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The Shape of the Pain – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Chris Thorpe  Director: Rachel Bagshaw  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman We have all experienced pain. But along with the pain, we have evidence of a cause – a bruise or cut, say – and the knowledge that with healing, the pain will end. Director Rachel Bagshaw’s relationship with pain is very different. She has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a chronic condition ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Am I Dead Yet – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

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  Writers and performers: Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a thin line between life and death as explained by Chris Thorpe and Jon Spooner in Am I Dead Yet? And there’s also a thin line between engaging theatre and pretension. It's a line the duo come perilously close to crossing in this one-hour ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Work in progress shows promise

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Ipswich Pulse Festival has always championed new work, from finished pieces to work in the very earliest stages of development. Glen Pearce reflects on the impact of this unfinished work in the 2016 edition of Pulse. There’s a fine balancing act when producing new theatre. Audience reaction is, of course, key, but when do you put that work in front ...

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NEWS: The Tempest announced for Norfolk And Norwich Festival

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While the full programme won’t be announced until later in the year, organisers of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival have today previewed some of the highlights. Artistic Director William Galinsky will direct a major new production of The Tempest in The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth. The building is the UK’s only surviving purpose-built circus, featuring the ability to completely flood the ...

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Confirmation – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Chris Thorpe Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Glen Pearce Our beliefs are what shape us, but what if those beliefs are at odds with mainstream society? We may try and look at the views of others but can we really put ourselves in others' shoes if we find their beliefs abhorrent? In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, ...

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Confirmation – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Chris Thorpe Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Stephen Brennan   How do we form patterns in sequences of numbers? If we could view ourselves as others do, would we want to? What kind of coffee shop would a white supremacist drink in? These are just some of the questions examined by performer Chris Thorpe in Confirmation. Attempting to make sense ...

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NEWS: Applications open for PULSE 2016

Applications have openedfor the 16th annual PULSE Festival in Ipswich. Hosted by the New Wolsey Theatre and co-curated by festival directors China Plate, the part curated, part open application festival for new and innovative work will take place in IpswichfromThursday, 26 May to Saturday, 4 June 2016 PULSE Festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work ...

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Am I Dead Yet? – The Traverse, Edinburgh

Created by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Reviewer: John Roberts Am I Dead Yet? Firmly places us as spectators of our own inevitability as this unique late night performance lecture strips emotion from the discussion and looks at death with a matter of fact nod and wink. Science and statistics are interspersed with anecdotal tales of death, which bring a ...

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