Made in Colchester

Oliver!

Oliver! is one of those musicals that everyone thinks they know.  We may have seen the 1968 film adaptation or heard those Lionel Bart lyrics on the radio, many of which qualify as earworms… “food, glorious food” – see, you are humming it now. For me it has been too long since I’ve seen a …

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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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The Events

The Events is a work of fiction by David Greig.  It is based on a series of real events which took place in Norway in July 2011.  After detonating a bomb in a van that killed eight people in Oslo, a terrorist then travelled to a youth summer camp and systematically murdered sixty-nine people. By …

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Spamalot

Spamalot Mercury Theatre, Colchester I grew up with Monty Python.  In their day they were fresh, anarchic and downright weird. And yet, despite having once worked in an office where we competed to find obscure Life of Brian quotes, I had not seen Spamalot until last night. The show is a parody not only of …

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