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Festive Fun at Norwich Puppet Theatre

WIN Tickets and a meal

Interview: Elkie Brooks Local Arts Scene: Bury St Edmunds Visual Arts

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Out and About

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The Visual Arts Guide 2017

The Visual Arts Guide 2017 is an ideal opportunity for art galleries, artists, workshops, exhibition promoters etc to advertise themselves to art lovers, collectors and fellow artists across Norfolk & Suffolk. The guide will be distributed free to art galleries, art centres, art & music shops, theatres, hotels & restaurants, coffee shops, tourist information centres and other public venues across Norfolk & Suffolk throughout the year. A digital version will also be available on our website at If you would like to be included in the 2017 guide just contact Gary on 01379 773347 or email


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11 Welcome

Theatre & Film

Out and About


16 Theatre & Film News


Editor’s Letter

Thursford Christmas Spectacular


Theatre Royal Norwich

Cover Story


Fisher Theatre Panto


19 Gaslight at Cambridge Arts Theatre

32 Bury St Edmunds Photo

21 The Witches of Eastwick Comp

33 Bury St Edmunds Introduction

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Local Arts Scene

Visual Arts

35 Theatre Royal Bury

8-9 Visual Arts News

36 Bury Printmaking Workshop

10 Artists On View

37 Conservatoire East

11 Artist Profile – Rebecca Sorensen

39 Paul Young & Los Pacaminos Comp

12 Dark Matters at The Gallery Norfolk

40 Spotlight on Caroline Banks

13 Group Eight at The Fairhurst Gallery

41 Win a meal at Baileys 2



14 Writers' Centre Norwich


15 Luke Wright Tour / Norfolk Parish Treasures Comp

Music 22-23 Coffee & a Chat – Elkie Brooks 24 Music News 25 Mark Nevin 26 Halesworth Sunday Afternoon Recitals 27 Cambridge Classical Concert Series comp

Towards the Back 42

Arts Council


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28-29 Culture Drives Growth

The Last Photo – Sarah Veness

43 Subscription/Competition Winners



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Editor’s Letter

Welcome to the December/January


Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Our local arts scene feature this issue focuses on

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

the lovely town of Bury St Edmunds.There are

While Christmas lights brighten up the region's

numerous venues for the arts including the

towns and villages, there are also many shows,

Theatre Royal and The Apex, plus a wealth of

exhibitions, concerts and craft fairs lighting up

galleries. Many artists choose to make Bury their

our theatres, venues and galleries this season.

home and it's easy to see why. With its stunning

Our cover feature this month focuses on the

cathedral and Abbey, picturesque streets and

festive offerings at Norwich Puppet Theatre - one

eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, it's a

of only three building-based puppet theatres in

fantastic place to visit.

the country. Their production of Hansel & Gretel

Competitions this month include the chance to

promises to be a charming alternative to the

win tickets to see The Witches of Eastwick at

traditional Christmas panto.

Norwich Theatre Royal, concert tickets to the

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

Cambridge Classical Concert Series at The Corn

with music sensation Elkie Brooks ahead of her

Exchange and the chance to win lunch for two at

performances in January at the The Apex, Bury St

Baileys 2 in Bury.

Edmunds and King's Lynn Corn Exchange. With a

All that's left for me to do is to wish you all a

mix of classic favourites and new material, Elkie

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the

always puts on a fantastic show.

team at ARTSeast Magazine. See you in 2017‌

Sarah Veness Editor

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Cover Story

Family Fun at Norwich Puppet Theatre If you’re looking for an alternative to panto this Christmas, look

Quarter to create a “sweet trail”

no further than the charming Norwich Puppet Theatre. Friendly

around this historic area of the City.

and intimate, Norwich Puppet Theatre is the perfect way to

Families can pick up or download a

introduce little ones to the wonder of theatre, and this year they

map which will lead them on a

are hosting Horse + Bamboo’s magical version of the classic,

route around the Cathedral

Hansel and Gretel. Promising beautiful masks and puppets, as

Quarter in search of giant sweets

well as original music and paper-cut animations, it should be a

in shop and venue windows, at locations such as

real treat for everyone - and not just families with children!

Elm Hill shops and the Cathedral itself. Each sweet has a letter associated with it that will help you answer a puzzle. Completed

As well as puppet plays, the

maps can then be handed in at Norwich Puppet Theatre or the

Theatre also offers a

Tourist Information Centre at the Forum for a chance to win some

programme of puppet-making workshops throughout the school

puppet related prizes.The trail runs until December 31st and is free.

holidays, where children and families can make their own creations to take home with them. Each workshop starts with making the basic puppet form, then it is time to let imaginations run wild to

And finally, if you’re after some purely grown-up puppet fun, you

create and decorate your puppet

don’t have to wait long, as Norwich Puppet Theatre are yet again

character with the help of a huge

hosting the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival - in partnership

array of craft materials. Themes this

with Puppet Animation Scotland - at the end of January. The

Christmas holiday include Robots,

festival in Norwich will include performances by Théâtre de la

Fairy Tales and Amazing Animals.

Pire-Espèce from Canada and Clementine the Living Fashion Doll

For even more family fun this Cover image: Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel

Christmas, the Theatre has teamed up with the Norwich Cathedral

from the UK. Hansel and Gretel runs from December 17th-31st.

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Visual Arts News

Calling all Norfolk Artists! Applications are now open

MICHAEL CARLO - Past & Present Prints

to take part in one of the

From December 5th to January 21st, the John Russell Gallery in

most successful Open

Ipswich is holding a seasonal show of work from painter and

Studios schemes in the

printmaker Michael Carlo. Michael was born, raised and

country. Hundreds of artists

educated locally, bar a brief period when he attended Colchester

across the region take part

School of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. For well over

in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios each year, inviting the

45 years he has lived, breathed, painted and exhibited this

public into their private studios to reveal where and how they

beloved countryside on a daily basis, irrespective of season. The

work. The event attracts thousands of visitors and this year an

subtle changes in nature that are so glaringly obvious to the

estimated 28,000 people visited studios across the county. Artists have the opportunity to promote their work and meet their audience, and visitors see artwork as it happens. In 2016, 455 artists participated in the scheme across 255 venues along with 16 Norfolk schools. Artists came together to create 19 Art Trails in various areas across Norfolk, allowing the visitor to enjoy a number of studios all in one day. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2017 will take place between May 27th and June 11th 2017. The cost for inclusion is £100 for individual artists and £280 for groups of artists, and includes a listing in

artist are sadly missed by so many of us as we rush along in our

the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure with a print run

hectic lives. Nothing escapes his keen eye as he uses all the

of 35,000. Artists will also receive a listing on the Norfolk &

differing printmaking techniques at his disposal in order to

Norwich Open Studios website, as well as posters and

transpose his observations onto paper. Michael has a body of

postcards to publicise their involvement. They will have the

collectors, followers and admirers not only in the U.K. but all over

opportunity to take part in the high profile Central Taster

the world that appreciate his vision of what he sees in paint and

Exhibition at The Forum in Norwich in April 2017, one of the

print. So this show will be a look at the past and the present

largest annual art exhibitions held at the venue. The deadline

prints of a real Suffolk artist painter, printmaker in every sense of

for 2017 applications is Friday 9 December 2016.

the word.

