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MARISAARNA J E W E L L E RY S T U D I O & G A L L E RY Marisa Arna designs and makes her silver and gold jewellery, including any stone-setting, at her studio near Frinton-onSea in Essex. Her work in silver, gold and gemstones is both contemporary and timeless and comfortable enough to enjoy wearing every day. It ranges from ready-to-wear inexpensive gifts to bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Commissions include the remodelling of old, gold jewellery into new, wearable pieces to be enjoyed for many more years. The gallery specialises in showcasing jewellery exclusively by independent designer-makers based on the British Isles.





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An exhibition of iconic pictures celebrating the early days of the punk era 10th – 25th November 2017

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ARTSeast Competition Winners from the previous issue: Tickets to see Suddenly Last Summer at Beccles Public Hall - James Suckling of Barsham, Beccles

Editor’s Welcome

Tickets to the Live Aid Experience at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange - Glenda Bailey of Wells-next-the-Sea

A warm welcome to the NovemberARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT follow us @artseastmag artseastmagazine Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness Editorial Sarah Veness 01379 773348 Advertising Gary Enderby 01379 773347 Social Media Manager Sam Enderby Accounts Julia Aitken 01379 773349

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up with

December issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

TV’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone ahead of

I can hardly believe the year is nearly up and we’re

his intimate tour which you can catch at either

already edging towards panto season. But as the

Cambridge Corn Exchange or Snape Maltings in

weather turns colder, there is no let up in the sheer


scale of artistic gems our region has to offer during

In this issue, we also have some fantastic prizes on

these winter months.

offer including a family ticket to Theatre Royal’s

In this issue we look at the fantastic Art Fair East

renowned pantomime Sleeping Beauty and tickets

which takes over beautiful St Andrew’s Hall in early

to see award-winning choir Only Men Aloud when

December, find out more about Norwich’s excellent

they appear at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds in

film festival heading to the city in November, chat to


artist Christine McKechnie and discover the punk

Finally, all that’s left for me to do is to thank all of our

photography exhibition heading to the Gallery

readers and advertisers for your continued support

Norfolk. Both Norfolk and Suffolk are home to some

and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy

excellent craft markets during this period and we

new year.

take a look at a few inside.

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Cover Image: Art Fair East: BANKSY Nola (White Rain) Signed and numbered in pencil.

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Editor’s Welcome



Artist Profile:

31 Norwich Theatre Royal

Christine McKechnie

Theatre & Film News



11 Art Fair East 2017

33 A Christmas Circus Carol

14 Visual Arts News


Music News

17 PUNK+ Exhibition


Only Men Aloud Competition

18 Arts & Crafts Directory

39 What’s On News

22 Coffee & A Chat: Gareth Malone 40 25 Norwich Film Festival



Arts Council: National Lottery Funding


Interview: Ryan Holt, Beccles Pantomime Director

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Artist ProďŹ le: Christine McKechnie


Renowned for her watercolour painted paper collages, Christine McKechnie finds inspiration all around her...

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‘I can still remember the picture I drew on my first day of infant school,’ says Christine McKechnie. ‘I’d cried all of the way there but the minute the teacher put a piece of paper and some pencils in my hand, I was happy.’ She may have come a long way since that picture of a house on a hill complete with curtains and flowers in the window, but Christine’s love for art is still just as transparent. ‘It’s been my passion and my work my whole life,’ she smiles. ‘I worked while I was bringing up my family and I still work hard today at the age of 74.’ Christine has painted in many mediums but today favours the creation of watercolour painted paper collages. ‘In the 1960s my husband and I moved to America,’ she recalls. ‘We had


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command high prices. ‘When I’m working, I start with a drawing,’ says Christine. ‘Then I think about which colours I would like in the piece and paint the papers to match my idea. I then cut them out and layer them up until I get the effect I want.’ Inspiration can be found everywhere and anywhere. ‘I love landscapes but literally anything can spark my interest,’ says Christine. ‘From a beautiful tree or stunning view to someone hanging their washing out on a Venice street. Recently we were stuck in a hotel in the Czech Republic and all I could see from the window was a bleak scene but I still managed to find inspiration from some graffiti on a wall.’ Christine regularly exhibits her work throughout the region and further afield including at the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, near Bury

no money at all and our belongings were impounded in tea chests

St Edmunds. Her work is on display at the prestigious Fox and Goose Inn

thanks to a dock strike. It was the first time I had no oil paints to work

in Fressingfield and is stocked at the John Russell Gallery in Ipswich. She

with so I had to come up with another way to work. I managed to get my

also welcomes visitors to her studio near Eye. In 2018, she is also holding

hands on a few bits of fabric and started doing collages.’

an exhibition at the Market Cross in Debenham.

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Art Fair East 2017

This international contemporary art fair is creating a buzz in the east of England‌and beyond.

View of Norwich Cathedral from Elm Hill by Howard Temperley





BANKSY Nola (White Rain) - signed and numbered in pencil Mark Strong by Chedgey

Regular readers of this magazine know that our region has a wealth of artistic talent and a thriving arts scene. One of the key outlets for that talent is Art Fair East, the annual contemporary art fair at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

the first time signed editions by Banksy were available to see and buy in the region (with more expected this year). The Fair has also become a significant element of Norwich’s Christmas shopping experience.

