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April 2015

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Cover Story

Arts Council

35 Vauxhall V-arena

6 Riverside Art & Glass

18-19 Get Creative Campaign

36 Fling Festival

Visual Arts


38 Cambridge Summer Music


Visual Arts News

20 Turn the Page

39 Lavenham Sinfonia


Garden House Gallery, Cromer

21 Book Reviews


Manor House Exhibition

37 Swans Competition

What’s On

10 Artists on View

40 Beccles Antiques Street Market

11 Artist Profile - John Dawkins

41 What’s On Listings

12 The Gallery – Norfolk

42 Bury Festival

13 Art Fair East / John Midgley Exhibition

43 East Anglian Game & Country Fair

14 The House on the Hill Gallery


15 Bury Art Trail


Theatre & Film 22 Theatre & Film News 23 The Garage – Norwich 24 Behind the Scenes at Sewell Barn Theatre

11 Arts & Crafts

Local Arts Scene

25 Granery Competition

44 Norwich Photos

26-27 Coffee & a Chat - Nigel Harman

45 Norwich Introduction

28 Riverside Theatre

46 Norwich & Norfolk Festival

29 Playhouse – Norwich

47 GoGo Dragons/Norwich Art Supplies

30 Theatre Royal – Norwich

48 Norwich Bead and Textile Fair

31 Keys Auction

49 Win a meal at the Bicycle Shop Cafe

32 Kid’s Corner – Diss Corn Hall

50 Subscriptions/Competition Winners



34 Music News


16 Moving on to Handmade – Moth 17 Alby Crafts

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Welcome to the April edition of

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and all it has to offer arts lovers. The world-class Norfolk & Norwich Festival

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on Riverside Art & Glass in Wroxham.

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A Passion for Art

Sheared Waves by Kevin Turton

Riverside Art and Glass is an exciting contemporary art

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, where a selection of pieces by

gallery in Wroxham, the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The

various artists from the gallery will be on display. The art fair is

gallery opened in 2013 and offers a bright, modern space to

an exciting addition to the Norfolk art scene and runs from

enjoy artworks from local and global artists, alongside a

June 5th-7th.

professional bespoke framing service and a recently launched artwork photography service. Notable artists exhibiting at the gallery include London-based glass blower Peter Layton, of the renowned London Glassblowing Studio. Glass by Swedish designers Mats Jonasson and Kosta Boda sits alongside locally-made pottery by Norwich artist Clare Cummins. Global and local meet again with the work of Vladimir Piven, an accomplished oil painter from Ukraine, displayed alongside Norfolk artists such as Keith

The More You Look the More You See by Rhian Symes

Nash, Laurie Rudling and Kevin Turton, who is a master of mixed media. From May 1st, the gallery will be exhibiting a selection of original watercolours by Welsh artist Rhian Symes for 8 weeks. Rhian is well known for her immensely detailed paintings of wildlife, painted from her own photography taken of the Brecon Beacons. Her paintings are so meticulous that she produces

This year holds many exciting developments for the gallery. A new expansion will give artists the opportunity to rent exhibition space and will also host several specially curated exhibitions every year. The grounds of the gallery stretch to the River Wensum and will be developed into a sculpture garden, scheduled for completion before the end of this summer.

very few each year, making their display in Norfolk ever more

Riverside Art & Glass is open 7 days a week, 9.30-5.30pm


Monday-Saturday and 11-4pm Sunday.

Riverside Art and Glass will be featured at Art Fair East at

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Visual Arts News Equine and Animal Artwork Sale This April, Redwings’ Aylsham visitor centre in North Norfolk opens its doors to art collectors, Sanctuary

Jeff Koons, Winter Bears,1988, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland ©Jeff Koons

supporters and those who love all things horsey. Here, you can

Rare chance to see Jeff Koons' work in UK

peruse and purchase pieces

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is offering the rare

from Redwings’ collection of

opportunity to see groundbreaking work by American artist Jeff

donated artwork; from

Koons (b.1955), widely regarded as one of the most important,

reproduction prints of well-

influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. Running

known paintings and

from May 9th-September 6th, ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons is the

classically framed works

only chance to see Koons work in the UK in 2015. Representing

depicting traditional

one of the best Koons collections in the world, the exhibition

countryside scenes, to modern

features key pieces from each of the major series of work that

colourful pieces by both

have made him the most expensive living artist on the planet.

amateurs and professionals. There will also be a wonderful

Throughout his career Koons has pioneered new and

collection of sketches, watercolours and acrylics created for

imaginative ways of using everyday objects in his work. By

Redwings by its supporters, including portraits of the charity’s

combining popular culture with art historical references, and

Adoption Star residents Wiggins the donkey, pretty Victoria and the

deploying hand crafted techniques with industrial

Aylsham visitor centre’s very own “Black Beauty” lookalike Maya.

manufacturing, he has tested what an artist can be within a

Prices range from £5 to £425, plus every penny raised from the art

time of ubiquitous celebrity culture.The works on display are

sale will go directly towards the care of Redwings’ 1500 horses,

taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern

ponies, donkeys and mules. The sale takes place on Easter weekend

and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and

3rd-6th April and also on 10th-13th April. Free Entry.

National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony

d'Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund.

Exhibition: Evie Janssens Until April 18th, The Greenhouse Gallery in Bethel Street, Norwich plays host to an exciting exhibition of paintings and illustrations by talented artist Evie Janssens who graduated from the Norwich Art School in 2001. Evie's work, focusing strongly on patterns, uses repeated shapes and colours to create mesmerising hidden depths. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4.30pm. April 2015 | 7




Hertfordshire photographer Warren Cooper is a frequent visitor to the area and prefers to work within the golden hours of dawn and dusk when –Š‡ ‘—–…‘‡ ‹• —‘™Ǥ  Dz  Relish the unexpected, the unravelling of colours, shapes and textures as the weather, light and landscape rapidly

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A Glimpse of Georgian Life

The exhibition, 'VIEW: past paintings, new view' is at Manor House, Bury St Edmunds and includes a Gainsborough portrait never exhibited to the public before . The portrait of Robert Sparrow, High Sheriff for Suffolk in 1753, was inherited by his daughter Mary and after her marriage to the Earl of Gosford remained on the walls at Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland for the next hundred years. It has been kindly lent from a private collection and will hang alongside 30 fine period paintings featuring historic local places and people. These include items from the Cullum Collection, commissioned over 250 years by a local family from the leading artists of the day, including Mary Beale, Britain’s first professional female artist, born in nearby Barrow.

May 12th-26th

Both worlds are explored in two special study days featuring

The finest of Georgian England is being celebrated in Bury

leading art historians and masterly painters. Hugh Belsey will

St Edmunds this spring with a two week collaboration in aid

speak on Gainsborough, architectural historian Caroline Knight

of charitable causes that brings publicly owned paintings to

on Gentry and Provincial Towns and Tate curator Tabitha Barber

an important period home.

on Mary Beale. The Manor House is now the home of Sir David

Paintings from the St Edmundsbury Art Collection have been selected by George Carter, (who for 25 years has hung

and Lady Rowland. In the heart of the delightful, unspoiled Georgian quarter

exhibitions for the Royal Collection), in collaboration with St

Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Apex box office,

Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Heritage Service. , 01284 758000. April 2015 | 9


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Visual Arts

Artist Profile: John Dawkins It's often the case that a momentous event in a child’s life, can

Since retirement, John has broadened his subject matter to

inspire the life that follows. So it was for John Dawkins, who at the

include landscape and townscape. He works in mainly acrylics,

age of 3, found himself leaving his flooded home with his family in

occasionally oils, and recently rediscovered pencil drawing in its

a rowing boat in the dead of night on January 31st 1953. This was

own right, as well as using drawing for preliminary sketches for his

the night of The Great East Coast Flood, when the sea knew no

paintings. 'I spend a lot of time exploring various compositional

bounds in her attempts to extend her domain. 'It's the first thing I

solutions, in terms of the structure, tonal values and colour palette

remember and I truly believe it taught me to respect the power of

before committing to canvas,' says John. 'This can be through

the sea,' says John.

many thumbnail sketches or more detailed drawings incorporating tone and colour.' His style, although still largely based in the sound draughtsmanship gained from a rigorous training, has become more impressionistic, and even dreamlike. The real world as seen through the filter of his imagination. 'Last year I moved to Suffolk which has a beautiful landscape to inspire my work,' says John. 'I'm now putting some of my creative energies into converting a large outbuilding into a studio in the village of Chediston.'

