Essex

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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Noughts and Crosses

Mercury Theatre Colchester Both captivating and entertaining, this morality play adapted from the book by Malorie Blackman is a stark reminder that as human beings we seem incapable of learning from history. Whether it be the Montagues and the Capulets, the Campbell Clan and the MacDonalds, Brexiters and Remainers, Country Music Fans and Heavy Metal …

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Imagine the scene. A resting actor sits in their garden enjoying the summer sun. They flick through “The Stage” on their electronic news reader. The phone rings – it is their agent, with good news. The Panto job in Colchester is theirs for the taking! The actor smiles, content in the knowledge that the bills …

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Walking Back to Happiness

Three of Colchester’s most knowledgeable music fanatics will be leading a two-hour musical mystery tour around the town on 7 May at 2pm. ‘Colchester’s Music Scene’ is the first musical trip around Colchester, and will be part of Jane’s Walk, an annual world-wide, citizen-led exploration of the urban environment. Leading the tour will be Carl …

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Turn of the Screw

Mercury Theatre, Colchester Although billed as ‘the classic ghost story’, and there are ghosts aplenty,(both real and imaginary) – this is a tale of intrigue.  It is less a ‘who-done-it’ and more a ‘how-was-it-done’. This well-known Henry James tale has had many adaptations since it was first published in 1898.  Opening with a deception, we …

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Liza Pulman

My chat with Liza Pulman got distracted when we started to talk about my hometown, Dublin. Liza was once married to a Dubliner and spend a lot of time there. After some wonderful reminisces we got back to the matter in hand – Liza’s forthcoming tour: Liza Pulman Sings Streisand, which opens at The Apex …

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Roman River Recruiting

Roman River Music is an ambitious charity with a mission to embed culture in the life of everyone living in North Essex. The organisation is currently recruiting Marketing and Development Managers to support the 2018 Festival and beyond. The Roman River Music Festival is one of East Anglia’s best-kept secrets, enchanting local audiences and inspiring …

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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Mercury Theatre Colchester All too often the seasonal Christmas show is dominated by farcical slapstick, innuendo and gaudy costumes.  Directors feel they can get away with turning the handle and regurgitating that which worked last year and the years before that. Happily, this attitude does not prevail amongst the ‘Made in Colchester’ team who produced …

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