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Welcome to the February-March issue of
snapshots of life inside bars across Europe
and a close look backstage at Great
It may be grey and drizzly outside, but our
Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus.
lovely part of the country offers many
Inside, we find out about the new exhibition
opportunities to brighten our days with
at Munnings Art Museum in Dedham and
some of the best cultural offerings around.
preview the Cambridge Literary Festival
This edition, we take a look at the fantastic
which returns to the city in April. Our news
Art Deco Exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre,
pages also highlight some of the best
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Norwich, discover the exciting Banff
exhibitions, shows, concerts, theatre
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- coming to the city.
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Visual Arts News
29 James Taylor Quartet Competition
Artist Profile: David Morris
What’s On News
17 Cows about Cambridge
Munnings Art Museum
20 Coffee & a Chat: Mark Steel
37 Cambridge Literary Festival
22 Theatre & Film News
13 Sainsbury Centre: Art Deco by the Sea
East Anglian Game & Country Fair Competition
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Phil Greenwood: Etching the Landscape
The New English Art Club exhibits in Aldeburgh From April 11th-May 2nd, Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is privileged to be holding an exhibition of Selected Members of
Diss Corn Hall is proud to host an exhibition by renowned
The New English Art Club. The NEAC was founded by a group of
artist Phil Greenwood from March 21st-May 2nd. Phil
artists who were dissatisﬁed with the attitudes and
Greenwood has carved himself a reputation over the last 50
conservatism of the Royal Academy and they held their ﬁrst
years as one of the most talented landscape artists in the
exhibition in 1886 with key early members amongst others
country, exploring his subjects through the technique of
being James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert, Sir George
etching. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer
Clausen, John Singer Sargent and Philip Wilson Steer. The
Exhibition and the prestigious Royal Society of Painter-
club increasingly attracted younger artists, bringing with them
Etchers, he has shown internationally, and his work is in such
the inﬂuence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Many
collections as the Tate Gallery and Arts Council. Greenwood
diverse styles of art have been developed since its founding,
looks for atmosphere and spirit of place in his work which is
adding richness and variety and Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh
technically both complex and economical. Using just two
are thrilled to be able to hold an exhibition showing exactly the
etching plates and two or three colours, he creates an
breadth and talent of its current members. You will ﬁnd
extraordinary range of tones and colour, fusing colours and
beautifully executed still lives, breathtaking landscapes and
overprinting one on another.
exquisitely painted interiors. www.thompsonsgallery.co.uk
New location for Sculpture in the Valley One of the region’s ﬂagship sculpture events is moving to a new location this year. Waveney & Blyth Arts’ seventh outdoor sculpture event - Sculpture in the Valley 2020 – will be curated by the Suffolk based artist and curator David Baldry and will be hosted by Potton Hall, Westleton - located close to Dunwich Forest in the Blyth valley area of Suffolk. Annually attracting thousands of visitors, the event moves location every three years to reach new audiences and explore different landscapes. Previously it has taken place at the Raveningham Centre and the River Waveney Study Centre in Earsham. Genevieve Rudd, the new Chair of Waveney & Blyth Arts (WBA), said; ‘2020 marks WBA’s tenth birthday, so we wanted to develop this year’s sculpture event to celebrate our legacy of connecting art with landscape and place over the past decade. The new site for 2020 offers an opportunity for artists to explore a distinct environment – from the domestic planted gardens to the wildﬂower meadow set against the rugged Dunwich woodland. We have devised the theme ‘Reﬂections on Landscape’ which asks artists to consider ideas about scale, perspectives and the interaction between wild and cultivated aspects of the landscape.’ www.waveneyandblytharts.com
‘The Year I went Heywire!’ What do you do when you see litter? Ignore it? Hope that
Firstsite Colchester: Unboxing Alex Frost
someone else deals with it? Or pick it up, collect it and
In a glass tank ﬁlled with
make it into art? That’s exactly what artist Chrissie O’Connor
fresh water, artist Alex Frost
slowly opens consumer
products, to strangely
beautiful effect. From
began in 2015
February 8th - April 19th,
an exhibition of her videos and sculptures of products that feed
our 'on-the-go' lifestyle is coming to Firstsite in Colchester.
During summer 2018, Alex Frost uploaded 48 videos onto
discarded by telecom engineers at junction boxes in her
YouTube. These videos featured ready meals, snacks, protein
home of Woolpit and surrounding villages. She saw that
shakes, vitamin tablets and energy drinks, all ‘on-the-go’
lots of small pieces of litter add up to a much larger global
products, submerged and unpacked underwater. Frost called
impact. The work includes art made from found discarded
these ﬁlms ‘Wet Unboxings’ – a nod to the online trend of
materials such as crimp connectors, wire clippings, cable
‘Unboxing’ where a product is unpacked, explained and
ties, crocodile clips, electrical wiring and general debris.
demonstrated, all of which is captured on video and uploaded
This exhibition- The Year I went Haywire - is at The Museum
to the Internet. Alex Frost’s ‘Wet Unboxings’ quickly went viral.
of East Anglian Life and runs from now until the end of
At Firstsite around twelve of these videos will be projected
April. It highlights the current global issue of plastic
facing each other on opposite sides of the gallery on screens
pollution and draws attention to the environmental impact
that stretch the entire width of the walls, immersing the viewer
of industrial waste, whilst also encouraging the viewer to
in the larger-than-life images. The videos will be accompanied
look at their own responsibility when it comes to protecting
by a series of wall-based sculptures made from sandwiches and
the planet. Faced with Chrissie’s dilemma, what would
frozen pizzas encased in resin —foods that are part of the same
optimised on-the-go lifestyle that the videos try to capture.