From that same tender age, John loved to draw. ‘My imagination was fed by the Thames Estuary, its ships and seaside towns such as Southend and Canvey,' says John. 'I also developed a love for researching maritime history which became an inspiration in my art.' At 16, only 3 months before leaving school, John realised that he could turn his passion into a career. Later that year, at Southend College of Art, he trained as a graphic designer and honed his skills in various London design studios. As his career progressed, and to support his growing family, John began managing other creative people and his own creative work took a back seat.But it wasn't long before John was painting and drawing again in his spare time, focusing on maritime subjects. He started selling work at South Coast sailing events and was soon exhibiting his work at

John's latest, evocatively nostalgic collection of work can be

the prestigious Mall Galleries in The Royal Society of Marine

seen soon, from May 23rd to June 6th 2015, at The Little Gallery

Artists exhibition.

in Halesworth. April 2015 | 11

Visual Arts

Art from the East Sheringham to Yarmouth – An Easterly Viewpoint

Winter, Cromer East Beach by Paul Darley

From March 27th-April 21st, The Gallery Norfolk in Cromer

whose paintings have become identified with the gallery:

has teamed up with eight artists – most of them members of

Gareth Jones, whose imagery evokes breaking waves, and Su

the distinguished East Anglian Group of Marine Artists – for its

Chisnell, a seasoned sailor whose work captures the grace and

most ambitious exhibition yet.

dynamism of yachts. Joining Jones and Chisnell for the

'Sheringham to Yarmouth - An Easterly Viewpoint’ will show around 40 paintings, focusing on the Eastern corner of Norfolk, from Sheringham to Yarmouth, and including the Norfolk Broads. This breezy, rural area, with its sometimes austere landscape, has long attracted and fascinated artists,

exhibition are six members of EAGMA: Richard Dack, Paul Darley, Andrew King, Patrick Boswell, Raymond Leech and Jane Cort. Their eminence in their chosen artistic field is affirmed by the initials after their names, such as RSMA (Royal Society of Marine Artists) and ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI).

particularly for its light, which Lowestoft-born Richard Dack,

The Gallery Norfolk is a vibrant art gallery offering a hand-

Chairman of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA),

picked selection of paintings, limited edition prints, jewellery,

describes as '..ethereal, shifting and delicate, different to

crafts and gifts – plus expert in-house picture framing.

anywhere else in the UK.'

Featuring many pieces inspired by nature – especially the sea

The idea for the exhibition grew from a discussion that Polly Miller, who runs The Gallery Norfolk, had with two marine artists

– the gallery is located just moments from the picturesque cobbled Gangway down to Cromer’s beach.

27th March – 21st April 2015 Art inspired by Norfolk’s Eastern corner Patrick Boswell • Su Chisnell Jane Cort • Richard Dack Paul Darley • Gareth Jones Andrew King • Raymond Leech

THE GALLERY NORFOLK, 3 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9ER Open 10am-5pm – Monday to Saturday • Tel: 01263 515745

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New Norwich Art Fair Art Fair East, in association with Musker McIntyre, has announced an international line up of artists and galleries for it’s inaugural fair at St Andrews Hall Norwich, this June.   Alongside well known galleries and

the famous

artists from the region, there will be artists from Russia, Africa,

painter of ballet,

Spain, London and across the UK.  

Robert Heindel,

Will Teather, co-founder of Art Fair East, said: 'It is wonderful to have an international line-up for what is set to be a major cultural event for the region. We have had a fantastic response to our call-out and are working with many exciting galleries

and Norwich artist Lara Cobden who has featured in many arts prizes and described her work as being inspired by the borders of reality and imagination.

and artists, towards what will be one of the largest exhibitions

Art Fair East will run from June 4th-7th 2015 at St Andrews

of contemporary art in the East of England. ”

Hall, Norwich.

One of the exhibitors, Blue Nile Art, specializes in Ethiopian Art.

For further information visit or email

Local talents include Norfolk's Red Dot Gallery, who represent

Land Lines The Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich is home to an exhibition of the work of Norwich 20 Group member John Midgley from April 17th-May 7th. It shows a major collection of Midgley's paintings of North Norfolk's back roads, made from studies over the last two years. Many of the things that people want painted sunsets, beautiful windmills, stately wherries, big skies, glistening sands etc- already exist in nature or have become part of nature over the centuries. They cannot be improved upon. So if artists want to look for structure and meaning in life, they can

He has spent a couple of years paintings the bridges and byroads that dissect the flowing landscapes of North Norfolk.

study the ordinary, and the longer they study it, the very ordinariness of the subject will allow them to delve deeper into

The Fairhurst Gallery are showing 25 of his most recent

the motives that drive their work. This is precisely what John

paintings as part of their radical new programme.

Midgley did, and has been doing with the 'Backroads' pictures. April 2015 | 13

Visual Arts

The House on the Hill Gallery This stunning gallery in a 17th-century moated farmhouse is a hidden gem amongst the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside, situated above the B1123 Halesworth Road, near Linstead Church. The gallery was once an amalgam of a farm foodstore, stable and piggery. Thanks to the vision and generosity of its patron, John Downing, it is now home to Artbox, a not-for-profit community group set up to promote the arts in the Waveney Valley, as well as a gallery for local artists.  It also houses Treehouse Picture Framing.

Spring Forward is the first show of 2015 and features a diverse programme of original artworks by established local artists including painter Mark Ward, papercut specialist Jo Green,

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woodcut printer Chris Mound, lino print maker Gill Bedson, mosaic artist Joy Holden, mixed media artist Helen Cockburn and miniaturist Meraylah Allwood alongside new, fresh and exciting work by the Artbox artists and the Chediston Art Group.

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All profits go to Artbox, whose aim is to encourage art as an activity beneficial to mental health and well-being and to enable opportunities for artists with special needs to make, exhibit and sell their work. Artist Helen Cockburn facilitates art sessions at her studio within the gallery. The exhibition opens on March 28th and runs until the end of May. Gallery opening times are Friday and Saturday 10am 4pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm. Entry is free and refreshments are available during opening hours. Please come along and

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May 8th-27th 2015 Trail Blazers...! Follow the Bury Art Trail for a new art gallery experience in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. We are taking art out of the gallery environment and into the heart of the town. Thirty of our most loved East Anglian artists. Dee Nickerson, Lillias August, John Glover, Michael Apichella, Lynn Hutton, Gabrielle Stoddart, Deanna Tyson, Moira Hazel are just some of the familiar names of our regional talent but there are more than we can list from all over the east, including the cities of Cambridge and Norwich. They will exhibit their artworks for sale in twenty- nine prominent windows during the Bury Festival of Ideas and the Bury St Edmunds Festival from May 8th-27th. The artwork will always be representative of the type of business and thoughtfully curated to suite the genre of the space; a careful negotiation between the businesses and the artists. Paintings, sculpture, textile art, photography, printmaking and kiln-fired glass art are represented in this new event.

Elsey's Gallery: ArtWear by Laura Cook May 8th-30th –Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10.30 – 3.30pm Elseys Gallery will join the Bury Art Trail in May, with a contemporary textile exhibition. “Artwear” by Laura Cook of Art Slave. Laura recently over from the US and ex-Kiss of the Wolf designer is bringing her special individual designs to Elseys Gallery. This exhibition comprises a unique collection of Laura's bespoke hand dyed and printed organic cotton, silk and bamboo tees, tunics, jackets and scarves in a range of colours and sizes. Other sale exhibits will include framed textiles and silk-screened prints entitled 'Tagging Grandma's Wallpaper.'

