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Editor’s Welcome

Tickets to Only Men Aloud at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - Ros Harding of Acton, Sudbury

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Our news pages offer the chance to flag up some of

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

the many amazing shows, exhibitions, concerts and

As I write this, the first signs of spring seem to have

performances happening in our region over the next

given way to more chilly weather again but it hasn’t

couple of months.

dampened our desire to get out and about to

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up with TV

discover what our amazing region has to offer

comic legend Tim Vine ahead of his tour which takes

art lovers.

in the Norwich Playhouse in February and Ipswich

In this issue we take a look at the upcoming

Corn Exchange in March.

SUPERSTRUCTURES exhibition which celebrates the

As ever, we have some fantastic prizes on offer

40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury

including tickets to see Mountains - The Dreams of

Centre, welcome the work of Damien Hirst to

Lily Kwok at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, gig

Houghton Hall, chat to talented botanical artist

tickets to see Jive Aces at The Corn Hall, Diss and the

Reinhild Raistrick and celebrate the innovative INK

chance to win one of five family tickets to the East

Festival as it champions the best writing the region

Anglian Game & Country Show in April.

has to offer.

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Editor’s Welcome

25 The INK Festival


Artist Profile:


Reinhild Raistrick

11 Superstructure:

Sainsbury Centre

14 Visual Arts News 16 British Pottery Exhibition: Fitzwilliam Museum

17 Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall

Theatre & Film News

31 Bury Theatre Royal Competition



Fisher Theatre: Community Links


- The Dreams of Lily Kwok

33 Norwich Theatre Royal - The Kite Runner


Music News


Diss Corn Hall - The Jive Aces Competition

18 Arts & Crafts Directory

39 What’s On News

20 Arts Council


Bird Photographer of the Year

22 Coffee & a Chat: Tim Vine


East Anglian Game & Country


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Artist Profile: Reinhild Raistrick

From the wilds of Kazakhstan to the countryside of East Anglia, botanical artist Reinhild Raistrick is on a mission to document the world’s rarest plants and flowers…

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Dark Red Orchid

Botanical artist Reinhild Raistrick is prepared to travel to the ends of the

‘When I finally found the orchid at the base of a glacier, I couldn’t believe

earth - and by any means possible - in pursuit of the world’s most rare

how beautiful it was,’ says Reinhild.

plants and flowers.

Closer to home, Reinhild has dedicated a whole series to rare wild orchids

Raised in Tanzania, Reinhild’s love for flowers and plants flourished at an

in East Anglia. This series won her a gold medal from the Royal

early age.

Horticultural Society, one of an amazing four she has to her name.

‘The equatorial forest was my playground and my mother always told me

‘It was amazing to be able to document such beautiful and rare orchids all

that even as a small child, I was enthralled by the flowers that grew

over the region we now call home,’ says Reinhild. ‘From an area near

around us,’ recalls Reinhild.

Newmarket Racecourse to Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast,

This passion flourished and Reinhild has spent decades documenting in exquisite drawings, the most rare plants and flowers on the planet. ‘I love all plants and flowers but rare or nearly extinct plants are my

these plants don’t flower for very long and it was a privilege to see them.’ Reinhild works on site, initially making a detailed drawing, followed by colour work.

passion,’ says Reinhild. ‘This has led me on many great adventures. One

‘I use photos to help with the habitat but I can’t paint from a photo,’ says

highlight was trekking on horseback to the Tien Shan mountains in

Reinhild. ‘The work I do is so accurate, it has to be done from the plant

Kazakhstan while at other times I’ve travelled to the Swiss Alps, Crete and


to many parts of Africa.’ In 1991-92 she was involved in painting flowers of the rainforests of her homeland Tanzania with a number of these paintings purchased by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for their permanent collection.

With a background in education, Reinhild also tutors in Botanical Painting at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. A member of the Iceni Botanical Artists, Reinhild will be exhibiting with them in Ely in May and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds in August. She is

Another memorable trip was to Switzerland to paint the incredibly rare

also working towards a solo exhibition in 2019 at a venue to be decided

Slipper Orchid which is now extinct in this country.

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Spring. Spring

Feb-Mar 2018


From March, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a stunning new architecture exhibition

Photo: Pete Huggins





Construction of Sainsbury Centre 1975-78 © The Art History Photographic

Construction of Sainsbury Centre 1975-78 © The Art History Photographic

Sainsbury Centre Living Area Photo: Pete Huggins

Photo: Andy Crouch

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts presents ‘SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960-90’, marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of the gallery, the first ever public building designed by Norman Foster. The exhibition will tell the story of architecture’s fascination with technology in the post-war decades, and the drive to develop new architectural forms utilising lightweight structures, industrialised building techniques and innovative engineering solutions. In doing so, architects and engineers evolved a new typology of building or ‘superstructure’, rethinking the places and spaces of culture, work, travel and living in ways that have been globally influential.

Often referred to as ‘High-Tech’, this label is regarded unfavourably by some as misleading in its suggestion of a singular ‘style’. The exhibition will evidence how this new modern architecture emerged from a generation of (largely British) architects who challenged convention. Immersed in the utopian and experimental ideas of late modernism, they shared a commonality of ideas, forms and materials. They were fascinated by the structural engineering innovations that followed the 19th century, and were determined to apply the techniques of industrial production and assembly to buildings. Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre building epitomises the new architecture

born of this technological spirit: a ‘wellserviced shed’ with a lightweight and extendable steel structure wrapped in a ‘skin’ of glass and plastic clip-on panels, adaptable (and adapted) as the building’s functions changed or grew over time. It quickly became a paradigm of new museum building, but the ideas of structural ingenuity and expression, appropriate technology and industrial materials were applied to projects of all types and scales including factories, offices, transport hubs and homes. The exhibition will invite visitors to discover not only how the Sainsbury Centre was made, but also to understand how earlier feats of engineering such as The Crystal Palace inspired buildings of its

Feb-Mar 2018

Sainsbury Centre East End Photo: Andy Crouch

kind. Audiences will encounter striking examples of superstructures created for many different uses. On display for the first time, a brand new three-metre-long model of the Sainsbury Centre will be joined by a selection of iconic models on loan from international collections, rarely seen together. These include the Reliance Controls Factory by Team 4 (Sue Brumwell, Wendy Cheesman, Norman Foster & Richard Rogers); the Pompidou Centre by Rogers and Renzo Piano; Rogers’ Lloyd’s of London Building; Foster’s Willis Faber Dumas Office; Waterloo International Rail Station by Nicholas Grimshaw and the Hopkins House by Michael and Patty Hopkins.