Anglian Potters Spring Ceramics Exhibition Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or just fancy something handmade and extra special for your home or garden you’ll ﬁnd plenty of choice at the popular Anglian Potters Spring Exhibition. Featuring more than 70 makers this ‘go to’ event at The Undercroft Gallery, Norwich opens every day from April 16th-29th. Turning the venue into a veritable Aladdin’s Cave the exhibition showcases the latest work from outstanding local potters and ceramic artists with styles ranging from the traditional to cutting edge contemporary expressed in beautiful and unique handmade tableware, decorative items, wall art, jewellery and sculpture. Entry is free and the exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. The Undercroft is at the back of Norwich market, at the Guildhall (north) end of the gardens. www.anglianpotters.org.uk
Artist ProďŹ le: David Morris
Norfolk photographer David Morris is passionate about capturing moments of truthâ€Ś
The girl who never smiled
Here are the girls
David Morris’ photographs possess a gritty, yet beautiful
older lady smoking a Churchill cigar as she chatted to a
quality that instantly brings the subject alive.
man. Suddenly she blew out smoke, transforming the
‘In the early 70s, I was taught photography at Hull College
atmosphere in seconds. The resulting image has become
of Art by an incredibly talented teacher called Clee
one of my most popular.’
Rimmer,’ says David. ‘His photojournalist style of
Moving away from bars, David also enjoys photographing
photography - where one melts into the furniture in order
behind the scenes at the fantastic Hippodrome Circus in
to capture moments of truth - has always stayed with me.’
These moments of truth are nowhere more apparent than
‘My wife and I had forgotten just how magical the circus is
in David’s ‘Barlife’ series of images, a collection built up
until we won tickets to the Hippodrome one year,’ David
over the past 15 years.
recalls. ‘We hadn’t been to the circus since we were
‘All life takes place in bars,’ reﬂects David. ‘They really are
children but instantly we were hooked by the skills and
one of the only places where you get to talk to strangers.
professionalism of both the performers and the show
I love the lighting and certainly in the past, the smoky
quality of the air.’
Since then, David has taken many images backstage,
The series came into existence while David was working
overcoming the lack of light and other technical
for a brewery, designing a calendar of images.
difﬁculties to produce a series of stunning shots.
‘I realised the potential to develop this area of
Although David enjoys photographing people, he is also
photography and started visiting bars in whichever
passionate about depicting the beautiful Norfolk
country I happened to be in,’ says David.
landscape around him.
It was in Milan that David stumbled upon a shot that
‘I go out early as I love the light and the atmosphere
would prove to be one of his most popular to date.
created by mist and fog,’ says David. ‘I’ve bought an
‘I was in a bar when I spotted a girl sitting alone,’ says
aluminium ladder for a ﬁver and I like to climb it to take
David. ‘I assumed she was a model as it was fashion week
photos but I have to be quick before it sinks into the mud!
in Milan. I took a photo of her and called it ‘The girl who
Sometimes I take a canoe out to reach unusual places. I
never smiled’. A year later, I was in a different bar in
also love taking nocturnes at dusk’.
Milan when I spotted her again. I approached her and
David’s work is available at The Garden House Gallery,
showed her the earlier photo I’d taken. Thankfully she
Cromer where he is exhibiting for Open Studios week
liked it and agreed to pose for another image - the girl in
from May 23rd-June 7th. He also has an exhibition with
the yellow trousers.’
nine other artists from April 6th-19th at Holt Community
On another occasion, a bar in Amsterdam provided David
& Arts Centre and his work is on view at North Lodge,
with the perfect photographic opportunity.
Cromer from May 8th-10th.
‘I was enjoying a drink when I spotted a very attractive
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Art Deco by the Sea From fashion to architecture, manufacturing to culture this new exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre celebrates how Art Deco transformed the British seaside
Summer Thomas Martine Ronaldson 1928 Oil on canvas ÂŠ Manchester Art Gallery, purchased from the artist in 1929
Early Morning Newlyn Dod Procter 1926 Oil on canvas Lent by Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales © The Estate of Dod Procter / Bridgeman Images
Round the Point Richard Ernst Eurich 1931 Oil on canvas Lent by Laing Art Gallery © Bridgeman Images
Silk Scarf by Alec Walker Crysède textiles 1925 © Target Gallery, London
Leaping Deer vase Carter, Stabler & Adams Ltd, Poole Painted by Eileen Prangnell c.1935 © John Clark
Armchair Gerald Summers 1934 Manufactured by Makers of Simple Furniture Moulded 13-ply birch plywood © Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia
ECKO AD-76 circular radio Wells Coates Bakelite1935 © John Clark
From now until June 14th, the Sainsbury Centre presents Art
signiﬁcant group of paintings will explore how a fashion for
Deco by the Sea, an exciting new exhibition examining British
realism underpinned much imagery of the seaside during
coastal culture between the First and Second World Wars and
the Art Deco style. The exhibition explores how Art Deco transformed the British seaside in a new age of mass tourism. It examines how coastal resorts were modernised, how new resorts were established and how iconic examples of Art Deco architecture from hotels and apartment blocks to cinemas and amusement parks altered the look of the British seafront. From the Midland Hotel in Morecambe to the villas of Frinton-onSea or Hunstanton, Art Deco became the seaside style. The show will also explore how the seaside became a site for innovative modern manufacture, featuring companies such as Poole Pottery, ECKO radios and Crysède textiles, all known for their striking modern designs. Major seaside employers, these companies produced popular Art Deco styled products exported all over the world. The 1920s and 30s witnessed the advent of the healthy body culture, when sunbathing, swimming and a host of other outdoor activities became fashionable. The development of amenities such as lidos and golf courses changed the look of
The show includes around 150 works in all media including paintings, posters, brochures, drawings, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics and textiles, drawn from public and private collections in the UK. The exhibition features works by Serge Chermayeff, Dame Laura Knight, Gluck, Wells Coates, Oliver Hill, Tom Purvis, Septimus Scott, Truda Carter, Alvar Aalto, Jean Dunand, ECKO radios and Poole Pottery. Ghislaine Wood, curator of the exhibition says; ‘The exhibition will explore how Art Deco became the key style for pleasure and leisure, transforming coastal resorts and coming to symbolise new values for people experiencing new freedoms. Art Deco had enormous appeal for its glamour and accessibility, which still attracts audiences today.’ A major new publication will accompany the show edited by Ghislaine Wood with essays by Professor Bruce Peter, Glasgow School of Art; Gill Saunders, Victoria & Albert Museum and Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Shefﬁeld University.