The Bury Art Trail Guide leaflets can be collected from The Apex Tourist Information Centre and at any of the participating businesses in the town..Trail businesses will display the distinctive Bury Art Trail logo for easy identification. More information and a Trail list at

Elsey's Gallery: Indigo Dye Workshop May 16th, 10am-5pm Laura Cook is inviting visitors to learn to create and experiment with indigo dyeing. The techniques that she has developed are a contemporary twist on a world wide and ancient tradition of working with this amazing deep blue dye. The sessions are two hours for£10, gloves provided. The programme will be on a first come first served basis.If you are enjoying the process and wish to stay longer, you can upgrade and make a dyed tee or habotai silk scarf.(*Prices on the day) Further

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Moving On To Handmade Bungay is home to an exciting new shop dedicated to all things handmade. Moth - Moving On To Handmade - is the brainchild of jewellery maker Didy Ward and ceramicist Dorcas Franklyn-

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Last year, the two makers found themselves with stalls next to each other at a Bungay Festival event - and so the idea of Moth was born. When the Rosedale funeral home became vacant after they moved to bigger premises, Didy and Dorcas took on the shop and set about turning their dream into reality. 'We came up with the name Moth in a moment of inspiration,' says Didy. 'We wanted something that suggested the ephemeral as so many handmade things are one-off pieces and wouldn’t be in the shop for long.

more stability than the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ craft fairs so many of Moth’s makers attend. Moth also offers the opportunity for customers to find a unique maker for special commission pieces.' Now, six months after opening, Moth has around 40 makers selling their work in the shop. 'There really is something for everyone,' says Dorcas. 'From walking sticks to sheepskin slippers, original art to origami, jewellery to jam, ceramics, glassware, textile art, bunting, birdboxes, wood carvings, dog collars, notebooks and knitting. Moth is very special and, as one customer recently put it, “the sort of shop people come to Bungay for”. You can find Moth at 16 Upper Olland Street, Bungay NR35 1BG. Tel: 01986 893429.

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Arts Council

Get Creative with arts and culture This February saw the launch of the Get Creative campaign by the BBC in partnership with cultural movement What Next?

Get Creative aims to highlight the millions of people who

Following the nationwide launch, 25 Get Creative debates were

already do something artistic or creative every day and to

held across the country. These events examined the value and

encourage more people to take part and try something new.

importance of arts and culture in our society; each debate

Get Creative is supported by a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations – known as Get Creative Champions – across the country. In the East of England, six of the Arts Council’s National portfolio organisations are Get Creative Champions: Cambridge Junction, Creative Arts East, Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Writers’ Centre Norwich and Colchester Mercury Theatre.

interpreted this with their own focus, ensuring it was relevant to the local audience. Audiences at the Curve in Norwich said that while the arts might not be a quantifiable industry, their importance goes way beyond monetary value. This was echoed across the week of debates, with the word ‘joy’ widely used. These debates also embraced digital technology to increase the potential audience, including a Google Hangout that spanned three continents.

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Arts Council

The Get Creative website (

first weekend of October each year. There were 130 UK-wide

creative) provides a wealth of information about how people

events last October, registration for Fun Palaces 2015 is now

can find out more about the campaign and get involved,

open -

including some inspirational ideas of how people can be creative. The website also includes a list of Get Creative Champions in each region, so people can get in touch with them directly to see what’s happening and how they can join in!

• Museums at Night is the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. The festival runs from May

Here are some of the events and activities that people can

13th-16th and October 30th-31st 2015

do to Get Creative:


• 64 Million Artists is a

• The Campaign for Drawing

campaign to unlock the

aims to get the whole nation

creativity of everyone in

drawing. Its annual Big Draw

Britain. Using a simple, fun

festival runs from October 1st-

and free process: Do, Think

31st and has something for all

and Share – people are

ages. Over 1500 events in

being encouraged to sign

museums, galleries, libraries,

up for a regular Friday

schools, parks and community

challenge at

centres will offer mainly free

events for those that love to

• The Cultural Learning Alliance will be asking young people and the professionals who work with them to share their

draw, and those who think they can't. Find your nearest event from July 1st at

creativity and their ideas with the BBC Get Creative

• The Family Arts Festival (October 9th - November 1st): A


UK-wide arts performing and visual arts festival with

• Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK & Republic of Ireland. Voluntary Arts

thousands of events for families to enjoy together.

Week 2015 will take place from May 15th-24th and there are

• Into Film – UK wide opportunities for teachers and 5-19

lots of ways to get involved and showcase your creative

year olds. Make short films and discover a catalogue of over

activity – see:

4000 DVD titles including a 'Get Creative' selection, free to

• Fun Palaces is a campaign to support local people to

schools who register:

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Books...but not as you know them turn the page artists' book fair returns to The Forum, Norwich

The popular community project The Norfolk Longbook will be

in first rate form for its fourth year, showcasing the work

on display and growing before our very eyes as everyone is

of both UK and International book artists.

invited to bring along their own original art or writing to add to its pages - see the website for details. This is a date to put in your diary today! @ttpabf

The fair provides a unique exhibiting and selling platform for contemporary book arts, combining the bustling atmosphere of a festival teamed with the quality of a fine art exhibition. Launched in 2011 by artist Jules Allen and musician Marina Florance, turn the page is one of the most prestigious book art events in the UK.  Unfettered by the protocols of mass publishing, artists’ books take many forms from the conventional to the sculptural. Each year, artists from all over the globe are selected by a jury of experts to come together for this unique event. This year there will also be a stunning showcase of altered books by one of America’s pioneers of book art Brian Dettmer, and an exciting program of events including music, storytelling and poetry from acoustic folk band Two Coats Colder with guest appearance from author and poet Richard Pierce. There will be informative demonstrations showing the traditional skills of Bookbinding and Printmaking and visitors can pre-book for Paper Cutting and Calligraphy workshops.  20 |


Book Reviews Art books are often both informative and beautiful. Here

Whistler: A life for art’s sake by Daniel E. Sutherland

Sandra Sheehy, Head of the Art Department at Diss


publishing bookshop reviews a selection of art books.

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King (£9.99) It is both unusual and pleasant to find a book that concentrates

This is the first biography of Whistler in more then twenty years so it is a very welcome book. It is also the first to include the artist’s private correspondence and of course this makes for a very illuminating read.

on a single masterpiece.

Whistler is a fascinating

Leonardo and the last supper is

character full of

such a book.

contradictions, he is both a

By focusing on this one remarkable painting the reader learns so much about the mind

brazen self publicist and an introspective and sensitive soul.

and working practice of

Beautifully illustrated, this

Leonardo. The author also

book has great depth of

conjures up the society and political background of Milan

knowledge and some

and sheds new light on its creation.


I particularly enjoyed the depth of information regarding the paints used and the tragedy that lies within their instability

Phaidon Art Series Every home needs an art history section of books as part of its general library and this beautiful series of books by revered art history publishers Phaidon is a perfect choice. As to be expected from Phaidon, the illustrations are of a very high quality and the text is concise, revealing and a pleasure to read. The series covers a wide range of art movements from early christian art through both the northern and Italian renaissance to Dada and the Surrealists. Each subject is handled in depth and gives the reader a strong sense of social and political background that often spurred on the art of the time. For example the writings of Sigmund Freud being key to the surrealist movement and also the power struggles of the de medici family, Borgias and the papacy powering the remarkable achievements in Italian art. There is so much to learn from this great series of books. The works of art are truly inspiring and remind us, at a time when we are hearing such despairing international news, of the heights that the human race can reach. On a purely practical level, they are a perfect size [slightly smaller than A4] to fit in your bookshelves at home. So please come and visit Diss Publishing and enjoy building your art history library!

