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ARTSeast December/January 2016

Head Over the Rainbow to the Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Interview: Brendan Cole Local Arts Scene: The Walsinghams

Visual Arts

eatre & Film

Books & Crafts

WIN Tickets and a meal Music

What’s On

Diss Auction Rooms

“Art every Friday” Viewing: Every Thursday 2-8pm Also The Gallery Sale Viewing: Saturday Thursday 30 January 2-8pm,6 February 2016, Saturday 9 July 2016, Friday 31 January 10-6pm & sale morning from 8.30am. contact James Bassam for details Contact: James Bassam & Lisa West Catalogues: £5 or on

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Invitation to Consign

Fine Art Sale, Tues 15th March, Weds 16th March, î‚Šurs 17th March Antiques, Pictures, Jewellery, Clocks and Watches

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28-29 Welcome

Theatre & Film

Local Arts Scene



Theatre & Film News



Norwich Theatre Royal

35 The Walsinghams Introduction

Cover Story


Eastern Angles / Diss-Guise

36 Great Walsingham Gallery



Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Editor’s Letter

Fisher Theatre

22 - 23 Coffee & a Chat – Brendan Cole

Visual Arts

Walsingham Photos

37 Our Lady of Walsingham 38 Spotlight on Sarah Caswell 39 Win a meal at The Black Lion Hotel

8-9 Visual Arts News 10

Artists On View


Artist Profile – Mik Richardson


Love Country


Ophelia Yannaghas


Driftwood Gallery






Music News



Howard Jones Apex Competition

40 Directory


Joglaresa in Cambridge

41 Subscription/Competition Winners


Olivia Castle

42 The Last Photo 43 Back Issues

Books & Crafts

Arts Council


Kid’s Corner

28 - 29


Waveney Reflections/ Ceres Bookshop

New Wolsey Theatre

What’s On 31

Norwich Cathedral


What’s On Listings

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ARTSeast ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21 Diss Business Park Hopper Way, Diss Norfolk IP22 4GT

Editor’s Letter

Editorial: Sarah Veness 01379 773348 Sales: Gary Enderby 01379 773347

Welcome to the December/January

Norfolk. Despite their size, these little villages

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

have a wealth of things to offer including art


galleries, antique shops, independent shops,

Am I the only one who can't believe

the Abbey and an immensely popular shrine.

Christmas is upon us already?! Still, I can't

As ever, we have some great prizes for you

complain - I love this time of year.

this month including tickets to see 80s icon

Our beautiful region comes alive in winter

Howard Jones at The Apex in Bury St

with a host of magnificent pantomimes, carol

Edmunds, a festive Christmas CD from

concerts and festive events.

Norwich Cathedral and the chance to win a

Town & Country Printers

Our cover this month features the fantastic

meal for two at the lovely Black Lion Hotel in

Fisher Theatre as it celebrates its tenth


anniversary in 2016. Their panto The Wizard

As 2016 approaches we would love to hear


of Oz promises to be a real treat this

from you with your ideas for the magazine.

Tim Walken

Christmas as does their packed programme

Do you have an event or venue you would

Melvyn Veness

for next year.

love for us to promote? Is there anything

We were thrilled to catch up with Strictly's

missing that you'd like to see in the mag?

Brendan Cole for a coffee and a chat ahead

We appreciate any feedback so please get

of his spectacular show which comes to

in touch.

Norwich Theatre Royal in January.

All that's left for me to say is Merry Christmas

ARTSeast Magazine

For our local arts scene feature this month

and a Happy New Year from all of us at

is published by

we focused on the villages of Little


Walsingham and Great Walsingham in North

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Cover Story

Fisher Theatre: At the Heart of Bungay

Crazy Glue

Taming of the Shrew

This Christmas The Fisher Theatre, Bungay asks you to click

providing a broad programme of arts events, classes and

your heels, journey over the rainbow and ease on down the

workshops, a venue for weddings and conferences and even a

yellow brick road as Immersion Theatre present their magical

lovely bar area to relax in.

pantomime The Wizard of Oz. From December 19th to January 3rd, join Dorothy on her quest to the Emerald City as she and her loyal friends, the brainless but cheeky scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the headless (literally!), tap-dancing tin man, navigate through the magical land of Oz in search of the mighty and mysterious wizard. With the Wicked Witch of the West determined to stop them by any means necessary, will the spirit of friendship triumph over evil?

January sees a packed programme of events including live streamings of National Theatre Live - Jane Eyre and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Met Live - Les Pecheurs de Perles, The Bolshoi Live - Taming of the Shrew and The Met Opera live Turandot. There are also spectacular theatre productions of It's a Wonderful Life, Crazy Glue and An Evening with and Intimate Magic Show with Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. Live music, films and informative talks complete the line up for the month.

With lashings of audience participation, dazzling costumes and

January also sees the launch of a range of new classes

plenty of laughter, this hilarious re-telling promises to have you

including ballroom, latin american,

shouting, clapping and singing along to a host of well-known

tap, musical mayhem, yoga and


pilots. Â Now's the perfect time to

2016 heralds a special year for The Fisher Theatre as it celebrates the tenth anniversary of the building re-opening as a high-tech centre for all arts. The theatre receives no on-going funding with the running costs of the building, productions,

discover the magic of the Fisher Theatre. Box Office: tel: 01986 897130,

staffing and maintenance met solely from income generated by the theatre's activities. It's difficult to imagine life in the area

Cover image: Wizard of Oz

without the vibrant theatre. It's at the heart of the community Dec/Jan 2016 | 7

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Visual Arts News

Wildlife art at its best From December 10th ,The World Land Trust Art Gallery in Halesworth is holding its Christmas show focusing on Pauline Hall (1918-2007) and Jeremy James. Exhibiting widely in both the UK and Europe, Jeremy is best known for his portrayal of animals in stoneware clay. His recent

Affordable Art Fair Norwich

venture into printmaking, showcased in the 'Art in Print' exhibition first at the Lavenham Wildlife Art Gallery and then here with the

The Greenhouse Gallery in Norwich opens it's 3rd Affordable Art

WLT art gallery has revealed Jeremy as a talented and vibrant

Fair on Saturday December 12th showing work from 20 of

printmaker. Pauline studied physiology and zoology at

Norfolk's most celebrated painters and printmakers. Together

Birmingham University. In 1955 she moved to Cape Town, where

with the paintings, prints, gifts and fine art cards there's Xmas

the wildlife greatly inspired her imagination. She enrolled at the

cards from Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth and

Michaelis School of Art at Cape Town University, studying life

Survival. There's no better place in Norwich to visit for distinctive

drawing and printmaking. Since returning to the UK in 1960,

gifts, organic wines, Fair trade coffee and cake! Also from

Pauline has excelled at print making and, from her studio in

December 12th, artists and writers are invited to enter work for

Warwickshire, has produced outstanding images of African

next year's Norfolk & Norwich Festival exhibition. The title of the

wildlife, and later on her second love Siamese cats. The gallery is

Festival show will be 'Inundation'. For the Artists' brief and

open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm and has affordable art for all this

details of how to enter, visit the Greenhouse website.


