Review: Good Luck, Studio, Mercury Theatre

The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting colder and good news seems to be few and far in between at the moment, so we’re all in need of a laugh. Thankfully theatre company Mischief has come to the rescue with new show Good Luck, Studio, which premieres at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre before transferring... Continue Reading →

Review: Alice in Wonderland, Mercury Theatre

As the saying goes, the show must go on, and thankfully that’s been the case for the Mercury Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Originally due to open for previews on 29th July, the show was thrown into disarray last week when original Alice, Ruby Ablett, tested positive for Covid-19 and the first few previews... Continue Reading →

Interview with Jessie Hills

Mark Ravenhill’s thriller Blackmail, based on the original by Charles Bennett, opens at Colchester's Mercury Theatre next month. I spoke with Jessie Hills, who plays Alice, to find out more. Can you tell me about Blackmail?Blackmail is based on Charles Bennett’s smash hit play, adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock, in a new version by acclaimed... Continue Reading →

Review: Sirens, Mercury Theatre

Earlier this year Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announced its Mercury Originals season, a programme of ground-breaking new plays from local writers. The first production in the programme, Sirens, kicks off the season in style and is a touching story of family, loss and belonging.Written by Kenny Emson, Sirens is set on Mersea Island in Essex and... Continue Reading →

Interview with Jesse Akele

Opening at Colchester's Mercury Theatre this week, Sirens is a new play exploring themes of belonging, family ties and forgiveness. I caught up with Interview with Jesse Akele, who plays Isla, to find out more. Can you tell me about Sirens? Sirens is set on the small island of Mersea, Essex and takes us on a... Continue Reading →

The month ahead: April

Spring is finally here, the nights are getting longer and the days hopefully warmer. It’s hard to believe it’s April already but there are lots of exciting things coming up this month! First up later this week is a trip to the Soho Theatre to see Mouthpiece. This story of an unlikely friendship won rave... Continue Reading →

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