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ARTSeast August 2016

Norfolk Celebrates the Last Night of the Blickling Proms


Interview: Sue Perkins Local Arts Scene: The Waveney Valley Visual Arts

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Eating Out

Tickets and a meal What’s On

Tuesday evenings

2016 13 Sept

at the Cathedral

Religion and Science, The Wonders of the Living World. Dr Ruth Bancewicz, senior research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.

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Religion and Science, Let there be Science! Professor Tom McLeish, Durham University, award

Lectures take place in the Edmund Room at the Cathedral and start at 7.30pm.

winning professor of physics and Anglican Reader. 15 Nov

reading Scriptures together. Nadiya Takolia, Sarah Snyder and Miriam Lorie. Part of the Cambridge

Refreshments are served from 7pm.

University inter-faith programme.

Admission is free, with a retiring oering.

Religions Together, Jews, Christians and Muslims

6 Dec

Religions Together, Religions and the Common Good. Speaker, the Very Rev Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

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11 Welcome

Theatre & Film

What’s On


16 Theatre & Film News

31 Kid’s Corner

17 Norwich Theatre Royal


Cover Story

18 Theatre Royal Bury

33 Roman River Music Festival


19 Maui Waui Festival

Editor’s Letter

Blickling Proms

Thetford’s Great Festival

20 Cambridge Arts Theatre

Local Arts Scene

Visual Arts

21 Broad Horizons Competition

34 Waveney Valley Photos

8-9 Visual Arts News

22-23 Coffee & a Chat - Sue Perkins

35 Waveney Valley Introduction

10 Artists On View

36 Diss Corn Hall / Harleston Flags

11 Artist Profile – Rachael Long

37 Waveney & Blyth Arts

13 Norwich Print Fair / Iceni Botanical

Arts Council 14-15 British Art Show 8

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Music 24 Music News


39 Spotlight on Valerie Lindsell

27 Pop-Up Bowie Competition

40 Win a meal at The Angel, Halesworth

Food & Drink

Towards the Back

28 Food Review - Kindreds / N. Norfolk

41 The Last Photo

Food & Drink 29 Waveney Valley Food & Drink

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38 Fisher Theatre, Bungay

25 Norwich Jazz Club

42 Directory 43 Subscription/Competition Winners



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Editor’s Letter

Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the August issue of

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

ARTSeast Magazine.

with comedian Sue Perkins ahead of her show at Norwich Theatre Royal. Expect a fantastic night

There's no denying that summer is finally here at

of giggles with this very funny lady.

last. As I write this, I'm so hot that I'm imagining

Our local arts scene feature focuses on the

what it would be like to work from a swimming

stunning Waveney Valley and all it has to offer

pool while sipping an ice-cold drink!

lovers of the arts. With a fantastic sculpture trail

That said, we can't complain. All this lovely

and a host of theatres, music venues, exhibitions

sunshine gives us the chance to get out and

and galleries it really is a haven of creativity.

about to discover some of the amazing festivals,

Competitions this month include tickets to see

outdoor theatre performances and attractions

Pop-Up Bowie at Beccles Public Hall, tickets to a

our lovely region has to offer.

Broad Horizons show, a family ticket to the Maui

Our cover features takes a look at the Blickling

Waui Festival and the chance to win a meal for

Proms taking place this month. Featuring many

two at the prestigious Angel Hotel in Halesworth.

well-known names such as Blake and Classical

As ARTSeast goes from strength to strength, we

Reflection, this weekend promises to be a true

love hearing about upcoming events so please

highlight of the summer.

get in touch. For now, we hope you enjoy this issue‌.

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A Celebration of Talent at Blicking Proms

Stephen Hussey of Urban Soul Orchestra


This year the Blickling Proms brings a weekend of music and

Soul Orchestra backed by talented vocalists Jina Burrows, Izzy

fun from August 12th-13th.

Chase and Maxamillion Barnes-Davy will join Goldierocks on

On the Friday night the Blickling Estate plays host to Classic Ibiza,

stage for the second half of the concert.

an event that promises to be this summer’s coolest classic

On Saturday 13th, Blickling will welcome the Brit Award-winning

dance party. In front of an anticipated sell-out audience of

harmony trio,“BLAKE” to this year’s Last Night of the Blickling

8,000 people, the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) together with

Proms. BLAKE, the UKs hottest classical male group are looking

internationally-renowned DJ, Goldierocks (aka Sam Hall) will be

forward to playing at this stunning venue.

bringing a little taste of the White Island to Norfolk. Imagine all the best Ibiza anthems being brought to life by an uber-cool orchestra, with one of the hottest international DJs around mixing an exclusive cutting-edge set whilst a breath-taking laser show consumes the night sky. Welcome to #blicklingdoesIbiza. Urban Soul Orchestra will start the evening with an incredible

In the first half, the music will step through some of the most iconic film scores of all time from classics like My Fair Lady and Lawrence of Arabia. BLAKE will also perform some of their bestloved classics, including You Raise Me Up, Hallelujah and Fields of Gold. The second half will see BLAKE perform more iconic tracks such as Bring Him Home and Nessun Dorma as well as all

‘chill-out’ set featuring some of the

the Proms favourites like Rule Britannia and Jerusalem. Classical

best iconic Ibiza tracks including,

twins,“Classical Reflection” who featured on the BBC’s “The

The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet

Voice” show last year, will also join in to sing the beautiful "E Piu

Symphony’, Massive Attack’s

Ti Penso" from "Once Upon a Time in America.” The evening will

‘Teardrop’ (medley) and William

finish with a fireworks spectacular over the lake.

Orbit’s version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. During the interval Goldierocks will take over the stage and fill the evening air with her

Event details are available at or you can call the box office on 01283 841601; group discounts of up to 20% are also available. Tickets are £35 in advance (£38 on the night).

creative mix of the latest Ibiza Cover image: Blickling Proms

tunes. As dusk falls, the Urban August 2016 | 7

Visual Arts

Visual Arts News Nature-inspired art at the Fen

Helen Tabor Exhibition: Stories to Tell Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh presents a solo exhibition of new works by artist Helen Tabor. Helen’s paintings are very much inspired by her surroundings, in particular the rural Scottish Borders countryside, and the soft seascapes of south

Original artwork by more than 25 artists will be on display at a

west Scotland. Whilst the figure paintings are more defined and

Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve over the August bank holiday

linear, her landscapes are expressive and abstract but both

weekend. The fourth annual art exhibition in the Education

styles hold something more enigmatic – a vagueness perhaps

Centre at Redgrave and Lopham Fen, near Bressingham, will be

which takes you into the world of imagination. Since 1986, she

open to visitors from Saturday 27th to Monday 29 August from

has successfully exhibited in numerous galleries both north

10am to 4pm. All work, which will be for sale, will be on the

and south of the border, including RSA and SAAC Royal

theme of nature and wildlife and include a range of flowers,

Academy in Edinburgh. Helen’s work can be found in private

animals and landscapes. Many of the artists, both amateurs

collections both here and abroad. ‘When I was first asked to do

and professionals, are local to the Fen and have gained

this exhibition for Thompsons, I was excited by the idea of

inspiration from the beauty of the local landscape and its

working on a project which would develop over the months at

wildlife. All sales will benefit the Trust. Admission is free and tea

its own pace and would provide an opportunity for my

and coffee will be available, as well as a range of homemade

imagination to wander, unrestricted by immediate deadlines or

cakes and snacks.

any particular theme.'

New Exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich A new independent non-commercial exhibition - Asylum - organised and curated by the Russian artist Gennadiy Ivanov, brings together professional fine artists, youth sub-culture, graffiti artists and DJs, working in a variety of styles, directions and media at the Undercroft Gallery, Norwich. Running from August 12th to September 10th, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and graphics will interact with light and sound. Artists, philosophers, singers, poets, and scientists have been invited to work together in an exhibition large in volume, scope, scale and topics. Gennadiy Ivanov’s concept is a ‘labyrinth’ composed of asylum shelter rooms and as such meet the very highest standards of quality. Each exhibitor is invited to choose one of the shelters and join with other artists in the integration process. Several artists will work together on the theme of asylum in their chosen media to the scale of their choice whether in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, sound, and photography. The aim is for diversity. 8 |

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Felixstowe's Art on the Prom One of the region’s calendar highlights, Art on the Prom, is returning to Felixstowe’s historic promenade on Sunday September 4th, 10am-4:30pm. Now in its 13th year, the free event is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors, offering the public the chance to view and purchase artwork from over 100 local artists, including jewellery, ceramics, paintings and photography. As well as over 80 artist stalls, musical talent such as the Tutti Frutti choir and Ipswich Hospital band will be returning this year, with the

Snape: Exhibition of Contemporary Lettering

addition of the Danegeld Morris Dancers and the Skidaddle Ceilidh band.

The Space Between – An Exhibition of Contemporary Lettering

Art on the Prom will

runs until August 28th at the Concert Hall Gallery, Snape. The

continue to run popular

Lettering Arts Trust, in association with Aldeburgh Music,

art activity tents, which

presents an exciting line-up of more than 20 artists who are

will be led by six local

exhibiting a wide range of work, materials and approaches -

artists and offer both

from metal tablets cut by lasers to delicately carved wood;

adults and children

fine letter carving in stone and slate to works on paper and

the chance to try their

hand-made prints. The common theme is The Space Between

hand at painting,

- an exploration of what makes an inscription - how individual

willow-sculpting, clay-tile decorating and much more.

letters and marks, just like musical notes, come together with

This year’s Art on the Prom will feature a unique art

rhythm, texture and spacing to create visual sculptures that

installation by Tracy Barritt-Brown who has created a willow

offer more than words alone. The works on display reflect the

sculpture depicting a Victorian family, complete with dog,

timeless skills of a group of artists, from rising stars just

which will be a permanent feature in the Spa Gardens. The

beginning to make a name for themselves, to masters at the

public will be able to keep up to date with the progress of

height of their careers.

Tracy’s installation on the Art on the Prom Facebook page.

Contested Horizons: Salthouse Church From September 3rd-18th, Salthouse Church provides a stunning venue for the contemporary fine art exhibition Contested horizons. The exhibition is a response to an ever-changing horizon, expressed through a wide range of media from painting and drawings to sculpture and writing. Using landscape, seascape and mindscape – this exhibition explores how artists negotiate that sense of being when either displaced or rooted in the environment. All the artists exhibiting at Salthouse live and work in Norfolk and come together annually to exhibit, working to one mutually agreed theme in varying ways. Exhibiting artists include Rhona Fleming, Sarah Foyster, Claire Nelmes, Paul Vousden, Jane Weinle and Trevor Weinle. August 2016 | 9



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Artist Profile: Rachael Long As a child Rachael Long dreamed of being an artist. But it was until her late 20s that her dream become a reality. ‘I studied art history at uni and then worked my way through a number of jobs - some creative, some not so,' says Rachael. Then, aged 27, she got a job as an assistant to a stone carver who was working on a big commission for York City Council. 'It was this that made me realised I desperately want to create things for a living,' says Rachael. But it was on a visit to see her family in her childhood home on a farm in Wreningham, near Wymondham, that Rachael finally found her niche. 'My brother decided to show me how to weld,' she recalls. 'He just gave me some scrap metal and told me to get on with it. From that moment on, I was hooked.' Excited, Rachael bought a welder for £50 and got to work making things from scrap metal. 'One of the first things I created was a swan made from two ploughshares and a point off of a springtime harrow,' says Rachael. 'When people started to buy my sculptures I was thrilled.'

'I had a postcard made of the stag in situ next to a pine forest on the estate - it was a beautiful image,' says Rachael. 'It wasn't long before that image caught people's imaginations and I started getting commissions from people all over the world. One friend even saw my postcard on the wall of a house in Australia!' Now Rachael works full time and has a constant stream of commissions to keep her busy. She is also a member of the prestigious Norwich 20 club and exhibits her work with them. 'We held an exhibition at The Oaksmere Hotel in Brome, on the Norfolk / Suffolk border earlier this year,' says Rachael. ‘I contributed a white rhino - based on the rhinos at Africa Alive in Kessingland, plus a Norfolk Black Turkey. Afterwards the hotel asked to borrow the sculptures and they are in situ there over the summer for people to come and take a look.' Rachael's work can also be seen at Banham Zoo (a Suffolk Punch horse), Strattons Hotel in Swaffham (a full-size red deer, two turkeys and three ravens) and outside Jeavons Wood Primary School in Cambourne, near Cambridge. 'I still work with scrap metal and love creating something new from it,' says Rachael. 'My work is very much about the negative spaces. There are lots of gaps and the minimalism is very important to me in trying to capture the essence of the animal.' So, what inspires and influences Rachael?

After taking a stall at the Highland Show, Rachael was asked to create a life-sized red deer stag for a deer farm in Fife. 'It was terrifying but pushed me to look closely at anatomy and skeletons to make sure the sculpture was a life-like as possible.' The resulting work was to catapult Rachael's career.

