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ARTSeast Autumn 2021

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This issue feels as if it’s bursting at the seams with a wealth of events, exhibitions, shows, concerts and festivals. It’s so nice to be back celebrating the arts in our creative and beautiful corner of the country. In this edition we take a look at the brilliant Grayson Perry exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, focus on Norwich Open Studios and cover some fantastic exhibitions including Art Fair East in Norwich, Art Unequalled in Ely and Mary Beale at Moyse’s Hall, Bury St Edmunds.

Drinkwater ahead of her appearance at The Hostry Festival in November. Our artist profile features the stunning animal photography of Shelley Eve. We also look forward to, amongst others, Norwich Film Festival, Ipswich’s Spill Festival, Fire on the Water in Great Yarmouth and the Chris Levine exhibition at Houghton Hall near King’s Lynn. Be sure to get in touch if there is anything you’d like us to cover but, for now, we hope you find inspiration among our pages and

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Cover image by Caroline Farrall who is exhibiting at Thornham Fine Art (J Parker Studios) from November 5th-12th.

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6 Visual Arts News 9 Artist Profile: Shelley Eve 13 Grayson Perry -









The Pre-Therapy Years

17 Norfolk Open Studios 18 Mary Beale at Moyse’s Hall 19 Art Fair East 21 Art Unequalled 22 Coffee & a Chat: Carol Drinkwater

24 Arts & Crafts Directory 26 Theatre & Film News 29 The Hostry Festival 33 Norwich Film Festival 35 Music News 36 Arts Council England: Delivery Plan

39 What’s On News 40 The Quay Theatre, Sudbury Nutcracker Competition

41 Spill Festival 42 Chris Levine at Houghton Hall

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Visual Arts News

Walnut Tree by Isobel Bartholomew

Floral Art – Reawakening Iceni Botanical Artists are back in Bury St. Edmunds with a live exhibition on 16-22nd October in The Guildhall. Just like all art

Last chance to see Dinos at Norwich Cathedral

groups throughout the past eighteen months, IBA members

Dino hunters get ready, Break has announced that its GoGoDiscover

have been kept apart by Covid-19 restrictions. However, artists

T.rex sculptures won’t be heading into extinction just yet and will

everywhere are fortunate and often thrive in solitude and peace

be heading to Norwich Cathedral for a special family celebration

and quiet in order to allow the creative juices to flow. Botanical

event to celebrate Dippy the Diplodocus’s last week at Norwich

artists have been even more fortunate, as they depend upon the

Cathedral at October Half Term. This is an exciting opportunity for

natural world for their inspiration. And that has remained a

families to see the stunning and eye-catching T.rex sculptures in the

constant throughout the lockdown periods, with the seasons

beautiful grounds of Norwich Cathedral. The special ‘Farewell for

reliably coming and going as always. ‘Many of the paintings on

Now’ event, in partnership with Break and Norwich Cathedral, will

view at the exhibition have been painted during these difficult

take place between October 24th-31st. For more information about

times and we hope they give you as much pleasure to view as

Break and to find out more about next year’s trail please visit

they have given us to create,’ says exhibitor Isobel Bartholomew.

Turner-prize nominee comes to Cambridge This October, Cambridge-based gallery, Extraordinary Objects will launch a new exhibition celebrating the work of David Shrigley; a crude, contemporary and comical British artist, who is internationally recognised for his satirical, cartoonish ink drawings which observe everyday situations, human interactions and politics. The new exhibition, titled ‘My Artwork Is Terrible and I am A Very Bad Person’, intends to provide comic relief to visitors, celebrating the light at the end of a turbulent pandemic tunnel. Key pieces in the display will include five original acrylics on paper, including ‘Three Caps’, ‘Cream' and ‘Resist Your Urges’, as well as a selection of highly sought-after limited-edition prints, all signed by the artist, including: ‘Art Will Save The World’, ‘My Rampage Is Over’ and ‘I’ve Never Seen You’. New 2021 signed prints include: ‘I’m Sorry’ and ‘You Will Not Stop Me From Singing’.

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Fine Art Fridays at Thornham Thornham Fine Art, on the Thornham Estate near Eye, hosts


Year in the Life of The Apex

a Fine Art Friday on the first Friday of the month at J Parker Studios which launches a week long exhibition starting the next day. On November 5th, they welcome an exhibition of watercolours by Caroline Farrell entitled Art from Nature. Caroline has always focused on watercolours in a variety of styles and subject matter, even producing original watercolour on used tea bags! Working on a larger scale than a tea bag, this exhibition features a series of paintings John Parker

A photographic exhibition that beautifully captures every aspect of this much-loved venue and its place in the community takes place at The Apex from October 20th to November 21st. To help celebrate The Apex’s 10th anniversary in 2020, Suffolk-based photographer Geoff Price spent twelve months documenting everyday life at The Apex.

Caroline Farrall

of birds, small mammals and plants. The Fine Art Friday on December 3rd launches a mixed exhibition of J Parker Studios students entitled ’12 Days.’ It’s the perfect opportunity to purchase an unusual Christmas gift. Thornham Fine Art are also holding a Christmas Open Day on December 4th with the chance to browse beautiful handmade products from local artisans and craft makers.

