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Welcome to the December-January issue of

Abanazar in Norwich Theatre Royal’s pantomime,

ARTSeast Magazine.


This winter, there are a wealth of exhibitions, theatre

We also focus on the work of artist Hilary Barry,

performances, concerts, talks and fairs across the

preview the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival

region to warm our hearts even as the temperature

and discover a new exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester


chronicling the life of Millicent Fawcett.

In this issue we take a look a the landmark Rodin

As ever, we have some great prizes on offer to our

exhibition Kiss & Tell at Christchurch Mansion,

readers including tickets to see Mary, Queen of Scots

Ipswich, chat to renowned children’s author and

at Cinema City and the chance to win tickets to enjoy

illustrator James Mayhew and explore many of the

the renowned Bowjangles at Norwich Playhouse.

fantastic theatre productions, exhibitions and musical

For now, take a break from the Christmas shopping,

offerings across the region over the festive period and

grab a cuppa and sit back and enjoy this latest issue.

beyond. For our coffee and a chat feature we caught up with actor Rik Makarem ahead of his stint as the baddie

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Cover image: Russian State Ballet of Siberia at Norwich Theatre Royal

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Editor’s Welcome

24 Theatre & Film News


Artist Profile: Hilary Barry


James Mayhew Interview

11 Kiss & Tell at Christchurch


Banff Mountain Film Festival


Cinema City Competition


14 Visual Arts News 17 Millicent Fawcett at Firstsite 18 Arts & Crafts Directory 20 Coffee & a Chat: Rik Makarem 22 Arts Council: Breaking down Barriers



32 Music News 35 Norwich Playhouse Competition 37 What’s On News 38 Subscriptions








Snape Maltings Concert Hall Autumn-Winter 2018 Exhibition

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Forthcoming exhibitions at The Fisher Theatre Dominic Theobald: ‘Paintings and Etchings’ Continues, until 17th January. A selection of work produced in Ditchingham during the last decade. His colourful images derive from a variety of sources including cartoon forms, music and plant structures. He has exhibited widely in this country, as well as in Europe and the USA.

Easterly: ‘Change’ Private View: 17th February 4-6pm Runs from: 17th February to 14th March Artists group Easterly, responds to these times of ever-increasing uncertainty, with an exhibition of individual interpretations on the theme of Change. Featuring original contributions from seven local artists, the exhibition covers a range of media including print, painting, drawing, ceramics and found objects. More details at

David Page: ‘Observations at Hallwong’ Private View: 17th March 4-6pm Runs from: 17th March - 18th April ‘I’ve lived and worked on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, latterly in Starston (or the mythical Hallwong), for more than forty years,’ says David Page. ‘I try to see the landscape as it really is, not through Constable-tinted glasses, how to celebrate and argue with it and how growth, the seasons, weather, sun or murk, and the imperatives of farming compete and combine, and how best to depict this process.’

Harleston and Waveney Art Trail: ‘Drawn to the Waveney’ Private View 28th April 4-6pm Runs from: 23rd April to 23rd May A selection of work, previewing the Open Studios weekends of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail, in late May. Bringing together, in one place the work of some 30 professional artists drawn from the length of the Waveney Valley from Bungay to Brockdish.

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Artist ProďŹ le: Hilary Barry From the mountains of Wales to the vast beaches and huge skies of Suffolk, local artist Hilary Barry has found inspiration in the world around her





As a child growing up in Wales, the mountains were a constant source of inspiration for artist Hilary Barry. ‘I always wanted to be a painter,’ says Hilary. ‘After school I went to art school and loved painting the scenery of my childhood.’ Alongside her love of art Hilary decided to train as a teacher which became her career for the next twenty years. ‘I continued painting all the time though and as soon as I took early retirement in my 50s, I enrolled on a Masters in Fine Art and have painted full time ever since,’ smiles Hilary. ‘It really is a dream come true.’ Hilary paints both landscapes and the human figure. ‘My intention is to evoke empathy and recognition, and also to investigate and challenge traditional ideas,’ says Hilary. ‘I don’t attempt to reproduce what I see, but instead to engage the viewer and provoke an emotional response to the world around me.’ In 2016, Hilary relocated from London - where she’d lived after moving away from Wales - to the Suffolk coast. ‘Suffolk really is an inspiration to me. I can hear the sea from my studio which is lovely,’ says Hilary. ‘I’m fascinated by the coastal landscape in places such as Covehithe where the land constantly reforms and recreates itself.And the extraordinary skies give such an interesting and unusual light.’ After signing up to take part in Suffolk Open Studios, Hilary has become part of a group called Easterly Artists.