Now in its third year, Art Fair East has quickly become established as the go-to place to see and buy top quality art in the east of England. Combining local exhibitors with others from elsewhere in the UK and overseas, the annual event is creating a real buzz in and beyond the east of England. In fact, last year’s fair was

Founded and curated by experienced arts professionals Will Teather and Brian Korteling, Art Fair East provides a platform for artists to sell their work. As successful artists themselves, both are passionate about getting more people interested in original contemporary art and helping artists to make a living. As Will says;

‘Because we select the exhibitors we can make sure there is a good variety of work that will appeal to different people and give an assurance of quality. All artwork is either one-off or limited edition.’ This year will again see dealers in fine art, modern art, urban and street art, photography and sculpture. London’s prestigious Underdog Gallery represent a hand-picked selection of modern artists and will be returning for the second time. Underdog Director Sammy Forway commented; ‘Art Fair East was a great way for us to create interest in our gallery and

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Will Teather in the studio by Martin Marsh

artists outside London. We made several substantial sales and have had people who saw us at the Norwich event coming to London to buy work. We met a lot of talented artists and have worked with a couple of them on exhibitions since. All in all, it’s is a great way to break into the world of art fairs for galleries or individual artists and it’s a big bonus that it’s run by artists for artists!’ Brian Korteling added, ‘We aim to deliver the best the art-world has to offer to the Eastern region and introduce regional artists to a wider audience. It’s also satisfying when


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artists are signed up by galleries as a result of being seen at the Fair.’ Suffolk based Val Bright-Jones is a first-time exhibitor. ‘I am thrilled to have been selected for Art Fair East 2017,’ she says. ‘This will be a wonderful opportunity to reach new audiences with my work and I am excited to be showing at a fair that has already exhibited international names like Banksy and Nando Kallweit. I plan on displaying paintings in oil and acrylic using water as my main inspiration.’ David Chedgey, best known simply as Chedgey, will be exhibiting and offering his

skills as a portrait painter for commission. The former lecturer has been painting and sculpting for over sixty years and has work in public and private collections worldwide. Amongst his past commissions have been portraits of Norman Lamb MP and actor Mark Strong. Art Fair East is at St Andrew’s Hall Norwich from December 1st-3rd. Full information at





Visual Arts

David Dane: Free Spirit Exhibition

Walsham-le-Willows Art & Crafts Group Exhibition

The stunning ‘Boathouse’ on Ormesby Broad is the setting for an

From November 18th-20th the highly-respected Walsham-le-Willows

upcoming exhibition of the very individual and ethereal paintings by

Arts & Crafts Group will be showing their work in the Priory Room, next

Norfolk artist David Dane - the artist who took the Norfolk and Suffolk

to St Mary’s Church in the village. These 12 artists work in a variety of

Broads to the World. During the 80s and 90s period, the artist was

different mediums and there really is something for everyone from

one of the first to have his work transferred into print. These were

pots, batik wall hangings, rugs and knitting to glass art, metal

published and marketed by a leading London company. His

sculpture, jewellery, etchings, oil paintings, oil pastels, and

interpretation of the Broadland scene became best sellers

photography. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique and

worldwide. David’s annual exhibition is now the only place where

unusual Christmas gift. All members are pleased to accept

you can see the artist’s new work, as at present, he does not exhibit

commissions. The exhibition is open from 10am-6pm and admission

in any other gallery. In recent years, David’s paintings have

is free.

developed a stronger mystical essence. The Free Spirit exhibition celebrating the peace and freedom of the Broads - will consist of a new and never seen before selection of original oil paintings and a carefully selected collection of high-class Giclée prints. The exhibition runs from November 25th-December 3rd and is open every day between 11am and 4pm. Admission free.

Maggi Hambling - New Paintings The celebrated East Anglian artist, Maggi Hambling, has been established over the last four decades as one of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors – a restless creative spirit who is known for such diverse works as her paintings of George Melly for the National Portrait Gallery and creating Scallop, the monumental sculpture celebrating Benjamin Britten on Aldeburgh beach, recently voted one of the nation’s top 20 artworks of all time. This exhibition, Hambling’s third at The Corn Hall, Diss draws together selected themes from her recent work. She continues her acclaimed North Sea Paintings, inspired by the sea off her native Suffolk coast. ‘Whether the paintings are tiny or cover the studio wall, I try to translate the energy of a wave breaking in oil paint on canvas.’ Hambling’s self-portraits range from the large and quirky (National Portrait Gallery) to fierce images of self-examination. Her new 6 o’clock series is - the artist with malt whiskey –is, as ever, totally original. Hambling has never been afraid to confront major issues through her work – death, war and, recently, climate change. Her Edge paintings of melting ice-caps, shown for the first time at Marlborough Fine Art (London) in the spring, embody the fragility of our existence. The exhibitions runs until November 22nd.

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John Vesty: Cork Brick Gallery The Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay is home this month to an exhibition by talented artist John Vesty. Running until November 18th, the exhibition highlights new work including a range of sculptures.

Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition The hugely popular Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition returns to All Saints’ Church, Cambridge (opposite Jesus

Since moving to France five years ago,

College) from November 11th to December 10th,

John has developed an interest in

showcasing a wide range of ceramics from more than 70

exploring life’s contrasts such as those

potters in the region. This is the 21st Anglian Potters

between monochrome and colour, the real

Christmas exhibition to be held in the striking Gothic

and the illusory. Living now in an area

Revival/Arts and Crafts All Saints’ Church. Entrance is free

where trees abound, he has recently begun

and visitors are invited to meet the potters, browse and

expanding into sculpture; partly informed

perhaps purchase a unique Christmas gift or two from the

by retinal observation and partly

wide variety of handmade items on display. The diverse

conceptual, employing incongruity,

range of items include functional domestic wares,

humour and sometimes inanimate objects

decorative forms, wall hangings and sculptures that are

as stand-ins to highlight aspects of human

sure to be a riot of colour, texture and shape, and provide

behaviour and emotion.

something for every taste. Open every day from 10am to

4.00pm. As this is a selling event, all purchases may be taken away on the day.

Wells Maltings: Calling All Artists Artists with an East Anglian connection are invited to submit works for the exciting launch exhibition at the new Wells Maltings art space, opening Spring 2018. CONNECTION will bring together the best artists from across the East Anglian region to showcase the stunning new art space within the refurbished Maltings buildings on Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, and to form an important part of its opening season. Featuring 2-dimensional work in all mediums CONNECTION not only offers a unique opportunity for artists to show their work, but will also give visitors the chance to view and purchase work by artists at every level of their career, from new local talent in the community, to established figures. Wells Maltings general manager Simon Daykin says; ‘Our opening exhibition will combine the things we hold dear to us. Firstly, we aim to showcase the very best in visual arts from exciting and inspirational artists. Secondly, the focus on East Anglian themes reflects our own sense of place, and how we bring our local connections and community into our building. And last – but certainly not least – it’s an open call – anyone can take part and submit work. The Maltings – like art – is for everyone. CONNECTION is co-curated by art specialist Catherine Mason, who is working closely with the Maltings team in the planning and curation of the centre’s programme of visual art from 2018. She also leads the selection panel for the CONNECTION open exhibition.





Pre-View Friday 27th October 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by JOHN VESTY

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Celebrating the Punk Revolution

In a year that the UK music press are celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk rock, an exhibition showcasing the movement's most notorious bands heads to the Norwich Lanes this November. Legendary photographer, Sheila Rock, captured

perfectly placed to capture U.K punk bands in their

bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and

infancy. Pieces of her work are on permanent

Siouxsie and the Banshees in their formative years

display around the world including the National

and now thanks to a twist of fate, her images

Portrait Gallery in London.

which have toured some of the biggest cities in the world and adorned the pages of some of the most famous publications, are taking to the walls of The Gallery Norfolk, on St Giles Street in the Norwich Lanes.

Said Sheila of the scene she found in London in the early Seventies; ‘I saw that something exciting was happening in Chelsea. There was a different way of thinking and being. It was provocative. I was never consciously in a “scene” and moved seamless through this Punk time as I did with other areas that interested me which have no relation to music or attitude. I was a young person interested in photography but had no real expertise. I just photographed what was around me. I was a recorder of time.’ By the early 1990s Sheila was well established as a fashion, pop and rock photographer, working all

Sheila Rock was born in Hawaii and moved to New York in her twenties where she married photographer Mick Rock. She was drawn to the camera while on tour with her husband covering David Bowie's first tour of the USA. They moved to London in the early 70s and therefore were

to the city. The Sheila Rock exhibition Punk+ is showing at

over the world. Polly Miller, Art Director at EMI's

The Gallery Norfolk and includes over 20 prints of

classical department asked Sheila if she would be

some of her most iconic images including Johnny

interested in photographing the famous tenor

Rotten, Debbie Harry, The Clash, Siouxsie Sioux

Placido Domingo and the pair became close

and Jordan. Visitors will also have the chance to

friends and worked regularly together until in

buy signed copies Sheila's much lauded book,

2012, when Polly gave up the hustle and bustle of


London, to open a gallery in Cromer on the Norfolk Coast. A few years later Polly opened another gallery bearing the same name in Norwich. Soon after this the friends decided to collaborate again and bring Sheila's exhibition

Punk+ runs from November 10th to 25th (Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm) at The Gallery Norfolk, 60 St Giles, NR21LW.




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Coffee & a Chat TV’s favourite choirmaster

Gareth Malone discusses his passion for performing live

ahead of his upcoming tour to the region

Famed for his role in the TV shows The

example Wherever You Are, Fields of

Choir and Pitch Battle, Gareth Malone has

Gold and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.’

graced our screens for the past decade.

Gareth will be joined by some

original songs. As well as Gareth, they have collaborated with many artists including Jamie Cullum and Labyrinth.

This month he heads to the region - to

outstanding guest singers and musicians

‘The Swingles really are fantastic,’ says

Cambridge Corn Exchange and Snape

including five-time Grammy award-

Gareth. ’Their harmonies are amazing

Maltings - for two dates of his six-date

winning A Cappella group The Swingles

and they really know how to put on


and the renowned Ayoub Sisters.

a show.’

