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ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT www.artseast.co.uk www.falconpublications.co.uk follow us @artseastmag artseastmagazine Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness Editorial Sarah Veness sarah@artseast.co.uk 01379 773348 07803 328258 Advertising Gary Enderby gary@artseast.co.uk 01379 773347 07722 163703 Social Media Manager Sam Enderby

Welcome to the August / September issue of

FolkEast and discover what the newly-opened Wells

ARTSeast Magazine.

Maltings has in store this season.

The glorious weather of the past few weeks has

For our coffee and a chat feature we caught up with

enabled us all to get out and about enjoying the

comedian Marcus Brigstocke ahead of his new show

sights and sounds of our beautiful region. Although

at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

we love this weather, please remember the plight of

We also focus on the Circus 250 celebration in

many of the region’s theatres and venues who often

Norwich and find out more about the exciting

struggle for numbers when the sun makes an

William Alwyn Festival taking place in Blythburgh

appearance.

and Southwold at the start of October.

In this issue we focus on the stunning Helaine

As with each issue, we have some great prizes for you

Blumenfeld exhibition at Ely Cathedral, catch up with

including tickets to see powerful mask drama Finding

printmaker Venessa Lubach ahead of the prestigious

Joy at Sheringham Little Theatre and a choice of three

Norwich Print Fair, look forward to many festivals

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including Aldeburgh’s High Tide Festival, the Out

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Artist ProďŹ le: Vanessa Lubach

Tulips and Forget-me-nots

Norfolk-based printmaker Vanessa Lubach talks about her passion for linocutting ahead of the Norwich Print Fair‌

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Two Turtle Doves

Hector

Little Dutch Cup

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Mousehole Windowsill

As her work has evolved,Vanessa Lubach has developed an addiction for

each print will need and carve a different piece of lino for each layer.

linocutting and the many surprises the genre brings. But it wasn’t her

Then lino blocks are all printed on top of each other to build up the colours

first love… ‘I originally studied illustration at Brighton, graduating in 1990 and moving to Norwich in 1993. I've always painted in oils and worked from observational drawings. Printmaking has always been a passion but I only really started linocutting seriously in about 2010. To start with I worked on the kitchen table and burnished my prints with a spoon. Now I have a beautiful Harry F Rochat Albion press. Getting the press has changed my life.’

and tone. My linocuts are multilayered and detailed with an emphasis on colour and texture. I am currently working on a series of chicken linocuts for an illustration commission. I will be exhibiting these at the Norwich Print Fair in September along with lots of other new pieces.’  The Norwich Print Fair has a special place in Vanessa’s heart. ‘I’ve taken part in the NPF every year since 2012,’ she says. ‘It's a wonderful event which showcases a great variety of different

Once bitten by the linocutting bug, Vanessa sought inspiration from the

printmaking techniques by about 30 printmakers from Norfolk and

countryside and animals around her.

Suffolk each year.’

‘I am inspired by light and colour and the way they create form and

It’s clear to see that Vanessa loves her work.

texture,’ she says. ‘I love creating Norfolk landscapes, especially of North Norfolk, and also compositions including the domestic animals in my life, mostly our chickens and cats.’

‘Linocutting is addictive. You start by thinking you'll just make some two colour Christmas cards and before you know it you're making complicated landscapes with over a dozen layers,’ she says.

So, how does the process work?

‘It's a wonderful process which throws up surprises every time.’

‘I always begin my linocuts with observational sketches which then evolve

www.vanessalubach.co.uk

into detailed plans for the linocut,’ says Vanessa. ‘I plan how many colours

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Tree of Life

Ely Cathedral is home to a major solo exhibition by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Helaine Blumenfeld in the studio of her Cambridge Home, 2016 Š Karen Robinson

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This summer will see an enlightening and unmissable exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. This is to be one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by visual arts advisor, Jacquiline Creswell. ‘Tree of Life’ takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld’s work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition. Many of Helaine’s sculptures are about sharing her creative challenges, her hopes and struggles to communicate her vision on illuminating the human spirit. This inner searching and striving is expressed in all of her work. In her pieces Taking Risks, Crescendo, Exodus and Destiny we encounter ever-changing surfaces with no definite orientation, sharply contrasted with frayed, fractured and broken edges. This beauty is precarious. She creates a feeling of energy alongside

a sense of stillness and fragility. These sculptures may bring about within us a sense of serenity, melancholy or spiritual longing. In Helaine’s own words ‘To be creative, I must be in touch with my inner vision. This means exposing what is most

fundamental level, it expresses the fear, pain and risk involved in everything she does. Words like ‘turmoil’, ‘vulnerability’ and ‘tension’ appear again and again in the notebook diaries that chart the progress of her work, but each piece that she creates is, in some sense, an effort to transform torment into beauty and hope.’ Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years. Formerly hailed as the next Henry Moore, she had a seminal joint exhibition with him at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, in 1985. In 2008, the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of Blumenfeld work and, in 2011, she was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture.