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Theatre & Film News

Pirates are coming to Gt Yarmouth Swashbuckling pirates from across the globe are making their way to Gt Yarmouth to prepare for an attack at the Hippodrome as part of the Easter Pirates show which runs from March 28th to April 19th. Captain Hawkseye played by Jack Jay returns to the port of Great Yarmouth to seek his ultimate revenge.

Nursing Lives

Defending the port is Pirate Johnny played by Johnny Mac and

A heart-warming wartime tale of bravery and love from the UK’s

alongside him Naval heart throb Admiral Lockehart played by

leading full mask theatre company comes to Theatre Royal, Bury St

Danny Potts. The Pirates in Jack’s Pirate Crew are Alejandro and

Edmunds on April 28th. When Flo, a feisty seventy-something,

Jose Castro from Argentina and Dickson, Hiliali, Martin and

learns that the hospital she worked at during the Second World War

Teddy Ngade from Africa. Adding to this Pirate mayhem are

is being demolished, she decides she needs to take one last look.

Marius, Nicola and Mihail Ionescu from the western shore of the

Her illicit visit becomes a personal celebration – of friendship,

Black Sea. Chaos and much laughter are created along the way

courage, adventure and romance. Nursing Lives is wordless, telling

in this blockbuster family show specially created for the unique

its story through physical communication, a strong visual design

hippodrome water spectacle set in a movie style set. The

and an original soundtrack. Set in the hard-working heart-breaking,

massive 40ft galleon, made by 3d creations who built parts of

swing-dancing world of Britain’s wartime hospitals, and the

the Pirates of the Caribbean set, is the centre piece to the

cassette-loving early 1980s of Thatcher’s Britain.

swashbuckling skulduggery. New for this year - exclusive VIP


Stick Man – Live on Stage! Anyone with a young child or grandchild will be familiar with the beautiful tale of Stick Man, written by Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo. This month, the tale is brought to life at Norwich Playhouse from April 20th-26th. Touching and utterly original, this delightful adaptation by Scamp Theatre of the much-loved children's book features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Will stick man ever get back to the family tree?

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A Strange Wild Song

In Norwich, The Garage’s Theatre season continues with A

Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets are £10 / £5 under-25s and

Strange Wild Song on Saturday 25 April, 7pm. Rhum and Clay

full-time students / £22.40 family ticket. Bookings can be

present a new version of their critically acclaimed play. In

made via the Box Office on 01603 598646 or

northern France in the Second World War, three children Visit the website to see all upcoming

encounter a lost American soldier in the ruins of their village.


Decades later, the soldier’s camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside. He discovers a world of childhood, imagination and hidden courage, as fragments of war explode into the present day. Accompanied by an original, award-winning musical score, and fusing cinematic imagery, absurdist humour and a mischievous sense of joy, this is an unforgettably touching story about finding light in the darkest of places.

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Behind the Scenes.. at Sewell Barn Theatre This month, the cast of Sewell Barn's latest production Cowardy Custard - are hard at work perfecting their roles before the show opens in May. Here, director Cassie Tillett talks about the show, her life on stage and her belief that Sewell Barn Theatre is a very special place. 'My connection with Sewell Barn began back in 2009 when I landed the role of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' says Cassie. 'As an American, dysfunctional alcoholic, it was a fantastic part to play and I fell in love with performing - and eventually directing - at Sewell Barn.'

Barn after a very successful production of The Shakespeare Revue in 2011 and the equally popular Down Among the Wines & Spirits, a celebration of the golden age of music hall last year. The show runs from May 14th-16th and 20th-23rd and celebrates Coward's huge output of words and music during his career. Using the popular revue format, it gives the performers just a matter of minutes - or in some cases seconds - to convey a character. 'The cast are really enjoying the challenges of this production,' says Cassie. 'It gives us the chance to play to their strengths. The show was chosen as it enables us to introduce music to the barn's repertoire without putting on a fully-fledged musical. Our cast of nine range in age from 25-60 and are working

Cassie Tillett as Martha

fantastically together. They are a really talented bunch and the audience are in for a real treat.'

So what is it about Sewell Barn that appeals? 'As a venue, it's tiny with a capacity of 100,' says Cassie. 'With the audience on three sides it makes for a very powerful, intimate experience for both the actors and the audience.' But it's more than just the uniqueness of the venue that appeals. 'Sewell Barn has an incredibly wide variety of productions with eight shows a year,' says Cassie. 'It shows an exciting mix of experimental theatre and more traditional productions which means there really is something for everyone. The Barn also does a fantastic job of showcasing local talent and the quality of both the direction and performances is really very high.' Cowardy Custard is Cassie's third stint as a director at Sewell 24 |

Cowardy Custard cast

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Science Blast – The Great scientists


WIN TICKETS The Granary Theatre is offering one lucky ARTSeast reader the chance to win a family ticket to see Science Blast on May 3rd. To be in with a chance of winning, email you name, address and phone number to

The show that likes to blow stuff up!

Closing date: April 24th. Usual terms and conditions apply.

Budding scientists - and their families - should head to the Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea on May 3rd for a family show you won't forget!

Professor Kaos has been working as a science communicator,

Professor Kaos' new family show Science Blast is packed with

performer and experimenter for nearly 10 years. He has toured

lights, lasers, explosions and experiments. It tells the stories of

small scale productions before notably in 2011 with the

9 of the planet's greatest brains looking at their discoveries

"Dangerous family show" that performed sell out shows at the

and demonstrating them live on stage. The audience then gets

Edinburgh fringe festival. Martin Grey of the Scotsman

to choose who they think is the best of them all by cheering-

newspaper described the show as 'Perfect fare for the budding

they have a sound meter!

brainiac.'Mairi Macloud of New scientists said; 'The show

Lasting around two hours, the emphasis is on fun, with special effects, lasers, nonsense and some really bad jokes. And there is a surprise for all the members of the audience too.

doesn't disappoint PK has the kids in hysterics in a couple of minutes.' April 2015 | 25

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Coffee & aChat Ex-Eastender Nigel Harman is soon to be making his directorial debut in Norwich with Shrek the Musical‌ When it comes to playing bad boys, Nigel Harman has a wealth of experience. As Dennis Rickman in Eastenders and Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICAL, he has perfected the art of being mean. But now Nigel is back and this time it's in a completely new role as director of SHREK THE MUSICAL which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal for three weeks in June. 'This is my directing debut but I think this moment was always coming,' says Nigel. 'Those people who have worked with me and know me well have always seen that it was in my DNA and what better way to do it than jumping in at the deep end with a huge production like SHREK THE MUSICAL.' And it's a production that Nigel knows well having won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2012 playing Lord Farquaad in the West End version. 'I love this show and it makes me laugh every time I see it,' says Nigel. 'If I have half as much fun directing the UK & Ireland tour as I did playing Lord Farquaad at Drury Lane, then I’m a happy man. My job is to translate that fun for the audiences.' Based on the smash-hit Academy Award-winning Dreamworks animation, SHREK THE MUSICAL follows the story of the lead character who sets out to rescue the beautiful but emotional Princess Fiona from a lovesick dragon. 26 |

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Shrek is aided and abetted by his fast-talking and witty sidekick Donkey and a number of misfits including a temperamental biscuit. Before heading out on a huge successful tour, Shrek wowed the West End and was watched by almost a million people. 'This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music,' says Nigel. 'This production is visually stunning and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at a great pace while still

Nigel as Lord


being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production

big, bold, song and

for a tour of the UK and Ireland. I could not wait to take it on

dance layers on top. I found the movie really warm and

the road.'

enjoyed the subversion of traditional fairy-tale characters that

So, how difficult is it to recreate the magic of Shrek onstage?

DreamWorks, and especially the Shrek franchise, were pioneers at. Performing the show eight times a week in front

'Taking the first Shrek as its inspiration - one of the best

of a live audience, I got to witness first-hand the audience

launch pads you could ever have - SHREK THE MUSICAL uses

getting sucked in to the humour and the spectacle. From the

the best elements of the film: so, the animated look, the feel,

moment it starts, they are there on the journey with you and I

and those incredibly witty scenes with Donkey, and

think that’s a really powerful and quite unique experience for

transposes them onto the stage,' says Nigel.'Then we add

both the cast and the audience.'