‘This is my third tour and I’m trying

Formed in the 1960s - and still going

Gareth will also be joined by the

something different this time,’ he smiles.

strong with new members - the Swingles

incredible Ayoub Sisters, Scottish-

‘We’ve reduced the amount of shows

began their career covering jazzy

Egyptian multi-instrumentalists

down as an experiment which gives it a

versions of Bach. Fifty years later, their

discovered by Mark Ronson. Classically

nice intimate feel. I’ll be performing

repertoire has extended to encompass a

trained, they are one of the only acts in

songs from across all of the TV series for

wide variety of music, including new

the world to play two instruments

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a lot of the shows on TV - both those I’ve

‘I would tour all of the time if I could,’ he

loop station. They can also swap

been involved with and others - have

laughed. ‘It’s my favourite thing to do!’

instruments as they play!

made singing more popular among

Gareth will be performing at Cambridge Corn Exchange on November 14th and at Snape Maltings on November 16th. For more information, please visit

together - cello and violin - through one

‘Sarah and Laura are brilliant

boys which is fantastic.’

performers,’ says Gareth. ‘Through the

As part of the tour, Gareth will also be

use of a loop station they can build up a

performing some new original songs.

truly amazing sound and I’m thrilled to be working with them on the tour.’

‘The Swingles and I will be performing some of my own songs that I’ve written

For Gareth growing up, singing was

over the past five years,’ says Gareth.

always a safe haven.

‘There will also be lots of opportunities

‘If I’d had enough of school or my fellow

for the audience to join in which I love.’

pupils, I’d take myself off to the music

Despite finding fame on TV, Gareth’s

room and sing or play the piano. I think

passion is for live performance.





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Tues 21-Sat 25 Nov SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW Multi-sensory delight for famlies £8-£31.50

Sun 26 Nov BOWIE EXPERIENCE Celebratory tribute £7-£24.50

Wed 13 Dec 2017 – Sun 14 Jan 2018 SLEEPING BEAUTY East Anglia’s biggest and best family pantomime £7 - £24.50

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Lights! City! Action!

Love films? Then head to Norwich this month for the city’s seventh Film Festival

Photo: John Swannell

Michael Palin



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Norwich Film Festival – proudly supported by Norwich BID - is back and will be showcasing a selection of the best local, British and International short films. The line-up of 100 films will be screened from November 9th-19th. This year’s official selection of 70 short films features exceptional talent with Harry Potter actor, David Bradley in the charming, Edmund the Magnificent; War Horse star, Peter Mullan in gripping drama, Edith; and the wonderful Michelle Collins in the powerful Black Road. The spotlight will be placed on local filmmakers with The East Anglian Collection screening and a new


East Anglian Award which focuses on showcasing the best in film from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. This is just one of nine exciting shorts screenings including The Student Selection (Nov 18th) sponsored by Arnolds Keys, which features emerging film-makers and The Documentary Selection (Nov 19th) sponsored by Wex Photographic. Debuting this year is the Festival’s Industry Day (Nov 17th), designed to give new filmmakers all the information they need to break into the business. They will be welcoming guests to share their experiences including BAFTA winning

sound editor, Eddy Joseph; BAFTA winning screenwriter, Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas); Director and former NFF judge, Jane Gull (My Feral Heart). While 2017 also sees the introduction of A Box of Delights (Nov 11th), a collection of award-winning family friendly animations aimed at children aged 4 to 12. As Co-director, Craig Higgins says; ‘It is fantastic because it shows how the festival is getting more and more recognised and it goes back to the quality of the films being screened. We have a really diverse mix of short films and features, a real opportunity for filmmakers and film-lovers to explore

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Photo: NFF

Photo: Andrew Ogilvy Photography

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something new, something they may otherwise not have the opportunity to see. This is our most ambitious festival by a long shot. NFF are pleased to announce an increased line-up of feature films this year. The festival will launch with a screening of A Private Function at OPEN with leading actor, Michael Palin in attendance for a Q&A with Guardian critic, Peter Bradshaw (Nov 9th). There will also be regional premieres of Double Date (Benjamin Barfoot), Butterfly Kisses (Rafael Kapelinski), Brakes starring Noel Fielding, and a special screening of Academy Awardwinning Director, Asif Kapadia’s (Amy, Senna)

debut film, The Warrior. They will also be welcoming Actor and NFF patron, Tim McInnerny for a special In Conversation about his esteemed career taking in roles in Blackadder, Spooks and Game of Thrones. Plus, the BAFTA Shorts Tour will return to close the festival (Nov 19th). This year’s tour features eight of the 2017 BAFTA short film nominees; including Best Short Film winner, Home, directed by Daniel Mulloy; and Best Short Animation winner, A Love Story, directed by Anushka Kishani. Festival patron, Stephen Fry says; ‘A thriving film festival in my beloved home town gives me such pleasure. It was in Norwich that I

learned to love film. I spent more time than I probably should have done at the Gaumont on All Saints Green, the ABC on the Prince of Wales Road, the Odeon Anglia Square, the dear old Noverre at the Assembly House and latterly the peerless Cinema City. Very proud now to be a patron of a festival that encourages people from Norfolk, Norwich and beyond to be enchanted, beguiled and entranced by all kinds of film that might not otherwise reach them.’ Events will take place at The Auditorium at The Forum unless stated. For the full programme or to book tickets please visit:




