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ARTSeast Competition Winners from the previous issue: Fantastic Mr Fox at Norwich Theatre Royal: Mr Perlman of Norwich

Editor’s Welcome

Family Ticket to Folk by the Oak: Mrs Parker-Hall of Pulham Market, Mr Harris of Ditchingham, nr Bungay and Jo Thrower of Biggleswade

A warm welcome to the July/August

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forward to Cambridge Open Studios, the High

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

Tide Festival and the prestigious Waveney Valley

As we sit sweltering in the office and eating

Sculpture Trail at the Raveningham Centre near

copious amounts of ice cream, excitement has


been mounting at the fantastic summer of arts

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

and events we have ahead of us in the region.

with David Lambert, the director of the Theatre

Festival season continues with the award-

Arts courses at Norwich Theatre Royal.Their July

winning Latitude Festival and the renowned

production of Alice Back in Wonderland promises

FolkEast, Cambridge Folk Festival, Holt Festival

to be a fantastic show.

and Thetford Festival. We’re also looking forward

If you have an event, show, concert, exhibition or

to the Young Norfolk Arts Festival which

festival coming up, we’d love to hear from you so

celebrates the creativity of our youth.

please get in touch.

In this issue we take a look at the new Nelson

For now, sit back and enjoy this bumper issue of

Exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum, chat to

ARTSeast and we hope you have a fantastic

talented photographer Gareth Hacon and look


Sarah Veness Editor

Design Copy Concept ian@copy-concept.co.uk 01379 608358 Distribution Melvyn Veness Dave Smith Published by Falcon Publications Cover Image: Katherine Jenkins OBE, pic credit David Venni. Mezzo soprano Katherine will be performing at Latitude Festival for the first time this year with a very special Sunday lakeside performance.

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Editor’s Welcome

Coffee & a Chat:







Young Norfolk Arts Festival

David Lambert


Artist Profile: Gareth Hacon


Theatre & Film News


Holt Festival


Norwich Castle:


High Tide Festival


Noirwich Crime Writing

Nelson & Norfolk Exhibition


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Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Competition

Visual Arts News

17 Cambridge Open Studios


Music News

19 Waveney Valley


Folk Festivals


Maui Waui Competition


What’s On News


Castle House, Dedham


Sculpture Trail

23 Latitude Festival

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Sunday September 3rd 10-4.30 on Felixstowe Prom from the pier to the Spa theatre. Artist stalls, art activity tents, entertainment, refreshments; no admission price. The event is wheelchair accessible. For further information on Felixstowe’s enticing exhibition visit Art on the Prom’s website: www.artontheprom.org

Blyford Dairy Studios Art Exhibition works by Ben Wardle and other local Artists 10am-4pm, 18-24 August 2017 Blyford Hall IP19 9JY Private View 6.30-9pm Friday 18th Aug


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Artist Profile: Gareth Hacon


Photographer, gallery owner and wanderer Gareth Hacon talks about his passion for Norfolk and the way in which his work has evolved






Calf in the Mist

‘I describe myself as a wanderer. It sounds like an aimless task

as a photographer has changed in the last couple of years. Now

but, for me, that is the beauty,’ says Gareth Hacon. ‘In the

I see things differently and am approaching my palette with

creative capture of landscapes, you have to go somewhere to

different brushes and paints. I am literally looking at the

bring something back. What makes it special is the ever-

landscape with a different set of eyes. It is scary as I am creating

changing lighting and element conditions and that’s where the

a completely different portfolio but in a way it is exciting as I’m

magic can happen.

creating new arts that a few years ago, I didn’t think was

I am in partnership with a fellow photographer and together we run the Saltmarsh Coast Gallery in Wells-next-the-Sea. It’s

possible. This is a journey I must continue whatever people think.

unusual in that we only show our own works. Although I am

Some of my recent work is bearing fruit. Calf in the Mist is a great

passionate about photography, I actually graduated from

example of contemporary minimalism along with great

university with a degree in graphic design. I must admit it wasn’t

photographic composition. I suppose my great work is what

my best years but it gave me the compositional skills to

excites me and when I see something develop around me and

construct a view through the lens.

am able to capture the ‘defining moment’ then I know that I have

Norfolk is such a great county to live and work in. It really is something special. Not only does it have centuries of man-

achieved something special. People can view my work at my gallery or on my website. I also

made changes but it is still relatively unspoilt. Due to its facing

supply shops with postcards, greetings cards and calendars

to sunrise and sunsets, it get great light. It means that when the

along with artwork and I’m currently looking at shows on the

weather is good, you can go out mornings and evenings and get

national circuit as I had a very successful show last year at the

great light on your subject matter.

‘The Other Art Fair’ at the Old Truman Brewery.’

At the moment, I’m trying to reinvent myself. Who and what I am


July/Aug 2017

Above: Remnants

Left: Relentless






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July/Aug 2017

'I am myself a Norfolk Man'

Admiral Lord Nelson, painted in 1801 by William Beechey (1753-1839) Oil on canvas, (261.4 cm x 182.6 cm) Š Norfolk Museums Service

Admiral Lord Nelson and his affection for his native county of Norfolk is the subject of a major exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery this summer






The Battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798, End of the Action, 1799 by Thomas Whitcombe © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The one-off exhibition Nelson & Norfolk sails into Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from July 29th and presents some of the most extraordinary and potent objects connected to Nelson, from his boyhood in Norfolk to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The undisputed centrepiece is the highly important, early French Tricolour - the monumental Ensign (or flag) of the French warship Le Généreux, which took part in the Battle of the Nile in 1798. A British victory, the battle sealed Nelson’s reputation as England’s greatest hero. Although Le Généreux was one of only two ships from the French fleet to escape this historic battle, it was subsequently captured, on February 18th 1800 and its Ensign was despatched as a gift to

the City of Norwich by Sir Edward Berry, Admiral Lord Nelson’s flag captain. The huge Ensign of Le Généreux (it measures 16m x 8.3m – roughly the size of a tennis-court) is one of the most iconic objects connected to Norfolk’s most famous son, Admiral Lord Nelson. This is the first time this historic object has been on public exhibition for more than a century. A Just Giving fundraising project has been launched in a bid to raise £5,000 towards the £40,000 cost of preserving the exhibition’s centrepiece and to provide accessible storage, which will allow it to be enjoyed by visitors to other venues and also to be featured in a proposed permanent display in Norwich. Alongside Le Généreux’s Ensign, other important objects on display in this

specially curated exhibition include the black velvet drape from Nelson’s funeral car, a uniform worn by a Greenwich Volunteer who guarded Nelson’s coffin during his two day lying-in-state, a model of the funeral barge made by a French prisoner of war at Norman Cross internment camp and extensive Nelson funeral memorabilia. Particularly noteworthy is the sword surrendered to Nelson by the Spanish Admiral Xavier Winthuysen after the Battle of Cape St Vincent on February 14th 1797. When two Spanish ships, the San Nicolas and the San Josef, became entangled Nelson was able to board one then the other. On the deck of the San Josef, Nelson received the surrendered swords of the Spanish, including this one.