Newfoundland: Sainsbury Centre, Norwich Newfoundland is an exhibition of work by contemporary jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith and artist Verdi Yahooda from December 5th 2015 to April 10th 2016 at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Each of the 70+ pieces are unique and have at their core Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Mediaeval metalwork, dropped or discarded hundreds of years ago. In 2011, Romilly became fascinated by the finds of metal detectorists who scour the countryside in search of lost treasure. She quickly recognised the inherent beauty of the buttons, pins, thimbles and metal buckles. A small belt buckle becomes a delicate ring; what had been a metal garment pin turns into an elegant brooch. Combined with tiny pearls, gold and diamonds the antique is embedded, fused, sewn and riveted to the new to create tiny fanciful landscapes. Apart from a ring in the Victoria and Albert Museum, this is the first time her jewellery will be seen in a major public museum in this country. As part of the Newfoundland exhibition, photographer Verdi Yahooda has made some exceptional photographic prints of the original metal finds. 8 |

Visual Arts

John Russell Gallery: Graham Giles

A new art gallery for Norwich From January 30th 2016 a new art gallery is From December 7th - January 23rd 2016 the John Russell Gallery

opening in Norwich at 60 St Giles Street to be called

in Ipswich is hosting an exhibition of recent drawings and paintings

The Gallery Norfolk. It will sell a wide range of art,

by Graham Giles. With his formal art education at the Chelsea

both of Norfolk and further afield by highly respected

School of Art in the 1960’s, Graham went on to exhibit in group and

artists in their field. The Gallery Norfolk will

solo shows in several London galleries, as well as in Lancashire and

compliment owner Polly Miller’s first gallery – also of

Wales, East Anglia and here in his home county of Suffolk. It was his

the same name but based in Cromer. It will sell high

move to the broad, open arable lands of East Anglia which

quality but affordable art and unusual handmade

introduced him to a new and different kind of landscape experience,

craft most of which is not currently available in

as too did working en plein air. In this exhibition of new work

Norfolk. The opening exhibition in Norwich will be

Graham explores his love of countryside around him, not only in the

with Norfolk-based artist Ruth Bunnewell, whose

colour of oil painting but in black only works.

work has been gaining a lot of attention at a

national level with art critics and magazines.

Study Fine Artworks at Ickworth Why not put the ‘ho, ho, ho’ back into your Christmas and step away from the hustle and bustle of the high street?  Come on a greenery gathering walk with the gardeners at Ickworth House and gather some traditional Christmas ivy, holly and mistletoe. If you’ve some time spare time in the week, come on a magic torch tour and get a close-up of some of Ickworth’s finest artworks by Titian, Vigée Le Brun or Kauffman. Take the children back in time and away from the digital age and make Christmas decorations and crafts in the West Wing Gallery (weekends 10.30am to 4pm) £2 per child or follow the Christmas trail in the mysterious stumpery. Dec/Jan 2016 | 9


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Artist Profile: Mik Richardson It's hard to imagine two careers as different as the RAF and art. But somehow mural and airbrush artist Mik Richardson has found success in both. 'I'd always loved art at school but I ended up joining the RAF as it seemed a more viable career path,' says Mik. Little did Mik know then that art would soon come to feature within his RAF career. 'My colleagues all knew I could draw so one day they asked me to create a picture to give as a gift to a nation that was hosting us,' says Mik. 'So I taught myself to airbrush and created a picture of a Phantom to give them.' From there, Mik was asked to design t-shirts for the servicemen and started designing nose art for the RAF's planes.

Since then, Mik's career has spiralled. His murals can now be seen in schools across the region, visitor centres, libraries, skate parks, building societies and even on the side of skips! In 2013 he was invited to take part in the GoGoGorillas project in Norwich and painted five of the gorillas themselves, including the controversial Freddie Mercury gorilla. This year Mik was responsible for three dragons on the hugely successful GoGoDragons trail in the city. In 2016, visitors to Ipswich will be able to see two of Mik's pigs on their pig trail including the pig that is launching the event called Tally Ho Trotters. In total, Mik's paintings have raised a staggering ÂŁ125,000 for charity.

In 2006 Mik's service career finally came to an end just as the gates of RAF Coltishall closed for good. On the hunt for aircraft engineering work, Mik received a call that would ultimately change his career path.

'I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to make a career out of doing something I love while at the same time raising money for fantastic causes,' says Mik.

'A friend who was head teacher of a Norfolk school called me up and asked whether I'd consider doing a mural in the school with the children,' says Mik. 'I went into the school and tutored the children and we all worked together on the project. It went so well they asked me to do seven more. As other heads heard about my work, they started calling me up too.'

Aside from his mural and sculpture work, Mik also hosts excellent graffiti birthday parties for children aged 7 and above. Children can produce a personalised graffiti style design on a t-shirt. 'The parties work fantastically,' says Mik. 'I don't use any solvents or hazardous materials so it's completely safe for the kids.'

To find out more go to

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Love Country

For those who love countryside living

Country Style Sarah Reilly is a Suffolk artist whose life changed a year ago when she painted a little hare experimenting with watercolour on calico.“Out of the paintbox” leaps with a vibrancy and

Artwork – Candles – Gifts

movement which she always wanted to capture. Since then,

Unique colourful artwork by Suffolk artist Sarah Reilly

characters. Having always dreamed of selling her work, she was overwhelmed by the positive response and has been trying to keep up ever since. She is illustrating childrens book

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her unique style has developed a host of charming

“A Fine Summers Night” by Kevin Price published Spring 2016. She also paints pet commissions. Find Sarah at events and in shops listed on her Facebook page and on

Now taking bookings for the ARTSeast Visual Arts 2016 Guide Artists, galleries, art shops, museums – make sure you are part of the new guide covering Norfolk & Suffolk

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Emerging Talent

At just 14 years old, Ophelia Yannaghas is the creator of Foofster Designs. Ophelia has always loved art and has excelled in the subject since primary school. She is currently

interest in my work and say they would like to stock my cards

studying GCSE Art after winning the Art Scholarship at Culford

next spring. This half term we showed my cards to The Medici

School, Bury St Edmunds.

