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August 2015

Samuel Thomas Exhibition Colourful Norfolk Landscapes


Interview: Tom Conti

Tickets and a meal!

Local Arts Scene: Bungay Visual Arts

eatre & Film



What’s On

The Gallery Sale - Saturday 22 August 10am

Approx 200 lots of 18th-21st C oils & watercolours incl. choice pieces from The Peasenhall Gallery, featuring Suffolk coastal Viewing: Thursday 30 January&2-8pm, Cornish scenes. Friday 31 January Contact 10-6pm James Bassam & sale morning from 8.30am. for details Contact: James Bassam & Lisa West Catalogues: £5 or on

Diss Auction Rooms, Roydon Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LN 01379 650 306



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Theatre & Film

What’s On



Theatre & Film News

32 Maui Waui Festival


Act-on/Eastern Angles

33 Thetford Festival

Cover Story


Theatre Royal - Norwich

34-35 Munnings Exhibition



Sean Hughes competition

Editor’s Letter

Samuel Thomas

36 Hippodrome Competition

24 – 25 Coffee & a Chat – Tom Conti

37 What’s On Listings

8-9 Visual Arts News


Local Arts Scene


Artists On View



Artist Profile – Chedgey


Angel Gallery/Art on the Prom


Arts Lounge - Swaffham


Norwich Print Fair

42 Art Trading Company


Art House Cafe - Cromer

43 Spotlight on Jason Collins

Visual Arts DanceEast

38 Bungay Photos


39 Bungay Introduction 40 Fisher Theatre 41 Cork Brick Gallery

44 Waveney & Valley Blyth Arts/Moth 45 Castle Inn competition

38 Music

28 Arts & Crafts 16

Alby Crafts/Willow Ceramic Studio


Beccles Antiques Market/Upstairs Gallery


Music News


Cratfield Concerts


Busker Hayley Moss


Kid’s Corner - Latitude

Directory Arts Council

46 Subscriptions/Competition Winners

30-31 The Writers Centre

47 Directory

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ARTSeast ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21 Diss Business Centre Hopper Way, Diss Norfolk IP22 4GT

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Letter

Editorial: Sarah Veness 01379 773348

Sales: Gary Enderby

Welcome to the August edition of

depictions of the Norfolk landscape and

ARTSeast Magazine.

would highly recommend a visit to his

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solo show at the Red Lion Hotel, Cromer.


This month we bring

Our local arts scene this month focuses

you very exciting news

on the North Suffolk town of Bungay and

- ARTSeast has been

all it has to offer arts lovers.

nominated for a

We also got to speak with respected actor

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Norfolk Arts Award for

Tom Conti ahead of his production of

the second year running! We are down

Before the Party at Theatre Royal Norwich

to the final three for the Broadcast and

which promises to be a fantastic show.

Press Award with the winer being

As ever, we have some fantastic prizes on

announced on September 19th at a

offer including tickets to the Maui Waui

glittering ceremony at The Maddermarket

Festival, the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome

Theatre in Norwich. We are thrilled and

Circus, Sean Hughes at Norwich

very proud to have been nominated. We

Playhouse plus an overnight stay and

love what we do and to be recognised for



our work is a real honour.

Our amazing region has so much to offer

Tim Walken

This month's cover feature is a stunning

this summer so be sure to keep your

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exhibition by Cromer-based artist Samuel

copy of ARTSeast to hand so you don't

Thomas. We love Samuel's beautiful

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Cover Story

ART EXHIBITION by Samuel Thomas

Red Lion Hotel – Cromer, August 14th - 31st Celebrated Norfolk artist Samuel Thomas unveils an exciting and refreshing array of colourful pop-art inspired Norfolk Landscapes. The artist’s distinctive and contemporary yet timeless paintings are collected all over the world with limited edition signed prints starting at £95 each. The Cromer-born artist opens his large 18-day solo exhibition coinciding with Cromer Carnival. On display will be his vast portfolio of artwork alongside some new original paintings, one of which will be auctioned off in a silent-bid charity public auction. The highest bidder becomes the proud owner of the artwork knowing that the total sum will be donated to Cancer

around 25 original paintings, framed and unframed prints of vibrant Norfolk scenes designed to lift your spirits. Also a large range of greeting cards will be available to purchase. Original paintings range from small to very large statement pieces, starting from £395 up to £1500. Samuel captures a sense of nostalgia in his works similar to the now iconic ‘Come to the Seaside’ rail posters of the 1920’s but with a modern twist. These are not backward-looking pastiches, but aspirational projections of the self into a better future. The informal exhibition welcomes everyone and the Red Lion bar and restaurant overlooks Cromer’s seafront. All of the artwork is available to purchase at the exhibition but you can also order online at

Research UK. The new painting selected for this auction is

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valued at £1400 by the gallery that represents the artist.

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‘With the large crowd of people expected we are hoping the

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final selling price will be much higher,' explains the artist,

Hotel, Brook St, Cromer, NR27 9HD.

whom regularly sells artwork to clients as far afield as the USA

Everyday 10am – 8pm.

and Japan. ‘By supporting such valuable charitable causes I


know that my artwork will make a real difference to everyone.’ Samuel prides himself on being a self-taught artist and he has developed a refreshing painting style that is truly unique, euphoric & mesmerising. This varied exhibition will show

Cover image: Two Hearts - Two Minds by Samuel Thomas

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Visual Arts News

Framlingham Church Exhibition Painter, poet and priest Andrew Vessey is holding a solo show entitled BORDERLANDS to showcase his recent work at St

Michael Sanders Solo Show

Michael's Church, Framlingham from September 12th-19th,

Thompson’s Gallery Aldeburgh is pleased to be hosting another solo

10am-5pm. His work includes observations from within

exhibition of works by artist Michael Sanders from August 15th-30th. With over 30 years of exhibiting history Michael’s work has continued to retain it’s atmospheric quality through the portrayal of light in a landscape. His ability to depict the ever-changing colours of the sea & sky have given him his distinctive style and capture the diverse moods of nature. ‘Visiting a new location with my sketchbook I seek out beaches, rivers or lakes and these form the heart of my paintings, it’s what excites me!' says Michael. 'From the moment I could walk, I held a paint brush, and all these years later I’m still holding it and making a living as an artist. Painting has always been a

woodland, paintings of the edge of meadow and marsh, or

kind of spiritual

where landforms meet the sea. Included are views across the

crutch for me –

Framlingham Mere, in both pen & ink, pastel and oil. 'This is a

always there to

glorious medieval setting with a lovely south aisle light for

rely on.'

displaying pictures,' says Michael.