Geoff had an ‘Access All Areas’ pass to a diverse selection of events - from The Sooty Show and the Mikado to workshops and business conferences. Prior to the pandemic, Geoff took photographs behind the scenes and on stage at gigs, concerts and events for all ages, as well as snapping the various local groups that fill the venue with life throughout the day. The result is a stunning exhibition of ninety colour photographs which encapsulate daily life at the acclaimed venue and help to illustrate the major role that it plays in the community of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

Animal Instincts Three East Anglian sculptors with very different approaches to capturing their subjects, demonstrate why animals, in all their incredible forms, bring us so much joy. The Animal Instincts exhibition at the Sculpt Gallery in Great Braxted from October 24th to December 18th features sculpture by Stuart Anderson, Richard Boardman, and Tobias Ford, incorporating a wide range of domestic and wild animals. Included amongst the exhibits are horses, dogs, birds, an elephant, a baby rhino, a lifesize gorilla, and one or two mythical animals such as a flying fox and pig. 'It's going to be fun seeing such a menagerie of animals in the gallery,' said Debra Blik, who runs Sculpt Gallery in Great Braxted, Essex. 'Each artist's work is quite different, and this is the first dedicated animal sculpture exhibition since I opened the gallery back in 2012.'




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Artist Profile: Shelley Eve Photographer Shelley Eve has combined her two passions into one strikingly beautiful talent





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‘As a child I always had two loves - animals and photography,’ says

doorstep in Suffolk,’ says Shelley. It was here that I threw myself into

Shelley Eve. It’s thrilling to be able to combine these two passions

learning the art of fieldcraft.’

as an adult.’

Camera in hand, Shelley would set off early in the morning and lie

After school, Shelley turned her attention first to animals. After

in wait to catch the perfect shot.

completing a Diploma in Animal Care, she started work as a rhino

‘I had the time I needed to be able to study the wildlife closely and

keeper at Port Lympne Safari Park in Kent.

to learn their habits and patterns,’ she says. I would study animal

Two years later, in 2006, the birth of a baby rhino called Damara was

tracks to find their regular routes and I learned to find the perfect

her catalyst to pick up a camera again.

spot, such as a ditch, to lie concealed from view.’

‘Capturing Damara growing up reignited my love of photography,’

The results were stunning.

says Shelley. ‘I bought my first SLR camera and developed my skills

‘I was able to photograph hares, many breeds of deer and even a

on the job, through trial and error.’

beautiful little water vole, who was a regular visitor,’ says Shelley.

Shelley also embarked on formal training, studying A Level

After falling in love with Suffolk, Shelley and her partner finally

photography before taking a degree in the subject and graduating

moved to the area full time in November 2020 and she started

in 2013.

exhibiting her photography at the Beyond the Image Gallery in

‘I loved photographing the animals in the zoo where I worked and I

Thornham Magna this year.

began to build up quite a collection,’ says Shelley. ‘I was able to

Shelley also produced a joint exhibition this year with renowned

combine my knowledge of each animal’s behaviour and emotions

local artist John Parker who used her photographs as inspiration for

to capture some very special moments.’

his paintings.

Then, in early 2019, Shelley and her partner became temporary

‘I have set up a company called Rhino & Co and I’m looking to

custodians of a house in Wickham Skeith, Suffolk, visiting monthly

develop my photography in many different ways including gift

for two years.

cards, prints and calendars,’ says Shelley. ‘Anyone interested is

‘I was stunned by the sheer amount of wildlife right on your

welcome to find me on Facebook.’




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Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years Running until January 30th, The Sainsbury Centre plays host to this fascinating exhibition surveying the early work of one of Britain’s best-loved artists.

Meaningless Symbols, Grayson Perry, 1993, Glazed Ceramic, Collection of Mark & Debra Eden © Grayson Perry courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro





Self portrait cracked and warped, Grayson Perry, c. 1985, Glazed Ceramic, Private Collection. © Grayson Perry courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

The Sainsbury Centre presents a new exhibition that surveys for the first time Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world, re-introducing the explosive and creative works made during his formative years between 1982 and 1994. His ground-breaking pots of this period have been reunited for the first time following a hugely successful appeal to the public in 2018 by Perry and The Holburne Museum in Bath, where this exhibition first opened in January 2020. Today, Perry enjoys a reputation bordering on National Treasure status by virtue of his distinctive tapestry, collage and ceramic works that often explore themes of gender, identity and social class, as well as his remarkable work as a witty social commentator on television and in print. The exhibition was conceived by Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne. He said, ‘I was delighted when Grayson liked the idea of bringing together his earliest works as they had never been displayed together before. The first step was to find out where we could find these pieces, so we made a public

Cocktail Party, Grayson Perry, 1989, Glazed Ceramic, Collection of the artist © Grayson Perry courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

appeal and were overwhelmed by the response from across the country. We were thrilled with the range of irreverent, witty, and downright explicit artworks that came together to form the show. It is a fantastic celebration of Grayson's work.’ It was when looking through the extraordinary and varied selection of artworks that Grayson remarked that seeing the works again was a reminder of his “pre-therapy years.” The exhibition will display the earliest works – pots, plates and sculptures – that first made Perry’s name, and will shine a light on his experimentation and exploration of the potential of pottery to address radical issues and human stories. For art lovers, Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years represents a unique opportunity to enjoy the artist’s clever, playful and politically-engaged perspective on the world through a

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Essex Plate, Grayson Perry, 1985, Glazed Ceramic, Private Collection

Kinky Sex, Grayson Perry, 1983, Glazed Ceramic, Private Collection

© Grayson Perry courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

Courtesy England & Co Gallery, London

number of pieces, many of which have not been seen in

Grayson says ‘This show has been such a joy to put together

public since they were first exhibited. Often challenging and

and to see these early works again, many of which I have not

explicit, these works reveal the early development of Perry’s

seen since the 80s. It is as near as I will ever get to meeting

distinctive voice that has established him as one of the most

myself as a young man, an angrier, priapic me with huge

compelling commentators on contemporary society.

energy but a much smaller wardrobe.’

Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years begins in 1982, when

Ghislaine Wood, Deputy Director of the Sainsbury Centre says,

Perry was first working as an artist and then charts his progress

‘We are thrilled to be hosting this exhibition which brings

to the mid-90s, when he became established in the

together such a large collection of previously unseen works by

mainstream London art scene. The exhibition provides a

one of Britain’s most recognisable and innovative artists. The

snapshot of a very British time and place, and reveals the

Sainsbury Centre’s outstanding global ceramics collection spans

transition of Grayson’s style from playful riffs on historic art,

over 5000 years of human creativity and provides a compelling

such as old Staffordshire pottery, along with crowns (the

context in which to explore Perry’s deep interest in the medium.’

mixed-media Crown of Penii, 1982) and thrones (Saint Diana, let them eat shit, 1984 – inspired by his fascination with Princess Diana) into a style that is patently his own: plates and vases rich with detail that tell tales of our times and experiences, such as 1989’s Cocktail Party.

The exhibition, organised by The Holburne Museum, Bath, is accompanied by a major new book published by Thames & Hudson that explores, for the first time, Perry’s artistic origins through the artworks that made his name in the years 1982–94.



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New Autumn Date for Norfolk Open Studios One of the most successful Open Studios schemes in the country is returning to Norfolk this autumn. Makers and creators will be opening their studio doors across the county as part of Norfolk Open Studios. The well-loved annual event, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, will take place across 16 days in September and October, a change in dates for the event which will allow visitors to explore and experience Norfolk in the autumn. More than 320 artists will be taking part across 267 venues to share and sell their work. Artists will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community spaces and schools sharing how they work. The free event annually attracts thousands of visitors and in 2019 more than 31,000 people flocked to studios across Norfolk to meet our county’s artists. Ros Dixon, Norfolk Open Studios Administrator, said: ‘We are so happy that Norfolk Open Studios is returning, a widely loved scheme that artists and visitors look forward to each year. ‘2021 will see it run at its new time in early autumn, allowing visitors to capture that special time of year as well as helping Norfolk Open Studios to develop a clear and bold identity as an autumn event. ‘We can’t wait to be back in the studios, smelling the paint and kilns, getting to ask those questions we’ve always wanted to

know from the artists themselves and maybe even having a go at creating something ourselves. And the chance to buy art direct from the artist is very special.’ Artists at all stages of their careers take part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional artists and makers. Visitors will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, jewellery makers and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk. Alongside opening their studios, many artists will be offering events, demonstrations and workshops to share their skills and practice. This year the scheme will welcome 23 schools to the event as well as 13 Art Trails, allowing visitors to enjoy several studios in one day. Artists taking part could not be more excited to be opening their studios to visitors. Jenni Murphy, who is based at Muspole Workshops in Norwich, said: ‘Open Studios is the perfect platform to make art accessible in an industry that can sometimes feel too exclusive. I can’t wait to welcome everyone and offer them a fun, relaxed and happy environment in which to view art.’ Norfolk Open Studios will take place between September 25th and October 10th. For more information visit



Mary Beale Self Portrait

Observations: Moyse’s Hall A new one-off exhibition celebrating the work of Mary Beale - one

rector, John Craddock. His tuition and lay interest in the arts led

of the most successful portrait painters of the late 17th century

her to pursue her own career as a professional portrait artist.

and widely believed to be England's first professional female painter, is to be held at Moyse’s Hall Museum, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. Observations: The Mary Beale Collection will run from October 23rd until January 30th.

Mary lived during, and in the immediate aftermath of England’s Civil War, as well as the tumult of the 17th century Bubonic plague in a century dogged by religious conflict. While perhaps surprising to imagine a professional female during this period,

This exhibition will be the first time that West Suffolk Heritage

she was not unique. With the assistance of her husband Charles

Service has displayed its full collection of over 25 of Mary’s

and his connections with some of English society’s biggest names

original portraits of the great and good (or questionable) of 17th

from both the art and political worlds, Mary became one of the

century England; believed to be the largest collection held by any

most eminent artists of 17th century England with a studio on

public institution. It will include the Heritage Service’s first public

The Mall.

showing of a recent acquisition from a private estate. Several specialist speakers/authors will also be giving talks at the museum. Born in 1633 in the West Suffolk village of Barrow, just over five miles outside of Bury St Edmunds, Mary was the daughter of

This exhibition hopes to tell the story of how a family in the 17th century would reverse the societal norms of the patriarchal home to professionally succeed in the practice of commercial arts.

