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Blood Wedding – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Adaptor: David Ireland Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Blood is thicker than water so the saying goes, and in in Lorca’s Blood Wedding family ties and blood certainly combine into some potent drama. As two families come together for a wedding it becomes clear that there are dark secrets just below the surface. Bitter ...

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The Secret Adversary – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Glen Pearce 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth. The writer’s popularity shows no sign of diminishing, and theatrical productions continue to be inspired by her impressive cannon of work. The Mousetrap has just celebrated its 26,000th performance, and now The Watermill Theatre is touring ...

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So It Goes – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Hannah Moss &David Ralfe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The loss of a loved one is the hardest thing to put into words. How do you convey the sense of emptiness? For Hannah Moss, the loss of her Dad to cancer when she was 17 left a void in her life that was hard to express. It’s a ...

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Standby For Tape Back-Up – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Ross Sutherland Reviewer: Glen Pearce Dolly Parton once famously said 'It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.' For performance poet Ross Sutherland that can be paraphrased to 'It takes a lot of work to make performance looks effortless'. Sutherland has been crafting his Standby for Tape Back-Up for two years. There is a sense ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: John Boyne Adapter: Angus Jackson Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree     When is the right time to tell a child about the Holocaust? How should one go about it? The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, although not a true story – a fable – its author prefers it to be labeled, easily opens the imagination of any ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman, Marc ShaimanDirector: Sian Couture Director: Sian Couture Musical Director: Victoria Robson Reviewer: Flip Miller Get ready Baltimore or should that be Bury St Edmunds for a high-energy, high-octane show with a cast of many. It is a tribute to the popularity of the Irving Stage Company that they attract ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tim Frost   Before Brokeback Mountain's mainstream story of gay love in an ‘unlikely’ setting there was Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey’s play of teenage love set on a Thamesmead housing estate. It is a big-hearted story of characters whose lives clash on the balcony outside their three council flats. Sandra is the loud-mouthed, ...

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La Bohème– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: James Conway Reviewer: Lu Greer   La Bohème, one of Puccini’s most well-known operas, begins the English Touring Opera’s three night stint at the Norwich Theatre Royal which is to also include Donisetti’s The Wild Man Of the West Indies. La Bohème, set in the Latin quarter of Paris, focuses on the lives of penniless bohemians ...

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