Gallery in London who are keen to stock them in the new year

How did Foofster Designs come about?

and since then we have been approached by a London agent who is keen to sell them on my behalf. She supplies all the

I guess I was just experimenting to start with. My granny had an

major stores like Fortnum & Masons and Selfridges!

iPad which was quite a new thing back then. I found an app on it called ‘Paper’ and took to it very easily. I started off doing little sketches and then created a glamorous character called

What else does Foofster Designs offer? I am quite frequently asked to do commissions these days.

Virginia Delrimple, an ex cat-walk model, and made a series of

Somebody wanted a picture of a golfing judge drawn for their

friends for her. I gave all my characters a shifty-eyes look

friends 70th birthday. Since then I have been asked to draw a

which I borrowed off a friend of my mother’s called Anita. Since

picture of a Border Terrier complete with a trooper, a bottle of

then, the company has grown massively – more than I could

Tia Maria and a poppy; as those are the names of all the dogs

ever imagine. Back in the early days Foofster Designs were silly

in the household! A shop-keeper in my home-town of Hadleigh

little iPad doodles, now they are on greetings cards and, from

asked me to decorate their window with a huge sheep design

time to time, on café walls and in exhibitions. My clever brother,

and recently I raised money for a local charity, The Porch

Henry has designed my website,,

Project, by selling notepads with my designs on them.

which makes the company seem very important indeed!

Where can you find Foofster Designs locally?

Do you enjoy using more traditional art mediums too? Yes – I enjoy all types of art – from charcoal to watercolour.

My greetings cards are on sale in over 30 shops in Suffolk and

For my Art Scholarship I’d say 95% of my portfolio contained

a couple in Essex. All the outlets are marked on my website. I

drawings by traditional mediums. Sadly, I don’t do enough of

would like to expand into Norfolk. The outlet I am probably most

that these days as I’m usually occupied with my iPad. I guess I

proud to be represented in is The Gainsborough House in

took to using it because it was so quick and easy and mess-free.

Sudbury or The Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley. The Ipswich

David Hockney uses a similar app to mine. My designs can be

Museum (Christchurch Mansion) have now expressed an

deceiving as people think they are done by traditional mediums. Dec/Jan 2016 | 13

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Publishing is our business

Showcasing contemporary art inspired by a love of the British countryside

The Jessica Muir Gallery Hall Street, Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9JR Tel: 01787 310400 Email:

We can publish your theatre programme or local publication free of charge. To find out more contact – Falcon Publications DBH 21 Diss Business Park, Diss IP22 4GT Tel: 01379 773347

Mile Hill Gallery

Home of contemporary landscape paintings in oil & watercolour by local artist Terry Jeffrey

Mile Hill Barn

North Green Kelsale Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 2RG

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm Private appointments can be made – call 01728 668631 or email 14 |

Commissions are a speciality - creating you a unique painting of landscape, marine or architectural subjects.

Directions: Stay on A12 until one mile south of Yoxford. The gallery is just off the A12 towards North Green.

Parking available

An Arts & Crafts Paradise In the heart of Sheringham is an art gallery that is fast becoming a one-stop shop for art lovers and artists alike.

commissions and can be contacted via the gallery.

Driftwood Gallery opened in August 2015 and is the brainchild

Driftwood Gallery also offers a framing service in a range of

of Nicki Lock and photographer Paul Thetford. It showcases a

natural woods to complement the natural style of many of its

range of bespoke arts and crafts including jewellery,

photography and artworks. They will also scan negatives and

photography, ceramics, woodturning and hand-blown painted

slides to disc and they offer camera sensor cleaning.

and engraved glass. It also stocks a comprehensive range of high-end arts and crafts supplies across all mediums including lino cutting, painting, screen printing, canvasses, calligraphy

Nicki is also starting a series of taster classes in January in a range of mediums including screen printing, jewellery making and bisque painting. The classes are at Sheringham Village Hall

inks, glass engraving and much more.

and are open to all. There will also be a monthly afternoon

'We are one of the only suppliers of Permajet fine art and

sketch club with artists Mike Bignold and Maggie Simmons. The

photographic papers in Norfolk and go out of our way to find

gallery's new website will be up and running soon, offering the

something even if we don't keep it in stock,' says Nicki.

chance to buy supplies online. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for further details.

The gallery serves as a showcase for the work of photographer Paul Thetford whose beautiful landscape and seascape

In the meantime, it's the perfect place to find a unique present

photography depicts Norfolk in all its glory. Paul is available for

for a loved one or a treat for your home.

• Framing • Mounting • Printing • Scan to Disc • Photo restoration • Canvases • Sensor cleaning • Art & Craft supplies

Driftwood Gallery 9-11 CHURCH STREET SHERINGHAM Norfolk Tel: 01263 826922 Visit our Facebook pages: Dec/Jan 2016 | 15

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glitters and glue. They stock cake boxes and boards plus beautiful bakeware, cake stands and gifts. Alongside the weekly Cookie Club Sessions Anna also runs sessional holiday events with the next one being their Christmas Cookie Club on December 21st and 22nd (booking essential). A cake tin hire service is the newest string to



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Books & Crafts

Waveney Reflections This beautiful book, published by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective, paints a portrait of the River Waveney from Brockdish to Bungay. It is a celebration of the work of 25 artists who live near the river, each one nourished by its gentle flowing water to produce something unique. The River Waveney Trust, which cares for the water and habitats along the valley, holds an annual art trail to showcase the work of these amazing artists. Chris

The book itself comprises two pages on each artist containing biographical info and well-produced images of their work. There are a range of genres covered including printmaking, textiles, painting, batik art, drawing and photography. It's a delightful, well-produced book that shows the stunning Waveney in all its glory. The book is priced £12. Copies are available to buy at a number of outlets including Diss Publishing, Jarrolds of Norwich, Robinson's Stationers in Harleston, Mouse Design in Bungay, The Sainsbury Centre shop in Norwich and Beccles Independent Bookshop.

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“Book lovers never go to bed alone”

With a warm welcome and friendly approachable staff, Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham is a haven for readers from all over Norfolk. With an extensive range of both new and secondhand books, they also provide a dedicated book search facility and speedy delivery. As a completely independent bookshop, Ceres is one of a dying breed and is a real treasure in the heart of this pretty market town. Alongside the books, the shop also houses a tea room. Customers are welcome to take a book from the shelf while enjoying a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake. The recipe for one of these cakes is even in the popular cookery book 'In Norfolk Everything Stops For Tea,' which was produced to raise funds for Marie Curie. More than a shop, Ceres is a meeting place for people - cosy and peaceful in winter and the flower filled garden is the ideal spot in summer for a cream tea. It also serves as the box office for local events such as the Swaffham Arts and the Rotary Visual Arts Festival. If you love books, you'll love Ceres - and if you don't, it's still the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea.