‘We found that people weren’t coming to our studios in the Kessingland and Lowestoft area as much as other parts of Suffolk so we decided to get together and organise a trail,’ says Hilary. ‘Now we work together, offering each other mutual support.’ Comprising artists who work in a wide variety of mediums, Easterly Artists have an upcoming exhibition at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay from February 17thMarch 14th on the theme of changes. Painting mostly in oil, Hilary relies on visual memory and imagination when painting. ‘There’s very little under-drawing and I work quickly, often turning errors into advantages,’ she says. ‘I often revisit the work and paintings can take months, as I work with layers of glazes and experiment with different textured surfaces.’ Alongside her landscapes, Hilary is also captivated by documenting people from history including the Welsh pit girls and the Fisher Girls who travelled to Suffolk from Scotland to work in the fishing industry. ‘I’m always on the hunt for projects that inspire me,’ says Hilary. For now, she is enjoying gleaning inspiration from the stunning countryside around her home. ‘Many artists including Maggi Hambling, Stanley Spencer, Peggy Somerville and Cedric Morris found inspiration in the varying light, atmospheric marshes, enormous skies and the power of the North Sea pounding on the shingle,’ says Hilary. ‘I’m excited and optimistic the same landscape will also challenge and stimulate my own creative development.’

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Previous page: Transforming Time Opposite page: It May Be Again Above left: Going Down Above right: Coming Up Left: Drenched by the Light of Stars





December-January 2019



This winter, a once-in-a-lifetime landmark exhibition opens in Ipswich with Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss as its centrepiece…

Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, © Tate, London 2018



There is a story behind every kiss… Open now at Christchurch Mansion, Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture brings renowned works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin to Suffolk, and provides visitors with an opportunity to see the Ipswich sculpture collection for the first time. The centrepiece of the exhibition, Rodin’s iconic life-size marble sculpture The Kiss, is on loan from the Tate. A significant piece in the history of art, discover the tale behind the entwined lovers, inspired by Dante’s Inferno from The Divine Comedy. The tragic tale of the adulterous lovers is explored through an illustrated edition of The Divine Comedy and a line-engraving depicting their plight by Romantic poet William Blake. Several of Rodin’s other sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums are also on display including portrait sculptures of French novelist

Honoré de Balzac and two more of Rodin’s sculptures inspired by movement and dance. Alongside Rodin’s work will be sculptures and drawings from the Ipswich collection exploring depictions of the body in its natural state and in movement. Artists featured include PreRaphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, Henry Moore, Ellen Mary Rope, Maggi Hambling and Elisabeth Frink. Artefacts from the World Cultures collection will present a different perspective on the human figure, showing how bodies have been depicted across the world. A highlight of the exhibition is a collection of life drawings by renowned Suffolk painter John Constable, which will be shown together for the first time. Known for his landscape paintings, the display of these works is a unique opportunity to see another side of the famous artist’s work.

Sculpture by Bernard Reynolds

Bust of Bernard Reynolds by Maggi Hambling, photograph by Douglas Atfield

Situated in the stunning surroundings of Christchurch Park, the beautiful Tudor Christchurch Mansion boasts 500 years of history and is one of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings. Explore the halls and galleries of Christchurch Mansion to uncover one of the most enduring themes in art – the human figure. A varied events programme complements the exhibition, with a talk from the curator and a Rodin Study Day featuring knowledgeable speakers. Other events include yoga for families, artist-led workshops, and a Valentine’s event with a chocolate workshop and screening of the classic romantic film Ghost. Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture will be open to the public until April 28th 2019. Admission is free.

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Life drawing by John Constable

Cast of the hand of Thomas Woolner, photograph by Douglas AtďŹ eld

From the World Cultures collection

The Housemaid by Thomas Woolner






Visual Arts

Christmas Lettering Art Showcase The Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings presents its Christmas showcase, a stunning collection of hand-made works designed by the UK's leading lettering artists. Running until December 23rd, there is a wide selection of unique hand-made pieces with inscriptions to amuse and uplift. It is an inspiring selection of Christmas gifts, with something for everyone. Artworks on display range from letters carved on stone and wood to lino-cut prints, glass etching and limited-edition calligraphy pieces. In the shop there are gifts where the recipient’s initial make it personal, whilst bon mots and famous quotes make it pertinent. The exhibition is curated by the Lettering Arts Trust, a charity whose mission is to raise awareness of the historic art of lettering and safeguard the timeless skills of letter carving through a comprehensive education programme, including an apprenticeship scheme. Some of the pieces in the collection have been created by the charity's former apprentices. Gallery and shop open Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment.

Sainsbury Centre: Ken Kiff This winter, the Sainsbury Centre presents an important reappraisal of the work of Ken Kiff (1935–2001), one of the most original artists working in Britain at the end of the twentieth century. In the first museum exhibition of Ken Kiff for almost 25 years, The Sequence focuses on a unique series of almost 200 acrylic paintings on paper, which he began in 1971 and continued to work on intermittently until his death. The Sainsbury Centre’s exhibition will bring together 60 of The Sequence paintings, in the largest ever presentation of works from across the series. Hung sequentially, the installation will reveal the evolution of Kiff’s ideas from their tentative beginnings to the expansion of key themes as the series progressed. The exhibition will feature a number of important works that were included in Kiff’s 1986 Serpentine Gallery solo exhibition. Amongst these are the first from the series, Something unknown has to be eaten or drunk (1971). The painting introduced ideas about a divided self and a sense of journeying into the imagination which were major themes throughout the series.

