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Into The Woods – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: James Lapine Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating: 4.5] Forget the saccharine coated Disney version of fairy tales, look closer at the Brothers Grimm tales and they are much darker. While we may think that everyone lives ‘happily ever after’ do they really? Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods embraces that darkness, taking us ...

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NEWS: Red Rose Chain seeks community support

Ipswich based Red Rose Chain are asking supporters to cast their vote after the company made it though to the final of the National Lottery Awards. The company is now competing in a public vote alongside 6 other finalists in the Best Arts Project, after its Community Theatre work was selected out of a total of over 900 entries nationwide. ...

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Major Tom – Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich

Writer and performer: Victoria Melody Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Never work with children or animals the saying goes;, for Victoria Melody, though, it’s not quite clear who the children/animals are – her beautiful basset hound Major Tom or the surreal characters who inhabit the beauty pageant world. Melody initially explains that Major Tom is a trial run, if they ...

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My Heart Is Hitchhiking down Peachtree Street – Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich

Performer/Writer: J.Fergus Evans Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] Travel Agents across the land are likely to take out an injunction against J Fergus Evans. Evans eschews the need for passports, visas and a long transatlantic flight, conjuring up instead the evocative setting of America’s deep south with just a few simple props and evocative wordplay. In a tiny office space backstage ...

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Mess – Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4] It’s a dangerous game to play for a production to treat a serious issue with a light touch. The line into parody and mocking can so easily be crossed. In the gentle hands of Caroline Horton and company, however, that lightness of touch allows a harrowing tale to be told ...

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Miss Nightingale – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Book: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] They say that musicalsaren'tborn but reborn and following a previous incarnation in 2011, Matthew Bugg’s Miss Nightingale now returns to the stage in a new production. Though the show has been revised since its earlier showing, its pedigree is shadowed by influences of its surrogate parent predecessors, with ...

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Yes, Prime Minster – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn Director: Jonathan Lynn Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating: 4]   Politicians must be a comedy script writers dream. No sooner have we recovered from tales of duck houses and second homes than a new raft of scandal rocks the Palace of Westminster. It’s no wonder that Alan Jay and Jonathan Lynn have chosen now to ...

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey’s novel Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   The saying goes that medical staff make the worst patients and, while the inmates in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest clearly have issues, there’s a question mark hanging over the sanity of the staff. While the patients actually enjoy a modicum of freedom, the ...

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