Helaine has exhibited her work extensively both in the UK, including at Salisbury Cathedral (2013) and London’s Tree of life (bronze) 2018 © Erio Forli Berkeley Square (2015), and internationally in Europe and the United States. She has created more vulnerable, which requires courage. It than 90 public sculptures, among the means being able to accept and embrace most notable are ‘Tempesta’ overlooking uncertainty.’ Hyde Park in London and ‘Fortuna’ in Helaine works, for the most part in Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. bronze and stone. Nicola Upson writes, The Exhibition runs until October 28th. ‘The hardness of the materials she uses Entry to the exhibition is included with and the physical process of carving, is a Cathedral admission ticket. determined rebuttal of the notion that is wrestled from within; but at its most

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Helaine Blumenfeld portrait, 2016 Pietrasanta © Henryk Hetflaisz

Exodus (marble) 2017 © Erio Forli

Meridiana (marble) 2016 © Keara McMartin

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Visual Arts

Celebrating Women

Exhibition: When Nature Nurtures

Inspired by Why Women Will Save the Planet and to

Three Suffolk artists have created a new group - The Wild 3 - to

commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, The

showcase paintings that explore nature, the environment and

Greenhouse - Gallery, Bethel Street Norwich, is

wellbeing. Laura Beardsell-Moore, Deborah Burrow and Margriet Van

running events and an exhibition from September to

Nieuwburg will be exhibiting a range of atmospheric and expressive

October. It aims to highlight environmental and social

paintings exploring the UK’s landscape, flora and fauna at the Frame

issues by exploring the lives of two East Anglian

Workshop and Gallery in Ipswich from August 1st-27th. The artists

women; engaging in current issues by drawing

have a strong shared belief that nature can help nurture wellbeing,

parallels on our past. Dorothy Jewson and Lady Eve

and that art can enhance and deepen our relationship with the

Balfour were two East Anglian women that contributed

environment. The exhibition, 'When nature nurtures' includes an

to the passing of votes for women and the

array of atmospheric landscapes, animal and botanical paintings

understanding and appreciation for nature and our

offering an insight into their personal relationships with the UK’s

environment.

countryside.

www.greenhousetrust.com

www.frameworkshop.org.uk

Aldeburgh: Michael Sanders Solo Exhibition Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding their 4th solo exhibition of works by the renowned artist Michael Sanders from August 11th-27th. His previous exhibitions with have been extremely successful and this new exhibition will include some fabulous panoramic views of marshland near Morston Creek in Norfolk as well as some canvases of Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, some wonderful views of Norfolk and Suffolk including scenes of Aldeburgh, Walberswick and Slaughden and also many London scenes. Michael has been working towards more texture and translucency, using washes to achieve more depth and atmosphere but maintaining his wonderful use of light. He has been using broader brushstrokes but at the same time the work appears to be more refined. It will be very exciting to see how this East Anglian artist has evolved during his career while continuing to try new techniques and subjects but still remaining truthful to his subject matter.

www.thompsonsgallery.co.uk


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Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail A trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will lead visitors to an idyllic site in the Waveney Valley this summer. The fifth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 30 artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners. Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event builds on

World’s Leading Stained Glass Artist in Norwich

the success of last year’s trail and will take place at the

The Sainsbury Centre will stage a spectacular exhibition

Raveningham Centre, ten miles south of Norwich. Many

across the building exploring the stained glass of Brian

established artists such as Simon Griffiths, Rob Harries, Gordon

Clarke, supported and organised in association with

Senior, Jim Racine, Patrick Elder and Mike Challis will be joined

HENI. Clarke is celebrated as the greatest stained glass

by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.Curator

artist in the world today and has collaborated globally

Sarah Cannell said: ‘This is our second year at the magical

with the most radical architects of our time. Brian Clarke:

Raveningham site and our fifth annual Sculpture Trail in South

The Art of Light runs until October 14th. His stained glass

Norfolk. I am really excited to see how artists will respond to the

screens which will debut in this exhibition are

space with the new meadow and paths now well established. We

considered to represent the most significant artistic and

will be increasing the gallery space in the house and whilst the

technical breakthrough in the history of this thousand

majority of artists taking part are based in East Anglia we have

year old medium. Over the last five decades, the artist

new work coming from makers in London, Dorset and Yorkshire

has consistently pushed the boundaries of stained glass

for the first time.’ The trail will feature site-specific work with

as a medium, both in terms of technology, and its poetic

artists working with ceramics, stone, bronze, steel, wood, wool,

potential. His reputation is based on major installation

glass, clay, perspex, marble, MDF, seedheads, resin, aluminium

projects all over the world, as well as individual works.

and sound. A programme of workshops, guided walks, and events

www.scva.ac.uk

will accompany the event.

www.waveneyvalleysculpturetrail.com

Celebrating Printmaking Now celebrating its 23rd year, the Norwich Print Fair once again brings together some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s finest printmakers, displaying a wide variety of contemporary, hand made print techniques. The Print Fair champions traditional methods such as mezzotint, etching, linocutting and wood engraving whilst also embracing newer practices such as screenprinting, gocco and collagraph, all within the unique historic setting of St Margaret’s Church Gallery in St Benedict’s Street. The fair runs from September 3rd-15th with the ever-popular ‘Printmakers in Action Day’ on Sunday 9th September. Visitors are invited to observe the artists demonstrating their various techniques from 11am–4pm. This is a rare chance to witness new prints emerging from presses and screens and to see how it is done. The Norwich Print Fair remains the largest independent selling show of its kind in East Anglia and was the winner of the 2015 Norfolk Arts Award - the Hy Kurzner ‘Arts Entrepreneur’s award.

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Waveney & Blyth Arts presents its fifth annual Sculpture Trail, curated by Sarah Cannell.

Friday 17 Aug - Sunday 16 Sept Open everyday 10am - 5pm

Venue: The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NU.