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Fantastic Art Fair East is back

Photo: Mike and Sonia Marshall

One of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside of London is set to return for 2021. Art Fair East annually hosts artists, galleries and art dealers from across the world, attracting thousands of visitors to St Andrews Hall in Norwich, Norfolk. The fair, now in its sixth year, will re-emerge to share the buzz of the real-life art world after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. As the major art fair for the East, the fair was founded in 2015 by leading Norfolk-based artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling, who will both be exhibiting at the event. The pair are passionate about bringing contemporary art to the region, supporting artists and creating excitement around the visual arts. Mr Teather, who has had his work showcased at New York's Market & Design Fair, said: ‘We are thrilled to see the fair finally return after an

extraordinary year. We can't wait to see the art world we know and love start to reemerge. Artworks are objects to be seen and enjoyed in the flesh, rather than online, and there is nothing quite like meeting the artist in person or talking to an expert, as is often possible at art fairs. ‘We have received a record number of applications to take part in the event and alongside national and international artists being brought by dealers we already have many local talents, including both figurative surrealists like Chedgie and landscape painters like Alice Wilton, on board.’ Mr Korteling added: ‘It's really great to be able to transform St Andrews Hall into an art space once again. I know for a fact that artists have not been resting on their laurels during lockdown so we can expect to see lots of new, vibrant and inspirational works of art.’ With around 1000 artworks on display, a range of contemporary art will be exhibited

including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited- edition prints.

Will Teather in the studio

Photo: Sophie Laslett

This year’s fair will run from Friday December 3rd – Sunday December 5th at St Andrews Hall in Norwich. Art Fair East is sponsored by Musker McIntyre and Chadwicks. There is still time for artists, dealers and galleries to apply to exhibit at the event.



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Art Unequalled make a welcome return this November

Deborah Kelly-Hopkins

Sally Dunham

Andy Walker

Art Unequalled is very excited to make its return to The Maltings, set

that now is the perfect time to find something unique and

alongside the stunning riverside in Ely, with a special 10 year

wonderful to fill all the spaces that we have found! At Art

Anniversary event (postponed from last year) from November 5th-7th.

unequalled you are sure to discover beautiful handcrafted items

To celebrate this milestone there will be extra opening hours on Friday evening complete with live music to enjoy whilst you are browsing the amazing Arts and Crafts for sale. You can also chat to the Artists who created them! The last 18 months have been hugely challenging for everyone and for many artists, with all selling events cancelled, their way of making a living was taken away. ‘It is wonderful to be returning and to be making that return with a truly amazing group of makers who have been selected to take part this year,’ says organiser Sally Dunham. ‘There are regular exhibitors and also many new to the event too, a mix sure to delight all that visit. We have spent so much time in our homes,

that no one else will have. The majority of exhibitors also work to commission, so why not take the opportunity to have something truly bespoke created for you.’ There will be a wide range of arts and crafts available from ceramics, illustrations, glass, paintings and furniture to wood, photography, mixed media, textiles, sculpture, jewellery and print. For many years, Art Unequalled has also raised funds for charity at the event, mainly by raffles with items kindly donated by the exhibitors. Over the years they have raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK. This year they will be supporting MIND and Arthur Rank Hospice, in memory of two special people who have been a big part of the history of Art Unequalled.



Coffee & a Chat

Best known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small, Carol Drinkwater is heading to Norwich this month for the city’s Hostry Festival to discuss her latest novel An Act of Love.

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’An Act of Love’ is set in 1943, wartime France, in what was

Best known for her acting career, Carol has seamlessly made the

known as the Free Zone, the unoccupied part of France ruled by

move to writing.

the Vichy government,’ explains Carol. ‘It is set in a small hinterland village nestling in the lower Alps up behind Nice. Inspired by a true story, this small community of French mountain people, mostly farmers, voted between themselves to invite into their lives hundreds of struggling war refugees, foreigners mostly. So many refugees, mostly Jews, took up their offer that by the beginning of 1943 there were as many, if not more, foreigners than locals.’

‘The two expressions have always co-existed for me. I have been writing since I was about eight and was first published in a magazine titled Girl when I was ten or thereabouts. I wrote a letter-article about my first dance and the woes that befell me. It was published and I was sent a five-shilling postal order. I was so thrilled,’ says Carol. ‘I was always writing, always keeping diaries, scribbling short stories throughout my younger years when I was building my acting career. For me, they are almost

Carol’s story focuses on a seventeen-year-old woman, Sara, who

the one and the same. Both chart the inner lives of ‘my’

is on the brink of adulthood.

characters. As a writer I have more control, more input into the

‘A young Jewish girl from Poland whose eyes are opened and passions awakened by new friends including a handsome young French medical student who turns out to be a member of

overall story than I do as an actress. I love both disciplines and feel very blessed to have been given opportunities to express myself in both careers.’

the Resistance,’ says Carol. ‘Everything is blossoming for Sara, until the enemy moves into the Free Zone. One perfect summer before everything changes. It is a love story and story of human generosity and courage in our darkest hours.’ Like Sara, France is a country that is very close to Carol’s heart and one she now calls home. ‘I have been living in France longer than I ever lived anywhere else,’ says Carol. ‘Although I am Irish, I was educated in the UK but always felt a stranger there. I moved to France after meeting a French film producer in Australia. He asked me to marry him

Best known for her starring role in All Creatures Great and Small,

on our first date! I did not immediately accept but we began to

what are Carol’s favourite memories of her time on the show?

spend time together in Paris and then we bought a crumbling ruin of an olive farm overlooking the Bay of Cannes. It has been my home ever since. France represents so much for me: colours, love, excellent food and wine, my own cherished spot in the world. Freedom of expression, happiness and hard work.’ Since buying the farm, Carol has discovered a passion for olives that have led her to publish memoirs and a television series about the fruit. ‘We bought an olive farm without really knowing that it had been an operating farm,’ explains Carol. ‘When we cut back our jungle of land we discovered we were the proprietors of sixtyeight centuries old trees. From there my passion began. Now we have somewhere close to 300 olive trees and I have travelled