Environmental Art Fair The Greenhouse Gallery in Norwich stages it's 4th Environmental Art Fair from 5th December 5th - January 28th. The Fair includes a wide range of art books, Xmas cards, prints , paintings and gifts, many of which have been donated by artists and supporters of this environmental education charity. The sale aims to raise funds for eARTh, a project being created for the 2017 Norfolk and Norwich and Open Studios Festival. A catalogue is available online from the 5th December. For details of the Art Fair and how to take part in eARTh visit

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Thompson's Gallery Christmas Exhibition Thompson’s Gallery Aldeburgh will be hosting their annual Christmas Exhibition from December 3rd to January 3rd, showcasing an eclectic mix of all new work - paintings and sculpture from 53 artists, from the Scottish Colourists to Contemporary British. From the fluid masterful brushstrokes of Paul Wright, Andrew Macara and Brita Gronstrom, to the exquisite detailed still life of Anne Cotterill (1933 – 2010) and Tony De Wolf. Colour explodes from the palettes of Judith Bridgland and Terence Clarke, contrasting with the pale natural hues used by Cavendish Morton (1911 – 2015) and Bob Broadley. Scenes from around Suffolk are portrayed with great flourish

New Exhibition Space in Halesworth

and decorative detail

December marks the beginning of what is

by Alan Furneaux.

intended to be a continuing series of month long

Beautiful portrayals of flowers in full bloom are depicted by Marion

exhibitions by varying artists at The Boarding House

Drummond, Jenny Matthews and Claire Harrigan. Harry Brioche

Dining Rooms, Halesworth. The idea is to

and Michael Sanders have created moody sunlight and sea vistas,

incorporate the restaurant with an art gallery to

while Richard Dack, Gerald Green and pastel artist, Christine Slade

help enhance a satisfying Fine Dining experience.

give us traditional images of seafaring work boats and yachts in full

Kasia Posen and John Williams are the first artists

sail. Hashim Akib boldly depicts London’s bustling cityscape while

exhibiting at the venue with a show entitled ' In

East Anglian artist Rowland Fisher (1885–1969) renders calmer

Transit '. The exhibition will run for one month from

street scenes from Norfolk. Scottish mural artist Charles Anderson

December 7th. Like the food, the artwork promises

and Emma Williams, both create perspective play with interior and

a richness of diversity which is sure to appeal

landscape to produce rich colourful and ornamental paintings.

enormously to the discerning palate.

Christmas Showcase at Lettering Arts Centre, Snape The Lettering Arts Centre opens its Christmas exhibition, a stunning collection of hand-made works designed by the UK's leading lettering artists. Running until December 23rd, there is a wide selection of unique pieces with inscriptions to amuse or uplift, designed and made by hand. Artworks on display range from letters carved on stone and wood to lino-cut prints and limited- edition calligraphy pieces. The exhibition is curated by the Lettering Arts Trust, a charity whose mission is to raise awareness of the historic art of lettering and safeguard the timeless skills of letter carving through a comprehensive education programme, including an apprenticeship scheme. Some of the pieces in the collection have been created by the charity's former apprentices. Gallery and shop open Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday 11 am – 5 pm. Dec/Jan 2017 | 9


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Artist Profile: Rebecca Sorensen Drawing is in Rebecca Sorensen's blood. 'It's something I've done my whole life,' says Rebecca. 'My dad used to draw and I'd draw with him. Now my children draw with me. At school I excelled at art and dreamed of a career in that field.' But Rebecca's dream to be an art teacher was put on the back burner when she fell pregnant. Four more children followed but Rebecca continued to draw in her (limited) spare time. 'I love drawing anything still life, landscapes, people,' says Rebecca. 'Over time my drawing has evolved until I've discovered a real passion for doodling which is what I spend my time doing now.' Rebecca's incredibly detailed doodles are intricate and beautiful. 'Doodling takes far longer than normal drawing as I like to include as many tiny details as possible,' says Rebecca. 'These intricate patterns build up to create a whole picture. With a doodle you can look at it and find something new everyday.'

Combining her artistic flair with motherhood, Rebecca has designed murals of many things including a spider and Peppa Pig for the walls of her children's bedrooms. She has also recently doodled on both a bike and a car engine. For her latest project, Rebecca is in the process of making an adult colouring book and is looking for help with funding. 'I bought some colouring books for myself but I was never happy with the finished piece,' says Rebecca. 'They just didn't look as pretty as I'd hoped they would. I began to think about creating my own book filled with pictures that, when coloured in, would leave you with a lovely piece of art work you could frame. Something you could be proud of. I have come up with some beautiful pictures, like the lily pictured here, that will look great once coloured in.' Rebecca's doodles are on sale at Coffee Time cafe in Diss. You can also see her work on her Facebook page or email her if you'd like a doodle or picture created on To find out more about helping Rebecca to fund her colouring book, go to –

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Visual Arts

Dark Matters: Thought-Provoking Art rough Jill Desbo

Jackie Almond Molly Garnier Chloe M an


An exhibition of thought-provoking new paintings by Jackie

mythology – celebrating the idiosyncrasies and sometimes the

Almond, Jill Desborough, Molly Garnier and Chloe Mandy is taking

darker reaches of what makes us human.

place at The Gallery Norfolk in St Giles Street, Norwich from

Molly Garnier

December 1st to 17th. Molly’s subtle smoky nude paintings feel like they are half-glimpsed Four East Anglian painters whose work, whilst quite diverse, starts with a consideration of what has just happened - or what might be about to happen.The pictures all have a storytelling element to them which sometimes can be a little unsettling or mysterious.

Jackie Almond Jackie’s paintings reflect a preoccupation with the empty room and a stillness which creates the atmosphere. A sense of the past, present and future within the walls.  Who has been sitting on the chair?  Sleeping in the bed?  Literature probably inspires her more than anything else – her pictures are a silent narrative.

Jill Desborough The theatrical and bizarre is the starting point for Jill’s work. She draws on her imagination and has a fascination for fairy tales and

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through darkness.They are like a window into an intimate domestic setting, the sitter’s identity being gently obscured. Inspired by C19th sepia photographs, the subtleties of light, colour and depth are beautiful.