Entry: £5 (£4 members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under 18s free. Pay on entry only. www.waveneyandblytharts.com


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The Paston Treasure: A Norfolk Story

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This summer, Norwich Castle is home to a fascinating art exhibition focusing on a single mysterious painting..

The Paston Treasure, unknown artist, Dutch School, c1663, oil on canvas. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, © Norfolk Museums Service

The exhibition reunites, for the first time in three

actual artefact. These include a pair of silver-gilt

centuries, rare 17th century works of art and

flagons, a Strombus shell cup, two unique nautilus

objects originally featured in a large (166.8 x

cups and a mother of pearl perfume flask.

247.5cm), mysterious painting entitled The Paston Treasure. Painted by an unknown Dutch school artist, circa 1663, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject continues to mesmerise and puzzle art scholars and historians. Featuring an array of exotic Enamel-cased watch, Josias Jolly, Paris, c1635-42, gold, enamel, gilt-brass, steel and glass, Collection of Simon Bull

treasures from around the world, as well as animals and people, the painting chronicles a fraction of what was once one of the greatest

Paston family and how they acquired and lost one

private art collections of 17th century England,

of the most distinguished art collections in

amassed by Norfolk’s Paston family, famed for

seventeenth century Britain. It also examines the

their medieval letters. The objects featured in the painting are known to be real, not just symbols or artists’ props. Each is a recognisable work of art, all of which were fashionable and very expensive. So accurately have the items been observed by the artist that experts have been able to identify the exact origin and, in some cases, the makers of the treasures shown in the painting. Even the music shown in the musical score has been identified. This documentary accuracy has enabled experts to identify five specific pieces featured in the painting, which have miraculously survived and are included in the exhibition, allowing comparison of the painted representation with the

puzzle of the painting and its anonymous artist, Unknown artist (Dutch, possibly based in Amsterdam) Nautilus cup, c. 1630–60 Nautilus pompilius shell, silver gilt; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The exhibition is divided into thematic sections,

More than three hundred years later these

which are explained and illustrated by relevant

and finally the history of the beautiful Oxnead Hall, of which only a part still stands today.

surviving treasures are reunited with the painting,

objects, paintings and artefacts, the majority of which

and displayed alongside other contemporaneous

have been loaned from distinguished national and

items representative of the legendary Paston

international public and private collections.

collection, including musical instruments, rare

Collectively the exhibition tells both a very Norfolk

timepieces, a globe, jewels, paintings and

story and a genuinely international one.

sculptures. The result of an intensive 10-year research project, The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World sets out to explore the history of the

The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World runs until September 23rd at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

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Here, Annabel Carberry, Co-Director of Lost in Translation Circus talks circus history and Norwich’s place within this rich fabric… ‘2018 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate circus; its

circus history of our adopted city – Norwich. He discovered an

glitzy, gritty history and its modern transformation. Whilst

image of Barnum and Bailey’s elephants parading down the

pronouncing Phillip Astley’s creation in 1768 as the beginning

streets of Norwich in 1898, and thought it would be wonderful

of circus has a whiff of western arrogance, seeing as Chinese

to re-create it. He took this idea to Norwich City Council, and

‘circus’ has been existing for thousands of years, still Astley did

they jumped on board with enthusiasm. From there it escalated

create a unique form, which signifies circus in the imaginary of

with several local partners joining, including Norwich Arts

a western public. Astley brought to the stage a mixed bag

Centre, Tin House, Seachange Arts, and Kinetika. In the end the

performance spectacle into which was thrown a huge variety of

project included two parades, a circus festival, two exhibitions of

styles, forms, and skills. Throughout its history, circus has had a

circus history, and several community engagement projects.

great ability to absorb a huge diversity of skills and performers; in the circus there is something for everyone.  

Seeing the beautiful puppet elephants created by Tin House parading up to our new tent on July 7th, brought a tear to

Since the advent of ‘contemporary circus’, combining human

Massi’s eyes when he realised after all the sweat and stress that

only circus skills with political and street theatre with Circus Oz

his vision was actually reality. It was an intense and incredible

in the 1970s, and Ra Ra Zo, No Fit State Circus, Cirque Plume

experience, and an amazing culmination of the last few years;

and Cirque du Soleil in the 1980s, what circus is, has been

being part of a project of this scale, creating and managing a

changing so rapidly, it is hard to define or contain, except that it

venue, welcoming international friends to perform in our own

is a form in which physical feats are integral to the performance.

place, and sharing our touring work in our home town. The

2018 has not only been about educating the wider public, but

people of Norwich enthusiastically embraced the celebrations,

has also been a perfect moment to debate what circus is, and to

and it was a great vibe all around.

remind ourselves where circus has come from, and it has been a privilege to be part of the discussions and gatherings around the country. Dea Birkett, who started the Circus 250 network and branding, created the concept of the six cities of circus, which has given coherence to nationwide celebrations, and Norwich was lucky enough to be selected. Our own Circus 250 journey began when, Massimiliano Rossetti (co-director of Lost in Translation Circus), began researching the

It was a huge learning curve for us, but we hope that we can carry on the vision and the journey and make such things happen again. We really hope that Circus 250 has helped to raise the profile of circus nationwide, and given the public a broader understanding of circus past and present. Here’s to the next 250 years of circus, may they be as rich and colourful as the last.’


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Coffee & a Chat Top comedian Marcus Brigstocke will be channeling his dark side as his new show heads to the region. Brian Donaldson caught up with Marcus to talk devils and stereotypes...