seaside resorts while holiday camps such as Butlin's provided
The show is organised by the Sainsbury Centre in partnership
new types of holiday experience. The show will explore
with the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle where the show runs
coastal amusements and activities, featuring Art Deco
from July 11th-October.
fashion, and for the ﬁrst time including the more ephemeral,
• Art Deco by the Sea runs until June 14th at the Sainsbury
popular culture of the seaside such as circuses, fairgrounds,
Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.
pleasure parks, fun fairs and illuminations. In addition, a
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There’s a spectacular, world-class art trail coming to Cambridge… Local artists, businesses, schools, and community groups have all signed up to be part of an udderly unique art event that’s coming to Cambridge this spring. Called ‘Cows about Cambridge’, this innovative project will be one of the largest mass-participation art events ever to be held in the city. Some 40 full-size Cow sculptures, each one individually designed by an artist and sponsored by a business, will form a trail of discovery across Cambridge from March 30th until June 6th, encouraging local people to explore and enjoy their environment from an exciting new perspective. The 10-week art trail will be delivered by creative producers Wild in Art in partnership with local children’s charity Break, and is supported by inaugural sponsor and Principal Partner, Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID). It’s expected to create a feel-good factor for the region, while generating more than £8 million of economic value, promoting wellbeing and an active lifestyle, and facilitating discussions on environmental issues. After entertaining and bringing together communities, the legacy of Cows about Cambridge continues as many of the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Break.
Cows about Cambridge will involve a large cross-section of the Cambridgeshire community. Schools have adopted and designed their own ‘mini moos’, as part of a county-wide Learning Programme. Community groups also have the opportunity to tell their stories by working with a regional artist to decorate their very own Cow. Wild in Art has a track record of delivering world-class events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. Recent work includes the award-winning Bee in the City for Manchester, Snailspace in Brighton, and GoGoHares in Norfolk, the third in a trilogy of GoGo events with Break. ‘Red Poll cows are part of everyday life in Cambridge,’ explains Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID. ‘Thousands of local people walk or cycle near their pastureland every day, on their way to work, school and the shops. In choosing Cow sculptures for this innovative, world-class art trail, they will celebrate the uniqueness of our city and encourage new conversations between business and the wider community.’
To ﬁnd out more visit cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk
Let’s Create the future Let’s Create. It’s such a simple, but incredibly powerful statement of intent. And it is the perfect way for the Arts Council to embark on a new decade. On January 27th 2020, we shared Let’s Create. It outlines a vision for the next decade, one in which the creativity of each and every one of us is valued and given the chance to ﬂourish; and where all of us have access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. Let’s Create may be ‘our’ strategy, but because thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds have contributed, we hope that there is a sense that everyone owns it. And as a result, we hope that everyone will stand with us in delivering its ambitions.
And these will be underpinned by four Investment Principles, which will steer how we are able to deliver the outcomes.
The strategy is an invitation to everyone who believes in the value of arts, culture and creativity to come together and create new opportunities for every person in England to be creative and enjoy brilliant culture. It builds on the achievements of the last decade, but also gives us the opportunity to take on a development role beyond the organisations we have traditionally funded – embracing the wider culture sector in England. Over the next ten years we want to put more emphasis on support for artists and independent creatives; and we want to support the cultural sector to generate new ideas, work in partnership and develop talent from every community. And we want to give communities everywhere more opportunity to design and develop the culture on offer to them. We want everyone to have the chance to be creative at every stage of their lives – from artistic starts of the future through to people who are looking to experience something new in later life, and everything in between. At its heart, Let’s Create sets out three outcomes that we are looking to achieve.
We know that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Let’s Create sets out an ambition to change that. We want arts organisations, museums and libraries to be an important part of every community; bringing people together, supporting local economies and helping to improve lives. And by doing this, we can ensure England has one of the most innovative, collaborative and international cultural sectors in the world. Let’s Create – for me it inspires a sense of something exciting and new; a feeling of collaboration and anticipation; and a positive feeling about the future. But that’s me, what does Let’s Create mean to you? Hedley Swain, Area Director South East, Arts Council England.
Coffee & a Chat
Veronica Lee caught up with comedian Mark Steel ahead of his new tour which reaches the Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn in April.