Chloe Mandy Chloe’s landscapes and still lifes search for imagery that works on more than one level, a layering of meaning. Her paintings are not just a direct response to what she sees, they are also about what the eye can’t perceive.The great Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich said; '..the painter should not solely paint what he sees, but also what he sees in himself,' and this thinking is a great influence on Chloe’s work.

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Norfolk collective to exhibit new works at city gallery A Norfolk collective is set to open an exhibition of unseen work at the Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich. Eight by Eight will feature paintings by Group Eight who are renowned for working outdoors ‘en plein air’. Each of the group’s eight artists has created a new, three foot square piece of work for the show as well as numerous study pieces. Norfolk born artist and former London gallerist, James Colman, Alex Egan

said: 'Group Eight are very excited about exhibiting at Fairhurst. Most of us have previously had connections with the gallery in various shapes and form.

With all eight artists living within a 15-mile radius of each other,

'The new programme at the gallery made us all realise that The

Mr Colman – the man behind ‘Paint Out’ - said: 'The group

Fairhurst Gallery is fast establishing itself as the premier

meets for life drawing regularly and over the years have

contemporary gallery in the region. Its ambitious and

exhibited together both in East Anglia and London at various

progressive programme combines eclecticism, quality and

venues: Group shows, Festivals, Galleries and even in our own


homes. 'From time to time we go off on painting trips, like collectives tend to do. I think one of the reasons that we've stayed a cohesive force is that we do have as the Americans describe 'shared values' when it comes to art. The great thing is that Group Eight allows for mutual support. Some friendship and a chance to push some new ideas into reality helps keep the creative fire burning.' Dulcie Humphrey from the Fairhurst Gallery said: 'Group Eight Cornelia FitzRoy

Formed in autumn 2008 with the intention of getting back to the business of ‘doing a bit of life drawing,’ Group Eight has emerged as a quintessentially Norfolk-based outfit. With shared values yet disparate styles, the group is at its happiest when rooted firmly in the Norfolk landscape of Broadland, Breckland and Fenland.

are a collective of some of the finest artists working in Norfolk right now. We have been very keen to showcase the group since we took over the gallery in 2014. Having caught some glimpses of their work up in the framing workshop I have been increasingly inspired to seek more. All the artists create work inspired by the East Anglian landscape though each artist brings their own distinctive style.' The exhibition runs from December 9th 2016 until January 20th 2017.

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The Write Stuff

As a world-class UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich is also home to the Writers' Centre whose aim is to put literature at the heart of contemporary culture. In 2014 the Writers' Centre Norwich moved to Dragon Hall - a 15th century former trading hall and one of Norwich's most iconic buildings. They host and organise many literary events over the year, including the following: December 9th - Ian McEwan in Conversation Come to one of Norwich’s

the UK and in the US by Unnamed Press. Her novel Green Lion will be released in the UK in 2017.

most spectacular medieval

Henrietta is from Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently

buildings, St Andrew’s Hall, for

completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She

the launch of Ian McEwan’s

is the author of three other novels and a collection of short

new novel, Nutshell.

stories. She was the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home -- a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse -- but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master

in 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize in 2007, and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award in 2012. Originally published in South Africa in 2011, Nineveh was shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award and South Africa’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize, while the French translation Ninive was the winner of the François Sommer Literary Prize in 2015. January 10th and February 14th 2017, 2pm- Guided Tours of Dragon Hall £2.50 payable on the door, free for under 12s. Booking not necessary.

storytellers. Ian will read from the novel and discuss his writing methods, his recollections of life as a Norwich student, and the ghosts of Hamlet that lurk behind Nutshell – in conversation with UEA Professor Jon Cook. Followed by Q+A with the audience.

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to Writers' Centre Norwich, and take a full guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide.

December 15th 2016 - UEA Live: Henrietta Rose-Innes WCN, Dragon Hall. Free entry – All welcome.

Dragon Hall has had a fascinating and colourful history starting life as a medieval trading hall, then a crowded residential building for 500 years it’s been everything from

Nineveh is the first novel by UEA writer Henrietta Rose-Innes to be

venue, festival venue and now, a Writers' Centre! Learn more

published in the UK, coming out

about one of Norwich's 12 iconic buildings, and get a flavour of

in November 2016 from

the stories that live in its walls.

Aardvark Bureau / Gallic Press in

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slums, butcher's shop, rectory and pub, right through to wedding


Region's finest poet launches tour The region’s favourite poet Luke Wright opens the 25-date national

selling collection of shorter

tour in support of his new book of poetry, The Toll, at Norwich Arts

poetry Mondeo Man -

Centre on January 24th.

demands the cost of living in a crumbling society

After the multi award winning success of his play What I Learned

within the contemporary

From Johnny Bevan (and the accompanying book) Luke is back to subject the English language to a series of new tricks for our amusement. The poems in this new show tour the flat-roofed pubs and half bought

world and explores the toll it takes on us all. The Toll is published by Penned In The Margins on February 1st but advance copies will be available to buy on the night.

couches of Brexit Britain as it struggles with doubt, duty and half-cut

In recent times Luke has sold out three weeks in London’s Soho

nights spent shouting impotently at Question Time on TV. Wright’s

Theatre, performed in The Houses of Parliament at the invitation of

poetry ranges from the laugh out loud funny to the tear inducingly

Norwich MP Clive Lewis, made several national radio appearances

poignant and back again and effortlessly take his audience with him

and toured to deafening audience and critical acclaim. He is

on the ride. His stunning new book - following on from the published

acknowledged as one of the most popular poets in Britain.

version of What I Learned From Johnny Bevan and 2013's best-

A Celebration of Norfolk As part of Norwich's Hostry Festival, the Norfolk Arts Awards

But what is a Parish Treasure? Few could argue with Blickling Hall or

celebrate the artistic and creative endeavours of the county's

Hickling Broad but what of those local features – the VR post box and

brightest stars. One such star is Peter

milestone, the ancient oak and green lane? These fragile

Tolhurst who was awarded the Jarrold

remnants of a lost world are an equally important part of our

New Writing Award 2016 for his three

heritage. Norfolk Parish Treasures is also a glorious salvage

volumes of Norfolk Parish Treasures.

operation; a collection of the most beautiful artefacts – Iron Age

Following the success of North and

chariot pieces, Roman drinking cups and Saxon brooches – from

West Norfolk (2014) and Breckland

our distant past.

and South Norfolk (2015), Mid Norfolk and The Broads is the last in the Parish Treasures series. There are medieval churches and country houses in abundance but

Norfolk Parish Treasures: Mid Norfolk and The Broads is a 384 page book with 850 colour photos and 165 black & white illustrations. Softback copies available from local bookshops or online from for £20.