'My work is very much inspired by my upbringing and my passions as a child,' says Rachael. 'Growing up on a farm I was used to farm machinery and the bits and bobs lying about. I also loved archeology as a child - I once dug up a pig skull as an 8-year-old which I still have to this day! This landscape of my childhood features heavily in my work today.' • Look for Rachael on Facebook: Rachael Long Sculptures or email her direct on August 2016 | 11

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Visual Arts

For the love of Prints

Nature's True Representation

This September sees The Norwich Print Fair once again bringing

Next month, Wymondham Arts Centre plays host to an

together a host of Norfolk and Suffolk’s finest printmakers to

exhibition of plant paintings from the Iceni Botanical Artists.

display a wide variety of hand-made print techniques, all within

Iceni Botanical Artists are a group of artists dedicated to the

the unique setting of the historic St Margarets Church in

world of the plant kingdom. They are all living and working in East


Anglia and include several leading artists in this field, several of

Saturdays, (September 10th and 17th) are portfolio days, all

which are tutors.

artists will be present, accompanied by extra work, sketchbooks

Their work ranges from loose and free interpretations, to

and printing plates, to share their varying techniques with you in a

scientifically accurate plant portraits. There will also be a display

lovely informal, friendly atmosphere.

of work on Breckland Plants which the Society are heavily

Sunday September 11th

involved with.

will once again be

Flower painters have been part of the art world for centuries.

focused on ’Printmakers

As the science of botany and the understanding of the structures

in Action’, with a rare

of plants developed, flower artists were able to record accurately

chance for the public to

the details to satisfy the plant world as well as expressing the

observe printmakers at

subject through an artist's eyes.

work. A real treat! Be sure not to miss one of the best loved and largest independent selling shows of its kind in East Anglia. August 2016 | 13

Arts Council

Norwich hosts British Art Show 8

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Jessica Warboys (left) with her Sea Painting

The British Art Show is the largest and most ambitious

City of Literature. It also boasts Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk

touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK. For the last

and Norwich Festival and many other arts and cultural

five decades the show has brought contemporary art to a

organisations that regularly excite, entertain and inspire

wider audience, travelling to smaller venues that would not


typically hold exhibitions of this size.

British Art Show 8 is a wonderful addition to the city’s arts

And now, for the first time, its journey has brought it to the

and cultural scene, creating an important opportunity for

East of England – more precisely, Norwich.

those living in the eastern region to experience these works

But it didn’t just arrive, it arrived in style thanks to Alan Kane’s

right on their doorstep.

‘The History Train’. This unique event saw magnificent heavy

This year’s British Art Show is curated by Anna Colin and

horses travel through the city’s streets drawing carts loaded

Lydia Yee. Together they have selected work by 42 artists, all

with crates bearing the art works. Each horse was decorated

of whom have made a significant contribution to

with brasses designed by members of the public, and the

contemporary art in the UK over the last five years.

event was a fitting tribute to the city’s long history of heavy horse processions.

The result is a wide-ranging exhibition that includes performance, film, sculpture, installation, painting and design.

Norwich has long been a place where arts and culture has

26 of the 42 artists involved in British Art Show 8 have

flourished. It is home to Writers’ Centre Norwich, something

produced new works especially for the tour.

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Arts Council

The British Art Show is produced by Hayward Touring, part of

than that, it is also designed to support projects that create a

London’s Southbank Centre. Over the years, it has been a great

lasting legacy, which continue to benefit local audiences long

example of what can be achieved through touring work across

after the tour ends.

the UK. Creating an important opportunity for more people to enjoy the high quality work that is created in England, particularly those who live in areas of lower arts provision. This year’s tour has received additional funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme, supporting an exciting set of activity that accompanies this year’s British Art Show; including the appointment of city ambassadors. Across each tour

Through our Strategic Touring Programme, the Arts Council funds a huge range of work, from New Wolsey Theatre’s Ramps on the Moon through to SeaChange Arts Coasters. British Art Show 8 is showing at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts through to 4 September 2016. It will then move on to Southampton, which will be its final destination.

location, the ambassadors have worked with local communities and community groups to raise awareness of and build interest

For more information about BAS8, please visit:

in the exhibition, encouraging them to come along.

The Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme is specifically

For more information about the Strategic Touring Programme,

designed to fulfil that ambition, to increase opportunity for

please visit:

local communities to engage with arts and culture. But more


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Theatre & Film News Something’s Coming! Acclaimed theatre company, Mixed Voice, are returning to the Norwich Playhouse stage from August 23rd-27th with

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their ambitious production of Leonard Bernstein and

Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays

Stephen Sondheim’s classic

As early as the 1300’s, mystery plays have delighted audiences

musical, West Side Story.

in Norwich, giving dramatic life to some of the greatest stories

Inspired by William

ever told. On August 25th-27th the Norwich Castle Keep opens

Shakespeare’s Romeo and

its doors to an immersive theatre experience suitable for all

Juliet and set in the mid-

ages with live music, period costume and some special scenic

1950s, West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Sharks and

effects, this production brings to life an exciting piece of local

the Jets, two New York street gangs. Tony, a former member of the

history. The Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays featuring ‘The

Jets and best friend of gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the

Grocers Play’ & others from the N-Town Cycle have been

sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks and so ensues the

adapted and will be directed by Peter Beck. The plays being

chaos. Producer, Anna Goode, said; 'Many fans of the theatre cite

performed by a cast of three, professional actors, who will be

this as their favourite musical. I think this comes from how

singing and playing instruments, as well as some community

incredible the music is and from the timeless nature of the story.

involvement. Chris Ellis is composing some original music and

Most people will know songs such as ‘America’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’

is keen for the performance to embrace a mix of medieval

and ‘Somewhere’ even if you haven’t seen the show or watched the

instruments. The plays will form part of the Medieval activities

film. Most people will also recognise some of the iconic dance

available in the Castle this summer, and be a cultural tourism

moves. We are so excited to bring this fresh production to the

attraction for visitors and locals alike. Doors open at 5.30pm

Norwich stage. You will be amazed by the talent on display from

and the performances in the Keep start at 6pm. It is essential to

some young, up and coming stars.'

book your tickets from the Castle Museum on 01603 495897.

Russian State Opera comes to Lowestoft Madame Butterfly, one of the most colourful and exotic operas ever, is coming to the Marina Theatre Lowestoft on September 7th. The production by the acclaimed Russian State Opera features an impressive cast and a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. This touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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Killer Queen Norwich Theatre Royal, August 28th

Killer Queen has been performing its tribute to supergroup Queen and the late Freddie Mercury since 1993, thrilling audiences across the globe with their musicianship and dynamic stage presence. On Sunday, August 28th, they bring their special ‘kinda magic’ to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage with a full-on concert belting out

For the Norwich date, audience members can expect a high

a wide range of the high energy hits that marked Queen out as

energy performance with a stunning stage set and special


effects and faithful renditions of Queen’s greatest hits from

The band is fronted by Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury. He not

across their entire recording career from the Seven Seas of

only bears an uncanny likeness to the man himself with a three-

Rhye through to their 90s classics – and displaying more than a

and-a-half octave range enabling him to hit those Mercury high

smattering of that commanding Mercury magic and dynamic

notes, but he has also earned approval from Queen guitarist Brian

stage presence, Patrick Myers will ensure everyone is up on their

May whose website declares:“This guy is not to be missed.”

feet and having a killer night.