Win an original print Curwen Print Study Centre is holding a fund raising ‘raffle’ where every ticket is a winner. Donated prints can be won by purchasing a ticket for £25. The event is being held to raise money for the centre, a charity which teaches and promotes traditional printmaking skills, to allow new much needed equipment to be purchased. The draw is taking place on Saturday October 17th at midday - tickets can be purchased on the day between 11am and midday,when work can be viewed, or in advance by contacting Lorraine Chitson on 01223 892380 or emailing As every ticket is a winner the number of tickets available will be limited to the number of prints donated which includes work by John Bellany RA, Mark Hearld, Chloe Cheese MA RCA, Stanley Jones MBE, John Mills PPRBS ARCA FRSA and many lesser known artists. This is a great opportunity to acquire a piece of original artwork by a master artist printmaker of today or tomorrow.

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The Greenhouse Gallery: Butterfly Effect Running until August 19th, this exhibition by Norfolk painters, printmakers, writers and poets celebrates biodiversity and raises awareness of species extinction. The Greenhouse Gallery on Bethel Street, Norwich is hosting a display of paintings, prints, words and photographs which respond to the title of the exhibition. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is one in which a small change can result in large differences in a later state. This show includes the work of local Sculptor and painters Anna Louise Cox, Jane Ironside, Maddy Pickett, Kim Rebecca and Rory McShane. Their work will appear alongside that of the printmakers Martin Langford, Louise Bird, Doreen Wells, Erika Best, Vanna Bartlett

Free Arts Award Summer Schools

and Evie Janssens. Amongst the poets involved will be Dot Cobley, Sarah Passingham, Julia Webb and Sophie Yeomans. Saturday, 10am-6pm, admission free.

This August, Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) are running two summer schools at Norwich’s Guildhall, allowing

young people to explore arts and heritage.

Eye Church Art Show

achieve their Bronze Arts Award, a nationally

Suitable for ages 12–21, the young people will

From Friday August 28th to

recognised qualification. Participation is free,

Monday August 31st St

although spaces are limited. Participants will

Peter and St Paul's Church

discover Norwich’s First World War history through

in Eye is home to one of

the eyes of the iconic Colman’s brand and the

the premier arts

experiences of the factory’s employees, while

exhibitions in East Anglia.

working with artists to create an exciting digital

Their annual exhibition

timeline, or their own wartime inspired

shows the works of over

performance poetry. The first summer school,

100 artists per year and

taking place from August 4th-7th, focuses on

has raised over £50,000 in

poetry and performance. Explore poetry from the

the past 18 years. The

First World War, before writing and performing

show starts with a preview

your own poetry with poet Andy Bennett. The

evening on Thursday

second summer school (Aug 17th-21st) sees

August 27th from 6.30-

artist Matt Reeve help young people create an

9pm. Come and browse the incredible range of artwork, have a cup

interactive digital timeline based on their

of tea and perhaps support the church's restoration fund by buying

historical investigations.

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Artist Profile: Chedgey Chedgey, who does not willingly respond to any other name,

opportunity; he’d sit on me in the canteen and then say

shared digs with John Lennon while at Liverpool Art School,

"Whooops, you’re so insignificant I didn’t see you there."

was feted by Jimmy Savile on Top of the Pops as the banjoist

Chedgey did, however, try to persuade John who was an expert

when The Temperance Seven reached number one with

banjo player to abandon rock for a career in traditional jazz.

‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, then spent 28 years teaching art in the UK and Germany before retiring in 1990 from the post of Head of Art at Wymondham College in Norfolk.

'Teaching, for me, was a delight from beginning in Lower Gornal, near Dudley, to the finish at Wycol,' says Chedgey. He still keeps in touch with dozens of ex-pupils, including Mark Strong the Hollywood film star and Norman Lamb, both of whom have recently sat for large portraits .

He now works in his riverside house in Norwich in a studio built as a disco by the previous owner – probably the only studio in the country with a sprung dance floor, a bar, dartboard, disco lighting and a huge north facing wall of glass. At seventy five

'I really don’t know what I’d do if it came to be that I could no longer work – probably incorporate what’s left of me into a last, defiant piece of Surrealist sculpture,' says Chedgey.

he still likes to work from 9-5pm and has recently had to erect a steel shed to cope with his output.

To find out more about Chedgey and his work go to

'I did not like Lennon at all,' he says. 'I had a crush on Cynthia and he took delight in humiliating me at every

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A Lavenham Gem

Art on the Prom

Lavenham is one of the most perfect examples in England of

Art on the Prom, one of Suffolk’s annual calendar highlights,

a small medieval town. The Angel Gallery is a 15th century

is expected to draw in over 20,000 visitors to Felixstowe’s

Grade II-listed wool merchant's residence with a wealth of

historic seafront promenade on Sunday September 6th. The

oak beams situated in the village's historic Market Place

contemporary art exhibition is free to the public and aims to

overlooking the famous Guildhall.

encourage people to experience the joy of making and

The Gallery , a splendid beamed area with historic arches,

selling art.

houses exhibitions by local, national and international artists. Permanent collections are held of the work of Leslie Gibson A.R.C.A. (1910-1969) and costume drawings from the 1930's by Mary Wild A.R.C.A. John Leach signed original pottery is on exhibition including his notable "Black Pots". Also in the Gallery are Sue Riley's Ballerina sculptures, animal bronzes by Felicity Auden and the work of local artists. Other gallery artists include George Gill D.G.A, Gerald Green and Ronald Carn. The Angel Gallery is open at weekends and also by appointment.