When comic Mark Steel toured his highly successful Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright in 2018, his outlook was wonderfully hopeful despite the show describing when Donald Trump won the White House, the Labour Party seemed a busted ﬂush, Britain voted to leave the EU, and his wife decided to leave him. Now he's back on the road with a reworked and updated version of the show and he explains how it came about. ‘Stand-up is not like ﬁlm or theatre in that it can change during the run,’ Mark says. ‘You drop a bit here, and add a bit there, so by the end of the tour you may have a show that's different at least in parts. But the new show is still essentially about me being chipper in the face of some miserable events.’ Would it have been simpler to call it by a different name? ‘Well I quite Like Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright,’ he explains, smiling. ‘I want to keep on with that approach, to persevere with hope when clearly every little thing isn't turning out all right.’
The ﬁrst section of the show is political material and while
incapable of completing the simplest task that involves
Mark, a columnist for The Independent, is famously on the
anything mechanical, like pulling out the leaf on a table, or
left, you don't have to share his views to agree with his
hanging a picture on a hook that's already on the wall.’
contention that UK politics at the moment are “mental”.
Some of his ex-wife's grounds for divorce also lend
By the time you see him on stage, he says drily: ‘We could all
themselves to comedy: he never cut the privet hedge (not a
be crawling around eating maggots, for all I know.’
euphemism); he hadn't trained the dog; he went on tour (he
Some of his views may surprise you – ‘I don't condemn people
is a comic after all).
who voted for Brexit, as some do. I don't think they're all idiots
But things are good with his ex-wife. ‘It's all resolved now, I
and I can see why they came to that conclusion’ – and even
don't hold any bitterness at all. You meet people sometimes
admits to a certain regard for the Queen after learning of her
and 10 years on [from a divorce] they're still grumbling about
disagreement with Margaret Thatcher over apartheid. ‘I don't
it. I think maybe there should be a time limit on it – maybe
wish ill on anyone, but Philip's not going to go on for ever, is
like a Withdrawal Agreement.’
he?’ he says with a grin. And if she needs a shoulder to cry on…’
The comic's audience is a broad church. Many listen to his long-running Radio 4 show, Mark Steel's In Town, but he also
And while Mark is not a cruel comic, he does like to have a bit
has a younger following from the short ﬁlms he posts on
of fun; be warned if your view about Brexit is an angry “Just
YouTube, and his amusingly waspish Twitter feed.
get it done!” without any thought as to what that actually means. His rejoinder is: ‘You might as well vote to come out of the solar system.’
Twitter is both a vexation and a source of amusement. ‘There is not one single selection of words that you can put on Twitter that someone wouldn't go berserk about. If I tweeted, 'I'm
The show also talks about his wife of 11 years divorcing him.
enjoying a beautiful sunset in Dorset' I can guarantee
They underwent “mediation” to divide their ﬁnancial assets
someone would reply, 'Not so beautiful if you suffer from
and Mark vents his spleen about the process. ‘The way that
sunset aversion in Dorset syndrome, it's not. Have a thought
marriage, or rather divorce, is organised in this country is mad.
for SADS sufferers, Mark’.’
You're better off under some sort of Sharia system,’ he says and then hoots with laughter at the thought.
While he's on the road Mark will be working on his new book; it stems from a previous show, Who Do I Think I Am?, which
‘In mediation, everything is brought down to the cost of
was about tracing his birth parents after being adopted as a
things. It encourages people to be unpleasant and greedy,
child. ‘I’m ﬁlling in the gaps,’ he says, ‘..and there are a lot of
and it struck me that it's the same philosophy that's driven the
gaps to ﬁll. The book is about the whole adoption thing.’
world over the past few decades. So education, libraries, health and social care all have to have a ﬁnancial worth; everything is reduced to whether it has a value that can be worked out on a calculator.’ He quipped during the ﬁrst run of the show that maybe he
Now happily single, he lives in south London with his son, Elliot, 22, who is also a stand-up, and his teenage daughter, who accuse him of being grumpy. ‘I can be a grumpy old git,’ Mark admits. ‘But I'm quite chirpy at the moment. Life is good.’
should be doing the marriage material when he was no longer bitter. Has time healed that? ‘I really hope there wasn't
Mark Steel is at the Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on
anything in it that sounded like real bitterness,’ Mark says.
‘Most of it is an excuse for me to talk about my own stupid failings - being obsessed with sport and being completely
Theatre & Film News
Band of Gold: Cambridge Arts Theatre Based on Kay Mellor’s multi award-winning TV series of the
Eric & Ern at The Apex, Bury
1990’s, Band of Gold revolves around a group of women –
From the Olivier-
loose. Watched by over 15 million people each week when it
aired, Band of Gold ran for three series from 1995 to 1997
Carol, Rose, Anita and Gina as they battle to survive while working the notorious red-light district with a killer on the
behind the hugely
and starred Geraldine James, Cathy Tyson, Barbara Dickson
and Samantha Morton. Band of Gold stars Gaynor Faye, best
known for her roles as Megan Macey in Emmerdale and
West End hit Eric &
Judy Mallett in
Little Ern, this is a
Coronation Street. The
show for everyone
show also stars Laurie
from 8 to 108. It's
Brett best known for
a brilliant homage,
her roles as Jane
crammed full of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines,
Beale in EastEnders,
songs and sketches and, of course, a musical guest. This
and Christine Mulgrew in Waterloo Road. Joining Faye and
wonderful show - coming to The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on
Brett are Shayne Ward (Coronation Street, Rock of Ages, The
March 19th - evokes memories of times when whole families
X-Factor), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks, Heartbeat), Sacha
would huddle around the telly to watch those fantastic
Parkinson (Mr. Selfridge, The Mill), Andrew Dunn
Christmas specials. As seen on The One Show, BBC 1 and The
(Dinnerladies, The Full Monty) and Emma Osman (Burning
Alan Titchmarsh Show.
the House Down, Doctors).