Norfolk Parish Treasures is a more wide ranging celebration of creative endeavour and local identity.The author Peter Tolhurst, speculates on


the origin of place names, folk tales and ancient earthworks; he explores rare wildlife sites, ruined churches and deserted villages, salutes the artistic achievements of Cotman and John Piper, the inspiration of St Benet’s Abbey for Norwich School artists and the importance of place for Virginia Woolf at Blo’ Norton Hall and in the

WIN A COPY To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Norfolk Parish Treasures: Mid Norfolk and The Broads, please email your name, address and phone number to

novels of LP Hartley. Closing date: January 27th, usual terms and conditions apply

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Theatre & Film News Christmas at the Circus First shows announced for Norfolk & Norwich Festival Norfolk & Norwich Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the country, has announced the first shows for 2017. Last year’s Festival saw 57,000 people attend an event over the 17 days in May, generating £3.9 million of economic activity in the area. Nearly 3000 people participated in the festival, with over 900 children and young people taking part in Christmas is coming and so is the amazing Hippodrome Christmas

educational events. Festival highlights for 2017 so far

Spectacular which runs from December 10th to January 8th. This

include: the headline production for the Adnams Spiegeltent,

brand new show features thrilling Motor Bikes in the Globe from

Driftwood, a colourful and turbulent concoction from Casus

Brazil, the amazing Wheel of Death from Mexico plus, the hit from

Circus; the return of circus cabaret troupe Race Horse

‘Halloween’ Billy George on the Cyr Wheel and Mikail the

Company with their latest show Super Sunday after the

Hippodrome heartthrob balance and Trapeze Washington star. Add

success of White Nights at the 2016 Festival; Akram Khan

to this, swimmers, dancers and a large children’s dance troupe from

Company’s acclaimed show for families Chotto Desh; Garry Lake Photography

the local legendary Dance Estelle School, plus Jack Jay and Tom

Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz artist Dee Dee

Gaskins' hilarious interludes, the amazing Water Spectacle and

Bridgewater; Quarantine’s epic about the human life cycle

much, much more all within the unique atmosphere of the

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. comprising live

Edwardian Hippodrome. It’s a blockbuster show that has become a

performance and film and the previously announced

local must see Christmas attraction and a modern, fast moving

Beethoven with Thomas Adès by the Britten Sinfiona. The

alternative to the family visit to a pantomime.

Festival runs 12-28 May 2017 with the full line up still to be


Pulham Players: Peter Pan Award-winning Norfolk group Pulham Players invite you all to their panto offering in January. All is not well in Neverland for Captain Hook! His hook has both an itch and twitch! It has an itch to find the Lost Boys and their leader, Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up! The twitch is for the terrifying crocodile which is following him around, waiting for a second helping! So, aided by his crew of bumbling buccaneers he is searching high and low for the Lost Boys camp. Tiger Lily and the Red Indians are on the warpath, ready to help, although their efforts are hindered by Laughing Water, the chief Dame of the tribe, who has a twinkling in her eye for the pirate they call Smee! Thrown into this exciting adventure are the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael. Tinkerbell is there to offer just a sprinkle of pixie dust and masses of attitude! The mermaids, Patsy and Eddie are keeping an eye on the whole adventure, and they are looking absolutely fabulous! Peter Pan runs from January 5th to 7th with a matinee performance also on the 7th at Pulham Market Memorial Hall. Tickets can be booked through Sandra on 01379 676769 or email, Tickets are priced £8 and £9. Pulham Players look forward to entertaining you! 16 |

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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Norwich Theatre Royal, January 26th-28th 2017 They have built up a strong worldwide reputation for the quality of their traditional ballet as well as a dedicated Norfolk fan-base. And the Russian State Ballet of Siberia are set to return to Norwich Theatre Royal in 2017 with a trio of fantastic productions. Their run begins on January 26th with Coppélia, the fantastic story of mistaken identity and true love which is brought to life by some stunning choreography and by the energetic score of Delibes. A charming and heart-warming tale, this is perfect winter entertainment for the whole family.

One of the world’s oldest ballets La Fille mal gardée follows the next day which sees a farm boy woo a flirty farmer’s daughter as they try to ensure their love blossoms away from the eagle eyes of her mother. Complete with a maypole and clog dancing, this is a beautiful rural-set romance. Completing the trio on January 28th will be the greatest romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake. This engaging and moving story set to Tchaikovsky’s poignant score features some unforgettable moments set in the opulent Palace ballroom and the moon-lit lake populated by the swans who swim in perfect formation.

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Join the Merry Men at the Fisher Theatre Following their hugely successful visit with 'The

a Christmas treat like no other

Wizard of Oz', Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be

as this much-loved tale is given

returning to the Fisher Theatre for a second year

an exhilarating twist in this

with their most spectacular pantomime to date -

unique pantomime, perfect for the

'The Rip-Roaring Adventures of Robin Hood.'

entire family!

Follow the exciting escapades of the dashing

Formed in 2010, Immersion Theatre

hero and his loyal band of merry men in this madcap,

are now touring critically-acclaimed

medieval romp, as Robin fights to restore justice for the people of Sherwood, win the heart of the beautiful Maid Marion and rid the land from the avaricious Sheriff of Nottingham once and for all.

drama, family theatre, open-air musicals and musical theatre as well as producing pantomimes. Robin Hood runs from December 19th to January 2nd

With heaps of audience participation, thrilling sword fights,

(no performances on Christmas Day or New Year's Day).

archery contests, spirited heroes and dastardly villains, experience

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Prepare to be Thrilled!

One of the greatest thrillers of all-time comes to the Cambridge Arts

include the West End revivals of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends

Theatre in February, starring the highly acclaimed stage and

and Relatively Speaking. Her television credits include winning the

television actress Kara Tointon. Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight is a

2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Selfridge and The Sound

masterpiece of suspenseful playwriting that will have you on the

of Music Live!.

edge of your seat.

Complete casting includes Rupert Young, who is best known for

While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening, his wife

portraying Sir Leon in the BBC drama series Merlin and Keith Allen,

Bella is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of

direct from the highly acclaimed West End production of Harold

familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly

Pinter’s The Homecoming.

flickering of the living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The arrival of a retired detective leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core. Kara Tointon has received universal critical acclaim for her West End

In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestly, Gaslight is a genre-defining, sensationally suspenseful masterpiece. A definitive seat-gripping drama which is not to be missed, a tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre.

