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Palm Wine And Stout – Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Writer: Segun Lee-French Director: Ivan Cutting Music: Clement Ule Reviewer: Michael Gray   Segun Lee-French's fascinating play is embarking on a major regional tour, in a revised version, with a new cast.First seen in 2010, it tells of a young British man of mixed race, who follows the voice of a child which leads him back to the land of ...

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The Threepenny Opera – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Composer: Kurt Weil English Dialogue: Robert David Macdonald English Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s rebellion in the air at The New Wolsey Theatre. Banners are strewn across the foyer and auditorium, and cast members seem to be busking in the box office. It’s not some scheme to highlight ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director : James Tobias, with Amy Gunn Reviewer: Michael Gray In a lifetime of Dreams, some stand out, subtitled like episodes of Friends. The one with the pyjamas, the one set in World War II, the one evoking Hollywood's early years, the (operatic) one in an austere boys' school, the one lasting a bare twenty minutes … This one is ...

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Two And Two Make Sex – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Author : Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon Director : Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray We're back in the Seventies – matador poster, inflatable chair, downlighters and eye-watering wallpaper. Harold Wilson in Westminster, Rodney Marsh at Wembley.And how titillating this title seemed back then – hinting at swingers, free love and the permissive society. In fact, of course, there's no sex ...

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This May Hurt A Bit – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Stella Feehily Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Glen Pearce Now 65 years old, the NHS should settling down and become a grand old lady of state, mature and an institution at the heart of society. Instead she’s constantly reinventing herself more times than Madonna. In Stella Feehily’s This May Hurt A Bit, the NHS is more than an institution, it’s ...

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Boeing Boeing – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Author : Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans Director : Patric Kearns Reviewer: Michael Gray The sophisticated red and grey décor (credited to The World Awake) has a skylight, a lovely poster for Dr No, and, since this is boulevard farce, seven doors leading to bedrooms, guestrooms, bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Conveniently situated near the airport, it's ...

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Refugee Boy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah Adaptor: Lemn Sissay Director: Gail McIntyre Reviewer: Glen Pearce A stranger in a strange land – for young Alem a place to call home is difficult to define. The 14 year old Ethiopian – Eritrean has fled his native land, an outcast in either nation. Arriving in the UK he needs to find his way through the ...

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Pygmalion – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Jack Trott To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Bernard Shaw’s, Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath Productions have revived this enduring classic with a star-studded and talented cast and taken it on a national tour of the UK. Using established and well-known actors is, perhaps, needed to attract audiences as ...

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