When you hear the name Marcus Brigstocke, chances are you’ll be expecting to hear comedy of a certain flavour. ‘Audiences who come to see me are used to seeing someone being fairly polemic, angry and frustrated. But in my new show I wanted to do something where I step away from the cliché of me being posh, middle-class and a bit angsty. What if I remove myself from the picture? So, I’m going to be Lucifer.’


August-September 2018

All comedians have a little touch of the

myopic utopian dreamer. You’re a Scottish

wicked about them, but with Devil May

Nationalist: you’re naïve and blinkered.

Care Marcus is taking his imp-like

You’re English: you’re every bullying

nature and veering off into whole new

patriarch that ever existed.’ Social media

territory. ‘This is something I’ve never

has amplified that process, and in this show

tried before. It’s effectively a character

I’ll be dividing everyone up deliberately

piece, and like most character stand-up

and in a cartoonish way by saying how

it’s a thin veneer over what I am. It’s

everyone is so much worse than everyone

simply a means of talking about stuff from a certain point of view. I’m very

Marcus Brigstocke © Andy Hollingworth Archive

interested in notions of what’s good and what’s bad. I think there are very few people who do bad things with bad intentions; there are a lot of us who do bad things with good intentions – or at least with blinkers on – and that’s what I’m interested in.’ In order to take his audience along with him, Marcus doesn’t have to just act a bit like Satan: he has to look like him, too. “We’ll see how far into the tour I regret this but I will be wearing full devil make-up and horns for every

else: I’ll show that we’re really not helping each other with this level of discussion.’

When it comes to stand-up, he has a very definite idea of what he believes should be at the core of someone’s act. ‘My starting point for a show is not what’s funny, it’s entirely what’s interesting, and my job is then to make it funny. Obviously, come show-time if I’ve failed to make it funny it doesn’t make the edit even if it is interesting. But what’s more important to me is ‘what do I really care about?’ When I saw Jerry Seinfeld live – and he’s someone I obviously admire as a stand-up – I was thinking, ‘mate, just tell me one thing that you care about.’ That’s always been the stand-up

show. But I need to just remember

that I’ve been drawn to; it doesn’t have to be passionate or ranty

that, frankly, some people have real

but just needs a feeling that someone cares about something.’

jobs. So, I might be like, ‘oh it’s going to be a nightmare, I shall have to put make-up on every night!’ Well, really, wow, how tough.” Marcus won’t just be donning some horns in Devil May Care, he’ll be locking them with those he views as trying to simplify and polarise political debate in Britain. ‘What’s interesting for me is the speed with which we put each other into groups, and that’s something which has been accelerated by social media. ‘Right, so you voted for Brexit: that means you’re a bit thick. You’re a Conservative: you’re

For now, Marcus Brigstocke is preparing to tap into his dark side and make us laugh as he transforms into the devil incarnate. While parts of his show will no doubt include passionate tirades against the things that get his goat, he will be putting life’s irritations into some kind of perspective. ‘I know there are a great number of people struggling and having a terrible time in Britain, but most of us really do have enviable lives. If you have a job and somewhere to live and enough food, then you’re already doing better than more than half the people on the face of the planet. And yet, we get drawn into these social media rows, or we hate something quite mundane, or we get furious that Amazon said they’d deliver on Tuesday, it’s already Wednesday and it’s not here! But I do like to end my shows by talking about what’s great in life and that actually we’re pretty lucky.’

basically a Nazi. You’re a Corbyn

Marcus Brigstocke will be at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

supporter: you’re a dangerous

on Thursday October 4th at 8pm. www.theapex.co.uk

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Theatre & Film

Ocean Film Festival World Tour makes a splash this autumn! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for 2018, bringing an evening of inspirational ocean-themed films to more than 35

Hippodrome Summer Circus and Water Show opens

locations across the UK and Ireland in September and October. The tour comes to Cambridge Corn Exchange on October 12th, and the UEA, Norwich on October 13th. This brand-new selection

The Summer Spectacular is now established as the biggest and

of films features seafaring adventurers rowing treacherous

most visited summer show in the UK, with artistes from all over the

oceans, intrepid surfers riding the world’s biggest waves, and

world including the sensational Flying Trapeze from Australia and

explores our planet’s spectacular hidden depths. As well as

Japan, the World’s Greatest Juggler Mexican Roberto Carlos, Semi

thrilling films, each screening will see a free prize giveaway to

Finalist in Britain’s Got Talent Sascha Williams sensational ‘Rola

win ocean-related goodies too. Highlights include Kiwi Breeze

Rola’ Act, Daring Aerial Straps from Canadian Eric McGill,

which tells the story of Londoner Steve building a 44ft yacht in

Sensational Hand Balancers from Brazil and a new High Bar troupe

his suburban back garden before sailing it home to New

from Ukraine plus Aerialists, Dancers, Show Swimmers and much,

Zealand, Touched by the Ocean which charts the adventure of

much more, hosted by Jack Jay and comedian Johnny Mac. Fun for

two Latvian friends as they attempt to become the first team to

all the family in a show not to be missed! In the iconic 1903 Great

row across the South Atlantic Ocean and The Big Wave Project

Yarmouth Hippodrome building now in its 115th Season! The

which follows a tight-knit group of surfers as they attempt to ride

shows runs right through until September 16th.

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the world’s biggest wave.