Sainsbury Centre Modern Life Cafe Photo: Pete Huggins

The exhibition will explore the seminal influence of figures such as Buckminster Fuller, Jean Prouvé, Charles and Ray Eames and Cedric Price. Examples of ‘technology transfer’ will show how techniques were adapted from the automotive, nautical, aerospace and information industries to create bold new materials and innovative industrial processes. The exhibition will include a range of fascinating objects from drawings and paintings, models, furniture and product design to photographs and film, and will consist of national and international loans, as well as items from the Sainsbury Centre’s own collection.



Sainsbury Centre Walkway. Photo: Pete Huggins

The steel, glass and tensile structures associated with the High-Tech label are now ubiquitous, found on retail outlets and office blocks the world over. The exhibition will demonstrate how the most distinctive and experimental architectural idea to emerge from modernism at its end also became one of the most enduring and influential architectural languages of the late 20th century. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by the Sainsbury Centre. The exhibition runs from March 24th September 2nd at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. For more information visit




Visual Arts

Master of Graphic Design

Art History Brought to Life

The first exhibition to present the whole story of a master of graphic design will open this spring. Berthold Wolpe - The Total

Art historian Tania Harrington is offering a range of illustrated talks

Man will celebrate the work of the prolific book cover artist and

on various aspects of art and art history at venues across the region.

creator of the most widely-used advertising typeface in the UK.

Tania has a desire to convey the deeper undercurrents of the art

The exhibitions runs from March 23rd-June 24th at the Lettering

historical narrative, seeing the connections between words and the

Arts Centre at Snape Maltings. Developed in conjunction with

emotional and cultural impetus behind them.On February 20th she

Berthold Wolpe’s family, the exhibition will bring forward the

is giving a talk on Girl Power at The Cut, Halesworth, looking at a

character (not to mention disorderly working conditions) of a man

history of women artists and on February 21st she is at Beccles

with a curiosity for collecting anything that might give him

Public Hall with her talk entitled Art Attack - A history of Vandalism

inspiration. Countless personal items, including Wolpe’s design

in Art which looks at works of art throughout history that have been

tools, hand-drawn sketches and artwork for his celebrated Faber &

vandalised and the reasons behind these attacks. Tania also gives

Faber covers will give a new insight into the natural skills, honed

monthly talks at The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary.

techniques and creative process of a master of his craft.

Pastel Society Exhibition in Aldeburgh Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding its 3rd exhibition by selected members of The Pastel Society from March 31st-April 21st. The Pastel Society UK is a registered charity and is recognised for promoting and encouraging the use of pastels within the contemporary art world. Founded in London in 1898 it started with 77 members and among founding members, past members and exhibitors are such names as Sickert, Whistler, Degas, Rodin, Dame Laura Knight, Dame Paula Rego, Tom Phillips and Gillian Ayres. The exhibition will showcase works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal and reflects that the diverse nature of the dry medium is limitless. The exhibition of contemporary artists will show abstract and experimental works by such artists as Angela A’Court, Joanne Last and Keith Roper alongside the traditional representation of John Tookey, Cheryl Culver, Margaret Glass and Peter Vincent, to name but a few.

Photo: Pete Hu

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City gallery hosts Colin Self and Jim Moir exhibition From March 1st-31st, The Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich is hosting an exhibition by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Colin Self alongside friend and fellow artist, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves). ‘I think we should all just be friends’ includes paintings and

Exhibition and Glass Blowing Demonstration: Layne Rowe From March 14th until April 21st, The English Listed Gallery in St Ives, Cambridgeshire is exhibiting pieces from Layne Rowe, a glass blower of international renown, including new work from his acclaimed ''Woven Forms' series. This collection of work is a result of intricate layering of different pre-made coloured glass canes around a molten form that is twisted and, when cold, cut into with a diamond wheel, to ggins

reveal vibrant colours beneath the surface. The resulting pattern and texture of the pieces has an extraordinary complexity. Layne works with Peter Layton at London Glassblowing and runs his own a glass studio in Cambs. His work has been widely exhibited around the world, notably in the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition and at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013 and 2014. During 2014 he showed alongside Grayson Perry and Alexander McQueen in “Subversive Design”, at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. In 2015 Layne won the Design Award Bavarian State Prize in the category for cane overlay technique. On March 17th Kayne will be demonstrating his intricate glass blowing techniques used for his Woven Forms glass series at the gallery.

sculpture by Colin Self and works by Jim Moir. Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter and has more than 70 works in the permanent collection of the Tate. Born

in Norwich in 1941, Self was educated at Wymondham College and then studied art at Norwich Art School before heading to the Slade School of Fine Art. Described by Richard Hamilton as 'the best draughtsman in England since William Blake', the exhibition will also house a couple of Self’s most seminal works. Having met many years ago Colin and Jim have forged a close friendship, sharing a mutual devotion to painting and drawing. Jim Moir is an actor, comedian, writer, artisan and pop star – best known as half of the comic duo Reeves and Mortimer. As an artist he is known for producing countless and varied artworks, primarily paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography.

National Touring Exhibition comes to Norwich Visible Girls: Revisited, is a photography commission and national travelling exhibition of female portraits by photographer Anita Corbin. The exhibition brings together original images of women from different subcultures of the early 1980s and newly commissioned portraits of the same women now. This work reunites women with their adolescent selves, exploring the ways in which photography can reveal and reflect upon identity and society at various stages of women's lives. Accompanying the images will be original tape recordings from 1981 of interviews with some of the girls – and written interviews with the women made in 2017. The stories behind each image are revealed, exploring how the women's lives have changed since the original shot was taken. The exhibition runs at Norwich Arts Centre from February 7th-March 14th. Two new double portraits taken by Corbin in 2017 will be revealed for the first time in Norwich. A special events programme accompanies the exhibition, including an artist’s talk with Anita Corbin on February 24th. Anita Corbin will also be taking to the streets of Norwich, photographing and interviewing pairs of friends to capture the spirit of Norwich – it’s subcultures and friendships - on Feb 25th-26th.

Photo: Jim Moir





Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery March 20th – June 17th 2018 - Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery showcases the history

While 79 of the vases were also decorated in the Chinese factory using

and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK

decals (transfers), one was shipped to the English ceramics centre of

today. It is the first exhibition to explore studio pottery in Britain from

Stoke-on-Trent and decorated by Royal Crown Derby employees using 18-

1920 to the present, through the evolution of the vessel form. Featuring over 100 works by more than 50 artists, Things of Beauty

carat gold applied by hand. The price of gold and labour meant that it cost more to decorate one vase in the UK than seventy-nine vases in China.

