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A warm welcome to the June / July issue of ARTSeast Magazine.
artist Rebecca Moss Guyver, take a look at
As the weather warms up, so does the arts
Samuel Thomas’ work for the Cromer Festival
scene in our beautiful corner of the country.
and highlight some of the best exhibitions,
There are festivals aplenty to enjoy including
shows, concerts and fairs across the region in
Holt Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Latitude,
FolkEast, Reepham Festival, Maverick and
We have tickets up for grabs for the renowned
We also take a look at a brand new 24-hour
Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral
festival - First Light - taking place in Lowestoft to
which this year sees A Midsummer Night’s
celebrate the first light of midsummer’s
Dream performed in this beautiful location.
We hope you like our handy new size and
For our coffee and a chat feature we caught up
welcome your feedback. Please get in touch to
with actress Rebecca Thornhill who is playing
tell us about any upcoming events you’d like
Mrs Wormwood in the upcoming touring
us to cover in our next issues.
production of Matilda which arrives in Norwich
For now, we hope you enjoy both this issue
and everything Norfolk, Suffolk and further
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We also focus on the paintings of Suffolk-based
Cover image: Jess Gillam who is performing at Snape Proms on August 18th
First Light Festival
Visual Arts News
Shakespeare Festival Comp
Rebecca Moss Guyver
13 NUA Degree Show 17 Samuel Thomas 18 Arts & Crafts Directory 20 Arts Council:
People, Places & Creativity
22 Theatre & Film News
36 King’s Lynn Festival 39
What’s On News
41 Felixstowe Book Festival 42 Latitude Festival 45 Kid’s Shows this summer
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Visual Arts News Solo Exhibition: Terence Clarke
Celebrating Calligraphy ‘A Way With Words’ is a major touring exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, with almost 100 selected pieces of calligraphic and
Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding a solo exhibition
lettering work, in a variety of media, to show the huge
by the hugely popular artist Terence Clarke from July 13th to
range of ways to
August 3rd. In this particular exhibition Terence is showing
works from his
Europe and the
across the country
before settling at The
from Port d’Olon
Lettering Arts Centre
near Cassis and
at Snape Maltings
Theoule sur Mer
on the Cote d’Azur. He is hugely inspired by the South of
22nd. In an increasingly visual society, calligraphy has
France and there are many wonderful and atmospheric
gained popularity as people appreciate the skilful
landscapes in the exhibition. He has also painted scenes
demonstration of scripts and styles. Traditional manuscript
from Holland, more speciﬁcally Sloten and Maccum in
painting and gilding can be seen alongside many other
Friesland and in addition to this there are many beautiful still
techniques, such as writing on metals or glass, work with
lives, painted boldly in a style reminiscent of Cezanne of
nibs, brushes and other tools, paints, inks and engraving,
whom of course Terence is a great admirer.
linocuts and digitally manipulated images.
Ruth Bunnewell: A Broader Perspective Riverside Art & Glass in Wroxham is hosting a fantastic exhibition of work by Ruth Bunnewell from June 27th-July 18th. Ruth’s work is inspired by the Broads which she has painted for the ﬁrst time. Growing up in Norwich with the Broads on her doorstep, Ruth knows this area of the county well. ‘It is a part of Norfolk very unique and distinct from other areas and I ﬁnd in it a still calm tranquility,’ says Ruth. ‘I am drawn to the beginning and end of the day as a subject to paint; as the landscape returns to its quiet emptiness. I am particularly drawn to the areas of the Broads that are slightly hidden such as the smaller rivers or a corner of a broad where reeds are quietly swaying. And especially to the doubling of the landscape as what is above is reﬂected in the still water beneath.’ www.riversideartandglass.co.uk
Golden Anniversary for Deben Frames Cambridge Open Studios Artists will open their doors to the public over four weekends in July for the annual Cambridge Open Studios art event. 356 participants will be exhibiting at 222 locations in Cambridge, Ely, Saffron Walden and many surrounding villages. Among the huge range of specialisms will be ďŹ ne art, photography, pottery, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery, furniture making, and more besides. The weekends are: July 6/7, 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28. Download the Cambridge Open Studios app or keep your eyes peeled for the free Guide book.
Prestigious Deben Frames in Woodbridge is celebrating 50 years of trading this year. Over the years they have framed a number of unusual objects from ostrich feather fans to full size speedway leathers! With over 300 different mouldings in stock and thousands available to order, Deben Frames can offer a huge range of bespoke frames including some using handmade British mouldings. The shop is also well-stocked with readymade frames which cater to all budgets. They are happy to cut mounts to any size and they offer a full glass cutting service. From watercolours, oils and family photographs, cross stitches, football shirts and medals, Deben Frames are ready to help.
Transference at the Halesworth Gallery From August 17th to September 4th the Halesworth Gallery will be hosting a wild and varied exhibition featuring 100 artists. Each of the artists involved will be challenged to recycle an archive of dry transfer lettering into art in as inventive and imaginative way as possible. This show is open to any artist interested in taking part. The dry transfer lettering is mainly letter forms with some symbols and texture screens. The lettering sheets are quite old and there is no guarantee that the lettering will function properly. Artists will be able to collage, trace, project, photograph, scan and generally re-purpose into art in any way they wish. Artworks must be delivered to the gallery on August 15th before noon for installation in a displayable state. They will also be publishing an A5 perfect bound book to document and celebrate the exhibition in a limited edition of 105. www.halesworthgallery.co.uk
UP UNTIL 30 JUNE 2019
Artist ProďŹ le: Rebecca Moss Guyver Suffolk-based American Painter and Printmaker Rebecca Moss Guyver tells stories with light, colour, mood and tone Self portrait
Growing up in New York with a mother who was a textile artist, exposed Rebecca Moss Guyver to the art world from an early age.
discovered egg tempera as a medium. I love the really vibrant colours produced.’
