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Theatre & Film

Local Arts Scene


19 Theatre & Film News

34 Sudbury Photos

20 Norwich Theatre Royal

35 Sudbury Introduction

Cover Story

21 Norwich Puppet Theatre Competition

36 Gainsborough’s House


22-23 Coffee & a Chat – Jennifer Pike

Editor’s Letter

William Alwyn Festival

37 Summer Art Show/Heritage Centre 38 Quay Theatre Competition

Visual Arts

39 Spotlight on Robert Crighton

8-9 Visual Arts News

40 Win a meal at The Angel, Sudbury

10 Artists On View 11 Artist Profile – John Shave 13 Bury St Edmunds Art Society 14 Cambridge Art Fair 15 Sainsbury Centre: Fiji

27 Music 24 Music News


25 The Apex Heaven 17 Competition 27 Cambridge Classical Series

Towards the Back 41

42 Directory

28 Food Review - The Auberge, Yaxley

43 Subscription/Competition Winners

16 -17 What’s On Arts Council

30 Halesworth Art Festival/ The Long Shop Museum

16-17 Arts and Culture: Diversity matters 31

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Editor’s Letter

Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the September issue of

Concerto promises to be an evening to

ARTSeast Magazine.

remember! Our local arts scene this month takes a look at

With school out for summer, we've loved getting

the market town of Sudbury, home to

out and about in our beautiful region. Thankfully,

Gainsborough's House - the birthplace of

with the new term looming, there are still some

Thomas Gainsborough. It focuses on the town's

fantastic things for the whole family to take part

cultural and artistic heritage.

in this month.

Competitions this month include a family ticket

Our cover feature this month focuses on the

to see The Tinderbox at the Norwich Puppet

excellent William Alwyn Festival which takes

Theatre, tickets to Will Kempe - Shakespeare's

place in Blythburgh, Snape and Orford early next

Stand Up at the Sudbury Quay, gig tickets to see

month. It's a fantastic festival with an incredible

Heaven 17 at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds and the

range of talented performers and we have been

chance to win a meal for two at The Angel in

looking forward to it for some time.


For our coffee and chat feature we were thrilled

Looking forward to Autumn, we'd love to hear

to catch up with renowned violinist Jennifer Pike

from you about any events, exhibitions, festivals

ahead of her performance at the William Alwyn

or performances you'd like us to cover.

Festival. Her performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin


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Cover Story

In Celebration of Greatness The Tippett String Quartet

Photo: Thurstan Redding

From October 5th-9th, The William Alwyn Festival brings

(with pianist Clare Hammond) and an Oboe Recital by Nicholas

together the finest performers in the UK playing satisfying

Daniel. The opening concert is directed by the distinguished

Classical, Romantic, 20th Century & New Music in the

flautist Philippa Davies. At these concerts you can hear music by

delightful venues of Blythburgh, Orford & Snape Maltings. William Alwyn was the greatest 20th century British composer of film music which included scores for the black and white era such as ‘A Night to Remember’ and ‘Carve her Name with Pride’. He also wrote much fine chamber and orchestral music.

Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Faure, Ravel, Roussel, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Walton, Arnold, Richard Rodney Bennett, & several works by Alwyn. The late John McCabe is celebrated in a special concert with

The Festival is offering two major orchestral concerts with

six newly

Prometheus Orchestra in Orford Church on October 9th and the

commissioned works

BBC Concert Orchestra at Snape Maltings Concert Hall on

including music by

Wednesday October 5th where the distinguished violinist

John Joubert, David

Jennifer Pike performs the

Matthews & Robin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Apart


from the Maltings concert all the recitals are daytime events. (See full list on page 26)

Philippa Davies

The film event at the delightful Electric Picture Palace in Southwold features the Irish Romp ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ music by William Alwyn. Tickets just £7.

The five chamber-music concerts in Blythburgh Church are the main focus. These feature the Tippett String Quartet, the Odysseus Trio

Most concerts are great value at just £12 with a Bargain Rover Ticket at half-price for all events.

Cover image of Nicholas Daniel Photo: Eric Richmond

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Visual Arts News A Celebration of 80 years Bircham Gallery, Holt are delighted to be exhibiting paintings and prints by Richard Bawden together with pots by Richard Batterham, both celebrating their 80th birthdays. The exhibition runs from October 8th-November 2nd. Richard Bawden RWS NEAC RE is a painter, printmaker and designer working predominantly in lino, etching and watercolour. His work has a graphic, linear

Fishermen and Kings:The Photography of Olive Edis (1876-1955)

quality and a

From October 8th this year to January 22nd 2017, Norwich

strong sense of

Castle Museum & Art Gallery is home to a stunning exhibition


of the work of distinguished photographer Olive Edis. A

which translates

pioneering British photographer, this is the first comprehensive

naturally into

exhibition dedicated to Olive Edis’ 50 year-long career.

many forms.

Featuring more than 190 rare photographs, it showcases Edis’

These have included book illustration, murals for restaurants,

wide-ranging portraiture from British royalty to simple Norfolk

engraved glass, church windows and doors, a poster for London

fishermen, together with her important work as the first-ever

Transport, mosaics and furniture. Richard Batterham is one of

accredited female war photographer. Edis was only the fifth

the most highly respected and admired potters of his generation

official British photographer to visit Europe to cover WW1 and

making some of the finest stoneware in the world. He has been

her atmospheric photographs capture the devastation that

making pots on his own for 55 years and although he does not

followed the Great War. In addition it reveals the technical

mark his pots, they are unmistakably his….wonderfully earthy

development of Edis’ work and examines her outstanding

and practical to be used and held every day..‘They’re things to

contribution to the history of photography.

hold, not to gawp at,’ he says.

Three Form: John Russell Contemporary Art A mutual appreciation developed through twitter, between Pauline Hughes, Jo Sweeting and Naomi Munuo when they became followers and supporters of each other’s work. In May 2015 Pauline tweeted “We should think of having a show together.” A month later, they met in person for the first time at Sonia Delaunay’s exhibition, Tate Modern. The group quickly found a common interest for early twentieth century art and primitive sculpture. A shared ambition to celebrate the figure made solid united the group and they found excitement in the contrasting elements of each other’s work. It was decided three group shows should occur in the respective home towns of the trio, Liverpool, Brighton and Ipswich. They left London on that spring afternoon as Three Form. This is an exciting and inventive exhibition that brings together the individual talents of three young artists from the North, South and East of the UK. A must to view and experience contemporary art in painting and sculpture at it’s most creative. The exhibition runs from September 12th to October 8th at the John Russell Contemporary Art Gallery, Ipswich.

