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Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – Home, Manchester

Writer: Jon Barton Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems all the rage these days to take a popular and cherished story or fable and turn it on its head. It proved so popular with The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. It was inevitable that other stories would get this daring and ambitious makeover. However, it’s a brave person ...

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101 Dalmatians – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Debbie Isitt from the book by Dodie Smith Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although Dodie Smith was already a successful playwright and novelist, it was probably the Disney adaptation of her 1956 children’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians that brought her work to the wider public eye. The story of the evil Cruella de Vil stealing Dalmatian ...

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NEWS: Dickens Classic Returns For Festive Fun

Following the success of The Taming of the Shrew at Jimmy’s Farm on the outskirts of Ipswich this summer, Suffolk based theatre company Red Rose Chain has announced that they are returning to the Farm with a revival of their acclaimed family show The Magic Fishbone. Joanna Carrick’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ short story ran at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion in ...

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The Magic Fishbone – Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Writer: Joanna Carrick from Charles Dickens Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce Mention Charles Dickens at Christmas and A Christmas Carol springs to mind. Red Rose Chain, though, is never one to go for the obvious choice and, in staging Dickens' short story The Magic Fishbone, they reclaim an under-appreciated classic. As young Alicia plays with her dolls house, fantasy ...

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NEWS: Red Rose Chain Team Up With Warhorse Puppet Expert

For Ipswich-based theatre company Red Rose Chain, puppets are for life, not just for Christmas. Perhaps best known for their al-fresco summer productions at Theatre In The Forest, the company are now turning their hands to a festive family show, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ children’s stories The Magic Fishbone. For audiences familiar with the work of the company there ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart – Pleasance Courtyard

Writer: Jimmy Grimes, from the novel by Mathias Malzieu Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart from Magpie Puppet Company is a quite beautiful whimsical fable. It follows the adventures of Jack, who is born with such a weak heart that he seems unlikely to survive. Fortunately, he is delivered by Dr Madeleine, ...

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Different Buttons – St Clement’s Hospital, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] Despite a more open approach in recent years, mental health issues are still often something of a taboo subject. What goes on behind the doors of medical facilities a dark mystery. Head back 140 years and the subject was even more off-limits, authorities building large, commanding facilities on the outskirts of ...

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