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Visitors will be able to view and purchase some of Felixstowe and Suffolk’s finest work from local artists. Now in its 12th year, over 100 artists will be showcasing a wide range of

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paintings, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and textiles.

The organisers hope the quality and commitment to art in the

region inspires all those who attend not only to consider buying art but also to have a go themselves, with free workshops open to all ages lead by qualified artists. Visitors can turn their hand to mono printing, mosaics, 3D picture postcards, clay tiles, cardboard models and painted flags and banners. There is a range of entertainment on offer including the Tutti Frutti voices and, new this year, Mambo Chutney who will perform jazz flavours from around the world. The Ipswich

A 15th century wool merchants residence housing

Hospital Band and Felixstowe Strings will also be performing. A

exhibitions by local and national artists, including

blacksmith and a weaver will be demonstrating their skills live

collections of the works of Leslie Gibson, Mary Wild

whilst the notorious stilt walkers cannot be missed.

and pottery by John Leach.

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Modern Gallery for Swaffham An exciting new gallery opened in Swaffham Market Place last November. Situated in a Grade II listed building with its original 16th century brick fireplace, Arts Lounge is owned by husband and wife team Colin and Elizabeth Mason. Colin exhibits in the gallery while Elizabeth organises the exhibitions.

Summer Arts Show 4th August – 1st September 10.00-5pm An array of new original paintings,

sculptures, ceramics, wood design, glass

art, jewellery and much more. Come and visit us in a lounge themed relaxing atmosphere and be inspired.

Formerly a tobacco shop, the Arts Lounge has been restored to its former glory. The gallery now has 20 wall spaces lit by

Internationally renowned wildlife artist & paper sculptor David Cook will be

exhibiting, also Kevin Turton, Colin

Mason, Jean Linford, David Hamer, Karl Hamilton-Cox, Iceni Botanical artists, Gareth Bevan, Peter Hodson and other artists.

Arts Lounge, 15 Market Place,

Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7AB

bright Led lighting for artists to hire and exhibit their work plus glass cabinets and plinths for other artisans who make jewellery, ceramics, glass art etc. Commission is not charged on artists’ work, and there are no hanging fees. Colin has always loved painting since school. Being in the RAF and the airline industry this is reflected in his paintings, although he has diversified considerably now to seascapes and other subjects. From August 4th – September 1st, Arts Lounge is hosting a Summer Arts Show where 20 artisans will be exhibiting including internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and paper sculptor David Cook alongside Kevin Turton, Richard Millington, Andrew Vertigan, Jean Linford, Tracy Whinray, David Hamer, Karl Hamilton-Cox and many others.

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Printmaking at its best Now celebrating its 20th year, The Norwich Print

An original print is an

Fair is firmly established in the local arts calendar. From the initial Fair in 1995 which featured just 8 artists’ regular printmakers now number well over 50 with approximately 30 selected to exhibit at each annual September Fair. Finalist in the EDP Peoples choice awards for the last 2 years The Norwich Print Fair is still one of the best loved and largest independent selling shows of its kind in East Anglia.

image created from handcut or drawn printing blocks, plates or stencils, which are used to produce a limited number of handpulled prints. To compliment this year's main exhibition, in celebration

This September, the Fair once again brings together over 30 of

of the anniversary there will be a special trail of original prints

Norfolk and Suffolk’s finest printmakers, displaying a wide

throughout the Norwich Lanes “20/20” will see. 20 of The

variety of hand-made print techniques, all within the unique

Norwich Print Fair's current artists exhibiting the best examples

setting of an historic Norwich church. With a mix of firm

of their work within the windows of local shops and

favourites and new artists this 20th show promises to deliver

businesses. Pick up a leaflet, follow the trail around the Lanes

yet another stunning display of original prints.

and see how many you can discover

To mark this impressive milestone, The Norwich Print Fair are delighted to be working with Norfolk publisher Mascot Media and Norwich printer Swallowtail to create a special book of the Fair’s origins, artists and print processes. This publication will feature artists who have helped to make The Norwich Print Fair such a much-loved event on the arts calendar as well as celebrating the 20th Fair. It will be on sale throughout the exhibition and through additional local outlets.

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Coffee, Cake and Art

The Art House CafĂŠ now open at 10 High Street, directly

and greetings cards

opposite the church in the heart of Cromer, is the joint venture

there is something for everyone to enjoy. And with the display

of Liz James and Andy Senior. Having recently relocated to

changing throughout the year there will always be something

Norfolk from Suffolk, they have created a light and airy space

interesting on display and to buy.

in which delicious coffee, teas and cakes can be enjoyed whilst viewing the works of contemporary East Anglian artists.

'We are in a great location in the centre of town with a lovely view of the church and people seem to be finding the space

Showing a wide range of mediums from watercolour to oil

calm and relaxing,' says Liz. 'We are open every day so, if

paintings, ceramics, glass, driftwood art, jewellery, silk scarves

you're in town, pop in and see us.'

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Home of Art in Beccles

The Beccles Antiques Street Market, held in the centre of the

The Upstairs Gallery has recently been named as one of the best small galleries in the UK, alongside some major funded and backed arts gallery such as the Yorkshire park sculpture trail. Only one of the ten listed, this small independent arts gallery is making a big noise in the arts scene.

town, will take place on Sunday 30th August, (Bank Holiday weekend).  The market plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality 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 on offer and are experts in their field; happy to share their knowledge and expertise with collectors. Many of the local shops, restaurants and bars are open that day and first class local catering is incorporated into the market. It's a great chance to experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market in the heart of a lovely old town. Entry is free and the market is well signposted.


Backing independent East Anglian artists, and getting work seen across the UK, the hardworking team at The Upstairs Gallery (also affectionately known as TUG), showcase a variety of artists in their 14 small rooms. Well worth a visit, the team are friendly, and welcome children as well as adults, as they love to hear the comments from the viewers at any age at any level of arts experience. All work is available for sale, and TUG also has a small arts shop, and an in-house lifecaster, gallery owner Michelle Payne, whose studios also reside within the gallery.