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One Day Pop-Up Exhibition An exclusive pop-up exhibition in Lawford, Essex will be open to the public for one day only on September 24th. The exhibition, in a large industrial space, shows the work of two men. John O’Connor is a Suffolkbased sculptor working in

Swaffham Visual Arts Festival 2016

bronze and resin, who creates

Running from September 30th-October 30th, the Festival

captivating figurative pieces,

showcases quality works by Norfolk artists and craftspeople.

which evoke the deepest emotions

The launch event on September 30th at the Nicholas Hamond

and stir the imagination. John’s

Academy, celebrates the Art of Motor Car Design with Peter

work will be shown alongside the

Stevens, formerly chief designer at Lotus. A photography event

paintings of Terrence McKenna, a

on October 12th at the George Hotel, features Tony Bramley,

Norfolk-based painter,who creates

Royal Photographic Society Fellow of the Year 2016. Tony

stunningly intimate portraits of

takes his inspiration from the early 20th century Russian

his sitters. The juxtaposition of these two very different artists

avant garde painter Kazimir Malevich, founder of the

both motivated by representing the subtle

Suprematist movement. Film, history of Garden Design, and Embroidery are also embraced by the Festival. The Festival

manifestations of being human, promises to be both

climaxes in a selling exhibition at the Assembly Rooms from

humbling, and awe-inspiring to the viewers. So, if you are

October 28th-30th. Tickets for all events are on sale from

in the South Suffolk or North Essex area, this exhibition is

September 1st at Ceres Bookshop, London Road, as well as at

highly recommended. The exhibition will be in Unit 12,

the door for each event. For further information see brochures

Commerce Way, Lawford, CO11 1UT (5 minutes from

and the Festival Website at

Manningtree Station) from 12-6pm. .Proceeds from all

events go to local charities supported by the Rotary Club.

Paint Out Norwich Dozens of artists will descend on Norwich’s historic streets for the UK’s leading juried entry outdoor painting competition Paint Out Norwich this autumn, held as part of the Hostry Arts Festival. The timed two-day competition aims to revive and reinvigorate the en plein air painting tradition and showcases artists facing the challenges of creating art outdoors in public view. Artists enter across five specific categories including a Nocturne evening competition. Works are exhibited during a gala preview with silent auction and prizes awarded by eminent names from the art world until October 29th. Anteros Art Centre and North Café will provide a vibrant hub and base for workshops and host the exhibition of public art created during a day’s mass paint out. To register and find out more, like on, follow on Twitter @paintoutnorwich

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Artist Profile: John Shave Three months into a six month break from a stressful job, John Shave walked into his first ever watercolour class. 'I'd never painted before but I was bored being at home and fancied having a go,' says John. It was a fortuitous decision as, at the age of 38, John discovered a love and talent for painting that he'd previously never known existed. 'At the time I was living in Australia and I was lucky enough to meet an excellent tutor called Leonid Vasin,' says John. 'Leonid became my mentor and I studied with him for a very long time.' John's inspiration came from the famous Heidelberg School of artists in Australia in the late 19th century. Described as Australia's Impressionists, famous members include Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and they often painted 'en plein air.'

Over the course of his career, John has won many awards for his work. Just this year alone he has been named Portrait Artist of the Year 2016 by the Newark-on-Trent based Society of All Artists (SAA) and won two awards at the prestigious Patchings Arts Festival near Nottingham - the ProARte Award and an Artists' Exhibitors' Prize. 'The SAA award was for my portrait of my friend Carol,' says John. 'I was thrilled to have won. My wife Sue had previously won SAA Artist of the Year so we've both done well.' Locally, John exhibits with both the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle and the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and has had work at both Mandells Gallery in Norwich and Thompsons Gallery in Aldeburgh.

John's work now comprises a mix of landscape, seascapes and still life. Having moved back to the UK 12 years ago with his wife, artist Sue Williams, he gleans inspiration from the English countryside around his Norfolk home. 'I love getting outside and painting en plein air,' says John. Alongside his painting, John also teaches courses both from his home in Wacton and also on location for various establishments including the Field Studies Council.

Each year, John and Sue hold a very popular open studio at their house (Bretts Manor, Wacton). This year it is on December 1st and everyone is welcome. There will be work on sale in a range of price categories.

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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:

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Visual Arts

70 years in the Making This month the prestigious Bury St Edmunds Art Society are

This year's exhibition

taking over the Apex Gallery with their excellent Annual

at The Apex, running

Celebration Exhibition.

from September 13th

It marks an illustrious achievement for the society as it will be the 70th consecutive year that they have held an Annual

to October 9th, highlights the society's history as well

Fen River by

Rosie Copl


as displaying work by members. The Society's members work

Exhibition. The first took place in the summer of 1947. Amongst the visitors to that first exhibition were prisoners of war from the camp at Hardwick. Despite the poverty of the post-war years, a staggering 1,612 visitors paid for admission

in a wide range of media including oil and acrylic, watercolour and original print and works vary from the sublime to the fantastic, the highly figurative to the totally nonrepresentational. There will be a launch event on September

and nearly 800 catalogues were sold.

19th from 5-7pm.

Bury Art Society at 70

Brixham by Ailsa Lyn Dove

A Suffolk Gentleman by Frances Vincent

An Exhibition celebrating 70 years of Bury Art Society featuring members both past and present.

