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The Best Thing – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Michael Gray   Masks are a very ancient theatrical tradition. Today, that tradition is kept alive by Vamos “the UK's leading full mask theatre company”. This bittersweet tale of the permissive society, social stigma and a love-child lost is brilliantly brought to life by four performers and many more masks. The scenery – designer Carl Davies ...

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Wilde Without The Boy – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Author : Oscar Wilde Adaptor: Gareth Armstrong Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Michael Gray   This brilliant double bill of Oscar Wilde comes to the Cramphorn – far from packed, alas – polished by touring and triumphant trips to the Fringe. It's a splendid conceit – imagine that Oscar, like Dickens, decides to do the celebrity readings circuit of Assembly Rooms ...

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Pope Head – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Garry Roost Director : Paul Garnault Reviewer:Michael Gray   Bacon's iconic art is celebrated world-wide; his paintings hang in the best museums, his images are instantly recognisable – think Screaming Pope. But what do we know of the man, his psyche, his sexuality and his “secret life”? Garry Roost's intriguing one-man show, somewhere between autobiography, confessional and stream of ...

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The Government Inspector – The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Michael Gray   This enterprising, Oxford-based company is on the road for the first time, with its acclaimed version of The Government Inspector. A very welcome addition to the roster of small-scale tours in the region. Robin Colyer's madcap adaptation is set against sizeable screens, gaily painted as if by ...

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M R James Ghost Stories – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Performer: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   An academic snoozes in his armchair. He wakes to share with us a couple of ghost stories from the master of the genre, M R James. Medieval scholar, Provost of King's College Cambridge, where his renowned stories of the supernatural were first performed for a circle of close friends.And it's that ...

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Platero Y Yo – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Told by Mike Maran (based on the writings of Juan Ramon Jimenez) Music: Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco Performer: Craig Ogden Puppeteer: Nino Namitcheishvili Director: Levan Tsuladze Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating: 4.5] Produced by the same team which brought us Captain Corelli in 2011, this is a work on a much smaller scale, but in its way just as magical, and every ...

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Female Gothic – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Adaptor and performer: Rebecca Vaughan Director : Guy Masterson Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5] M R James has appeared on this stage more than once, at least in impersonation. Now, in a similar setting – leather armchair, candelabra – it's the turn of the sadly neglected female exponents of the ghost story. Female Gothic is an amalgam of three spooky tales ...

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Canary Gold – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer and Creator: The Company Company : Théâtre sans Frontières, with Teatro Tamaska Director : Carlos Belda Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3] A multinational audience for this new and original piece, presented in happy collaboration. It started in Hexham, and is on a small-scale UK tour before setting sail for Tenerife, home of Teatro Tamaska and the much-prized Malmsey wine, which ...

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