Early Gainsborough: From the Obscurity of a Country Town Research for a fascinating new exhibition at Gainsborough’s House has revealed that two of the artists close family members were murdered, leaving an inheritance that was used to send the young artist to London to study. The Exhibition - Early Gainsborough: From the Obscurity of a Country Town runs until February 17th. Featuring 40 works from private and public collections, it provides fascinating new insights into the early life of one of Britain’s greatest artists. Highlights include The Charterhouse 1748 on loan from Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum and Mr & Mrs John Browne and their daughter, Anne Maria c. 175455 from Houghton Hall as well as archive material that tells new stories about Gainsborough’s early life. As Gainsborough’s House embarks upon a major expansion, it is fitting that the early life of Gainsborough should be explored again, drawing together existing research and publishing for the first time new discoveries at this important time in the artist’s life. Beginning with his birth in the historic market town of Sudbury, it follows his move to London, his marriage and return to Sudbury in his early twenties. Within this period Gainsborough learned to be an artist. An accompanying book of the same time has just been published and contains over 100 illustrations.

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Ely Cathedral hosts The Beautiful Stitch Running from February 5th-28th The Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition The Beautiful Stitch comes to Ely Cathedral. The Embroiderers’ Guild Collection is full of stories behind the techniques and styles of embroidery on display. Incorporating textiles from previous centuries to the present day, this special exhibition will inform and, in some cases, amaze the visitor and may even alter preconceived ideas on embroidery. For this exhibition, five themes were chosen, representing particular strengths of the Collection. Embroidery as Art considers the emergence of textiles as an art form in the 20th century, Embroidery in Education examines the importance of education; from early needlework samplers stitched by young girls in the 17th century; through Berlin wool work samplers in the late 18th century, to samplers of the 20th century. Embroidery as Fashion looks at the embellishment of clothing and accessories with embroidery while Embroidery as Industry shows how embroidery spread from individuals, through cottage industries to the mass production of embroidery in factories. Lastly, Embroidery as Status encompasses the use of embroidery as a symbol of status.

Calling all Suffolk Artists Suffolk Open Studios have launched their 2019 Call for Artists, inviting artists and galleries living and working across Suffolk to join next year’s programme. Earlier this year, over 100 artists opened their studios to the public and enjoyed the many advantages of taking part, including reaching new audiences and showing their work in the comfort of their own studio; receiving valuable feedback by interacting directly with potential clients; and the chance to meet and collaborate with fellow artists in their area. Artists and galleries also benefit from valuable publicity through their profile on the Suffolk Open Studios website and Facebook page, and inclusion in the printed directory, distributed free of charge to tourist centres, art venues and visitor attractions throughout the county. Members are also guaranteed a place in the annual Suffolk Open Studios Annual Showcase Exhibition at the Apex Centre in Bury-St-Edmunds, running from February 25th to April 1st 2019. To take part, complete the online membership form at

Behind the Scenes at Snape Reportage artist Lucinda Rogers is exhibiting behind-the-scenes drawings of Snape Maltings until December 23rd. A year ago, the artist and illustrator was commissioned to work on site at Snape Maltings and make drawings for the three annual concert brochures covering the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Proms and winter-spring ‘18-19 season. Commissioned by Snape Maltings’ longtime graphic design consultancy Silk Pearce, she drew all aspects of the site, from wide views of the buildings to the interior of the auditorium and close-ups of musicians at work. As well as in the brochures the drawings have appeared on posters, programmes, video screens and online. Now the original works on paper are on show and on sale in the Concert Hall Gallery at the Maltings. Rogers is known for working from life in the tradition of the artist as reporter, using ink, crayon and watercolour on paper to record the unseen life of cities and intimate details of workspaces and streets. Her recent solo show at the House of Illustration was a close portrait of Ridley Road market in London’s Dalston. The British Museum and Museum of London hold her work.





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Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to present Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere, an exhibition documenting the creation of Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing’s recently- unveiled statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, situated in Parliament Square, London. It will also feature a number of works drawn from Wearing’s celebrated photographic series, Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say. The title of the exhibition, Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere, comes from Fawcett’s response to the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, knocked down by the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913. It is comprised of the original small-scale maquette of the statue, Wearing’s notes, designs and development research that chart its making, as well as 3D prints from the mould-making process – none of which have ever been shown in public before. The exhibition also includes materials and documents from



Fawcett’s life and further explores the lives of other members of the suffrage movement, who are memorialised in the frieze that wraps the plinth of Wearing’s statue. Following a campaign by activist Caroline Criado Perez for a statue of a woman to be put in Parliament Square, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, set up the Suffrage Statue Advisory Panel – which included Firstsite Director, Sally Shaw. Unveiled in April this year, Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act that gave some women over the age of 30 the vote. Not only is it the first ever monument to a woman to be erected in Parliament Square, it is also the first statue in the area to be made by a female artist. Alongside Fawcett, the names and portraits of 59 women and men who campaigned for women’s suffrage are inscribed on the plinth.

Says Firstsite Director Sally Shaw: ‘Being invited to take part in the advisory panel to select an artist to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act was a huge honour. Gillian’s proposal was a stand-out artwork from the outset, combining her incredible reputation and artistic integrity with her personal politics and exceptional sensitivity to material and creative process. To show the story of ‘the making of Millicent’ is a unique opportunity for Firstsite. The exhibition will provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance for visitors to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the making process to understand how this historic artwork came into being.’



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Coffee & a Chat From Yorkshire businessman via prime-time TV surgeon to panto villain, Rik Makarem certainly has a wide-ranging CV.