Growing will display works by Britain’s most famous historic potters

Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox comments: ‘This is a

including Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, as

perfect fit for The Fitzwilliam as the exhibition speaks to our impressive

well as those leaders in the field today, such as Alison Britton, Julian

permanent collection of ceramics, ancient and modern, which continues to grow due to the generosity of donors such as Sir Nicholas

Stair, Edmund de Waal, Grayson Perry and Clare Twomey. The exhibition traces the changing nature of British studio pottery through eight key sections dedicated to different forms - moon jar, vase, bowl, charger, set, vessel, pot and monument.

Goodison. Displayed in our temporary exhibition galleries, Things of Beauty Growing has given us the opportunity to highlight this particular strength of the Museum, and has encouraged us to look at our own collections in a new light. It has also enabled us to highlight

The exhibition is accompanied by a striking and vast installation, Made

the important collections of British studio pottery held in other UK

in China, by Clare Twomey, which comprises 80 large-scale red and gold

museums, who have so generously lent to the show.’

porcelain vases. All were made and fired in the same kiln in Jingdezhen, China, the historic home of porcelain and one of the few

Free admission.

places where the skills for such an undertaking still exist.

1. Akiko Hirai, Moon Jar, 2016 © The artist. Photograph by Jon Stokes 2. Lucie Rie, Breakfast Set, 1950s © The Estate of Lucie Rie. Courtesy of Crafts Study Centre, Farnham 3. Claire Twomey, Made in China, 2010 © The artist 4. Elizabeth Fritsch, Quantum Pocket II, 1992 © The artist





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Flesh Tint (2016) Household gloss on canvas 610 x 813 mm Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd Credit: Damien Hirst and Science Ltd

Houghton Hall welcomes Damien Hirst

From March, visitors have the chance to view works by the iconic artist, never seen in public before… A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled

Three sculptures will be installed in the house:

Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms

Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006) in the

at Houghton Hall in place of the old master

Entrance Hall, and two smaller kinetic sculptures

paintings which normally hang there for the

from the artist’s “levitation” series, featuring air

exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from

blowers and table tennis balls, in the celebrated

March 25th - July 15th. The exhibition will include

Stone Hall.

a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures that will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.

The exhibition will coincide with the publication of English Lilac (2016). Household gloss on canvas. 406 x 610 mm Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd Credit: Damien Hirst and Science Ltd

the iconic Spot Paintings which are among the

Houghton Hall, exterior view. Credit: Houghton Hall

The Colour Space paintings have never been shown in public before and are a development of

the comprehensive catalogue of the Colour Space Paintings published by HENI with an introductory essay by Ann Gallagher, Director of Collections,

artist's most recognised works.

British Art, Tate.

Six sculptures will be installed outdoors in the

The curator of the exhibition is Mario Codognato.

park featuring some of the artist’s most famous

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, said:

and visually arresting works. They include the

‘We are delighted to have this opportunity to show

celebrated Virgin Mother (2005–2006) which was

Damien Hirst's new paintings in the State Rooms

shown in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in

at Houghton, together with some of his best-

2006, and Charity (2002–2003) which was

known sculptures in the grounds. It is perhaps the

installed on Hoxton Square in 2003 and outside

first time that Hirst has shown a significant body in

the Royal West of England Academy of Art in

a classical country house setting.’

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A new vision for arts and On January 23rd 2018, the Arts Council announced a new vision for funding

The first of which is how we’re approaching Grants for the Arts. From April

arts and culture in England. Hedley Swain, Area Director for Arts Council

2018, these will now be called Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants –

England in the East and South East of England, explains what this means:

this is so that we can reflect the important role that the National Lottery

‘In 2016 we held a major consultation with the arts and cultural sector. It

funding has in supporting a wealth of good causes across arts and culture.

gave us an important chance to hear from a variety of stakeholders about

As with our National Portfolio, Project Grants will now also be open for

their views on how we were investing in arts and culture. The feedback was

museum related activity, as well as continuing to support arts projects by

invaluable and gave us a great opportunity to see how we could reflect this

performers, creators, artists, arts organisations and libraries. Another

thinking in our future investment plans. Some of these changes have already been seen in our 2018-22 National Portfolio, which saw our investment in arts organisations, museums and

significant change is that, from April 2018, our Strategic Touring Programme will no longer exists as a stand-alone fund. Instead, it will be absorbed into the new Project Grants.

libraries made through a single funding stream for the first time. It also saw

This hasn’t changed our underlying ambition, we still want to seek out the

us invest in a range of organisations whose responsibility will be to support

highest quality work and support artists and organisations to create amazing

the sector, rather than create and deliver artistic work themselves. Festival

cultural experiences, right across the country. And to help them do this we’re

Bridge, which connects children and young people with arts and culture, is a

putting more money into Project Grants, with £97.3 million available each

great example of this type of organisation in the East of England.

year. £14 million of this will be reserved to support nationally significant

And now we’ve announced further important changes to our funding.

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projects of over £100,000, such as touring. You can read more about this

Feb-Mar 2018

cultural investment change in a great blog from our Touring Director, Amy Vaughan: Another change we’ll be making is to our Strategic Funds. As of April 2018, these will be renamed Arts Council Development Funds. The ambition of these funds is to develop audience engagement in places where it’s traditionally been low; to invest in our sector’s diversity; to support leadership; and to enable organisations to embrace new technology and ways of working. They will also be there to support new pathways into arts and culture, creating more opportunities for more people to realise their ambitions. As part of these new Development Funds, later this year we’ll be introducing

Eastern Angles production of Parkway Dreams (2013) by Kenny Emson, directed by Ivan Cutting

Developing Your Creative Practice. A programme specifically designed to encourage and support work by independent creative practitioners, who will be

To see if you are eligible and how you can apply for these funds, visit the Arts

able to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

Council’s website:

We’re excited about what’s ahead for the arts and cultural sector and the role

You can keep up to date on details about these funds, and much more, by

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Coffee & a Chat Comedy genius Tim Vine heads to our region this month. Here he talks puns, tour names and appearing in Neighbours‌

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With Sunset Milk Idiot, the name of his



want me to do some jokes I’ve done

hoped, you try and tinker with it but

new pun-packed touring show, Tim Vine

before. I’m happy to do that, but jokes

eventually you just have to admit that

has done something a bit different. The

are probably best the first time or couple

you’re wrong about it. Sometimes there

former star of BBC sitcom Not Going Out,

of times you hear them.’

