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Stones In His Pocket – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Extra Stones

Writer: Marie Jones     Director: Ian McElhinney Movement Director: Brian Burroughs Reviewer: Michael Gray   Stones in his Pockets has been showing for some eighteen years, already. This nationwide tour, setting off on the road from Chelmsford's Civic Theatre, is directed by Ian McElhinney, who was the director of its first ever incarnation back in the 90s. As we ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

The Play That Goes Wrong - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer : Nigel Hook Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Art of Coarse Acting meets Noises Off. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the "Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" whose production of a ...

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M R James Ghost Stories – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Oh Whistle 2

Performer: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   An academic snoozes in his armchair. He wakes to share with us a couple of ghost stories from the master of the genre, M R James. Medieval scholar, Provost of King's College Cambridge, where his renowned stories of the supernatural were first performed for a circle of close friends. And it's that ...

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Ha Ha Holmes! – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Ha-Ha-Holmes

Writer & Director: Ben Langley Composer & Musical Supervisor: Griff Johnson Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Hot on the heels of Ha Ha Hamlet and Ha Ha Hitler comes Ha Ha Holmes, an irreverent and gloriously silly look at Sir Arthur's greatest hit. It's been reworked to accommodate the unique talents of Joe Pasquale, who effortlessly assumes the role of the ...

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Platero Y Yo – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Told by Mike Maran (based on the writings of Juan Ramon Jimenez) Music: Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco Performer: Craig Ogden Puppeteer: Nino Namitcheishvili Director: Levan Tsuladze Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating: 4.5] Produced by the same team which brought us Captain Corelli in 2011, this is a work on a much smaller scale, but in its way just as magical, and every ...

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Female Gothic – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Female Gothic

Adaptor and performer: Rebecca Vaughan Director : Guy Masterson Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5] M R James has appeared on this stage more than once, at least in impersonation. Now, in a similar setting – leather armchair, candelabra – it's the turn of the sadly neglected female exponents of the ghost story. Female Gothic is an amalgam of three spooky tales ...

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An Evening Of Burlesque – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Producer: Michael Taylor Reviewer: Kelly McGibney [rating:4.5] ‘All tease, no sleaze’ is the motto behind Michael Taylors’s ‘An Evening of Burlesque’ and the ladies kept to their promise. Comprising mostly of women (bar the two male performers) this throwback to a sexier and somehow more innocent era titillated the eager audience all night. The evening started out tame with a ...

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Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Stewart Lee Director: Stewart Lee Reviewer: Kelly McGibney [rating: 2.5]   Stewart Lee has had a stand up career which has spanned twenty five years. Due to regular television appearances in the last five or so years he has reached a status that only a handful of working comics can claim: he has become a household name. Lee acknowledges ...

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