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The Tempest – Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Paul Couch When an ageing William Shakespeare – in a reflective frame of mind - penned his last solo play in the first decade of the 1600s it’s unlikely he envisaged his melodramatic tragicomedy would end up being performed in a woodland setting with its native peacocks screaming eerily on cue and audiences ...

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The Tale of Mr Tod – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Lawrence Russell and Kirsty Thorpe

Writer: Beatrix Potter Adaptor and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Paul Couch   Her literary canon of 23 children’s books has continued to be a staple of bedroom and nursery 72 years after Beatrix Potter’s death. It is no surprise then that one of Potter’s most complex – and least frothy – books, The Tale of Mr Tod,has attracted the attention ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s probably no more appropriate play for Red Rose Chain’s Theatre In The Forest than A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The woodland setting is the perfect backdrop for this woodland play. Red Rose Chain being Red Rose Chain, though, it’s not that straightforward, with plenty of twists and turns along the ...

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Different Buttons – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Three years ago Red Rose Chain staged Different Buttons in the common room of St Clements hospital in Ipswich, one of the last former Victorian asylums. The hospital was closing and the play marked the end of its 143-year history. Time may have moved on, but mental health provision is still ...

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Progress – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce Opening a play to an Ipswich audience with the line ‘Ipswich, what a dump’ may not be the most conventional approach to getting an audience on side but it sets the tone for a frank look at Queen Elizabeth I's forerunner of the modern package holiday – her summer progress. In an ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part I

Over the next week we shall be looking at the shows that have got our regional editors excited in 2014. Today we shall be looking at Ireland, South East and North East &Yorkshire. Are you excited by any of these productions? Share what you think in the comments section below. IRELAND: Ciara Murphy Here at The Public Reviews in Ireland, ...

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NEWS: Dickens Classic Returns For Festive Fun

Following the success of The Taming of the Shrew at Jimmy’s Farm on the outskirts of Ipswich this summer, Suffolk based theatre company Red Rose Chain has announced that they are returning to the Farm with a revival of their acclaimed family show The Magic Fishbone. Joanna Carrick’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ short story ran at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion in ...

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NEWS: Emma Freud Announced As Red Rose Chain Patron

Ipswich based theatre company Red Rose Chain have today announced Emma Freud as their first ever patron. The broadcaster, charity director and script editor has recently been presenter for the acclaimed National Theatre's NT Live cinema screenings, but is now lending her support to Red Rose Chain having become a fan of their theatre productions and community engagement work in ...

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