Poet Luke Wright on Tour Talented poet Luke Wright is on tour and coming to a theatre near you. The Remains of Logan Dankworth is the third and ﬁnal instalment of Luke Wright’s trilogy of political verse, looking at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit. Logan Dankworth, newspaper columnist and Twitter warrior, grew up romanticising the political turmoil of the 1980s. Now, as the EU Referendum looms he is determined to be right there in the fray of the biggest political battle for years. Meanwhile, Logan’s wife Megan wants to leave London to ﬁnd a place to better raise their daughter. As tensions mount at home and across the nation, something is set to be lost forever. The ﬁrst two plays in the trilogy, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan and Frankie Vah, won praise from critics and audiences alike. Luke Wright is a poet and theatre maker who has been writing and performing his work all over the world for 20 years. Acknowledged as one of Britain’s top stand-up poets, he is one of the principle architects of the now thriving spoken word scene. His tour takes in The Corn Hall Diss (March 13th), Framlingham FAYAP Youth and Arts Centre (March 14th), Felixstowe’s Two Sisters Arts Centre (March 20th), New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (June 4th) and Holt’s Auden Theatre (July 29th).
Bungay welcomes Arthur Miller Classic Open Space
Andy Parsons: Healing the Nation
Theatre Company bring Arthur
Two years since his last
tour, household name
View from the
and nonsense-nailer Andy
Bridge to The
Parsons is back on the
road with his tour
Bungay from April 17th-18th. Eddie Carbone struggles to
‘Healing the Nation’ – and
allow Catherine, the orphaned niece he has nurtured and who
Andy is conﬁdent that playing to a whole host of theatres across the UK will
is now on the cusp of womanhood, to go out into the wider world. His inner turmoil increases as she falls in love with one
undoubtedly mend the myriad divisions this country faces. If current media tropes are to be believed, everybody exists in
of the two illegal immigrants he and his wife are sheltering.
their own social media bubble and are up in arms about
Can Eddie accept the inevitable or will his stubborn obsession
everything – be it Brexit/climate change/transgenders/
turn to tragedy? Set in the 1950s in the shadow of one of New
badgers. So head to the Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on
York’s landmark buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, this is one of
March 22nd and celebrate what it means to be British in 2020
Arthur Miller’s greatest plays.
– freedom of speech, tolerance, tolerance of freedom of
speech, freedom of intolerant speech, less freedom with more intolerant speech, but still some tolerance.
Matthew Bourne Classic in Norwich Matthew Bourne’s beautiful and double Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale The Red Shoes is set to thrill audiences again at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 18th-22nd. Based on the 1948 Academy Award-winning movie starring Moira Shearer as the girl who dreamed of being a dancer, The Red Shoes ﬁrst toured the UK in 2016 and visited Norwich in February 2017. It is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. The intoxicating drama shows life imitating art with fateful consequences, and it is set to dazzle senses and break hearts. This new revival from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company features a host of dancers from the original production. The show spent seven weeks at Sadler’s Wells over the Christmas period and now heads out on tour.
Coming up at The Fisher Theatre Swan Lake from the Royal Ballet (Live Streaming) Wednesday 1st April 2.15pm £13-50
Back to the 80s with Black Box Disco Fisher Theatre Fundraiser Saturday 4th April 7.30pm £8 (18 years+ only)
Solo Beatles Friday 3rd April 7.30pm £12/£10
UEA Talk: Digital Futures-The Dark Side of the Digital Age Thursday 9th April 7.30pm £5
The Fisher Theatre,10 Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE
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Fisher Folk & Acoustic Wednesday 29th April 7.30pm £5
Open Space Theatre Company - a View from the Bridge Friday 17th April 7.30pm £12/£9.50
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Scaling the Heights For gripping adventure, spectacular cinematography and pioneering journeys, be sure to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour as it heads to a city near you.
Reel Rock 14: The High Road Photo:Simon Moore
Leo Houling in Spectre Expedition Photo: Mark Sedon
HOME Photo: Sarah Outen
Ladakh Project Photo:Ali Bharmal Red Bull Content Pool
THE FLIP Remi ﬂies
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is back for 2020, bringing a brand-new selection of gripping action and adventure ﬁlms to more venues than ever before in the UK and
Film highlights include: Home (tour edit)
Ireland. The Festival rolls into Cambridge in March and April
Oxfordshire adventurer Sarah Outen embarks on a four-year,
before heading to Norwich in May.
human-powered traverse of the globe, travelling by bike, kayak
The tour features two different collections of extraordinary ﬁlms from the world’s best adventure ﬁlm- makers, with superhuman challenges, soulful journeys and spectacular cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet. Plus the ﬁlm Up to Speed puts a spotlight on the extraordinary discipline of speed climbing, featuring in the Olympic Games for the ﬁrst time ever at Tokyo 2020.
and rowing boat across Europe, Asia, the Paciﬁc Ocean, North America and ﬁnally the Atlantic. The punishing elements, months of solitude and storms push Sarah to the mental and physical brink, and Home intimately and unﬂinchingly captures her 20,000-mile odyssey. Spectre Expedition – Mission Antarctica 1,000 miles, 200+kg of kit each, 65 days, 3 mates and 1
‘We can’t wait to share the latest inspirational ﬁlms from the
mountain. Using snow-kites to travel great distances, with
world’s most prestigious mountain ﬁlm festival on our biggest
massive loads at speeds of up to 60kmph, this is the epic tale of
tour yet!’ says UK and Ireland tour director Nell Teasdale. ‘And
a daring dream to reach the summit of one of the most remote
as well as exhilarating stories starring intrepid characters and
mountains on earth: The Spectre, Antarctica. Starring British
pioneering journeys, an evening at Banff is a celebration of the
adventurer Leo Houlding, plus teammates Jean Burgun from
great outdoors, with a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of
France and Kiwi Mark Sedon.