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Sun 7 Aug ABBA MANIA Popular tribute show with all the hits £7 - £20.50

Tues 9 Aug THE JOE RINGER BAND 28-piece big band with showcase of Michael Bublé hits £7 - £18 Sat 27 Aug OPEN DAY See behind the scenes, stand centre stage. Lots of activities, talks and demonstrations. Free, and ideal for families.

Sun 28 Aug KILLER QUEEN Recreation of the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen, live. £7 - £23.50 Wed 31 August - Thur 1 Sept PEPPA PIG'S SURPRISE Brand new stage show from pre-school children's favourite. £7 - £16

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Prepare to be thrilled Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - August 8th-13th After last year’s Theatre Royal hit And Then There Were None acclaimed theatre producer Bill Kenwright returns to the Regency Theatre. Following on from the decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company comes a new production from the writing team behind Columbo and Murder She Wrote.

Gary Mavers is well known for his roles in Peak Practice and Casualty. He is joined in the cast by Alex Ferns who gripped the nation as the villainous Trevor Morgan in EastEnders, Susie Amy who will be remembered as the much love Chardonnay in Footballers’ Wives, the cast is completed by movie actress and chart topper Anita Harris (Carry On), regular West End performer

This thrilling play revolves around playwright Alex Dennison who is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. But as the reading begins, it becomes clear that Alex believes that Monica was murdered and he intends to uncover her killer… The star cast features some recognisable faces from across television. Fresh from playing the evil Gordon Livesy in Emmerdale, actor

Alex Ferns

Mark Wynter, Holby City actor Lauren Drummond and Ben Nealon, who appeared at the Theatre Royal in last year’s production of And Then There Were None (Soldier Soldier).

For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit avers Gary M

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Misty in Roots Headlines Maui Waui Festival 2016!

The amazing Maui Waui Festival, now in it’s 4th year is quickly becoming one of the most talked about festivals in East Anglia!

travelling from Transylvania, Germany, Italy, Spain & France. Maui Waui is a 'feel good factor' small festival; whether you like fast folk, gypsy doodles, electro swing or relaxing reggae, no

With a huge range of live music that includes Electro Swing,

matter whether you are young or old, quiet or bold, you’ll find

Gypsy Jazz, Reggae, Folk and World Music plus cabaret acts,

something you love at Maui Waui! 

circus and street performers, the Maui Waui Festival, held in

deepest Suffolk at the beginning of September, is not to be missed! The festival - held from September 2nd-4th at Peakhill Farm,


Theberton - is a great way to let yourself be immersed into the festival world. Maui Waui prides itself in the beauty of art and extravagant décor. Months of creative work go into the event, both beforehand and on site, ensuring that its five venues and many attractions really look the part.This attention to detail is what really sets this event apart from other small festivals, along with the colourful and vibrant folk who attend, all of which makes for an electric atmosphere on the site.

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast is thrilled to join forces with Maui Waui to offer one lucky reader a family weekend ticket (two adults, two children, plus camping) to the Festival. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and telephone number to

Over the last four years the festival has been pulling in bands from all over Europe and has become a good place to see bands

Closing date: August 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply

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The Shakespeare Revue Cambridge Arts Theatre, August 9th-20th Cambridge Arts Theatre has teamed up with multiple awardwinning producers Kenny Wax Ltd to tour The Shakespeare Revue, a hilarious cabaret-style musical, filled with Shakespearean songs and sketches, before its move to the West End for Christmas.

Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The

You certainly don't have to be a Shakespearean expert to enjoy

Shakespeare Revue has since celebrated a hugely successful

this comic concoction of songs from musical masters such as

West End run, played Off-Broadway and has completed five US

Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Stiles and Drewe and side-

tours and travelled the world. This glittering cabaret-style musical

splitting sketches by popular comedy legends Monty Python,

has been revived for the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Noel Coward and Fry and Laurie.

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eatre & Film

Meet Miss Marie Lloyd... Broad Horizons is proud to present: The Little Bit the Boys Admire - The Marie Lloyd Story. A new play with a few old songs by John Mangan Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marie Lloyd, that pulchritudinous personification of the Golden Age of Music Hall, invites you to an evening of entertainment excellence in the Euterpian and Terpsichorean Arts ‌....she'll sing and dance a bit, sir! Yes, Miss Marie Lloyd will tell the story of her astonishing and inspiring rise to become the Queen of British Entertainment. With frequent assistance and general factual correction from that virtuoso of contrariwise confusion .... she dresses as a man, madam! - Miss Vesta Tilley, rival Super Star, trend setter and leader of fashion. Two rule-breaking ladies, rivalry, intrigue and even a performers strike!

October 21st - St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth October 29th - Fisher Theatre, Bungay November 4th & 5th - The Forum, Norwich November 12th - The Cut, Halesworth November 19th - Brockdish Valley Hall November 25th - Quay Theatre, Sudbury November 26th - The Bank, Eye Take this unique opportunity to relive an era of Glory, Glitter and Gold.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Broad Horizons to offer

A lifetime and more in an evening! Guaranteed top drawer performances of great songs, some in their entirety! These include The Boy I Love is up in the Gallery, Don't Dilly Dally on the Way, I'm One of the Ruins that Cromwell Knocked About and A Little of What You Fancy.

two lucky readers the chance to win tickets to see the show in a choice of two local venues - The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (October 1st) and The Atrium, North Walsham (October 8th). To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and telephone number to

The show can be seen locally at the following venues: September 30th - Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea October 1st - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft October 8th - The Atrium, North Walsham, stating which theatre would be your preference. Closing date: August 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply. August 2016 | 21

Coffee & aChat

Queen of Comedy Sue Perkins is heading

Q: You have always relished live performance, haven’t you?

to Norwich Theatre Royal for one night only

A: Yes, I love live. I really enjoy playing with an audience. At book events, I do Q&As, and it’s often then that the madness starts. It often feels like an anarchic version of Question Time.

on September 4th. Here, we caught up with her before the show... Q: What prompted you to hit the road with your new tour, “LIVE! in Spectacles”? A: It’s a good time to look back on my life so far. I fully intend to live to the age of 92, so this is half-time. Essentially this tour is handing out the orange segments. Q: Tell us more. A: Writing a memoir begins a process that doesn’t necessarily end with publication. You begin to think about family life and stories and relationships, and those are ongoing. Once the book was published, I thought,“There is so much more still to say without necessarily writing another book. Why not animate the book with a live tour?” It’s like a companion volume, I guess. A big, technicolour puke of thoughts. Perhaps I should put that on the poster…

Q: What do you particularly like about interacting with the audience? A: It enriches me. Performing live challenges you to be more engaged. And the great thing is, each venue is completely different. What I have done lately has been TV-based, so I haven’t had the same feedback as I get live, and that’s what I love. I adore the raw surprise of someone asking a question you would never have expected. I love the spontaneity of it. I don’t encourage hecklers, but sometimes a heckler is the funniest person in the room - why not embrace that? The audience is a big pool of fun you can swim around in. But remember - no petting.