Gaslight runs from February 13th-18th 2017

performance of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, further stage credits


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eatre & Film

Coming up at The Riverside Starfish (15) Monday 12th December 7.30pm The true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray (Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt), whose love is tested to the limit when their perfect life falls apart. When Tom puts his small daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he has everything he could ever want - the house of his dreams, the life of a writer, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way. By the next morning, all of this is in jeopardy as Tom succumbs to the devastating illness that is sepsis. As Tom and Nic battle to hold their family and their marriage together, the strength of their relationship is the only thing that can save them Join us for a special one off screening of this film, followed by a live on stage Q&A with the film’s director, Bill Clark, and producer, Pippa Cross. This event is part of our Riverside Nights programme

Tickets: £7.50 | Students £5 (ID Req) Quote Code: Starfish £5

No Man’s Land Thursday 15th December 7pm Live broadcast from the National Theatre Live Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Runtime: 3hrs

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch Sunday 22nd January 3pm Broadcast Film from Exhibition On Screen Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary. Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film from EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Runtime: TBC Tickets £12.50 | Student £10 (ID Req) | Quote Code: Bosch £10

Richard Digance & special guests The Broadside Boys On Stage Tuesday 7th February 7.30pm Richard Digance celebrates 50 years of songs and stories with this, his Golden Anniversary Tour 2017. It will be his 64th British Tour and he will be supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, their first tour. Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and is also listed as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams but Richard has! Come and sing along and join in the celebrations Tickets: £12 | Students £10 (ID Req) Quote Code: RD £10

Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) | Quote Code: NoMan £12.50

Company of Four present

The Tempest

Dick Whittington and his Cat

Wednesday 11th January 7pm Live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company

A traditional family pantomime on stage

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. Runtime: 2hrs 23mins incl interval Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) | Quote Code: Temp £12.50

February Half -Term Week Friday 10th 7.30 Saturday 11th 2.00 & 6.00 Sunday 12th 2.00 & 6.00 Tuesday 14th 7.30 Wednesday 15th 2.30 & 7.30 Thursday 16th 7.30 Friday 17th 2.30 & 7.30 Saturday 18th 2.00 & 6.00 Tickets Adults £15 | Concessions £13 | Children £10 | Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £43

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

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Wicked Comedy takes to Norwich Stage The Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society returns to Norwich Theatre Royal from January 31st to February 4th, 2017, with the fabulous wicked musical comedy The Witches of Eastwick. The society last trod the Theatre Royal boards in January this year with Sunset Boulevard, a story which exposes the dark side of fame, and now it returns to the ‘dark side’ once again with a tale of a devil-ishly attractive man and three beautiful women caught up in his magical web. The Witches of Eastwick began life as a John Updike novel published in 1984, followed in 1987 by a movie starring Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pieiffer and Cher, with Jack Nicholson as the devilish Darryl Van Horne.  Musical impresario Cameron Mackintosh weaved his magic to turn it into a musical in July 2000 starring Ian McShane of Lovejoy fame. The action takes place in sleepy 1950s Eastwick, where three bored women are intrigued by the arrival of a handsome stranger. The Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society production will see local amateur talent taking to the stage with Darryl played by

Terry Boast, and the witches played by Andrea Ferguson, Kathryn White and Claire Chandler. This promises to be a stunning production with visual affects which will include the witches taking flight. The show contains scenes of an adult nature and is recommended for age 14+.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to give away two pairs of tickets to see The Witches of Eastwick on Thursday February 2nd at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: January 20th, usual terms and conditions apply. The tickets are for the stated performance only and cannot be exchanged for seats for another performance or show, or for a cash alternative..

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Coffee & aChat

Now in her fifth decade as a performer , legendary singer Elkie Brooks is heading to the region in January‌.

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Coee & a Chat

In 1978 she met and married her sound engineer husband Trevor Jordan and they went on to have two sons Jay and Joseph.

With numerous hit singles, million-selling albums and awards under her belt, Elkie Brooks is one of the UK's most popular singers.

'Back when my two boys were small, they came on tour with me and I remember feeding my youngest son in between sets,' she says. 'As a woman it's what you have to do if you want a career as well as motherhood.'

And at an age when many people are thinking of winding down, Elkie is doing anything but. With a tour underway and two new albums in the pipeline, she is just as driven as ever. In January, she is performing at The Apex, Bury st Edmunds on January 21st, followed by a gig at The King's Lynn Corn Exchange on January 26th. 'My tours are very different now,' says Elkie. 'I don't do night after night without a break which I hated doing even 30 years ago. Instead, now I prefer to space the dates out so that I have time to rest my voice after giving 100% at each performance.' Fans eager to hear Elkie's biggest hits - like Pearl's A Singer, No More the Fool and Nights in White Satin - won't be disappointed. 'I always do the hits,' laughs Elkie. 'People would lynch me if I didn't. In some cases we've changed the arrangements over the years which gives it a fresh feel. I also like to add new songs and other songs from past albums. This keeps it fresh for the audience but also for me too.' Elkie has been singing all her life but found fame aged 15 when she auditioned for music manager Don Arden, Sharon Osbourne's father, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. He was so impressed that Elkie was invited back to sing in a show that evening before embarking on a tour. Since then, she has never looked back. Besides music, family is Elkie's passion.

Jay has gone on to become his mother's manager, along with his wife and they are currently putting the finishing touches to their fourth album together, Elkie's 21st ever studio album. 'We've been recording this album for quite a few years now,' says Elkie. 'The legendary Pete Townsend has written a song for me which is sounding wonderful.' Alongside this, a legacy album containing highlights of Elkie's back catalogue is scheduled for release this coming Easter. So does Elkie see herself winding down any time soon? 'I don't think they'd let me,' she laughs. 'But if and when that does happen there are so many things I enjoy doing with my time. I've been practicing a form of martial arts called Aikido for many years. I train every morning and would love to have even more time to devote to this. I also enjoy cooking and gardening.'

Elkie will be performing live at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on January 21st and at King's Lynn Corn Exchange on January 26th.

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Music News

Music of Love: Paul Cross Memorial Concert

Maui Waui Releases Discounted Earlybird Tickets

The Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad

Following the hugely successful 2016 event in September, Maui

Association are delighted to

Waui have released their 'Earlybird' tickets for the 2017 Festival,

welcome two outstanding performers from our twin city of Novi Sad, Julija Bal,piano

which will be in it's 5th year.

and Radislava Vorgić , soprano who will be performing

These tickets are limited in number and will only be available until this

Memorial Concert in January. They will perform pieces by

Christmas, buying now

well-known composers, some inspired by Serbian Folk

will save you 20% on the standard ticket price. Maui Waui have also

ranges from the Baroque to Britten and includes G.F Handel’s

to fit nicely in the

Armida’s aria from Rinaldo, Tchaikovsky’s The Nightingale, Brahms’ Maiden’s Song, Tavener’s Epistle of Love and Britten’s

summer holidays on August 25th, 26th and 27th. If you're looking for a family friendly alternative festival full of music, circus, cabaret

traditions and Serbian love poetry, on January 14th at The Music Room, Norwich Assembly House. Their programme

moved their festival dates

and colour then Maui Waui is the festival for you.

music for voice and piano with the emphasis on love and with a distinct Serbian flavour at the 2017 Paul Cross

On This Island. Plus music by the Serbian composer Mokranjacand a piece by Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachiana No.5 especially adapted by Julija Bal for the Norwich concert. The concert is held annually in memory of a muchloved former chairman of the association and celebrates the longstanding friendship between our two cities. Money raised goes towards supporting an educational project in Novi Sad at the Milan Petrović School for children and young adults with special needs.

