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Sarah Waspe

Sarah is a graduate of European Studies, French and German. She teaches both languages and tutors in English and Maths. When not reviewing for Grapevine, she writes for a national magazine and indulges in drawing. She enjoys quizzes and singing.

Guys and Dolls

Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society’s Guys and Dolls, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Until 13 May All life is here in depression-era New York – drunkards, prostitutes and the righteous Salvation Army and police officers trying to keep order in chases reminiscent of the Keystone Cops. When …

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Tommy

The Who’s Tommy New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich until 15 April This touring musical is the result of a project six years in the making.  Involving the co-operation of five other theatres and the co-production of Ramps on the Moon, it features a supremely talented cast including deaf and disabled actors …

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Worst Wedding Ever

Worst Wedding Ever New Wolsey Theatre until 11 March Inter-family tensions are apparent from the outset in this highly-charged production. The immediate question called to mind is, “whose wedding is it?” as arguments arise over the proposed venue, size and who exactly is footing the bill for it all.  Cleverly …

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Hysteria

Hysteria Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Until 25th February An ailing Sigmund Freud is visited upon by a protesting woman, a flamboyant Salvador Dali and Freud’s physician who unwittingly gets caught up in the farce. The early hours of one morning find Freud awakening to a stranger at his French …

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds Until 15th January Beastly Bury St Edmunds’ Old Abbey Gardens are the setting for the start of Beauty and the Beast which sees Fairy Blossom don her pink wellies to go with her skirt of twinkly lights. The Young Chorus …

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Ballet Theatre UK 22nd November Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Clever choreography sees the rival families fighting with flying swords through the air to Prokofiev’s stunning score as the scene opens in Verona. The sparkling, opulent costumes, particularly those in red of the Capulet family, were made …

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The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds This is no conventional birthday party.  In fact, it is made all the more bizarre by Stanley confessing that it isn’t even his birthday. At first he appears to be the landlady’s son as she continues to be troubled that he hasn’t …

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Wishee Washee it Wasn’t!

Aladdin Mercury Theatre, Colchester until 10th January’16 Poems, pop songs and audience participation aplenty await all-comers to this entertaining pantomime. With its usual allusion to modern-day references, the Spirit of the Ring has lost her internet connection, much to the frustration of the evil Abanazar, maliciously played by Ignatius Anthony.  …

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Hazel O’Connor at The John Peel Centre

Hazel O’Connor John Peel Centre 9th October 2015 “Runaway!” cried Hazel O’Connor, opening her much-anticipated, animated and inspirational set. Immediately explaining that her mother had left her violent father when she was merely eight years old, with herself and her brother following, this candid confession set the tone for such …

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Christina Martin at the John Peel Centre

Making a very welcome return to the John Peel Centre was the delightful Canadian, Christina Martin, this time accompanied by her four piece band. She kicked off her 90 minute set with the title track of her fourth album, a rocking rendition of “Sleeping with a Stranger.” This immediately drew …

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