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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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The Business Of Murder – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer:Richard Harris Director and Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer:MichaelGray   A mild-mannered man, just the wrong side of middle age. His modest one-bed flat in the suburbs. A police detective - “clever, clever copper”and a woman who's had some success as a writer of police dramas for the television. Such are the ingredients for Richard Harris's intricately plotted thriller.In the tradition ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Macbeth is probably one of the most adaptable of Shakespeare’s works – the tale of power and ambition lending itself to multiple interpretations. Tara Arts’ latest version jumps on that adaptability and transposes the Scottish court to a British Asian family. It’s clear from the opening scenes that this isn’t ...

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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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