‘Drawing still life is something I have done for as long as I can remember,’ says Rebecca. ‘I am drawn to pattern and get very excited when the colour, pattern and form speak to each other. I can’t help but record it.’
Despite only starting to use egg tempera in 2017, Rebecca has found much success with the medium.
Born in 1960, Rebecca has a degree in painting and drawing from Stanford University where she studied with some of the Bay Area painters. ‘I learned something very valuable at university,’ says Rebecca. ‘I was told that every day you should forget what you know and instead just respond to what is in front of you. It’s about the delight of seeing something for the ﬁrst time.Working with other artists taught me that people can see the same thing yet interpret it in different ways.They all had a different language and I learned to develop my own.’ From 2017-18, Rebecca was one of two New English Art Club Drawing Scholars. ‘I met many members in their studios and explored different ways or working,’ she says. ‘I found that I love to paint portraits from life and
In fact, she has just been selected from a record number of over 1800 entries to appear alongside paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by some of Britain’s leading artists at the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London. The exhibition runs from July 4th-14th. ‘I have had two pieces accepted - Orange Collection and Jugs (see p10) both egg tempera on panels,’ says Rebecca. ‘They are small still life arrangements of colourful objects I purchased at the Needham Market and Woolpit car boot sales. It’s a real honour and I’m thrilled.’ There will be other local opportunities to view Rebecca’s work too. She is taking part in Suffolk Open Studios on the ﬁve weekends throughout June from her studio in Ringshall, Suffolk and is exhibiting as part of IBBAS, the Inspired by Becker group, over the Bank Holiday weekend in August at Blythburgh Church.
Explore the spectrum of creative skills at Norwich University of the Artsâ€™ 2019 Degree Show
BA Fashion Communication and Promotion - Jess Anderson
Take hundreds of creative ideas – each one original and
echoes of the same themes in the work of Fashion
ingenious – and add accomplished technical execution.
Communication and Promotion students whose work spans
Welcome to the 2019 NUA Degree Show, where the best
fashion events to new magazines.
work of this year’s graduating class of students will be on
Meanwhile, NUA’s Textile Design students have once again
committed intricate design to a range of fabrics using
Some of the students are already award-winners in their specialism; many have secured work or are about to start their creative career journey through internships. The show, which runs from June 25th to July 3rd, spans 14
contemporary technologies and historic techniques. The built environment – and people’s interaction with spaces and objects - will be explored inside and out by students from the Architecture and Interior Design courses.
undergraduate courses and captures ﬁnal year students’
Students from NUA’s range of Graphics courses have
creative achievements to-date and represents their calling-
produced work ranging from product packaging design and
card to future employers.
branding, print and digital publishing, to thought-
You will ﬁnd pioneering screen work and showreels from NUA’s students in Animation, Film and Visual Effects (VFX). This year’s graduates from the award-winning and
provoking and challenging posters and pamphlets. This year’s graduating class of illustrators show images best inter-play with words to tell a story, persuade or advocate.
internationally-acclaimed Games Art & Design course will
Photography graduates will show work from their
showcase the characters, worlds and stories they have
distinctive portfolios – from fashion shoots and portraits to
created and offer visitors a chance to play prototype games.
landscape and the environment.
Head to the Fashion studios to see intricate tailoring and
And at the heart of the show is work of this year’s graduates
eye-catching designs that are about to grace the catwalk at
in Fine Art; pioneers working at the boundaries of art but
London’s Graduate Fashion Week.
who also follow in the footsteps of Norwich artists who have
Many of this year’s collections have been inspired by the students’ passionate advocacy of social themes, from sustainability to gender politics and identity. You’ll ﬁnd
explored ideas, materials and ways of seeing the world for more than 170 years. www.nua.ac.uk/events/degree-shows/
BA VFX - Pherya Tribelsky
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Marking Cromer Carnival’s 50th Year
Local artist Samuel Thomas has been commissioned to design the artwork cover for the carnival brochure. Cromer Carnival officially began back in the summer of 1969, and ever since it has grown with popularity as visitors discover the unique spirit and soul of Cromer. This new painting by Samuel encapsulates the joy and vibrancy of Cromer; dubbed the Gem of the Norfolk Coast.
