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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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