Tuesday 13th September - Sunday 9th October 2016 @ The Apex Gallery, The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD September 2016 | 13

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Prestigious Art Fair Cambridge Art Fair, launched in 2013, is now an established part of the international art fairs calendar. This year this prestigious event brings a fantastic selection of respected UK and international art galleries and dealers to the Guildhall, in the very heart of Cambridge from September 30th to October 2nd. Each one is showcasing an

your conference room, or perhaps a beautiful landscape  painting for your home. Whatever your requirements, expert guidance and advice is available at Cambridge Art Fair from gallerists and dealers with many years experience.

impressive variety of high quality work from their portfolios of

In previous years they have been able to offer highly collectable

artists from the UK and around the world. Art lovers from the

work from the 20th century, including modern masters such as

eastern region might never have come across many of the

Picasso, Chagall & Dali, alongside contemporary work by some

participating galleries and dealers or seen work by the artists

of today’s leading international artists, at a range of prices. Many

they represent, so this is a real once-a-year opportunity to

exhibitors offer leasing packages for businesses and many

discover new art to fall in love with.

more participate in the Arts Council ‘Own Art’ scheme so you

Perhaps you need to source a large, contemporary sculpture for your office reception, a series of classic modern art prints for

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can pay for the art you love by instalments.

Visual Arts

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: October 15th 2016 - February 12th 2017

Photo: Steve Hooper

Revealing stunning sculptures, textiles, ceramics, and ivory and shell regalia, the ground-breaking Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific opens on October 15th at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled, it will take the visitor on a journey through the art

Above: Traditional Fijian double hulled sailing canoe Left: Whale ivory double - figure hook (King’s Museum, Aberdeen) Below: Feejeeans Resting, 1856 watercolour & ink by James Glen Wilson (private collection)

and cultural history of Fiji since the late 18th century. This internationally-important exhibition will present both Fijian artworks and a European response to them: paintings, drawings and historic photographs of the 19th and 20th century provide context. These include exquisite watercolours by the intrepid Victorian travel writer and artist Constance Gordon Cumming, and by the Irish naval artist James Glen Wilson, who was in Fiji in the 1850s. Over 270 works of art are being loaned by exhibition partner the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge, and by the Fiji Museum, the British Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) and museums in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Exeter, London, Maidstone, as well as Dresden and Leipzig in Germany. A highlight of the exhibition will be a beautiful, newly commissioned, eight metre-long double-hulled sailing canoe that has been built in Fiji and shipped to Norwich for display. Made entirely of wood and coir cord, with no metal components, the canoe results from a project to encourage canoe-building skills and is a small version of the great 30-metre-long vessels of the 19th century, the biggest canoes ever built. September 2016 | 15

Arts Council

Arts and culture: diversity matters

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What does diversity mean to you? To the Arts Council, it means opportunity for all. It means making sure that els rdan mod Nathifa Jo e World th Carnival of gn by couture si costume de gner Melissa si costume de an. tm Simon-Har

everyone has the opportunity to pursue their creative ambitions. It means creating conditions in which the diversity of audiences, and leaders, producers and creators of art and culture reflect the diversity of contemporary England. England already has a varied and rich arts and cultural sector, but there is more to do before it truly reflects the wide diversity that runs through our cities, towns and villages. To help make this a reality and to support more diverse-led organisations, particularly those that are BAME- (Black and minority ethnic) and Disability-led, the Arts Council recently

2015 – West Pier Art Exhibition Š Creative Futures

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announced ÂŁ5.3million investment through our Elevate Fund.

Photo: David Kirkham

Arts Council

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New Website: Online © Disability Arts

Elevate funding provides essential support that will enable more diverse-led organisations to grow, both as businesses

In addition to 30 Bird, the Arts Council is also funding: • Creative Futures, Brighton, £139,931

and programmers of high quality arts. • CultureMix, Reading, £140,000 In the East of England, Cambridge-based 30 Bird is one of the organisations that is benefiting from this latest investment.

• Disability Arts Online, Brighton, £150,000

With the support of £150,000, 30 Bird will develop its

• Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Chelmsford, £149,500

business model, staffing and programming. As part of this work, 30 Bird will review its strategies for fundraising, marketing and audience development and governance, creating a stronger platform for sustainable growth. Across the whole of the Arts Council’s South East Area, which

• Marlborough Productions CIC, Brighton, £125,000 • Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage & Culture Organisation, £120,432 Each of these organisations will use the funding to expand

encompasses both the East and South East of England, we

their capacity, develop their business models and to look at

have been able to support the ambitions of seven diverse-led

how they can increase income opportunities.

arts organisations – investing nearly £1million in their futures.

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eatre & Film

Showboat – San Francisco Opera Sunday 11th September 3pm A true classic of American musical theatre, this tale of life on the Mississippi from Showboat - San Francisco Opera the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Directed by Francesca Zambello Runtime: 2 Hrs 24 Mins Tickets: £15 CODE: SFOShow £12.50 ra ny Ope

epen The Threepenny Opera The Thre Thursday 22nd September 7pm Live Broadcast From The National Theatre A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. Starring: Rory Kinnear, Rosalie Craig and Haydn Gwynne Runtime: 2hrs 40mins inc 20mins int Tickets £15 CODE: NTLThreepenny £12.50

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Cymbaline Wed 28th September7pm Royal Shakespeare Company - StratfordUpon-Avon Innogen, has displeased her father King Cymbaline by marrying Posthumus. Posthumus proclaims her beauty to the villainous Iachimo laying a wager on her fidelity. But Iachimo will stop at nothing to prove that Innogen has been unfaithful. Run Time: 3hrs 20mins Tickets: £12.50 CODE: RSCCym £10

Tickets bookable at the Riverside Theatre Box Office on 01394 382174 or online at

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Theatre & Film News One Man Star Wars Trilogy Celebrating ten years since he first brought his hilarious show to the UK, Canadian actor Charles Ross returns from a galaxy far, far away with his One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy. On

60s love comes to King's Lynn

September 23rd

From the writers, producers, creators and directors of huge

head to Norwich Playhouse to relive the classic first three Star Wars

success Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me

releases with him, as he single-handedly plays all the characters,

follows two teenage sisters through the summer of '63 as they

sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the

embark, for the first time without their parents, on a holiday to

plots into just sixty minutes! Written by Ross and directed by TJ

the seaside. Full of freedom and high spirits they meet a

Dawe, One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy has been touring the world since January 2001 and has been performed everywhere from off-

handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the Garry Lake Photography

local U.S Air force base. But young love and holiday romance is

Broadway in New York to the West End in London, the Edinburgh

never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that

Fringe to Glastonbury, the Sydney Opera House to the resorts of

while the world around them is still watching itself in black and

Dubai, official Star Wars Celebration events and theatres worldwide

white, life and love can be much more colourful. Running from

too numerous to mention. So grab your light sabre – whether you’re

September 13th-18th at King's Lynn Corn Exchange, the show

a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced,

stars former Blue singer Anthony Costa and X Factor finalist

side-splitting evening that’s out of this world, you won’t want to miss

(2014) Lola Saunders.

this show!

