Just before I review a few weeks of local productions, there’s time to flag up the next batch of Wonderful Wednesdays at Colchester Arts Centre.

A reminder that these performances are Pay What You Can Afford events, and really give us all an opportunity to try theatre that we may not normally attend, with very little financial cost.

Out of necessity I will start with next week’s, and you probably couldn’t take a more radical risk than on Dep, presented by Van Huynh Company.

Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful and this dance company perform nude. The piece also death and rebirth and should be an unforgettable experience on March 13.

There’s more physical theatre on March 20 with They Live Next Door that promises to take its audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions as the relationship between two men unravels.

Presented by Ieva Kuniskis it lifts a net curtain on people who live next door. China Plate are one of the producers of Status, on March 27, a play by Chris Goode about a man who no longer wants his status, a winner of a Fringe First Award at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

April’s highlights include Flights of Fancy and Foreign Affairs on the 3rd, and Colchester’s very own Alice d’Lumiere presents a new show, Speaking Out and Fitting in on April 10, celebrating what happens when you step out of your birth gender. One to also keep a sharp look out for is Pip Utton’s portrayal of artist Francis Bacon, a wild man of art who has provided much material for theatre and film. Bacon performs on April 24.

Ross Sutherland returns to the venue on May 1 with a new piece creating stories from old video footage: Imaginary Advice. And although it’s a while away, I’d like to flag up the brilliant Nick Cassenbaum’s My Kind of Michael on June 5. Ever since he was a kid, Nick has loved Michael Barrymore and this heartfelt tribute was a hit in Edinburgh last summer.

He is an engaging performer, and this should be a real highlight of the season.

I’ve not had room to list all the events, so book what you fancy at colchesterartscentre.com