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NEWS: Testing Ground initiative open for new submissions

By PAUL COUCH The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich,  has today [1 June 2017]  announced that submissions are open for next year’s Testing Ground commission, where successful projects will be showcased at PULSE Festival 2018. The theatre supports and showcases new work and new ideas from contemporary theatre-makers through the PULSE artist development programme. Last year, they introduced Testing Ground, a ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: We are Ian – Komedia

We Are Ian

Devisers: In Bed With My Brother Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Stepping into the Komedia space is as though stepping into a funky coloured, party scented, beat pumping time machine, whizzing back to a year synonymous with 80s culture, when strikes were rife, when the Berlin Wall came down and when Maggie Thatcher reigned: 1989. Taking it back is a troublesome trio ...

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Emma – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

The cast of Emma

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Steve Turner Translating such a work from the page to the stage is no easy task but it is one that adaptor Tim Luscombe clearly excels in. Following earlier successes with other Austen works, he turns his attention to the story of Emma Woodhouse. As he admits in the programme ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: MacBETTI – The Marlborough

Macbetti

Created by actors: Heidi Niemi and Gus Kennedy Jacob Director: Anu Niemi Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Despite belonging to a different Shakespeare title, the phrase “though she be but little, she is fierce” rings true in this hilarious one-woman interpretation of the famous Macbeth tale. Described as high on energy, low on iambic pentameter, this feisty feminist rendition delivers just that, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Stroop Effect – The Warren Studio 3

The Stroop Effect

Devised by the Company Reviewer: Sophie Huggins The Stroop Effect, by definition, is when the reaction time of a task is proven to be interfered with and, in this show, performed by third year acting students from the University Centre Colchester, there is a supposed connection between this famous experiment and their devised show. Beginning with a continuous ticking clock ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: I Am Beast – The Warren Main House

I Am Beast

Writer: Louisa Ashton Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Straight into superhero action, full of goggles, baddies and slow-motion fist fights erupts I Am Beast, an inventive tale illustrating how an immersion of the imagination can be a support system for grief. As a fourth major production for Sparkle and Dark, the theatre company introduce Ellie, a troubled teenager who, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: B.A.D.D – Sweet Waterfront

BADD

Writer and performer: Carrie Marx Director: Chris Lincé Reviewer: James Napleton B.A.D.D (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) is a meta-play where the audience is, in fact, a group of concerning parents, who have gathered in a church meeting room to discuss satanic worship. A clever and sharp parody, Carrie Marx’s script fuses wry British humour within a 1980s America evangelical setting. ...

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