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Latitude Festival: Full Stop

Co-Directors:Neil Bettles and Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Craig Barber All human life is here. The saying has been used countless times but it’s unlikely ever to have been applied to a bus stop. Asportrayed in Light The Fuses’ Full Stop though, it becomes an appropriate description. A London bus stop has been transported into the middle of Henham Park and in ...

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Latitude Festival: Void Story

Writer: Tim Etchells Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Paul Couch   When Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood in 1954, it was never meant to be performed on stage, it was a “play for voices”, suited more to radio than anything else. The same can be said for Forced Entertainment’s Void Story, which is performed script in hand by four actors ...

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Latitude Festival: Strike!

deviser: Keziah Serreau and the company Director: Keziah Serreau Choreographer: Ivan Blackstock Reviewer: Craig Barber As a certain well-known Tennessee singer sang at another musical festival recently, ''9 to 5: what a way to make a living''. Anyone who has ever felt trapped working the daily routine in an office will find a deep resonance with Keziah Serreau’s Strike!, a ...

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Latitude Festival: Britannia Waves The Rules

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Craig Barber While Latitude takes place on the east coast, it’s the west coast resort of Blackpool that provides the setting for Gareth Farr’s Britannia Waves the Rules. Like many young men who become disillusioned with their home town, Carl is seduced by the timeless Army recruitment promise of join up and see ...

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Beautiful Thing – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Paul Couch What was cutting edge in the mid-1990s may seem a little dated 20 years later but Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing is still engaging and a brave choice for a young cast to tackle. Set in south east London's uncompromising Thamesmead estate, it's the story of sensitive Jamie and sporty golden boy ...

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You Can Always Hand Them Back – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roger Hall Music and Lyrics: Peter Skellern Director: Andrew Breakwell Reviewer: Michael Gray We are a grandfather … so this UK première of Roger Hall's soft-centred show about growing old and grandchildren was certain to hit the spot. It's almost as if a focus group had come up with all those Third Age clichés: dodgy knees, deafness, technophobia, Christmas ...

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Cats – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Choreographer: Gillian Lynne Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson There is no doubt in my mind that this is a timeless classic. Cats ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, making it thesecond longest running show ever on Broadway. It has won 7 Tonys and 2 Olivier Awards, has been made into ...

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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Lu Greer   Pygmalion, probably the most well-known work of George Bernard Shaw, is once again revived for audiences in this hundredth anniversary tour. The play tells the story of a linguistics professor who bets that he can turn a Covent Garden flower girl into a society lady and in turn comments ...

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