SHREK THE MUSICAL runs from June 9th-28th. Tickets: Tel: 01603 630000

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Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing - Tuesday 14th April 8.00pm Filmed Exhibition from the Van Gogh

House, London: Tickets £15.00 Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. Based on an 1828 French

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Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Richard is touring in 2015 with a new one-man show, new material in the first half and golden oldies in part two. Richard has played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin and performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams.

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The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny: OperaROH £12.50 Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing: VanGoghEx £10 La Fille Mar Gardee: BalletROH £12.50 (There will be no discount for Richard Digance)

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Andy Parsons: Live & Unleashed, But Naturally Cautious

With four sell out national tours, three DVD releases and a special for Comedy Central already under his belt, Andy Parsons, is back on the road in 2015 and coming to Norwich Playhouse from April 13th-15th. Andy’s fifth show ‘Live And Unleashed - But Naturally Cautious‘ will see the star of BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’ hit the road again delivering more sharp comedy up and down the UK. Andy has enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio and the live comedy stage. As well as a series regular on the award-winning Mock The Week (BBC 2) and numerous spots on Live At The Apollo (BBC 1), Andy has also appeared on QI (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), World’s Most Dangerous Roads (BBC2), Saturday Live (ITV) and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2, Andy was also lead writer on ITV’s hugely influential Spitting Image.

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Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders Two brand new Horrible Histories shows come to Norwich

invaded Britain.

Theatre Royal from April 22-26 when first the Groovy Greeks

They can puzzle over whether the crazy Caractacus

take over the auditorium, followed by the Incredible Invaders.

can save the nation, hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness

In the Incredible Invaders, the audience will be taken on a 1000-year-long journey as the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans

the Savage Saxons smash their way in, and see if they can stop King Alfred burning his buns. The show also lets the audience discover who’s at Sutton Hoo, and everyone has to survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience. Meanwhile the Groovy Greeks will take the audience from savage Sparta to angry Athens on a voyage of discovery about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Audience members can also compete in the first ever Olympic Games and live play, or see if they meet their match with the Minotaur and avoid being zapped by Zeus. It’s history with the nasty bits


left in for everyone’s delight and delectation.

APRIL BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Tues 31 March – Sat 11 April TOP HAT Award-winning Irving Berlin dance musical £8 - £44

Sun 19 April HEART & SOUL Central School of Dancing and Performing Arts £7 - £17.50 Tues 21 April STEWART FRANCIS Deadpan stand up £7 - £17.50

Wed 22 – Sun 26 April HORRIBLE HISTORIES Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders £7 - £16

Mon 27 April – Sat 2 May DEAR LUPIN James and Jack Fox star in touching tale of a father and son £8 - £27 T H E AT R E ST R E E T, N O RW I C H N R 2 1 R L

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The Great Gatsby

Tues 14 – Sat 18 April THE GREAT GATSBY Gorgeous dance adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel £8 - £36.50

Keys | Fine Art Auctioneers Music, eatre & Cinema Valuation Day ursday 23rd April 2015 Saleroom 8, Palmers Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6JA


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and collections, autograph photographs, screen and the music world, manuscript material, 1950s and 1960s pop and rock magazines such as Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Disc Weekly, musical instruments, 19th century and earlier

theatrical and circus playbills, circus ephemera, postcards relating to music, theatre etc.

1164. Autograph collection including John Lennon. Realised £4400

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1124. Beatles Magazines & Ephemera. Realised £420

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1250. Two Victorian Souvenir eatre Programmes. Realised £80

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

Open Space eatre Company bring this exciting production of Edward Albee's famous play to the region in May. A naive young couple find themselves marooned in the vicious, humiliating and cynical battlefield of George and Martha's marriage. Albee's classic play was adapted for a memorable 1960s film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

You can catch the show on tour at one of the following locations: Friday, May 8th - e Bank arts centre, Eye, tel. 01379 873495 Saturday, May 9th - Fisher eatre, Bungay, tel. 01986 897130 Wednesday, May 13th - St Edmunds Hall, Hoxne, tel. 01379 855101 Friday, May 15th - Wingfield Barns, tel. 01379 384505 Saturday, May 16th - Seagull eatre, Lowesto, 01502 589726

When middle-aged Martha and her college

Tuesday, May 19th - Diss Corn Hall, tel. 01379 652241

lecturer husband George are joined

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Battle lines are drawn as Martha and George drag their guests into their own private hell.

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Kid’s Corner: Diss Corn Hall In the heart of the lovely market town of Diss is the beautiful Corn Hall - a thriving arts venue offering high quality entertainment from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art. But how would it fare as a place to entertain the children? In the middle of March we took two children - aged 5 and 6 - to watch Pop! - A Magical Comedy Show. It was billed as the most fun-filled show for children and families around but I wasn't prepared to take their word for it. But I have to say right from the start it was fantastic - and the children were completely gripped. Christian Lee - the sole performer - was just as we'd been warned. Mr Bean meets Charlie Chaplin and the kids hung on his every word. I've never heard so much laughter in one room! In a nutshell, Christian set out for a lovely day at the seaside with his faithful teddy bear and magical picnic basked when

suddenly he's caught in a spectacular storm. Cue illusions, comedy, floating snowflakes, audience participation and a giant balloon and you have all the ingredients for a fun-filled hour. The venue was great - they even provided colouring in before the show began - and the children were allowed to roam around and join in. We'll definitely be heading back to one of the many shows they have coming up for children throughout the year. On April 18th Garlic Theatre presents Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot using clowning, mime and beautifully crafted puppets. My Friend Mole comes to Diss on May 16th. Brought to life by Birdsnest Theatre this delightful mix of live music, storytelling, imagination and a rich visual language tells the gentle tale of a very special friendship. On June 13th, the Corn Hall hosts an IMPS Make & Play Father's Day Special. Here, children aged 3-8, can make some lovely gifts to surprise Dad, plus there's lots of time to explore the post office (colouring, stamping, posting) and the workshop (hammering, squirting, whisking). Dress for mess! To keep in touch with what's coming up throughout the year and to book tickets - go to or call 01379652241.

Megan Lantsbury

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Music News

Folk talent comes to Norwich The Sounds of Africa

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Fabian Holland is playing the

Learning to twerk is just one of many new skills you can acquire

Bicycle Shop Cafe, Norwich on April 14th. Lyrically evocative,

at an Afternoon of African music and dance at The Garage,

sometimes moody and melancholic, Fabian Holland’s music has a

Chapelfield, Norwich on April 18th. Run by locally based

flip side of songs of upbeat, wry humour but always acutely

Zimbabwean born singer, drummer and dancer Anna Mudeka,

observed - songs of people and places, strangers and kin, human

the afternoon begins at 2pm with an hour long workshop in

frailties and foibles - sensitive sonic snapshots producing perfect

Mbira singing run by Anna. Anna, who grew up in a musical

visual imagery, by turns unsettling and reassuring. Fabian, 28,

family in Zimbabwe, performs regularly around Norfolk, and

grew up listening to blues artists like Sonny Boy Williamson and

much further afield with her band. You can then take part in a

Muddy Waters and blues-imbued arrangements remain a

beginners African drumming course where you can play ngoma,

trademark of his music. He started playing guitar aged just seven

djembe, ndandanda, and chigubhu drums alongside an

and later attended Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music

assortment of percussion.The day will conclude with a Zulu

being tutored by the late, great Eric Roche. Studying done, he

dance and twerking workshop run by Paul Thwala and Glynnis

headed for Italy’s Abruzzo mountains in a red VW bus, spending

Masuku in which no experience will be needed. Tickets can be

four years busking, composing and honing his craft.