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The sword of Rear Admiral Don Xavier Francisco Winthuysen – surrendered to Nelson at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797 © Norfolk Museums Service

Undress Coat worn by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile © National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

The Ensign of Le Généreux (Top) Photographed at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich in October 2016 © Norfolk Museums Service

Personalia from Strangers’ Hall in Norwich include a lock of Nelson’s hair, owned originally by Captain Hardy and given to Norwich Museums in 1847, a napkin bearing the monogram of NB for Nelson Duke of Bronte, an honour conferred to him after the Battle of the Nile, as well as scraps of the British Ensign and sailcloth from HMS Victory. Extremely apt to be exhibited together with the Ensign from Le Généreux is Nelson’s famous coat, which he wore at the Battle of the Nile. Made in wool and linen with large brass buttons and gold alloy braiding, this is a typical flag officer’s undress coat of the period. The coat also gives an indication as to how slight Nelson was. It is one of the important pieces kindly loaned by the National Maritime Museum Greenwich along with a dramatic oil painting by artist Thomas Whitcombe which vividly depicts the

drama of the final moments of the Battle of the Nile on August 1st 1798. Complementing the important loans from major national museums and institutions around the country are additional fascinating and unique objects drawn from Norfolk Museums Service’s own Nelson archives, as well as other local collections in the county including those of Norwich Social History, Fine and Decorative Art, the Great Yarmouth Sailors’ Home, as well as Nelson’s schools; The Norwich School and Paston College. Numerous items have also been generously loaned by private collectors. Nelson & Norfolk is not intended to be a chronology of the life and times of Nelson illustrated by objects. Instead this exhibition takes its starting point and narrative from the objects themselves. In bringing together so much authentic

material, the exhibition reflects the ways in which Nelson has been represented in imagery and how his remarkable life story has been told through objects. Likewise a strong cohesive thread is the affection that Nelson had for the county that ‘gave him birth’ and Norfolk’s immeasurable pride in its most famous son. This is the first time that these objects have ever been presented together in one exhibition. The exhibition is timely in that coincides with the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Nelson memorial in Great Yarmouth, the county’s most significant memorial to its local hero. Nelson & Norfolk runs from July 29th October 1st 2017 at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. For more information go to www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk





Visual Arts

Francesca Perkins & John Hurt, Holt

©The Photographers Gallery

Holt Festival Art Prize Renamed One of the east of England’s top art prizes has been renamed in

45th Summer Exhibition at Dersingham Pottery

honour of one of Norfolk’s most famous adopted sons. The Holt

June Mullarkey is celebrating 45 years at Dersingham Pottery &

Prize to celebrate the screen and stage acting legend, who,

Festival Art Prize will be known as Holt Festival - Sir John Hurt Art Gallery with an ongoing exhibition from July 8th-September 2nd.

before his sad death in January had been a great enthusiast for

Covering a lifetime of over 50 years experimental and exploration

the Prize. He served on the panel of judges and presented the

work, she presents hand-thrown ceramics in both porcelain and

award to the winning entry as often as acting commitments

stoneware, fired in electric oxidized and gas reduction kilns.

allowed. The prize is open to artists across the country. There is a

Porcelain crackle glazes coaxed to unique fossilized patterns:

cash prize of £1,500 for the winner and in addition the winning

translucent and gold lustered porcelain: vibrant turquoise and

artwork will be exhibited at Norwich’s prestigious Sainsbury

purple glazes: copper reds and textured and volcanic stoneware.

Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn. Judges will select a shortlist

Ben Mullarkey's exuberant paintings with a Norfolk theme, in

of 25-30 that will be exhibited at the Auden Theatre, Holt from

acrylic on canvas, are on display together with prints and cards.

July 23rd-30th. The exhibition is part of the Holt Festival Art Trail

Siobhan Williams - photography and cards. The exhibition is a

that also takes in many other galleries and exhibition spaces

fringe event of King's Lynn Festival.

around the town.



Iceni Botanical Artists Exhibition IBA are delighted to be back at Wymondham Arts Centre again this summer from August 7th13th. Around 100 paintings will be on show, all devoted to the plant kingdom, reflecting many styles of painting, mostly in watercolour. The work ranges from loose and free interpretations to scientifically accurate plant portraits. They are also featuring this year the topic of “Hedgerows and Verges” which will hopefully heighten awareness of the wonderful range of plants to be found in our hedgerows through the seasons and the profusion of wild flowers that have taken up residence on the undisturbed grass verges along roadsides. In December 2016 their book “Breckland Wild Flowers – Heaths and Grasslands” was published which is proving popular. It features 45 watercolour paintings of Breckland wild flowers, including rare and endangered plants. Copies of the book will be for sale at the exhibition along with Giclee prints of paintings taken from the book. There are prizes for the best work in three categories -” Botanical Excellence”,”A Favourite Painting “ and the “Public's Popular Vote”. As well as creating a buzz with members, it also always engages the public to view the work with added enthusiasm and the dilemma of delicious indecision! www.icenibotanicalartists.co.uk

July/Aug 2017

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Fundraising Exhibition comes to Blyford

given on production of a copy of ARTSeast for any purchases made that day. The Bond Street Shop evolved in 2013 with the aim of supporting Norfolk Artists and Artisans by offering a retail opportunity on a low commission basis to effect greater rewards for their work. The Bond Street Shop is now a kaleidoscope of Norfolk creativity, currently supporting over 40 diverse creators of quality work who personify their motto of 'Buy Something Special' whether for yourself, loved one, home or garden. If you visit The Bond Street Shop in the lovely historic village of Hingham you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and will often have the chance to meet a maker too.

A group exhibition at Blyford Dairy Studios at Blyford Hall near Halesworth will be raising funds for the charity NACOA who work to support children of alcoholics and other narcotic addictions. Running from August 18th-24th (10am-4pm), the exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for local creatives to collaborate and have a platform where they can show and sell their work. The event is being organised by Suffolk landscape and animal artist Ben Wardle who runs a studio from the same site. An art auction will also be taking place.


Prestigious Artworks Annual Exhibition From September 9th to October 1st, the 14th century Blackthorpe Barn in Roughham, Bury St Edmunds, will host the Artworks annual exhibition. This group of 30 East Anglian artist will adorn the medieval walls with new creations from the tranquil and traditional to the electrifying and experimental. Subjects stem from far and wide. Among many others, Doug Patterson, the great explorer, showcases his intrepid documentation of the Far East through skilful watercolour sketches; Alfie Carpenter delves into our connection to our surroundings with wild collages of local landscapes and Ruth McCabe conjures up scenes of post-industrial lands engulfed in natural beauty with free-flowing colour. During the three week exhibition, you can buy tickets to win a ‘Mini artwork’ created by each artist in support of their annual charity and schools' outreach programme. Bring friends and enjoy coffee and homemade cakes in the new cafe. Select your annual supply of greetings cards and other smaller gift items from the excellent Artworks shop. Meet with their daily artist-in-residence to share insights into their artistic approach and techniques. Free entry.