community. And we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own!’ The tour’s ﬁlms are chosen from hundreds of entries into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is held every November in the Canadian Rockies. The UK and Ireland tour started in Pitlochry, Scotland in January and ﬁnishes in Norwich on May 26th, visiting 60 locations with 114 screenings along the way. As well as thrilling ﬁlms, each event features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from the tour partners.
The Ladakh Project Join French athlete Nouria Newman as she tackles a 375km solo kayaking expedition down the most remote and daunting rivers in the Indian Himalaya. With some hair-raising moments, Nouria is forced to push herself to the edge of her limits, saying “ I felt really vulnerable. I had a proper look at what my guts were made of.” The Festival is at Cambridge Corn Exchange on March 17th and April 21st - with two different programmes of ﬁlms - and Norwich Theatre Royal on May 26th. For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com
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ASSEMBLY HOUSE CLASSICAL LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2020 Artists include: TRIO ISIMSIZ – BENJAMIN GROSVENOR – KOPELMAN QUARTET BROOK STREET BAND - KEATS QUARTET – TOM POSTER Tickets £15. Children under 16 free. Refreshments available during the interval. Tickets can be bought from Cheryl Coutts email@example.com, 01502 714655, Beccles Books and from society members
A Brief History of Music
The latest show from acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews takes in 600 years of music history in 90 minutes! April 8th, 7.30pm. Tickets: £14. The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AN Tel: 01787 374745 www.quaysudbury.com
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Music Legends in Norwich On March 27th Norwich Arts Centre plays host to the fabulous James Taylor Quartet. James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outﬁts in British live musical history today. After the collapse of mod legends The Prisoners in the 1980s, and before moving to Sweden, James recorded some demos with brother David on guitar, the bass player from The Prisoners, and a drummer from down the road… and thus The James Taylor Quartet was born. From tiny acorns mighty oaks do indeed grow, and it wasn’t long before the ﬁrst single, Blow Up, had been released, the band were in the studio rehearsing for the Mission Impossible EP, gigs were booked, and the late great John Peel was offering a session. Skip forward 25 years and JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. ‘Proliﬁc’ is an understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between. Each album is an absolute must for any Hammond fan: James’ playing providing a solid and accomplished lead as always. Live, the band is explosive, with a breathtaking, diverse unmatched back catalogue.
WIN TICKETS We are offering one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see the James Taylor Quartet at Norwich Arts Centre on March 27th. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email your name, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: March 18th, usual terms and conditions apply.
Music News Norwich Assembly House Classical Lunchtime Concerts
Music Legend to headline Newmarket Nights
Building upon the
The Jockey Club Live are
success of the past
proud to announce national icon Tom Jones will be returning
to headline Newmarket Nights on July 24th. Tom Jones’
career has spanned over half a century, and has seen him win
many accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime
Achievement. A global star, who was knighted by Her Majesty
o’clock) feature a host of exceptional national and international
the Queen in 2006, has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits and has a
musicians at the start of their careers together with one or two
continued worldwide reputation as one of the great vocalists,
ensembles who have established themselves as world leaders
earning the nickname ‘The Voice’. He continues to be a coach
in their chosen profession. Concerts include pianist Tom Poster
on the hit ITV show of the same name. As he celebrates a
(Feb 20th), Trio Isimsiz (March 12th) performing Beethoven’s
landmark 80th birthday this summer, Tom will be returning to
Archduke Piano Trio in celebration of the 250th anniversary of
Newmarket Nights where he’ll be performing hits from his
the composer’s birth and Kopelman Quartet (June 4th) playing
huge repertoire, spanning genres and generations including
Borodin and Tchaikovsky.
‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’.
Beccles Choral Society sings Elijah Beccles Choral Society recently enjoyed two highly acclaimed sell-out concerts before Christmas, with Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ followed by their seasonal offering ‘A Christmas Cracker’. Now they are preparing for their ﬁnal concert for the 2019/2020 season. On May 17th at 4.30pm they will perform Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ at St. Michael’s Church Beccles. This has been described as ‘the oratorio of all oratorios’, possibly the most spectacular plot in the classical choral repertoire, a musical drama on an epic scale, depicting God’s vengeance through the prophet Elijah upon the wickedness of the people of Israel, their ruler and their false gods. With a large choir and orchestra, together with ﬁve professional soloists, this performance promises to wring every emotion from what was the culmination of Mendelssohn’s life’s work. Tickets, £15 ( free to under 16s) from Beccles Bookshop, any choir member, or from Cheryl Coutts, email: email@example.com or telephone: 01502 714655
80s Icon Hazel O’Connor rocks Sudbury The Quay Theatre in Sudbury welcomes music icon Hazel O’Connor to the stage on March 17th. The ﬁrst major female star of the 80’s, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame exactly forty years ago in 1980 starring in the ﬁlm Breaking Glass. There were hits and eye-catching Top of The Pops appearances aplenty along the way. Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch, Blackman and Hanging Around - all of which seem even more relevant in our present times. Celebrating the Hallelujah Moments of a stunning and illustrious live career Hazel is accompanied here by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax, Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) keyboards and Tony Qunta (Odyssey/Edgar
Bungay welcomes The Total Who Show Featuring musicians who have performed with Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle themselves, this tribute to The Who is set to wow audiences at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay on March 14th. Featuring all the band’s classics including Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Who are You, Substitute, Can’t Explain, The
Winter) on guitar. This powerful blend of voices and
Seeker and I Can See For Miles, it promises to be a
musicianship brings a classy touch of energy, passion and
night to remember.