Theatre & Film

Classic Ayckbourn Comedy in Norwich Matrimonial mishaps and the odd dinner party debacle are guaranteed as a host of top TV and stage names bring a classic comedy to life at Norwich Theatre Royal this winter. How The Other Half Loves is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s bestknown plays with a strong farcical edge and will feature a

Award- Success for Ipswich Theatre The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich is delighted to have been

number of familiar faces when it is performed from November 27th to December 2nd.

announced as a winner of two UK Theatre Awards at a ceremony in

Acclaimed actress Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, Holby City),

London on October 15th. The UK Theatre Awards are the only

plays Fiona Foster who is having an affair with Bob Philips,

nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in

portrayed by Leon Ockenden who recently played Coronation

performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the

Street’s shady Will Chatterton. They prove less than adept at

United Kingdom. The Who’s TOMMY was awarded Best Touring

covering up the affair from their spouses. Things become

Production, directed by Kerry Michael, a New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

even more complicated when a third couple are falsely

and Ramps on the Moon co-production, and the two organisations

accused of adultery. Everything comes to a head during two

also received the award for Promotion of Diversity for their ground-

disastrous dinner parties on successive nights which are both

breaking work in the inclusion and integration of D/deaf and

shown on stage at the same time and throw the future of all

disabled individuals.

three couples into jeopardy.

My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood at The Garage This Christmas,The Garage and All-In Productions are giving children from the ages of one to six their first taste of the great British festive pastime – pantomime! The show has all you would expect from a panto, the dame, songs and a fairy-tale ending and children won’t be getting fidgety in their seats, as the show has plenty for them to get involved with from singing and dancing to helping to make treats for Granny and scaring spiders. My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood runs from December 1st-29th.

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A Christmas Classic by Spinning Wheel Following its incredibly successful tour in 2015, Spinning Wheel Theatre returns this December with their adaptation of the muchloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Miserly humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, has no time for Christmas. But as the clock strikes midnight his world turns upside-down. A visit from

Panto Fever hits King’s Lynn It’s time for Fee Fi Fo Fun with a GIANT of a pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. The star performer in this year’s production is Ian Reddington, in the role of Fleshcreep. Returning by popular demand for his eighth year as Director, and this year playing Dame Trott, is audience favourite Ian Marr. Ian will be teaming up with Jacob Marley, propels Scrooge on a night of visions of his happy past,

Scott Cripps, who together make a hilarious double act. Scott

harsh present and horrific future. This festive feast will run for three

will be playing the role of Simple Simon, returning from last

nights at Moyse’s Hall Museum, and then tour Suffolk, Norfolk and

year’s standout performance as Buttons. Also joining the cast

Cambridgeshire, bringing high quality arts to small communities

are Rebecca Lisewski playing Jack and KLFM’s Posh Charles.

until December 23rd.

West End hit comes to Cambridge Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in the West End, Cambridge Arts Theatre are proud to welcome the intoxicating theatrical phenomenon, People, Places & Things. Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive, how can she ever sober up? People, Places & Things is written by Duncan Macmillan (1984, Every Brilliant Thing, Lungs) and directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (This House, The Nether, Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies). Designed by Olivier and Tony Award winning designer Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), it is an intoxicating play about surviving in the modern world.





Follies encore

Sunday 19th November 3pm Recorded Broadcast from The National Theatre

New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty Years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes No interval Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) Quote: ARTSeast code: Follies £12.50

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts Sunday 26th November 3pm Recorded Broadcast

Artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, he shows no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney. Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes No interval Tickets £12.50 | Student £10 (ID Req) Quote: ARTSeast Code: Hockney £10

A Woman of No Importance

Tuesday 28th November 7.15pm Live broadcast from the Vaudeville Theatre London

Olivier award-winner Eve Best and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes incl 1 interval. Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) Quote: ARTSeast Code: No Importance £12.50

Young Marx

Wednesday 13th December 7pm Live broadcast from The National Theatre

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, thirty-two-year-old revolutionary Karl Heinrich Marx is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and childlike emotional illiteracy. Runtime 2 hours 20 minutes incl 2 intervals. Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) Quote: ARTSeast Code: Marx £12.50

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

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An East End Villain! One of the UK’s favourite soap actors Gillian Wright is leaving EastEnders and The Queen Vic pub behind this Christmas when she heads for Norwich and the Theatre Royal’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime. The EastEnders stalwart, who plays one of the BBC soap’s most memorable residents Jean Slater, will be appearing as the panto’s villain, The Dowager Aunt Vipera, from December 13th, 2017 to January 14th, 2018. She will be joining seasoned Theatre Royal panto comedy double-act Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley (below) in the festive spectacular. Gillian has played Stacey Slater’s mum in EastEnders since she first joined the soap in December 2004. A true Walford icon, she is known for her impressive cardigan collection and the ability to rustle up culinary creations such as Sausage Surprise! and Jean’s Fishy Basket. But her character has also battled adversity, from an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder to difficult relationships with her son Sean and daughter Stacey In addition to EastEnders, Gillian has also appeared in many of television’s most watched shows, including Holby City, Spooks, The Bill, Silent Witness and Coronation Street. Sleeping Beauty follows on from the theatre’s highly successful 2016-17 Jack and the Beanstalk panto which was seen by over 61,000 people and generated a record-breaking £1,087,670 in ticket sales. Tickets for Sleeping Beauty cost from £7-£24.50 from the box office on 01603 630000 or online at


WIN TICKETS We have joined forces with Norwich Theatre Royal to give readers the chance to win a family ticket (for two adults and two children) for Sleeping Beauty on Friday December 15th at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning this prize, just send your answer to the question below to

Which TV soap character does panto star Gillian Wright play in EastEnders? A – Dot Cotton B – Jean Slater C – Phil Mitchell Closing date: December 8th, usual terms and conditions apply. Tickets cannot be exchanged for seats for another show or a cash alternative.