John Bultitude caught up with him ahead of his appearance as Abanazar at Norwich Theatre Royal’s Aladdin

A familiar face in TV’s Emmerdale and Casualty, Rik is a self-confessed

adrenalin junkie who cannot wait to entertain the region’s festive audiences.

And he is reprising a previous

theatrical role this Christmas when he plays Abanazar in

Aladdin at Norwich Theatre

Royal, a part he last played on stage 14 years ago.

He admits there is

something very special about being cast in the festive family

entertainment. He

laughed: ‘In life, I am

quite OTT so this gives me

an excuse to be big and bold

and to have a lot of fun. Panto

is an amazing experience for everybody, particularly for

children. It captures their imagination and it conveys stories, morals and values. For some, it is their first experience of

theatre and if that is the case, we have a real opportunity to get

them behind what is good and what is bad.’

The acting world is almost a dream come true for Rik.

Although he had wanted to be a part of the Formula 1 world

since a very early age, acting came a close second and he was lucky enough to get into drama school even winning the

Laurence Olivier Bursary in 2004 which recognised his


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Rik managed to secure stage work straight out of drama school and

That variety of work is also true in Rik’s stage work starring opposite

portraying Nikhil Sharma. ‘There is no doubt Emmerdale was a real

regarded Nikolai Foster, and the stage adaptation of the Peter James

was spotted by a casting director for ITV’s hit soap Emmerdale

life-changing experience,’ says Rik. ‘They are a great group of people

who are very passionate and hardworking storytellers in every sense

of the word. I was very pleased that I did it because over the six years

that I was involved in the show, I got to

David Essex in the stage play The Dishwashers directed by the highlythriller Dead Simple which came to Norwich Theatre Royal in 2015. ‘The stage in Norwich was perfect for the show,’ says Rik. ‘We were

just getting to grips with it. It is where it found its feet and took flight. It was with a fantastic group of actors like

play a whole wealth of storylines in a

Mark Small, Michael McKell and Tina

wealth of different ways.

Hobley. They were just a fantastic company of actors.’

‘What I found is that in order for

characters in soap-land to survive and

Away from the acting world, Rik is a keen

dimensions, unpeel the layers and find

releasing his creative energy. ‘I cross all

prosper, you need to discover the

songwriter which started out as a way of

quirks that would allow the character to

genres,’ he says. ‘I tend to write quite

grow and connect with different

funky jazzy stuff because that is what I like

characters. At first there was a rigidity

but what I find is that when I am working

about it but I was excited about

with the skeleton of a song, more often

exploring Nikhil and I think the

than not, it can turn into any genre. That is

story-liners, writers and I had

quite fun. I have been writing a bit more

quite a fun time. I like the idea that he was an

untreated Asperger’s child and that maybe without that knowledge of himself, it made his

behavioural patterns as they were. He was brilliant fun to play.’

He also returned to the small screen for a short

stint in the BBC’s Casualty playing junior doctor

Seb Grayling who caused quite a stir on the A & E wards at Holby. ‘He was a brilliant character

and a bit of a whirlwind,’ recalls Rik. ‘He came in and stirred things up.

‘They were total pros on the BBC Casualty team – just wonderfully gifted people. I had the

privilege of working opposite Will Beck, who plays Dylan Keogh. He should be a doctor

because he is the most intelligent person I

have ever met. It was also a great opportunity

to show audiences who know me from

Emmerdale that there is a different side to

me. That is the thing with soap. Because you are in people’s homes every day and have

been in 600 episodes of Emmerdale, people assume that is your thing and what you do.

They don’t tend to see the stage work and the other characters you have played. It is

important to show you can do that.’

funky stuff recently.’

His other big passion is Formula 1. ‘I truly am obsessed with it which is probably unhealthy,’ he laughs. ‘The first time I got into FI was

when I was watching the 1994 season. This guy Ayrton Senna died

and I couldn’t get my head around it. It intrigued me that there were

these machines in combat at 220mph with such fine margins for

error and I found that fascinating and my respect spread for what they want to do.

‘It is very glamorous, technical and involves a lot of team work. I am

truly an F1 junkie. It is irritating because my life revolves around the

schedule. I won’t go for a Sunday dinner with my family or friends if

the Grand Prix is on. I urge people to take a look at it as it is a wonderful sport.’

But panto will not interrupt his Formula 1 fandom and he is

constantly looking for the next challenge in his life. ‘I have reached

the stage where you have to know yourself and make choices that are right for you,’ says Rik. ‘Just this year, there have been a couple of

opportunities which seemed great on paper but in my gut they just

weren’t right. I am pleased to say I trusted my gut and I turned away from it to do something different. I am excited in my life at the

moment and none more so than doing this production of Aladdin. It is an absolute joy for me to come here and play this part. Last time, playing Abanazar was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t wait to do it again.’

Aladdin runs from December 12th-January 13th at Norwich Theatre Royal.