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Creativity Uncovered Cambridge Open Studios promises a

all ages. We would encourage visitors to call

month-long summer art event, featuring an

in to as many studios as possible, perhaps

yellow guide which gives all the details you

exciting range of exhibitions by 350 artists

planning a route through a particular area

need to plan your visits. These guides are

at 221 locations in the city and surrounding

incorporating lunch in one of the many local

available across the area in libraries, tourist


pubs, cafes and restaurants. It would make

information sites, galleries and selected

an inspiring day out for the whole family.’

shops. New for 2017 is an app - available to

Artists of many different kinds will open

Cambridge Open Studios produce a famous

download for both Apple and Android -

their doors to the public over the first

that will make visit planning even

four weekends in July. Among the huge


range of specialisms will be fine art, photography, pottery, glass making,

The participating studios are spread

sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery

throughout the whole region, not just in the city centre, and there will be a

and furniture making.

wonderful variety of talent on show, with

Sonia Villiers of Cambridge Open

some artists collaborating to share their

Studios, said:‘This is a wonderful

exhibition space on their chosen dates.

opportunity for members of the public

As usual, the distinctive yellow COS

to see artists at work, discuss their

flags will be out to identify participating

inspirations and techniques, and to


browse, purchase or even commission their work. As always, visitors are

Open Studios dates are July 1st/2nd,

guaranteed a warm and friendly

8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd.

welcome - and no pressure whatsoever


to buy anything. All Cambridge Open Studios are completely free to visitors of

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Sculpting Beauty This summer, a stunning sculpture trail is set to grace the Waveney Valley… A trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork

Curator Sarah Cannell said:‘I am thrilled to be

including a family day and a curator’s guided

will lead visitors to an idyllic site at the

curating the sculpture trail again. The three-

tour of the site to give people an insight into

acre site is an exciting challenge for both

how the sculpture trail was created.

Raveningham Centre near Beccles. The fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 50 artists on the three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners in a little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley.

myself and the artists. It has a variety of different settings from open meadow to magical secret garden and is all set in the grounds of a beautiful Tudor farmhouse. There will be 50 artists displaying sculptures and responding to the space with a variety of

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event

materials and techniques as well as a pop up

builds on the success of previous trails which

shop selling smaller works.’

annually attract thousands of visitors to the region.

The trail will feature site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture throughout the

Many established artists such as Vanessa

site including textile works, bronze sculpture,

Pooley, Liz McGowan, Gordon Senior, Patrick

ceramics and a sound installation.

Elder, Simon Griffiths and Meg Amsden will be joined by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.

Caroline MacKenzie

The Ravenous Café, on site, will be open throughout the trail and will host an indoor exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective. There are a number of other businesses at the Raveningham Centre including M D Cannell Antiques, Norfolk Rugs, Helen Howes Textile Artist and Hobbies. The trail is open from August 18th – September 17th from 10am - 5pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £5 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts, under 18s

A programme of workshops, guided walks,

go free.

and events will accompany the event,


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July/Aug 2017

Embracing Culture Firmly entrenched on the nation's festival calendar, Suffolk’s Latitude Festival offers a feast of delights for the whole family






Public Service Broadcasting

Now in its 12th edition, Latitude Festival once again sets the bar high for summer festivals, with a host of new names added to the line up across the Music stages, Music & Film Arena and talks in the Wellcome Trust Arena, the Speakeasy and the Faraway Forest. Latitude Festival takes place on 13th - 16th July in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Public Service Broadcasting will be joining a star-studded line up in the Obelisk Arena alongside this years’ headliners The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes. The innovative outfit craft one of the most visually stunning live shows on the festival circuit, taking material from their

critically acclaimed back catalogue to intergalactic new heights. Norway’s Sløtface, who have proved themselves as one of the most exciting new acts of the year will be joining the stellar music line up. Another raucous live act joining the bill is Dead Pretties, who have been wowing crowds across our nation’s capital over the last year. Saint Motel will bring a dreamy-pop performance to the Sunrise Arena, while Suffolk’s own Bessie Turner and 80s influenced jokers Rad Pitt join the Lake Stage line up as part of BBC Introducing. The Music and Film Arena will play host to one of the brightest MC talents

to emerge from the UK’s buzzing grime underground scene in recent years, AJ Tracey, and MC, producer and Best Grime Act MOBO Award nominee, Novelist. Hip-hop DJ and Radio 1 Xtra host DJ Semtex will join them, taking the Latitude party late into the night. Dutch electronic producer, songwriter and vocalist Chagall will perform Collaboration, and leading variety performer La Voix will dazzle the Latitude audience with a one of a kind performance with actress Harriet Thorpe. The Music & Film Arena will host a screening of Whitney: Can I Be Me; a documentary unveiling an unparalleled look at the life and

July/Aug 2017


Dead Pretties Photo: Jen O’Neill

ultimately passing of one of the world’s most successful female artists Whitney Houston, through unseen footage and live recordings. Alt.Russia takes you on Placebo’s tour from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St Petersburg in the Baltic Sea, investigating the alternative culture in Russia from artists, architects, animators and musicians whilst taking in the raw emotions of Latitude’s Friday BBC Music Stage headliners, Placebo who will introduce the film to the Latitude crowd in person. The director behind the legendary Jason Bourne action thrillers, Paul Greengrass, and director of 2016’s criticallyacclaimed biographical drama A United Kingdom, Amma Asante, will each be in

conversation with outspoken and respected UK film critic Mark Kermode in the Music and Film Arena. Mark Kermode will reveal the guilty pleasures of cinema as he brings his lively and wildly popular show In 3D, that explores, critiques and dissects movies past and present with the Latitude audience. Artist, musician and Turner-Prize winner Martin Creed will present an iconoclastic discussion of art, humour and subversion through his stage show Words and Music, whilst Bruce Parry teams up with Jon Sauven of Greenpeace to discuss his latest film TAWAI; a voice from the forest where Bruce lives with indigenous people of the world on a quest into the heart of

the human conscience. The Music and Film Arena will be compered across the weekend by Maria Ruban, and will also see a performance from up and coming band, Harry Lloyd’s Waiting For Smith. This year’s timely theme Come the Revolution will continue to be expressed through the most cutting-edge scientific research and the words and wit of writers, researchers and scientists from across the UK and beyond.






Coffee & aChat As Norwich Theatre Royal prepares to host its annual summer production by students of its arts courses, we caught up with Arts Director David Lambert to find out what makes the courses so successful‌

July/Aug 2017

Norwich Theatre Royal’s Arts Courses are renowned for offering both young people and adults the chance to learn all aspects of theatre arts under the guidance of experienced tutors. For the past 28 years, David Lambert has worked as Arts Director for the courses and is responsible both for their running but also for the writing and production of their popular summer shows that take place on the Theatre Royal’s stage. We caught up with David as rehearsals were well underway for his latest production Alice Back in Wonderland. ‘My job involves a wide variety, from planning and timetabling the Courses, both for Adults and Young People; supervising our nationally-accredited Examination Syllabus; directing productions with the Youth Theatre Company; and last but not least writing the book, lyrics and music for the annual Summer musical production which takes place at the Theatre Royal, involving over 250 young people aged between 8 and 19 – and then directing the show!’ says David. David’s passion for the role is clear but what have been the highlights so far? ‘Highlights? That’s a difficult one – there have been so many,’ says David. ‘We did a tour of The Passion to three cathedrals some years ago, and that was great fun; and there have been loads of enjoyable productions – too many to single out!’ Over the years, David has directed more than 150 productions with the young people on the courses. ‘Each generation of students brings its own memorable moments – and some have returned to us to teach, bringing what they’ve learned and experienced in the big wide world to share with our students,’ says David.