Spinning Wheel Theatre presents


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A Christmas Circus Carol

The Oak Circus Centre in central Norwich will be presenting three performances of their Dickens themed cabaret for all ages, A Christmas Circus Carol, from December 15th-17th. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the show will give both children and adults from The Oaks’ popular circus courses the unique opportunity to perform alongside seasoned professionals from Norwich’s very own multinational Lost in Translation Circus company. It will also give a taster of the sort of skills people of all ages can learn at The Oak throughout the year. Lost in Translation are rapidly becoming established as one of the country’s leading and best-loved contemporary circus companies for their trademark warm humour combined with heart-stoppingly virtuosic skilful aerial and floor

acrobatics. The professional performers in A Christmas Circus Carol will include Co-Director Massimiliano Rossetti and core artist Raisin Morris who have held the Guinness World Record for most somersaults on a Korean Cradle in one minute since 2015. The Oak Circus Centre is Lost in Translation’s own base, the only centre of its kind in the East of England run by experienced circus professionals. It runs courses for all ages from complete beginners to those looking to make a career in the contemporary circus as well as providing rehearsal and creation facilities for visiting professional companies. The facilities have recently been used by companies such as The Russian State Circus and Australia’s Casus Circus.





Music News

RAF in Concert: American Legends Emerging Talent in Norwich

A huge favourite with Norwich audiences, the musicians of the

If you like your ‘folk’ edgy, turning traditional songs on their head,

Royal Air Force Bands return to the Theatre Royal on December

swerving into rock territory or nudging the mainstream, head to

3rd for a pre-Christmas concert which will mark the 70th

Norwich Arts Centre on November 28th to see Sam Kelly. At just 24, the

anniversary of the US Air Force whose servicemen and women

‘pushing the envelope’ singer songwriter has had no trouble setting the

made such an impact on the region while serving here during the

roots world alight. Just three years after releasing his first EP, Norfolk-

Second World War. The special anniversary concert will have a

born, Bristol-based Kelly scooped the coveted 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk

Stars and Stripes flavour as the finest of the RAF’s musicians pay

Awards “Horizon” title, which recognises the best emerging talent. His

tribute to their fellow aviators. The programme will include Big

new album Pretty Peggy was released in October on which he is joined

Band numbers from the swing era, Rock & Roll, Motown, and

by a talented six-strong line-up known as the Lost Boys. Kelly, who says

Classics from the Great American Songbook, including Send in

he owes much of his musical inspiration to his late Irish grandfather, is

the Clowns, Hoe Down, Stars & Stripes March and I Left My Heart

known as a former Britain’s Got Talent finalist when he was just 19.

in San Francisco.

First Acts Announced for Forest Live Gary Barlow is the first artist to be announced as part of Forest Live 2018, the annual summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission and taking place, in this region, at Thetford Forest. Gary Barlow found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets. Gary is also one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. He will be appearing on June 8th 2018. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, with special guest Billy Bragg, have also confirmed their appearance the next night on June 9th. Acclaimed songwriter Paul Heaton came to public attention as front man for indie poppers The Housemartins while Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in the Beautiful South.

Nov/Dec 2017

Diva Opera - ‘Tis The Season Join Holkham in the magnificent Marble Hall on December 1st and 2nd for a sparkling evening of song, perfect to get you into the festive spirit. ‘Tis The Season follows a group of friends who celebrate the start of the Christmas season in style and recall Yuletide stories of old. As their thoughts turn to warmer seasons they make plans for the year ahead. A selection of arias, songs and carols to lead you into the festive season. Accompanied by Bryan Evans, this fabulous cast includes Richard Suart, Caryl Hughes, David Stephenson and Ashley Catling dressed in Diva Opera’s finest period costume. Tickets, costing £40, include a glass of champagne in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the hall decorated for Christmas. Parking is complimentary.

Cambridgeshire Music in regional top five for Arts Award Children across Cambridgeshire are top of the class when it comes to artistic achievements, thanks to the trailblazing work of Cambridgeshire Music the organisation that brings music education to thousands of young people and 200 schools in the county, supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Cambridgeshire Music is one of the top five performers in primary schools across Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire when it comes to delivering Arts Award at Discover level. Over the last academic year, Cambridgeshire Music has delivered 245 Arts Awards a unique award open to children and young people giving them the opportunity to discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others.