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Coffee & a Chat

Q: You will be giving each ticket-holder a copy of your book, “Spectacles”. What’s the thinking behind that?

Q: You have a wonderful relationship with your fans. Do they frequently stop you in the street?

A: It gives me the opportunity to meet the whole audience one by one afterwards during the signings. A gig is a two-way street. It’s not about me broadcasting. It’s not,“This is what I’ve got to say about this.” It’s as much about how people respond to the material. My memoir is a story of family and childhood, and everyone has had one of those. Mine is not the definitive version of childhood, but it’s a great way to start a conversation. I love it when someone says,“It’s weird. I lived next to an electricity substation for 20 years as well.” Or, “We had a cat that dragged our turkey across the room at Christmas and we had to eat boiled eggs for our lunch instead.” The book is a recorded history of my life so far, but the tour brings extra stuff to it. The audience adds so much on top of that. It’s important to have that double act thing going on with them.

A: Sometimes, yes. Often they’ll want to ask about the weird things I’ve eaten. I’ve eaten everything. There’s nothing I haven’t eaten. I’ve eaten peacock, rat, squirrel, wigeon, teal, snipe, snake, moose and yak. Bear Grylls, eat your heart out! In fact, he probably has eaten his heart out…

Q: So what subjects will you be covering in the show?

A: I think the chemistry between the four of us – Mary, Paul, Mel and I – works so well. We’re all big kids at heart. We’re all very playful. We don’t approach it as a job. We approach it as a day out at a country fair! But the real reason why the show is so successful is the 12 people who come to bake every year. Although we four have received a lot of attention, I really do believe that the bakers are where the magic is.

A: Births, deaths, lemon drizzle and getting fondled by a Cambodian hermit. I’ll talk a lot about the catastrophising that went on in my family. There was always a sense that something awful, that imminent doom, was around the corner. It came from my mum – she’s a worrier. Everything was a potential trip to A & E!

Q: I believe you will also be showing some slides. A: Yes, there will be lots of slides. There is only one picture of me in the book and I have this horrific haircut in it. People say,“Surely that was just one bad haircut day.” But I’m afraid I have 150 slides of myself at different ages, all with the same haircut! My mum had someone round to cut my hair who, it transpired, had only done dog grooming before. So I had a low Dougal-style fringe that was perfectly straight. It swayed like a trimmed, bearded collie! A bowl for all seasons. Perhaps that should be the title of the second volume….

Q: What else do the fans ask you? A: They always want to know what Mary Berry is like. Well, Bez is the best. End of. She’s the nation’s sweetheart. I love her – so much so, I’ve been trying to get her to adopt me for the last seven years.

Q: Why do you think The Great British Bake Off has proved so popular?

Q: Finally, do you believe that a sense of humour is vital? A: Of course. Life is boring without the punctuation of punchlines. If you laugh at a joke, it’s because someone has put something you already know in a way you had never thought of before. You’ve always been aware of that idea, but it’s the expression of that idea that catches you. The other person encapsulates it or puts a new twist on it. It illuminates and cheers in one fell swoop. Without humour, what’s the point? Life would simply be one long argument with a man from the BT helpdesk. Tickets for Sue Perkins’ tour,“LIVE! in Spectacles”, can be found at

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Music News Trianon bring Snape Maltings alive

King's Lynn Corn Exchange: G4 Having reunited in 2014, G4 are now officially 'Back For On September 17th Trianon Music Group bring a spectacular

Good' and are heading to the King's Lynn Corn Exchange on

concert to Snape Maltings. What happens when you are asked to

September 12th as part of a national tour. After the

write music for a special occasion and the text does not arrive in

phenomenal reaction to their Reunion Tour to packed

time?   Dvorak faced this problem when composing for the

houses across the UK, G4 transport their loyal following right

400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher

back to the moment they first fell in love with the group's

Columbus. Desperate to provide something, he turned to the text

trademark harmonies. Recreating their unique take on songs

of the Te deum laudamus and produced one of his most exciting

such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Circle of Life and Nessun

choral works. With Elgar’s celebrated Variations on an Original

Dorma, they also prove they can tackle some of the latest

Theme, written in the same decade as Dvorak’s work, Trianon

chart-toppers including Hold Back The River, Thinking Out

brings brilliance and colour and concludes their concert with

Loud and Uptown Funk in their own inimitable style. Special

Walton’s epic Belshazzar’s Feast. For tickets call 01394 283170 or

guests include singing sensation Vox Fortura, award-winning

07876 787029.

Irish Soprano Margaret Keys and Rock Choir.

Award-winning Guitarist heads to Bury Guitar genius Chantel McGregor is heading back to The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on September 8th. A female guitar prodigy, at fourteen Chantel was told by major labels that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. When Chantel released her 2011 debut album, 'Like No Other', one critic said, "Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain. She doesn't strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she's channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers. "In 2014, Chantel was voted by the British Blues Awards as Guitarist of the Year for the second consecutive year. Winning five awards in the last three years (including Young Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year) in competition with highly regarded peers, is something to be extremely proud of. Chantel was recently nominated again in the Guitarist of the Year category in 2015‘s British Blues Awards.

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A Taste of Soho Jazz in Norwich Celebrate with Norwich Jazz Club next month as they bring a flavour of London's Soho jazz vibe to Norwich City Centre during the Jazz Weekender. From September 4th-6th, they are hosting 11 great shows at EPIC Studios, Norwich Playhouse and OPEN's Club room. In addition to a diverse programme that includes Swing, Big-Band, Bebop, Cuban / Congolese Fusion, Soul, Funk and contemporary

Enrico Tom

Jazz styles, this year's event also provides students and patrons


with opportunities to get involved with instrumental and vocal

Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and an

workshops with four of the festival artists, plus late-night jazz

Ensemble Improvisation Workshop with one of the UK's top jazz

sessions taking place at Platform 12 Piano Bar.

trumpeters Enrico Tomasso.