Published as one of the UKs best small galleries. The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Suffolk.


Sunday 30th August

8am - 4.30pm A wide and varied selection of antiques for both the dealer and collector on sale in the historical busy market town of Beccles. Well signposted on all routes, plenty of parking and locally produced hot and cold refreshments.

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Theatre & Film News

Family Fun at the Puppet Theatre On August 29th Norwich Puppet Theatre hosts Garlic Theatre's production of There's a Monster in My Piano. What do you do

Film at Thetford’s Great Festival

when you hear a strange munching noise inside a piano? Call

As part of Thetford's Great Festival a screening of the one-man film

the Piano Doctor of course! Norwich Puppet Theatre welcomes

To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine is to be

the Piano Doctor to the Theatre with his bag full of ears and his

held at the Carnegie Room in the town on August 22nd. Starring

collection of weird and wonderful tools. Garlic Theatre delight

Ian Ruskin, the film is a vivid portrayal of this fiery patriot and

children and adults with this offbeat jazzy tale starring puppets,

Founding Father of the USA. Writer-actor Ruskin captures Paine's

clowning, animation and a very highly strung monster. Families

brilliance, contradictions and contrariness in his play about the

can enjoy a free drop-in workshop to celebrate the

radical enlightenment figure that helped forge America's core.

GoGoDragons! trail before the show. The workshop will be

inspired by Norwich's very own dragon Snap and the legend of his friendly rival the Pockthorpe dragon.

Sweet Charity The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich is producing a new actor-musician production of the classic swingin’ sixties musical Sweet Charity, which runs from September 3rd to 26th, directed by Artistic Director Peter Rowe. Katie Birtill will be playing the lead role of Charity Valentine. Meet Charity Hope Valentine – a woman who always gives her heart and dreams… to the wrong man! Despite her dead-end job as a dance club hostess in the dubious Fandango Night Club she still manages to remain an incurable optimist. One day she meets sweet, unassuming Oscar and believes her luck has changed. But has she found true love and will all her dreams come true? With brassy, toe tapping hits including Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, The Rhythm of Life and I'm A Brass Band, don't miss this story of a girl who just wants to be loved!

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Eastern Angles in Edinburgh

Bressingham Drama Classes

Eastern Angles Theatre Company have been touring the

Act-On Stage and Screen Academy have been delivering

towns and villages of East Anglia for over thirty years with

weekly drama classes on Wednesday evenings in

their entertaining theatre productions that shed light on

Bressingham, near Diss, for nearly two years. They offer

forgotten local stories. As well as highlighting East Anglian

classes for young people from age 8 - 18 and all teachers

heritage, the company strives to share the best contemporary

are professional, experienced actors. Over the last two years

new writing with audiences both across the region and

they have had a wide range of drama related events

nationally. This summer, Eastern Angles will be taking a

including a special effects workshop, an audition technique

brand new play ‘Chicken’ by Norfolk-born writer Molly Davies

workshop, and more recently a session on news presenting

to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Molly recently became the

with David Whiteley from BBC Look East and Inside Out.

first woman writer to receive the Royal Court’s Pinter Commission and her previous credits include A Miracle and God Bless The Child both for the Royal Court. Set in a dystopian future, ‘Chicken’ creates a wonderfully

Act-On is also a registered Spotlight agent for child actors and frequently has young people auditioning for a variety of film and TV roles. From September, Act-On will also be offering the opportunity for their actors to take LAMDA exams.

twisted world full of witchcraft and superstition, fractured families and agricultural angst. At the centre of this dark, rural tale is an exploration of human fear and difference, and the journey a chicken takes from processing factory to kitchen table. The play is set on the night of the big 'Separation’. Rural communities are cutting the ties with London and breaking away from metropolitan control. Husband and wife, Harry and Lorraine are in the midst of the rural chaos, and troubled by their teenager's mysterious mood swings. Meanwhile, Layla is learning the 'dark art' of chicken farming. ‘Chicken’ is directed by Steven Atkinson, known to East Anglian audiences as the Artistic Director of the annual HighTide Festival. ‘Chicken’ will be performed at Paines Plough’s stunning Roundabout venue at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 7th-30th. Tickets are available via 0131 226 0000,

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Come for the Time of Your Life Norwich Theatre Royal - August 25th-September 5th It wowed Norfolk audiences last time it was in town and now it’s back - Dirty Dancing hits the Norwich Theatre Royal stage for a two-week run this summer. The record-breaking sensation offers heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensual dancing as it tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent spirits from different worlds who come together for the summer of their lives. Based on the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the story is a coming-of-age drama set in 1963 which documents a teenage girl's relationship with a dance

dance instructor. Her life changes forever as she is thrown in

instructor whom she encounters during her family's summer

at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and

vacation. Seventeen-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman learns

off with breathtaking consequences. The show features hit

some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about

songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and

dancing when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort N

the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

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Sun 2 Aug SING-A-LONG-A FROZEN Interactive screening of hit Disney film £7 - £16 Sat 15 Aug OPEN DAY Access all areas - see behind the scenes! Free Mon 17 - Sat 22 Aug ANNIE Favourite family musical £8 - £39.50 Tues 25 Aug - Sat 5 Sept DIRTY DANCING Worldwide smash-hit £8 - £48.5

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Sean Hughes: Mumbo Jumbo Norwich Playhouse, September 17th Multi award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a


new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Throughout his life he has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. There is common sense against mumbo jumbo and mumbo jumbo seems to have the upper hand. The show consists of stories including being serenaded at the break of dawn by Robert Smith, trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and coming to the conclusion that he will never have a proper conversation with his dear mum. There will be a few poems and a 3-minute musical about ageing too.

WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Norwich Playhouse to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Sean Hughes on September 17th. To enter, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: August 24th, usual terms and conditions apply. August 2015 | 21


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DanceEast at Ipswich Maritime Festival Celebrating the nautical heritage of Ipswich, DanceEast once again takes part in the Ipswich Maritime Festival (Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th August). Over the weekend DanceEast will be hosting two events on Ipswich waterfront amongst the hustle and bustle of this exciting festival.