New Wolsey: All or Nothing Mods all over the county get ready to scoot down to the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich to see All Or Nothing from September 12th - 17th, the ultimate Mod musical on the scene. Featuring the music of the Small Faces, the show includes an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Shar La La La Lee, Here Comes The Nice, Itchycoo Park and of course All Or Nothing. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm 'n' Blues. This 'Mod' musical is a trans-generational musical experience celebrating the unique sound of the Small Faces. September 2016 | 19

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Pride and Prejudice Norwich Theatre Royal, September 27th-October 1st Hugely popular with Norfolk audiences, multi-talented and Olivier award-winning actor Matthew Kelly returns to Norwich Theatre Royal this autumn in Pride and Prejudice. Last seen on stage in the city in Richard Bean’s cleverly-observed

included Perpetua in Bridget Jones's Diary, Caroline Bosman in

and gritty drama Toast as a chain-smoking curmudgeonly factory

ITV’s Doc Martin and Sue 2 in BBC’s Nighty Night.

worker, Matthew will play Mr Bennet, father of five unmarried daughters pushed by their mother’s ambition to bag ‘a single

Matthew Kelly is perhaps best known for presenting television shows such as You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes but also has a

man in possession of a good fortune’ in Jane Austen’s

strong pedigree as a theatre actor, appearing in the West End as

perennially popular Regency novel.

the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar, in Waiting For Godot with He joins the already-announced Felicity Montagu, the superb

Ian McKellen and Roger Rees, Tim Firth’s play Sign of the Times,

character actress who plays the fictional Alan Partridge’s long-

the musical Lend Me A Tenor! and as Lennie in the Birmingham

suffering PA Lynn, who will take on the role of Mrs Bennet. She

Repertory Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men at the Savoy

was most recently seen playing Mrs Mainwaring in the 2016 film N remake of Dad’s Army, while her other notable roles have

Theatre where his performance won him the Olivier Award for Best Actor.

SEPTEMBER BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Wed 31 Aug – Thur 1 Sept PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE Brand new live show from children’s favourite £7 - £16 Fri 2 – Sat 3 Sept GILBERT & SULLIVAN The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company with The Mikado (Fri) and Pirates of Penzance (Sat) £8 - £35

Sun 4 Sept SUE PERKINS Sparkling wit and great stories £7 - £24.5

Mon 5 – Sat 10 Septe THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Ruthie Henshall and The Overtones star in celebration of music and dance from the 1940s and 50s £8 - £33

Sun 11 Sept ASPECTS OF ALICE Talented young people from the Chermond School of Gymnastics £7 – £17.50

Tues 20 Sept THE BLUES BROTHERS The finest soul, blues and rhythm ‘n’ blues revue around £8 - £25

Mon 12 – Sat 17 Sept THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical £8 - £37.50

Wed 21 – Thur 22 Sept DANIEL O’DONNELL Charming singing star £8 - £42.50

Pride and Prejudice

Sun 18 Sept JOAN COLLINS Stories and secrets £8 - £35 Mon 19 Sept SALLY MORGAN Star psychic £7 - £24.50

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Sat 24 Sept DR HOOK All the hits £8 - £27.50 Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy £8 - £27.50

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The Magic of Puppetry Norwich Puppet Theatre’s production of The Tinderbox is currently touring the country, but will return to the Theatre for three welcome performances during half term over October 27th-28th. The production breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of magic, bravery and love - with puppetry, animation, live video and music. The central character is a roguish soldier, who returns from battle a little down on his luck, without a penny to spare. On his travels he acquires a tinderbox which gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Watch the soldier’s remarkable roller coaster adventure from rags to riches and back again! Will he survive and win the love of the beautiful princess, and just who was that mysterious old lady? The Tinderbox is just part of the half term offer at Norwich Puppet Theatre, which includes puppet making and animation workshops as well as performances of Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom and Cinderella Ashputtel. Full details can be found on the website Norwich is fortunate to have one of only three building based puppet companies in England, but to survive it needs the generous support of local authorities, trusts and foundations,

businesses and individuals. Everyone can help, and becoming a Puppet Friend of the Theatre (from as little as £15 a year) provides valuable income to support the ongoing work of the Theatre, in Norwich and beyond - as well as giving you discounted tickets! For more details go to the Support Us page on the website, or call the Theatre on 01603 629921.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Puppet Theatre to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to The Tinderbox either on October 27th or 28th. As well as the family ticket the winner of the prize draw will become a Puppet Family Friend of the Theatre, which will give discounts on tickets for the whole year to come. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: September 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply. September 2016 | 21

Coffee & aChat ARTSeast caught up with Jennifer Pike, one of the most exciting instrumentalists in the country, ahead of her performance at Suffolk's William Alwyn Festival next month

On October 5th, violinist Jennifer Pike will hold the audience in Snape Maltings Concert Hall enthralled as she plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra. The piece has become something of a speciality for her. 'I absolutely love this piece,' smiles Jennifer. Her passion for music is infectious. 'To me, it is a perfectly formed violin concerto.' Wind back in time to when Tchaikovsky composed the concerto and feeling towards it was quite different. 'At first, people described it as unplayable,' says Jennifer. 'But of course Tchaikovsky knew the instrument so well that he knew just what it was capable of. It is a beautifully written cascade of notes that suits the instrument to perfection.' Jennifer first mastered the piece around the age of 19. 'It was very daunting at first but slowly as you pick away at it, the vision of how it should be becomes clearer,' says Jennifer. 'I truly believe it communicates directly with the listeners and says exactly what he wanted to say.' Jennifer started learning the violin at primary school. 'I was lucky enough to go to a school with a very active music department which inspired me greatly,' says Jennifer. 'It's hard to make a violin sound good at first so you really need someone to encourage and inspire you.'