Highlights of the Jazz Weekender include playing and writing

Norwich Jazz Club - Norfolk's longest running jazz club - has

partnership Songbook comprising Grammy award-winning jazz

been established in the city as a place to hear great live jazz

pianist/composer/arrange Alan Broadbent and stellar

every Tuesday night since 1989. Their programme features jazz

vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio, James TormĂŠ with the Tom

to suit a wide range of tastes featuring local, national and

Dunnett Big Band celebrating the greats including Nat King

international artists.

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Pop-Up Bowie comes to Beccles Friday 30 September 7.30pm

For one night only, Beccles Public Hall will ring to the sounds of music legend David Bowie's most famous tunes.


On September 30th, Paul Anthony, voted the UK’s No.1 David Bowie Tribute Act at the National Tribute Awards 2013, will amaze and entertain the audiences with his spectacular tribute. With a full band Paul will perform two hours of Bowie’s biggest hits taking the audience on a musical journey, experiencing the masterpieces that made the late, great David Bowie the immortal legend he is today.‘Pop-Up Bowie’ aims to inspire, uplift and celebrate the life of a true artistic genius. Experience the magic of Bowie’s music live with thrilling artistry, a theatrical performance that honours the revolutionary icon himself in the most respectful

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Beccles Public Hall to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to Pop-Up Bowie: A Tribute to David Bowie on September 30th To be in with a chance of winning, please send your name, address and phone number to

of ways. Tickets available at:, direct from the Box Office, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm or by ringing:

Closing date: August 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply.

01502 770060 for fee-less card sales of £15 and over.

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Food & Drink

Food Review: Kindreds Restaurant, Wymondham On a balmy hot evening we made our way to Kindreds Restaurant in Wymondham and was pleasantly surprised by the fresh open modern interior of this former 450- year-old public house. The interior is very spacious and has a wealth of old beams, but high enough not to bother my tall frame! The restaurant also benefits from a

the mouth and was followed by the lamb dish, Basil & Dijon crusted rack

smaller room which sits six tables, although the window seat in this room

of spring lamb. Now I am not generally a red meat eater but I was happy

sits very close to the road outside. We were greeted by the waitress who showed us to a very large comfy

to give it a try and I must say I had no regrets at all - this was a fantastic dish and the lamb was so tender and juicy.

Chesterfield sofa to sink into and browse the menus. Ben the front of

All of the restaurant's produce is sourced locally and they even grow their

house manager also introduced himself and was very welcoming and

own herbs. Overall, a very pleasant experience with mouth-watering

helpful.There was a wide choice of menus and my partner chose two

dishes, and although it may not convert me to eating red meat I would

courses from the evening de jour menu which was a very reasonable

certainly recommend it, and anyway it gives me an excuse to go back

£20. She started with chicken liver & foie gras parfait followed by pan

next time and try the sea bass!

roasted scottish salmon. I chose the Cromer crab risotto.This melted in

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A North Norfolk Feast

The 2016 North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, one of the region’s

court area will provide outstanding local food and drink for consumption

premier local produce events, will take place in the splendid

on site. Ten concessions will take part including Arthur Howell offering his

Walled Garden of the Holkham Estate on September 3rd & 4th by

famous hog roast, Fruit Pig Co. with award winning sausages and Flying

kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Leicester.

Kiwi Inns with fine artisan beer.

Attracting over 12,000 visitors in 2015, this year’s festival will welcome

The ever popular Cookery Theatre, in its trade-mark octagonal tent .will

over 55 stall holders. The range of produce on sale includes local real

see demonstrations from this year’s exceptional line-up of chefs including

ales, fresh meat and poultry, vegetables, honey, fruit, ice cream, cheese,

Chris Coubrough of the Flying Kiwi Inns in partnership with Arthur Howell

fresh juices, cakes, puddings and tarts and much more, all grown, reared,

of Howell’s Butchers, Richard Hughes of The Lavender House at Brundall

caught, produced and sold in North Norfolk. Entry to the Festival is free

and Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts in Norwich.

but a car parking charge applies. Just outside the Walled Garden a food

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What’s Food &On Drink

Eating & Drinking in the Waveney Valley

Fruit presses for hire or sale


• Locally Sourced Meat & Poultry • Home Cured Gammon, Ham & Bacon • Own Recipe Burgers & Sausages • Deep Freeze Orders • Range of Gluten Free Products • Hog Roast & Outside Barbeques All Available at:The Firs, Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9QN (Just off Redenhall roundabout) Shop Open:Monday to Saturday Or Shop Online Telephone:01379 852590

Prix Fixe Dinner Menu from £20.95 Tuesday – Saturday inclusive Market Hill, Diss, IP22 4JZ • 01379 642411

Open Monday – Saturday 9am - 6pm. Sundays 10am - 4pm Join us in our vintage style tearoom for a taste of heaven in a cup, loose teas from around the world with freshly made cakes, sandwiches and light bites.

for fitted kitchens

7B Bullock Fair Close, Harleston – near Budgens Supermarket Have a wheelchair or need a high chair? No problem!

Tel: 01379 855484 Email:

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What’s On

Mid Suffolk Light Railway - 25th Anniversary Year

Mannington 2016 Countryside Walks and Trails Open every day from 9am. Car parks £2.00.

Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 29th August Museum, cafe, real ale bar, shop open 11.00am - 5.00pm. Steam train rides in genuine Victorian 4-wheel coaches pulled by one our four resident locos. Special events coming soon: 7th August Hornby Collectors Day 14th August Music and Steam 28th /29th August Rail’n’Ale Weekend 10th/11th September Steam Railway Gala BROCKFORD STATION, WETHERINGSETT, SUFFOLK IP14 5 PW. Tel: 01449 766899

MANNINGTON Gardens open May 29th to September 4th Sundays 12-5, Wed Thur and Fri 11-5

MANY EVENTS Email, phone or write for 2016 programme

Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB

01263 584 175 Music, drama, talks, art exhibitions, costume and history events

Special Events

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The Park prides itself on providing a fine selection of special events during the year, we are now preparing more special events for 2017. For information on any of the events listed, please contact Tracey or Stacey on 01379 642244 or Email: and we will be happy to help. Park Hotel, 29 Denmark Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4LE Tel: 01379 642244 Email: 30 |

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Kid's Corner Legoland While our region is awash with fantastic things to do with

There's an excellent mix of impressive

children, sometimes it's nice to head off for a family day

lego buildings and models, live shows

out further afield.

and family-friendly rides. Children can earn their lego driving licence at the

The LEGOLAND resort, near Windsor is both a brilliant

LEGO city driving school, head

theme park and an homage to the most popular

underwater on a submarine, tackle one of

children's toy ever made. With a 7-year-old and 5-

the roller-coasters or water rides or even try

year-old in tow we headed there one sunny June day,

their hand at gold-panning. This summer We decided it was too far to travel there and back in one day so

there are two lives shows that take place on

headed to West London for a night's stay at The Novotel, Brentford, just

the hour - LEGO friends and a pirate show. Both are brilliant and well

18 miles from LEGOLAND.This ultra-modern hotel is perfect for families

worth taking in.

