So as the 19th New Wolsey Pulse Festival draws to a close for another year, here are some of the highlights of the final day This Is All For You – People You May Know People You May Know is a spin off from the New Wolsey Youth Company, who each year present a piece devised and written by the actors with Associate Director Rob … Continue reading Review – New Wolsey Pulse Festival Highlights
HONK! by Anthony Drew & George Stiles – Co- op Juniors at Seckford Theatre – 8th/9th June Honk! first hit the stage in 1993 and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000. It’s an updated version of Hans Christian Anderson’s Ugly Ducking story with lessons to be learned about tolerance, bullying, and the role of optimism in coping with difficult times … Continue reading Review – Honk!
The New Wolsey’s 19th Pulse Festival is about half way through now – and there’s been a range of performances from scratch shows to fully formed productions previewing before an Edinburgh Fringe run. On Wednesday night saw two shows which have already done well at the Fringe and have been doing touring the circuit for a while before heading back to the Festival this summer. … Continue reading Reviews – New Wolsey Theatre Pulse Festival
Little Miss Sunshine by James Lapine & William Finn – New Wolsey Theatre till Sat 25th May Based on the Oscar winning film of the same name – this is a new musical written by the creatives of such hits as ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Sunday in The Park with George’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’. So it’s got a good pedigree. But … Continue reading Review – Little Miss Sunshine
Grandma Saves The Day! By Phil Willmott – New Wolsey Theatre This was by far one of my favourite productions the New Wolsey Theatre has ever done! This was a musical play based on the cartoon Giles family created by Daily Express cartoonist Carl Giles. The 16-year-old daughter Bridget Giles (played by Grace Lancaster) opened the play giving some background to the audience telling us … Continue reading Student Review – Grandma Saves The Day!
An Honest Gentleman by Cordelia Spence & Tim Lane – Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company at Christchurch Mansion Everybody likes a good Highwayman story – add to that a local (ish) twist, a bit of romance, some well crafted folk songs and the beautiful setting of Christchurch Mansion and you probably can’t go far wrong. Stuff of Dreams are a small Norfolk based touring company … Continue reading Review – An Honest Gentleman
Grandma Saves The Day! by Phil Willmott – New Wolsey Theatre till Saturday 18th May Suspend your disbelief and suspend your expectations. If you do both of those I can assure you, you will end up enjoying this strange hybrid of a musical. Its quirky, humorous and good fun. But one thing is certain – don’t expect a production about Carl Giles himself or you’ll … Continue reading Review – Grandma Saves The Day!
The 39 Steps by John Buchan – adapted by Patrick Barlow – New Wolsey Young Company – New Wolsey theatre till Saturday 4th May The New Wolsey Young Company, under the guidance of Director Rob Salmon, goes from strength to strength. The 39 Steps is a serious spy novel written by John Buchan in 1915, which become popular with the soldiers in the trenches and … Continue reading Review – The 39 Steps
The Tide Jetty – by Tony Ramsey – Eastern Angles – last night at Kirton and touring The Broads in Norfolk is a strange and beautiful place where I spent many happy holidays as a child while its strange landscape worked its magical fingers through my imagination. But how do you re- create the weird desolation of the marshes and the winding, calm canals juxtapositioned … Continue reading Review – The Tide Jetty
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, adapted by Andrew Quick & Pete Brooks – imitating the dog – New Wolsey Theatre till Saturday Conrad’s novel, written in 1899, has often been described as one of the seminal novels of the 20thC, and has been the inspiration for many later works including Francis Ford Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now. But it is a difficult novel to stage … Continue reading Review – Heart of Darkness