purchased from African emporium in Lower Goat Lane in

Norwich, or Rosie Lee’s Tea Rooms in Loddon, calling 01362 822194 or by e mailing

Stars announced for Newmarket Nights The latest acts confirmed for this years Newmarket Nights are music legend Tom Jones and one of the biggest boybands in the world, Boyzone. Tom will be returning to Newmarket Racecourses on August 7th 2015 after his incredible show last year, bringing his huge repertoire of hits from across the genres including 'Kiss', 'Delilah' and 'It's Not Unusual. With record sales of 25 million, 18 UK top 10 singles and six number ones, Irish heartthrobs Boyzone are sure to wow the crowds with their biggest hits including 'Love Me For a Reason', 'No Matter What' and 'When the Going Gets Tough.' They join already announced acts Kylie Minogue, Kaiser Chiefs and Madness. 34 |


The New V-Arena

East Anglia’s new Premier Music Venue Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth has invested over

The Vauxhall Holiday Park live music weekender breaks are a

£300,000 in a new V-Arena entertainment venue. The new

great opportunity to get away with friends, see some fantastic

state-of-the art venue has the capacity to hold up to 2,000

live bands and enjoy the parks five star facilities, including

people, and a whole host of artists are planned to perform in

tropical water world and accommodation.


Vauxhall Holiday Park is located on the outskirts of Great

Upcoming themed weekender events include a 70’s

Yarmouth. Prices start from £99 per person, depending upon

Glamtastic Weekender in April with Showaddywaddy,

the choice of accommodation and how many people are

Brotherhood of Man and Mud, Rock in October, Ska and MOD

sharing. The price includes the accommodation, access to the

weekender SKamouth in November, Soul & Motown also in

bands, and the park’s facilities.

November, and a Christmas Party event, amongst others. The V-Arena has an impressive stage for the live acts to perform on, and a dance floor if you want to get up close and personal. There is also seating around the venue and an extensive bar.

For the latest music events please visit or call Vauxhall Holiday Park on 01493 857231.

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Music, Cabaret and Curiosity

The Fling Festival 2015 This unique summer festival will once again welcome adults of all ages to the glorious surroundings of Hylands Park, Essex. The seventh year of The Fling Festival also sees the exciting new addition of limited VIP camping, with alluring late night entertainment and Sunday morning activities. On Saturday July 4th, from 12noon, prepare to experience an intimate world with music, surreal theatre, fantastical storytelling and curious sideshows amongst a banquet of unique performances from far and wide. Musical headliners for this year’s Festival include Dub Pistols, Shaun Keaveny DJ set (BBC 6 music), Leddra Chapman, The Midnight Barbers, Animal Noise and many more. For the first time ever, limited camping is available for £19 for those who have purchased a VIP ticket. From 11pm grab yourself a drink from the VIP bar and head to the festival’s infamous silent disco, featuring some of the top DJ’s around. Not in the raving mood? Then grab yourself a scrummy midnight snack (from one of our fabulous late-night caterers) and settle down to enjoy a night of storytelling, acoustic music and other special shenanigans. On Sunday morning,“The Breakfast Club” is open, and campers are invited to join in with “The Sunday Stretch” with Yoga and other activities. Tier Two Tickets for The Fling Festival are available from £22, or camping (including VIP access) from £53.50 via the Festival Box Office on 01245 606 505 or via For up-to-date festival info, visit , like ‘The Fling Festival’ on Facebook and follow @FlingFestival on Twitter. 36 |


Swans rock Epic Studios May 27th

Swans are a band from New York, United States, active from

somehow seem to have been able to make a strummed

1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter

acoustic guitar seem as brutal as their earlier amped-up

and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.

assaults. The lush instrumentation of their albums from the late

Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their

1980s and the 1990’s anticipated the birth of post-rock.

original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album ‘Public Castration Is A Good Idea’.


WIN TICKETS to see Swans

Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier output. Drum machines and samples were slightly more prominent. Micheal Gira was joined vocally by Jarboe which gave the band a broader sonic range. Tracks featuring Jarboe were often quieter, even pretty, acting as counterpoint to the

ARTSeast has teamed up with Epic Studios, Norwich to offer two tickets to see Swans in action. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address ad telephone number to Closing date: April 24th Usual terms and conditions apply

more harrowing themes on the albums. Over time, this style would come to dominate Swans’ output, although they April 2015 | 37


Musical Gems This spring and summer, Cambridge Summer Music is

Marmen Quartet: May 23rd, 7.30pm - St Mary the Virgin

bringing an exciting programme of classical music to the

Church, Great Shelford

region with two separate series of concerts.

Direct from their Spring Aldeburgh Chamber Music Residency,

Music in Quiet Places is a series of four concerts in wonderful Cambridgeshire village churches. These churches -

the Marmen Quartet perform three quartets by masters of the art - Haydn, Brahms and Janacek.

Comberton, Whittlesford, Great Shelford and Girton - play host

Kosmos: June 6th, 7.30pm - St Andrew's Church, Girton

to four groups of musicians of exceptional quality and variety,

Kosmos' unique programme features wild Gypsy fiddling,

representing a flute and harp duo, a classical string quartet

emotive Klezmer and Greek music gliding seamlessly into hot-

and two amazing trios with special missions to explore music

blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish

from different eras and cultures:

and Sephardic songs, with references to classical composers.

Meridiem Duo: April 25th, 7.30pm - St Mary's Church,

While Music in Quiet Places explores Cambridgeshire


countryside churches, the four Spring Concerts take place in

This enchanting combination of flute (Sarah Miler) and harp

equally serene city settings. These concerts present an

(Elinor Nicholson) is one that never fails to delight.

eclectic mix of quality musical talent.

FB Pocket Orchestra: May 8th, 7.30pm - St Mary and St

Schubert Die Winterreise: May 19th, 7.30pm - Emmanuel

Andrew's Church, Whittlesford

United Reformed Church

Take a trip back in time and immerse yourself in the sounds of

Ben Johnson tenor Tom Primrose piano.

blues, ragtime, hot jazz and songs from the late 19th and early

Schubert's searingly intense song cycle Die Winterreise is a

20th centuries.

vocal challenge that Ben Johnson is more than capable of meeting. Tom Primrose graduated with distinction from the



Royal Academy of Music.



Richard Goode: May 22nd, 7.30pm - West Road Concert Hall Mozart: Adagio in B Minor, K.540; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24; Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op.76; Debussy: ()

Children's Corner; Schumann: Humoresque


Julliard 415 & Yale Schola Cantorum: May 30th, 7.30pm Trinity College Chapel The cream of America's finest young musicians take centre stage in this concert. Daniel Kellogg: Shout Joy; Roderick Wiliams: O Brother Man; Haydn: Symphony No 94, 'Surprise'; "# )


Beethoven: Mass in C Danish Sinfonietta - June 4th, 7.30pm - Emmanuel United Reformed Church Mozart: Clarinet Quintet; Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies; Carl

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Lavenham Sinfonia: Make a note Lavenham Sinfonia's four concerts this year include music

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20th, 7pm in Lavenham Village Hall

from three centuries, ranging from Corelli in the early 18th

The Astonishing Mozart

century to Richard Strauss writing in the twilight of his long career, in the 1940s.

A celebration of music by that great genius of the Classical age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the relaxed atmosphere of Lavenham Village Hall, tickets include an interval drink and canapés. The music, most of it written when Mozart was between the ages of 15 and 25, includes a variety of styles, from Symphony No. 27 to wind-ensemble chamber music. We are delighted to welcome soprano Emma Bishton who will join the Sinfonia players to sing the concert aria Kommet her, ihr frechen Sünder, KV 146, and Ma qual virtù, a gem from Mozart’s oratorio Betulia liberata.