Suffolk Youth Music Concerts Head to East Point Academy, Lowestoft on December 1st for an exciting celebration of music-making performed by young musicians from Lowestoft County Music School, North Suffolk Youth Concert Band, and North Suffolk Youth String Ensemble. Aged between 9-19 years old, members of each of these ensembles meet weekly during term time as part of Suffolk County Music Service’s Suffolk Youth Music (SYM) programme. SYM’s progressive range of music-making activities for Suffolk children and young people include Five Note Bands for pupils in the first year of instrumental learning through either the KS2 Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme or group instrumental lessons, and Music Schools that offer ensemble activities up to about Grade 3. Young musicians are then encouraged to move on to Area Activities: youth orchestras, bands, jazz orchestras, string ensembles and choirs. At the highest level Suffolk is represented by county ensembles that work to the most advanced standards. Tickets £7 adult £5 student/child are available on 01473 281866 or email





Get into the spirit of Christmas at St Edmundsbury Cathedral! Come and join us at the Cathedral during the Bury Christmas Fayre and enjoy a variety of stalls raising money for the Cathedral and charity. Enjoy excellent food and drink at our Pilgrims’ Kitchen Cafe and restaurant and pick up a unique gift from our Cathedral shop. Shopper’s Carols Thursday 23 November, 2pm - 2.30pm Friday 24 November, 12.30 - 1pm & 2.30-3pm Saturday 25 November, 12.30 - 1pm & 2.30-3pm Sunday 26 November, 1pm - 1.30pm Entry free, no booking required. Donations welcome.

Special Services Advent Procession, Sunday 3 December at 5pm. Mayor's Carol Service, Thursday 7 December at 7pm Emergency Services Carol Service, Monday 11 December at 6.30pm Children’s Society Carols by Candlelight, Saturday 16 December from 7pm Nine Lessons and Carols , Saturday 23 December at 7pm For more details on services and events visit our website

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A Choral Christmas

Award-winning Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud have announced a new Christmas tour and are heading to The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on December 20th to get us into the festive spirit.

Only Men Aloud have been delighting audiences around the world for well over fifteen years injecting new life and blood into the Welsh Male Voice Choir tradition. The men have become well known for their strong vocals and their varied and eclectic repertoire. A typical OMA concert will feature many different styles of music from Welsh hymns and folksongs, Opera and Music Theatre all the way to Swing and Pop music. Nearly ten years ago, they were named BBC One’s Last Choir Standing and this led to an album deal with Universal Records. In 2010, they won a Classical Brit

Award for Best Album of the Year. They have toured every year since winning the show, all around the world and have worldwide record sales of over 300,000. Over the years, the hugely popular group has built up a strong fan base across the country and were honoured to be asked to sing at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony at the very moment the Olympic Flame was lit. This performance was broadcast to an estimated global TV audience of 900 million people. For tickets call The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or go to


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Only Men Aloud at The Apex on December 20th at 7.30pm. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: December 10th, usual terms and conditions apply





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Deepdale Christmas Market Deepdale Christmas Market - running from December 1st-3rd (10-5pm) - is a wonderful celebration of the festive season on the

Six Weekends of The Best of British Crafts

beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Dalegate Market, Deepdale

Due to the huge popularity of the much-loved Best of British Crafts

Backpackers & Camping and St Mary’s Church welcome over 120

every November and December at Blackthorpe Barn, just outside Bury

local artisans and producers to the little coastal village of

St Edmunds, it will now run over six consecutive weekends from

Burnham Deepdale, creating one of the East of England’s largest

November 11th to Sunday December 17th. Situated in the mediaeval

festive markets in a tiny village of just 30 permanent residents.

barn in the heart of Rougham Estate, the mix of inspiring crafts is

Old favourites like Candi’s Chutney, James Buttifant’s penguins,

bigger and more eclectic than ever before. There is interesting

Marsh Pig, Nelson & Norfolk Tea Company, Breckland Orchard,

wearable art and knitwear, indoor and outdoor ceramics, traditional

Cushion Cottage, Gourmet Brownies, Ollands Farm Foods, Boo

and funky jewellery, vibrant and contemporary glassware, handcrafted

Boutique, Norfolk Brewhouse, Bringing The Outside In, Holkham

wooden creations, forged sculpture, skincare products from a Suffolk

Forge, Lilac Nurseries and Reclaimed Time will be returning with

beekeeper, artisan metalwork, luxurious leather items, and so much

their wonderful produce. With various locations offering food,

more. Plus, for food lovers, there are plenty of tasty delights such as

drink and live music it makes for the perfect day out for the whole

handmade British charcuterie, local cheese and chutney and

family. St Mary’s Church will offer some high quality stalls, hot

gorgeous fudge.

drinks and cakes in aid of the church building fund.

Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food & Gift Fair For a truly unique Christmas Shopping experience, head to the Sandringham Christmas Craft Food & Gift Fair from November 17th-19th. Once again featuring a spectrum of colourful stands, it promises to be the Christmas shopping event of the year for visitors looking for unusual gifts and exciting additions to their own festive experience. The show has a rich history in presenting an array of fascinating and intricate craftwork, from jewellery, beadwork and textiles to ceramics, sculptures, wood and pyrography. The hugely popular Food Hall will also offer a feast of enticing items. Here you may sample the wares, sit and enjoy light refreshment, or a whole meal, and of course take home delicious treats for your own Christmas table or wrap up as gifts. The gift & shopping arcades have a wide range of ladies fashions, jewellery and accessories, tweed and waterproof clothing, household goods, furniture, leather and garden items. New for this year - Unicorn Carriage Drives!





