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Britannia is worried…

Britannia is worried.  Things are changing and she wants to know what her people are thinking.  So she calls a meeting.  Caledonia, Cymru, the North East, the East Midlands and the South West dutifully turn up and voice their opinion.  But it’s not polite, in fact it’s quite heated; insults …

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Pulse at 17

The Pulse Festival turns 17 this year.  For humans, 17 can be a contradictory age – you’re expected to start behaving like an adult but are still prone to acting like a teenager; you can join the army, but can’t vote or legally buy alcohol; you’ve got a driving licence …

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A Mean Pinball

1975. The year Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party, Fawlty Towers was first broadcast on TV and Bohemian Rhapsody was number 1 for what seemed an eternity (it was nine weeks but when you’re a kid – that’s an eternity!).  It was also the year that Tommy, Ken …

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Eastern Angles Spring Tour

Spring now appears to be edging its way towards us and as it does, so does one of the landmarks of the East Anglian theatrical year.  Slipping itself into gear on the 15th of March at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, the Eastern Angles’ Spring Tour Transit van doesn’t …

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A Fine City

“A fine city.”  Compared to other cities – such as Oxford (City of Dreaming Spires) and Edinburgh (Athens of the North) – Norwich’s sobriquet is a somewhat modest and understated affair.  And that is all to it’s credit I’d say.   It’s charmingly contrary to the current obsession with hyperbole and …

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Best Of 2016

We start the Stagestruck year in, now, traditional fashion by casting a glance backwards at the previous twelve months of productions.  If you dip into this column with any regularity then you’ll know that Stagestruck likes to poke around in the nether-regions of East Anglia’s theatrical offerings, seeking out the …

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What Are You Doing NYE?

You probably already know what you’re doing for Christmas, don’t you?  Most of us have a routine that we follow – you can call it a ‘tradition’ if you wish, but it’s just a routine: parents in the morning; outlaws for dinner; home for a box-set in the evening; reversed …

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Inexpensive Entertainment

I know it’s something I’ve banged-on about before, and maybe it’s just me being a mean, cranky, tight-fisted old chap, but let’s not be coy; going-out nowadays is an expensive business. Even if you’re a student of your town’s happy hours, simply going for a drink is expensive enough, but …

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Mainstream Palate

It may be October but that doesn’t mean the festival season is over. OK, the opportunities for lying in a field, listening to music whilst a nearby man in an ill-fitting tee shirt shouts “You ain’t Floyd,” at every band who takes the stage, are now limited – and thank …

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Seaside Laughter

Incredible as it seems Maverick has been running at Easton Farm Park for nearly a decade, and, not content with having seen his baby grow into the UK’s premier Americana music festival, Paul Spencer will launch Laugh East over the weekend of September 30th – October 2nd in a variety …

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Small Pleasures

Small pleasures.  People who know me will probably say that’s just the way the cookie crumbles and I should make the best of it.  But I prefer to ignore their mocking and explain that what I mean is the pleasure memories give us.  Yes, the epic nights out, spectacularly successes, …

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Murder Most Foul

I’m actually a little uncomfortable saying this but… don’t you love a good murder?  Now before plod crash through the door to fit me up for every unsolved homicide since the Red Barn murders, I probably should clarify that statement.  What I mean is that I love a good murder …

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The Pun Game

I know people who absolutely hate them. Not me, I love them, but the reaction to their appearance from those who dislike them can be extreme.  Whilst most will just sneer and whisper words of disgust, there are those for whom they are a provocation beyond bearing and I’ve witnessed …

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Rose Tinted Nostalgia

It must be awful working in a theatre press and marketing office.  “What?” I hear you say, what’s awful about crawling into work at 10, trawling the internet for reviews of the shows you’ve got coming – whilst you update your social media and buy something indispensable of course – then …

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In The Beginning….

How do you like your stories told? Presumably your answer is “well.” Whether it’s theatre, film or a novel you’re settling back to enjoy I guess your expectations are that, at the very least, the plotline will be engaging and the characters worth investing enough emotional energy in to make …

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A Mining Metaphor…

Which years do you remember best?  By that I don’t mean can you recall every detail of your existence during a particular twelve month period but which years stick out in your memory and why?  I guess the ones which you remember best are those with some particular significance or …

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A Look Back at 2015

It’s New Year so that can mean only one thing: yes as predictable as Foz saying “I’ll just pop to the loo” as you get to the bar, it’s time for that traditional January pastime of the ‘look-back’ over the passing year. As usual these are presented in the order …

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Traditional Christmas

How often do you have to do the same things at the same time before they become a tradition? Tradition is a word we hear a lot at Christmas, and of course there are lots of things which are considered traditional at Christmas traditions but for how long have they …

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Stage Struck

Although you wouldn’t know it to look at the schedule for the Yesterday TV channel but it’s now more than 70 years since the Second World War ended. As this year’s Remembrance Day approaches and the reflection the commemoration prompts takes place I am finding it increasingly uncomfortable that a …

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