SUNDAY APRIL 26th, 7pm in Lavenham Church Sibelius:



Violin Concerto in D major


Symphony No. 9 in E minor

Fenella Humphreys, violin ‘From the New World’ Fenella Humphreys returns to Lavenham again, after last season’s stunning Prokofiev concerto, to play one of the great peaks of the violin repertoire,Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Op. 35. We mark Jean Sibelius’s 150th anniversary with the stirring tone-poem Finlandia, Op. 26, which has been adopted as an unofficial Finnish anthem. The concert finishes with the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Symphony 'from the New World', composed in 1893 during his three-year stay in America. SUNDAY JUNE 28th, 7pm in Lavenham Church Mendelssohn:

Overture The Fair Melusina

Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto Daniel Bates, oboe Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12th, 6pm in Lavenham Church A Baroque Christmas Our final concert for 2015 is a special Christmas concert including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, and other beautiful music for strings to suit the season. For this delightful selection of Christmas music by Bach, Handel

Richard Strauss’s ravishing oboe concerto, written in the closing

and Vivaldi among others, the strings of the Lavenham Sinfonia

months of World War II, is a world away from the large tone-

will be joined by the Laurentian Choir. Note the earlier start time

poems of his youth. Soloist is Daniel Bates, principal oboist with

of 6pm, and be sure to join us for this special winter concert!

the City of London Sinfonia. The Strauss’s classical restraint is a perfect foil for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, written in 1806, often unjustly overlooked in favour of its more well-known

Tickets: Tickets are £12 in advance £14 at the door, under 18s free.

siblings. The concert begins with Mendelssohn’s The Fair

They are available from Lavenham Guildhall Shop, Lavenham

Melusina, a concert overture written in 1833, and inspired by a

Tourist Office and Compact Music, Sudbury or through

folk tale of the water-sprite Melusina.

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What’s On

Antique Heaven

The first of two Beccles Antiques Street Markets held in the centre of Beccles will take place on Sunday May 3rd, Bank Holiday weekend (the second being on 30th August). The market boasts a varied and interesting collection of 100 general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. The dealers have a great selection of antiques and are experts in their field and happy to share their knowledge and expertise with collectors.

Many of the local shops, restaurants and bars are open that day and first class catering is incorporated into the market; including Big Sky Pies, a local hog roast, local ice cream and tea and coffee. If you haven’t been before you really should give it a visit and experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market. Entry is free and the event is well signposted.

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What’s On

What’s On – Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up in our region. If

April 25th-May20th - Paintings and prints by Rosemary Vanns

you’d like an event, show, exhibition, performing arts

with ceramics by Clare Conrad. Bircham Gallery, Holt.

class, festival, talk or anything else arts-related included

in our listings section, please get in touch. Each listing costs just £15 (no VAT) and you can pay by cheque to


Falcon Publications or by PayPal to

April 17th - The 3rDegree Theatre Company bring a hilarious

If you’d prefer to pay by BACS online, call 01379 415002

adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes' The Hound of the

for account details. To submit a listing, email details to

Baskervilles. Westacre Theatre. Tickets: We need details 8 weeks before the, tel: 01760 755800

date of the event to guarantee inclusion. April 23rd-May 2nd - Norwich Players presents Shakespeare's

MUSIC April 18th - Singer songwriter Kevin Pearce, supported by Peter Hepworth & Tilly Dalglish performs a one-off gig in Ipswich. St Peter's by the Waterfront. Tickets 01473 225269 April 20th - Iconic singer Marc Almond comes to Cambridge following the release of his new album The Velvet Trail. Cambridge Corn Exchange. Tickets -, 01223 357851

Anthony and Cleopatra. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Tickets - tel: 01603 620917 May 9th - Open Space Theatre Company present the classic play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Bank Arts Centre, Eye before taking the show on tour. Tel: 01379 873495.

FESTIVALS/CRAFT FAIRS April 11th-12th - The Suffolk Food, Drink & Music Festival is a great day out for all the family and is run alongside the

May 10th - Leyland Band in concert. Presented by the East Anglian Brass Band Association. St Andrew's Hall, Norwich,

Framlingham Country Show. Framlingham College.

6.30pm. Tickets - 01473 626986 or on the door. April 26th - Norwich Bead and Textile Fair. Held at The Open

EXHIBITIONS March 28th-April 22rd - Two Man Show: Steven Lindsay and Philip Richardson. Focuses on the strong landscapes and still life work of Richardson and the instantly recognisable figures

Academy. May 2nd-17th - The Broads Outdoors Festival is two weeks of fun for the family exploring the water, wildlife and heritage of this beautiful region.

and faces of Lindsay. Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford. April 24th-May 11th - Henk Bruggeman is exhibiting at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay. Originally from The Netherlands, he has lived in Zambia and Malawi before settling in Norwich.

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What’s On

Inspirational Festival The Bury St Edmunds Festival celebrates its 30th Year in 2015

prohibition-inspired programme of classical and swing music

with an inspirational programme of entertainment mixing old

featuring dazzling violinist Thomas Gould, while Suffolk

and new from May 15th-24th.

Philharmonic Orchestra also features Thomas Gould

Local singers get the chance to perform in a 200-strong choir

performing Beethoven’s violin concerto.

with Global Folk (the successor to the popular Mbawula

Words and music in a world premiere from Cellophony with

township chorus), while West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra and

eight cellos performing Richard Birchall’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Bury Busk provide a stage for talented local musicians.

with Lewis Carroll’s text read by a well-known narrator, marking

Based at the award-winning Apex concert hall, Festival events

150 years since it was published.

will also take place at a range of atmospheric venues including

Composer Jocelyn Pook back in her home town with her

the Theatre Royal, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Mary’s Church,

ensemble to perform her award-winning film scores and music,

Unitarian Meeting House, The Hunter Club, Abbeygate Cinema,

including a piece using answerphone messages.

and Smiths Row. Highlights include: A high energy Festival opening night of hot Cuban grooves with acclaimed violinist Omar Puente and his band to get everyone up and dancing at the Apex, with a salsa workshop beforehand. Musicians marking their own anniversaries: Evelyn Glennie celebrating 30 years as a professional percussionist and the Tallis Scholars performing Allegri’s Miserere and beautiful music by Arvo Part, still composing in his 80th year. Bury Bach Choir put on a rare performance of Britten’s huge War Requiem together with the North London Chorus, St Edmundsbury Cathedral Boys Choir and two orchestras. Festival favourites Queen of Swing Clare Teal with her Mini Big

The renowned Orlando Consort providing a new soundtrack of 15th century music for the classic silent film ‘La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928) evoking the emotions of her trial and burning at the stake in medieval France. Pianist Anthony Hewitt performing Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition with digital projections of contemporary art by Klara Smith inspired by paintings of the period. Top folk band Demon Barbers XL with their spectacular roadshow including clog, sword, hip hop and break dancers, while the amazing Gandini Juggling add ballet moves to their breathtaking juggling skills. Plus films, theatre, folk, opera and much more….

Band and Black Dyke Band recently crowned national brass

To see the Festival brochure or book tickets go to

band champions for the 23rd time. Box Office: 01284 758000. Follow

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What’s On

A Great Family Day Out The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take

The Forestry Villages hosts The East of England Cutters &

place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April, at The

Climbers Competition and Pole Climbing Competitions. The

Norfolk Showground, Norwich.

forestry arena will be a buzz of activity with chainsaw carvings, felling demonstrations,

It provides a fantastic mix of displays

tree climbing and pole climbing

including the famous Essex Dog

competitions. If Bear Grylls is your thing

Display Team whose dogs negotiate

then Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival

a 100ft long ramp at high speed

will be demonstrating their vast knowledge

through hoops of fire, a UK

of bushcraft & survival techniques.

Horseboarding demonstration, musical demonstrations by N & J

The game fair country kitchen has a great

Heavy Horses and the chance to see

new line up with a variety of cookery

Sporting World Champion John

workshops and demonstrations from a

Bidwell perform his world famous off

selection of local chefs, including Celebrity

the hip trick shooting with an

Chef Chris Coubrough, Roger Hickman,

automatic and pump action shotgun

Andy Snowling, Eric Snaith and Na Hansell

from the hip over his shoulders and

plus many more.

from between his legs.

