“The Play that Goes Wrong” – Mercury Theatre, Colchester. 2/2/17
What a wonderful evening’s entertainment this was. Right from the start, you are drawn into the world of Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society.
This is a cast of ten actors who perform exceptionally well and all of them deliver levels of physical humour akin to Michael Crawford or Norman Wisdom. You could feel (and hear) every member of the audience wincing as they witnesses all the bangs, crashes and ‘accidents’ throughout the course of the show.
This is a great piece of modern theatre. There is a familiarity about the idea and its delivery. I personally love “Noises Off” as a piece of theatre and this play is in the same vein. I wish I could say I haven’t known actors like this but that would not be entirely true! You could not pick out one or more of the cast above the others as each characterisation was spot on. The quick repeat section in Act 2 is a real treat of live theatre at its best.
However, there was a star to the show and that was the set. The whole show revolves around the set which has a mind of its own and it offers some wonderful highlights. The scene where Alistair Kirkham and Edward Judge are holding the varies parts up as they take the phone call from Mr Fitzroy, the lift and of course the devastation of the upper level and the ensuing action as a result.
This play offers laugh after laugh after laugh and the audience lapped it up. It is not surprising that the show has been a sell-out. The UK Tour is visiting a wide range of theatres across the country and if it is coming to a theatre near you, I strongly recommend you get a ticket.
Casa Valentina - Chelmsford Theatre WorkshopJuly 25, 2017 – July 29, 2017Old Court Theatre, ChelmsfordPerformances at 7:45pm Tickets from Civic Theatre Box Office T: 012045 606505
Peter Pan, - A Made in Colchester ProductionJuly 28, 2017 – August 26, 2017The Mercury TheatreTickets from www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
The LadyKillersSeptember 7, 2017 – September 30, 2017The New Wolsey TheatreThe New Wolsey Theatre, The Salisbury Playhouse and The Queens Theatre Hornchurch bring this classic Ealing comedy on tour to the region. Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
The WeirSeptember 8, 2017 – September 16, 2017Mercury Theatre, ColchesterThe Mercury Theatre and English Touring Theatre present this winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play. A shadowy tale delving into the corners of human experience. Tickets www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or 01206573948
All Shook Up, Chelmsford Operatic SocietySeptember 26, 2017 – September 30, 2017Civic Theatre, ChelmsfordTickets from 01245 606505 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Come Back \to \the Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - Blackmore PlayersSeptember 28, 2017 – September 30, 2017Blackmore Village HallEvening Performances on Thursday & Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets from www.blackmoreplayers.co.uk T:01277 200305
Reason's to be CheerfulOctober 3, 2017 – October 7, 2017The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswichcelebrating the infectious music of Ian Drury and the Blockheads; a punk rock musical and gritty coming of age tale. Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Little Shop of Horrors - Co2October 4, 2017 – October 14, 2017Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Oxy & The MoronsOctober 12, 2017 – October 21, 2017The New Wolsey Theatre, IpswichA brank new punk musical with a machine gun playlist of original songs, co-written with Mike Peters (The Alarm), Paul Sirett (Mods & Rox) and Steve Allan Jones. Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
9 to 5 - Witham Operatic SocietyOctober 23, 2017 – October 28, 2017Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Rd, Withamtickets from www.waos.org/box-office
House of Dracula - Chelmsford Theatre WorkshopOctober 31, 2017 – November 4, 2017Nightly at 7:45pm tickets from 01245 606505
Rules for LivingOctober 31, 2017 – November 4, 2017The New Wolsey Theatre, IpswichEveryone creates their own rules for living but what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner and each of them rigidly follows those rules? Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Wait Until DarkNovember 6, 2017 – November 11, 2017The New Wolsey Theatre, IpswichOriginal Theatre presents the Classic, edge of your seat thriller - Wait until Dark. Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Gypsy - LTCNovember 8, 2017 – November 11, 2017Palace Theatren430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA, England
Soho Cinders - SpringersNovember 14, 2017 – November 18, 2017Cramphorn TheatrenFairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1, England
Singing in the Rain - SODSNovember 22, 2017 – November 25, 2017Palace Theatren430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA, England
Red Riding Hood - The Rock and Roll PantoNovember 23, 2017 – January 27, 2018The New Wolsey Theatre, IpswichAnother Brand new Rock and Roll Panto! Tickets: 01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Snow White and the Seven DwarfsNovember 25, 2017 – January 14, 2018Mercury Theatre, Colchestertickets: www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Beauty and the Beast - Blackmore PlayersJanuary 18, 2018 – January 20, 2018Blackmore Village Hall