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18th June 2019

Theatre Reviews

Review: Half a Sixpence

HG Wells is best known for War of The Worlds, but Half a Sixpence is based on his Kipps stories (personal favourites of the author). The musical was written specifically to showcase the talents of all round entertainer Tommy Steele. Firstly a stage show and later a movie. Half a Sixpence is Woodbridge based Company

Review: Little Miss Sunshine – the Musical

Little Miss Sunshine follows a family’s journey as they not only struggle to get from New Mexico to California, a 800 mile trip, but also deal with their own personal problems. The Hoover family have their issues. Mum, Sheryl and Dad, Richard likes to argue. Uncle Frank has relationship issues. Eldest son, Dwayne refuses to

Review: Grandma Saves The Day

Nearly everyone is familiar with the cartoons of Carl Giles, more so Ipswich residents as he worked and lived in the area. His brilliant drawings graced the pages of the Daily and Sunday Express for many years and the fictitious Giles family, headed by Grandma were instantly recognisable. In this brand new production the characters

Review: An Honest Gentleman

Mention Dick Turpin and everyone will know that he was a notorious highwayman, but chances are if you say Thomas Easter you will be met with a blank stare! Like Turpin, Thomas Easter was also a highwayman plying his “trade” at the same time as his more famous counterpart. An Honest Gentleman is the latest

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.

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