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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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Somme100 Film

Somme100 Film The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Tuesday 4th April, 2017 It’s always a pleasure to go to the Apex: the welcoming foyer, the bright, spacious bar and of course the world-class acoustic.  Last night’s concert Somme100 Film was the perfect modern venue to reflect on history.  90 young musicians …

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The Verdict

The Verdict Middle Ground Theatre Company Civic Theatre, Chelmsford The plot for this play is simple.  What makes the story intriguing, as with any piece of good writing, are the characters and how they deal with what is presented to them. Frank Galvin (Clive Mantle) is an alcoholic lawyer whose …

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All or Nothing

All or Nothing Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Wednesday 29th March The whole Mods and Rockers culture of the late 60s passed me by because I grew up in a different country.   Yes, I heard the stories of the gang fights – the sensational stuff that made headlines around the world. For …

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Abigail’s Party

After a sunny March afternoon, I made a trek across the border and over to the Norwich Theatre Royal on World Theatre Day for the 40th anniversary production of Mike Leigh’s classic play, Abigail’s Party.   The story is set in 1977, when Beverly (Amanda Abbington) sets us up for the …

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Red Rose Chain The Avenue Theatre Thursday 23rd March Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is for me a special play.   A young student teacher, (on whom I had a teenage schoolboy crush), had her small class read this play, by which I mean characters were selected and the …

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Dirty Dancing

Ipswich Regent 21 March 2017 Dirty Dancing – the 1987 American romantic dance drama film written by Eleanor Bergstein – is brought to The Regent Theatre, Ipswich this week courtesy of ‘Dirty Dancing On Tour’.  Last night a packed auditorium enjoyed an excellent performance by some young, enthusiastic and extremely flexible dancers/performers, …

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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Irving Stage Company Tuesday 21st March 2017 Since first being staged in 1943, Oklahoma! has become a favourite with musical theatre goers across the world. Back then the show did something that was new; it blended song, character, plot and dance, something that today …

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Aurora Orchestra & Imogen Cooper

AURORA ORCHESTRA & IMOGEN COOPER THE APEX, BURY ST EDMUNDS 15TH MARCH 2017 In writing this review I could focus on the interesting world première of Schumann’s Canonic Studies, arranged by Robin Holloway for chamber orchestra; the gloriously innovative, acrobatic and at times ‘operatic’ Jeunehomme piano concerto (possibly highlighting Mozart’s …

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The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 14 Mar 2017 It is incredible to think that, when the original EM Forster short story on which this play is based was published in 1909, we didn’t have any of the methods of mass communication that today, we carry in our …

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