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On August 15th DanceEast’s Dance Day will give you the chance to enjoy an incredible day of performances and workshops, free of charge! The line-up includes traditional Ceilidh with live music from the Valliant Band, and the Bo Diddlers who appear to be very traditional at first but turn out to be something quite unexpected… The Amazing Avant Garde Dance will also be making an appearance, described by The Stage as “bold, inventive dance… and adventure in Hip Hop”, they will certainly be capturing your imagination. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the performances, or if you would rather, get stuck in and learn some new dance moves alongside the professionals. To entertain the kids at the Maritime Festival, DanceEast’s Family Funday on August 16th will be sure to get your little ones moving and grooving! There will be an exciting morning of dance and activities, including the much loved Baby Loves To Boogie Disco dance party! Ticket price includes entrance to the disco, as well as games, face painting, a treasure hunt and arts and crafts for the whole family. DANCE DAY Saturday 15 August | 10:00AM – 6:00PM Cranfield Mill Courtyard, Ipswich Waterfront Free FAMILY FUNDAY Sunday 16 August | From 10:00AM DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW £4 Adult | £3 Child | £12 Family Ticket 22 |

Russell Maliphant Company

World Premieres for DanceEast This autumn Brendan Keaney has co-commissioned three thrilling world premieres, bringing some of the world’s leading dance artists to the Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich Waterfront. The season opens with Conceal | Reveal, a world premiere from Russell Maliphant Company, marking the 20th anniversary of Maliphant’s collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls and celebrating their unparalleled command of the language of light and movement.

Photo: Johan Persson

Akram Khan Company and MOKO Dance present the world premiere of Chotto Desh. Khan has joined forces with TheatreRites director Sue Buckmaster to reimagine his worldwide hit

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Desh as his first-ever work for children and families. Chotto

Glennie’s 50th birthday. Grammy Award-winning composer

Desh, or small homeland, tracks a young man’s dreams from

and percussionist Dame Evelyn performs live for the world

Britain to Bangladesh, using Khan’s inimitable ability to tell

premiere of Wide Awakening, the final part of a triple bill of

powerful cross-cultural stories via a compelling mix of dance,

high octane dance from the all-female company’s five dancers.

text, visuals and sound.


From Shirley Valentine to Norwich Theatre Royal, ARTSeast catches up with superstar Tom Conti ahead of his performance in play Before the Party...

Coffee & aChat

When we caught up with Tom he was in the midst of casting for the show. 'This is absolutely the worst bit for me,' he said. 'Sometimes you can see how hungry an actor is but, when he or she delivers the lines, you know there's not a chance they'll get the part. I've been there and that's tough.'

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It's hard to imagine that Tom Conti has ever struggled at an audition. With a string of film and theatre accolades to his name, Tom has won critical acclaim for his roles including an Olivier Award for his performance in Whose Life is it Anyway on the West End and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in the film Reuben Reuben. But becoming an actor wasn't Tom's first passion. 'I actually trained as a conductor,' says Tom. 'Then one day I spotted a sign at my music college pointing to a drama class and I decided to give it a go.' It was a decision that changed the course of Tom's life, ultimately turning him into a household name. 'It's very hard to make it to the top of the ladder as a conductor,' says Tom. 'I would have been too lazy and ultimately not been able to enjoy the opportunities and lifestyle I now have thanks to how my career has turned out.

'He truly believes that everything English is wonderful. I'm looking forward to learning how to speak in the proper English of that period.'

Theatre is Tom's passion and Before the Party - based on a short story by Somerset Maugham - offers up a script that is both amusing and dark.

Alongside his acting career, Tom is also the author of a novel entitled The Doctor about a former Secret Operations pilot with intelligence services. 'It's essentially a love story with moments of adventure,' says Tom. 'I've also just finished another novel which is provisionally titled The Wrong Time so watch this space!' says Tom.

'I truly believe there is no drama without wit around it,' says Tom. 'Before the Party is the perfect balance of light and dark.'

With rehearsals starting this month, Tom is looking forward to seeing the sights of Norwich when the tour reaches our region.

Set after the Second World War, Before the Party tells the tale of the Skinner family who are trying to return to normal but are suffering thanks to government-imposed rations. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the neverending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

'That's the best thing about touring as I get to see so many parts of our lovely country,' says Tom. 'I've been to Theatre Royal before back in 2013 in a production called Rough Justice and it was a nice venue.'

''I play a pompous solicitor called Aubrey Skinner,' says Tom.

Before the Party runs from September 14th-19th. Tickets:, tel: 01603 630000

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Music News

John Rutter’s Gloria performed in Ipswich A concert at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on September 12th

Youngblood Brass Band The Norwich Arts Centre plays host to the Youngblood Brass

includes the glorious Gloria by John Rutter.  Premiered in 1974 in Omaha, Nebraska,  this exciting three-movement piece is joyful and uplifting.  Trianon Music group is including

Band on August 22nd. This ten-member ensemble, born in

the piece, composed by their President, in the Trianon Ipswich

Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the USA and has


been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages

The concert starts at 7.30pm with pre-concert busking from

worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honour

6.40pm in aid of local charities. The concert features 180

of having their music spun by DJs, working with hip-hop

musicians in great Family entertainment and also

luminaries like Talib Kweli and having their original

includes English Folksong Suite-Vaughan Williams, A Tribute to

compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz

Rodgers and Hammerstein (premiere), Spitfire Prelude and

ensembles around globe and still not be out of place at a punk

Fugue –Walton, Gloria - John Rutter, Fiesta - Matthew Curtis


and all the favourites from the Last Night of the Proms!