‘One of the most memorable moments was my 25th Anniversary production, Wind in the Willows, when a number of past students now in the industry returned to appear in the show over the week to help me celebrate. The buzz was incredible.’ As testament to the success of the course, many past students have gone on to forge successful careers within the industry both on and off stage. ‘It’s always wonderful when one of our students gains a place at one of the prestigious Drama Schools, but it’s equally great when someone achieves something special in whatever area they have gone for – we’ve got lots of alumni who are now teachers, doctors

more of our alumni working in the industry, not necessarily household names – but that’s what it’s about: consistently working as an actor in a business that is notorious for its unemployment rate!’ In July, the latest production of Alice Back in Wonderland takes to the stage. ‘Alice returns to Wonderland because the land has been overrun by the Red Queen and her Chess Army and Alice is needed to sort things out,’ says David. ‘There’s lots of laughs and some rather good songs, with plenty of the favourite characters appearing – the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and so on – and there’s a little bit of pathos as well as far as Alice is concerned.’ There are many performing arts courses in the region but what makes the Theatre Royal’s courses so specials?

and other important roles, many of whom would say that being part of the Youth Theatre has helped them to get where they are,’ says David. ‘As far as actors and directors go, there have been lots of them – I suppose the best-known would be Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Me Before You and other films too numerous to mention!); but there’s also his brother Joe who appeared in Game of Thrones; Lisa Taylor-Ellis (Roots at the Donmar Warehouse); Daisy Maywood, most recently gaining rave reviews for her leading role in the musical Promises Promises; Nic Jackman, currently in Holby City as Cameron Dunne; Kirsty Bushell who is at Shakespeare’s Globe this season as Juliet; Martin Hutson, who has worked everywhere from the RSC to Chichester Festival and the West End, including opposite Kim Cattrall in Antony & Cleopatra. And there’s a lot


‘Too many things!’ says David. ‘It’s the tutors and show directors, who work tirelessly to encourage, inform and develop our young people’s abilities and knowledge, and who bring their own talents to the table selflessly and wonderfully; it’s the opportunity for young people to perform their own specially written musical for a week onstage at the Theatre Royal; it’s the students themselves. Although quite a few producing theatres around the country have similar Youth Theatres or training for young people, I can’t think of any that have something as large and wide-ranging as the Theatre Arts Courses – and we’re pretty proud of that!’

Alice Back in Wonderland runs from July 26th-29th. For more information on Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Courses or to book tickets go to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk






Theatre & Film

Shakespeare with a Twist RoughCast return to Beccles Public Hall on July 6th with a typically fast-moving and energetic production of the most delightful of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies – Twelfth

Celebrating the Seaside

Night. Director, Mark Burridge, has chosen to give the

This summer, Screen-on-Sea pop up ‘cinema’ goes on tour to

production a Latin-American theme partly inspired by

bring archive film alive around Norfolk & Suffolk coasts for free.

Spaghetti Westerns. Shipwrecked twins, Viola and

Brought to you by Cambridge Film Trust, Screen-on-Sea

Sebastian, wash up in the sleepy town of Illyria. Although

celebrates our rich moving image heritage of the coast and sea

distraught in the belief that her brother is lost in the

appearing at 10 resorts as part of summer festivals, concerts,

shipwreck, the resourceful Viola dons man’s clothing and

carnivals and Heritage Days on the quay, the prom, the clifftop,

seeks employment with Duke Orsino, the headman in the

the bandstand and the beach! Watching a wonderful selection of

town. Things get complicated though, when Viola is sent to

footage taken by amateurs and professionals alike, sourced

woo the beautiful Olivia on Duke Orsino’s behalf and

mostly from the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive, the Screen-on-

Olivia inconveniently falls in love with Viola in his male

sea tour includes footage of a weather forecasting donkey in

disguise. To this we can add the drunken antics and

Hunstanton, cockling capers at Wells-next-the-sea, carnival

practical jokes of Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby Belch and Olivia’s

celebrations in Cromer and Aldeburgh, crazy sports days in

other hapless suitor Sir Andrew Aguecheek, alongside

1930s Felixstowe and much more. Tour venues include Blakeney,

their ongoing battle with the pompous and self-satisfied

Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Cromer,

steward Malvolio. Inevitably, Viola’s twin arrives just in time

Happisbugh, Aldeburgh and King’s Lynn in July, August and

to be mistaken for his sister to whom he bears an


uncanny resemblance.



A New Concept in Film Gritty, rough hewn and dextrous multi-instrumentalists Dead Rat Orchestra have teamed up with the amazing folk singer Lisa Knapp and analogue film-maker James Holcombe to take the concept of the live film soundtrack to a new level. As well as the music being live, Holcombe will recut this film Tyburnia live at every date using six projectors and three screens adding exclusive local footage. The tour visits Norwich Arts Centre on July 27th where it will be introduced by a local historian to give a Norfolk perspective. The film is a radical history of 600 years of public execution, (London’s Tyburn, near Marble Arch, was the capital’s centre for executions). The live soundtrack will feature an evocative blend of radical reinterpretations of peculiar and rare folk songs. Lisa Knapp is one of the UK’s finest interpreters of song, her new album Till April is Dead – A Garland of May’ has received rave reviews. The Dead Rat Orchestra’s music has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at the Sepentine and Tate Modern galleries. www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

July/Aug 2017


Theatre in the Forest Red Rose Chain is so excited to get back amongst the trees of Jimmy’s Farm this Summer, with one of Shakespeare’s most bewitching comedies - As You Like It. The play features some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters and the company is Photo: Helen Murrey 2017

Hit Comedy comes to Cambridge After it’s sell-out visit to Cambridge Arts Theatre in April, the multi-award winning West-End smash hit comedy - The Play That Goes Wrong - returns for another hilarious week from August 7th-12th! The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong...does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed as ‘a gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong has won a host of celebrity endorsements..


over the moon to announce that Orlando will be played by Ryan Penny (lovable star of last Christmas’ hit Treasure Island)! He will be joined by Red Rose Chain regular Fizz Waller as the heroic Rosalind! They will be joined by multi-talented fresh faces to the forest Emma Swan, Darren Latham and Jack Heydon. Once again you can enjoy a delicious pre-theatre dinner in Jimmy’s Farm’s award-winning restaurant, or you can bring your own picnic. Dinner bookings must be made in advance - to book pretheatre dinner call Jimmy’s Farm on 01473 604206. The show runs from July 26th-August 27th.