Just how a real bookshop should be. • NEW BOOKS All of the latest releases and best sellers. National book tokens available • Large stock of OS maps • SECOND HAND BOOKS Over 6000 books in stock and out of print books can be sourced to order • TEA ROOM Come for the books and stay for homemade cakes!

OPEN: Mon 9am-4pm, Tue-Sat 9am-5pm & Tearoom 10am-4pm

20 London Street, Swaffham | Tel: 01760 722504 | Dec/Jan 2016 | 17

eatre & Film

Theatre & Film News A Christmas Show with a Difference Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company present their Christmas Show 'The Blacksmith Who Chased the Moon' at The New Cut in Halesworth from December

Russian folk tale 'The Night

Bury Theatre Workshop: Duchess of Malfi

Before Christmas' by Nikolai

From January 26th-30th Bury Theatre Workshop presents

28th-30th. Anthony Cule's play is based on the beloved

Gogol. This romantic farce

The Duchess of Malfi at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

with elements of magic and suspense thrown in, is designed to

The beautiful widowed Duchess falls in love with, and secretly

appeal to all ages. The Devil steals the moon and plunges the town

marries, her butler. When her two rather psychotic brothers

of Halesworth into chaos, only the Blacksmith can save it - but

find out they are appalled. So they subject the poor woman to

rescuing the moon from The Devil isn't as easy as it sounds... A

a variety of macabre torments eventually resulting in her

festive comedy about facing your demons. Literally! Written and

death, along with the rest of the cast, in true Jacobean

adapted by Anthony Cule (The Bricks of Burston) and brought to life

tragedy style! The complex characters and poetic language of

by a talented cast of seven actors this fabulous production will

John Webster’s sinister masterpiece are brought into the 21st

delight and entertain the whole family this Christmas.

Century in this stylish production.

West End Classic in Cambridge After nine years in the West End and sold-out runs worldwide, the Olivier Award winning smash hit comedy The 39 Steps comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre on a 10th anniversary tour from January 25th to 30th. Based on John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film adaptation, The 39 Steps tells the story of a dangerous cat-and-mouse chase from London to the Scottish Highlands. This inventive comedy thriller features four actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes. Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. 18 |

Cirque de Glace Norwich Theatre Royal, January 18th-23rd

talent, presenting dazzling ice dance from the internationally

Taking audiences back to the dawn of time and the creation

renowned professional Russian Ice Stars infused with the

of the world, the Russian Ice Stars are set to thrill when

world of Cirque, made famous by Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque de Glace arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Preparations for the show in each venue are complex. Working

As the festive panto dame’s frocks are packed away for

against the clock, technicians lay two industrial pool liners on

another year, this dazzling ice dance show will sweep onto the

the stage and put chiller units in place to freeze four tons of

stage with sparkle aplenty to start off the theatre’s New Year

ice and a continuous spraying of water down to minus-15

programme with a breath-taking and magical experience. The

degrees C, producing a rink surface 7-8cms thick – a process

show combines ice and fire with music, colour, incredible

taking 14-18 hours to complete. The innovative process

costumes, jaw-dropping acrobatics and awesome skating N

enables audiences to experience a show beyond imagination.

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Snow White

Tues 1 – Sat 5 Dec AN INSPECTOR CALLS Multi-award-winning production of classic thriller £7 - £24 Sun 6 Dec RAF IN CONCERT RAF bands mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain £8 - £25 Tues 15 Dec 2015 – Sun 17 Jan 2016 SNOW WHITE Jennifer Ellison stars in traditional family pantomime £7 - £21.50

Mon 11 Jan BEYOND THE BARRICADE Songs from great musicals £7 - £21 Tues 19 – Sat 23 Jan CIRQUE DE GLACE Ice dance meets amazing circus skills £8 - £32.50 Mon 25 – Sat 30 Jan SUNSET BOULEVARD Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society with amateur production of Lloyd Webber musical £7 - £21.50 Sun 31 Jan BRENDAN COLE Strictly star with music and dance show £8 - £36.50

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Christmas with a difference! Eastern Angles theatre company are back at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich and the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge with Holy Mackerel, another off-the-wall Christmas production taking its unlikely inspiration from the Newlyn fish riots. Artistic Director Ivan Cutting explains; 'It may sound like an unusual theme for a comedy Christmas show but we have a long tradition of taking historical events and looking at them from a surreal, sideways angle – the result is something akin to the popular ‘Horrible Histories’ books – an anarchic and hopefully very funny version of events with added music and jokes. This year we are working in collaboration with Shanty Theatre company who will give the production a unique Cornish twist. It reminds me of one of those fantastic old Ealing Comedies or Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors – a bit slapstick and full of farce…and a lot of fun!' This ‘wacky alternative to the traditional Christmas panto' includes quick-fire banter, catchy tunes and hysterical comedy performances.

Time for a Diss-Guise Calling all actors, partygoers or anyone else who loves dressing up! A new fancy dress shop has opened in the market town of Diss, offering costumes both for hire or for sale. 'We have a wide range of adult costumes in stock including film characters, period costumes, Christmas costumes, evening dresses and ballgowns, outfits from around the world and clothing from every decade since from the 1920s to the 1990s,' says owner Adam. 'Alongside this we have many accessories including hats and shoes.' Hire prices start from just £10 to £30. There are also a wide range of costumes for sale and Adam is planning to expand into children's costumes very soon. 'People are very welcome to pop in or give me a call if they're looking for something in particular,' says Adam. 'I'll do my best to help them and will get things in if I don't have them already. I'm already working with a local drama group to help provide costumes for their next show.' Diss-Guise is open from 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon, Fri and Sat), 9.30am-5.30pm (Tues, Thurs) and 9.30am-12.30pm on Weds.For more info or to check stock find Diss-Guise on Facebook or call 01379 643111

Fancy Dress and Costumes to buy or hire, for affordable prices! *Cosplay commissions taken*

Tel: 01379 643111 Mob: 07988588728 7 Wills Yard, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4AP 20 |

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Fantastic Winter Programme at The Marina Brace yourselves for a fantastic line up of theatre, music,

The Marina's promise to deliver a wide variety of cultural music

comedy & film at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. On December

and theatre events from world-renowned venues continues into

12th The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform A

the New Year with National Theatre Live presenting Jane Eyre on

Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala which promises to be a

January 6th and a screening of the first of the Branagh Theatre

magical evening. Then it’s time for their fantastic pantomime

Live series The Winter’s Tale starring Dame Judi Dench on

SLEEPING BEAUTY starring three british television favourites,

January 7th. On January 26th they are showing a pair of

Rustie Lee, John Lyons & Asa Elliot. Running from December

contrasting ballets by the founding choreographer of the Royal

15th to January 2nd, it's an unmissable festive treat for the

Ballet, Frederick Ashton. ‘Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons’ are some

whole family.

of his finest, best-known works.

