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Pulse Festival: If I Were Me – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devised by: Antler Director: Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart Reviewer: Glen Pearce   At the end of a day packed with contenders for the 2015 Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize, 2014 winners Antler return to premiere the full-length version of their winning entry If I Were Me. It's interesting to see the piece developed from the short segment seen in 2014 and there’s clearly ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Suitcase Prize 2015

At a time when touring shows face increased financial pressures and various high profile productions are cutting their tours short, the economics of theatre touring are under the spotlight once again. The multi-truck, mega-budget tours are a fairly recent invention, with Shakespeare’s men thinking of nothing of packing their shows onto a cart and heading out into the provinces. Ipswich's ...

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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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