Celebrating 40 Years of First Class Variety Back for another recording breaking 40th year, The Cromer Pier Show is now the only ‘End-of-the-Pier’ Summer Variety show in the world and runs until September 23rd. Returning, as top of the bill is comedian Phil Butler. His stage skills include magic, juggling and ventriloquism which, added to his wealth of experience, has made Phil a hit at both mainstream and alternative venues. Also returning for a second summer season is Australia’s favourite comedy juggler, James Buster. James appeared on Australia’s Got Talent and is now a headline act at performances and festivals across the globe. Making his first appearance at the Pavilion Theatre is comedian Joey Howard one of the most enduring and versatile performers whose one-man show includes comedy sketches, musical routines and impressions. Making a welcome return for a second summer season is female Lead Vocalist Emily Yarrow. Emily has performed extensively as a solo singer and actress, touring internationally and nationally. Male lead vocalist Lee Bright is making his first appearance in the Cromer Pier but is no stranger to Norfolk having appeared in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. No variety show would be complete without its dancers and The Cromer Pier Show is no exception. The Seaside Special Dancers will be working as hard as ever and displaying their talents in all forms of dance from tap to ballet.







JULY/AUG BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Thur 13 – Sat 15 July GANGSTA GRANNY Adaptation of David Walliams’ family best seller £7 – £18.50

Sun 2 July MILKSHAKE! LIVE Fun for little ones £7 - £14 Sun 9 July ONCE UPON A FAIRYTALE Heather Millan School of Dance £7 - £17.50 Mon 3 – Sat 8 July A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED Louise Jameson, Janet Dibley star in Agatha Christie mystery £7 - £24.50 Mon 10 July RHYTHM OF THE DANCE Irish dance, music and song £7 - £24.50 Tues 11 July SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart tribute £7 - £22.50

Mon 17 – Sat 22 July JANE EYRE National Theatre adaptation of classic novel £8 - £27.50 Wed 26 – Sat 29 July ALICE BACK IN WONDERLAND Theatre Royal Youth Theatre in new family musical £7 - £12 Sun 30 July JOE RINGER BAND A Night at the Musicals £7 - £19 Mon 31 July – Sat 5 August THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Stunning new production £7 - £21

Thur 3 – Sat 5 Aug DINOSAUR WORLD Dino-mite family adventure. 3+ £7 – £12.50 Sun 6 Aug JOE MCELDERRY Saturday Night at the Movies Tour £8 - £29.50 Mon 7 – Sat 12 Aug DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS Great rock ‘n’ roll musical £8 - £29 Sat 26 Aug OPEN DAY Access all areas – ideal for families Free Tues 29 Aug – Sat 2 Sept THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THENIGHT-TIME Award-winning, dazzling adaptation of the best-selling novel £8 - £28.50

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Screen Next the Sea – Wells Peter Pan Monday 10th July, 7pm NT Recorded Live (PG) All children except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a coproduction with Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Run time 170 mins. Tickets: £10 adults, £5 children

Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches Thursday 20th July, 7pm NT Live (15) America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multiaward winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott. Tickets: £10

Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika Thursday 27th July, 7pm NT Live (15) See description for Part 1. Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part 2: Perestroika the following year. Tickets: £10

Yerma Thursday 31st August, 7pm NT Live (15) The incredible Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role which was the London stage sensation of 2016. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly beautiful masterpiece. Run time 120 mins, no interval. Tickets: £10

Screenings at Alderman Peel High School, Market Lane, Wells, NR23 1RB. For tickets and more info go to www.wellsmaltings.org.uk or call 01328 710885

July/Aug 2017

Emerging Talent The HighTide Festival returns to Aldeburgh this September with their winning formula of finding, nurturing and showcasing the country’s best new playwrights.

wrote Girls to highlight the stories behind the

productions before they go on to be

headlines that quickly become yesterday’s

developed as part of the 2018 Festival.The


debut commissions from Sophie Ellerby and

There will also be an ancillary programme of comedy, talks, music and plays. Productions

The diverse programme - running from

will include Mobile by The Paperbirds, an

September 12th-17th - includes three

intimate show that turns a caravan into a

headline plays (two of which are world

treasure trove for audiences of up to eight at

premieres) and a programme of comedy,

a time, a semi- staged reading of Sea Fret, a

cabaret, talks and music. Heroine, written by Nessah Muthy and directed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson, is a devastating exploration of patriotism and nativism in modern Britain and follows young ex-soldier Grace as she struggles to reassimilate into society following a medical discharge from the army. Comic drama Kanye the First by Sam Steiner is a highly original play charting the second coming of global pop icon Kanye West. The play takes a timely look at identity and guilt in contemporary culture. Alongside these productions Theresa Ikoko’s Girls, joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016) and the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), is set to return.Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Ikoko

Jon Barton are written under HighTide Theatre's First Commissions scheme.


paean to her native Suffolk coastline by Tallulah Brown, Apphia Campbells’s Black is the Color of My Voice inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Fringe First winner Katie Bonna’s comic TED talk on the science of lying, All The Things I Lied About and internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe will pay tribute to much-loved movies in Songs on Film.There will be a programme of comedy including Kieran Hodgson’s 2016 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated Maestro, as well as talks from actor Sheila Hancock and award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo. In a continuation of HighTide Theatre’s mission to develop new writers, this year the Festival will also showcase two preview

Photos: Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork: Rebecca Pitt






At Beccles Public Hall on Thursday 6 July at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

July/Aug 2017

The Autumn Season opens at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with this iconic Willy Russell play.

unleashed from the classroom for a day to pile into a bus for a one-off school trip in this

September 2nd. For more information or to book tickets go to www.theatreroyal.org.

Karen Simpson commented,‘Forty years on

culmination of the Summer School at Theatre

from its first production for BBC’s Play for Today,

Royal, allowing a young cast of 12 – 19 year

this version updated in 2009, still resonates

olds to participate alongside a professional

with themes about the importance of

cast and crew.

education creating opportunities for young

David Whitney, who runs the youth Programme, the play will transport you to the

Our Day Out runs from August 24th -

hilarious and heart-warming tale.

This week-long production will be a

Directed by Karen Simpson, Director/CEO and


people. It’s exactly what is still required and we deliver on stage and off with this home grown production.’

school days of lollipop men, packed lunches

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds are building a

and young love as this action packed rewrite of

following and reputation for excellent home

the hit 1977 TV show is brought to the Theatre

grown productions, Northanger Abbey recently

Royal stage. Mrs Kay's unruly Progress Class is

completed a National tour to rave reviews.


