2014 marks the sixth edition of the Spill Festival and the second time it has been hosted in Ipswich, home town of its director Robert Pacitti.
The New Wolsey Theatre of Ipswich has fine form playing on nostalgia and has produced many hits such as "Mods and Rox" and "20th Century Boy" which draw on the music of artists such as Marc Bolan and others.
Theatres often receive industry-promoted awards for being welcoming to their patrons. Increasingly, provision – front of house and back stage – for those potential theatre-goers or indeed employees who might otherwise find themselves excluded has come under the spotlight.
The New Wolsey Theatre has announced that its application to Arts Council England for National Portfolio funding has been successful.
There has been much prejudice and negative feeling stoked by "reality" television documentaries on the gypsy community, but little recent theatrical coverage. The Romany Theatre Company hopes to address this imbalance with its claim to present the first play by a Romany traveller writer with original gypsy music and songs.
Talawa Theatre Company makes an interesting decision in reviving and touring this classic but little-known Errol John play. Set in recently independent 1950s Trinidad, we are given a West Indian kitchen-sink drama –a verandah-front drama, given the set – that draws us back to that period.