Review – Babe The Sheep-Pig

Babe the Sheep- Pig – adapted by David Wood, based on the novel by Dick King- Smith – Colchester Mercury Theatre till 26th August Dick King- Smith’s most famous book was adapted for film in the middle 1990’s and was an instant success. The stage version was first toured in 1997 and this is Colchester Mercury’s own take on it as part of their ‘Made … Continue reading Review – Babe The Sheep-Pig

Review – Polstead

Review  – Polstead by Beth Flintoff – Eastern Angles last night at Debach Airfield Can anything new be said about Maria Marten and the Red Barn murder? Hundreds of books and plays have been written on the subject – was there anything fresh that Eastern Angles could bring to this most famous of Suffolk stories? At the time William Corder took on a macabre notoriety – this … Continue reading Review – Polstead

Review – Music In Felixstowe – Felix The Cat

Felix The Cat by John & Ciaran Chillingworth – Music in Felixstowe and Felixstowe Children at Causton School last night Hattie and Emily Bennett of Music in Felixstowe and Kaye Stone who runs Felixstowe Children’s Choir, should certainly be admired for the work they do bringing music into the lives of local young people. This world premier of new musical written by John & Ciaran … Continue reading Review – Music In Felixstowe – Felix The Cat

Review – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr – Co op Juniors – Seckford Theatre 9/10June Not many people with young children won’t have seen the Dreamworks’ cartoon about a ship load of zoo animals who escape from a New York Zoo and end up being shipwrecked by a troupe of penguins on Madagascar – but how do you put it on stage? If you are the … Continue reading Review – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr

Review – Education Education Education

Education Education Education – Wardrobe Ensemble – New Wolsey Theatre (part of the Pulse Festival) The 1990’s saw the emergence of Tony Blair’s New Labour and the concept of Cool Britannia, the promotion of the UK as the ‘in’ place to visit and to live. Wardrobe Ensemble take one aspect of this time – the drive to improve education standards – and have developed a … Continue reading Review – Education Education Education

Review – Pulse Festival 3

Pulse Festival 3 – Tuesday 5th June – New Wolsey Theatre Frankie Vah – written and performed by Luke Wright I’ve followed Luke Wright since he emerged onto the performance poetry scene as a raw newcomer 19 years ago. And he’s come a long way since then. More especially he’s managed to carve himself a niche in the poetry circuit that’s actually made performance poetry … Continue reading Review – Pulse Festival 3

Review – Pulse Festival 2

The Pulse Festival 2– New Wolsey Theatre – Sunday 3rd June Sunday saw the trial of a new idea – a ‘pay what you like’ day. And judging by audience numbers – this was a very popular way of presenting new work. Skin a Cat – by Isley Lynn – Rive Productions This powerfully visceral, yet surprisingly humorous, play about the awakening of womanhood in … Continue reading Review – Pulse Festival 2

Review – Grow Up Grandad

Grow up Grandad by Gordon Steel – Gallery Players – Sir John Mills Theatre till Saturday Although under the auspices of Gallery Players this play has very much been Director Steve Wooldridge’s passion – this is the second time he has staged it – and he has been evangelical about it merits. But his faith in both the writing and the performances is thoroughly justified in … Continue reading Review – Grow Up Grandad