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Music News World Music Celebrated This summer’s Southburgh World music festival is set to bring a wide range of music, artists, dance

Hit Indie Roots Band in Bungay

and food from all over

Norfolk-based, The Vagaband are an indie roots band at the

the world to Norfolk,

forefront of the region’s folk and rock scene. They are

including an Opera

returning to the Fisher Theatre, Bungay on August 24th.

singer from China, a

Equipped with a rich array of instruments (including pedal-

‘Cavacha’ dance

steel guitar, flugelhorn, mandolin and clarinet) the band

music band from

incorporate Americana, celtic folk, vaudeville and filmic

Central Africa, music

instrumentals - drawing inspiration from both sides of the

from Eastern Europe,

Atlantic. In 2013 they were listed in The Alternate Root’s poll

and South America, as

of Top 20 New Roots Bands of Europe. With a core of nine

well as food from Africa, India, Europe and Asia and much more.

musicians don’t miss them returning to the Fisher Theatre

This vibrant, colourful, and lively festival is taking place from 28th-

after four years. www.fishertheatre.org

30th July. There are also workshop including Bodhran, African, and Samba drumming, Urdu, Hip Hop, Rap and Mbira singing, and Balkan and Zimbabwean dance workshops, plus a circus workshop.


Snape Proms From August 1st to September 1st, Snape Proms brings a line-up of outstanding artists from around the world to perform in the 50th anniversary year of Snape Maltings. Leading British jazz singer Clare Teal accompanied by the Hollywood Orchestra and

Jacob Collier

Guy Barker opens the season with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Two-time Grammy winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier who fuses elements of jazz, folk, trip-hop, classical, Brazilian music, a cappella, gospel and soul is one of a number of stars making their debuts at Snape this year. The Folk, Roots and World line-up will see visits by Scottish singing star Barbara Dickson, American singer songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, acclaimed British folk artists Eliza Carthy and Seth Lakeman. Humour, storytelling and jazz standards come from The Jay Rayner Quartet, Joe Stilgoe with his witty style and virtuosic musicianship and theatricality and Alex Mendham & his Orchestra performing hot jazz and dance music of the 1920s and 30s. The classical programme includes the first Snape Proms appearances by internationally renowned sopranos Renée Fleming and Danielle de Niese and performances by pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and Stephen Hough, the Nash Ensemble playing Schubert’s Trout Quintet, The King’s Consort playing an all Bach programme and violinist Alina Ibragimova with her Chiaroscuro Quartet. They are also welcoming three sensational and contrasting choirs, The Sixteen, the legendary South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Europe’s largest gay choir, London Gay Men’s Chorus. www.snapemaltings.co.uk

July/Aug 2017

Celebrate the Mods in Cambridge

X-Factor winner takes to the stage in Norwich

In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a ‘FACE’. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and streetwise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. This quintessentially British ‘Mod’ Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces. All or Nothing - The Musical comes to the Cambridge Corn Exchange from July 20th-22nd and promises an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and of course All Or Nothing. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

South Shields singing star Joe McElderry won hearts as the winner of X-Factor in 2009, and showed his versatility by winning the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011, not to mention The Jump in 2014 which saw him transform into a competent ski jumper to take the winner’s laurels once more. Now the platinum-selling recording artist is set to tour the country following the release of his fifth studio album, Saturday Night at the Movies – and he arrives on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on August 6th. The album includes iconic hits from film and theatre such as I’m Into Something Good, Love is All Around and Daydream Believer, as well as the hit single Gloria which was written by renowned songwriter and 10CC front man Graham Gouldman. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Rapunzel, Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair Come and let your hair down this summer with a host of lively characters in King’s Lynn Corn Exchange’s brand new musical Rapunzel. Sophia is desperate for a baby of her own. Her husband Karl cannot bear to see her upset any longer and realising their lonely neighbour is their last chance he begs for Gothel's help. Gothel offers Karl a magic herb from her garden, but the price is high! Sophia and Karl will get the baby they long for but on Rapunzel's sixteenth birthday she must be returned to Gothel. Years later, trapped in a Tower, Rapunzel has grown into a beautiful and clever young woman but will she ever get out of the Tower and return home? Longing for adventure and freedom and with only Viktor the crow for company how will Rapunzel ever escape? Can Prince Freddie save the day or will Rapunzel never make it home? Based on the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale and featuring brand new toe-tapping songs this musical is ideal for the whole family.







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Exciting double bill for opera and ballet lovers The highly-acclaimed Russian State Opera returns with

The Russian National Ballet is coming to the UK with

the world’s best loved opera. Puccini’s Tosca is a

the beautiful premiere of Nutcracker Ballet this

melodrama where love and politics collide, and murder

Christmas. This vibrant classical ballet is a family-

takes place at the highest level. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Tosca features an impressive cast, accompanied by a large live orchestra of over 30 musicians. Tosca opera is an historical fiction set in Rome in the 1800s telling the story of two idealistic lovers - Tosca and Cavaradossi. Their trust is tested by Scarpia, the ruthless police officer Scarpia has sentenced Cavaradossi to death. The officer is prepared to let Cavaradossi go if Tosca is willing to spend the night with Scarpia. The core of the intriguing theme is romance over politics which is relevant even in today’s world. Tosca is one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time! If you’ve never tried opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with brand new settings, fantastic costumes, exquisite singing and those wonderful tunes that the audience will still be humming to themselves on their way home.

orientated fairytale production set to music by Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, follows the adventures of a young girl, Marie, who is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas. She enters a dreamlike land of magic where she soon discovers the Nutcracker prince and dances with beautiful snowflakes. When midnight strikes, the world turns magical in the wintry glitter of Christmas Eve. Toys come alive, the Mouse-King and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins. This highly-accessible ballet is full of familiar music such as the ‘Waltz of the flowers’, and the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy’ and celebrates the a world where goodness and beauty trump.

July/Aug 2017

Talented Folk Famed for the quality of our music festivals, the region is home to two of the best folk music events in the country






India Electric Company

The Young’uns

FolkEast A unique collaboration between folk

his generation. With the curtain falling on the

born Sam Kelly will bring his Lost Boys band

legends Peter Knight and John Spiers, seen

mighty multiple award-winning band

and unmistakable voice to the main stage

for the first time at FolkEast 2016, will

Bellowhead as well as the duo Spiers &

on Saturday night, building on their success

return to the fast-rising East Anglian festival

Boden,“Squeezy” is busy pursuing a new

last year.

this August..

route with a solo album in the pipeline.

New names include the mighty Martin

The three-day festival at the glorious 300-acre

In its sixth year, FolkEast will be packing a

Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall

punch with an eclectic line up of folk and

who skilfully melds British and American

witnessed the debut performance of the pair

world music acts including BBC award-

roots music. Also appearing is the top

on the Broad Roots stage on opening night

winning headliners Jon Boden and Sam Kelly

traditional English folk singer Fay Hield, India

Simpson, the ace guitarist and songwriter

last year - an undisputed highlight of the

and The Lost Boys, 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk

Electric Co (Cole Stacey and Joseph


Awards nominees Nancy Kerr, Kris Drever and

O’Keefe), duo Ben Savage and Hannah

Dorset duo Ninebarrow and of course

Sanders, Basque country folk music legends

FolkEast’s irrepressible patrons The Young ‘uns.

Korrontzi, London-based duo Alma and the

Few fiddlers can hold a candle to Knight whose presence has enriched the British music scene for more than four decades.