‘As it is the 50th year ‘Summer of 69’ is being released as a signed limited edition print of only 50,’ says Samuel Thomas. ‘This special piece captures the nostalgia, charm and beauty of Cromer including the Red Arrows that regularly perform at the carnival.’ Samuel’s art-deco inspired artworks echo back to the 1920 Come to the Seaside Rail Posters featuring other iconic Norfolk Landmarks. There’s an element of nostalgia celebrating the glory of the past, whilst simultaneously looking forward with an optimistic vision of even better things to come. Samuel’s original paintings and print range is shown seven days a week at The Garden House Gallery (www.gardenhousegallery.co.uk) in Cromer. Also at this gallery, running throughout Carnival Week, is a large exhibition from August 10th – 26th. Alternatively if you want to browse or purchase artworks including ‘Summer of 69’, you can do so from the online shop: www.samuelthomasart.co.uk To see the full programme of events go to www.cromercarnival.co.uk
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People, places and creativity
The Arts Council invests in a huge range of arts and
As you read this, Norfolk & Norwich Festival will still be
culture. From names that are almost universally known –
fresh in many people’s memory. It is one of England’s
such as Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Royal
largest mixed arts festivals and its programme draws
Shakespeare Company – through others that do brilliant
thousands of people to Norwich. All of those visitors
work but might not roll off the tongue quite so easily.
make a signiﬁcant contribution to the local economy –
Despite the difference in size and awareness, all of them are united by one thing - the desire to create great work
with an average economic impact of around £1million. And more than that, it also helps drive awareness of
that reaches out to people, places and communities
Norfolk and Norwich as a visitor destination. Somewhere
across England (and beyond in many cases!).
people can come to for a wide range of experiences, not
Whilst we enjoy the incredible work that they create,
just arts and culture.
there’s so much more to arts organisations, museums,
Whilst the economy is hugely important, it is the human
libraries and artists that we support. It’s not just about
impact of our work that really strikes a chord. The
what they put on page, stage, canvas or vinyl – it is also
capacity for arts and culture to engage those who are on
about the impact that work has on the people, places
the periphery of society is quite incredible.
and communities that experience it.
Photos: JMA Photography
The Journey Chris Bullzini
Norfolk Museum Service is one of the Arts Council’s
And through its Dementia Café, the Museum of Norwich
National Portfolio Organisations, working across Norwich
has developed monthly sessions for those living with
and Norfolk. It has a number of wonderful initiatives all
dementia and their carers. The morning events offer those
designed to reach out to and engage those who might be
living with memory loss an introduction to the museum
lonely, experiencing challenges or feel ‘left-behind’.
space at their own pace, followed by a nice cuppa and chat.
As a Museum of Sanctuary, Norfolk Museums Service has
These are just a handful of examples of how arts and
embedded the idea of sanctuary in its work. It actively
cultural organisations can, and do, make a positive impact
works to engage sanctuary seekers and to create an
on the people, places and communities around them.
environment that is welcoming to all. This has included a
There are many, many more across the whole country.
collaboration with New Routes – the organisation that leads on City of Sanctuary in Norwich – to provide new arrivals with an invaluable opportunity to develop their English, form friendships and make them feel at home in Norwich.
Many of these organisations are charities and without public funding from organisations like the Arts Council, they would not be able to make the wonderful impact they do. At a time when fragmentation is becoming more prevalent, arts, culture and creativity continue to stand-up for collaboration, understanding and togetherness.
Theatre & Film News
Comedy Gem in King’s Lynn
Well-known thriller comes to Norwich Paula Hawkins' 2015 acclaimed number-one best-
Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living
selling novel The
and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a
Girl On the Train
forty date tour of the UK
was an international
including the King’s Lynn
phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide.
Corn Exchange on June
Now adapted into a stage play, it is set to entertain Norwich
Theatre Royal audiences from July 1st-6th. A gripping
psychological thriller, starring Samantha Womack and Oliver
material has garnered
Farnworth, it will keep you guessing until the ﬁnal moment.
him a popular fan base
Samantha takes on the central role of Rachel Watson, an
that spans the
unhappy alcoholic who longs for a different life. Her only
escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train
appearances on television have included Have I Got News For
window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears.
You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely
When Rachel learns that Megan, the woman she’s been
popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The
secretly watching, has suddenly disappeared, she ﬁnds
South and its equally successful follow up Reginald D
herself as both a witness and a potential suspect in a
Hunter’s Songs Of The Border, both of which documented the
thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations
growth of American popular song.
than she could ever have anticipated.
The More Things Change: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is celebrating its work in the community over the past four years, including all of the people involved in that work, and it is with immense pride that they present an evening full of music and song, poetry, drama and even humour, performed by the people who have created it - The More Things Change. The performers have drawn from their experiences of homelessness, mental health, addiction and violence to create an informative, passionate and sometimes humorous look at social issues in Bury St Edmunds during the past 200 years, in 50 year increments from 1819 to the present day. The play, from June 19th-20th, makes visible the invisible and communicates important universal stories buried in the experience of life in rural Suffolk. The title comes from the French saying ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same.’ This year, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds celebrates 200 years of existence and as such, the group has explored how different issues in society have, within that time, both changed and stayed the same. www.theatreroyal.org
A Night with the Rev! Join Rev. Richard Coles as he tells a story that is as real as it is unlikely at Cambridge Arts Theatre on July 9th. During the
Children’s Classic comes to Bungay
evening he will connect the euphoria and mayhem of being Top of the Pops in the 80s to his present circumstances as a
Strange Fascination Theatre celebrates its ﬁfth year and
Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and television
returns to Bungay Castle on July 27th-28th with a brand-new
show panellist, answering amongst many burning questions,
adaption of the Kipling classic Jungle Book. Full of puppets,
“How do you go from pop star to priest? And why?” Richard is
colourful characters, audience interaction and all the comedy
best known as the regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live
and excitement you have come to expect from an SF
programme and appears regularly on Newsnight and TV
show! Join Mowgli, Baloo, the fearsome Shere Kahn and all
panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You. Richard
your favourites. Fun for all the family! Bring a picnic and
is also well known for taking part in 2017’s BBC series Strictly
enjoy an afternoon of jungle adventure like no other!