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Award-winning stars come to Cambridge André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrives, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? And why does André feel like he isn’t there at all?  The Height of the Storm is a beautifully compelling family drama by Florian Zeller starring two of the greatest actors of their generation on stage together for the first time. This major new play is a searing exploration of love, family and the fragility of life and comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre from September 10th-15th. Jonathan Pryce is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor of stage and screen. His varied work includes lauded performances in film including Brazil, Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita and The Pirates of the Caribbean series, and on stage in Comedians for which he received a Tony Award and Miss Saigon in the West End and on Broadway. On television he most recently appeared in BBC's Taboo alongside Tom Hardy, the award-winning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and in HBO's hugely successful Game of Thrones.  Dame Eileen Atkins is a three-time Olivier award-winning actress. She is known for her BAFTA and Emmy award-winning performance in Cranford, as well as roles in film including Gosford Park, The Hours and Robin Hood. Her many stage appearances include Honour, Retreat from Moscow and Ellen Terry. She can be seen most recently as Queen Mary in Netflix’s The Crown. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


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Reliving the Adventure

Theatre in the forest From August 1st-26th, the fantastic Red Rose Chain theatre

In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen

company return to bring you Theatre in the Forest! And this year is

tells the while unvarnished truth of his most recent

going to be incredible as they take on Shakespeare’s most madcap

adventure - a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea,

comedy, Much Ado about Nothing amongst the trees at Jimmy’s

during which he filmed his journey to visit a community

Farm. Not only is Theatre in the Forest the region’s largest outdoor

he had befriended thirty years earlier - when he hit the

theatre event, but The Independent voted it as one of the Top 10

headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong,

Events for Families & Children too! Much Ado features some of

prompting his friends and family, and eventually the

Shakespeare’s most iconic couples and Red Rose Chain has a cast

world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing. On

full of familiar faces this year who will be lending their

October 19th, at Norwich Playhouse, Benedict will recall

extraordinary musical talents to take you back in time to the 1940s

the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell

for a night of Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and Swing!

exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show

Once again you can enjoy a delicious pre-theatre dinner in Jimmy’s

never-before-seen material from his travels across

Farm’s award-winning restaurant, or you can bring your own picnic

the globe.

www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

See you in the forest!

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Bury hosts a Morpurgo Classic Direct from London’s West End and commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were courtmartialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. Suitable for eight years plus. www.theatreroyal.org

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Wed 15 Aug – Sat 15 Sept MISS SAIGON Unmissable, Unforgettable and Unbeatable! £8 - £60 Sun 16 Sept SARA PASCOE The multi-award-winning comedian takes her new show on tour 15+ £10 - £19 Tues 18 – Wed 19 Sept PEPPA PIG Peppa Pig and friends are back in a brand new live show! £10 - £18 Thurs 20 Sept NATHAN CARTER Ireland’s no.1 entertainer! £10 - £28.50

Sun 23 Sept CINEMOTION A dance extravaganza featuring music from the movies £10 - £18.50 Mon 24 Sept ROSS NOBLE One of the UK’s most original and inventive comedians 15+ £10 - £25 Thurs 27 – Fri 28 Sept RAMBERT Dramatic and lyrical dancing from Rambert’s brilliant ensemble £10 - £26

Sat 29 Sept RAF IN CONCERT A rousing centenary salute to our Royal Air Force £10 - £30

Sun 30 Sept FASTLOVE Direct from the West End, the UK’s finest George Michael tribute show £10 - £27

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It’s High Tide in Aldeburgh

This September, head to the coast to soak up some of the best theatre in the country

SONGLINES HighTide and Dug Out Theatre

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Sparks by Jessica Butcher Photo: Helen Maybanks

The Extinction Event by Simon Evans & David Aula

Thor and Loki by Harry Blake

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2018 marks the fourth annual HighTide Festival in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, following eight highly successful HighTide Festivals in neighbouring town, Halesworth. For the first time, the company will present a season of five world premiere productions at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before transferring them to its Aldeburgh and Walthamstow Festivals, as part of a brand-new mentoring scheme for new playwrights and producers. The launch of the programme marks the company’s continued commitment to creating a bridge that supports new theatre makers starting out on the fringe, building on the festival’s proven ability in providing a platform for launching careers in the UK’s leading theatres. HighTide’s centrepiece production, co-produced with their associate company DugOut Theatre, is a song-laced coming of age tale by Aldeburgh-based writer Tallulah Brown called Songlines. Set in Reydon, Suffolk, it features live folk music from the award-winning band TRILLS. HighTide’s associate productions, selected through an open script submission process, are: Sparks; Jessica Butcher’s two-hander musical about the brain's response to grief with original music by Anoushka Lucas; Danusia Samal’s gig-theatre piece Busking It, drawing on a decade of busking on the tube; The Extinction Event from David Aula and Simon Evans -  an examination of what happens when science starts thinking for itself; and finally, Harry Blake’s fierce, fabulous new comedy musical about Norse gods Thor and Loki. Notable new plays and writers premiered in the Aldeburgh HighTide Festival which runs from September 11th-16th - include Al Smith’s Harrogate, which transferred to the Royal Court Theatre and was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright, and Girls by rising star Theresa Ikoko, who is currently under commission to HighTide. Alongside the five headline shows, HighTide in Aldeburgh will feature: East Anglian poet Luke Wright with work in progress Poet Laureate, Jon Brittain’s acclaimed cabaret musical about depression A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad), Gail Ludlow and Jeffrey Holland’s …And This is My Friend Mr Laurel, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest film comedians, Isley Lynn’s sexual odyssey Skin A Cat, Woke by Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough – a new story on a 20th-century African-American experience - and Soul Sessions with Apphia Campbell direct from sell-out performances across the world. Comedy includes Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage, and Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor). For families there’s Mrs H Sings, the unique singalong band, and One Duck Down – a big adventure about 7000 rubber ducks. Wonderful Beast will present a sharing of The Last Woodwose staring Diana Quick, and Solar Productions present Amy Gwillams’ The Profit. Performances take place across the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and for the first time ever this year late night events will take place in Ye Olde Cross Keys.  The Festival will be partnering with The Aldeburgh Bookshop for literary ‘In Conversations’ with Kate Mosse and Patrick Gale. www.hightide.org.uk

