PUBLISHED: 12:44 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 18 October 2018 Molly Scurrell as Bunty Mainwaring and Tom Beattie as Nicky Lancaster in The Vortex Picture: PAPER LANTERN THEATRE COMPANY PAPER LANTERN THEATRE COMPANY One of Coward’s first plays, there’s much to like and dislike. Director Sally Broatch and her cast wrestled the best out of a mishmash of a story brimming with too many ideas to create a thoroughly entertaining evening of wit and drama. Rosie Beattie as Florence Lancaster in The Vortex Picture: PAPER LANTERN THEATRE COMPANYGlamorous socialite Florence Lancaster refuses to grow old gracefully, hurting everybody around her. Her son Nicky returns from Paris with his fiancée Bunty and a serious drug addiction. Soon, as mother and son’s vulnerabilities are exposed, the frothy comedy takes a different turn.Written when Coward was just 24, its contentious topics of homosexuality, drug abuse and infidelity in the jazz age made it hard to get staged. … [Read more...] about Review: The Vortex, by Noel Coward, Paper Lantern Theatre Company, Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, to October 20.
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PUBLISHED: 09:47 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 August 2018 Eastern Edge Theatre Company stage Dogfight at St Peter's by the Waterfront, Ipswich Picture: AIMEE ROBINSON AIMEE ROBINSON One of this company’s strengths is its willingness to take risks, shining a spotlight on shows that never got the recognition they deserved first time around. Eastern Edge Theatre Company stage Dogfight at St Peter's by the Waterfront, Ipswich Picture: AIMEE ROBINSONWith a score penned by Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dogfight premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 and - like Eastern Edge’s last show, the equally excellent Bonnie and Clyde - it didn’t go the distance. It earned itself a cult following though and I can see why.It’s 1963 and new marines Eddie Birdlace (Sam Brown), Bernstein (Josh Day) and Boland (Tom Beattie) celebrate their last night of freedom in San Fransisco before they ship off to Vietnam the next day. The … [Read more...] about Review: Dogfight, Eastern Edge Theatre Company, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, to September 1
PUBLISHED: 16:59 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 09 August 2018 Andrew Clarke The cast of Once gathered outside The New Wolsey's rehearsal space. Photo: Mike Kwasniak Mike Kwasniak Photography, 2018 - www.mikekwasniak.co.uk Theatres are getting ready for their autumn seasons. The New Wolsey in Ipswich has gathered together a number of premieres and critically acclaimed tours to entertain us. Arts editor Andrew Clarke selects his choice of the productions on offer Poster for the the New Wolsey's regional premiere of the West End musical Once. Photo: New WolseyQuality and diversity are the hallmarks of the New Wolsey’s autumn season. Artistic director Peter Rowe has secured the rights to stage the regional premiere of the award-winning West End musical Once to kick-start the autumn programme which he follows up with some classic Shakespeare, a recent Alan Bennett hit, a memorial to the fallen to commemorate the cententary of the end of The Great War … [Read more...] about The New Wolsey premieres West End musical Once along with new Ian Hislop comedy and classic Alan Bennett
PUBLISHED: 15:53 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 19 July 2018 CTC Ipswich stage Les Mis�rables Picture: CTC IPSWICH CTC IPSWICH Five years after last staging Les Misérables, the Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich return with the French-set drama, this time at the Corn Exchange. The Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich return to a France on the edge of rebellion and to one of their most celebrated productions - Les Misérables.The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s historical novel is the intertwining tale of several characters, particularly ex-convict Jean Valjean’s struggles for redemption.It’s been five years since CTC last staged the show. It remains one of the best things I’ve seen in many years of reviewing. They’ve learnt a lot since then says artistic director Bridie Rowe.“Our production in 2013 was fantastic because it was our first big production we did. We’ve come a long way as a company,” she says. … [Read more...] about Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich have learnt a lot since last staging Les Misérables
PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 May 2018 Jason Noble Local Democracy Reporter Punch and Judy during a family day out at Holywells Park. Picture: ROSS HALLS Archant Events in Ipswich have drawn hundreds of thousands of people into the town and boosted the economy by more than £9million, new figures reveal. Holi Festival at Holywells Park. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY Ipswich Borough Council has revealed that its annual spend on events it organised was around £467,000 last year, and brought in more than a quarter of a million people. Sponsorship from big events such as Ipswich Music Day and the Maritime Festival, as well as concessions and hires allows the council to recoup around £207,000 of that, leaving a cost to the borough of around £260,000 – the equivalent of roughly a pound per person. Among those events are sports and leisure activities for youngsters held every day during the summer holidays, as well as the high profile gatherings. Bosses have said … [Read more...] about Ipswich events bring millions to town’s economy