Ipswich: Political drama headlines New Wolsey Theatre’s spring 2015 season

Feed the Beast, part of the New Wolsey Theatre's spring 2015 season

Feed the Beast, part of the New Wolsey Theatre's spring 2015 season - Credit: Crown Copyright

Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Steve Thompson’s new drama Feed the Beast leads the New Wolsey Theatre’s spring season, on sale tomorrow.

Feed the Beast, part of the New Wolsey Theatre's spring 2015 season

Feed the Beast, part of the New Wolsey Theatre's spring 2015 season - Credit: Crown Copyright

Made in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, it explores the rocky relationship between the press and politicians in a world of spin doctors and Leveson Inquiries.

“It’s rare to be offered the chance to direct a new play like Steve’s that talks about issues which are so of the moment,” said the New Wolsey’s artistic director Peter Rowe.

“This sharp and sassy examination of the relationship between leading politicians and the press will be taking place just as we are all deciding who to vote for in the next General Election.

“In a witty, energetic and sometimes scabrous look behind the scenes at prime ministerial power, this fast and funny play asks do we get the politicians we deserve, or the politicians the press demands, or simply those that are left once the politicians with beliefs and principles have been hound-ed out of town.”

The theatre will also welcome a number of top touring shows including Tim Firth’s Sign of the Times, Mist in the Mirror, adapted from the novel by The Woman in Black author Susan Hill and Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, which was recently voted the nation’s favourite play.

Reasons to be Cheerful and The Threepenny Opera co-creators Graeae return with their production of Blood Wedding, which will include a creative mix of BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description.

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In the run up to the annual Pulse Festival, there will be work from Bucket Club and Show and Tell as part of the Pulse Presents season, all of whom have enjoyed critical acclaim at this year’s Edin-burgh Fringe Festival.

Making work accessible to all, the spring season includes three shows suitable for young people with autism and profound and multiple learning disabilities including The Forest, The Wave and Circles in the Sand.

Other shows to look forward to include Outings, Lip Service’s new work The Picture of Doreen Gray and Olivier Award-nominated vocalist Alison Jiear.

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