‘Goodness, there are so many,’ she smiles. ‘Mostly, I would say that as an overall picture I remember the camaraderie, the team spirit, the joy of getting up and going to work every day, knowing that what we were creating was appreciated. There was huge respect on the set for our fellow team players both crew and cast. It was an exceptional chapter in my life.’ As an actress, Carol has worked with some of the biggest names in theatre and film including Laurence Olivier and Alan Rickman. But what has she learned from those experiences? ‘My encounters and experiences have shown me that those who are the most successful are usually the most generous and considerate of their fellow artists,’ she says.

the entire Mediterranean to learn the history and secrets of this

• Carol is in conversation with Rebecca Chapman at the Hostry

magical, mythical tree. I have written books and made films

Festival in Norwich on October 31st.

about those journeys.’



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Theatre & Film News Poignant drama comes to Diss

Fisher hosts new one-man play Bungay’s Fisher Theatre hosts Chinese Boxing - a new one man play by Mark Kitto - on November 18th. An evening lecture to the Bungay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society

Common Ground

takes an unexpected leap into the past and brings to life the

Theatre Company

Boxer Uprising of 1900, an epic clash between China and

presents The Dream of a Ridiculous Man at The Cornhall, Diss on November 4th. Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and adapted by Pat Whymark, it is a fantastical tale of new beginnings, featuring Julian Harries as the Ridiculous Man, with Pat Whymark and Emily Bennett providing live musical accompaniment. It tells the story of a man who, much like Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has a dream which saves his life, brings him

the West that echoes across the century. Will China and the

back from the edge of despair, reconnects him to society and

West ever understand each other? Sir Claude MacDonald,

restores his faith in humanity. It’s a poignant, funny and

formerly Her Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary to Peking,

cathartic piece, particularly appropriate for this present

will do his best to help. Image courtesy of the London

moment in

Illustrated News.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping choir These activist singers from New York bring their joyful, radical music for the Earth to Colchester (Nov 3rd) and Norwich (Nov 4th) Arts Centres as the opening dates of their UK tour. They also have a third date in the region at the veg growing polytunnel of the Syrian Refugees in Essex (Nov 5th)! The tour will culminate in Glasgow to coincide with the international climate change conference for Climate Change COP26. Climate change and global warming is arguably the greatest challenge we face today, and the Stop Shopping Choir have been at the forefront of climate change activism and anti-consumerist direct action for over two decades. He is banned from every Starbucks outlet on the planet, while the show is a breathtaking, joyful and heartbreaking celebration of the Earth, a cloudburst of melody, rhythm and message.

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National Treasure Su Pollard comes to Bury



The Dresser: Cambridge Arts Theatre

Much-loved actress Su Pollard will visit Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on October 26th with her UK tour of Harpy. Best known for her star-turn as Peggy in the BAFTA award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, Su Pollard has had a career in showbusiness spanning four

Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly star in a brand-new production

decades. A tour-

of Ronald Harwood’s highly acclaimed drama, The Dresser at


Cambridge Arts Theatre from October 12th-16th. Inspired by

performance from

memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young

Pollard, Harpy is a

man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious

heart wrenching

portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre. It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial

exploration of one

theatre an ageing actor-manager, known to his loyal acting


company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and

struggles with mental health and loneliness, manifesting

complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of

itself through extreme hoarding. At heart it’s a bittersweet

King Lear. It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to

dramatic comedy, which showcases a grittier side to the Su

ensure that the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has

Pollard of the eighties, and also asks us to look beyond our

been there to fix Sir's wig, massage his ego, remind him of his

prejudices against those who appear to disrupt the norm.

opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm


Fairytale of New York From the producers of the hit show Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners, Fairytale of New York is the ultimate feel good Irish-inspired Christmas show. The show, which comes to the Marina, Lowestoft on November 20th, features an international cast of singers, musicians and dancers bringing you all of your favourite Christmas songs including Last Christmas, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Merry Christmas Everybody and of course The Fairytale of New York. And just when you think the party couldn’t get any better, this world class show also features some of the greatest Irish sing a long songs of all time including The Galway Girl, The Irish Rover, Wagon Wheel, Dirty Old Town and The Black Velvet Band. Set in McGrath’s Irish Pub on Christmas Eve this wonderful story of an Irish magical Christmas will have people of all ages singing, laughing and dancing in the aisles.



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The Autumn Festival of Norfolk

Norfolk’s Hostry Festival brings an exciting and packed programme of high-profile guest speakers, concerts, poetry readings, drama, dance and art displays to Norwich this Autumn.

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

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Hayley Mills

Photo: Bee Gilbert

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and set in the stunning

Sheku who was Young Musician of the Year in 2016 and

surroundings of Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry building, the

performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan

‘Autumn Festival of Norfolk’ makes a welcome return from

Markle (October 30); Barnaby Phillips – author and former

October 17th to November 7th, after postponing its

BBC journalist of 25 years’ standing who reported from

programme in 2020 due to the pandemic.

hotspots in Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa

To mark ten years of successful programming, several original

(October 22); and Captain Enid Outun – the first female Chief

festival commissions have taken the theme of Beethoven’s

Pilot in Nigeria who will be sharing amazing stories from her

Tenth, with signature projects including the Norfolk premiere

popular podcast (October 28).

of a Peter Ustinov comedy drama, a breath-taking movement theatre piece and the colourful and stirring sounds of an African choir, as well as the creation of a striking sculpture by leading Norfolk sculptor Rachael Long.