ﬁre to Hazel’s vibrant performance.
Book now for Folk on the Pier Cromer’s popular music festival - Folk on the Pier - returns to the town’s Pavilion Theatre on May 8th-10th. Renowned as ‘the best gig on the North Sea’ the event attracts a plethora of well-known and up-and-coming folk, folk-rock and acoustic artists from across the UK. This year's line-up is no different. Among the headliners are BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer of the Year and The British Academy Gold Award of Composers recipient Richard Digance, and Wizz Jones who recently picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The ever-evolving Demon Barbers XL will present their new show ‘Rise Up’ and festival Patron Ashley Hutchings MBE presents 'Dylancentric' - his tribute to Bob Dylan. Supporting acts this year include festival favourites Gerry Colvin Band, Feast of Fiddles, The Spikedrivers, Kevin Dempsey, Alan Reid, and the Urban Folk Quartet; and newcomers - Linda Watkins, Martin Harley, Ninebarrow and the Redhills. Also making their ﬁrst appearance at the festival are local acts Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, The Shackleton Trio and Klezmerized! Closing the festival is the band without whom there would not be a Folk on The Pier - Fairport Convention.
What’s On News
Celebrating grassroots football at The Apex The Apex Gallery, situated on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the award-winning entertainment venue The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, is hosting a
May the Toys be with you!
February 27th-March 22nd,
From March 28th-September
visitors can enjoy the
new exhibition to celebrate local grassroots football. From
13th, The Time & Tide
Museum in Great Yarmouth is
photographs taken by Geoff
home to something out of
Price during a challenging
this world! Brought to you from a galaxy far, far away, this
season for Clare Town FC. ‘In the Sticks’ chronicles the journey of
exhibition of over 300 Star Wars toys, original cinema posters
Clare Town FC during the drama that unexpectedly unfolded
and memorabilia is an absolute must see for fans of all ages. In
during the 2018-19 season. The club survived some deeply
1977, the ﬁrst Star Wars ﬁlm broke box ofﬁce records. But
challenging circumstances that would have shaken any Premier
nobody could have predicted that the merchandising would
League club; two changes of manager, a mass exodus of players
end up earning more than the ﬁlm itself. Star Wars toys
and even an unplayable pitch. Photographer Geoff Price recently
became the must-have playthings for an entire generation,
moved to Clare and was inspired to celebrate something that was
with an estimated 300 million action ﬁgures sold between
occurring at a local level and in so doing discovered that in so-
1977 and 1985. The exhibition is not only a celebration of
called ‘ordinary lives’…everything happens. As it transpired, the
classic toys and collectables but also of the iconic design and
photographs marked the end of an era for a club which had
art work of the Star Wars ﬁlms. From X-Wing Fighters to
enjoyed, for several years, a close-knit, family feel. What unfolded
lightsabers, these fantastic creations have ﬁred our
was a process of change, a time of transition. They documented
imaginations and made their mark on our cultural landscape
the tribulations but ultimately the creation of a ﬁrm foundation
since the ﬁrst ﬁlm was released over forty years ago.
upon which to rebuild a ﬁrst team, going forward.
Norfolk Makers Festival returns to The Forum, Norwich The Norfolk Makers Festival is returning to The Forum from February 8th-23rd offering people the chance to try their hand at weaving, printing, knitting, spinning, embroidery and much more. The free annual event celebrates the county’s local craftspeople, artists and heritage. As well as learning something new, you can see fantastic exhibitions created by makers here in Norfolk. One highlight is the makings of a giant tapestry telling the story of two East Anglian rebellions against William the Conqueror. Taking centre stage in The Forum’s Atrium throughout the festival will be the Ship of Light – a community artwork. During the ﬁrst weekend visitors can embellish the metal ship frame with textiles and artwork and create origami boats to put inside. Something slightly cheeky returning for the second year is the Nudinits, created by artist Sarah Simi. The latest releases of Sarah’s stop-frame animations recounting adventures of the residents of Woolly Bush will be shown in a discreet Nudinit cinema for adults to enjoy. Showing just how rude knitting can be, have a chuckle at Barbara the baker’s ﬁrm buns and Robert the builder’s tools. www.norfolkmakersfestival.co.uk
Alfred and Violet Munnings, 1920 © The Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings
Yours with Love, AJ The Munnings Art Museum presents an exhibition of previously unseen personal correspondence between the artist, Alfred Munnings and his wife, Violet Following on from the very successful 2019 exhibition, “Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings War Artist, 1918”, the Munnings Art Museum’s 2020 exhibition will focus on the effect his war paintings had on Munnings’ immediate post-war career. His portrayals of Canadian men and horses at war received great acclaim following their exhibition at The Royal Academy in 1919. This opened up a career for him as an equestrian portraitist for the aristocracy and the rich which was to make him an artist of international renown and ultimately a knighted President of the Royal Academy. Many of the early commissioned paintings remain in private collections but the museum is delighted to have a number of them on loan for the 2020 season. They will be on display alongside working pencil, oil sketches and ﬁnished pictures from the museum’s own collection. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum is producing a unique book of hitherto unpublished and
generally unseen personal letters written by Munnings in the early post-war years; a selection of which will be on display alongside the commissions they relate to. The equestrian portrait commissions frequently necessitated Munnings travelling relatively long distances and staying away from home for extended periods and it was whilst away that he regularly wrote letters home to his wife Violet whom he married in 1920. The book contains a selection of over ﬁfty letters written between 1920 and 1922 which are taken from the museum’s collection of over two hundred letters written by Munnings to his wife from 1920 to the early 1950s. These letters reveal much about Munnings himself, his personality, his opinions, interests and beliefs and his working practices; they also provide an insight into the times in which he lived and in particular the aristocratic world of his patrons. www.munningsmuseum.org.uk
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The Cambridge Literary Festival Can arts reach people in a way that politics so far has not? This year’s Cambridge Literary Spring Festival from April 16th-19th poses this question and many more as they welcome Caroline Lucas MP as Guest Director on their Climate Crisis programme with an emphasis on solutions.
