Theatre

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

It is a testament to Andrea Dunbar’s skills as a writer that she makes a collection of genuinely unlikeable characters in a sordid situation entertaining. This play made its debut thirty-seven years ago, set in an austerity ridden Britain with a woman Prime Minister whose major political achievement was to divide the country.  Yep, that’s …

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Bury Fringe 2018

Following a five year semi-hiatus (with a handful of music-only events), the Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival relaunches as a fully-fledged, six-week-long arts festival in March and April 2018.  Run by a committee of independent local promoters on a completely voluntary basis, the Bury Fringe aims to showcase and celebrate the amazing wealth of arts and …

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Ella Gilling

Ella Gilling is playing the Princess in Sleeping Beauty at Ipswich Regent this year.  Not only is this her first ever Panto role but she hasn’t ever seen a Panto – oh no she hasn’t!  Ella took time out from rehearsals to talk to us. I heard rumour that you’ve never seen a Panto before? …

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Sheila Ferguson

Sheila Ferguson is playing the wicked fairy this year in Sleeping Beauty at Ipswich Regent.  Grapevine had the pleasure of talking to her just as rehearsals started.  I was reading your twitter feed this morning and I have to ask: is that Shelia Ferguson on the keyboard or do you have people that do that …

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Mike McClean

Sitting in an empty theatre on a Tuesday afternoon in Ipswich, Grapevine’s Tony Bell chatted to Mike McClean who plays The Jester in this year’s production of Sleeping Beauty. You must be a fan of Panto, as you’ve been doing it for quite some time? Yeah I do, I love it and my kids love …

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Be My Baby

Sex – that most natural of acts between consenting adults has been surrounded since time immemorial by shame, guilt and ignorance. Not the act itself perhaps, but it’s consequences. In the aftermath of two world wars and the looming threats embedded in the Cold War, teenagers in the 1960s had a different outlook on life. …

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