Arts and culture – so much more than you think

Arts and culture can mean many things to many people – it

additional speech and language challenges, which means his

can inspire, challenge, question, educate and even help to

speech is limited. Despite loving singing, dancing and acting,

break down barriers by promoting empathy and

he was unable to cope with the sensory overload of going to

understanding. For some it is simply an opportunity to relax

the theatre. But a visit to a performance of HOME by Frozen

and enjoy a performance, read a book or visit a museum. But

Light helped Harry to overcome those challenges, giving him

for some arts and culture can be so much more – for them it

the chance to experience something that he “loved”. Whilst

can be life changing.

we were very sad to hear that Harry was going through a very

Every week our funding supports an extraordinary range of artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries to do something amazing for the communities in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. One such organisation is Frozen Light. It can be far more challenging for people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) to experience art and culture. Environments might not be suitable, access can be difficult,

unhappy time at school, it was incredibly rewarding to hear about how the performance of HOME lifted his spirits and became a real highlight for him. This is just one of many stories – not just here in the East, but across the whole country – and it brings home that art and culture is so much more than what you might think. Whilst for some it might be an entertaining experience, for others it can be something completely astonishing.

and the work itself could have little or no impact. But thanks

It might reflect Harry’s experience with Frozen Light. Or it

to Frozen Light, work is being created specifically to engage

could be about overcoming the isolation that older people

people with PMLD and ensure that they have the opportunity

living in highly rural communities might experience through

to experience and benefit from arts and culture.

the work of The Silver Social by Breckland Council or the work

Through the creation of exciting and original multi-sensory

of Creative Arts East.

theatre, Frozen Light’s audience don’t just get to see and/or

But at the heart of it all is a belief that culture matters, it is a

hear the performances, they get to interact with them as well.

recognition that arts and culture isn’t a ‘nice to have’ for so

And it can change their lives

many people – it can be, and often is, life changing.

We were moved to hear about Harry’s (not his real name)

We hope you can join us in shouting about how much

story from his parents. Harry has Down Syndrome and


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The Isle of Brimsker

JMA Photography





A Ballet Spectacular


Theatre & Film

Circus for Christmas A taste of Italian festivities comes to Norwich this Christmas with Lost in Translation Circus’ spectacular The Baron in the Trees, inspired by Italo Calvini’s 1957 novel of the same name. It can be seen at The Oak Circus Centre from December 13th-16th at

The acclaimed classical ballet company Russian State Ballet of Siberia

6.30pm each day.

returns to Norwich Theatre Royal post-Christmas with three best-

The family show will

loved ballets from its repertoire – La Fille mal gardée on January

feature astonishing

14th, Giselle on

and astounding

January 15th and

performances from

Cinderella on January

Lost in Translation

16th - all danced to

performers and

music from the live

friends. High flying

ballet symphony

aerial stunts and

orchestra. La Fille mal

amazing acrobatics

gardée, a tale of

mix with slapstick

unrequited love and a

poetry and juggling to

masterpiece of

create a show to thrill

comedy, is one of the

young and old alike.

oldest ballets still

Live music will accompany each of the acts loosely based on the

regularly performed;

Italo Calvini story. The Oak Circus Centre’s Christmas Special is

Giselle is filled with dramatic passion, treachery and forgiveness

fast becoming a Norwich tradition. The atmosphere is friendly

from beyond the grave; while Cinderella is a magical mix of

and relaxed and last year the sold out shows were filled with

Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful

appreciative family audiences enjoying traditional Christmas


family entertainment.

Common Ground brings The Scarlet Pipistrelle The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the sans-cullottes. Heads are rolling, and no-one is safe from the roving finger of fate, the thumb of tyranny and the wrist of injustice. The poor Compte de Creme-Brulée has been hauled up by the Jacobins and is to be guillotined on the morrow. Nothing can save him except a miracle, and the Revolutionary Committee has outlawed miracles, except on Sundays and feast days, and only with a signed chit from Citizen Chambourcy, the feared leader of the Republic. Creme-Brulée's only hope is a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, a mysterious Englishman, who has already undertaken several rescues of condemned aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed! Common Ground will be concocting their trademark heady mix of genre pastiche, musical dexterity and sheer lunacy that East Anglian Christmas audiences know and love at venues across the region - including Woodbridge, Stowmarket, Colchester, Walton, Aldeburgh, Diss and Ipswich - throughout December and January.

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A Festival of Visual Theatre Each year Norwich Puppet Theatre’s manipulate Visual Theatre Festival brings spectacular and varied examples of adult puppetry to Norwich. On February 2nd German company Figuren Theater Tübingen bring their Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). With marionette puppetry designed to be both alluring and unsettling, they combine the mundane with the beautiful, to

A powerful monologue

express the unity of all

Coast to Coast Theatre Company present Peddling,

things. Then on February

welcoming audiences to see a stunning monologue in the

9th - the Balkan Bad Boys

unique and intimate atmosphere of the Emmerson Studio

return! Boris and Sergey

at the Maddermarket Theatre on February 6th-9th. This

are back in another fast-

remarkable debut play by Harry Melling - who played

paced bunraku puppetry

Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films - is powerful and

frenzy of roguish wit and

intense. The earth grumbles; growling, rising. We're in a

erudite jocularity. If you

field somewhere in London. A peddler boy wakes up, a

can’t wait for February, the Puppet Theatre are presenting two

firework in his hand. How did he get here? Peddling

fantastic fairy tale favourites this Christmas with Princess and the

premiered at the Hightide Festival in 2014 before

Pea from December 20th-24th and The Frog & The Princess from

transferring off-Broadway to 59E59, New York.

