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Radio Times – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music: Noel Gay Book: Abi Grant and Alex Armitage Director: Caroline Leslie Musical Director: Paul Herbert Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3]   Seventy years ago the BBC was hard at work broadcasting morale-boosting variety shows to raise the flagging wartime spirit. Twenty years ago those broadcasts were brought to the stage in musical form. Radio Times didn’t run as long as ...

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Sammy’s Room – Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich

Writer: Joanna Carrick Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Life is a series of choices. Instant decisions can easily send us down an unexpected road and change the course of our lives dramatically. For 16 year old Sammy – her life looks promising. About to leave school, an adoring boyfriend and a real musical talent – Sammy’s future ...

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Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dario Fo Adapted by: Bill Colvil And Robert Walker Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] On a day when the news is full of reports about consumers facing spiralling food costs due to crop shortages, Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! seems suddenly topical. Fo’s 1974 farce may have originally poked fun at the Italian establishment but Bill ...

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The Sacred Flame – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: W Somerset Maugham Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] Sometimes if a playhasn’tbeen staged in 45 years there’s a reason. Tastes and styles change and, while there is sometimes a discovery of a ‘lost gem’, there’s also sometimes just the curiosity value. W Somerset Maugham is particularly tricky – his writing evokes a period now long gone that ...

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All About Marilyn – Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

Writer: Lorena Cenci Director: Sally Scurrell Composer: Helen Wheatley Reviewer: Paul Couch [rating:3.5] It’s a tall order creating from scratch an excerpt from the life of one of our most identifiable movie icons whose place is still very much a part of the cultural identity of the 20th Century. When Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, much conjecture surrounded her passing. ...

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Calendar Girls – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Kay Friars Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] When a group of WI members in a small Yorkshire town decided to create an ‘alternative’ charity calendar, little did they realise the impact that move would have. Instead of views of churches and bridges, the plucky women decide to bare (nearly) all for a calendar to raise money for ...

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Romeo And Juliet – Town Hall, Ipswich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Craig Barber [rating:3]   Daddy’s little princess meets rough Essex lad as their warring parents try to outdo each other with their displays of ostentatious over-excess. It sounds like an episode from The Only Way Is Essex but is the modern setting for The RSC Open Stages, New Wolsey Theatre community production of ...

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Mods And Rox – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Paul Sirett Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3]   Musical theatre never ceases to amaze by its inventiveness. The most unlikely of source material is endlessly transformed into song and dance shows. Edmond Rostand’s 1897 verse play, Cyrano de Bergerac, has been adapted many times over the years, but never has this tale of ...

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