi-talented actor/musicians, are back on top form in this brilliant revival of Pomerance's powerful drama, directed by Simon Jessop, combining spectacular theatricality with intimate exchanges. This is outstanding work by any standards. Strong concept, marvellous music, the director's ...

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