Inaugural Drama Festival Celebrates Writing A festival of new drama is set to take over Cambridge’s theatres in July 2019. Organised by WRiTEON, the Cambridge Scriptwriting Forum, the Festival will be the biggest and most ambitious project the group has staged, and will feature plays never performed before. The six new one-act plays, penned by local and national writers, will run every night from Tuesday July 23rd to Saturday July 27th across three venues - ADC Theatre, Corpus Playroom and the Larkum Studio. The plays range in subject matter from a thriller about a bodyguard (Guarded) through to a couple who learn the consequences of taking role play too far (Role Play) to arguments among gargoyles (The Offensive). Richard McNally, Festival Director: ‘We’re so excited about this project. It’s a great opportunity for audiences in Cambridge to see fresh and outstanding new writing. Some of it’s quite challenging, some is experimental, but each play offers something different and entertaining.’
Coffee & a Chat Mid-July, Matilda the Musical waltzes into Norwich Theatre Royal for a month. We
caught up with actress Rebecca Thornhill who plays Matildaâ€™s mum, Mrs Wormwood.
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Having played Mrs Wormwood for two years in the West End,
During her career, Rebecca has worked with many famous
Rebecca is looking forward to reprising the role on tour.
faces including Hugh Jackman.
‘I love doing the tour,’ says Rebecca. ‘It is great going to
‘Oh he is gorgeous - handsome,’ she says. ‘He is a lovely guy -
different theatres with different atmospheres and reactions.
beautiful inside and out. He was fantastic to work with. I
The show is just the same as the show in London - that is the
think he got the X-Men when we were in Oklahoma, and he
great thing. It feels very different to be able to go back to the
met Howard Keel as well. How amazing is that!’
character and ﬁnd new things – I think ‘wow, why didn’t I do that before?’ So what does Rebecca make of the part of Matilda’s highlycritical mum?
Back to Matilda, is there any other role Rebecca would love to play? ‘I would want to play Trunch,’ she smiles. ‘Who doesn’t want to play Trunch? It’s the best part – the dialogue is stunning
’Mrs Wormwood is wonderful. She is a nasty mum who loves
although I quite like Mr Wormwood as well. He’s really
ballroom dancing although she’s really not very good at it!
physical. I have to stand quite still to make his physicality
She also loves Rudolpho her dance teacher. The energy in the
come out even more and it’s quite frustrating.’
Wormwood house is fast and mad yet Matilda is this strange being that’s arrived and Mr and Mrs Wormwood ignore her because they didn’t really want her. She is intelligent and
Matilda is incredibly popular among children. What message does it give?
questions them all the time and they can’t really deal with
‘Watching the show encourages them to be brave and to not
be afraid of being intelligent and reading books and standing
But does she have any redeeming features? ‘I love her, but no, she doesn’t really!’ laughs Rebecca. ‘I love
up for yourself and seeing what’s right and what’s wrong. Watching the child actors on stage (because they are phenomenal, they’re amazing how much they retain) I think
the colourfulness of her and I love the costume. The skirt is
kids must sit and watch that and think ‘I could do that’. That’s
really heavy and when you move it ﬂounces and gives you
lovely, isn’t it? They are absolutely incredible.’
that extra va-va-vroom. I like the ridiculousness of her. The hair is just fabulous – something you’d never do yourself, and to get to wear it is just brilliant.’ Rebecca has had a wide and varied theatre career and challenging roles in some big musicals. But is there a thread running through the characters she chooses?
Being on tour gives the chance to explore many different cities across the country. Had Rebecca been to Norwich before? ‘I absolutely love Norwich,’ she says. ‘They have a great Bikram Yoga place here which I always go to, and I love the layout of the city. I did Witches of Eastwick and Top Hat there
‘I’ve done a few,’ says Rebecca. ‘I was Mrs Banks in Mary
and I’m going back to the same digs that I stayed in last time I
Poppins. I was in the Witches of Eastwick which was great fun.
was there. It’s a lovely place.’
It’s funny because you forget – it has been 31 years. Someone says ‘Oh you did that’ and I think ‘Oh yes!’. Someone did say ‘Oh she’s doing another squeaky character’, which I hadn’t thought about before. My career has been quite varied. Before this, I did Morticia in the Addams Family and I’ve done classical roles and I can do comedy. I love comedy.’
Matilda is at Norwich Theatre Royal from July 16thAugust 17th. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
First Light This month a truly unique 24-hour long festival comes to Lowestoftâ€Ś
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First Light Festival is a brand new, free, non-stop 24-hour long,
will be offering hands-on activities for all ages and spotlight
multi-arts festival that celebrates the ﬁrst light of
talks on subjects including ancient humans, the deep sea and
midsummer’s weekend at Britain’s most easterly point.
sun and moon gazing.
Events will begin on Lowestoft’s sandy South Beach at noon
Enjoy performances from the new First Light Ensemble led by
on Saturday June 22nd and will run continuously through
Jonathan Morton, Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble
changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon
with Clio Gould, former leader of the Royal Philharmonic
on Sunday June 23rd.