National Lottery: much more than just a ticket

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

We’re all pretty familiar with the National Lottery. But did you know it is so

designed to engage older people. This isn’t just about a one off activity, but

much more than a chance to win money? It is also an amazing source of

creating a lasting legacy of community and friendship through the arts.

funding for good causes across the country. And thanks to National Lottery players, like you, the Arts Council is able to fund a wide range of arts projects that entertain, inspire, educate and support those living in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

For a broader age range, Suffolk Libraries Presents brought some of the country’s most exciting productions and exhibitions to people’s doorsteps in familiar and accessible venues – libraries! Funded by the National Lottery, it has seen productions like The Globe’s Julius Caesar and The

One of those projects is The Silver Social, which aims to bring something a

Comedy of Errors, as well as well known ballets, like Matthew Bourne’s

little different to daily life in towns and villages across Breckland. But

Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake screened in libraries across Suffolk. This is

perhaps most important is that, through the arts, The Silver Social is all

a great project that means more people, in more places have the

about overcoming isolation. It can be all too easy for older people to feel

opportunity to experience some of this country’s great art and culture.

lonely, particularly when living in highly rural areas. The Silver Social uses National Lottery funding to create an exciting programme of arts events

In Cambridge, National Lottery funding is helping to make a real

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Photos: Sam Patel

Photos: JMA Photography

Home, Frozen Light


The Silver Social. Breckland Council

Photo: Johan Persson

difference to the diversity of our arts and culture. Diverse Actions is an

the East to breathe new life into forgotten or overlooked places thanks to

exciting three-year national talent development programme that is

New Geographies. The project is all about our ideas of ‘place’, what that

dedicated to supporting the ambition, excellence and talent of Black and

means to us and how it can be reimagined. Working with people from

minority ethnic artists.

across the region and professional artists, New Geographies will create ten

And in Norwich, Frozen Light Theatre has used National Lottery funding to

new exciting pieces of work that create a new map of the East of England.

create and tour an inspiring piece of theatre designed for children and

All these projects, and many more like them, are made possible thanks to

young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).

the National Lottery, but more specifically, National Lottery players. Whilst

HOME is a multi-sensory production that immerses audiences with PMLD

your Lottery might give you the chance to win some money, some of your

in a world of discovery, creating an accessible piece of theatre that can

£2 will always go to some incredible good causes. So, on behalf of all the

entertain and inspire. National Lottery funding is also creating an opportunity for people across

projects that we are able to fund, thank you National Lottery players – without you we couldn’t do what we do!



Ryan Holt may only be 23 but he has an entrepreneurial spirit honed since he was a youngster. The Lowestoft man is poised to start rehearsals for his third outing as producer and director of the popular Beccles pantomime, bringing with him a decade worth of experience in the world of theatre and creation. His work is so well-respected that Beccles Public Hall have already signed up his company SparkLive Pantomimes to present next year’s Christmas spectacular. Ryan’s foray into business began at the tender age of 12 when he set up his own design agency Spark Creative, designing leaflets, brochures and providing web design. He said; ‘I remember I was dealing with a business at the time who were really pleased with my work and told me that if ever I was down their way to drop in for a pint. That story really amused me as they hadn’t grasped my age. ‘I always knew that I wanted to run my own business and I didn’t want to have to rely on my parents, I wanted to get out there and do something myself. ‘When I was much younger I went to see my first pantomime Peter Pan at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. When we came out I was really quiet and they thought I hadn’t liked it, but it was actually the opposite - I loved it and realised it was something I could do.’ Since then Ryan, who by day is a graphic designer and print consultant at Blackwell Print, in Great Yarmouth, and a freelance marketing consultant, has starred in a range of pantomimes and musical theatre. He has won multiple awards for Entrepreneur of the Year and also made it to the final stages of casting for BBC show The Young Apprentice.

For the past eight years he has run The B&B Theatre Company with a group of friends giving anyone aged six to 24 a chance to perform in a stage show. ‘I do it on a voluntary basis, but I think it has also showed me how to turn my skills in theatre into a business. ‘When the Beccles Lido committee took over the Public Hall they did a survey and pantomime was something people said they really wanted to see, so I approached them with my idea and it has gone from there the dream was in the making. ‘My future aim is to secure larger theatres in the UK to hold multiple productions and employ producers and directors to work on behalf of SparkLive Pantomimes. ‘My inspiration is the theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, he started around the same age as me and is now one of the biggest names in the business. ‘This year ticket sales for Robin Hood are the best ever, we are about four weeks ahead of where we were this time last year so we are certainly generating growth.I don’t think about what I’ve achieved so far as for me this is just the beginning.’ Robin Hood opens on Friday, December 22nd. Tickets are £10 for children and £12 for adults. Concessions are £11 and a family of four is £40. They are on sale now at Beccles Public Hall box office, open from 10am until 3pm, Monday to Saturday, by calling 01502 770060 or visiting

Photo: Charlotte James Photography

Young entrepreneur at the helm of Beccles pantomime

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