are jokes that I’ve done one way round

a Guinness World Record holder for most jokes told in an hour, and winner of Sport Relief’s darts tournament in 2016 suggests that you can try as hard as you can, but you won’t find a clever bit of

One thing Tim is most unlikely to do prior

and it turns out it works better in reverse.’

to his tour is pop into his nearest comedy

While he’d like to do a bit more acting at

club and check out the latest offerings of

some point (as well as Not Going Out and

similar wordplaying stand-ups. ‘Me and

Tim Vine Travels In Time, he made a brief

Milton Jones have chats about this sort of

cameo appearance in Neighbours back in

thing because we hone similar areas, but

2009: “I was at the Melbourne Comedy

there’s a slight wariness about seeing

Festival at the time, I didn’t take the trip

their shows but a pun in their title while I

each other’s show because sometimes it

all the way over there for one line!”), for

quite enjoy the fact that I have loads of

can be a bit uncomfortable waiting to

now he’s preparing to get in amongst his

puns in this show but none in the title,’

hear a joke that you might also have.

fans across the country and making them

says the man whose previous shows have

Having said that, I did see his show

laugh (albeit with the occasional groan

indeed had puntabulous names such as

recently and there weren’t any moments

thrown in). Touring, of course, has its ups

Punslinger, The Joke-Amotive and the

when I screamed ‘no! I’m going to have

and downs.

amusingly elaborate Tim Timinee Tim

to chop that’!’

wordplay anywhere in that title. ‘Lots of comedy acts have no puns in

Timinee Tim Tim To You. ‘It’s just

‘The upside is that I tour with my gang,

As with most comedians, when a tour

John Archer and my tour manager

approaches there’s a distinct need to put

Andrew Jobbins, and the three of us have

other projects to one side and get on with

a great time,’ he says. ‘If you’re driving

writing that new show. Just before he hit

around and staying in hotels, it does help

the nation’s roads, the BBC broadcast the

when you’re all very good friends.

latest instalment of his Tim Vine Travels

Generally, when you’re on tour,

In Time comedy, the filming of which

audiences come along because they

took up a solid period towards the end

already know the kind of thing you do

of 2017. Once that programme was in

and they like it, so when you walk on

offers some sort of autobiographical

the bag, it gave him the chance to put

you’re already in credit a bit. Still, that

elements, top punmakers such as Tim are

the hours in on concocting some

always amazes me. I look through a crack

quite simply on a perpetual hunt for the

quality gags.

in the curtain and see people coming in

describing what’s on the poster: there’s a bit of a sunset colour, and there’s an idiot with some milk bottles on his head. The title made us laugh because the photographer, my tour manager and myself had spent so much time thinking of a pun for it.’ While much of contemporary comedy

finest jokes they can dream up. But once you have a full hour-plus of gags, there are other challenges to putting a show together, such as the order you tell those jokes in.

‘Most days I will think of a joke, but I’ll not wake up every morning and immediately start comfort rocking and yelling different words out at the wall,’ he says. ‘Things will just occur to me as I’m

‘There’s a vague science to this but you

pottering around, but getting ready for a

certainly make sure there are good ones

tour, I have to make more of a concerted

at the beginning and at the end,’ Tim

effort. So when I see the first dates of a

admits. ‘I end with a song. So, rather than

tour looming, suddenly I get into that

bringing the house down, I try to bring

frame of mind that I’m looking for things

the floor up. My support act John Archer

or I’ll book a room and just write all day.

will do the first half, then I’ll do an hour

And then I try them out on an audience.

or so and then maybe the audience will

If a joke isn’t going down as well as I’d

and I think ‘who are these people and why have they come to see me!?’ The downside is that it’s very tiring but I head that off at the pass now by having Sundays and Mondays off. One of the catchphrases that I chuck out there in the van is ‘I could live like this’. But, you know, it’s not a bad life.’ Tim is appearing at Norwich Playhouse ( on February 13th and at Ipswich Corn Exchange ( on March 6th & 7th.




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INK Festival showcases the best new, short scripts by East Anglia’s brightest talent from established writers to brand new voices. With performances of 25 short plays, for stage and radio, a musical, film screenings, performance poetry, workshops, talks, as well as a Saturday children’s programme - it’s an immersive way to see and take part in new, innovative work. This year’s Festival - running from April 7th - 8th at The Cut, Halesworth - has attracted some big names. Five well-known East Anglian writers have each written a 5minute script around a common theme: Richard Curtis, Libby Purves, Blake Morrison, Steve Waters and Esther Freud become The Famous 5 who take on the challenge. Luke Wright will be presenting Performance Poetry with special guests. From the world’s longest running soap, Radio 4’s The Archers, Tim Bentinck aka David Archer will be directing and discussing his new book, Being David Archer and Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living. Helen Atkinson Wood (The Young Ones, Black Adder and KYTV) will be performing, and directing. She will also be hosting the Archers’ evening and supper with Tim Bentinck. Gillian Greenwood (Executive Producer South Bank Show) will recall and show clips from Melvyn Bragg interviews with many major British Playwrights from Pinter and Stoppard, to Orton and Tim Rice. I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue regular and a third of The Goodies, Tim Brooke- Taylor will be performing in two radio plays.


Peter Kavanagh (BBC Drama producer), Duguld Bruce Lockhart (Associate Director Propeller) and Dan Allum (Artistic Director Romany Theatre Co) – will be joining the INK directing team for the first time. Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director, said; ‘I am delighted how INK has developed over the last 12 months. This our 4th Festival has attracted, and is continuing to attract, enormous local support as well as interest from much further afield. The standard and sheer numbers of new scripts have been quite overwhelming. We are confident that INK 18 will be the most fantastic celebration of talent on-stage, off stage and behind the scenes!’ The team behind INK 2018 have received over 200 scripts from which they have selected around 25 plays; Under 18’s, Under 30 minutes, First Timers, New Musical, Themed plays, Radio Plays - INK is the only UK Festival to include new writing for Radio - and INKlings for children. The plays are performed multiple times over the weekend, by an ensemble cast of around 50 actors, with 13 Directors in six venues at The Cut, Halesworth. A selection of these will then tour across East Anglia with INK on The Road visiting Headgate Theatre Colchester (April 11th), Seagull Lowestoft (April 12th) Garage Norwich (April 13th), Wymondham Central Hall (April 14th), John Peel Stowmarket (April 19th), Brandeston (20th), Fisher Theatre Bungay (April 21st) The Wolsey HEG (April 22nd). Tickets: Day pass £15 / Weekend pass £25 with concessions for Under-25s, unwaged and disabled. Box Office: 01986 872555