Orchestra. Italian pianist and composer Frederico Albanese
Genevieve Christie, Festival Director, says: ‘This is a really packed programme that is all about a sense of place, and which will deliver a truly unique shared experience on Lowestoft's beautiful beach, of music, dance, ﬁlm, literature, art, science, talks, walks, sports, workshops, ﬁre, food and drink.’ Academy award-winning director Danny Boyle, introduces the beach screening of his sci-ﬁ epic ‘Sunrise’ while Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music presenter and international club DJ, brings the best worldwide vibes to the beach for a sundown
plays his latest work ‘In the Deep Sea’ through the early morning mist, while Mercury prize-winning musician Talvin Singh, opens the festival as well as welcoming dawn with a performance of his renowned and evocative work ‘Light’. Other highlights include a late-night silent disco on the beach with a special soul set from Wayne Hemingway and a magical new dance work by Rosemary Lee with 24 dancers aged 8 to 80 performing on the hour every hour in the sand dunes. There will be cosmic pirate fun for children - including
session. A host of other DJs will keep the party going around
illustrator and author Jonny Duddle and ‘Aliens in Lowestoft’
with author Gareth P Jones.
Festival-Goers can enjoy a programme of talks informed by
Add in Beach hut art, a Sunday morning Speed of Light 5K run,
the sea, sky and beach on nautical fashion with Amber
an early morning feast and much more...
Butchart, the moon with space expert Dr Kevin Fong and the cosmos with Professor Carolin Crawford. Radio presenter and
Wild camping is on offer in a designated area of the beach.
author Simon Mayo, also talks about the importance of the
Free access to the festival and events (tickets needed for
spirit of a place in his writing.
headphones for silent ﬁlm, silent disco, after-party event and
Science zone partners Cefas, Natural History Museum, University of East Anglia and Norwich Astronomical Society
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Dreaming of Shakespeare at Norwich Cathedral A Dream of a show is heading to this summer’s Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take centre stage in the Cloisters on July 11th-12th for the annual open-air festival that is always a summer highlight in the Cathedral’s cultural calendar. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – who last year wowed audiences with a spellbinding production of The Tempest – will be returning to perform the magical midsummer comedy featuring mischievous fairies, feuding lovers and a hilarious group of rude mechanicals. Set in an enchanted forest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a tale of tangled and true love where chaos ensues as lovers at war cross paths with a fairy king and queen at odds and a meddling sprite named Puck. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are a modern day incarnation of the Bard’s own travelling troupe of players, and they will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream just as it would have been played out in Shakespeare’s day - with an all-male cast, Elizabethan costumes and traditional music and dance. This latest production is also set to be extra special as it is celebrating both the 15th anniversary of the modern day TLCM and an incredible 425 years since Shakespeare’s original players first performed. For tickets go to www.cathedral.org.uk/shakespeare
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Music News Snape Proms Throughout August, Snape Proms offers 30 great nights out in the company of top, international performers, ranging from outstanding singer-songwriters to bands playing trad and contemporary jazz, stomping folk, classical soloists and orchestras, popcountry crossover and events for children and families.
Inject some live music into your August this year! On August 10th-11th, the well-loved Reepham19 music festival will be back, bigger and better than ever before. With
Highlights include Clare Teal and her all-star nine-piece big
lively acts on the main ﬁeld this year headlined by Bad
band, Pee Wee Ellis - one of the best saxophonists of the last
Manners, nearby a quieter more intimate musical experience
half century, The Shires who are currently one of the leading
at the “Festival within a Festival” - the Church Stage, and
country music acts in the UK and 5 BBC Folk award-winners
events at their partner site Whitwell Railway on Friday
Oysterband. Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman returns while Don
evening and Sunday there really is something for everyone.
McLean makes his Snape Maltings debut with a solo
Book yourself a spot - children can attend for a nominal £1
performance that spans ﬁve decades.
Martin Kemp to DJ 80s night at Great Yarmouth Racecourse If anyone knows about 1980s music, it is Martin Kemp. He was there, at the top of the charts, in one of the biggest bands of the time. So the Spandau Ballet bass player is the ideal star DJ to play tracks from the era to put the icing on the party cake at Ladies Night at Great Yarmouth Racecourse on July 17th. Musician, stage and screen actor, author, director and talent show judge … the 58-year-old’s life remains busy. After Spandau’s heydays, he found movie acclaim as notorious gangster Reggie Kray and TV fame as EastEnders baddie Steve Owen, before the band reformed to tour. His appreciation of life, and family, were heightened by having two benign brain tumours removed in the late 1990s. Now, full of vim and vigour, he is touring a Back to the 80s DJ around a string of venues, including the Norfolk seaside racecourse following the last race at 8.40pm. www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk
Maui Waui Magic comes to Theberton, Suffolk The Maui Waui Festival is three full days and nights of international music, performance & arts across the Bank Holiday weekend of August 23rd-25th. Now in it 7th year it is fast becoming one of the most exciting and uniquely creative festivals in East Anglia, attracting over 100 bands, talented performers & incredible international acts, with Jamaican reggae and dub legend, Lee Scratch Perry headlining this year’s festival. Watch world-class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, smaller bands, acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. This year sees the return of the local talent contest Maui’s Got Talent, a chance for local young performers to showcase their skills and win prizes. There are now six Arenas at the festival showcasing an eclectic mix of top-class music from around the world.