Seckford Ensemble ‘Baroque to Broadway’ The 10th anniversary concert of the Seckford ensemble takes place on September 19th, 7.30pm at Harkstead Church. Some of the finest professional brass musicians in the region will be performing. Members of the ensemble have played in national venues including the Royal Opera house, Ronnie Scotts and the London Jazz festival and regularly feature in the finest orchestras and bands across East Anglia. They will be taking us on an exciting journey through various musical genres. The Seckford Ensemble will begin with the Baroque period and move through time, performing familiar works from many composers, until they arrive at the music of Broadway and light jazz.  Tickets £10, tel. Jane 01473 328314 or email Eleanor

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Cavaleri String Quartet

Cratfield: The Music Continues August marks half-way in the series of concerts on summer

who won The Arts Club and Decca Records inaugural Classical

Sunday afternoons presented by Blyth Valley Chamber Music

Music Award in 2013, for the Schubert String Quintet in C – on

at the mediaeval church of St Mary’s Cratfield, a tranquil

many music lovers’ list of Desert Island works.

village between Halesworth and Peasenhall in East Suffolk. Of concerts still to come, the next is from the Navarra String Quartet, who return to Cratfield to play music they have recorded by the contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, together with Ravel’s ever popular quartet from 1903 and the last quartet by Suffolk’s own Benjamin Britten. They are followed by an unusual combination: the Aquinas Piano Trio plus an extra viola to

Concerts at Cratfield A twenty-eighth season of Sunday afternoon concerts in East Suffolk: four concerts remaining Sunday 2 August 3.00 pm Navarra String Quartet vasks, ravel, britten

1800. The series ends with the prizewinning Cavaleri Quartet,

Sunday 16 August 3.00 pm Aquinas Piano Trio & Sarah-Jane Bradley viola mozart, walter piston, brahms Sundy 30 August 3.00 pm Professor Roger Parker FBA & the Badke Quartet Lecture-recital: Vienna 1800 haydn & beethoven Sunday 13 September 3.00 pm Cavaleri Quartet & Bartholomew LaFollette cello mozart, szymanowski, schubert

who play a string quartet each by Mozart and Szymanowski (a

Some tickets remaining for all concerts

rarity); they are then joined by cellist Bartholomew LaFollette, Box Office and information 01728 603 077

form a piano quartet – Aquinas Piano Tri


allowing some of the best music by Mozart

and Brahms to be heard at Cratfield for the first time. Then comes a novelty: not just music, by Haydn and Beethoven, but one of this country’s leading musicologists to introduce it: Roger Parker from King’s College London arrives with the well established Badke Quartet to offer a lecture-recital: Vienna

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A Star in the Making Buskers are common in Norwich city centre – especially at the weekend. Busy shoppers and workers sometimes hesitate, listen for a short while and maybe donate a few coins. But one busker in particular has stood out in recent months. Attractive flame-haired Hayley Moss, 29 of Horning, has been drawing crowds; literally stopping people in their tracks as she sings a range of operatic songs, show tunes and country music on London Street and Gentleman’s Walk. People have described Hayley’s voice as “mesmerising”, “amazing”,“beautiful” and “pure”. Pedestrians feel compelled to stop, listen and donate; some saying that Hayley is not so much busking as providing an open air concert! They express

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amazement that such a high quality singer is performing on the streets, instead of a West End stage. Amazingly, Hayley has received no formal voice training. Hayley is determined to make it big in the music business, but insists that she will never act “diva-like”, preferring to be friendly down-to-earth and approachable.

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Kid’s Corner: Latitude Festival My first Latitude in 2006 was the festival’s inaugural year when it was still a novelty to see world-class performers like Snow Patrol, The Crimea, and Ed Harcourt play to 20,000 people in the Suffolk countryside. It was only my second-ever visit to Suffolk and it was part of what made me fall in love with the area and the boyfriend who took me there. Over the years Latitude has not only grown – in 2014 attendance was 35,000 - but it has weaved into our lives, becoming an integral part of our summer schedule. As children arrived, mosh pits inevitably became less central to our Latitude experience - this year Portishead, Alt J, the surprise visit of Ed Sheeran in the woods and others were missed in order to take wilting children to the fantastic fire show in the kids’ area.

New to this year’s festival was the swimming arena which, despite queues of over an hour, seemed even more popular than the bar. We wandered on past to ‘The Other Voices’ stage which became one of our favourite haunts thanks to the disco ball in the woods where we could dance away to the sublime sounds of Fight Like Apes, All Tvvins and Nathaniel Rateliff. The 10th Latitude holds another special place in our family album as we look forward to seeing what the teenage years will bring.

Isobel Demangeat-Ransome

I celebrated the 10th Latitude with my six-year-old and a group of friends, all with children the same age. The children were in a wonderland as they enjoyed the Suffolk Wildlife Trust bug hunt in the woods or never-ending supply of bubbles. The Blixen fire pit gave us a perfect chill-out area in the haze of the early evening. Seasick Steve and his many guitars were a great hit with the children and proved to be a musical highlight of the whole weekend.

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Arts Council

Ahamed Ali performs at the International Literature Showcase 2015

New International Project for Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre Norwich

WCN Chief Executive, Chris Gribble outlines the vision: We were delighted this month to hear that Arts Council England will invest in our International Literature Showcase partnership with British Council. This is an ambitious programme which will support emerging writers, translators and literature development professionals. We very much plan to work collaboratively and for the investment to help strengthen the whole UK literature sector.

Photo: Martin Figura

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Arts Council

The grant will enable us to work with British Council to lead a two and half year project to help writers, live literature performers, producers and other literature professionals reach international markets and to support literature organisations in their international working. The ‘International Literature Showcase’ will be curated as a digital programme in 2016 and then in 2017 it will return to Norwich as England’s UNESCO, City of Literature. It will be the leading opportunity to promote UK writing talent overseas. This long-term investment enables us to work with 75 emerging writers and an additional 75 literature professionals to create over 200 opportunities for international working. Our ambition is to reach specialised audiences of over 40,000 through the digital showcase. The work and partnerships we form will reflect the diversity and strength of new work coming out of England, responding to real interest in the way we use literature to address social concerns and how we support emerging talent from harder to reach groups. The project builds on a pilot showcase we ran in March this

