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The Crucible – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Dan English Salem, 1692. A witchcraft hunt has gripped a rural Massachusetts community with women across the town accused of worshipping Satan. Reverend Parris, whose daughter and niece appear to have succumbed to the Devil’s seduction, leads a crusade of his fledgling flock against the witches he claims to be within his parish. ...

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The Inkwell – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Artistic Directors: Mary Davies, Lynette King, Caroline Mummery Reviewer: Glen Pearce A community production, featuring 180 performers aged 8-80 from community groups and schools is enough to send many practitioners into a blind panic. For over 30 years DanceEast, however, has been running just such projects and their 2017 showing of The Inkwell is an ideal showcase of what can ...

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Out Of Order – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director:  Ray Cooney Reviewer: Steve Turner Originally written and performed in 1990 and here updated to include some topical references to Brexit, May, Corbyn and Boris Johnson, Ray Cooney’s farce has lost none of its verve, capacity to surprise, and most importantly its ability to make us laugh. Indeed the laughter from the audience is so loud it ...

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Ventoux – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

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Devisors: 2Magpies Theatre and Andy Routledge Director: Matt Wilks Reviewer: Glen Pearce Mont Ventoux, on the periphery of the French Alps, holds legendary status among cyclists. Its barren upper slopes the finishing line seen as the definitive Tour de France climb. Not all who tackle it make the challenge, with British cyclist Tom Simpson dying on the assent during the ...

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Worst Wedding Ever – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Glen Pearce According to a well-known scale Doctors use to measure stress,  getting married is the seventh most stressful thing you can do in life, just below a life changing illness and slightly more stressful than losing your job. You can see why: the pressure to outdo the friend who had the dream wedding, ...

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The Misfit Analysis – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Cian Binchy and Access All Areas Director: Nick Llewellyn Reviewer: Paul Couch Cian Binchy is a bit of a provocateur. His current show, The Misfit Analysis, is an examination of the world through his eyes as a young, autistic man, and he pulls no punches in making the audience uncomfortable if that's what it takes to make us face ...

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music And Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Musical Supervisor: Martin Koch Reviewer: Glen Pearce Perhaps it was only time that Norwich, spiritual home of Alan Partridge, finally got a visit from musical juggernaut Mamma Mia!, resplendent with a fine refrain of Knowing Me, Knowing You. 18 years ...

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Cul De Sac: Circus for Grown Ups – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Creators: Jose Triguero and Gemma Palomer Reviewer: Simon Topping From the darkness a small glow of light briefly bathes a standing man with a full cucumber protruding from his mouth.  Suddenly the light is gone.  It is clear from this opening that Cul de Sac is not a normal circus performance by any means. Devised by Jose Triguero, an internationally ...

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