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Coee & a Chat

Jennifer thrived on the instrument and, at the age of just 12, became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. 'I was stunned when I won the award,' recalls Jennifer. 'I truly never expected it.' It was a life-changing experience for Jennifer and her career has soared ever since. She performs extensively as a soloist with major orchestras worldwide and has worked with a string of eminent conductors. She has also recorded for Chandos, Sony and ABC Classics.

'I'm incredibly lucky to have a lovely small family who always kept me grounded,' says Jennifer. 'I love performing but I've never been carried away with all the glitter surrounding it.’ This is Jennifer's first time at the William Alwyn Festival although she has performed extensively with the BBC Concert Orchestra. 'I'm really looking forward to the Festival as the venue is beautiful and the BBC Concert Orchestra are a wonderful group of musicians to work with,' says Jennifer. After the Festival, Jennifer is touring both in the UK and abroad and is visiting places as far afield as Sweden, the USA and Japan. 'It's a very exciting time and I feel privileged to be able to see so much of the world as I play,' says Jennifer. For those attending the concert at Snape, the privilege will be all ours to see Jennifer perform.

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Music News

Kate Jackson rocks Open The Open in Norwich is hosting a not-to-be-missed gig by singer Kate Jackson and her band The Wrong Moves. Kate Jackson, former lead singer with much missed Sheffield greats The Long Blondes, is back with a new album ‘British

Fisher Theatre: Ludlam Pikes On September 23rd, The Fisher Theatre, Bungay plays host to the

Road Movies’ and new band The Wrong Moves. ‘British Road Movies’ was released on May 20th 2016 via Hoo Ha Records with first track ‘Metropolis’ streaming now on The Quietus

excellent Ludlam Pikes who play an eclectic and entertaining

and on Spotify. The Wrong Moves were formed in 2014 after

selection of Anglo Celtic and Americana acoustic-roots music.

Jackson’s return from a four year hiatus in Rome where she

Vibrant percussion and bass create a powerful depth of sound,

lived and worked as a painter. Consisting of drummer

while energetic combinations of banjo, fiddle, guitars and

Shannon Hope, guitarist Seymour Quigley, bassist Reuben

mandolin add a sparkling range of tones to augment the band’s

Kemp and keyboard/synth player Jasper Kemp, the band

rich vocal harmony section. Original songs by band members

bring a heavier take on the studio album, with dynamic

Bryan Pearson and Barry Jones are performed alongside material

interplay between a driving rhythm section and melodic

from both sides of the Atlantic.

guitar lines, synth sounds and vocal harmonics.

Return of Bury's Lunchtime Concert Series This autumn the popular Lunchtime Concert series returns to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Running from September 12th to January 23rd, there are four concerts. Featuring an excellent variety of music the season opens with the Nick Cooper Duo on September 12th. This versatile duo perform rare but delightful duets from the Renaissance and Baroque eras by Arcadelt, K.F.Abel, Schiffelholz, and 20th century music by Ravel and Villa-Lobos. On October 10th, Colchester-based Kingfisher Ensemble are led by Beth Spendlove on Violin, with Yan Li, Viola and Susanna Davis on Cello. Their set includes performances of Frank Bridge’s Three Idylls and Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2. November 7th sees acclaimed pianist John Gough take to the stage. Saxophone quarter Saxology round off the programme on January 23rd with a varied programme of Baroque and Classical arrangements, French Neo Romantic, English Pastoral, American Jazz and a premiere too, led by composer/arranger, Jeffery Wilson. Each concert is followed by complimentary tea, coffee and cakes. All concerts start at 1.10pm.

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A Heavenly Set Heaven 17 celebrate the 35th anniversary of their seminal debut album, 'Penthouse and Pavement', by performing a brand new electronic version of the album in full. In the second half of the evening, Heaven 17 magically transforms into British Electric Foundation - touring for the first time - presenting a very special set featuring brand new arrangements of unexpected and familiar songs. BEF have also invited special guest artists to perform their hits including Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Mari Wilson, Peter Hooton (The Farm) and, of

very best of British electronica. A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s 'Dare' was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.

course, Glenn Gregory. Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or


B.E.F. for short. Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one. Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist - the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable. 'Penthouse and Pavement' is a musically schizoid slab of modern art. Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded –

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Apex, Bury St Edmunds to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Heaven 17/British Electric Foundation on October 28th. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: September 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply

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2016/17 Cambridge Classical Concert Series

Tugan Sokhiev Alison Balsom

Photo: Patrice Nin

Next month sees the start of the 2016/17 Cambridge Classical Concert Series, a series of outstanding concerts by world class soloists, orchestras and conductors taking place at Cambridge Corn Exchange from October 2016 to June 2017. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, continues as Orchestra in Residence and will perform three concerts, including an evening dedicated exclusively to the musical genius of John Williams on Jan 21st 2017. One of the greatest film composers of all time, his scores have included Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park, War Horse and many more. Tugan Sokhiev, Chief Conductor of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre,

Building on their success in previous years, Cambridgeshire Music and RPO resound, the outreach wing of the Royal Philharmonic

makes his Corn Exchange début conducting violin virtuoso

Orchestra, will deliver a dynamic range of music education

Alexandra Soumm with the Philharmonia Orchestra and we are

projects to inspire local music students, working closely with Artist

delighted to host the electrifying Venezuelan pianist Gabriela

in Residence Alison Balsom.The education programme, Create, is

Montero and the acclaimed Zürich Chamber Orchestra on their

at the heart of the Cambridge Classical Concert Series.

first time visits too.