The festival’s signature project Central Production of the Norfolk premiere of Beethoven’s Tenth will run from October 25th-30th. This comedy drama was penned by one of the country’s favourite actors, renaissance man the late Sir Peter

Key speakers guaranteed to be a hit with festival goers include

Ustinov. Alongside the production and performed nightly as a

actresses Stephanie Beacham and Hayley Mills, and actress

prologue, Egmont: A Valiant Stand is written by Rebecca

and author Carol Drinkwater. Other speakers include Joel

Chapman, of Total Ensemble Theatre Company (one ticket

Young - inspirational speaker on Non-Personal Awareness and

covers both performances).

host of The Be A Brilliant Human Podcast (October 31); House of Music author Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason - the inspirational mother of a talented family of musicians including her son

Total Ensemble celebrates its own 10th anniversary this autumn having produced original ensemble productions with

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large, fully integrated disabled and non-disabled casts since

commissioned by the festival after Beatrice was seen

2011. For the festival, it will also host a workshop (October

performing a poem at a service in Norwich Cathedral.

29th) led by Rebecca Chapman.


International pianist Gloria Campaner returns as artist in

The most recently created signature project, The African Choir

residence for the 10th anniversary and will perform two

of Norfolk will launch with a concert led by the inspirational

concerts and a masterclass. St Andrews Church, Eaton, also

Anna Mudeka (October 22nd).

plays host to regular festival guest coloratura soprano Lisa

Two exciting piano concerts also feature on the programme. Composer William Fergusson will intrigue and tantalise with an original Hostry Festival commission called TENTH, an improvisation based on Beethoven’s unfinished symphony, to


Cassidy for a specially commissioned concert celebrating hope, love and light through words and music on a stroll through Elysium, inspired by Richard Strauss’s ‘Das Rosenband’. Lisa is joined by Norfolk pianist Gareth Williams.

be performed at the UEA Music Centre on October 17th; while

‘Paint Out Norwich’, another signature project, returns once

Christopher Ellis will be at The Chapel in Cathedral Close on

more to redefine the joys of outdoors painting in the

November 7th demonstrating Beethoven’s legendary abilities

alleyways and lanes of the city during the bicentenary of one

as an improviser with a piano concert which will include

of the best-known artists of the Norwich School of Painters,

taking the composer’s themes as a starting point and then re-

John Crome (1768-1821).

exploring them.

Events take place at The Hostry building, unless otherwise

Also inspired by the great maestro is the beautiful festival

stated. For more information see the festival’s new website

commission from leading Norfolk sculptor Rachael Long

at Tickets can be bought from the

which links with this year’s Central Production. Her 6ft-tall

Festival Box Office by calling 01603 598 676 or in person at

sculpture will be on show to those attending the production.

Norwich Theatre Royal.

Presented as a gala performance at this year’s Hostry Festival, Rufus Rank: The Case Of The Fallen Angel (October 31st) is a 1930s-style murder mystery radio play which includes live sound effects and some truly sumptuous frocks. There is more drama from director Miche Montague, of Norwich’s MoCo Theatre which returns with a new project. The one-woman show Who The Who, Who will be performed by Mandy Kiley at The Chapel in Cathedral Close from October 28th-30th. As well as quizzing Stephanie Beacham, festival patron, theatre producer and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk Peter Wilson will take centre stage at The Chapel, Cathedral Close, with a ‘semi-performance’ of T S Eliot’s Four Quartets on November 6th which were written under the looming shadow of the Second World War. A young poet in the making, Beatrice Williamson, has also been invited to recite her poem. Also Being Ten was

Matthew Conway as Rufus Rank by Mark Ivan Benfield



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Roll out the red carpet for Norwich Film Festival Pipo and Blind Love Norwich Film Festival is proud to reveal its largest ever line-up of

showcasing some of the best short films to audiences all around

133 short films screening in venues & online during its 11th

the world.’

edition running November 12th-21st.

The selection features a wide range of bold and innovative stories

The selection showcases some of the most exciting narrative,

from around the world, with the wide-ranging subject matters

documentary, and animated filmmaking talent around. This year’s

catering for audiences of all ages and tastes. Famous names which

shorts programme includes an outstanding selection of regional,

can be seen throughout the selection include Stephen Fry, Himesh

national, and international films, curated from 1291 submissions –

Patel (Yesterday), Michael Smiley (Kill List), Matthew Kelly (Stars In

the largest number of submissions received in the history of the

Their Eyes), Felicity Montagu (This Time with Alan Partridge), Hugh


Skinner (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Bella Ramsey (The Last

Following the success of last year’s online edition of the festival during the November lockdown, Norwich Film Festival 2021 will

of Us), David Bradley (Harry Potter), Simon Amstell (Benjamin), Joanna Scanlan (After Love) and Bukky Bakray (Rocks).

take place in a hybrid format, with short film screenings taking

Competing in six award categories, the films span all genres and

place both online and in venues.

represent a total of 21 countries. There is also an out-of-

Kellen Playford, Founder & Lead Consultant said: ‘Although the last 18 months have seen unprecedented difficulties for people working in the creative industries, we have been overwhelmed with the sheer amount of quality films that have been produced and submitted to our festival this year. We’re extremely thankful and excited that we are able to put on a hybrid festival for 2021, mixing our traditional venue-based events with online screenings,

competition ‘One Minute Movie’ category, in which filmmakers are challenged to create a film lasting exactly sixty seconds. Nominees for the festival’s prestigious awards will be announced in due course and will be judged by a world-class panel of Industry Judges, including actor Michael Sheen, television and radio presenter Edith Bowman and comedy actor Jessica Hynes.