December 26th-30th.

Norwich hosts celebrated poet A troubled teenage son and his aloof single father pick their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a new show by celebrated poet and former youth worker Andrew Graves. In this funny and moving tale about growing up and getting it wrong, Andrew highlights the plight of today’s teens amid extensive cuts to youth services. God Save the Teen comes to the Norwich Arts Centre on December 12th. Whether a teen or not, everyone will relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, awkward, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time. Based on his new book, God Save the Teen (published by Burning Eye Books), Andrew relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion, and working-class rebellion. Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong.






Sun 2 Dec CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A programme to delight seasoned music lovers and newcomers of all ages £10 - £37.50

Tues 8 Jan A VISION OF ELVIS On the King’s birthday, enjoy the best Elvis Presley tribute act £10 - £25.50

Sat 19 Jan BRITTEN SINFONIA: Sir Mark Elder conducts a programme of Britten, Mahler and Brahms £10 - £36

Wed 12 Dec - Sun 13 Jan ALADDIN Book your mystical magic-carpet ride for the whole family this Christmas £10 - £24.50

Mon 14 – Wed 16 Jan RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA One of Russia’s leading ballet companies £10 - £38

Tues 22 – Sat 26 Jan GUYS AND DOLLS The Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society return with a brand new production £10 - £25

Wed 2 Jan BEYOND THE BARRICADE The best of Broadway and West End musicals £10 - £24.50

Thurs 17 – Fri 18 Jan JASON MANFORD MUDDLE CLASS A new show not to be missed £10 - £28.50

Tues 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb ROMEO AND JULIET The RSC presents a contemporary version of the classic play £10 - £33


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Bringing Characters to Life

Budding book illustrators are in for a treat this January at The Fisher Theatre. Born and bred in Suffolk, James Mayhew has worked as a children’s book author and illustrator for more than thirty years. After relocating to Hertfordshire, James has recently come back to his roots and settled in the lovely town of Bungay.

‘During the show I talk about my childhood in Suffolk and my career to this point,’ says James. ‘I will also be illustrating live on stage as I talk.’

‘I feel like I’ve come home,’ says James. ‘My grandparents used to run The Fleece Inn in the town during the war and my mum lived there. ‘ James’ career began when he gleaned inspiration from a series of pavement chalk paintings he created in the summer of 1982 while working as a street artist in Station Square, Lowestoft.

Both of these events are being held to raise funds for the theatre which James is incredibly passionate about. ‘The Fisher Theatre is a wonderful jewel in Bungay and we are so lucky to have it,’ says James. ‘It needs all of our support to keep running as it relies entirely on ticket sales and donations.’ James’ latest project has seen him join forces with fellow Suffolk resident, BBC broadcaster Zeb Soanes. Together they have created Gaspard the Fox which follows the adventures of an urban fox. ‘These paintings gave me the idea for a children’s book,’ says James. ‘To my surprise, a publisher snapped the idea up and my first book Katie’s Picture Show was born.’ Now, James has joined forces with Bungay’s Fisher Theatre to raise the profile of this beautiful venue. On January 12th, James is holding a book illustration workshop at the theatre. ‘Many people would love to do what I do but don’t know where to begin,’ says James. ‘This workshop is packed with info including tips on where to start, characterisation, inspiration, techniques, storyboarding and presenting your work to publishers.’ Basic art materials will be available but people are encouraged to bring their favourite drawing materials and writing notebooks. ‘I want people to come away feeling inspired and confident,’ says James. Later that day, James is also hosting an evening of stories and art at The Fisher Theatre as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of Katie’s Picture Show.

‘Working with Zeb has been fantastic,’ says James. ‘It’s incredible how much we have in common despite never meeting before now, including the fact we both attended the same high school in Lowestoft.’




Breaking Barriers

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film Festival as it heads to your region‌

Margo Hayes Break on Through Photo: Greg Mionske

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is celebrating its 10th year of touring the UK and Ireland, bringing over 100 adrenaline-packed shows to almost 60 venues from January - May 2019. The show rolls into Cambridge Corn exchange on February 15th-16th and Norwich Theatre Royal on March 20th. The Tour features two different collections of brand-new films from the world’s most intrepid film- makers, starring pioneers and explorers tackling extraordinary expeditions in the wildest corners of the planet. ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 10 years of bringing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the UK and Ireland – and what better way to celebrate than with the latest dose of cutting-edge adventure films from the world’s most prestigious mountain festival!’ says Tour Director Nell Teasdale. ‘We guarantee that the anniversary atmosphere at the shows will be buzzing – and that audiences will go home inspired to have an adventure of their own as well,’ she adds. Nepal Photo: RJ Ripper

Films in the World Tour are selected from hundreds entered into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every November in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. As well as thrilling films, each event features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from the Tour Partners. Films for 2019 include R J Ripper - a mesmerising blend of mountain sports and culture as world class mountain biker Rajesh (RJ) Magar explores his homeland of Nepal, from the chaotic streets of Kathmandu to the mind-blowing Himalayan mountains beyond. An inspirational story of perseverance with exciting riding in stunning scenery. For the Love of Mary tells the tale of 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler who won’t be told he’s too old to run! He started competing in the annual 7.6 mile race up Mount Washington aged 69... and he's still going! And more important than his lucky green running shorts, George carries something special in every step: the memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary. Break on Through follows one woman’s determination to make history. The grade 5.15 is the apex of climbing, described as a number representing the unattainable, a ‘magical barrier’ similar to breaking the four-minute mile. At the start of last year, only a few male climbers had achieved the grade and no women. Enter an exceptionally driven 19-