Caroline Lucas MP
who brings to us once again her three debut novelists. Number one bestselling author of How Not To Be a Boy Robert Webb is launching his debut novel Come Again.
Dieter Helm will introduce
From Eastenders to
his new book, Green and
the House of Lords,
Prosperous Land, a practical
plan to rescue and enhance
memoir describes his
the British countryside,
journey from a cruel
while Mike Berners-Lee will
Dickensian childhood to the dignity of being a peer. Award-
set out his handbook of
winning author of 2017 sensation Ma’am Darling: 99
inspiring ideas both to tackle the climate emergency and, in
glimpses of Princess Margaret Craig Brown brings his next, a
the process, live more fulﬁlling lives.
unique, multifaceted examination of The Beatles in 1-2-3-4.
A major session led by Ann Pettifor, one of the seminal thinkers who has inﬂuenced US Democrat candidate Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, will put forward the Green New Deal, a bold programme of decarbonisation, with the
Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman recounts the experience of discovering her Grandmother’s secrets, House of Glass, takes Hadley from Picasso’s archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in Auvergne to Long Island and Auschwitz.
potential to transform an economic model that is failing the
In a country that seems more divided than ever, the festival
majority of people. Nature is celebrated too, with Mary
looks at these rifts and what’s caused them. Talks from A C
Colwell, author of the acclaimed Curlew Moon, award-
Grayling, David Lammy MP, refugee and now barrister Hashi
winning author and
Mohamed, political journalist Polly Toynbee and opening the
Cocker and former
theme a discussion
frontman of The
about his work to save our riverbeds.
Barnard & Robert Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes makes an eagerly awaited debut as part of her
There are also great events for children - everyone’s favourite
sell-out tour of new book Grown- Ups. Eimear McBride with
Jacqueline Wilson will be here, Robin Stevens is back, Dr
Strange Hotel and Anne Enright with her latest novel Actress
Max and Isabel Thomas join them in a packed Children’s
join Marian to make up a trio of Irish novelists. Other
storytellers Michael Frayn, Tessa Hadley and James Scudamore will be here as well as festival patron Ali Smith
East Anglian Game & Country Fair The East Anglian Game & Country Fair takes place on
and juniors with a massive cash prize up for grabs. Try Fly
April 25th-26th at the prestigious Euston Estate, home of
ﬁshing and Coarse ﬁshing on the Black Bourn River, ferret
The Duke & Duchess of Grafton.
racing and archery to paintballing and crossbows. Try the air riﬂe range, hold a bird of prey, enter your dog into the pet dog show, join in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Sports pool or take a ride in a Land Rover on the off road 4x4 course. Children of all ages can take part in countryside activities and enjoy the traditional funfair.
For the ﬁrst time, the Fair welcome the fantastic Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team with their gravity deﬁant Freestyle Motocross Show. Riders jump gaps of over 75 feet and reach heights of over 35ft in the air as they perform a series of death-defying
Andy Newman will once again be hosting the Game Fair
tricks. The Essex Dog Display Team will also thrill crowds with
Country Kitchen with a great line-up of cookery workshops and
their action-packed display involving dogs leaping through
demonstrations. The busy Food & Drink Hall is home to a wide
hoops of ﬁre. Other highlights include the Horseboarding UK
variety of exhibitors bringing unusual and mouth-watering
teams, The British Scurry & Trials Driving Championships,
food and drink for visitors to sample, enjoy and purchase.
World and European Casting Champion Hywel Morgan with a fascinating and humorous ﬂy-ﬁshing demo and Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display who will perform a special tribute to the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
There are over 350 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from fashion and footwear to gun makers, eco products, ﬁshing tackle and home designer wares. Plus, craft halls and gift marquees. The Dog & Duck onsite pub serves a
Other events include the ever-popular Sheep Show, Hound
great selection of local beers and drinks and will host live
Parade, Terrier Racing, Gun Dog displays, Traditional Craft
music and a BBQ on Saturday.
demonstrations and Farrier and Blacksmith demonstrations. Don’t miss the 2020 Forestry Arena, home to the East of England Cutters and Climbers Competitions. The forestry arena will be a buzz of activity with chainsaw carvings, felling demonstrations, tree climbing and pole climbing competitions. Join in and 'have a go' at a range of country activities from clay shooting with John Bidwell’s High Lodge instructors or enter the 40-bird re-entry shooting competition for men, women
WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The East Anglian Game & Country Fair to offer readers the chance to win one of ﬁve family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) to the event on the weekend of April 25th-26th. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com. Closing date: March 20th, usual terms and conditions apply.