Eastern Angles’ 2017 production "All Wrapped Up in Westwood"


Theatre & Film

Norwich Theatre Royal: Fat Friends The Musical The hit TV show Fat Friends, from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor (creator of Love, Lies & Records, Band of

New Eastern Angles Play

Gold, The Syndicate and In The Club), burst onto the Norwich

Eastern Angles’ next touring theatre production is a poignant family

Theatre Royal stage from March 12th-17th in a brand new

drama set in Clacton-on-Sea. ‘Guesthouse’ is a funny and moving new

musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber. Join the

play by award-winning writer Nicola Werenowska. It tells the story of

infamous group of TV's most loveable characters as they are

three generations of women and shines a light on the complexities of

put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super

family life and the difficult ‘love/hate’ relationship people often have

Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about

with the place they grew up. The show will tour to venues across East

fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. Packed full of

Anglia between March 14th and May 26th including art centres,

warmth, love and weight loss, this new stage show reunites

theatres and community halls. Eastern Angles Development Manager

our favourite foodie friends in an eagerly anticipated musical

Karen Goddard said; ‘Guesthouse is a fantastic example of how Arts

brimming with hope, humour and heart. With an all-star cast

Council investment and funding from Trusts and Foundations can

including West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do

help give local playwrights the much-needed support they need. This

Anything, Jodie Prenger, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Atomic

fantastic new script has been in development for two years using Arts

Kitten’s pop sensation Natasha Hamilton, star of Emmerdale

Council money to share early snippets of the work with audiences

and Wicked Natalie Anderson and Coronation Street legend

and the tour will include some really exciting outreach work in

Kevin Kennedy, Fat Friends The Musical is a feel-good night

seaside towns thanks to the Foyle Foundation.’

out for every body and is a HUGE hit!

Art comes to Cambridge Considered one of the most successful comedies of all time, the award-winning theatrical phenomenon Art takes to the Cambridge Arts Theatre stage form February 14th-24th starring Stephen Tompkinson, Denis Lawson and Nigel Havers ahead of a national tour. When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an allwhite modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baffled. But does their violent reactions to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other? Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance is a masterpiece.

Feb-Mar 2018

Swan Lake: Vienna Festival Ballet RoughCast presents Measure for Measure Passion, injustice, hypocrisy and power are at the centre of Shakespeare’s darkly comic exploration of social justice and sexual politics. Lord Angelo, appointed to govern in the absence of the Duke, insists on the strict implementation of 'the all binding law',sentencing to death the young Claudio for getting his wife-tobe pregnant. But what of Angelo's control and authority when he falls prey to exactly those urges when Isabella, a novice nun, pleads for her brother's life. Caught up in the action are a medley of nuns and prostitutes, a pirate, pimps and friars. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. RoughCast return to the Fisher Theatre with their 13th Shakespeare.

One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet comes to the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft on March 31st. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. Founded in 1980 by the vastly experienced Austrian dancer and artistic director, Peter Mallek, Vienna Festival Ballet uses talented international dancers, giving a vitality, energy and freshness to every performance. Don’t miss this magical evening.

Education, Education, Education! It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is. Britain is the coolest place in the world. At the local secondary school it's a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can't control her year 10s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and Miss Turner is hoping that this muck-up day goes smoother than the last. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better. Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble's love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies. The show is on March 24th at Norwich Playhouse. The Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark inventive theatricality and irreverent humour to explore the stories that have shaped our recent political history, and what the future might look like.





Touring 14th March – 26th May Box Office 01473 211498 |

*Cat on a Hot Tin Roof *

Thursday 22nd February 7pm Recorded Broadcast from The Young Vic Theatre

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday.Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O’Connell as Brick and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy. Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a twentieth century masterpiece. Runtime: 3 hours 5 minutes Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) *Quote: ARTSeast code: Hot Tin £12.50*

*A Winters Tale*

Wednesday 28th February 7.15pm Live broadcast from the Royal Opera House

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet. Runtime: 3 hours incl 2 intervals Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID Req) *Quote: ARTSeast Code: Winter £12.50*

*Julius Caesar*

Thursday 22nd March 7pm Live broadcast from The Bridge Theatre

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Runtime 2 hours 20 minutes incl 2 intervals Tickets £15 | Student £12.50 (ID req) *Quote: ARTSeast Code: Caesar £12.50*

*Vincent Van Gogh – A new way of seeing*

Sunday 25th March 3pm Recorded Broadcast from the Van Gogh Museum

Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes No interval Tickets £12.50 | Student £10 (ID Req) *Quote: ARTSeast Code: Van Gogh £10*

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Mountains - The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Feb-Mar 2018


Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - April 24th-25th Black Theatre Live with Yellow Earth

who she really is and where she belongs.

Sweet Mandarin. Based on Helen Tse’s

Theatre in association with Royal Exchange

Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling

bestselling family memoir of passion,

Theatre presents Mountains - The Dreams

streets, she meets her grandmother, Lily

sacrifice and survival across three

of Lily Kwok by In-Sook Chappell (Based on

Kwok, and steps into her past where she

generations held together with one

the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse)

discovers shocking family secrets that will

lifeline- food.

I invited you into my past... And you invited me into your future. Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. Visiting her mother’s birthplace of Hong Kong for the first time, she is

change her life forever.

“A gripping tale of struggle, laughter, love

This stylish and evocative new play by

and food … with a universal story of

award winning writer In-Sook Chappell,

survival that will move your soul.” Ken

tells the extraordinary story of the women

Hom on Sweet Mandarin

behind the famous Manchester restaurant

For more information or to book tickets

go to

determined to find out


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mountains - The Dreams of Lily Kwok on April 24th at 7.30pm. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: March 21st, usual terms and conditions apply.