- the kids were very excited by the free teddy and cookies at check-in. The family room was very spacious and we all enjoyed a swim in the lovely pool. The breakfast was the best we've ever had and the kids were very excited by the swinging furniture in the restaurant, not to mention the Xbox and ipads that were available for use!

Around the site, there are numerous stalls and restaurants offering a wide range of food and drink, plus lots of places to eat a picnic if you'd prefer. Star Wars fans will love the permanent LEGO Star Wars exhibitions which faithfully recreates scenes from the movies.All in all,

Sarah Veness

an excellent family day out. LEGOLAND itself is a stunning place for lego fans both young and old.

Great Family Shows this Summer Peppa Pig's Surprise: Norwich Theatre Royal,August 31st-September 1st It's a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig

The 3 Little Pigs: Cambridge Arts Theatre,August 10th-21st He can huff and puff until the cows come home but will the Big Bad Wolf get the better of the three little superstar piglets in this brand new retelling of the classic story?

and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George - they can't guess what it is, can you?

The Wizard of Oz: Princess Theatre, Hunstanton,August 2nd and

August 16th

Dinosaur Zoo: Norwich Playhouse,August 10th-12th

Come and meet Dorothy all the way from Kansas as she goes on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz. This spectacular summer

Dare to get up close and personal! From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing

pantomime version of L. Frank Baum's classic story is packed with good

giants, marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this

jokes, quality song and dance routines and loads of glitz.

imaginative and hilarious show.

www.norwich The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: John Peel Centre for Creative Alien Love Underpants: Marina Theatre, Lowestoft,August 26th-28th

Arts,August 27th

This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children's book is

It's a magic wardrobe.There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing, and there's

delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning

a Faun and a Witch and it's called Narnia. Come and see!' This magical

effects, madcap action, original music and lots of aliens - this show will

adaptation of C.S Lewis's classic children's story is brought to life by

delight the whole family.

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What’s On

Fun for all the Family

This year’s Thetford’s Great festival is bursting at the seams with

wildlife photography courses on Barnham Cross Common and

fun stuff for everyone to enjoy.You can dance the night away to

there's also a river day with music, dance, bikes, storytellers and

80’s soul and funk music with Ruby and the Revs or celebrate

pooh sticks!

Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with a magical evening of outdoor theatre at Lynford Hall enjoying Chapterhouse's production of Midsummer Night's Dream. Cbeebies favourites Three Half Pints provide slapstick comedy or you can chill in the beautiful King's House Gardens for a free afternoon of folk music. If you want to get out and enjoy the countryside the Ramblers have

The festival kicks off on Friday September 19th with Shadwell's school art competition and this year it’s giant hares you will find in the gardens, followed by festival favourite the Pantomime Dame Pageant , truly an evening not to be missed.There are events all the way through until Sunday September 4th most of which are free and finish with a vintage garden party at King's House with live

put on a full timetable of walks and if its wildlife you want then join

entertainment from the Ruby sisters, so treat yourself to a cream tea

the RSPB and Norfolk wildlife Trust on a range of walks and talks

and enjoy the music.

from bats to pond dipping. Plant life have organised some free

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A Festival with a Difference

Sacconi Quartet

Now in its seventeenth year, the Roman River Music Festival has

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its heart in beautiful, often undiscovered coastal and rural villages around Colchester and North Essex. Uniquely combining grassroots support with a flow of international stars, they could pop up in a village near you, not to mention unexpected locations such as a 120-year-old barge and a bus station waiting room! This year you can see Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, guitarist Chris Woods, daring young dancer Laura Caldow, actor Finbar Lynch and rock legends The Neutrinos alongside returning favourites James Gilchrist, the Sacconi Quartet and Tom Poster. Not to mention a first glimpse at some of the young talent of tomorrow performing alongside members of top UK orchestras including the LSO. You can perform in the Festival yourself – this year they have a

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choir and brass group – recommend a local youngster to take the spotlight in one of their concerts or nominate someone who’s housebound to receive a performance by Festival musicians in their living room! If you’re new to classical music or not sure what to expect, their concerts are friendly and informal; many of the musicians will introduce their pieces and alongside several free events there’s even a concert for which you just pay whatever you can. Not a music fan? Discover other unique venues in Colchester on one of two specially-curated walks, watch a boat race, go to a beer festival or take the family to an art workshop at Firstsite – there really is something for everyone! August 2016 | 33

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Local Arts Scene: e Waveney Valley

Welcome to the Waveney Valley Defining the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, the meandering

been a home for artists. Artist and President of the Royal Academy of

River Waveney cuts a path from west to east across our region. This

Art, Sir Alfed Munnings was born at Mendham Mill in the valley and took

beautiful valley is home to rolling countryside and is steeped in

great inspiration from the local area.

heritage throughout its lovely market towns and idyllic villages.

Today there are many art galleries and craft centres here with each

From the traditional market towns of Diss, Bungay, Beccles, Harleston

town offering the chance to browse or purchase work by talented

and Halesworth to the pretty villages of Eye and Mendham, this area is

local artists.

the perfect place to spend a day out or to take part in one of the many leisure activities or creative pursuits on offer. The arts are very strong here with venues including the Fisher Theatre

Waveney & Blyth Arts brings together artists and art organisations to coordinate a programme of local exhibitions and events. The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail, a collective of professional artists who live and work in

Bungay, Diss Corn Hall, Beccles Public Hall, New Cut in Halesworth, the

the Waveney Valley, hold open studios over two weekends in May. This

Old Bank in Eye and Loddon Mill offering an eclectic mix of theatre,

lovely region is also home to ARTSeast Magazine and we love being

music, film, talks, comedy and children's events. The region has always

surrounded by so much beauty and creativity.

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Local Arts Scene: e Waveney Valley


A Home for Theatre for the Arts in Diss King’s Lynn The stunning Diss Corn Hall in the heart of Diss has

Derek Nash

long been a hub for the arts within the town.

‘travelling’ retractable seating will not only accommodate up to

It is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment and

164 people, it’ll move forward and backward to the perfect position

renovation process and is due to reopen early next year.

for each event and completely fold back when not required.'