Jon Boden is one of the outstanding folk

Since his departure from folk-rock’s iconic

performers of his generation - having won eleven

Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, London-

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other

born Knight, now living in France, has turned

artist.This is a chance to see him striking out on

his full attentions to his boundary blurring

his own after the Bellowhead juggernaut

Gigspanner trio conjuring up a completely

shuddered to a halt last year.

distinctive sound. Hugely popular John Spiers is one of the leading squeezebox players of

Winner of the Horizon (Best Emerging Act) award at the 2016 Folk Awards, East Anglian-

female folk song foursome Norfolk Broads who went down a storm last year. Irish traditional folk band Beoga are also Suffolkbound. The Antrim five piece collaborated with Ed Sheeran on his new album, Divide. FolkEast runs from August 18th-20th. For tickets and more information go to www.folkeast.co.uk

July/Aug 2017



Jake Bugg Jon Boden

Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to

musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards,

These new names join previously announced

reveal exciting new additions to this year’s

Martin is a true master of his art. Martin is one

Jake Bugg (acoustic), Liv On: Olivia Newton-

bill, including Lisa Hannigan and Martin

of the artists that Jon Boden has programmed

John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky,

Simpson.They join a line-up that brings

as part of his Guest Curation.

Indigo Girls, Shirley Collins, Loudon Wainwright

together up and coming artists and established folk legends in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall.

Also joining the diverse line-up are: Grammy Award winning African-American singersongwriter Fantastic Negrito; newly-formed

III, Ward Thomas, Oysterband, Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke (Saturday) and Guest Curator Jon Boden.

First capturing attention through her work with

international music ensemble Bokante; Mali’s

Cambridge Folk Festival is held over four days

Damien Rice, Mercury Award nominated Irish

Tamikrest, mixing the Tuareg musical tradition

in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton

singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s subsequent

with indie rock; stunning, double UK

Hall. Celebrated for its relaxed atmosphere,

solo albums have attracted much critical

Americana Award-winning duo Lewis & Leigh;

excellent facilities and diverse programme, the

praise. Universally acclaimed as one of the world’s finest guitarists, singer-songwriter Martin Simpson is equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions. Forty years of acclaimed solo releases, a linchpin in seminal collaborations like the Full English and The Elizabethan Sessions and the most nominated

vibrant Irish traditional band Moxie; hotly-

Festival brings together the best of folk in its

tipped South London singer-songwriter Jake

broadest sense, from international stars to

Isaac; traditional band Hour, hailing from the

breakthrough new artists and special one-off

Scottish Highlands and Islands; folk-soul

performances, talks and workshops across

singer songwriter River Matthews; Anglo-Irish

several stages.

girl power bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer; young folk singer from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood; Indian playback singer, songwriter and guitarist Nikhil D’Souza and ceilidh band Feis Rois.

Cambridge Folk Festival runs from July 27th-30th. For more information go to www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival




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July/Aug 2017


The Marvellous World of Maui Waui Billed as The International Festival of Fun, Maui Waui promises a three-day spectacle of music, performance and arts.

Now in its 5th year Maui Waui is fast becoming

site, ensuring that its

one of the most exciting festivals in East

five venues and many

Anglia, pulling in accomplished as well as

attractions really look

undiscovered bands and performers from all

the part.This attention

around the globe.

to detail is what really

Maui Waui focuses on an all-welcoming family feel with lots to do for children as well as adults; hosting world class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. The festival has five main areas of entertainment.The Main Stage is the biggest venue at the festival and runs throughout the whole weekend, hosting anything from small local bands to huge 20-piece orchestras and world famous bands.The tent is filled with beautiful decor all handmade in the Maui

sets this event apart from other small festivals, along with vibrant folk who attend, all of which makes for an electric atmosphere on the site. Maui Waui is a ‘feel-good-factor’ festival, family friendly and FREE for kids 12 and under.This year they are hosting the Maui’s Got Talent Competition – if you are a performer aged 16 or under, here’s your chance to shine (see website for more details).

Waui HQ - Velvet Drapes, Black and White

Maui Waui takes place from August 25th-

Chequerboard, giant inflatables & much more.

27th at Peakhill Farm,Theberton, Suffolk.

Creativity, art and extravagant décor is at the

For more info go to

heart of Maui Waui. Months of creative work go


into the event, both before the event and on

Flavour Parlour Band

the colourful and


WIN A TICKET ARTSeast has teamed up with Maui Waui to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a free weekend ticket (with camping) worth £90. We have two single tickets to give away, one per winner. To enter, just email your name, address and telephone number to info@artseast.co.uk Closing date: August 14th 2017, usual terms and conditions apply.





July/Aug 2017

What’s On News Summer of Fun in Thetford Thetford Town Council is promising to deliver an action packed Summer of great events, kicking off with the two-day River Festival

Photo: James Norman, Charlotte James Photography

Beccles Antiques Street Market The Beccles Antiques Street Market held in the centre of Beccles will be returning for its second market of the year on on July 22nd-23rd , followed by a mini Music & Arts Festival from August 18th-20th including Blunderbus Theatre Company presenting their enchanting tale ‘Dotty the Dragon’ in the beautiful Kings House Gardens, Fake Festival with their giant marquee jammed with great tribute bands on Melford Terrace, and a relaxing

Sunday August 13th. The market plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items.

Sunday afternoon with the return of Folk in the Gardens. Hot on their heels is the Thetford Heritage Festival from September 7th-

Many of the local shops, restaurants and bars are open that

10th which gives everyone the chance to immerse themselves in

day and first class local ‘street food’ catering is incorporated

the story of Thetford’s history with a ‘Medieval Massive’ taking place

into the market, including a hog roast. If you haven’t been

on Saturday which includes a Medieval Storyteller, Longsword

before you really should give it a visit and experience the

School, Medieval Knight at Castle Motte and a Falconry display at

pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market. Follow them on

Thetford Priory together with each of Thetford’s Museums delivering

facebook at www.facebook.com/antiquesmarketbeccles or

themed events.www.thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

for more info call Kate Lee on 01502 711174

Bespoke Festival for Norfolk Curated by the illustrious Craig Richards and produced by the critically acclaimed Gottwood Festival team, Houghton Hall Art & Music Festival, from August 10th-13th, is set to be the UK’s only summer festival that fuses art, music and sculpture. Joining the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, Seth Troxler, Nightmares on Wax and Andrew Weatherall, Houghton now announces the second wave of artists. Live music comes to the fore with a wealth of new additions. Hercules & Love Affair bring their much lauded and highly entertaining show to the live stage and there’s an exclusive performance from Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, showcasing a special tribute to the renowned American jazz drummer Art Blakey. Following the critically acclaimed Black Focus release on Brownswood, London’s Yussef Kamaal will deliver afro-jazz and junglist tones and Cobblestone Jazz, the unique trio comprising of Tyger Dhula, Mathew Jonson and Danuel Tate will also play live. The festival is centred around a beautiful lake, set amongst thick deciduous woodland and plays home to a number of unique venues including an abandoned warehouse, subterranean bowl and a world renowned art and sculpture park. www.houghtonfestival.co.uk






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A Vision for the Future Now in its fifth year,The Young Norfolk Arts

supported by artists from Norwich Arts

Many of the eclectic drama performances

Festival is a celebration of creativity and

Centre’s Sonic Youths programme and by

also have free workshops including an

performance, by and for young people in

Franko Fraize.

experimental theatre workshop with award-


On July 9th, author Michael Morpurgo comes

The range of activities and events is vast and

to St Andrew’s Hall with War Horse: Only

covers all genres from music and drama to

Remembered. He tells the deeply-moving

wining playwright Michelle Sewell and a dramatic writing workshop by writer and performer James McDermott.

performance, film and radio, literature, visual

story of young Albert and his beloved horse

Film and radio are represented with a wide

arts, dance and the spoken word.