Will Pound – Through The Seasons On June, 25th, a celebration of the year in folk dance, Through the Seasons gives audiences at Norwich Arts Centre a chance to experience a journey through the year of folk dance through an original artistic collaboration of exceptional musicianship and spellbinding storytelling. Will Pound and his collaborators bring the morris and folk dance year to life showcasing stunning arrangements of traditional dance tunes and songs, bringing their innovative and playful style to life through both music, image and spoken word.
The Voice Project Choir Reach Right Up to the Sun at Houghton Hall Norwich’s multi award-winning Voice Project Choir are presenting two very special summer performances in the spectacular grounds and gardens of Houghton Hall near Kings Lynn on Saturday July 6th at 5.30pm and 8pm. I Reach Right Up to the Sun is being specially created to be performed among the exhibits for Henry Moore at Houghton Hall - Nature and Inspiration. All the music is written specially for the 100 voices of the choir by composers Karen Wimhurst, Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough and Voice Project co-director Jonathan Baker. As ever the choir will be conducted by Jon’s fellow Voice Project co-director Sian Croose. Jon and Sian have worked closely with Houghton Hall to create a promenade performance that allows the audience to gently stroll around the exhibits and view them from a fresh perspective, creating a new interaction between sculpture and ethereal vocal music. www.voiceproject.co.uk
FolkEast’s Magnificent Seven This renowned Folk Festival is back with a stellar line-up.. It’s ‘lucky seven’ time for East Anglia’s unique, fast-rising
Henderson (uillean pipes, whistle), Ed Boyd (guitar). James
FolkEast – England’s most easterly folk music festival. Not
Fagan (bouzouki), Toby Shaer (ﬁddle, whistles) and Ben
only is it the seventh year the event has been held in the
glorious grounds of Suffolk’s 16th century Glemham Hall but this year it will offer diverse performances on no less than seven stages. The 2019 festival will be staged between August 16th-18th with an enviable line-up of artists from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Poland, Canada and USA. Leading the way will be formidable folk legend Richard Thompson – a revered singer songwriter and jaw dropping guitarist– who takes to the main Sunset stage as Sunday night headliner. A co-founder of trailblazing folk rockers Fairport Convention, Thompson has carved himself a high class career bringing iconic international status. FolkEast will also ﬁeld some of folk’s ﬁnest female artists – opening night headliner will be the brilliantly inspired Scottish singer songwriter and hot property Karine Polwart performing with her Trio (Stephen Polwart and Inge Thomson).
Also from Ireland, the mighty Sharon Shannon Band will be heading to Suffolk. Sharon is a show stopping accordionist whose career is soaked in the Irish tradition but takes so many more inﬂuences on board. FolkEast is also thrilled to announce that the eloquent and exquisite English singer-songwriter/guitarist John Smith will join the 2019 line up. John has released six albums including his most recent Hummingbird, with over 10 million Spotify streams. Flying the ﬂag for Wales will be the effervescent ﬁve-piece revivalist traditional band Calan, who sing in both Welsh and English The FolkEast Art Arcade, Instrumental, brings together some of the country’s top instruments makers, a packed dance programme, archery, donkey rides, children’s activities (including den building, storybook making and a mud kitchen linked together in a special new children’s trail)
Saturday night at FolkEast will see a very special headline
yoga, poetry, storytelling, the Eastfolk Chronicle Kinedrome
event as the peerless Irish songstress Cara Dillon takes to
(showing folk and local interest ﬁlms) and tours of
the stage. Derry-born Cara will be joined by the class line-
Glemham Hall by estate owner Major Philip Cobbold.
up of husband Sam Lakeman (piano, guitar), Jarlath
FolkEast 2018 JellyďŹ sh Parade
Out of This World
In July, King’s Lynn welcomes back its fantastic festival The splendid BBC Concert Orchestra will launch the 69th
The Festival will look to the skies as it marks the 50th
King’s Lynn Festival heralding a packed, wide-ranging
anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th with a
two-week programme of music and the arts from July
science and arts theme including a lecture by Robert
Winston entitled Manipulating Humans. Music inspired by
The orchestra’s programme of Songs for a Swingin’ Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe with star
space and the planets will feature in several concerts. Dr Matthew Boswell from Cambridge Institute of Astronomy
vocalists Graham Bickley and Louise Dearman, will have the
will be in discussion with composer Tim Watts whose work,
festival’s quality hallmark associated with more world-
Creation of the Universe, will have its premiere.
famous names including the Endellion Quartet, who will present the Ruth Fermoy Memorial
accompaniment for much-loved silent movies. Other ﬁlms
Concert, and London Handel
will be shown in conjunction with King’s Lynn Community
Violinist Tasmin Little will share a
The Festival’s popular morning coffee concerts will feature
platform with pianist Piers Lane,
stars of the classical music world. The Amatis Piano Trio will
and another festival favourite,
present the last of these and will then be part of the ﬁnal
soprano Lesley Garrett, will team
concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
up with renowned clarinettist
“We always aim to stage a top-quality programme with
wide appeal and this 69th festival certainly meets our high
Top Scottish folk band Skipinnish, celebrating its 20th anniversary,
Adding variety renowned pianist John Lenehan will provide
standards,” said Festival chairman Alison Croose. Tasmin Little
will visit Lynn for the ﬁrst time. Another famous name, John
The internally-renowned artist and political activist, Gustav
Williams, will be in concert with fellow guitarists John
Metzger, who lived in Lynn’s Queen Street in the 1950s will
Etheridge and Gary Ryan. Singer, pianist and songwriter Joe
be the subject of the Festival exhibition.
