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Peddling – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Harry Melling Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Paul Couch   He probably won’t thank you for banging on about his stint as Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s chubby, spoiled and spiteful cousin in several of the movie franchise’s outings, but Harry Melling – now 25-years-old and way buffer – need have no fear of having been typecast if his debut play, ...

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The Big Meal – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Dan Le Franc Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Forget Cameron’s Big Society, Dan Le Franc’s The Big Meal gives us the true reflection of our modern lives. It may be set in America but this compelling 90 minute journey across 80 years of family history is universal in its appeal. As the traditional nuclear family expands both ...

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Translations – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Designer: Lucy Osborne Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s a brave and somewhat curious choice for English Touring Theatre. Translations, written by Brian Friel in 1980, is a story of patriotism, love, confusions and (possibly but who knows?) tragedy set in the town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, in 1833. The English Army are busy mapping and ...

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An Evening of Burlesque – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Producer: Michael Taylor Reviewer: Michael Gray   The ghost of good old variety haunts this successful touring show. Tease not sleaze is their watchword, so while there are jiggling bottoms and whirling tassels galore, plus a little mild innuendo, there's nothing to frighten the horses, or indeed to justify the 18+ rating. The auditorium is packed with punters, mostly in ...

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Cats – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T.S. Eliot Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Lu Greer While Cats has become a theatre legend, having run in the West End for over twenty years and had many successful touring runs, its actual narrative isn’t particularly well known. And that’s because it barely has one. The show was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber from a ...

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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s two truly original plays, is a story full of magic and whimsy as it tells the stories of four sets of characters and is interwoven predominantly by love. With this being the focus of the play, and it revolving around three sets of male/female ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Junk and rubbish; everything bar the kitchen sink piled up around the acting area – threatening to engulf these squalid characters – making a chaotic arena for the unsavoury shenanigans caused by the arrival of a footloose foundling in the bosom of this most dysfunctional of families. It also provides some ...

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