The theatre's film season starts in style in January with a range

The Marina wants to become your number one choice for the

of great films including Tom Hanks' blockbuster hit Bridge of

very best in drama, musicals, dance, children's shows and

Spies, A Walk in the Woods, Everest, The Walk, Crimson Peak, The

pantomime on the East Coast moving into 2016 and beyond

Martian, The Dressmaker and The Lady in the Van. There's loads

and can’t wait to see you all soon.

of great kids' films on offer too as part of the Family Flicks series including Finding Nemo, Pan and Toy Story 3. Call 01502 533200

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Coffee & aChat Fresh from Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole is heading our way with a music and dance extravaganza.

Coffee & a Chat

Strictly fans were disappointed when professional dancer

lovely,' says Brendan. 'Even after 13 series, it’s still odd to

Brendan Cole and his Sky Sports presenter dance partner Kirsty

spend all that time with someone and then it just finishes. Just

Gallacher were eliminated from the hit BBC TV show in week six.

after the show was over for us she got a dog from Battersea

But now Brendan is back with his third touring show, A Night to Remember with two performances on Sunday January 31st at Norwich Theatre Royal. But what can audiences expect from the show? 'Pretty much everything,' laughs Brendan. 'It’s a full on evening of entertainment with dance at it’s heart from eight world class dancers, live music from my onstage 14 piece band and lots of chat throughout. One can expect all of the dances you would see on Strictly and a whole lot more but with a lovely intimate theatre feel. My aim when creating it was to give people a truly

Dogs and Cats home. I’m pretty sure she was partly replacing me lol!' Born in New Zealand, Brendan has danced since he was a boy. 'My mother loves music and dancing and she wanted me to do it,' he says. 'I played all sports and dancing was just something I did alongside them. I wouldn’t say I had a passion for it as a youngster as I preferred playing sports, but I had a talent for it and unlike some sports that ended at the end of a season, dancing never stopped. My passion for it came later in life.' So how did Brendan end up in the UK? 'I wanted to be the best and this was the place to come to be that,' says Brendan. 'A one way ticket and £1000 was my starting point and the rest is history. It’s weird to think of leaving everyone and everything in NZ at the age of 18 but I knew if I was to succeed I had to sacrifice a few things.

exciting evening that chops and changes throughout, has live

And succeed he certainly has. With three touring shows and 13

music and Ballroom and Latin dance at its heart and a little

series of Strictly under his belt, Brendan is not finished there.

something for everyone, male, female, young or old.' With a wife and toddler at home, touring must be hard. 'It’s extremely hard to be away from family but it is without doubt the best thing I have ever done creatively,' says Brendan. 'I’m extremely proud of my current and previous shows and the reaction they get and I love being on the road with my gang. There's 22 of us travelling around the UK and Ireland having an incredible time in front of people who are excited to see you do what we do…I love it!' Alongside, his touring shows Brendan is a regular on Strictly Come Dancing having appeared in all 13 series of the show. 'This year Kirsty and I had a great time together, she was

'I'm going to have some quality family time then I'll be creating a new show after touring A Night to Remember for two years,' says Brendan. 'With Strictly taking over five months of the year, then touring for three months, that only leave a few months to focus on other TV shoes, my corporate work, creating a new show for 2017 and being a proper daddy and husband. I might need a few more hours in the days!' Catch Brendan in A Night to Remember at Norwich Theatre Royal on January 31st at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets or 01603 630000

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Music News A True Country Experience As part her UK tour, Nashville-based, Torontobred singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega is coming to Cambridge Junction 2 on January 18th and Norwich Arts Centre on Photo: Julie Moe

January 19th. Lindi is

hardly a typical country artist. Her music draws from a deeper well than many of her contemporaries, pulling in elements of southern soul, western swing, jazz and blues to mingle with her outlaw

Daughter comes to Cambridge Indie folk giants Daughter are playing the Cambridge Corn

country leanings. Decidedly not of her time — new album Faded

Exchange on January 15th. Following on from their much-lauded

Gloryville feels more in tune with the sonic trends of the mid-

2013 debut album If you Leave, the London-based trio's new full-

1970s than the mid 2010s. Her finest work yet. Her voice has

length release Not To Disappear promises to be just as magical.

been described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash's and

Recorded in New York, the album oozes with depth and resonance.

Emmylou Harris'. /

This is a gig not-to-be missed.

Young Musicians' Concert The Two Hundred & Sixty-seventh and final event -- a Young Musicians' Concert promoted by the Norfolk Youth Music Trust takes place on Sunday January 31st 2016 in the United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich at 2.30 p.m. The line-up includes Charlie Caine (Piano); Tom Isaac ('cello); Finlay McEwen (Saxophone); Ragnhild Rivertz (Violin); Megan Storer (Flute); and Jonathan Wortley (Piano). The programme features music of Wagner transcriptions and by Lionel Bart, as well as a wide range of other works. All the young musicians have been awarded grants by the

Ragnhild Rivertz

Norfolk Youth Music Trust, or have been winners of the Norfolk Young Musician Competition administered by the Michael Badminton Young Musician Trust. The Admission Price is £10.00 (Under 18s, £5.00) inclusive of Printed Programme, Entertainment and Interval Refreshments. Admission may be booked in advance from The Secretary, Norfolk Youth Music Trust, 4 Church Close, Buxton, NORWICH NR10 5ER. (Cheques payable to the trust, or Cash only.

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Eighties Icon comes to Bury Howard Jones, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - February 21st, 7.30pm An intimate evening of songs and stories with Howard Jones. In these rare acoustic shows Howard gives the audience an insight into his 30 year music career as he reveals the inspiration behind hits such as ‘New Song’, ‘What is Love?’ and 'Like To Know You Well’. It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. Along with ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.


Howard Jones solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard's 30 year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favourite instrument; the piano. Howard shares behind the scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare acoustic shows.

