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Shake The Chains

Shake the Chains The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings Saturday 25th February 2017 As a child of the 60s – possibly the best decade for the protest song, I often ask about the protest songs of today. They are buried, it seems, under the plethora of instant fix, talent-less shows which …

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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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Sonic Youths

The Sonic Youths latest batch of emerging musicians aged between 14-19 showcased at the Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday 13th February. This time out featured Flora Pechey, Suburban Tide and Lucy Grubb with the Lost Boys. First up was singer songwriter Flora Pechey with a varied set of self penned …

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Northanger Abbey

In over two hundred years Jane Austen’s novels have rarely been out of print.  Her skills as a wordsmith have well stood the test of time, her commentary on the world in which she lived enticing and her observations on feminism not what you might expect of books written in …

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The MGM Story

On a Sunday evening in February, I ventured out of the house to head to my trusted local theatre, the New Wolsey in Ipswich for my first visit in 2017, for an evening of song, dance and education with The MGM Story.  Set on a messy yet intriguing disused film set, …

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Jack Whitehall

What is usually a dull Wednesday evening in January, turned into one full of fun and laughs, as I saw Jack Whitehall on his “At Large” tour at The Ipswich Regent.  Not only is it my first time seeing Jack Whitehall, but it was also my first taste of a live comedy show. …

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Stoat Hall

Stoat Hall, by Eastern Angles 12th January 2017  Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge   Another highly entertaining tale written by the excellent local writing team of Pat Whymark and her partner Julian Harries. This time the Eastern Angles performers have to engage their remarkable talents in a tale that takes us …

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Gippeswyk Singers and Martlesham Brass

Gippeswyk Singers and Martlesham Brass Sunday 8th January 2017  St Michael’s Church, Martlesham Heath In an attempt to keep the festive spirit alive that little bit longer (well, why not, some people still have their decorations up) my husband and I popped along to St Michael’s Church, Martlesham last night …

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Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero

Cambridge Junction 8 Dec 16 My musical roots were developed in Southend-on-Sea and in the early ‘70’s Dr. Feelgood were one of the bands to see. While Canvey Island may have been an unlikely birthplace for Britain’s finest R&B band it did allow me to see them many times. I …

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Norwich Theatre Royal The orchestra tuning up in the pit is a sound I had somehow forgotten.  It sets the mood, calls stragglers at the bar to their seats and suddenly you realise that they have broken into the introduction and that the show has begun. …

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