Stilgoe will also perform in Lynn for the ﬁrst time with
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The Ness – Rise & Shine Photography Competition In association with The Ness, the UK’s most easterly park, residents and visitors to Lowestoft are encouraged to submit images on the
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subject ‘Rise &
From July 21st-27th Holt Festival brings a vast range of
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outstanding events to North Norfolk. Music includes icons of
the British music scene, award-winning contemporary jazz and
the very best of Irish traditional music and classical music. Only
in Holt do best-selling authors rub shoulders with national
Lowestoft Photographic Club, the images will be showcased
treasures and toe-tapping dancers. There’s funny and thought-
online and on Facebook with the winners featured as part of
provoking drama, one of the very best performance poets
an exhibition in the new space at Lowestoft Central Parcel
around and a great line-up of comedy. The Festival features two
Ofﬁce at the Train Station. The winners will also feature in The
fabulous art loan exhibitions, not one but two art prizes, and
Lowestoft Journal. The competition closes at noon on August
new exciting art events around the town. An entire day is
5th with the exhibition running from August 23rd-26th over
devoted to events and activities for children and young people
the bank holiday weekend. To enter, simply email your
while the fabulous opening-night circus cabaret for adults has
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thrills, spills and risqué fun. The Festival features a host of big
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A Punjab Spectacular Essex Cultural Diversity Project return with their Festival of Norfolk & Punjab from June 15th - August 3rd. A countywide celebration of the life and achievements of the Duleep Singh family and their contribution to Norfolk. The last Royal family of the Punjab, the ‘Duleep Singhs’, were associated with Norfolk for almost a century. Exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and family events at locations across the county - Gressenhall, King’s Lynn, Norwich, Southburgh, Thetford and Thompson. Highlights include a special exhibition and events at Ancient House Museum, a Maharajah’s Feast at Elveden and a grand ﬁnale Thetford Mela. www.leapinghare.org
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Head to Felixstowe this June for their prestigious Book Festival Whether you like fact or ﬁction, the Felixstowe Book Festival on June 27th-30th, will have something for you. The festival was started in 2013 by Meg Reid who, as an avid
session on the beach using wooden puppets, like a modern Punch and Judy, and we will also be in Landguard Fort and in the seafront gardens. There will be lots going on.’
reader and attender of book festivals elsewhere, thought that
Over 50 authors are attending, including Esther and Annie
the town where she lived would be an ideal location for
Freud, Prue Leith, Alan Johnson, James Runcie, Jonathan Coe,
something similar. Photo: Neil Dunn Curre nt
Alison La wrence
Georgina Harding who are among the highest quality writers the country has at the moment. Emma Healey who wrote the
‘We have a very exciting mix of ﬁction writers and workshops this year,’ says Meg Reid. ‘We have Lucy Hughes Hallett and
popular “Emily is Missing” is coming to talk about her latest book and Rupert Thompson is also coming.’ Although the Festival is based at the Orwell Hotel, and the
ith Prue Le
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Children’s Book Festival is at the library, there will be events
Simon Heffer, Liz Trenow, and Barbara Eskine. There are ten
popping up all over the town. ‘We are again having writing
workshops for writers, including one run by the National Centre
workshops in a shipping container, as people like stepping
for Writing, coming to Felixstowe from its base in Norwich.
inside and the emotions it creates,’ says Meg. ‘We are having a
Latitude Festival 2019
Famed for offering an eclectic mix of top-class music, comedy, dance, theatre and children’s activities, Latitude is back with a vengeance this summer Latitude Festival has unveiled a host
daydreaming. The show that
of new names across the music and
rocked Edinburgh and started a
arts stages, joining headliners
thousand conversations also
George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del
comes to Latitude; Daughter
Rey, Jason Manford, and Michelle
presented by Quiptake, The
Wolf. The 14th edition of the festival
Theatre Centre, and Pandemic
takes place in the stunning grounds
Theatre, faces toxic masculinity
of Henham Park, Suffolk, from July
head on, distilling it into the ﬁgure
18th- 21st. Comedy legend Frank Skinner becomes Latitude’s third comedy headliner, joining Michelle Wolf, and Jason
of one very funny, very engaging, very troubled man. Latitude’s stunning Waterfront Stage plays host to some
Manford. This is a unique opportunity to witness Skinner
magical productions including performances by the
perform new material for the ﬁrst time in ﬁve years. Also
Northern Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and Rambert.
joining the phenomenal comedy bill is Latitude regular and star of Live at the Apollo, and Have I Got News for You, Marcus Brigstocke, and Mock the Week regular and star of People Just Do Nothing Tiff Stevenson. Celebrating their 25th Birthday, Frantic Assembly kick off festivities by headlining the Theatre Arena with new show Sometimes Thinking - a celebration of the hours invested in
On the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landings, Latitude celebrates the science behind our relationship with space. In the Music & Film Arena, The Cosmic Shambles Network are proud to present a rare event with Helen Sharman OBE, the ﬁrst British person in space. Marina joins The Obelisk Arena bringing her piano and keyboard driven songs that vary from melancholic ballads
to out-and-out glam pop. Also playing this stage are
‘Still Fighting It’. And in the Music & Film Arena there’ll be a
atmospheric alt-Rockers Palace.