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Apex, Bury to offer one lucky reader two tickets to see

Howard is supported by Elise Yule, an artist supported by his Dtox Record label. Elise is a Devon based singer songwriter

Howard Jones on Feb 21st. To be in with a chance of winning, just email

who is fast becoming a recognised name within the world of

your name, address and telephone number to

contemporary folk music. Elise, following successful shows in

2015 at Glastonbury festival will be performing songs from her debut album due for release in 2016.

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Joglaresa: Sing We Yule! December 18th, 7.30-9.30pm Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge Ring in Christmas in style with Joglaresa and chase out the chill

Ebbas Brudpolska (instrumental) Ola Bäckström, b. 1959 In dulci jubilo Piae Cantiones, C16th Scandinavia Ave donna santissima Laudario di Cortona, Italy C13th

from the Celtic fringes of Europe with traditional carols, lullabies,

Orientis partibus C13th France

dance tunes and wassails from Ireland, Scotland, England and

INTERVAL (20 mins) - refreshments available

Wales. Comprising outstanding international performers from

The Boar’s Head (instrumental realisation) C16th England

classical, world, folk and jazz, Joglaresa has a sound that is at

Personent hodie Piae Cantiones, C16th Scandinavia

once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Celtic

Puer nobis nascitur (instrumental realisation) Piae Cantiones, C16th Scandinavia

musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert

Gabryell that angell bryght C15th England

and intimate.

The Boar’s Head C16th England


The Gower Wassail Traditional wassail from The Gower Peninsular

On Christmas Night Traditional, England

Sola fusti senlleira Cantiga de Santa Maria, C13th Spain

Cuncti simus concanentes Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Spain C14th

Li lai de la pastourelle (instrumental realisation) C13th France

Now Bring Us in Good Ale C15th England

Beata divites Anonymous medieval parody of theBeatitudes

As I in Hoary Winter’s Night Robert Southwell (1561 - 1595)

Veritas Roman de Fauvel, France C14th

Wel dyma'r bore i gyd Traditional, Wales

Down in yon Forest C16th England, Traditional Appalachian

Nova stella apparita Laudario di Firenze, Italy C14th

Magno gaudens gaudio C13th England

Angelus emittitur Piae Cantiones, C16th Scandinavia

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Home-grown Jazz Talent At just 22 years old, it seems Suffolk jazz singer Olivia Castle is on the cusp of big things. Her beautiful debut album Siren Song was recorded in just one day with Laurie Holloway MBE on piano. As musical director for the Parkinson Show and Strictly Come Dancing, Laurie has described Olivia as '…the best vocalist I've played for, for a long time. She is a wonderful singer. A class act.' Suffolk born and bred, Olivia has lived and studied in the county her whole life. 'I loved singing from a very early age and had singing lessons at school,' says Olivia. Olivia was runner-up in the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year final, held at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2008, performing to a panel of judges which included Carrie Grant and Hayley Westenra, and an audience of 1500 in addition to the radio listeners. During this period Olivia also featured as a guest on two BBC Radio Suffolk shows. As part of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain she was privileged to perform at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with greats like Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel for two consecutive years, in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 she was also awarded the Diploma in Musical Theatre (dipGSA) from the Guildford School of Acting and completed her Grade 8 Singing, achieving a high distinction.

Over the past few years she has been fortunate to perform with the legendary Laurie Holloway and his trio, and the Malcolm Edmonstone trio through the Montgomery Holloway Trust, a summer school which trains up-and-coming young Jazz musicians. She also performs regularly with the celebrated composer Denis King, whom Olivia met whilst performing as Dorothy in a production of ‘Wizard of Oz’, where Denis was the musical director. This production was particularly special to her and it is for this reason that the Judy Garland classic ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ features on the album. To find out more about Olivia, or to hear samples of her album Siren Song, go to Dec/Jan 2016 | 27

Arts Council

Not Only Participants, but Artists Jack Tric


Tom Chamberlain, Sam Rhodes, Gemma Raw and Jack Tricker

Photo: Aa ron Weigh


Photo: Richard Davenport

By Rob Salmon, Associate Director, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Children & Young People are at the heart of every successful arts organisation in the country, and as an industry we’re

political context that seems to be reducing the status of the arts to that of a pastime, moreover a context that perpetuates the false notion that there’s no stability or opportunity in the sector despite its consistent growth and economic output.

very good at saying how important they are, how much we

Since the launch of our Creative Learning provision in 2008

value their ideas and just how much we need to invest in

it has been our aim to capitalise on that achievement and

them, because after all they are the future. It makes sense to

through a series of different approaches, to transform the

think that way and repeat those statements, but that

status of children and young people from participant to artist.

assumption fundamentally misses a trick – they’re not just

8 years of activity later we can’t imagine working any other

the audiences and artists of the future, they’re the audience

way. We’re lucky in that the more talented and determined

and artists of the present, if you really want them to be. We’re not a youth focussed organisation, engagement with under 26’s isn’t our primary purpose, but children and young people do make up 20% of our audiences and take up the majority of our 25,000 annual participatory opportunities. Having tens of thousands of children and young people engaging in expressive and creative activity is a major achievement in itself, particularly in an educational and 28 |

participants gravitate towards us as the major provider in our area, but that doesn’t mean we’re only interested in taking the brightest and the boldest – what we really want is a dynamic mix of thinkers, listeners, doers and activists that we can unite around the shared purpose of making great theatre that stretches them as the makers of that work and challenges the expectations of our audiences. The rhetoric is undeniable, but what does all of this mean in reality?

Arts Council

Party Piece Daniel Harris

We have given children and young people opportunity,

people. We’ve made all of our touring work for schools in

visibility and purchase. So the programme is structured

collaboration with participants. We been multi award

around their increasingly busy lives, their needs and

nominated for work presented at the Edinburgh Fringe

aspirations. We present their ideas to more than Mum and

Festival. The scripts we’ve devised and developed are being

Dad, and showcase their work beyond their own back yard.

published. There’s a legacy of young people who have then

We’ve taken their entire contribution seriously and we talk

gone on to appear on the biggest stages, who are touring the

about their artistry in the same breath as our conversations

world with work they have made, and inspiring more young

about all of the artists we engage with.

people to do the same. We’ve turned our participants into

Over those years we’ve gone from performing every production the usual three or four times to two week runs of

artists and seen the benefit in everything we do - it’s not the future it’s the present and it’s genuinely exciting every day.

ten or twelve, and from an audience of family and friends to

For more information on how you can become involved as a

selling hundreds of tickets before we’ve even cast the show to

Young Theatre Maker at the New Wolsey Theatre go to our

people who want to see what we’re doing and trust in the

website at and register

standard of experience they’ll get. We’ve increased the

your place online to take part in our weekend of audition

confidence and capability of 100’s of young people who have

workshops for 2016 groups (Friday 8 to Sunday 10 January).

gone on to train at the best drama schools and universities.