Photo: Martin Figura Hannah Silva performs Schlock

year - supported by British Council. Already 12 long-term international collaborations have resulted from this. For example Canadian-based Somali poet and rap artist Ahmed Ali will work with Spread the Word and Literature Wales to share ideas around how to engage Somali communities in the UK, a project conceived at the showcase in Norwich earlier this year. Hannah Silva’s performance piece Schlock! (a hard-hitting mash-up of Fifty Shades of Grey that explores power, art and death) will tour to the Tata Mumbai International Lit Fest in the autumn. And Dai Fan from The Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou City, China is collaborating with tutors at the University of East Anglia to develop an international exchange programme for creative writing students.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation based in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich. We are interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of

This new investment will support many more such

ongoing and one-off projects and events. Writers’

collaborations enabling UK writers, and national and

Centre Norwich moved into Dragon Hall, a

international writing organisations to expand and diversify

medieval merchant’s hall, in April 2015. The

their creative programme, reach new audiences and

building will open as a specialist venue for

encourage thousands more to enjoy the very best in new

literature – the National Centre for Writing - in


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Tread in the footsteps of Sir Alfred Munnings An Open Day at Mendham Mill on September 19th from

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A walk has also been organised which includes the church, the Mill and its beautiful gardens, finishing at the Sir Alfred Munnings Hotel where teas will be available. It will be led by

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

August 14th - 31st - Art Exhibition by Samuel Thomas at the

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August 17th - 22nd - Talking Heads by Alan Bennett at Cambridge Arts Theatre. A rare chance to see three of the original cast - Stephanie Cole, Siobhan Redmond and Karl Theobald., Tel: 01223 50333

August 13th - Orange County's Ignite perform at Epic Studios Norwich. This rock band with hardcore roots supports a series of environmentally and socially conscious groups., Tel: 01603 727727

August 25th - 29th - Critically-acclaimed Mixed Voice Theatre Company presents Grease at Norwich Playhouse. Get ready to sing along to all the show's classics including You're the One That I want, Summer Lovin' and Greased Lightning.

August 14th - Spandau Ballet perform at Newmarket, Tel: 01603 598598

Racecourses as part of Newmarket Nights. Celebrating their 35th year, this gig promises to be a night to remember.

August 26th - 29th - Pendragon by the National Youth Music Theatre at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Poetry, puppetry, magic and mime are interwoven with a beautiful musical score

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Local Arts Scene

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Local Arts Scene: Bungay

Beautiful Bungay Nestled on the border with Norfolk this pretty Suffolk market town is situated in a bend of the beautiful River Waveney. Its unusual name is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon 'Bunincga-haye', meaning the land belonging to the tribe of Bonna, a Saxon chieftain. Prominent in the town are the ruins

dog fled 12 miles to Blythburgh Church where it carried on its killing. The legend of Black Shuck has played a prominent part in the town ever since.

of Bigod Castle which also takes pride of place on the village

Today, Bungay is a bustling place with a number of

sign and the impressive Buttercross which was built in 1689, a

independent shops, galleries and eateries and regularly hosts

year after the town was almost destroyed by a great fire.

a bustling antiques street market. It is also home to the Fisher

Visit Bungay and you'll spot the image of a black dog around the town. This pays homage to an incident that reportedly

Theatre which hosts an array of music, theatre and live screenings throughout the year.

happened in 1577 during a thunderstorm when a great black

The town has a real literary feel with many authors choosing to

hound - who many believed was an apparition of the devil -

make it their home over the years including Louis De Bernieres,

appeared in St Mary's Church where people were praying for

Elizabeth Jane Howard and religious writer Margaret Barber. It

mercy from the storm. As the church tower was struck by

is also home to Clays Printers who are responsible for printing,

lightning, many of the congregation were attacked before the

among others, the Harry Potter books.

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Local Arts Scene

A New Era for The Fisher Theatre The lovely Fisher Theatre in Bungay has undergone a facelift these past few months both externally and also in its management. Thanks to an incredible fundraising drive, it's Georgian facade has been painstakingly renovated and painted with new handcrafted windows. The theatre also has a new Centre Manager abilities in ballroom, Latin American and Hip Hop among

Michael Stannard. Professional dancer, choreographer and show co-ordinator Michael has worked in the West End and around the world on a

others,' says Michael. 'I'm hoping to get these running by September so watch this space!'

series productions and was responsible for founding a musical

Michael is also programming upcoming acts for the theatre

theatre and dance college in Edinburgh. Most recently he

across a range of genres including comedy, live music, and

lectured in dance at City College Norwich.

musical theatre and

'I'm so excited about the opportunity to bring some fantastic new ideas to the Fisher Theatre,' says Michael. 'One idea is to start a series of dance classes for people of all ages and

continuing the successful live screenings. This month plans are also afoot to renovate the bar area. 'As a salute to the Georgian facade, we are planning to create a sleek, comfortable bar area also with a Georgian feel,' says Michael. 'The bar area is also being extended.'



One thing that has struck Michael since he started is the passion of the staff and volunteers at the theatre. 'I've inherited a great platform from the previous manager Jason Collins who


has done wonders with the theatre,' says Michael. 'I also have an excellent assistant in Cory Minns. Cory started as a cleaner in 2008 and has worked his way up to become the eyes, ears, thoughts and passions of the theatre and he does an amazing


job as do all our loyal volunteers.' The theatre also has a successful gallery space and had a full programme of exhibitions for the year. 'The gallery is open from 10am-3pm every day and people are very welcome to pop in 10 Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE

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and browse,' says Michael.

Local Arts Scene: Bungay

Silver Anniversary for Bungay Gallery In the heart of Bungay is the delightful Cork Brick Gallery. Part antique shop, part art gallery, Cork Brick has a lovely light airy feel that sets you instantly at ease. Stepping inside you'll find a treasure trove of items for sale including paintings, sculptures, prints, cards and furniture. Gill and Ken Skipper established Cork Brick Gallery in 1990. With a background in the antiques business they decided to

calendars and Rosemary Cook, from her first exhibition at Cork

branch out into art too primarily to show the work of a wealth

Brick, has now gone international. Among our other artists,

of professional artists living locally.