Joey. Seen through the eyes of Joey, who

range of events including a mini film festival

Featuring rappers, singers and poets, The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company perform a medley of songs and poems inspired by the scenes and themes from famous Shakespeare plays and sonnets at Norwich Arts Centre on June 30th and at St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth on July 6th. Free interactive lyric-writing and performance workshops will take place before the event . Specially programmed by YNAF, they will be

witnesses the pity of war on both sides of the

by students at Norwich City College, a pop-up

trenches, as he moved from life on a farm in

cinema at Catton Grove Primary School and

peaceful Devon to the devastation of the

appearances by Young Norfolk Arts

Western Front in the First World War Michael

Communication team members on Future

is joined by acclaimed and former War Horse

Radio. Literature lovers will enjoy the literary

National Theatre songman, Ben Murray, who

programme of events including a poetry

accompanies him with the rousing yet

slam and the Young Norfolk Writers

haunting songs specially composed by John

Competition Showcase.

Tams for the National Theatre’s awardwinning production of War Horse.

For further info about all 60 events and opportunities visit www.ynaf.org.uk



Michael Morpurgo





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Calling all Culture Vultures Now in its ninth year, the Holt Festival

The Toll and Norfolk resident James

For more information and to view the full

brings outstanding theatre, music, comedy,

McDermott brings his five star hit Rubber

programme go to www.holtfestival.org

literature, children’s and visual art events to

Ring back to the region that inspired it.

the picturesque Georgian town for eight days from July 22nd-30th.

There are lots of free events for families and children too, with a full day of outdoor family

This year’s festival combines the best of

fun and an extensive programme of free

national and international talents with some

activities and shows for children through

of the cream of our own Norfolk performers.

the week.

Major new announcements include former

Outgoing Artistic Director Charles Pugh said; ‘

Today/Women’s Hour anchor Sue MacGregor

I’m so proud of this programme. I think,

interviewed by Alan Johnson MP, an exclusive

perhaps the most diverse we’ve yet delivered.

exhibition of original paintings by

From the unabashed popularity of glam

internationally renowned, Norwich born artist

rocker Suzi Quatro and one of the country’s

Edward Seago, and, by popular demand, a

funniest comedians Jasper Carrott, to tales of

repeat appearance by Margaret Hodge,

warmongers, witch hunters, brain attacks and

renowned as the scourge of the waste and

public money squanderers. We begin and

inefficiency of successive governments. UEA

end this year’s festival with tributes to radio

graduate poet and broadcaster Luke Wright,

broadcasting - my favourite medium - and in

who enjoyed massive multi award winning

between take in some of the finest music,

success with his first play ‘What I Learned

theatre, comedy, cabaret/burlesque and

From Johnny Bevan’ performs his new show

literary events that Holt has seen.’

Photo: Allison Orenstein




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Partners in Crime From September 14th-17th, some of the

Noirwich is a collaboration between the

top names in crime fiction will descend

University of East Anglia (UEA) and

are anything to go by, this trend looks set

on Norwich to take part in the Noirwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich.

to continue in 2017 and beyond. We are

Crime Writing Festival

Henry Sutton, co-director of the festival,

on year, and if season ticket sales so far

delighted to be working in partnership with UEA on this.’

Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz,

and director of the Crime Fiction MA at

Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Arne

UEA, said:‘UEA is fast becoming the

This year the festival takes place at

Dahl and Stuart MacBride headline the

world’s leading centre for the study and

Norwich Arts Centre, UEA, and Jarrold,

festival. There are masterclasses with

practice of crime fiction. Noirwich is a

with fringe events also happening across

Melanie McGrath and Laura Wilson, and

public celebration of the genre that

Norwich, England’s premier UNESCO City

a wide range of author events covering

dominates all others in the literary and

of Literature.

all forms of crime writing, from North Sea

film worlds. We are thrilled that the

Noir to ‘Nasty Women’ post-Trump crime

greatest talents will be here once again,

writing, and there’s even a Plague Panel

in what promises to be gripping series of

thrown in for good measure!

events. ’

Ever wanted to be a crime writer? The

Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of Writers’

Festival includes friendly workshops on

Centre Norwich, added:‘Noirwich has

character and motivation and writing a

firmly established itself on the map of UK

police procedural in the 21st century.

crime writing festivals. It has increased its audience numbers significantly year

Throughout the festival, there will be a range of crime-themed food and drinks available, including Bloody Marys and deadly Bacon Butties. It may be wise to check the contents before consuming! To purchase tickets including day passes or season tickets go to www.noirwich.co.uk.






Take me to the River

The exhibition also reveals Munnings deft use of the brush to recreate shimmering light on the moving surface of water and choice of colour. Indeed, Sir Alfred once declared “pink is the colour of the river”. To further enhance the visitor experience, the

The Munnings Art Museum’s latest

museum is coordinating a series of river

exhibition explores the little known

rambles along the Stour (in partnership with

riverscapes of the renowned equestrian

the National Trust at nearby Flatford) and a


Plein Air Paint Out for artists in September,

Though Sir Alfred Munnings’ reputation was

with special guest Richard Allen.

founded on his depictions of people and

Visitors to Munnings and the River also have

horses, his private passion was capturing rivers and their surrounding landscapes and it is this intensely personal aspect of his work that is explored in Munnings and the River, running until October 29th this year.

the opportunity to see a further 150 works by House, situated as it is a short walk from the

the artist, located throughout Castle House,

Stour. Appropriately then, Munnings and the

charting the rise of this miller’s son to

River meanders chronologically through the

multimillion pound selling artist.

artist’s depiction of various riverscapes,

Located in the artist’s home, Castle House in

exploring and celebrating his artistic and

Dedham, Essex, Munnings and the River

literary responses to the subject with which

features almost fifty original oil and

he held such an affinity.

watercolour paintings, plus drawings, photographs and personal items, including correspondence between Munnings and his close friend, the Poet Laureate, John

For more information about this and other exhibitions at The Munnings Art Museum follow @AlfredMunnings on Twitter, like the ‘Munnings Art Museum’ Facebook page or visit www.munningsmuseum.org.uk

Munnings and his

wife, Violet , messing about on

the river St our, 1920 s

Masefield. Born beside the Waveney, rivers captivated Munnings throughout his life. So much so that he spent over forty years at Castle

Taggs Island (1919) by Sir Alfred Munnings © The estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

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