You can also join our free short courses for Young Directors,

We’ve toured to some of the biggest UK theatres with work

Young Technicians or Young Communicators by emailing our

made by young theatre makers for audiences of young

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It’s our

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Blackthorpe Barn Shop


30 Oct-27 Nov, 10am-5pm 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Nov, 28 Nov-22 Dec, 5-6, 12-13 Dec 9am-5.30pm 10am-5pm, £2, £1, Kids free


Trees plus natural decorations 28 Nov-22 Dec 9am-5.30pm

Kids’ Festival Workshops

21 Nov-22 Dec, 11am-4pm Tickets available online only

19-20 Dec includes magic show(book online), storytelling and workshops

Book your place on our wreath/garland/ mobile workshops

Cafe 30 Oct-22 Dec 10am-4pm, 10am-5pm at Crafts weekends J45 A14. Rougham, 3 miles from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ


Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK

The Snow Maiden Swan Lake Giselle Sleeping Beauty Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia Accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet

18 - 20 February THEATRE ROYAL - NORWICH 01603 63 00 00 I

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Christmas at Norwich Cathedral This festive season, Norwich Cathedral has a wealth of services, alongside its spectacular programme of music. The Christingle Service on December 12th at 3.30pm is perfect for the whole family and promises plenty of oranges and candles!

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On December 20th, you can enjoy a traditional service of lessons and carols celebrating the Christmas story at 6pm.

Christmas Eve Services • Holy Communion, 8.00am • Crib Service, 12.00pm Bring the children along for lots of fun as the Nativity story is brought to life. This is an informal service suitable for children of all ages. Children are invited to come dressed as a character from the story of the Nativity.

• Christmas Procession with Carols, 3.30pm Enjoy a traditional service of lessons and carols celebrating the Christmas story.

• Evening Prayer, 5.30pm

Christmas Day Services Friday 25 December • Holy Communion, 8.00am • Family Eucharist of Christmas Day, 10.30am All are invited to join us as we celebrate together the birth of Jesus Christ.

• Festal Evensong, Procession & Carols, 3.30pm Celebrate Christmas day with thanks and praise for the greatest Christmas present of all – God’s gift of his Son.

Epiphany Procession Sunday 10 January, 3.30pm

• Midnight Eucharist of Christmas, 11.15pm Join the Bishop of Norwich and discover the real meaning of Christmas. Please arrive early.

In readiness for the festive season, Norwich Cathedral Choir has released its latest recording entitled 'Christmas at Norwich' including the best-loved Christmas carols and a selection of beautiful festive choral music. Featuring a number of items by composers with a special connection to the city of Norwich and Norwich Cathedral, the CD is available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, priced £10. Music by Richard Allain (Director of Music, Norwich School), Michael Nicholas (Organist and Master of Music 19711994) and Philip Ledger (Professor of Music at UEA 196573), are complimented by pieces by Cathedral organist, David Dunnett, and current Master of Music, Ashley Grote. For mail order details please email or call 01603 218323

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WIN A CD ARTSeast has teamed up with Norwich Cathedral to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Christmas at Norwich. To enter, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: January 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply

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What’s On

What’s On –

Dec - Jan 24th 2016 – Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. Includes the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists e.g Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Damien

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up in our region. If you’d


like an event, show, exhibition, performing arts class, festival, talk or anything else arts-related included in our listings section,


please get in touch. Each listing costs just £15 (no VAT) and you can pay by cheque to Falcon Publications or by PayPal to

December 21st – A Christmas Carol. Live theatre from The If you’d prefer to pay by BACS online, call

Three Half Pints. An original slapstick re-imagining of your

01379 773347 for account details. To submit a listing, email

favourite Christmas classic by the Three Half Pints, but most

details to We need details 8 weeks before

certainly not as you know it. Metfield Village Hall. Tickets:

the date of the event to guarantee inclusion.

01379 586849


Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. A 3 course dinner,

January 2nd – Fawlty Towers - Dinner & Comedy Cabaret.

December 19th – Bungay Choral Christmas Concert. A

competitions, performed scenes and audience participation all make for a fantastic night.

traditional mixture of choral, carols and audience participation. St Mary's Church, Bungay, 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

January 7th - 9th – Jack and the Beanstalk. Family

pantomime from award-winning Pulham Players. Pulham Market Memorial Hall Tickets £8 / £9. To book call 01379

December 24th – Candlelit carol service at St Andrew's

676769 or email

Church, Weybread. Candlelit Service of traditional carols and readings. Followed by mulled wine / soft drink, mincepies and


shortbread. A warm welcome to the start of Christmas. 6.30pm December 12th - 13th & 19th - 20th – Kentwell's Magical December 31st – A Night at The Musicals. After the success of

Christmas. Decorate a snowman, write to Father Christmas,

last year’s celebrations at the Maddermarket Theatre, ring in the

hang a wish on the wishing tree, picture yourself in the

New Year with Sound Ideas NYE - a troupe of Norfolk’s most

Victorian Style Sleigh, visit Father Christmas in his ancient Oak-

talented performers. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich.

Framed Christmas Cottage. After dark, join the lantern lit

procession to sing Christmas Carols around the Christmas Tree in the Stableyard. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.


December 21st - 22nd – Children's Christmas Craft Time.

December 19th - 20th – Blickling Estate Christmas Family Fun

Traditional activities and craft to keep your little elves busy. Drop

Weekend. As well as a beautifully decorated house and

off your children or grandchildren for a couple of hours whilst

garden, there'll be puppet shows and donkey rides.

you pop into town. £5 per child, drink and snack included.

Wymondham Abbey, December 12th - 13th & 19th - 20th – Oxburgh Hall December 22nd - 23rd – Ickworth House Crafts for

Christmas. Experience the atmosphere of the House as it

Children.Enjoy christmas crafts in the comfort of our gallery

would have been dressed for the festivities 100 years ago.

whilst enjoying hot chocolate and cake. Booking Not Needed.

Father Christmas is also here and the ticket price is £5 per



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Local Arts Scene: Walsingham

Wonderful Walsingham The villages of Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham are

Neighbouring Great

tucked away in rural North Norfolk a few miles from the

Walsingham is home to

beautiful coastline.

Great Walsingham

World-renowned as a Pilgrimage Site, Little Walsingham is steeped in history. The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors each year and is both a fascinating and restful place to visit.