Lizzie Riches has been most encouraging with support and help. Margaret Thomas, one of the last modern impressionists, has regularly exhibited with us as has Dee Nickerson with a very distinctive style of her own.' With something for everyone, Cork Brick Gallery is a lovely place to browse for something unique for your home or for a gift for someone special.

The gallery was well received from the start, by both artists and the public, and has continued to encourage new artists as well as the more established. Cork Brick is an easy-going friendly gallery with regular mixed exhibitions encouraging artists to change their stock regularly.

Tel: 01986 894873

'It has been good to see some of our artists gain success and acclaim,' says Ken. 'Tessa Newcomb, with her well-observed paintings of everyday life has been with us from the beginning and has gone from strength to strength and now has regular exhibitions in top London galleries. Mary Gundry has opened her own gallery and published her own cards, prints and August 2015 | 41

Local Arts Scene

An Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paradise The Art Trading Company, the exciting art supplies shop

support and patronage we have received from artists both

located in Bungay has just got BIGGER! In January they

local and further afield has been amazing and demonstrates

moved to larger premises and extended their range of quality

that despite art materials being available online, artists still

brands such as Lascaux, Golden, Michael Harding, Old

love to browse and explore a conventional art shop.' For those

Holland, Rohrer & Klingner, Daniel Smith, Caligo and

who want to learn more about using art materials, they also

Cornelissen. New products include Liquitex, Winsor &

run a comprehensive programme of art classes and workshops

Newton, Golden Open Acrylics, Faber Castell pencils, Conte a

held in their adjacent studio.

Paris and Ampersand. There is also a good display of studio easels, table easels and related equipment.

Later this year they will be launching a new ecommerce website enabling you to buy from them online.'This is a new

'When we first opened our shop in Bungay we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be sure

venture for us which we believe will compliment the service we

it would be a success, after all at the time of opening in 2011

currently provide, but will never be a replacement for our art

the UK was in a recession,' says owner Sue Kemp. 'But the

shop on the high street,' says Sue.

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Local Arts Scene: Bungay

Spotlight on....Jason Collins of Cantaria As conductor of the Cantaria youth choir in Bungay - and manager of the tearooms at nearby Earsham Hall - Jason Collins is a big part of the town's art scene.

January this year, we'd found seven female members and began to rehearse weekly. Our debut performance took place in July 4th at the Fisher Theatre and was a magical night. The girls sang with long-established Doo-Wop group the Testosta Tones and brought the house down.

Q. How did Cantaria Youth Choir came about? Q. So what are your plans for the future of Cantaria? Initially I set up Cantaria back in 2004 in Norwich where I was studying music at the UEA. I conducted a group of fellow students and we raised money for local charities. Gradually, after our graduation, the choir members started forging musical careers in their own rights and slowly Cantaria wound up and I moved on to conducting other choirs in the Norwich area. Fast forward six years and I found myself in Bungay - at the time working as manager of the Fisher Theatre - and dreaming of setting up a youth choir. In December 2014 I approached the Town Reeve, a gentleman called Terry Reeve, about the possibility of setting up Cantaria Youth Choir and was thrilled when he made us his chosen charitable appeal for 2015.

Q. So, how did you go about putting the choir together?

I'd love to grow the choir to a maximum of 16 voices so if anyone under the age of 18 reading this would like to join, then please get in touch. We are performing at St Mary's Church, Bungay on December 1st and will also be announcing other shows so watch this space.

Q. Aside from Cantaria, what else are you working on? I conduct for Bungay Choral Society which I absolutely love as they're a really fantastic bunch of people and we have a lot of fun. Music aside, I've also taken over the running of the beautiful Earshall Hall Tearooms. It's a fantastic setting and we're open seven days a week from 9am-5pm. You can also take a historical tour of Earshall Hall itself and then nip in for afternoon tea if that takes your fancy.

I took to Facebook and appealed for people to come along and we distributed many flyers to local schools. By mid

To find out more email:

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Meryem Siemmond: Swand

Local Arts Scene

River Waveney Sculpture Trail returns Waveney & Blyth Arts’ River Waveney Sculpture Trail returns for the second year this summer to the River Waveney Trust near Bungay, opening on August 14th. The Sculpture Trail, which is supported by Essex & Suffolk Water’s Branch Out fund and is curated by Norfolk artist and

new work for the trail. Sound artist Mike Challis has created

curator, Sarah Cannell, will feature 40 new sculptures and

Soundhide trail, a structure incorporating a soundscape

installations from 32 artists that respond to the beauty of this

recorded on the site during the seasons and at different times

stunning part of the River Waveney.

of day and night and through different elements – air, water

Sculptures and installations on the trail include, among

and wood.

others, Rachael Long’s exotic giraffes, made from redundant

'This year you can expect to find tiny masterpiece paintings

machine parts and Meryem Siemmond’s 'Swand' sculpture

hidden in a bird hide, a new breed of dragonfly created from

which has travelled all the way from a quarry in Carrera, Italy,

twigs and leaves, abandoned umbrellas revived into striking

where it was created.

sculptures, crocheted trees, paper boats and much more!”

Thanks to Essex and Suffolk Water's grant, Waveney and Blyth Arts has been able to commission a guest artist to create a

says Nicky Stainton, Chairperson, Waveney & Blyth Arts. To find out more, go to

Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth - August/September 2015 A programme of 20+ inspiring events bringing together art and the environment

MOTH 16 Upper Olland Street Bungay Suffolk, NR35 1HQ 01986 893429

Open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat

• Find PARADISE in Waveney & Blyth - treasure hunt to find 8 artist-made letters • Inspired by Becker Weekend - 1 & 2 August • 7 creative themed walks • River Waveney Sculpture Trail featuring 35 works weekends from 14 August - 6 September • Discovering Doggerland - 3 artist-led workshops • Poetry Competition • Arts & Eats at the Old Kings Head, Brockdish Full details under Our Events at or call 01986 895227

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In this month’s ARTSeast magazine we feature local artist Samuel Thomas, and one of Samuel’s paintings is our front cover image. We also inc...