Cambridge Live is passionate about offering young aspiring

The award-winning trumpeter Alison Balsom is named as Artist in Residence and during the series she will explore the richness and variety of music written for the instrument through a mixture of concert performances and workshops. On February 1st 2017 she will also perform a beautifully balanced programme of works old and new in recital with pianist Tom Poster and trombonist Peter Moore.

musicians the opportunity to perform alongside and learn from the world class musicians that it brings to Cambridge. It also aims to provide a platform for young people to engage with classical music for the first time. To find out more about how you can help create the musicians of the future, please visit Tickets: 01223 357851 / September 2016 | 27

Food & Drink

Food Review: The Auberge,Yaxley near Eye On arrival at the stunning Auberge we were welcomed by the owners, the Stenhouse family who have owned the fine dining establishment since 1995. The main building is beautiful and dates back to 1453 with exposed beams adding character and charm to the restaurant. From the start, the service was very attentive and we were given time to browse the extensive menu full of seasonal and locally-sourced dishes. I

roasted new potatoes, the tartiflette of potatoes layered with cream, bacon

opted for the Beef Tataki with wasabi ice cream and my dining partner

and onions and a Broccoli Bake.

had Brown Shrimp and Saffron Souffle topped with Gruyere.

For dessert I had a delicious Lemongrass Panna Cotta with Mango and

Both dishes looked absolutely stunning.The Souffle had risen so much it

Passion Fruit and my partner had the Malted Chocolate Mousse with

was jumping out of the dish and the ice cream had a beautiful creamy

Shortbread, Banana Cream and Hazelnut Praline which was excellent.

texture and a delicate taste to die for.  For the main course I had King

In conclusion, if you love great food, brilliant service and bubbly

Prawn Tails, Curried Corn Broth, Roasted Corn served with cucumber and

atmosphere this two AA Rosette restaurant is the perfect place to go.

mint. The Wiener Schnitzel was beautifully presented on a Hungarian egg, caper and mayonnaise base. For side dishes we went for the

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What’s On

A Festival for Everyone

Autumn at The Long Shop Museum There’s lots going on this autumn at The Long Shop Museum, Leiston and beyond! Head along for a tour of the museum, plus homemade cakes in the pop-up tea room and an evening concert by Leiston Royal

Folk, Classical & Jazz music, Comedy, Lectures, Opera, Poetry

British Legion Band at the Heritage Open Day on September 10th.

and a Silent Movie make up the 15th Halesworth Arts Festival,

September 24th sees the every popular Folk Night at the museum.

held at the town’s New Cut Arts Centre this October.

Celebrate the changing season at Harvest Past at Peakhill Farm,

There are welcome returns for Dervish, John Lill, Emma Johnson,

Theberton, on September 25th and find out about rural life with

Mark Carwardine and the Carducci String Quartet. Festival debuts

machinery, animals and fun for all the family. Don't miss the big

include Andy Hamilton, Fay Hield, Martin Bell, Kit & McConnel,

end of season steam event - Final Fling - on October 23rd full of

Martin Simpson and several others.There’s also a silent movie and

engines. Science fans…don't forget Science Saturday on October

a Magic Lantern show.

1st where families can get up close to science with hands on experiments, touching the museum objects and making their own

The Festival kicks off with the madly brilliant OperaUpClose,

mini museum!

performing songs and arias inspired by Shakespeare.The last night is a speedy look at 100 years of Jazz in 99 minutes.

ENGINEER this Autumn


HARVEST PAST at Peakhill Farm, Theberton Sunday 25 Sept

FINAL FLING Autumn Steam Day Sunday 23 Oct

Plus creative Autumn half-term activities for families

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What’s On

Kid's Corner - Pensthorpe Natural Park Despite hearing great things about Pensthorpe, I'd never been until I decided to take the children for a day out this summer. Voted Norfolk's best large visitor attraction last year, Pensthorpe is a

you were given a timed slot to restrict numbers so it was never too busy. Pensthorpe is home to four of the most spectacular gardens in the county as well as meadows and lakes. We explored it all while hunting

stunning place in the heart of the Norfolk countryside just outside

for the stamps the children needed to collect in order to win a badge.

Fakenham. It appeals to all ages with an idyllic mix of gardens, nature,

Dotted about the reserve were some fantastic sculptures which the

wildlife and children's play areas. Children can become bug detectives, build dens, hunt for camouflaged

children loved to keep an eye out for - the giant spider was our favourite.

mirrors and collect stamps on the WildRootz Trail. The outdoor

Ranging in age from 6 to somewhere in our 40s, the whole of my party

playground was the best I'd ever seen with winding slides, zip wires,

had a brilliant day and we can't wait to return before the summer

wooden houses and even a stream to play in! The indoor Hootz House

is over.

Sarah Veness

was a brilliant adventure with tree towers, tunnels and slides. Best of all

Great Family Shows this Autumn Albee Vector the Sound Collector: Diss Corn Hall on Tour, October 16th

Ministry of Science: King's Lynn Corn Exchange, October 9th

An epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard. Find out

Please keep your head firmly on your shoulders, and your arms, legs and

how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty on

feet inside the ride at all times! This is not your ordinary science show – it

their quest for beautiful sound in the world. Suitable for ages 4+

comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh. But most of all is comes with

a hovercraft built on stage…. Oh, and a Human Cannon too!

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show: Norwich Playhouse, October 25th You think Science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen before! Designed for children of six years and up, the show explores

The Emperor's New Clothes: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, October 26th-27th A brand new romp through a classic, eccentric tale, telling the story of an

the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s

Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But despite a wardrobe the

toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers

size of Paris he hasn’t got a stitch to wear!

and even exploding Pringle tubes! Gangsta Granny: Cambridge Arts Theatre, October 25th - 29th Stick Man: Marina Theatre Lowestoft, October 20th-21st

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with

Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning adaptation of Julia

Granny! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday

Donaldson's popular book features a trio of top actors and is packed full of

nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he

puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! September 2016 | 31

What’s On

10 years of the HighTide Festival

The renowned HighTide Festival, comes to Aldeburgh from

Guardian Theatre Critic Michael Billington; playwright and Academy

September 8th-18th.The programme, which spans performance,

Award-winner Christopher Hampton CBE and Kate Mosse, and Tom

music, visual arts, literature and talks, also includes world

Harper, Director of BBC One's acclaimed War & Peace will talk

premiere productions from new and established HighTide writers.

about his career.