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Inspiring Females: Arts Returning to Norwich High School for Girls on October 15th (9am-10am), ‘Inspiring Females: Arts’ is BBC Radio Norfolk Live broadcast promising stimulating debate and discussion between presenter Nick Conrad and a panel of fantastic guests, all representing a range of positions within the Arts and Culture sector. Expect thought-provoking discussion on subjects such as inclusion, diversity, disability, positivity, growth and what it means to be a woman in the arts in the 21st century. To find out more visit www.inspiringfemales.org.uk or if you or students from your school would like to attend, please email Richard Nobes at r.nobes@nor.gdst.net to register your interest.

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Emma Louise Smith, MA Moving Image and Sound

Celebrating Excellence at NUA Degree Show Gender identity, science and environmentalism, and reinterpretations of analogue media for the digital age feature in Norwich University of the Arts' MA Degree Show this year. The show, which runs from August 31st to September 5th, is the university's biggest ever exhibition of postgraduate art, design and media work. Marie Brennan, Associate Dean and Head of Taught Postgraduate Awards, said: "It's exciting to see such a diverse range of projects being exhibited in one space. That diversity ranges from couture fashion to large-scale sculptural works - it's impressive work from NUA's biggest-ever postgraduate cohort."

www.nua.ac.uk/events/degree-shows/ma-degree-show/

Small is beautiful at Hethersett Old Hall School Hethersett Old Hall School is a successful, family-centred school with high academic and pastoral standards, small class sizes and inspirational teaching. Headmaster Stephen Crump explains: “For a child to be happy, thrive and achieve the best they are capable of, I firmly believe that he or she needs to feel known, understood and valued. That certainly happens here. Our classes are deliberately small right through the school from Nursery to Sixth Form, and pupils enjoy a mix of challenge and support tailored to their individual needs.” Well-equipped, spacious, bespoke studios give pupils wishing to gain art or textiles qualifications at HOHS the perfect environment to develop their creativity to the highest potential. Individual tuition and support from talented and enthusiastic teachers has ensured that every pupil for the last ten years has achieved her first choice university place. Performing Arts also flourishes under the inspirational tuition of the school's Director of Drama. The annual senior school productions, performed at Norwich's wonderful Puppet Theatre, are always very well received.

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Hethersett Old Hall School Independent day school for girls 3-18 and boys 3-11 with boarding for girls from 9

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Music News Gala concerts to celebrate 10 years of Norwich’s trailblazing choir This year marks the 10th anniversary of Norwich’s Voice Project, a unique and innovative

G4 come to King’s Lynn

vocal music education charity,

After the success of another sparkling sell-out G4 Christmas tour

perhaps best known for The Voice

and due to the overwhelming demand for the multi-platinum

Project Choir. In celebration of their

selling vocal harmony group, the boys are back on the road. The

10 years of song, a very special concert takes place on December 22nd

G4 Live Concert tour started in March 2018 and continues in

at Norwich’s St Andrews Hall. The choir will be joined by some of the

September, where G4 are excited to be visiting the King’s Lynn,

special guest singers and musicians who have taken part over the years

Corn Exchange on September 11th. G4 will be joined by a very

- with saxophonist Andy Sheppard already confirmed to lead the

special guest, live on stage at this show, the hugely talented

instrumental line up. One of the most significant aspects of The Voice

winner of the ‘Chinese X-Factor’ and Downton Abbey Songstress,

Project Choir is that it truly is open to all. A true community choir that

Mary-Jess. G4 exploded into the industry and the public's hearts

absolutely anyone can join whether they have any experience of

back in 2004 on the first series of the X-Factor. They continue to

singing and music or not - there are no auditions and everything is

blow people away, year after year, with their unique style and

taught by ear with no need to read music. Anyone interested can simply

impactful harmonic vocals, which are incomparable to any other.

attend the obligation free taster session on October 2nd or the first

They have to be heard live to truly appreciate the power and

rehearsal on October 9th.

passion of their voices.

www.voiceproject.co.uk

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Indian Music and Audio-Visual Extravaganza After its premiere at London’s Southbank Centre on September 7th, Antardrishti - Inner Vision will be showing at Norwich Arts Centre on September 8th as one of four shows worldwide, with other performances taking place at the British Council Theatre in Delhi and at Royal Opera House Mumbai. Antardrishti - Inner Vision is the latest music and audio-visual extravaganza produced by Baluji Music Foundation. Inspired by the 11th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita, the project explores the concept of inner vision, and the complex interplay between light and darkness, examining what is sight and sightlessness. Led by blind multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE, the performance will feature Inner Vision Orchestra UK, plus guest Indian performers;  these include tabla/vocals Raju Maurya, Indian flute Perumal Varudaraj, Indian violin Chiman Lal, vocalist Sayani Palit plus digital artists Addictive TV who create music you can see.