rare live appearance from psychedelic pop group Whyte
Adding to The Sunrise Arena and Latitude’s worldwide
Horses with special guests.
talent offerings, is the Nigerian born Adekunle Gold,
The Lake Stage showcases the very best in new talent
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
including headliners Liverpool four-piece She Drew The Gun
(PIGSx7 for short) who will be bringing their acid rock,
whose debut album Revolution Of The Mind was one of
psych metal, and stoner inﬂuences plus trailblazing
BBC6 Music’s Albums of 2018, and County Durham indie-
traditional music from The Local Honeys.
punks Martha whose much anticipated album Love Keeps
Elsewhere Ben Folds & A Piano will play a unique Waterfront Stage performance, pulling at the heartstrings of festivalgoers with tracks such as ‘The Luckiest’, ‘Landed’, and
Kicking is out this week. www.latitudefestival.co.uk
This Summer, our region is packed with great shows for all the family. Here are some of the highlights… Matilda - Norwich Theatre Royal, July 16th-August 17th
Mr Stink - Lowestoft Marina, August 5th-7th
This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company is inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
The very kind, but lonely 12-year-old Chloe, invites ‘Mr Stink’ and his slightly wiffy dog to leave behind the wooden bench they call home and secretly move into her family’s shed. But exactly who is Mr Stink anyway? This brilliantly staged version of David Walliams’ warm-hearted and funny story is packed with original musical numbers. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, June 17th-18th The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was ﬁrst published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. www.theatreroyal.org Peppa Pig: My First Concert - Saffron Hall, August 16th Peppa Pig, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George, visit Saffron Hall for Peppa Pig: My First Concert – a fun, interactive introduction to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older. Peppa and George learn all about the different sounds that instruments make and enjoy some of their favourite music from the show. Little piggies can join in with Peppa and her family, and make music of their own! www.saffronhall.com
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom - Ipswich Regent, July 20th-21st Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to ﬂy and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and ﬂies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. apps.ipswich.gov.uk A Mermazing Pirate Adventure - Sheringham Little Theatre, August 15th Far away in the deepest blue sea lives the beautiful Mermaid Merchelle who loves to sing as she swims the vast oceans. But Mermaid Merchelle only wants one thing – to become a human for a day and to be able to explore the land as well. With the help of her new friend, Pirate Pete, she sets out to try and ﬁnd the right magic spells that will make her wish come true. www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
The Fisher Theatre Needs Your Help! The Fisher Theatre in Bungay has received
Anglia’s own Greatest Showman Mr David
an amazing opportunity to completely pay
Fisher! Fisher was the ﬁrst of at least ﬁve
off a long-standing debt on its refurbished
generations who made their name in the
building. A sum of £150,000 needs to be
theatre building up an impressive circuit of
raised by the end of 2019 in order to
13 Georgian theatres around East Anglia
release it from a much larger long-
connecting Norwich, Beccles, Sudbury, Eye,
standing loan. The money has to be raised
Woodbridge, Newmarket, East Dereham,
by community fundraising so the theatre
Swaffham, Halesworth, Lowestoft, Thetford,
has launched a national Crowdfunding campaign to attract interest to the very last of the Fisher theatres in the UK.
Wells-Next-The-Sea and of course Bungay. Roughly a third of these buildings are still standing - one is a
‘We’re going to be running an ongoing TEXT Donate scheme
restaurant, one is a nursery, many are gone without a trace.
as well as many on-the-ground fundraising activities, from
Lowestoft's was last to be developed, as ﬂats just recently
hosting ‘Mr Fisher Tea Parties’ to taking leisurely ‘heritage
ﬁnished. The Fisher Theatre, Bungay is the only one which
bike rides’ around some of the old theatre sites,’ said Ruth
remains a theatre.
Selwyn-Crome, Fisher Theatre trustee. ‘This really is an incredible chance for the town to ﬁnally own the building. It’s such a wonderful asset to the community- we host weddings and wakes, town dinners, vintage ﬁlm afternoons for older residents, ﬁlm screening and craft sessions for little ones, live theatre and opera streaming from the West End, regular music evenings in the cellar and exhibitions for local artists in our gallery, in addition to our ever-changing programme of theatre from rural touring groups and performers.’ Bungay’s Fisher theatre was built in the 1800’s by East
The Fisher Theatre has no outside revenue funding and relies solely on ticket sales. It offers a brilliant, inclusive programme and is also home to a thriving youth theatre, FYTG, but manage to provide all of this on a shoe-string - as do most surviving independent provincial theatres. The theatre has so much potential to undertake more vital projects in this rural community. Crowdfunded 'futureprooﬁng' is now the goal. The Fisher Theatre is rural and little but really, really important! www.fishertheatre.org
If people wish to donate a larger sum or would like to offer ways to help raise money for the theatre, please email email@example.com
Welcome to the June/July issue of ARTSeast. In this issue we feature the NUA 2019 Degree Show where students work will be on public view fro...
Published on Jun 1, 2019
Welcome to the June/July issue of ARTSeast. In this issue we feature the NUA 2019 Degree Show where students work will be on public view fro...