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Eastern Angles

   
www.easternangles.co.uk
Ipswich
Suffolk, England

Artistic Director/s    Ivan Cutting

Vision  
Our theatre productions are related to the East Anglia region.
They encompass touring, site-specific and outreach work.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Dark Earth
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2013
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Dark Earth, by Forbes Bramble, explores the drainage of the Fens against a remarkable archaeological discovery that sets engineer against eel trapper, priest against churchgoer, and landlords against tenants. It is also a tale of love and growing up.

Performed at the Flag Fen site near Peterborough, the production had a cast of local performers.

12 - 22 September 2013

photo: Jack Ladenburg

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EANGLES Dark Earth
Dark Earth

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The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare
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2012, 2013
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John Clare is thought of as the 'innocent poet' sent to the asylum by the evil Doctor Skrimshire.

On the one hand he was an admired chronicler of change and recorder of Nature, an eco-warrior for his time, railing against the enclosure land-grabbers. But we also see him as someone robbed of his birthright, the patsy of publishers and professionals and a madman unfairly locked up for his visions.

Clare is remembered for his life more than his poetry - lime-burner, labourer, womaniser, walker, visionary lunatic - with his experiences increasingly used as a yardstick for our own issues. But, in Tony Ramsay's play, a new John Clare emerges, set free from the story of his life.

12 February 2013 - 18 April 2013
September 2012

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EASTANGLES CLARE[2]
The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare

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Days of Plenty
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1999
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A sequel to The Reapers Year, Days of Plenty catapults the story into the late sixties. The horse has been replaced by the combine harvester and the hopes of the older generation by the dreams of the new.

In the midst of all this upheaval, some things remain unchanged; lives are still affected by the passing seasons, personal freedom is as elusive as ever, and 'progress' is a double-edged sword.

2 March 1999 - 12 June 1999

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Fields
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1996
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A look at the stories that still attach to these patches of earth, the memories that live on in field names and the forces that may still reside within their boundaries.

Such a system is under threat. A very battlefield of preservation and change, the field is an indicator of much that is wrong and right with Britain today. Perhaps not as contentious as the wild wood or hedgerows, fields are still at the heart of much that we cherish as East Anglian.

Using myth, music, local history and a contemporary drama drawn from recent events, Fields will provoke, celebrate and entertain.

23 February 1996 - 25 May 1996

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Beneath the Waves
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1993
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As darkness fell in East Anglia on the night of January 31st 1953, no one could have guessed what the following hours would bring. It was the night of the Great Flood. A once in a century combination of an exceptionally high tide and a devastating surge that wreaked havoc in Eastern England. A night that will forever in the memories of the people of East Anglia.

Beneath the Waves relives that harrowing night in a village that was literally washed away.

16 February 1993 - 22 May 1993

Editors' note: See also Robert Butler's interview with playwright Steve Waters on his play 'The Continency Plan' (2009), which makes reference to the 1953 floods.

photo: Mike Kwasniak

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EAST ANGLES BENEATH WAVES
Beneath the Waves

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Natural Causes
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1985
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Boneham Market buzzes with anticipation when Mayor Jack Brown announces a new local nature reserve in the nearby Abbey Fields.

But local journalist Kate Redmond smells not so much a rare butterfly as a very common rate and decides to do some sniffing about herself.

Does the body in Abbey Fields of 20 years ago have any bearing on current events? Why does the Editor pitch her off the story and demand a feature-spread on the private fantasies of Bonehamites?

As the starry-eyed dreamers sing of their ambitions to Kate 'the Queen of Dreamland', can Kate 'the Watergate' weave another thread altogether and snare her prey?

Set against the background of the conservation debate, Natural Causes is a new musical thriller - a kind of David Bellamy meets Miss Marple!

5 November 1985 - 14 December 1985

photo: Mike Kwasniak

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EASTANGLES NATURAL CAUSES
Natural Causes

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The Reapers Year
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1984
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The Reapers Year celebrates the harvest and recreating the characters and customs of a bygone world - all drawn from the accounts of the men and women that did the work.

But behind the rural mask lies another story: the long and painful struggle of the farmworker to improve his condition and take his place in the modern world.

And 100 years ago this autumn the agricultural labourer won the right to vote, so it's time for a double celebration at the village 'frolic', 'horkey' or 'supper'.

28 September 1984 - 28 November 1984

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When the Boats Came In
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1982
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A musical celebration of the great Lowestoft Herring Fishery.

The result of thorough research the show is based on the reminiscences of the driftermen themselves, and using music both new and traditional, it captures the living spirit of the fishing port and the men and women who worked it.

12 November 1982 - 12 December 1982

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  Eastern Angles
www.easternangles.co.uk

Sir John Mills Theatre
Gatacre Road
Ipswich
IP1 2LQ
Suffolk, England

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