Reviews

Alton Walhberg Double Take

In his gentle, self-deprecating way, Alton Wahlberg says his songs are seldom happy and frequently depressing. I would argue that he simply tells real-life stories and doesn’t sugar coat them.  I came across his music some years ago and have been a fan ever since. An opportunity to cover not one but two back-to-back gigs …

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Virtually FolkEast

Not Quite But Nearly… There are a small group of Eastfolkers who, on Sunday gained unique FolkEast bragging rights.  Over pints in the Cobbold Arms or the Halfway House in years to come they will sit and tell tales of FolkEast 2020. Yes, they will say, we were there in 2020, on the Sunday, when …

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Grease at Euston Park

Grapevine reviewing a movie? Oh how the times are changing.  In truth, this is less about the antics of Ms Newton-John and Mr Travolta, and more about the entertainment experience and how the last six months has changed everything we took for granted about having a night out. The organisers of The Drive-In Experience: Out …

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Twelfth Night

Can there be more appropriate opening lines to any play now than “If music be the food of love, play on.  Give me excess of it, that surfeiting…”  We are bereft of live music at the moment, indeed live entertainment of any sort, which is why Theatre in the Forest has become Theatre in the Forest at Home, broadcast …

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Cinderella

Mercury at Abbey Fields  On TV last night it was wall to wall politics so what better place to go for a bit of escapism than a tent in a very wet field in Colchester.   For here was told the story of Ella, a young girl hoping for a life, and maybe even love, beyond …

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