February/March BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Fri 2 - Sat 3 Feb RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY World class dance £7 - £21.50 Tues 6 - Sat 17 Feb THE BAND New musical with the music of Take That £8 - £49.50

Tues 27 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA Fairy tale dance updated to WW2 £8 - £42.50 Mon 5 - Sat 10 Mar THE KITE RUNNER Moving tale adapted from the best-selling novel £8 - £28.50

Mon 12 - Sat 17 Mar FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey, Natasha Hamilton, Kevin Kennedy star in new musical based on the hit TV comedy £8 - £44

Mon 19 - Tues 20 Mar LA TRAVIATA (Mon) & MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Tues) Passion and heartbreak with two of the world’s greatest operas £8 - £36.50

Thur 22 Mar A COUNTRY NIGHT IN NASHVILLE The very best of country music £8 – £25 Fri 23 Mar STEWART LEE Content Provider Caustic stand-up £7 - £22

Sun 18 Feb POCAHONTAS Michala Jane School of Dance £7 - £17.50

Sat 24 Mar EUROPEAN UNION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi £8 - £25 Mon 26-Sat 31 Mar LEGALLY BLONDE Rita Simons, Lucie Jones, Bill Ward star in smash hit musical £8 - £45

Fat Friends


Tues 20 - Sat 24 Feb GALLOWGLASS Gripping adaptation of Ruth Rendell thriller £8 - £26.50


Welcome Return of the Swing Commanders to Beccles! The Swing Commanders are back in a whirl of big beats, hot harmonies and pretty dresses! This Lancashire based quintet has toured the world with their mix of old fashioned songs and jokes to match; just the thing to ease your mind in these uncertain times. Bring your dancing spats or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle! Enjoy this special dance night at Beccles Public Hall on Saturday 31 March at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) plus popular local dance instructor - the other half of Jivebunnies, DJ The Muffin Man to keep you dancing all night! Tickets can be purchased at

Feb-Mar 2018


The Kite Runner

This emotional interpretation of a modern classic is set to wow Norwich audiences… The years of conflict in war-torn Afghanistan have been a regular feature of television news bulletins for many years leading to the impression of a troubled country whose citizens have endured decades of tribulation and hardship. Yet in the modern classic The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini’s awardwinning 2003 iconic novel, there is a sense of the humanity and hope that exists when you scratch beneath the rubble-strewn surface. The novel has now been adapted for the stage by playwright and director Matthew Spangler. The result enjoyed two acclaimed West End seasons playing to over 100,000 people and is now it is on a nationwide tour, arriving at Norwich Theatre Royal from March 5th-10th. A powerful dramatization, it gives a compelling portrait of two young boys who grow up in the same household and whose lives become linked across the years, beginning in the war-torn streets of Kabul and spanning cultures and continents across three decades of modern history. Judy Foster caught up with actor Amiera Darwish who plays the parts of Soraya and Mrs Nguyen. ‘The image we have of Afghanistan is like we only ever see the bad bits, and it’s nice for younger generations, and every generation actually to see the beautiful side of this country, the tradition and respect,’ says Amiera. ‘I knew nothing about it – the culture where it came from.’ An intriguing part of that culture is the highly competitive sport of kite running which is one of the most popular hobbies in Afghanistan for men and boys. Kite owners fix crushed glass to the string of their kites to cut the lines of their opponents. Those boys who are too poor to have their own kites compete instead by running to retrieve the losing kites as they plummet to the ground.

The story is narrated by the character of Amir as he grows from a small boy to an adult. The play opens with Amir playing at kite running with his closest friend, Hassan, who is the son of his father’s faithful servant Baba. Yet Amir feels conflicted about his friendship as he is from the ruling Pashtun class while Hassan is an Hazara, who traditionally made up the lower servant class. Amir witnesses Hassan being brutalised in an horrific incident, and then compounds the damage by telling a damning lie. The guilt follows him into a new life with his family in America where he settles as part of an ex-pat Afghan community and marries – until finally he returns to his homeland to try to put the lie to rest and to seek redemption for his mistake by making amends. There is a traditional wedding scene in which Amiera’s character Soraya marries the adult Amir after the family have moved to America. ’When the wedding comes it is a bit of a relief for the audience,’ says Amiera. ‘Amir has gone through everything but he has found this girl and they love each other. She has also been through difficult decisions in her life and she confronts them. They equalize each other and come together in that moment of joy.’ There is much that is educative about The Kite Runner and, despite the rollercoaster emotional ride it takes audiences on, Amiera feels its over-riding message is one of hope. ‘I think hope is a huge thing – I saw an audience member who came out with a massive smile on her face and she said ‘I am full of hope,’ says Amiera. ‘She said it showed you that no matter what has happened, you can correct it. You can move on and you can repair things and make new redeeming friendships.’ The Kite Runner runs from March 5th-10th




Music News

Diss host unique sound of Blowzabella Blowzabella celebrate 40 years of their inimitable, drone-based

World Number One Brass Band comes to Norwich For its 80th Gala Concert the East Anglian Brass Band Association is presenting a concert by the famous Cory Band from Wales who are currently ranked number one in the world. In 2016 the band simultaneously held the titles of National Champions, British Open Champions, European Champions and Brass In Concert Champions. Tickets for the concert are on sale priced at £13.00 and £15.00 if purchased before 31st March 2018, £15.00 and £17.00 if purchased after that date. The concert takes place at St Andrew’s Hall Norwich is on Sunday May 13th at 5.30pm. For further information and tickets telephone 01449 672600 or 07790241299 or email

Grab a chance to see talented Buckshee Multi-instrumental duo Buckshee are back in the region by popular demand, before returning to France. Exciting & versatile Mick & Mo again take you through a whirlwind of sounds from Cajun to Caribbean; from Irish to Appalachian; from Rock 'n Roll to Reggae; from Township Jive to Bluegrass. Prepare to be entertained with guitars, fiddle, tin whistles, banjo, saxophones, mandolin, harmonicas & voice. This time around they are fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support at Wilby Coronation Village Hall, Brundish Road, Wilby on March 24th. Doors open 7pm for 8pm start. Tickets available in advance only from: Doreen O’Connor 07591 499912 at £7.50 each, Bar, Refreshments & Raffle available.

wall-of-sound with a new album ‘Two Score’, a new book of tunes ‘More Scores’ and gigs and festivals in the UK and EU. They are bringing their unique sound to The Corn Hall, Diss on February 24th. Blowzabella play with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song. Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.

Feb-Mar 2018

Russian State Philharmonic On March 7th, the renowned Russian State Philharmonic will

Butterfly’s Wing head to Bury’s Apex

perform the latest concert in the 2017/18 Cambridge Classical Concert Series, at the city’s landmark venue, Cambridge Corn

For this irresistible feast of songs at The Apex, Bury St

Exchange. Valery Polyansky conducts YouTube sensation

Edmunds on March 7th, Grammy-Award-winning singer,

Valentina Lisitsa performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto

Jacqui Dankworth, is joined by an all-star line-up: award-

No. 3, considered by many to be the most technically

winning composer and jazz pianist, David Gordon; Ben Davis,

demanding piano concerto ever written. The 1996 film Shine

whose group Basquiat Strings have been Mercury-

told the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott

nominated; and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the

who suffered a mental breakdown and gave up his career for

country's leading jazz violinist.

many years and ‘Rach 3’, as it is popularly referred to by

Four fantastic musicians, a wonderfully transparent sound-

pianists, appears as the soundtrack to this Oscar-winning film.

world - by turns magical, witty, powerful - and a panoply of

The all-Russian programme opens with Tchaikovsky’s

seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at

enduringly popular Sleeping Beauty Suite and concludes with

once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.