For the Love of Mary Photo: Simon Perkins

year-old, Margo Hayes. ‘When I sense others doubting what I can do, it’s only more motivating. My determination triples,’ says Margo on her quest to smash through the barrier.  For more information and to book tickets, see




Enjoy Roald Dahl's fun- lled tale this Christmas

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An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

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The Big Screen

Get in the festive spirit with twelve films and events to enjoy in Norwich this Christmas with Cinema City’s 12 Days Of Christmas Season. Spread the Christmas cheer with their festive line-up of yuletide classics (It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone, The Muppets Christmas Carol), a sparkling singalong (The Greatest Showman) and a must-see preview (Stan & Ollie)! The New Year ushers in a raft of Awards contenders including The Favourite starring Olivia Coleman and Emma Stone, Vice starring Christian Bale as Vice-President Dick Cheney, and Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. Also released is historical drama Mary Queen Of Scots. The film is based on John Guy's biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, and centres on Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England before finding herself condemned to years of imprisonment and facing execution. It showcases powerful performances from Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, and David Tennant.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Cinema City, Norwich to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Mary Queen of Scots in January. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: January 11th, usual terms and conditions apply.





Music News

The Neutrinos return for 20th anniversary concert In 2019 it will be twenty years since maverick Norwich artrock pioneers The Neutrinos played their first gig. To start the year they have just announced a celebratory home-

Bury welcomes West End sensation Ramin Karimloo

town show at Norwich

One of the world’s most accomplished stars of the West End and

Every Neutrinos

Broadway Stage. Ramin Karimloo returns to the Apex, Bury St

performance is a one-

Edmunds on January 29th with his acclaimed Broadgrass Band.

off event and the band are renowned for their experimental

Ramin’s unique style of revisiting celebrated songs from musical

approach to presentation. Abandoning any preconception of what

theatre in a sublime folk style has won him an army of fans around

a gig should be, they blur the boundaries between music and

the world. His stage work has seen him perform across the globe in

live art and between performer and audience. This one will be no

some of the world’s most acclaimed productions and taking lead roles

exception. ‘We don’t want to give too much away at this stage’

in Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Les

said singer Karen Reilly. ‘But if you want to see every minute of

Miserables, Anastasia, The Secret Garden, Chess and Murder Ballad.

Neutrinos action on the night get there early!’

Arts Centre on Saturday January 26th.

10 years of The Voice Project In celebration of their 10 years of song, Norwich’s Voice Project Choir are presenting a very special Christmas concert on December 22nd at the city’s St Andrews Hall. Titled ‘The Sky is Full of Light’ after the song written for the choir by famed jazz musician Barbara Thompson (one of the first to be specially written for them), the concert will feature some of The Voice Project’s favourite pieces from the past decade alongside new seasonal songs especially written for the event. They will also be joined by some of the guest singers and musicians who have taken part over the years including regular collaborators Human Music - and saxophonist Andy Sheppard leading the instrumental line up. With innovative visuals by artist Sal Pittman and atmospheric lighting, the event will be a visual as well as aural delight. As well as the choir The Voice Project is an education charity that runs regular courses in singing for people of all abilities and the Vocal Invention music conventions.

December-January 2019

Celebrating the Queen of Soul Diss welcomes Paul Jones & Dave Kelly Head to The Corn Hall, Diss for a live acoustic set by these spellbinding performers. Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly will perform their own material as well as that of the greats - from Howling’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson. Not only have they played alongside these legends, they also enjoyed their friendship. Two authentic, thrilling blues voices, a guitar, a harmonica and an envious repertoire of songs and reminiscences most musicians can only dream of. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here.

Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist, Letitia George stars in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the Queen of Soul, coming to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday January 18th. Aretha Franklin’s extraordinary career as a singer and songwriter spanned over sixty years. She rose from church gospel singer to international stardom at a young age and is widely accepted as the finest female soul singer of our time. Massive hits including ‘A Natural Woman, Say a little Prayer, Chain of Fools, Until You Come Back to Me, Think, I Never Love a Man’, and of course ‘Respect’, will ensure that Aretha’s legacy will continue forever. Whilst Letitia George will always be remembered for her breath-taking performances on series four of The Voice, she has gone on to forge an enviable reputation as one of the most passionate and hardworking soul singers around. Aretha’s sad passing has inspired Letitia and her outstanding backing band to attempt the seemingly impossible. Very few singers could ever do justice to the Aretha Franklin songbook… but Letitia George manages to capture the very spirit!