Barns. Converted from traditional farm buildings, the complex is now a well-known centre for arts and crafts. The Great Walsingham Gallery holds exhibitions of both local and regional art and offers an excellent framing service. Next door is the studio of renowned artist Sarah Caswell who paints

The grounds of the privately-owned Walsingham Abbey are open

magnificent flower portraits. There is also a lovely cafe on site

to the public and contain the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of

providing tasty treats all day, Walsingham Country Interiors who

the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although little

offer beautiful objects for your home, Murray Carpets who

remains, the striking East Window gives some indication of the

specialise in Afghan and Persions rugs, runners and carpets

size and importance of the monastery. The village is also home

and Circus Design selling many unique and original items.

to the Shirehall Museum and Prison with comprehensive displays on local life. Lovers of antiques will find much to enjoy in Walsingham and there are many lovely places for afternoon tea.

For both art and history lovers, the villages of Walsingham make for the perfect day out.

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Local Arts Scene: Walsingham

The Home of Art in Walsingham Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing offer high quality bespoke picture framing and hold exhibitions of local and regional art

New to the Gallery for this exhibition is Walsingham-based artist

and applied arts. In July 2014 Heather Green, a long standing

Candide Turner Bridger whose new mixed media collages are

member of staff, took over the business, that has been situated

made with Walsingham earth pigment and egg tempura. The

at Great Walsingham Barns since 1992. Heather has expanded

exhibition continues until the end of January and full details can

the range offered by

be found on the website. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday

the busy framing

10am - 4.30pm

workshop whose

skills are recognised by The Fine Art Trade Guild's commended framer scheme. Working in collaboration with artists is a particular joy for Heather. 'It is always a delight to make the right frame choices for people's

Jane Bygrave

work to enhance the art and show it at its best,' says Heather. Her neighbour at the barns, Sarah Caswell, is a regular framing client and together they come up with some stunning combinations when framing reproductions of Sarah's floral

Sarah Bays

paintings. The Gallery is currently showing 'Rekindle', an exhibition that brings together a collection of paintings, original prints, photography, ceramics and applied arts by many artists and makers including; paintings and etchings by Marilyn Jeffries, drypoints by Sarah Bays and other new work by regional artists and gallery favourites.

Candide Turner Bridger

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Our Lady of Walsingham In the heart of rural North Norfolk, Little Walsingham is a quiet and picturesque medieval village.

Pilgrimage takes place each year on the Spring Bank Holiday.

Despite its size, hundreds of thousands of people make the

This fantastic outdoor event includes the procession of Our

journey to the village every year as a pilgrimage to visit the

Lady from the ruined priory grounds through the village to the

Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham


The Shrine Church is situated in beautiful grounds close to the

Sprinkling of water from the Holy Well has always played an

centre of the village. Built in the 20th century, the Shrine

important part in the worship at Walsingham. We are told that

Church is where the Holy House is located - a replica of the

the original sign to the Lady Richeldis as to the exact position

home in Nazareth of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Within the holy

she was to build the Holy House was the springing up of water

house is the image of Our Lady of Walsingham, carved in 1922

from the ground. As the foundations of the Shrine Church was

and copied from the seal of the original medieval priory which

being dug in 1931, workmen discovered an old disused well.

was suppressed in 1538.

Repaired, the well has for more than 75 years gushed out water

The Holy House stems from a vision had by a Saxon noblewoman called Richeldis de Faverches. In 1061 she was taken by Mary to be shown the house in Nazareth where Gabriel had announced the news of the birth of Jesus. Mary asked Richeldis to build an exact replica of that house in Walsingham. Today, the Anglican Shrine complex welcomes over 10,000 residential pilgrims every year with a further 300,000 visitors

of beautiful quality. Sprinkling is a healing service. After listening to a short address and prayers, the pilgrims make their way to the well where they receive a sip of the water, are signed with cross on their foreheads and then have water poured through their hands. Many schools come to the Shrine to make use of their excellent educational facilities and there are events held regularly for children. The complex also houses an excellent Shrine shop.

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Local Arts Scene: Walsingham

Spotlight on.... Sarah Caswell Q. Please explain your background and the type of work that you do?

Q. What inspires you? The feeling of joy I get from the immense beauty of individual

My current work is predominantly up-scale sunny and vibrant

flowers & plants. I have been known to stalk Magnolia trees for

flower portraits in acrylic on canvas. My aim is to

years until the blooms are perfect! I am a member of the

communicate the passionate, joyous whuummmph! you feel

Society of Botanical Artists but I try very hard to remain true to

in the face of beauty. I studied silversmithing (large sculptural

the way I see things rather than being inspired by other floral

pieces) at Sir John Cass, London and I feel my interest in three


dimensional forms now informs my painting; of real things, that really lived, in sunlight, in the real world…

Q. Please tell us about the piece that you are most proud of? In 2014 I was commissioned to paint the only figurative painting on the newest P&O Cruises superliner Britannia which was named by HRH Queen Elizabeth in April this year. ‘Clouds & Waves’ depicted tumbling and curling green and white parrot tulips on linen. Seven metres long it is sited behind the reception desk & evokes the gardens of home left behind and the shining clouds and waves of the voyage to come. In May 2014, the centrepiece of my stand at the centennial RHS Chelsea Flower Show was picked by the Financial Times as one of the things to see (& buy) at the show. ‘Porcelain Cascade’ was a diptych with each canvas

Porcelain Cascade

Q. What does your typical day involve? Painting, painting, painting! Yinka Shonibare (the artist who put a ship in a bottle on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square)

measuring 1m x 2m of a section of Magnolia tree on gently coloured gold leaf. It was the culmination of extensive study of the luminous forms of the flowers and the gnarly branches that support them.

Q. What is it about Walsingham that makes it special?

recently emphasised how unromantically disciplined a practicing artist has to be and I can vouch for that. It is a

I have had my beautiful studio & gallery in Great Walsingham

privilege to be REQUIRED to spend around 75% of my time

since 2008 surrounded by working countryside, hares & barn

working at actually making things. I put on a couple of shows

owls, beautiful buildings and visited by people from near and

a year and have exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower show for

far. Almost in the centre of North Norfolk, Great Walsingham

the last 5 years. The rest of my time is devoted to the running

Barns (NR22 6DR) is easily accessible to visitors and has the

of my business including the development of a small range of

added benefit of an award winning café and free parking!

products using reproductions of my originals; framed & canvas prints, tablemats and trays, greetings cards & calendars which I sell in the gallery and online. 38 |

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