Tchaikovsky’s folk-inspired Symphony No. 4.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange: La Traviata Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra starring the International sopranos Maria Tonina* and Alyona Kistenyova* in the love story that gripped Paris! La Traviata comes to the Alive Corn Exchange on Sunday March 4th. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato. This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. *subject to change.





East Anglian Brass Band Association Presents


Terry Dash Music presents


With the Retro King

SI CRANSTOUN and his band

The Doo Wop, Rock n Roll & Rocking R & B show can be seen at the following venues

Sunday 13th May 2018 St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, 5.30pm Discounts of £2.00 per ticket are available on purchases before 31st March 2018

West Gallery Centre Aisle

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Saturday 14 April The Pier Pavilion Theatre, Cromer 8.00pm 01263 512495

Sunday 22 April The New Wolsey Theatre,Ipswich 7.00pm 01473 295900

Saturday 24 November The Corn Hall, Diss 7.30pm 01379 652241

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Critically-acclaimed band The Jive Aces bring their magic to The Corn Hall, Diss in April The first live band to reach the final rounds of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band. On April 21st, they are heading to The Corn Hall, Diss for what promises to be a spectacular night. The live show includes classics like ‘When You’re Smiling’, ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, plus originals such as ‘La Dolce Vita’ taken from their various albums. The in-demand sextet have worked with Van Morrison, Keely Smith and performed for HM the Queen. They headlined and sold-out the Royal Albert Hall including Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival, Trafalgar Square for the Olympics and major theatre tours in the USA. The new albums ‘Diggin' The Roots Vol.1 Rockin' Rhythm & Blues’ and ‘Vol.2: Hot Jazz’ are a journey into the two branches of music that makes up the Jive Aces signature sound,

proving that vintage music is very much timelessly classic. The Jive Aces wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent with their show-stopping version of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’, which famously cheered up a grumpy Simon Cowell. Their BGT appearances were seen by over 20 million. Their most popular music video, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, is a viral hit with nearly 3 million views on Youtube and has won seven film festival awards. It’s so uplifting it’s actually been prescribed by a doctor! Joining The Jive Aces for the tour are Guest singer Miss Amy Baker, a sensational young singer from Portsmouth, whose warm, jazzy vocals invoke such legends as Keely Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee

and the lindy hoppers led by the champion jitterbuggers Charlotte and Joseph renowned for their energetic and fun performances of this classic American swing dance.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Corn Hall, Diss to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see The Jive Aces on April 21st at 7.30pm. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: March 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply






this Spring

Steam Up Sunday 1st April

Volunteer recruitment day, your museum needs you! Sunday 8th April

Works in Wartime 1940s event. 21st April.

Plus Easter trails and Half term activities for the family in May. For all the details, contact The Long Shop Museum Main Street Leiston Suffolk IP16 4ES Tel: 01728 832189

COME VISIT THE TRUE HOME OF DAD’S ARMY! Open 10am - 3pm from Saturday 17th March to December & Tuesdays in July, Aug, Sept & school holidays Tours and visits at other times by prior arrangement Tel. 07562 688641 to book your tour!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 20th - 22nd • 10 - 5pm Outdoor Adventures Start Here Courses


Private Tuition

Birthday Parties

Craft Hire

Open Days

School Holiday Adventures

Just Crafts

Adults £7.00 Over 65’s £6.50 Children £2.00

at Sandringham

A makers’ show that includes: • ARTISTS, DESIGNERS AND CRAFTSMEN Jewellery, fused glass, blown glass, pictures and prints, ceramics, fabrics. Purchase an inimitable piece of creativity. • WORKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND RURAL SKILLS Glassblowing, blacksmiths, woodturners, stick maker, chair maker, bodger, barrel maker, corn dollies and many more fascinating displays. • THE SANDRINGHAM CHAINSAW TEAM including daily speed carving demonstrations

01603 632307

Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR

SANDRINGHAM Nr. Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE35 6EN Living Heritage Events

Tel: 01283 820548

Feb-Mar 2018

What’s On News

Comedy Dining at Blackthorpe Barn Fancy a raucous evening of chaotic comedy as your favourite characters from classic TV comedy join you for dinner? Then head to Blackthorpe Barn on March 9th. You’ll be greeted by Ab Fab’s Patsy for welcome drinks before sitting down to a three course dinner, with company! The laughter will flow as you’re

Literary Legends

entertained with an immersive show starring an impressive array

For 25 years the Spring Literary Festival has welcomed the world’s

of characters. Joining Patsy will be Basil Fawlty, Frank Spencer,

finest writers and thinkers to UEA. Some of those writers were already

Del Boy and more! There will be chaos from the beginning as the

household names, like Doris Lessing who visited in 2000, while others

show is largely improvised by the cast! The show is presented by

have been on the cusp of critical acclaim, like Hilary Mantel, who

Comedy Dinner Shows who have been creating innovative and

appeared in 1994. The Festival has also given a stage to the University,

dynamic entertainment experiences from day one. Drawing from

in particular to its world-famous creative writing programmes, and to

a multi-talented team of actors, directors, designers, musicians

the remarkable writers who have emerged from this city and this

and writers they perform every show with an enthusiasm that

region. In 2018 they celebrate those traditions and present a line-up

infects the audience. This is a fundraising event for Theatre Royal

of writers who, in their thrillingly different ways, engage us in thinking

Bury St Edmunds (please note the characters in the show are

about history and empathy, about the myths we live by and the stories

played by impersonators and the show is a tribute to the shows

we tell to get us through.

that those characters feature in).

Horrors head to Yarmouth The Circus of Horrors – ‘VOODOO’ is on tour throughout the UK and reaches the Yarmouth Hippodrome on March 8th and 9th with shows at 8pm. The last few years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent and to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals. Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the extreme to the mainstream. Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance. Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in London’s West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years & in 2015 sees the show return to The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.





Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 Exhibition Head to Cley for a fantastic opportunity to see these stunning images

to Alejandro Prieto Rojas for his sublime

Norfolk Wildlife Trust are thrilled to debut

BPOTY, a collaboration between the British

the very best imagery from last year’s

Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Nature

image of flamingos, an incredible balance

globally prestigious Bird Photographer of

Photographers Ltd (NPL), attracted

of colour, composition and emotion.’

the Year (BPOTY) competition; which aims

thousands of entries from over 50

to showcase the incredible variety of birds

countries around the globe, in only its

on our planet, as well as celebrate the

second year. The winning entry, Pink

technological advances that have made

Flamingo Feeding Young, was taken by

such breath-taking photography possible.

Alejandro Prieto Rojas at Rio Legartos,

The exhibition will be on display in the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at

Mexico, scooping him the top prize of £5,000.

Cley Marshes until April 16th and includes

Chris Packham, head judge on the panel of

the following categories: Best Portrait,

experts, said, ‘It was a tough job for the

Birds in the Environment, Attention to

judging panel to whittle down the entries

Detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight,

to a handful from which to choose the

Garden and Urban Birds, and Creative

winners, albeit a very enjoyable tough job.

Imagery. The judging panel included Chris

The standard of photography was

Packham, Norfolk-based photographer

extremely high and myself and the other

David Tipling, Andy Clements, Mark Avery,

judges were treated to some fantastic bird

and other experts.

photographs, but congratulations must go


BPOTY helps raise funds for the BTO, and raised over £5,500 from entry fees alone. The money has been used to help support the BTO’s young birder boot camps aimed at engaging a younger generation of naturalists and ornithologists. The 2017 competition book, published by William Collins, displays a collection of competition entries and features the stories behind the images as told by the photographers themselves, plus all the technical camera information. RRP £25. Entrance to the exhibition is free

Feb-Mar 2018


Country Style Be sure to visit the Falconry Village with lure swinging competitions, talks

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair takes place on April 28th-29th at the beautiful Euston Estate, Thetford.

on hunting and thrilling birds of prey displays.

Headlining the Main Arena this year are The World Famous JCB Dancing

The Forestry Village hosts ‘The East of

Diggers. Described as a down to earth version of the Red Arrows; they have

England Cutters & Climbers

curtsied for the Queen; pirouetted for TV and thrilled thousands all over the

Competition’ and Pole Climbing

world. These mechanical monsters - weighing over 80 tonnes - perform

Competitions. The forestry arena will be

intricate and spectacular routines to music. Using their hydraulics, the

a buzz of activity with chainsaw

machines are also turned into sculptures, using their mechanical arms to

carvings, felling demonstrations, tree

lift themselves off the ground.

climbing and pole climbing

Returning by popular demand, The Mounted Games Association of Great Britain will be holding exciting and exhilarating display competitions in

competitions. The Game Fair Country Kitchen - housed in the busy Food Hall - has a great

the Main Arena. There’s

line up of cookery workshops and demonstrations from a selection of local

also the chance to see the

chefs, including Celebrity Chef Chris Coubrough.

exciting, fast and skilful

There are over 350 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from

British Scurry & Trials Driving Championships and to welcome Harvey’s Shires back to the show. The ever-popular Sheep Show returns starring New Zealander Richard Savory’s famous dancing sheep and Stuart Barnes’ incredible Dog & Duck show shows just how even untrained dogs have a programmed natural instinct to herd. The Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club will demonstrate the stages

fashion and footwear to gun makers, eco products, fishing tackle, home designer wares, craft halls and gift marquees. To find out more or book tickets go to



of training for Spaniels and Retrievers as they prepare to become working

ARTSeast has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair

gun dogs. The club will also be running the Gun Dog Scurry competitions

to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a family ticket

and a Team Gundog Working Test - a competition for trained gundogs that

(2 adults and 2 children) to the show.

simulates the problems the dogs will encounter when working. K9 Aqua Sports© will be holding its ‘K9 Jump Jet©’ Competition or you

To enter, please answer the following question:

Q. What is the name of the JCB display in the main arena?

can enter your dog into the Dog Agility and Jumping competitions and

To enter, please visit and

‘have a go’ arenas or in The Pet Dog Show (1pm Sat & Sun) or even the

enter your answer along with your details in the boxes provided on

popular Terrier & Lurcher Show which takes place on Sunday at 11am.

this competition page online.




A True Theatrical Gem

The Heart of the Community… The Fisher Theatre is Central to Bungay Life Behind the big blue doors of the historic Fisher Theatre, there’s a hive of community activity. Boasting much more than theatre and music, the Fisher supports and hosts a variety of endeavours.

Halloween’s sell-out ‘Curse of the Black Death’, an immersive experience at Bungay Castle, the pantomime 2018, and look out for the Easter Adventure in April.

‘Thursdays at the Fisher’ is a weekly art-group for those with brain injury and dementia, who find themselves in need of social activity. Leading from the group’s success, the Fisher Theatre is liaising with the community to provide more dementia-friendly activities such as cinema.

Open-mic events also draw in local talent. The monthly ‘Fisher Folk & Acoustic’ event is never short of new performers wanting to entertain and, running alongside the music programme, is the ‘Poetry Open Mic’, which is growing and supported by Bungay Writers Group who meet twice a month at the Fisher. This season sees the first of a series of talks given by local experts.

‘Cinema & Create’ has been successful on a Sunday morning. The sessions allow young children to experience cinema in a relaxed environment and then afterwards they take part in themed craft activities. The theatre is home to community drama groups for both adults and children. FYTG (Fisher Youth Theatre Group), now in its 17th year, is attracting numbers previously unrecorded. FYTG provides performancebased education and activities for the young people of Bungay. Meanwhile, UpShoot, Fisher’s adult group, is a talented group of auditioned local actors, writers and directors. Successes include

The building itself is versatile and a special place for Weddings, Parties and other events. With limitless options for style and decoration, the theatre is fully equipped with great lighting, sound and, of course, a talented catering team. With a firm focus on the residents of Bungay, the Fisher Theatre is dedicated to enriching community life. In addition to providing a wide range of volunteering opportunities, the Fisher hosts many community engagement activities such as free events for children during holidays, like the ‘Pumpkin Party’ at the Castle

Feb-Mar 2018



Open weekends from 2nd-24th June 2018 11 -5pm Pick up a guide from your Library, cafes, pubs and tourist information or download from our website. Come along and visit the Artists and discover their creative process, exhibitions and demonstrations.

100 Unique private Artists working in a variety of mediums open their studios to the public Hubs and Trails open across Suffolk to visit.