Chills, thrills and family fun as curtain goes up on new season

IPSWICH: From spine tingling plays and critically-acclaimed aerial and music theatre to comedy confections, the New Wolsy’s autumn season has it all.

Ockham’s Razor return with The Mill, directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer Toby Sedgwick, which sees five performers power a wheel of wood and steel suspended in the air.

The season also includes four New Wolsey productions. Highlights include Oscar Wilde’s timeless comedy masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest and the world premiere of co-production Reasons to be Cheerful by Paul Sirett, centred around one man’s attempts to see Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Roger Llewellyn returns to the role of the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes... The Death and Life, a humourous tale of murder, mystery and the occult.

Following the success of their last creation, Hot Mikado, The Watermill Theatre have teamed up with composer Steve Brown, who wrote the music for It’s a Wonderful Life, to bring Spend, Spend, Spend! to town.

Described as a cross between Billy Elliot and Blood Brothers - and directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood - it follows the rags to riches to rags story of Viv Nicholson, a coal miner’s wife from Castleford who won �152,319 on the pools in 1961, the biggest sum ever won at the time.

Music and dance includes Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza, Via Volcano, The Rebel Cell, The Yoruba Women Choir and The Magnets.

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The Duke’s Headliners Comedy Club sees Casualty and Hollyoaks actor, model and now comedian James Redmond as MC and there’s another Under 18 Comedy Night.

Youngsters aren’t being left out, with shows for ages two upwards at the New Wolsey Studio including 3 Little Pigs and this year’s truly giant rock ‘n’ panto will be Jack and the Beanstalk.

The theatre’s Claire Treadwell said: “We have a fantastic creative team and they’ve been working on the season for a considerable amount of time. They’ve really enjoyed putting it together and we really hope the audience enjoy it as much.”

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