Tickets - 01603 598688

Big Country - The Seer Anniversary Tour Following the incredible success of their 30th Anniversary 'Steeltown' Tour, Big Country now celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the album that followed that release – 'The Seer'. Famously, the album included an appearance by Kate Bush, who joined the late Stuart Adamson on the title track. The single 'Look Away' was the group’s biggest UK single, reaching Number 7 in the charts. The album itself reached Number 2 here. The band will perform the album in its entirety at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on December 14th, as well as visiting their stunning catalogue of songs, taken from their other multi-million selling and Number 1 hit albums. Their classic hits and live favourites include 'Harvest Home', 'Fields of Fire', 'In A Big Country' (which sold 2 million copies), 'Chance'. 'Wonderland', 'Look Away', 'The Teacher', and 'East of Eden'’, from such massive albums as the triple Grammy-nominated 'The Crossing', 'Steeltown' and 'Peace In Our Time'. Big Country continue to look beyond the next horizon. The band - Bruce Watson (guitars/vocals), Mark Brzezicki (drums, vocals) and Jamie Watson (guitars/vocals) will be augmented on stage by Simon Hough and bassist Scott Whitley.

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Fairground Attraction Star comes to Bungay February 17th - Fisher Theatre, Bungay Head to the Fisher Theatre for a not-to-be missed opportunity to see master guitarist and songwriter Mark Nevin at work. Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80’s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the number 1 single ‘Perfect’ and multi-platinum album, ‘First of a Million Kisses’ - each received a Brit award. He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring 4 top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. In 1999 he made the move to centre stage and producing his solo albums; ‘Insensitive Songwriter’ (1999). ‘The Mighty Dove’ (2002), ‘Stand Beside Me In The Sun (2011), ‘Beautiful Guitars’ (2014). Each album marks a milestone in the growth of his confidence and the honing of his unique narrative style. 2017 sees the release of his brilliant new album ‘MY UNFASHIONABLE OPINION’. 'Mark Nevin is definitely still here, writing and singing better than ever… whisper it, but 'Beautiful Guitars' is indeed 'perfect'….and then some.' Acoustic Magazine 'Nevin deserves much wider recognition' - Q Magazine

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Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

Tessa Fuchs Chamber Series Kicks Off The 2017 Halesworth Arts Festival’s series of Sunday Afternoon

Highlights last season included Martin’s BBC Proms debut

Recitals starts on February 12th at The Cut in Halesworth with a

performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal

recital by the pianist Martin James Bartlett, BBC Young Musician of

Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed Rachmaninov with

the Year 2014.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and opened the Cheltenham

In 2014, at the age of 17, Martin won the competition, following a

Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Last June, Martin was invited to perform at St Paul’s Cathedral as

with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Martin studies with

part of the Queen’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service, broadcast

Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he holds a

live on the BBC.

Foundation Scholarship. He began his studies with Emily Jeffrey at the RCM Junior Department, and has previously played the bassoon and the recorder, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all

The current BBC Young Musician of the Year is the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who gives the final recital in this four-date series, accompanied by two of his siblings.

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A Classical Gem

Following its extraordinarily successful appearance last year, the award-winning Philharmonia Orchestra returns with another outstanding concert that looks sure to be a highlight of this year’s Classical Concert Series in Cambridge. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev Violin Alexandra Soumm Opener to be confirmed Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, 'Pathétique' Bruch’s Violin Concerto is the composer’s most enduring and best-loved work, its popularity showcasing the instrument’s flexibility and rich, luxurious tones. After the interval, the orchestra does full justice to Tchaikovsky's great Symphony No. 6, the 'Pathétique', one of the defining sounds of the Romantic period. Did you know? In 1866, the year Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 was premièred in its original form, in France, Degas began painting scenes of dancers at the ballet; in Germany Alfred Nobel invented dynamite; and in Russia Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment was published in twelve monthly instalments. Pre-concert talk 6pm in Cambridge Guildhall Council Chamber – free to concert ticket holders.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Cambridge Classical Concert Series to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of top-price tickets to this concert on March 4th 2017. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and telephone number to

Cambridge Corn Exchange: Saturday March 4th 2017

Closing date: January 24th 2017, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Arts Council

Culture Drives Growth

Photo: Sunderland Echo

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung Performance. SeaChange Arts’ Out There Festival 2016

'On November 2nd I had the pleasure of joining cultural

Arts and culture has a really exciting role in society. For some

leaders, local authority cultural officers and members of the

it might just be perceived as entertainment – which it is in

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) for the

one respect, but if you dig a little deeper it is so much more

launch of ‘Culture Drives Growth’, an exciting new strategy

than that. It makes an important contribution to our

that places culture at the heart of economic growth for

individuality, informing our education, shaping our personal

Norfolk and Suffolk. The two counties boast a rich and diverse cultural offer, one that we at the Arts Council are proud to support through a range of our funding. It includes literature, dance, music, theatre, circus and street arts, museums and libraries –

development and supporting our wellbeing. It also contributes to our sense of place, promoting a sense of pride in where we live, and connecting to those around us. It helps us to develop a greater understanding of the world around us and a stronger sense of empathy.

providing many opportunities for artists and audiences to

And on top of that, the cultural sector is also an important

engage with the arts and culture.

part of our economy. In Norfolk and Suffolk it is worth

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Photo: Paul Astley

Arts Council

Photo: Joanna Millington

L and S Youth Dance, U Dance 2016. South East Dance

Norwich Crime Writing Festival 2015. Writers’ Centre Norwich

£83.6m to the economy, employs 5,800 people and has over

Individually these people have already been making a

1,000 businesses. And the creative industries are growing,

difference through the work they are doing at their respective

twice as fast as the rest of the economy.

organisations. But by working together towards a common

NALEP’s ‘Culture Drives Growth’ is an exciting recognition of the role that arts and culture has in supporting their ambitions for economic growth in the region. And at the heart of it all lies

aim, they are able to speak with one powerful voice amplifying the impact that they can make. I hope that – in its success – it will inspire others to follow in

an incredible partnership that brings together NALEP, local

its footsteps. And that it makes you proud to live in a place that

authorities, businesses and arts and cultural organisations

is putting arts and culture centre stage in securing an

from across two counties. Each of them with an outstanding

international reputation for Norfolk and Suffolk.'

commitment to supporting the role that the arts and culture has in the growth agenda.