HighTide Festival’s Soho Theatre comedy nights bring an eclectic

HighTide Festival 2016 will also include four brand new

programme of acts.The line-up includes: sequin-clad weirdos

commissions: the world premiere of the award-winning Girls,

Bourgeois and Maurice who bring their highly theatrical

exploring girlhood and enduring friendship against the backdrop of

kaleidoscope of current affairs, moral confusion and social

extremism in Nigeria, and Pilgrims, a psychological battle of the

commentary; acclaimed cartoonists of the mind, the spectacularly

sexes about ambition, colonialism and man’s impulse to conquer

surreal Pajama Men bring a live, comic existential meltdown that

the world; In Fidelity, combining a live on-stage date with

takes place as two comedians attempt to stage an epic, historical,

evolutionary theory written by Rob Drummond, directed by Steven

romance novel in under an hour; BAFTA-nominated star Spencer

Atkinson comes straight from a hit run at the Traverse Theatre,

Jones arrives with Spencer Jones is The Herbert in ‘Eggy Bagel’, a

Edinburgh and The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie which

magical mélange of visual, prop, clown and homemade musical

charts the transformation of a rural Chinese village from the

comedy, and finally 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Nish

Communist revolution through to modern commercialism.

Kumar, presents Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud, a comedy show about history, democracy and capitalism. HighTide is also bringing back its hugely successful talks programme Face to Face and The HighTide Symposium. Esteemed thinkers and experts in their fields who will be in conversation for Face to Face this year include: Alexi Kaye-Campbell (Pride, Sunset at the Villa Thalia) and actors Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and Ben Miles (Coupling); Olivier Award-winning actor Celia Imrie and theatre commentator Terri Paddock; esteemed actor Eleanor Bron and Terri Paddock; former Theatre Critic for the Daily Telegraph Charles Spencer and

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For the full festival programme, please visit

What’s On Gorilla Circus

Great Yarmouth’s international Out There festival takes it to the seafront Spark!

Great Yarmouth’s eagerly awaited Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts returns to the town on September 16th18th.The festival regularly attracts 50,000 people to the town and most of it is completely free! For the three days, Out There takes over St. George’s Park and the town centre with a family friendly mix of comic, acrobatic, walkabout and spectacular aerial performers from the UK, France, Spain, Brazil and Ireland. For 2016 it will also head ‘Upfront’ with a packed daytime and evening programme of brilliant shows on the resort’s Golden Mile.These include Spark! a brilliantly lit drumming spectacular and Suaveciclo from Brazil, a specially adapted tricycle that roams the seafront, projecting giant images onto buildings that

fly, run and leap across the landscape.


Other headline acts include the world premier of Gorilla Circus' Altitude, a spectacular that blends traditional trapeze, highwire and other aerial circus skills with the unexpected on a purpose built structure that is as much a character and part of the show as the performers!   Out There 2016 also features the re-launch of Seachange's base the Drill House following its £1.5million redevelopment and refurbishment. For the first time there will be both indoor and outdoor events at the historic hall, which will become an international circus centre for performance and creation alongside holding a vital community role for the town.

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Photos: Robin Drury

Local Arts Scene: Sudbury

Sudbury: A Rich Artistic Heritage Set in the Stour Valley, Sudbury is a bustling market town with

Theatre lovers will enjoy offerings from the town's theatre - The Quay -

impressive artistic credentials.

which has a wide programme with something to suit all tastes.

As the birthplace of artist Thomas Gainsborough, the town and its

St Peter's Church, in the heart of the town, serves as a community point

surrounding area provided inspiration for many of his paintings. His

for concerts and exhibitions and work is ongoing to improve the

childhood home, Gainsborough's House is now a museum and gallery

facilities on offer.

dedicated to his work, while also housing temporary exhibitions from other artists.

Once a year the town is home to the Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts where children from local schools perform. It also hosts a popular Food

Constable also painted extensively in the local area and renowned artist

& Drink Festival each summer with demonstrations and the chance to

Maggi Hambling was born in the town.

get hands-on.

For centuries the weaving and silk industries thrived here and the

Sudbury has a good range of shops, restaurants and hotels to make for

wealth generated can still be seen today in many of the fine buildings

an enjoyable place to stay and while away a weekend.

throughout Sudbury.

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Local Arts Scene: Sudbury

Artistic Jewel in Sudbury's Crown

In the heart of Sudbury is Gainsborough's House, the childhood

Andrew Lambirth bought his first painting as a student in the late

home of the portrait and landscape painter Thomas

1970s. Since then he has built up a collection of paintings,

Gainsborough. Born in the house in 1727,Thomas spent much of his childhood sketching the landscape surrounding Sudbury, establishing a love of landscape that would run throughout his later career.

drawings and prints which focuses on the artists he has known and written about. The exhibition concentrates on portraits and self-

In the centuries following Gainsborough's death, the house was

portraits drawn from

occupied by private individuals and run as a teashop and B&B

his collection in a

eventually opening to the public as a museum in 1961 after a

variety of media, from

vigorous campaign to save it for the nation.

etchings and

Today Gainsborough's House displays the most comprehensive

lithographic prints to

collection of Thomas Gainsborough's art to be found within a

collage, oil painting

single setting, and stages a range of temporary exhibitions

and pencil drawing.

throughout the year. In addition to featuring a beautiful garden at

The range is wide;

the back of the House planted with 18th century plant species, the

from the gentle

Gainsborough's House Print Workshop stands as one of the finest

surrealism of Eileen

in the country, carrying on Gainsborough's proud tradition as one

Agar to the witty Pop

of the most innovative printmakers of his day.

Maggi Hambling – Portrait of my Father

Art of Allen Jones, via Maggi Hambling's ink portrait of her father and Laetitia Yhap's pregnant nude self-portrait.

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Local Arts Scene: Sudbury

Preserving the Town's Heritage

Artistic Showcase

Sudbury’s Heritage Centre is a true phoenix that has grown from

Many artists - both professional and amateur - have chosen to

unpromising beginnings into an attraction that wins praise from

make Sudbury their home.

the curators of other museums for its design and content.