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Musical Magic

The Corn Hall in Diss continues to offer an outstanding array of music, theatre, art and cinematic treats in their stunning venue!

They are now offering one of our readers the opportunity to win two tickets to one of the following musical delights: Twisting the Night Away with Si Cranstoun – November 24th 2018

ELO Encounter – October 5th 2018 Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra is here! An all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and all the much-loved songs from ELO's hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down. Dire Streets – November 10th 2018 Perfectly capturing the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time, finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK.

This dynamic show features the powerhouse vocals of retro King Si Cranstoun and his band’s blend of Doo Wop, Rock n’ Roll and Rocking Rhythm & Blues. This amazing show is a highly charged toe-tapping journey, driven by retro dance rhythms and spearheaded by Si Cranstoun’s ability to write songs that could have been hits in the fifties. www.thecornhall.co.uk

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Celebrating William Alwyn

Jennifer Pike

Nathan Williamson

The 8th annual William Alwyn Festival will take place in Blythburgh and Southwold from October 3rd-6th, showcasing some of the finest classical artists in the UK and new works by several leading British composers.

The highly popular screening of classic British films, with music by Alwyn and Elisabeth Lutyens, takes place at the Southwold Electric Picture Palace.

William Alwyn was a distinguished composer who lived in Blythburgh for 24 years until his death in 1985. He was a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and wrote the music for nearly 200 films, as well as many chamber and orchestral works which are still widely performed today. The festival programme is built around the music of Alwyn and his contemporaries, as well as continuing his lifelong support for contemporary composers and young artists. The renowned violinist Jennifer Pike, winner of BBC Young Musicians in 2002 – when she was just 12 – will round off the festival with a recital of romantic and 20th century classics on Saturday October 6th.

Also featured are students of the Royal Academy of Music Wind Ensemble, performing an eclectic programme of Mozart, Alwyn, and Britten. Two of Britain’s finest young string quartets, the Tippett and Villiers Quartets, will perform music by Dvorak, Mozart, Debussy and Bernstein, whose centenary is celebrated this year. This year’s festival is directed by local composer and pianist Nathan Williamson, from Southwold, who performs with three close colleagues in a concert featuring his own music alongside Quartets by Schumann and Alwyn, and a new work by David Matthews. www.williamalwyn.co.uk

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THE MILL INN

Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh. A traditional seafront pub with log fires serving ADNAMS finest ales and wines…great homecooked comfort food, families and dogs very welcome! We offer exclusive use hire and buffet style lunches for walking groups. our amazing hickory smoked ribs cooked in our own American smoking oven!

fabulous rib of beef Sunday roasts succulent 8oz angus steak burgers

…..seasonal fish dishes and much more!!!

Bookings advisable...email or phone 01728 452563 millinnaldeburgh@gmail.com


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What’s On News

Out There Festival Returns to Yarmouth Crimson Glory - Commemorating the Great War

The fantastic Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts

On November 4th, St Edmundsbury Cathedral are

returns to the town centre and seafront of Great Yarmouth from

commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War

September 14th-17th – and it’s completely free! Now in its 11th

with Crimson Glory - an event involving over 300 performers.

year, this popular festival is a spectacular riot of colour, thrills,

Crimson Glory tells the story of a young Suffolk soldier in the

spills and fun to delight and entertain all the family. This year’s

Great War, through music, drama, dance, art and video. It

big headline event comes from French street arts titans, Générik

depicts the soldier’s journey from his life on a farm to the

Vapeur, who will be returning to Great Yarmouth to collaborate

horrors of the Somme battlefields, exploring his questions

with Gorilla Circus. Together they will create a special Circus250

about Christian faith in the face of war. The inter-church Cantus

version of their legendary loud and anarchic street show Bivouac,

Firmus Choir will be joined by the Cathedral Choir, and singers,

featuring 250 local people. Also taking part this year are around

dancers, and actors from the Bury Schools Partnership. The

30 companies from countries including France, Spain and New

performance will include a new piece for organ and dance,

Zealand. There’s also offbeat mayhem from France’s Tout en Vrac

being composed by the cathedral’s organ scholar Thomas

while Globus Hystericus from Slovenia take us on a thrilling

Hawkes.There will be an inter-school art exhibition in the

journey through the town’s streets in search of lost treasure. New

cathedral cloisters in the weeks leading up to the performance.

Zealand’s knockout performer Fraser Hooper brings his comic

The Cantus Firmus Choir are recruiting singers for the event.

boxing challenge to take on all comers. From closer to home Dizzy

You can find details at

O’Dare’s Phileas Fogg Day 79 is an hilarious roam-about, fusing

www.cantusfirmus.org.uk

modern technology with Jules Verne’s classic adventure.

www.seachangearts.co.uk

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Food fans should head to Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival from September 28th-30th. Held in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, the festival is not for profit and is widely acknowledged as one of the best in Britain, celebrating the very best of the county’s produce, farmers, growers, food and drink. Aiming to encourage a connection between people and the environment they live in, the festival will be hosting a Wild Suffolk area where you can learn about foraging, open-fire cooking, fishing, game and the wildlife of Suffolk. They also welcome a host of the country’s leading chefs including the unstoppable Dan Doherty and current judge of BBC’s Britain’s Best Home Cook, best-selling author and chef Melissa Helmsley, the award-winning chef and restaurateur behind Gorgeous Kitchen, Sophie Mitchell, Indian chef and food writer Maunika Gowardhan and 2018 Masterchef winner, Kenny Tutt.