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Folk, Blues and Americana come to Bury Joachim Cooder, known for his collaborations with his father Ry Cooder, joins Sam Amidon for a warm and uplifting evening of folk, blues and Americana at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on November 13th. Cooder has been a sought-after percussionist

Stowmarket Chorale are thrilled to be back with two upcoming

for two decades, on now-legendary recordings with his father,

concerts at the United Reform Church, Stowmarket. On

such as the landmark Buena Vista Social Club sessions, and

November 6th they are performing the Faure Requiem and

with artists including Ali Farka Touré, who inspired Cooder to

John Ireland’s Greater Love Hath No Man while on November

take up the mbira (a variation on an African thumb piano). His

27th, concertgoers can enjoy a performance of Handel’s

new album Over That Road I’m Bound puts family at the heart

Messiah. Tickets are £15 per concert, although if you’d like to

of the project as Cooder enlists family members to join him as

attend both concerts there will be a £5 reduction with an

he explores and expands upon tunes that his father had

overall cost of £25.

played for him and that Cooder now sings to his young


Fascinating Aïda They’re back at last! Following a smash-hit season in London, Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman begin an extensive UK tour in the autumn of 2021 coming to the Alive Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn on November 3rd. For nearly four decades - from their first album entitled Sweet FA (1984), through the late 90’s show It, Wit, Don’t Give a Shit Girls to the 2012 smash-hit tour Cheap Flights, Fascinating Aïda have captured the political and social fixations of our times. Their brand-new show will feature a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. But the songs are mostly topical and the glamour remains unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas songs how can you possibly miss them?



A cultural roadmap for the future

Out There Arts. At the beginning of 2020 the Arts Council published Let’s Create, our new ten-year strategy. It was a hugely exciting moment for us, but this was soon swept away by the raft of challenges that the pandemic forced everyone to face. Throughout the pandemic, we saw the incredible way that creative organisations were able to work with their communities, to support them. And we also saw the single biggest public investment in cultural life since the Second World War in the shape of the Government’s £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which has provided vital support to so many. In a year that we have celebrated our 75th anniversary, we have now been able to start to look forward. And as part of that, we have launched our Delivery Plan – a document that sets out detailed actions on how we plan to deliver on the ambitions of Let’s Create. Despite being written before the pandemic, the vision set out in Let’s Create still holds true. In fact, now it is perhaps even more critical: by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.

Photo: David Street In Let’s Create we said we wanted to give more people the chance to experience amazing culture wherever they live. As part of the Arts Council’s commitment to play its part in delivering the Government’s programme of Levelling Up, our Delivery Plan names the 54 places that will be some of the first we think are ready to help achieve that promise – including Great Yarmouth, Fenland and Peterborough. These are places where we see huge potential for us to work with local partners, to make new investments and to ensure that local communities can experience and participate in great cultural experiences. In each of our priority places, there is a clear ambition to make a difference and to harness culture to effect real change. Whilst we have set out a commitment to work closely with local stakeholders in these 54 places, it does not reduce our existing, and future plans, across the country to support those communities that are already showing how a rich and diverse creative and cultural offering can be truly inspiring and nurturing for everyone. Let’s Create has always been an invitation, one that asks everyone to join us as we work towards ensuring that England is a truly creative nation. We hope that you will join us on that journey.

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30 years of Christmas Magic at Blackthorpe Barn

Snuggled in the heart of Rougham Estate just outside Bury St Edmunds, historic Blackthorpe Barn is home to a Christmas event that is celebrating 30 years this year. Starting in late October, the Christmas festival is a world of festive delights complete with a Country Christmas shop, craft weekends and Rougham Estate’s famous Christmas trees which have been in pride of place outside 10 Downing Street in recent years. The

Dippy at Night!

Country Christmas shop has decorations, wreaths, aromatics and

Norwich Cathedral is bidding farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus

wrap, plus wonderful gifts for all. The eagerly-awaited Christmas

at the end of October and plans are in place for a unique

craft weekends showcase some of the country’s most talented

evening spectacle to celebrate his visit. Dippy at Night will take

artists and craft-makers. There are woven and knitwear designs

place on most nights in the last week of the Dippy on Tour

and textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalware, wood creations,

exhibition and will see the Natural History Museum’s much-

natural beauty products, leather items, jewellery, books, baskets

loved dinosaur spectacularly lit up in an entirely new way in

and so much more. Many exhibitors change each weekend so

the Cathedral’s Nave. Visitors can also enjoy seeing the wider

there are new crafts to be explored each visit. The weekends start

Dippy exhibition by night, including the walk-through wave of

with a special unveiling of a 30th anniversary sculpture on

3,000 fish, and explore the rest of Dippy’s medieval home in its

November 6th and continue each weekend until December

evening splendour.


