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The Elephant Man – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Directors: Rich Rusk &Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch   There’s a breath of fresh air running through the New Wolsey Young Company – not that there was much wrong with the old one – and it brings a promise of even better things to come. The next generation has arrived and are determined to make their mark ...

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Tom – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Mike James Director: Geinor Styles Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Long before Sir Tom Jones sat in the big red revolving chairs on The Voice, a young Tommy Woodward was gaining his own reputation for his own voice in the pubs and clubs of 1960s Pontypridd. From singing ballads solo in the pub to standing in ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music &Lyrics: George Stiles and Antony Drewe Writers: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Glen Pearce Like a good wine, many stage musicals improve with age. The pressures of ensuring all the pieces are in place for that initial first night don’t allow for the reflection needed to tweak and refine ...

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The Great Gatsby – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Adaptor: Peter Joucla(based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald) Director: Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray A jazz trio in the foyer and in the road outside, a stunning collection of vintage automobiles to prepare us for the drama within. In those golden Twenties before the crash and the depression, Jay Gatsby and his charmed circle live out the decadent ...

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The Girl’s Guide To Saving The World – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: Amelia Sears Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s difficult to figure out who writer Elinor Cook is aiming for with her second play; the male sex as a whole, air-headed females who capitulate to their will at every opportunity, or a little of both. The feminist agenda is clear and would have had Germaine Greer chortling with delight ...

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Incognito – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Nick Payne Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Is the brain a creative force or a prison? The possibility for the human brain to create is well documented but when damaged it can also lock the mind into a constant loop of frustration. Nick Payne’s Incognito is as complex as the brains at the centre of his plot. ...

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Peddling – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Harry Melling Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Paul Couch   He probably won’t thank you for banging on about his stint as Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s chubby, spoiled and spiteful cousin in several of the movie franchise’s outings, but Harry Melling – now 25-years-old and way buffer – need have no fear of having been typecast if his debut play, ...

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The Big Meal – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Dan Le Franc Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Forget Cameron’s Big Society, Dan Le Franc’s The Big Meal gives us the true reflection of our modern lives. It may be set in America but this compelling 90 minute journey across 80 years of family history is universal in its appeal. As the traditional nuclear family expands both ...

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