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19th April 2019

Theatre Reviews

Review: The 81st Ipswich Gang Show

Take a group of youngsters and their adult leaders, add some very corny jokes, a large portion of well known songs (old and new) and you have the makings of a Gang Show. The youngsters are members of the scouting and guiding organisation in the Ipswich area. The Ipswich Gang Show has been running for

Review: Picture of Dorian Gray

A dark, gothic tale of morality, beauty and hedonism, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a novel by Oscar Wilde, and performed by Tilted Wig Productions tells the story of the pursuit of youth and beauty and just how far some will strive to maintain youth. Still relevant today, Tilted Wig Productions make use of Victorian-esque

Review: The Tide Jetty

Both atmospheric and moving, The Tide Jetty tells the story of how the past can affect the present. Brothers Tucky and Nathan grew up on the banks of Breydon Water, alongside tomboy, Eliza. But a tragic event changes their lives forever, causing Eliza to leave Broads and head for the town of Ipswich. Years later

Review: Private Lives

Noel Coward’s Private Lives is a 1930 comedy. The story centres on Elyot and Amanda a divorced couple who have seemingly moved on. Elyot Chase played ‘spiffingly’ by Ricky Oakley, is honeymooning with the new love of his life Sybil, (Harriet Leitch), a few years younger than Elyot’s former wife and perhaps a little more

Review: Beauty & the Beast

Where else but panto would you find Mary Berry and Prue Leith fighting in front of a talking teapot, clock and crystal chandelier. One of literature’s earliest feminist stories, it was nice to see the production team were all women. Not that this is some woke reimagining if you’re bothered by that sort of thing.

Review: My Mother Said I Never Should

As the most widely performed play ever written by a woman, My Mother Said I Never Should, tells a poignant and moving intergenerational story, spanning seven decades to highlight the unconditional love, heartache and struggles of family, being a woman and the innocence of childhood. Using a minimalist all female cast and stage, My Mother

Review: The Band

Manchester, 1993 and five teenage girls are joined in friendship with a common interest – The Band! Having won a competition to see their favourite group, the girls set off for a night of fun, however the evening doesn’t turn out as they’d planned… Twenty-five years on and a reunion is on the cards, not

Review: A Christmas Carol (The Broadway Musical)

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is probably as popular now as it was in the 1800’s. A tale of hope, that no matter what our opinions and beliefs, change is possible…. even when you are as miserable as Ebenezer Scrooge. Although I knew and love Dickens’ classic tale, I must confess that I was not

Review: Sleeping Beauty – Felixstowe

Christmas and New Year is panto time!!! Those presented by the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company at the Felixstowe Spa are one of the most established. This year sees the 53rd panto for the company, so clearly they have a lot of experience in bringing the panto magic to life. This year’s production is Sleeping Beauty,

Review: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Bursting onto the stage with all the festive family fun you’d expect from panto land Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is this year’s offering from the Ipswich Regent Theatre. The magic mirror always tells the truth and when the Wicked Queen is no longer the fairest in the land but the beautiful Snow White

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