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The Worst Of Scotee – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Scottee Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Glen Pearce The confessional seems to be in vogue. Whether it is a disgraced celeb atoning for their sins to high priestess Oprah Winfrey or the more visceral bear pit of Jeremy Kyle, the need to be seen to regret transgressions is a powerful driving force. For Scotee, though, we’re never entirely sure if ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Director: Declan Donnellan Designer: Nick Ormerod Reviewer: Paul Couch Say what you will about Will, Shakespeare stayed pretty well clear of the sordid subject of incest (we’ll gloss over the turgid Pericles with its questionable provenance, and Gertrude and Claudius weren't blood kin, so there) but his contemporary, John Ford, had no such qualms and Cheek By Jowl’s testosterone-fuelled revival ...

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Swan Lake – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Sergi Bobrov Reviewer: Lu Greer Swan Lake is seen by many to be the quintessential ballet as it brings a combination of classic costumes, well known music, and classic dance. As the Russian State Ballet of Siberia is known for keeping their productions very traditional, there was a chance that this performance would ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer : Nigel Hook Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Art of Coarse Acting meets Noises Off. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the "Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" whose production of a ...

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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer &Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays? Then think again. Arrivals &Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a lesson to ...

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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Director: Valentina Sudakova Reviewer: Lu Greer Sleeping Beauty is a fairy tale which has seen many incarnations, from multiple ballet companies to pantomimes, which often means that new runs of it are forced to try and modernise and to adapt their performances. The Russian State Ballet, however, chooses to keep things very traditional in both costume and in ...

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Dial M For Murder – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Michael Gray   Starting its revival tour at the Mercury, Lucy Bailey's stunningly stylish Dial M For Murder (first seen in 2009) is a triumph of stage design. Mike Britton's enclosed box set, all oppressive scarlet walls, the furniture and a front door the only realistic elements, with a red gauze on a ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Paul Couch While Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was described as “groundbreaking” back in 1958, it is essentially a post-war Trinidadian EastEnders; you rather keep expecting Patrick Trueman to come sauntering into the communal yard, perhaps on his way to board the Empire Windrush en route to Tilbury. There’s little to disturb the ...

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