Fire on the Water The Venetian Waterways of Great Yarmouth will play host to 15 night-time show extravaganzas with its brand new Fire on the Water experience from October 21st to November 6th. The popular Norfolk seaside resort, renowned for its remarkable and outrageous performances including the 13th Out There Festival, will wow its visitors as the Venetian Waterways are transformed into an impressive night-time show spectacular that will take its visitors on a 60minute (or optional 30 minute) entertaining and enthralling trail. ‘Bringing together dynamic and dramatic outdoor dance and acrobatic performances, hypnotic water projections, light installations and a night-time fire show, this will make unforgettable entertainment, all taking place during October Half Term,’ said Joe Mackintosh, director of Out There Arts. There will be a ‘Relaxed Night’ on Wednesday 3rd November to accommodate young people and adults with autism and other sensory sensitives.




Christmas classic comes to Sudbury The Quay Theatre, Sudbury is thrilled to welcome back theatre and cinema lovers after an extended break. On December 12th they will be showing the Royal Opera House Live Encore Screening of the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a family favourite at Christmas time and is one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet. The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, is accompanied by sparking music from the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House and even dancing sweets! Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved ballet classic. This screening is part of the Royal Opera House’s glittering line up for their first Cinema Season in 16 months. Other screenings at Sudbury Quay include Tosca (Jan 19th), Romeo & Juliet (Feb 20th), Rigoletto (March 13th), La Traviata (April 20th) and Swan Lake (May 22nd).



ARTSeast has teamed up with The Quay Theatre, Sudbury to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Royal Opera House Live Encore Screening of the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker on December 12th at 2pm. To be in with a chance of winning, email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: November 26th 2021

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Celebrating culture in Ipswich SPILL Festival of Performance returns to Ipswich this autumn from October 27th31st, bringing the strange, the striking and the surprising for the whole family to enjoy.

intergalactic tour guides which transports you to a world far away from Ipswich – which has been developed by the SPILL Young Curators, all aged between 16 and 21, who have put together a selection of

Gaia in Belfast, 2019

SPILL 2021 will also see the return of festival favourite THE PYRE PARADE (Oct 30th). Head down to The Hold throughout half term and post your bad news from the last year into special boxes standing next to our Pyre Parade effigies. While you’re there you can learn about the history of black communities in Ipswich, create your own history and record memories by taking portraits in the POP-UP PHOTO STUDIO (Oct 30th), using professional equipment, props and

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Follow in the footsteps of astronauts when you visit the spectacular installation GAIA (Oct 27th-31st); a seven-metre-wide model of the Earth, floating from the ceiling of Ipswich Town Hall. Head out on to Cornhill to watch the strange sculptures of CHORUS (Oct 27th-30th) as they spin and hum, whirling like a swarm of fireflies or planets in motion above the heads of the audience. Explore an alien environment on the Waterfront when you step inside LUMINARIUM (Oct 27th-31st), a maze of colourful domes and tunnels. Take a mystery tour with HERE’S TO TOMORROW (Oct 28th) – an exciting adventure led by

builders you could design your own base, castle, maze or a future Ipswich – it’s like Minecraft come to life!

music, dance and other performances by talented young people. Kids can have the chance to ALBESILA LUMINARIUM Photo: Alan Parkinson design their own custom play spaces with KIDS BUILD THE FUTURE costumes, or take part in one of The (Oct 28th-30th) at Ancient House. With Hold’s Pyre-Parade-inspired family the help of visual artists, architects and workshops. Then join us as we noisily make our way through the town to Christchurch Park. Everyone is welcome – wear black and bring something loud to bang, such as wooden spoons on saucepan lids before we engulf the effigies in flames and send all our bad news up in smoke!

CHORUS by Ray Lee

Photo:Roy Riley

Find out about these events and everything else SPILL Festival has to offer at or call the Box Office on 01473 210169.



Contemporary Artist Chris Levine Announces Major Solo Exhibition at Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall in Norfolk is set to

Jones, amongst others, will be

be transformed by a major solo

shown in the South Wing

exhibition of work by


contemporary British artist, Chris

The centrepiece of the Houghton

Levine, 528 Hz Love Frequency.

Hall show is a monumental

Marking the inaugural winter

spherical structure Molecule of

show in the historic grounds of

Light on the front lawn that emits

this prestigious art venue, this

a sound beam. This vast new

exhibition running between

sculptural work with 3D

October 22nd and December

ambisonic sound will come to

23rd is proudly sponsored by

life as darkness falls over an

Sotheby’s and will feature a series

imposing landscape. The

of new holographic artworks,

audience, one at a time, can

print works and large immersive

immerse in modulating sound

laser and LED installations. This is

frequencies on the solfeggio

a body of new work created

scale which numerically relate to

specifically for the unique

sacred geometry and correlate to

environs of the house and grounds. Each distinctive work is characteristic of Levine’s unique and cutting-edge work with the meditative and immersive properties of light and sound.

the energy nodes in the body known as chakras. It is the artist’s intention that people would be drawn into a brief meditative state that is both uplifting and purifying by bathing in this sound beam. By day, the sphere uses natural light to

Levine is perhaps best known for producing light portraits of notable

generate more patterns giving it a vibrational quality, and at night it

cultural figures, most famously his depiction of the Queen in Lightness

becomes the centre of an immersive field of laser light forms that

of Being (2012) – described by the National Portrait Gallery as the most

transform the grounds of Houghton unlike anything seen before.

evocative image of a royal by any artist. Along with his celebrated royal portrait, his acclaimed iconic meditative portraits of Banksy, and Grace

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