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Review of Out of Sight- Out of Murder by Framlingham Amateur Dramatic Society, 31 October 2012

30 October – 3 November 2012 at Headmaster Porter Theatre, Framingham College.

Murder mysteries of a certain era usually have a standard cast of characters: the elderly spinster, the romantic hero, innocent heroine, the sexy vamp, a ditsy maid, a solicitor to read the will and a pompous butler “who done it” (or may have).

Authors always say that their characters take on a life of their own when they start writing a story…. But what if they really did come to life and want to take over the action?

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Review of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The New Wolsey Theatre. 16 October 2012

They were the sort of conversations you’d hear on any street corner where teenagers congregate.  A mixture of jostling, bravado, flirting, a bit of swearing and plenty of “Innits”, and expressions like “it’s sick, man”.  

This play was an adaptation and updating, by Roy William, of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner , a short story about class and criminal justice system , by Alan Sillitoe.   Watching, the dialogue, costumes and attitudes were so realistic, you forgot this was a theatre and that it was young actors performing a script on a stage.

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A new Community Choir for the Felixstowe area.

Singing pop and songs from musicals, a new mixed adult choir started singing in the Spa Pavilion lounge on Monday 15 October 2012. Over 30 singers (men and women aged over 18) are now attending on Monday evenings. Music included the Beatles, Fiddler on the Roof and Adele and you can follow the choir on Twitter: @felixcommchoir. 

The new website for the choir is now live: http://felixstowecommunitychoir.org.uk

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Review of The Ugly Duckling at New Wolsey Studio, 15 September 2012

 

Two actors, lots of props and a well-known tale: the perfect combination for a very young audience, from Kipper Tie Theatre.

Four year old Bethany and  I went to see The Ugly Duckling at the New Wolsey Studio in Ipswich. At just under one hour’s length,  it  kept the audience (including  parents and grandparents ) amused and happy with jokes, songs and a story of the ugly duckling gradually turning into a swan (with the help of some impressive white feathers).

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Review of The British Paraorchestra at Snape Proms, 25 August 2012

 

With the Paralympic Flame arriving at Snape in the afternoon, expectations were high for this concert.  The British Paraorchestra was set up by well-known conductor Charles Hazelwood who, as a father of a six year old daughter with cerebral palsy, he realised that if sport could embrace people with disabilities then so should orchestras. Travelling the world, he realised that he came across few professional musicians with disabilities and decided, in the year of the London Olympics and Paralympics, to do something about it,

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