Audiences will discover a vastly-improved space. 'We’ll have a big bright and welcoming foyer, an enlarged gallery,

In the meantime, the Corn Hall is on tour with a programme of events at different locations in and around the town. Coming up in

new bar and a café that will be open daily,' says Corn Hall Director,

September they have two special treats. First up for families is Mark

Angela Sykes. 'Upstairs will also be transformed.There’ll be a

Thompson’s Spectacular Science show at Botesdale Village Hall on

studio, performers Green Room and a heritage study area with

Saturday September 24th.The following week, on Thursday 29th,

displays and changing exhibitions. The biggest improvements for

sees the launch at the Park Hotel of a new jazz club for Diss

audiences however will undoubtedly come in the Hall. Underfloor

featuring the brilliant Derek Nash, star of Jools Holland’s R&B

heating will keep it at a constant temperature, the new treatment


on walls and ceiling will ensure great acoustics and the new

A Colourful Farewell to Harleston's Swifts It might be mid-summer, but at the end of July and into early August, Harleston’s swifts, which scream in high-speed parties through the skies over the town, will leave on their long migrations to Africa. To bid the swifts a fond farewell, 33 flags made from the designs of African flag-coloured cut-out swifts have been displayed throughout the town. The coloured designs are based on more than 400 cut-out and decorated swifts made by each pupil in Harleston Primary school earlier in the year. The cut-outs were photographed, before being turned into a giant mobile, which is hanging in St John’s Church, Broad Street, Harleston.The photographs were then assembled into designs which were printed onto flags. To complete the display, another 40 African flags add vibrant colour to the street-scene. But the organisers, Harleston’s Future, have added a little challenge – some of the flags are odd-ones-out. While everyone enjoys the display, they can see if they can pick out which are not African Flags. The answer will be posted in the Bird’s Seen board under the Swan Hotel arch. 'We added a little twist, so individuals and family groups can enjoy seeing if they can spot the non-African flags”, said Ian Carstairs a volunteer for Harleston’s Future. ‘There’s no prize – just a challenge to see how well you know your flags.'

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Celebrating Creativity Unique creative events organised by Waveney

part for the first time.

& Blyth Arts celebrating the area of East Anglia along the Norfolk / Suffolk border. The main focus is on outdoor activities over the summer months with

Other events taking place in August include a photography walk and workshop, guided walks, a Family Fun Day, a poetry walk and workshop and a landscape painting workshop.

walks, workshops and their acclaimed sculpture trail. There are also ten creative walks, another Inspired by Becker One of the highlights is the River Waveney Sculpture Trail which runs from August 12th to September 4th (open Fridays, Saturdays,

exhibition at St Peter's Church Wenhaston and The Company of Imagination Remembered at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay.

Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday). Following the success of last year's event, 40 new sculptures and installations will form a trail

Waveney & Blyth Arts celebrates and promotes the unique

around the River Waveney Study Centre in Earsham, near Bungay.

environment and creativity of this area.There is a full programme of

Established and highly-regarded artists such as Bridget Heriz,

events running from August to November which can be viewed on

Vanessa Pooley, Mark Goldsworthy, Ros Newman, Michael Lewis

their website.

and Patrick Elder will be joined by up-and-coming artists taking

waveney & blyth arts

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Celebrate 10 Years of the Fisher Theatre! This historic theatre re-opened its doors on September 29th 2006, after extensive refurbishment and technical improvements, becoming a first-class theatre and arts centre. An established highlight and venue in Bungay which offers a variety of entertainment to suit all tastes, and a unique and versatile space for parties, weddings, conferences and events, along with a newly decorated café/bar on a modern Georgian theme.The other atmospheric spaces house a gallery with monthly exhibitions and

Join the theatre in September for nearly two weeks of birthday

cellar steeped with heritage .View the wonderful proscenium

celebrations where theatre, music, cabaret and Georgian inspired

header, the oldest in the country. Book a tour to get a fascinating

entertainments, will welcome in an auspicious second decade:

insight into the theatre, its history and place in the town, taking in a

theatre, film, music, an Exhibition of Curiosities, a Georgian Fancy,

delicious lunch or afternoon tea in the package.The popular café

vintage tea, tours and cabaret with a three-course meal for a grand

will soon be launching a new lunchtime menu along with a pre-

finale with can can dancers, band, theatricals and magic!

show meal offer on Thursdays-Saturdays.

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Spotlight on... ...Waveney Artist Valerie Lindsell Please tell us about your background as an artist?

Brockdish to Bungay a Portrait of the River. 25 artists each

I did my Foundation and Pre Dip at Colchester School of Art

produced work celebrating THEIR  feelings for the Waveney -

and completed my Dip A.D in South Africa at Johannesburg

and I am proud of the series of paintings I produced for that

School of Art - my family had relocated there because of

book - views from Mendham Bridge and views across the

my Dad's job. I was so lucky to have been tutored at both

Mendham Marshes.

places by some fantastic artists - Peter Coker, Peter Freeth, John O'Conner and Phillip Ardizzone at Colchester and Phil

What makes the Waveney Valley such a special place to live and work?

Botha, Claude Van Lingen and Noel Bisseker in Joburg. They taught me so much about design, colour, shape and form.

So yes of course I feel that this Valley is a very special place to work and live in - it inspires, it nourishes, it fills the senses

What inspires you?

and as I walk the marshes I think of the Romans, the

My inspiration is always landscape - it is always the starting

Cluniac monks and all who have lived  here - measuring the

point of any piece of work. Returning to England and

seasons in activity - whilst watching the cattle graze.

especially East Anglia, I have extended my palette, and my landscapes are pared-down to show colour then design -

Where can people see your work? Do you have any exhibitions coming up?

colour an emotional response and design an intellectual one. I rarely paint or sketch outdoors, much preferring to take photographs and have multiple images to play around with. I especially value being able to take photographs of the same scene over and over again to capture different elements.

I am always happy for people to visit my studio to see my work, they can email me at to make an appointment or check out my website I am taking part in three exhibitions over the next few months - the first is Glimpses of the Waveney (August 12th to September 4th) at The Café

Which piece of work are you most proud of and why?

Gallery, The River Waveney Centre, Earsham. My work is also

It is very hard to pick one piece that I am the most proud of

at Little Gems - the affordable art show, August 12th to

…having been a painter for most of my life I have had

September 11th at Wingfield Barns. My third upcoming

many that I have thought 'ah that's it!' But last year HWAT

exhibition will be at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh from

(Harleston and Waveney Art Trail collective), a group of

September 23rd-28th.

artists I work with,produced a book - Waveney Reflections August 2016 | 39

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The Last Photo By Jason Calvert of Pulham Market, Norfolk Being a teacher, I do like to take photographs of people in places, trying to capture both of these aspects. This image was taken on a trip to Normandy at Easter this year. The pupils went to the American Cemetery (at Colleville-sur-Mer). Our guide spoke only in French but the pupils grasped the sense of where they were and what it meant to them and others that were visiting. I chose a black and white format to show the historical aspect of this visit and the reflection in the

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