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Out and About

Have you planned an event for 2017? Let the team at ARTSeast know and we can help promote it for you. Call Gary on 01379 773347.

Come and visit what is said to be Suffolk’s oldest Inn. The perfect setting for autumn and winter outings. Call us to make a reservation! Enjoy a homecooked

for fitted kitchens

meal with a glass of wine or pint of real ale. Join us on Sunday lunchtime for our famous carvery. Stay with us in our comfortable & cosy accommodation. B&B rates from £55.00.

Tel: 01379 678 777 Christmas menu available late Nov to early Jan, parties of two up to plus 100 all catered for!


Sussex Barn is an eighteenth century brick and flint barn situated on Sussex Farm, just outside the attractive village of Burnham Market. It has been carefully restored to make an ideal location for truly individual Wedding Receptions, Civil Weddings, Dances, Parties, Conferences and Exhibitions. The barn is a fully licensed venue and still retains much of its old character – including a 120ft deep well in the bar area.

Contact: Jane Thompson

phone: 01485 210000

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Britain’s Biggest Christmas Extravaganza celebrates 40 years.

The Christmas Spectacular is a three-hour performance delivering an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. The show has a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians, direct from the West End, who collaborate on 85 different routines.The result is a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year round favourites for The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has entertained families for decades with its unmissable mix of entertainment, food, shopping, lights and Father Christmas. This year is extra special as Thursford celebrates its 40th show: it all began when the Thursford Collection hosted a small carol concert to a crowd of around 50 people.The idea was to raise additional funds to support the upkeep of its steam engines, fairground rides and gondolas. During the intervening years, the small concert has developed into the largest Christmas extravaganza in Britain, which attracts around 180,000 visitors throughout the festive period, more than the 135,000

every age. Alongside the festive fun of the Christmas Spectacular,Thursford also offers an unforgettable experience for children to visit Santa Claus on Santa’s Magical Journey. On the magical journey, they can meet the friendly penguins, polar bears and Santa’s elves who offer a helping hand on the way to Santa’s grotto, where he is waiting with a special gift.Watch out for the Snowman family though, they are accurate at throwing snowballs!

The Christmas Spectacular runs until December 23rd. Tickets:

tickets sold for this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

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Local Arts Scene: Bury St. Edmunds

Beautiful Bury St. Edmunds

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Local Arts Scene: Bury St. Edmunds

Photos: St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Steeped in history, stunning Bury St Edmunds is a true jewel in Suffolk's crown.

activities for all ages.

Home to Suffolk's only cathedral - St Edmundsbury - the town is also

Also in the heart of the town centre is the fantastic Apex music venue,

plus a wide-ranging educational and community-based programme of

famed for lovely Abbey Gardens - a beautiful park on the site of a former

art gallery and cafe. Showcasing an eclectic mix of live music from

Benedictine Abbey, once one of the most powerful of its kind in

classical to pop, rock, jazz and blues the Apex really does have

medieval England.

something for everyone.

Alongside its impressive architecture, St Edmundsbury Cathedral offers

The town has many galleries, music and art shops, plus a wide range of

arts lovers many events throughout the year including a range of music

other independent shops alongside its famous Christmas market.

concerts. It also hosts exhibitions all year in its adjacent art gallery and exhibition space. Bury St Edmunds is home to the only surviving Regency Theatre in the UK - The Theatre Royal. Built in 1819, the Grade 1 listed building is the only theatre in the National Trust portfolio.The theatre presents an exciting year-round programme of drama, music, dance and comedy,

Film buffs should head to the lovely Abbeygate cinema which screens a mix of mainstream and independent films. Bury is also home to the Bury Bach Choir which has been in existence for over 80 years. Formed initially to perform the works of J.S.Bach, the choir has developed into a highly-respected choral society that performs many of the main works of the choral repertoire, up to and including contemporary compositions.

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Christmas at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Concerts and special services Saturday 3 December 7pm – Handel’s Messiah (book at Saturday 10 December 7pm – RAF Honington Band and Walsham-le-Willows Primary School Christmas Concert (book at Saturday 17 December 7pm – Carols by Candlelight raising fund for the Children’s Society Friday 23 December 7pm –

Candlelit Cathedral service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday 24 December 4pm – Crib Service, 11pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am –

Sung Christmas Day Festal Eucharist

Do come and visit our shop this Christmas for a huge range of gifts, cards and decorations. A warm welcome awaits you. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11.30am to 4pm.

Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP33 1LS Phone: 01284 748720

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January at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Helen Slade and Eamond Flemin, star in Beauty and the Beast

Anna Karenina


The Theatre Royal, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, has a fantastic mix of events for all the family. In January, the Christmas pantomime Beauty and the Beast continues to delight audiences until the 15th. Join Belle, Barney and the rest of the

Romantic, English Pastoral,American Jazz and a premiere too, led by composer and arranger Jeffery Wilson. Each concert begins at 1.10pm and is followed by complimentary tea, coffee and cakes in the Greene Room Bar.

Beastly St Edmunds gang as they go on a journey of enchantment and

Bury Theatre Workshop return to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with

magic in one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time.Who is the

their community production of Tolstoy’s epic Anna Karenina.This

mysterious Beast hiding in the shadows? Will Belle overcome her fears?

powerful and passionate play, exploring themes of fate, personal

And will love conquer all?

responsibility and powerlessness in a changing society, can be seen

The perfect antidote to the long winter evenings is to spend it in the

from January 24th-28th.

company of the hilarious Showstoppers.The Olivier award winning

An Evening with mezzo soprano singer Clare Presland and her pianist

company have become a regular fixture at the Theatre Royal in recent

takes place at The Athenaeum on January 29th.The special event

seasons, they stage an improvised musical based on suggestions from

which is being held in conjunction with The Angel Hotel offers a

the audience. Join them on January 21st - if you suggest it then the

delightful evening with the option of also attending a 2 course dinner at

Showstoppers will sing it! January 23rd sees the latest instalment in the Lunchtime Concert series where they welcome saxophone quartet Saxology to perform a varied programme of Baroque and Classical arrangements, French Neo

The Angel and post show drinks at the Wingspan Bar located in the 12th century vault in the Hotel.This is a fundraising event to support the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

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Local Arts Scene: Bury St. Edmunds

Home of Printmaking in Bury Fine artist Evelyn Polk is based in Bury St Edmunds. Having graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with a 1st class printmaking/fine Art Honours degree, she has exhibited at numerous galleries, including the Mall galleries London,The Norwich Print Fair, Byard Art gallery Cambridge, King’s Lynn Art Centre, Peter Pears gallery Aldebrough,The Edmund Gallery Bury St Edmunds to name but a few. Evelyn teaches Art and Photography in secondary education at Mildenhall College Academy, has delivered screen printing workshops to disadvantaged children, worked along side Kettles Yard in Cambridge with school groups delivering workshops in response to exhibitions and has been a visiting artist at the College of West Anglia to inspire students on the undergraduate art course. Her work is centred around the found object, but this also overlaps with notions of excavation and the land. Acting like a mediator, selecting and presenting items for the consideration of the viewer.


