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Pulse Fringe Festival: Cutting The Cord – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Director: Matt Spencer Music: Daniel Marcus Clark Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5]   Where are you from? Where are you going? In a weekend when the country celebrates all things ‘Great Britain’, what does national identity actually mean? For a young Japanese woman it a question for which she’s not sure of the answer, “I am more Japanese here, but I ...

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Boys – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating:5] It's the end of an era for four lads and their rubbish ridden flat in Edinburgh, as their lease, course and life (as they know it) is about to expire. This is Boys a Headlong, HighTide Festival Theatre and The Nuffield, Southampton production currently playing at the Soho Theatre. I ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Psychodrama – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writers and Performers: Sam Halmarack and Tom Wainwright Reviewer: Glen Pearce   rôle play has a long history in theatre, but it also features heavily in psychotherapy, allowing participants to explore key events in their life through drama. For Sam Halmarack and Tom Wainwright’s work in progress showing of Psychodrama, reality and drama mix as the process of creating a ...

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Bench – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Greg Shewring Director: Eleanor Fogg Reviewer: Harry Mottram [rating:3] Quirky, occasionally crude, often comical, sometimes lyrical, but always affectionate. Bench is all of these. Greg Shewring has clearly been eavesdropping on the conversations of people who sit on park benches in Bristol. His montage of moments from a variety of lives range from the surreal to the romantic – ...

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Preview: First Date – Warwick Arts Centre

Writer: David Ireland Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Triggered@Warwick is a bespoke way of commissioning and supporting new work designed to deliver innovative artistic development opportunities. Warwick Arts Centre solicits projects from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies and acts as the catalyst that sets them in motion. It literally triggers the process that takes new ideas ...

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Blood Wedding – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Tommy Murphy, adapted from the original by Frederico Garcia Lorca Director: Laurie Sansom Composer: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3] Adapted by award-winner Tommy Murphy, tonight saw the world premiere of his version of Blood Wedding, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s moving masterpiece, at the Royal Theatre. Blood Wedding is a tragedy that plays out the conflict between individual wishes and ...

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The Idiot at the Wall – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Elspeth Turner Director: Emily Reutlinger Reviewer: Amy Taylor [Rating: 3/5] Family, tradition, roots, secrets and lies form the basis of Elspeth Turner’s debut play, The Idiot at the Wall. Directed by Emily Reutlinger and based on Gaelic tales, songs and expressions, this new piece of the theatre shows promise, but is a little unpolished. Taking place on an unknown ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Don Quijote – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Devisers: Tom Frankland, Kier Cooper, Peter Holdway, Ultimo Comboio Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote was the forerunner of the ‘road movie’ as Quijote and Sancho Panza travel the land. It’s a novel that’s inspired countless film, musical and theatrical adaptations and now forms the inspiration for Tom Frankland, Kier Cooper, Peter Holdway and Ultimo Comboio’s version ...

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