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Little Shop Of Horrors – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book &Lyrics:Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Gareth Machin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Michael Gray This cult musical is a cultivar of the 1960 Corman film; from modest origins off-Broadway, it has grown into a major industry, with community groups drawn to its catchy tunes and off-the-wall story. Specialist plantsmen supply the various Audrey IIs, from ...

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Pulse Festival: Idiot-Syncrasy – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Choreographer and Performer: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Glen Pearce Sometimes a performance defies mere words on paper. It’s more about atmosphere, emotion and connection. Igor and Moreno’s Idiot-Syncrasy is one such show. Note down on paper the elements that make up this show and it seems thin and unlikely to hook an audience. Witness the elements in action ...

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Pulse Festival: A&E – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Lottie Finklaire Director: Gabrielle Sheppard Reviewer: Glen Pearce Parents may not find Hounded Theatre’s A&E comfortable viewing, with its unflinching look at the turbulent lives of youngsters barely out of school. However, while some of the participants may have imbibed an alcoholic beverage or three, A&E is a sobering look at the pressures of life and love for a ...

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Pulse Festival: The Little Blue Boat And The Secret Of The Broads – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Phil Johnson Director: Daniel Burgess Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Children's shows are often overlooked in Fringe Festivals, but new theatre isn't restricted to just 'grown up' shows. It's a fact that Ipswich's Pulse Festival has embraced, with a dedicated Children's and Young People's day. All-In-Productions have set out to create theatre that is accessible to children and families and ...

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Pulse Festival: This Is How We Die – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Christopher Brett Bailey Reviewer: Glen Pearce   If wordplay was an Olympic sport, Christopher Brett Bailey would be a dead cert for gold. Bailey celebrates the power of the word, attacking us from the starting gun with a machine gun barrage of poetic observation. It’s a performance so packed with speed and linguistic dexterity that you begin ...

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Pulse Festival: The Spalding Suite – Dance East, Ipswich

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Theatre, dance, poetry, beatboxing and basketball may seem an unlikely marriage, but in Inua Ellams’ The Spalding Suite the elements combine beautifully to create a striking piece of theatre. Basketball may not get the same media attention as say football, a fact that one of the player’s mother in this ...

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Pulse Festival: If I Were Me – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devised by: Antler Director: Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart Reviewer: Glen Pearce   At the end of a day packed with contenders for the 2015 Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize, 2014 winners Antler return to premiere the full-length version of their winning entry If I Were Me. It's interesting to see the piece developed from the short segment seen in 2014 and there’s clearly ...

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