Earlier this summer its incredibly popular Summer Art Show was

A small original space in the Town Hall lobby has been extended

held in St Peter's. This exhibition was a showcase for over 60 artists

to become a true 21st century facility with three digital screens

and crafts people from the local area.

providing windows into the town’s past. One gives access to 1,000 historic photographs of the town, the earliest dating back to 1850s when the camera was an infant.The largest screen features significant events from the town’s past - the present presentation traces the history of a Zeppelin raid which brought death and destruction in 1916. The narrative war memorial has been known to reduce visitors to tears and a huge artwork captures WW2 wartime drama as a damaged American B17 Flying Fortress bomber flies low over the town centre as it limps back to its Sudbury base. Linger longer and you can read about the 486th Bomb Group operations deep into

With 2700 visitors over six days, it provided a fantastic opportunity for people to browse a range of truly eclectic work. Local art teachers managed to get time to bring parties of art studying students to the event and set them projects based on the art that was on display. People were able to buy art and chill out in the 'Pop-Up Art Cafe' on site. 'The standard of work was exceptionally high and in many instances visitors returned bringing their friends,' says Robin Drury, show organiser. 'We were really proud to be associated with such a lot of fine creative output and have the opportunity to underline the fact that Sudbury really is at the centre of a creative hub in this region.'

Occupied Europe and stories of those who never came back. This event is biennial and rotates with ‘Visions of Sudbury’ - an The Heritage Centre and the rest of the Town Hall with artwork, documents, display of Sudbury silk and other treasures will be open from 10am-4pm on the Saturday (September 10th) of Heritage Weekend. Attractions on that day only will include a display of fossils and specimens from a large collection of ‘finds’ unearthed in the area, Normally the Heritage Centre is open on weekdays from 10am-5pm, there is no charge for entry. 

exhibition which next happens in October 2017. Visions has been running for 12 years and encourages ALL local artists to respond to the local landscape and town.This popular event always encourages a great outpouring of creativity. 'Even now, we are encouraging people to start thinking about the work they might enter,' says Robin Drury. 'Last year we gave away £1000 in prize money, donated from the Locality Budget.’ September 2016 | 37

Local Arts Scene:Sudbury

The Heart of Theatre in Sudbury Nestled by the River Stour in Sudbury,The Quay Theatre is an

the great comedy parts of Falstaff, Bottom and Dogberry, Will Kempe

historical gem, serving up all manner of entertainment both

the comedian and William Shakespeare the writer fell out over

amateur and professional, all year round to the local communities

Kempe's ideas for a comedy part in Hamlet.To show Shakespeare

in Suffolk and Essex.

the true nature of comedy Kempe walked out of his office in the

With a mix of drama, comedy, music, musicals, live cinema, children’s

globe and Morris Danced from London to Norwich in nine days.

shows, films and of course, the annual panto (Treasure Island this

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of

year!), you’ll find plenty to get excited about in the following months.

Shakespeare, join Tim for wild Morris dancing, near death, arrest and

One of the highlights for this season will be Tim Fitzhigham’s Will Kempe – Shakespeare's Stand Up on October 21st. Having created

injury as he takes on the challenge of the greatest stand up the world ever saw - Will Kempe. Bound up with this story is the discovery that Shakespeare and Tim may have a lot more in common as Tim stumbles on some forgotten paperwork and the secret of a catholic saint... For a full programme, go to or contact the box office on 01787 374745 to be sent a hard copy by post.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Quay Theatre to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see Will Kempe - Shakespeare's Stand Up on October 21st at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and telephone number to

Closing date: September 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Local Arts Scene: Sudbury

Spotlight on... ...Playwright & Performer Robert Crighton Q. You write and perform but which came

exciting. Whilst awards don’t really matter, in the sense you

first? How do the two interact?

didn’t create the work specifically to win them, it is nice to

I came to performing very late, only really getting into it

get the recognition. One of those shows hadn’t had much

when I was sixteen, whereas writing was something I spent

success in terms of getting an audience when I toured it, so

a lot of time doing when growing up. My first performance

to get the award was wonderful. Two of those shows I still

of any size was a story I’d written as an exercise and wasn’t

perform, which means they stay with me.

something I’d planned to do anything with. When I did

Q. What projects are you currently working on?

perform it and the audience reaction was so strong, I didn’t look back. Most of my career involves performing my own material, so the writing and rehearsal process overlaps. Unlike when I write a play, which may change once in rehearsal but rarely so much, a monologue or piece of storytelling will evolve as I run and rehearse it, often quite dramatically. During every run I’ll be doing rewrites and the final text will be very different from that used at the first rehearsal.

I’m currently creating a lot of new audio work to go online this year – much of which is recording in Sudbury, thanks to the support of the Quay Theatre. We’re doing live radio comedy that will be streaming online in September and October – and tickets to be in the audience for that are on sale now.  After that I’m taking a selection of my shows about Shakespeare, Undead Bard, to London.  I’ve performed them throughout East Anglia over the last few years and it’s nice to take them to a new audience.  I’m also

Q. Please tell us about your company Milk Bottle Productions? I created Milk Bottle in 2000 when I was first creating professional productions. Most of the time it’s the banner under which I create monologues and storytelling, but there

directing a seminal piece of feminist literature, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, for performance at the Quay in November.

Q. What makes Sudbury such a special place to live and work?

are occasional moves into full scale plays and, more recently, into creating audio podcasts to go online. Though there isn’t a permanent company, there is a pool of creative talent who work with me again and again.

It helps that there’s the wonderful community resource of the Quay Theatre, which has room for new and exciting work. I was artist in residence there a couple of years ago and produced a whole season of work that I suspect some

Q. You've won awards for your work...please can you share your highlights with us? I won three awards for my monologue work over three successive years at the LOST One Act Festival, the first and I

regional spaces might not embrace so fully. It’s a great town with a wonderful history to it, so there’s always something to respond to as an artist.

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The Last Photo The Loving Swans by Charmian Berry from Woodbridge 'This picture was taken on the River Deben. The swans swam towards each other, met in the middle and formed this heart before moving away again. It's always been a favourite image of mine as it captured a perfect fleeting moment and is lovely when you think that swans mate for life.'Â

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Competition winners from our previous issue: Maui Waui Festival Family ticket - Hazel Hicks of Ipswich

Pop-Up Bowie Competition - Lucy Wilkins of Carbrooke

The Marie Lloyd Story by Broad Horizons - Wendy Walker of Gorleston

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