Musical Tour De Force Beccles Choral Society, Gippeswyk Singers and Phoenix Singers are delighted to announce they will be joining forces under the musical direction of their conductor Geoff Lavery to present Verdi’s Requiem on May 11th at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Thundering drums and heralding trumpets of the Lambeth Orchestra will have you tingling from head to toe as they join a magnificent massed chorus and four outstanding international soloists in filling the wonderful acoustic at Snape Maltings with glorious resonance. This performance also includes “Fanfare for Verdi Brass” by contemporary composer Simon Milton. Geoff Lavery brings his vast experience and formidable talent as a musical director and conductor to the production which features soloists Elin Pritchard (soprano), Kate Woolveridge (mezzo soprano), John Upperton (tenor) and Andrew Slater (bass baritone). Gippeswyk Singers and Beccles Choral Society have previously collaborated with Lambeth Orchestra at Snape Maltings for a sellout performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” which received tremendous reviews in May 2017. Conductor Geoff Lavery has recently become the musical director of Phoenix Singers (Framlingham) and is now in the unique position of being able to seamlessly rehearse and coordinate a phenomenal chorus of 200 singers accompanied by the superbly talented 80 piece Lambeth Orchestra.






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JAZZ PLANETS APEX THEATRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 7.30pm The Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra bring their tribute to Gustav Holst & Duke Ellington. Band leader Pete Long has re-scored Holst’s ‘The Planets’ as if Duke Ellington had adapted the piece in his own distinctive way. The concert will take place underneath the beautiful Museum of the Moon art installation, and includes the world premiere of a new piece of music by Pete Long: Luna, The Changer Of Mood.


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Bowjangles presents Excalibow‌. In February, Norwich Playhouse welcomes a musical and theatrical extravaganza to the stage.

Intrepid string quartet Bowjangles present their most magical show so far- a theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore, legends and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all- a magical violin bow known as Excalibow. You can expect tales of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and characters of pure fantasy in this action packed show, all presented in Bowjangles’ own inimitable and unique style, full of comedy, energy, and almost every musical genre you can imagine. Winners of the 2018 Spirit of the Fringe Award, Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play. Show is suitable for all ages. May contain traces of ABBA.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Norwich Playhouse to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Bowjangles on February 22nd at 7.30pm. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: January 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.




If you can’t make our open evening in January, why not visit us another time and see what Hartismere has to offer? Our students choose from a wide range of A level subjects and Applied General qualifications. We offer a STEM support programme and the Extended Project Qualification, university preparation and Oxbridge entry guidance. All students undertake a wide-ranging programme of enrichment and study skills. Hartismere School Castleton Way Eye Suffolk IP23 7BL Telephone: 01379 870315 Website:

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What’s On News Celebrate Christmas at the Circus One of Britain’s largest Christmas Spectaculars returns to the Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth from December 8th January 6th. The show, with over fifty performers, stars the World’s Greatest Circus Acts and the Unique Water Finale with Show Swimmers, Fountains and Fireworks. The one-of-a-kind show features the dare devil Wheel of Death, Acrobats,

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Blickling Estate

Aerialists and Dancers in the iconic 1903 building dubbed

Reflecting on the ongoing five-year conservation project of Blickling’s

‘One of the Seven Wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Daily

eighteenth century Long Gallery library and the significance of books,

Mail. The All Human show is hosted by Jack Jay and Hugo, who

the estate is hosting Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, 50th

wowed audiences last year,

anniversary exhibition from January 12th-March 3rd. The Long Gallery

with a series of brand new

library holds the largest and oldest book collection in the National

comedy routines.

Trust’s care with over 12,500 volumes. Although death watch beetles,

Hippodrome owner Peter Jay

damp and mould threaten the library, 2019 marks a turning point in

says; ‘Advance bookings for

its conservation, as work begins in January to improve the fabric of

the Christmas Spectacular are

the building. Judith Kerr’s picture book, continues to spread the joy of

at an all-time high and I urge

the written word to audiences of all ages since it was first published in

anymore who is thinking about seeing the Amazing Show to

1968. Remarkably, after celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, the

book up to avoid disappointment, many of these shows will

book had been translated into eleven languages and sold over five

sell out. It’s been a momentous year for Circus, 250 Years since

million copies. Alongside displays of Judith Kerr’s delightful

its creation here in Britain, plus the Worldwide hit Film ‘The

illustrations, notes and sketches, children can enjoy stepping into

Greatest Showman’ and its songs everywhere, circus has come

Sophie’s kitchen to have tea with a life-size tiger. The exhibition at

home!’ The Spirit of Christmas meet the magic of the Circus in

Blickling Estate will also feature family trails in the house and garden,

this fast moving, thrilling family alternative to Pantomimes.

and a fully interactive play kitchen.

First Forest Live Acts Announced Jess Glynne and Paul Weller have been confirmed as acts appearing at Thetford Forest next summer as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission. In 2014 a guest spot on Clean Bandit’s omnipresent pop-house smash ‘Rather Be’ brought Jess Glynne to prominence and with her debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ the following year, she delivered one of the defining British pop records of the era. Her powerhouse vocal and fearless delivery have captured so many under her spell across a succession of hit singles such as ‘Right Here’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don't Be So Hard On Yourself’. Music icon Paul Weller last played to sell-out crowds at Thetford in 2014 and always offers a world-class performance. Paul’s latest release ‘True Meanings’, entered the UK charts at No 2. It is his fourteenth solo album and the twenty-sixth studio album of his career that began in 1977 with The Jam’s debut album ‘In the City’. Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every summer by Forestry Commission England in seven beautiful forests.





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