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Sheringham Little Theatre - October 10th

Finding Joy

The funny and fearless sell-out mask production from Vamos Theatre - the UK's leading full mask company. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find joy! Joy is 83 today: she is feisty, loves to dance and is losing her memory.  Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble.  When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love.  But is that enough to face the challenges ahead? Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning 'Finding Joy' is about family bonds, facing things together, and looking for the joy wherever it can be found. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries with its wordless theatre.

Photos: Graeme Braidwood

Competition

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Musical Folk

East Anglia’s superbly singular FolkEast has announced more artists appearing at its seventh festival this August. The three day festival will return to six stages on the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall from August 17th-19th. 1939 near Woodbridge in Suffolk – an undisturbed ship burial considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever. FolkEast promises a Scottish valedictory on Sunday night with Glasgow’s power trio The John Langan Band topping the bill. Award winners at the famous Celtic Connections Festival their music is rooted in Celtic folk but weaves in fascinating Balkan, Roma and flamenco threads. Legendary band headliners Oysterband (Friday) and Show of Hands (Saturday) have already been announced. Looking further along the alphabet and arriving at W they are delighted to add The Wilsons, Wildwood Kin and Wild Willy Barrett to the line-up!

One of the most exciting names in the line-up will be the phenomenal Anglo-Irish guitar and melodeon player Tim Edey, nominated for the coveted Musician of the Year title at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – a title he has already won, back in 2012.

The Wilsons are one of the foremost acapella groups in British folk and are recipients of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s highest accolade, the Gold Badge – awarded for outstanding contribution to folk song. Wild Willy Barrett, English experimental musician and multi-instrumentalist, weaves seamlessly across the genres from folk to blues, pop, punk, rock and psychedelia. Also newly announced are appearances by BBC Radio Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, now known as Edgelarks. A stand out player of the melodeon and anglo concertina Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is also a highly regarded young singer and will appear on the Moot Hall stage on the Sunday. He was nominated for the Young Folk accolade at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – an award he had previously won as a member of Granny’s Attic. Also Suffolk-bound will be Oxfordshire singer songwriter Megan Henwood, a previous winner of the BBC Young Folk Award. Performing more traditional folk music will be former BBC Radio 3 presenter, harpist and singer Mary Ann Kennedy. One of the Campbell music dynasty from the Isle of Skye, a renowned family of singers and pipers, she is known as one of the finest Gaelic musicians of her generation. With a reputation for quirkiness and innovation FolkEast will also offer a “world first” to festival goers – a chance to play a 9 hole mini golf course featuring real Minis! Each hole will feature a Mini car offering advertising opportunities for sponsors and fun for all the family. There will also be a chance to see the Sae Wylfing – a half size replica of the famous Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon ship discovered in

This year’s festival also has a large art offering. The Art Arcade brings together over 60 experienced and established artists at over 40 stalls covering wide variety of mediums many of who will be running demonstrations or workshops. Disciplines on show will be printmaking, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, mask making, tattoos, stained glass, pyrography, basketry, weaving, wood carving and turning, instrument making and stone carving. Print to the People from Norwich have a variety of printmaking activities on offer likewise the Clay Academy with eight of the region’s top potters. Other attractions will be a "celebrity throw-down" and The FolkEast Paint-Out competition . The festival offers a refreshingly different line-up across six stages (including St Andrew’s Church, the open air Sunset Stage and the hidden woodland Soapbox Stage), with two authentic ‘village’ pubs serving competitively –priced festival ales plus possibly the smallest pub in the UK, The Halfway Inn. www.folkeast.co.uk


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Wells Maltings is well worth a visit

Come to Wells to see the brand new £5m arts, heritage and community centre on Staithe Street.

exhibition in the Handa Gallery upstairs which runs until the end of September. Celebrating the best in current East Anglian art, CONNECTION features around 250 works chosen from an open submission, all of which are for sale. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm; entry free.

Lifeboat Horse by Rachael Long. Photo: Richard Litte

Wells Maltings is also behind the popular Wells Heritage Arts Trail – an exciting sculpture trail celebrating the town’s rich and varied history - which also runs until the end of September. The Photo: Sarah Toon Photography

If you’ve been to the coast this summer, you may well already have spotted the wonderful new Wells Maltings building on

town’s first-ever outdoor art trail, it comprises 17 new works by 26 Norfolk artists, with free trail maps available from the TIC in the new Wells Maltings building.

Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea. An arts, heritage and community centre for all those who live in and visit this lovely part of North Norfolk, this new building first opened its doors in June for a preview season before the launch of its first proper season this September. After many years of fundraising, planning, building and kitting out, the Grade II-listed former 19th century maltings building has been restored and extended, with the site transformed into an exciting year-round destination for locals and visitors alike. The modern new facilities include an interactive heritage and learning centre which focuses on the history of Wells, a state-ofthe-art theatre/cinema, Visitor Information Centre, café/bar, gift shop and a series of galleries and community rooms which can be used for all sorts of different events. The first of these - CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 - is the inaugural

Morgan and West. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Upcoming events include the chance to see Morgan and West: Time-Travelling Magicians, workshops delivered by Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Saltmarsh Series of talks about the coast, Live streamings of National Theatre productions, stand-up comedy and fantastic plays including Sweet Mongrels: Swimming Upstream and Rubber Ring. www.wellsmaltings.org.uk


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