On top of this there are over 300 shopping stands with a wide

You can also see West Norfolk Hunt take the hounds for a

variety of products from fashion and footwear to gun makers,

parade of the ring, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Flight of the

eco products, fishing products and home improvements, plus

Falcons, Ferret Racing, Fly Fishing, Berkley Owls, Sheep Dog and

craft halls and gift marquees. Norwich Antiques Market has

Duck Display, Lurcher Displays, Gun Dog demonstrations and

again been added to the line up for this year’s show.

much more.

Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside

In the Countryside Arena, The Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club will

activities and meet several animals. Stands at the event for little

demonstrate the stages of training dogs need to achieve to

ones include Red Barn Farm, Woodbine Alpacas, Scratby

become working gundogs. Bird lovers will enjoy the talks,

Donkey Rides and of course Heart Radio.

demonstrations, stands and competitions in the falconry village.

Tickets:, 0871 230 1102



We have five family tickets to give away to the East Anglian Game & Country Fair 2015. To win, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: April 18th Usual terms and conditions apply.

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Local Arts Scene

Norwich: Cultural Heart of the East With world-class galleries, a choice of impressive theatres,

Other festivals include the UEA Literary Festival, The Sundown

popular music venues and a range of prestigious arts courses,

Festival, The Reload Festival, The Hostry Festival and the Lord

Norwich is an excellent city for art lovers.

Mayor's Procession.

In 2012, in acknowledgement of its cultural wealth, Norwich

Norwich is also home to the Norfolk Arts Award - celebrating

even became England's first UNESCO City of Literature, one of

the rich creative talent of the county - held this year at the

only seven in the world.

Maddermarket Theatre in September.

It's beautiful streets, buildings and parks play host to a wide

The city's museums provide people of all ages with a

range of festivals and events throughout the year

fascinating day out and offer a range of special activities for

In May, the city comes alive with the fantastic Norfolk &


Norwich Festival - one of the top four arts festivals in the UK -

As the signs say, Norwich really is a fine city, offering a rich

showcasing a wide range of local, national and international

cultural experience for everyone.

talent in music, theatre, art, comedy and much more.

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World Class Festival

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Photo: David Sinclair

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Abdullah Ibrahim

From May 8th-24th, The Norwich & Norfolk Festival 2015,

Theatre in Great Yarmouth

brings a dazzling array of global stars to Norfolk whilst

Britain’s hottest young circus

showcasing some of the best of the county’s home-grown

performers will astound with

talent. The Festival has commissioned world premieres from

their jaw-dropping,

WildWorks and Circa for the woods around Felbrigg Hall and

flawlessly timed acrobatics in

The Adnams Spiegeltent respectively. There are also UK

the 2014 Total Theatre Award winning Bromance.

premieres including the stage adaptation of Eimear McBride’s multi award winning novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and Willi Dorner’s gravity defying fitting.

Flavia C oelho

Families are well catered for with a number of free outdoor performances including a spectacular finale in the form of 451, a large-scaled 360-degree surround performance

The Adnams Spiegeltent, the beating heart of the Festival,

combining sound installation with dramatic action and

returns to Chapelfield Gardens in the second week. The

pyrotechnics, inspired by Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451.

magnificent interior with its mirrors and polished wood is the perfect setting for Circa’s What Will Have Been. Late live music takes in everything from the explosive desert blues of Songhoy Blues (described by BBC6 Music as ‘The Malian Beatles’) to the uplifting feel good sounds of House Gospel Choir and genre hopping Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho. In her smash hit stand up show High Heels in Low Places, which tours to Sydney,

Music has always played a large part in the Festival and this year it comes from all over the globe with music from, among others, New York sensations The Hot Sardines, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, whose music has underpinned ITV’s Broadchurch, and charismatic South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim who celebrates his 80th year with a stunningly propulsive and melodious solo piano set.

New York, London and Norwich, Ireland’s greatest drag queen Panti discusses the controversy caused when she accused

This year’s classical music programme includes performances

several establishment Irish figures of homophobia. There’s also

in some of the city’s finest churches, chapels and concert halls,

former Everything But The Girl singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn

many featuring the music of Felix Mendelssohn.

discussing her new book Naked at the Albert Hall, plus tea

As the main Festival draws to a close, Norfolk & Norwich Open

dances and social events for toddlers and the young at heart.

Studios (23 May 23rd – June 7th) is the opportunity for the

Hofesh Shechter Company’s Political Mother comes to the

county’s artists to throw open their studio doors to allow the

Theatre Royal. This critically acclaimed spectacle combines

public to explore the wide range of art created in Norfolk.

raw, honest physicality with a cinematic score performed live to

Box Office 01603 766400, online booking at

create a dance experience like no other. Over at St Georges with full information on all events.

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Local Arts Scene

GoGoDragons Roar into Norwich Following the success of GoGoGorillas! in 2013, Break Charity

related which can be followed on the dragon Facebook page,

is firing up Norwich City centre with a blaze of dragons, this

Twitter feed, Instagram or the website.

summer, bringing visitors to Norwich, embracing creativity and ultimately raising funds with an auction at the end of the event. GoGoDragons! is a Wild in Art event brought to Norwich by Break Charity, the presenting partner Norwich BID, together with supporting partners Almary Green and Aspiration Europe.

The themes of the designs fit into the following categories – Norwich & Norfolk inspired; Characters; Nature inspired; Cult inspired; Elements and Pattern. The variety of chosen designs include: watercolour, acrylic, mosaic tiles, car parts, eagle head, rhinestones, tuppences, 3D modeling and much, much more!

Each of the 80 plus large dragon sculptures is sponsored by a local business, trust or group. Seven sculptures are Heritage

The event culminates in a last chance to see all the dragons

related dragons, painted and designed by artists and

outside The Forum on 27-30th September and then the

community groups.

auction with T W Gaze and Jake Humphrey on Thursday 1st October 2015. Tickets for this will be available to purchase via

The GoGoDragons! trail starts on 21st June and ends on 5th

the website.

September 2015. During the trail, which you can follow on a map, there are activities all over the city which are dragon

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Local Arts Scene

Norwich Bead & Textile Fair

Twelve years ago, Gill Riordan and Katie Harrowven set up

At first the bead fairs were held at the John Innes Institute but,

the Norwich Bead and Textile Fair after realising the need for

three years ago, as they grew they moved to their current

one to take place locally. Both women had spent many years

venue at the Open Academy, Salhouse Road, Norwich. A new

involved with beading and embroidery including, teaching,

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workshops, bead groups and embroidery groups.

everything on one level, it gives very good access to all. The fairs have attracted not only national traders but also international traders covering a wide range of beads and textiles. New traders are encouraged each year to join the

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popular usual traders, some of whom have taken part every year since the very first fair. There is a diverse selection of traders from hand dyed threads to sewing machines to books to jewellery supplies and beads. The bead and embroidery Guilds and societies are represented along with the Costume and Textile Association, based in Norwich and the local Women's Institute Group. This year Gill and Katie are pleased to have The Norwich Bead Group, The Connected Textile Group and The Quilters Guild, who will be exhibiting examples of their work. Younger students are also encouraged and this year's fair will exhibit work from students taking City and Guilds machine embroidery and creative textiles in Norwich. Light lunches, cakes and refreshments are available throughout the day. For more information - and to book advanced tickets - go to

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Once an actual bicycle shop serving the people of Norwich, The Bicycle Shop Cafe on St Benedict's Street, Norwich now provides a place for eating, drinking, music and merriment. They are delighted to offer one ARTSeast reader a main course for two people, plus a carafe of wine. To be in with a chance of winning, just complete this page and post to ARTSeast, Dolphin House (first floor), 23 Church Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4DD

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Welcome to the April issue of ARTSeast Magazine. In this issue we meet ex-Eastender, and director of SHREK THE MUSICAL, Nigel Harman, chat...