Print Making Classes Saturdays & Half-term Lino Printing One day class Collagraph Printing Two day course Etching One day class Half-term days Tuesdays – Lino printing Wednesdays – Etching Thursday & Friday mornings – Collagraph Printing For more information about booking classes, rates for using studio space, please contact Evelyn Polk - Email: Phone: 07736576167 36 |

Printmaking is a strong factor in her works, but this discipline crosses over and is often collaged and mixed with painting/drawing and assemblages. Evelyn also runs the Bury St Edmunds Print Workshop from her studio.The workshop is a unique, purpose-built working artist studio which has recently been opened to the public through her classes and the hire of facilities and equipment. It offers a wide range of printing techniques to artists, students and print enthusiasts of all abilities in a friendly and professional environment. Classes are limited to four adults, are intensive and give a thorough grounding in collagraph printing, lino printing and etching. Course students are now able to use the Printmaking Workshop studio space on an hourly basis after completion of the course.

Local Arts Scene: Bury St. Edmunds

Want a career in the arts? Conservatoire East students at West Suffolk College go on to great things.They progress to the top vocational conservatoires in the country in all subjects. The prestigious Ravensbourne University holds early interviews just for Conservatoire East's Media students and accepts large numbers who then move on to work with companies such as Sky and Warner Brothers. Music and Music tech students go forward to Westminster University and BIMM. Performing Arts students progress to top drama schools including Mountview, Royal Central, LAMDA, Oxford and Arts Ed. Every year the exclusive Musical Theatre Academy in London offers just 20 places, this year three of them went to Conservatoire East's musical theatre students. The Conservatoire operate as a professional arts centre giving students the chance to be involved in over 35 public performances per year. Plays, musicals, Shakespeare, CafÊ Theatre, Comedy and Cabaret.There are also frequent workshops for students with visiting artists. Excellent links with industry professionals lead to great progression opportunities.The courses give students up to 500 hours a year of real industry related work experience. Conservatoire East has outstanding results with their University of Arts London (UAL) Extended Diploma. UAL are the examining body and they use the Conservatoire's work as exemplars of good practice with other colleges. It is the only college in the country to feature in their new films on creative delivery. Dec/Jan 2017 | 37

Local Arts Scene: Bury St. Edmunds

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At The Apex of Bury's Entertainment Scene In the heart of Bury,The Apex is a fantastic venue with a packed programme of live music, comedy, dance and art exhibitions. In January,The Apex offers up an eclectic mix of shows to help beat the winter blues. There are plenty of tributes and variety shows to keep you entertained. Fleetwood Bac replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up on January 20th.The Chicago Blues Brothers pack their show with the best blues, Motown and sweet soul music on January 22nd, and The Simon & Garfunkel Story, on January 28th, features original film footage and a full live band.

Tommy Emmanuel

Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel (January 11th) is a YouTube sensation with over 29 million views. He has also been voted 'Reader's Favourite Acoustic Guitarist' in both Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Ramin Karimloo is best known for playing leading West End roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. His Broadgrass Band brings the rootsy sound of bluegrass to the passionate drama of theatre on January 29th.

Bruce Foxton brings From The Jam on January 19th, where you can hear classic hits such as ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’,‘Going Underground’ and ‘Town Called Malice’, along with rarely performed B-sides.

Los Pacaminos

Elkie Brooks will be performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz on January 21st. Their regular lunchtime jazz session, Songbook Sunday on 22 January 22nd, sees The Chris Ingham Trio with Brigitte Beraha singing Love Songs from America and Brazil. With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music.You can see her at The Apex on January 24th. Paul Young and his band Los Pacaminos play on January 27th; the cactussharp, tequila-filled, StetsonMartha Wainwright wearing magnificent seven play the very best in Tex Mex Border music, from Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and Roy Orbsion.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Apex to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Paul Young and Los Pacaminos on January 27th. To be in with a chance of winning please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: January 20th, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Spotlight on... Artist Caroline Blake Q. Please tell us about your background as an artist? I am a self-taught artist and discovered painting during one summer holiday four years ago. My grandfather was a successful artist and I always loved anything creative, but I hadn’t painted a picture since school. When I started exhibiting my work I was touched that people liked what I did. Having no formal training has allowed me to break all the rules in terms of techniques and I really enjoy experimenting as I go along.

Q. What inspires you? I am inspired by all the colours of nature, shapes of Floral Sinceritree

beautiful trees and textures which I like to re-create with vibrant acrylics, embellishments like gems, semi- precious

Q. Where can people see your work?

stones, crystals, and glitter. I try to bring the outside with my

A selection of my work is always in The Handmade Shop

paintings and harness the feel-good factor associated with

and Gallery in St Johns Street Bury St Edmunds. I exhibit

living things by using bright saturated colours. I really want

with the Bury Art Society at St Edmunds Gallery, annually at

people to get pleasure from the changing effects of light on

The East Anglian Art Exhibition at Needham Market and am

my paintings. The titles of my pieces are rather tongue in

in the March Hare Collective. My images are used for e-

cheek; playing with the word "tree”, which is worked into the

cards for the West Suffolk Hospital. I also have a website

title reflecting my interest in words as an English and

which allows people to keep up to date with my latest

Learning Development Teacher.

pieces. My most recent venture is to recreate my works on

Q Which piece of work are you most proud of and why?


I was asked by West Suffolk Hospital if one of my pieces

Q. What makes Bury St Edmunds such a special place

“Felicitree” could be reproduced on glass to be put in the

to live and work?

new Breast Care Unit there. The piece was curtained and

Bury St Edmunds is a wonderful place to live in. I was born

unveiled by Lady Elsie Robson, an inspirational woman who

here and I love my local neighbourhood, the beautiful abbey

raises funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. I was on

and gardens and all the small independent shops here. It is

the local news and, when the curtain was opened, I was

great to be an artist in this area of Suffolk, not least because

completely overcome with emotion and honoured that they

of the beautiful countryside, but because I think art is truly

would want my work and thrilled at how beautifully it was

valued and there are plenty of festivals and opportunities to

reproduced. I am always happy to allow my paintings to

exhibit works plus there are some amazing sculptures

generate funds for good causes and I think art exhibitions

around the town.

linked to them can help raise awareness of issues in a special way.

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