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ARTSeast May 2016

Inspiring Workshops: Meet the Makers at Alby Crafts

WIN Tickets and a meal

Interview: Jamie Raven Local Arts Scene: The Broads Visual Arts

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What’s On

Diss Auction Rooms

The Gallery Sale Saturday 9 July 2016, Viewing: Thurs 7 July 2-8pm, Fri 8 July 10-6pm & Saleday from 8.30am Contact James Bassam for details


“Art every Friday” Viewing: Every Thursday 2-8pm

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Lunchtime Recitals at the Cathedral


No recitals on 24 June, 22 July or 16 September

6 May

Organ Recital: Douglas Tang

13 May

Susie Self mezzo soprano, Alexander Wells piano

20 May

Linden and Claire Innes-Hopkins organ duet

27 May

Organ Recital: Käthe Wright Kaufman

3 June

Keld Ensemble

10 June

The Duruflé Trio: Clare Simmonds piano Rosie Bowker flute, Henrietta Hill viola

17 June

Friday lunchtime recitals, May to October 2016

1 July

The Devas Piano Trio: Edward Davies violin John Catlow cello, Helen Davies piano

1.10 to 1.50pm

8 July

Admission free with retiring collection

The Linnet Ensemble: Christopher Moore piano Nina Pakenham & Barbara Pycraft violins Hugh Pakenham viola, Janet Banks cello

Bring your lunch, or why not buy it from the Pilgrim’s Kitchen?

Culford School mixed recital


15 July

Organ Recital: Laurence Lyndon-Jones

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9 Welcome 5

Editor’s Letter

Cover Story 7

Alby Crafts

Visual Arts


Local Arts Scene

16 Theatre & Film News

32 Broads Photos

17 Pulse Festival Competition

33 Broads Introduction

18 Kid’s Corner

34 Broads Outdoors Festival

19 Theatre Royal Norwich

37 Spotlight on Linda Matthews

8-9 Visual Arts News

38 Win a meal at East Hills Cafe Bistro

10 Artists On View 11 Artist Profile – Brett Day

Towards the Back

12 Delia Tournay-Godfrey

39 The Last Photo

13 Curwen Print Open Day

40 Subscription/Competition Winners

25 20-21 Arts Council - Ramps on the Moon 22-23 Coffee & a Chat – Jamie Raven




24 Music News 25 Opera in the Park Competition 41 Back Issues


Food & Drink

14 Mascot Media

26 Food review: The White Horse Inn

15 Felixstowe Book Festival

What’s On 28-29 Norfolk & Norwich Festival 31 Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

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42 Directory


Welcome Editor’s Letter

ARTSeast ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22 Diss Business Park Hopper Way, Diss Norfolk IP22 4GT follow us @artseastmag Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness

Welcome to the May issue of ARTSeast

Our local arts scene feature takes a look at the


stunning Norfolk Broads, a paradise both for

Editorial Sarah Veness 01379 773348

artists and art lovers alike. This myriad of As I write this, the rain is pouring down but I'm

waterways is home to some lovely towns and

optimistic that it won't be long before the sun is

villages and has provided artistic inspiration for

shining. Come on May….you can do it!


This month our wonderful region is once again

This month we also have some great

home to the spectacular Norfolk & Norwich

competitions including the chance to win tickets

Festival. The programme looks fantastic and we

to see a show at The Pulse Festival at the New

can't wait to take in as many shows as possible.

Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, tickets to Opera at the

Our cover feature this months focuses on the

Park at Culford School and a meal for two at East

range of talented makers at Alby Crafts and the

Hills Cafe Bistro in Brundall.

courses and workshops that they run. It's a

Recently, we've had lots of fantastic feedback

fantastic place and well worth a visit.

and suggestions from readers which is great

For our coffee and chat feature we caught up

news. We love to hear what you have to say so

with magician Jamie Raven ahead of his show

keep getting in touch.

at Norwich Theatre Royal next month. After taking

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this May

Britain's Got Talent by storm, Jamie is now taking

issue…fingers crossed for sun!

his show on the road and promises audiences a real treat. It takes a lot to impress Simon Cowell so this is one not to miss!

Sarah Veness Editor

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Visual Arts

Helen Herbert A contemporary artist living in North Norfolk, welcomes visits to her studio.

Jester 60 x30cm

Showcasing contemporary art inspired by a love of the British countryside

The Jessica Muir Gallery Hall Street, Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9JR

Telephone: 01263 821333 Email:

Melford Hall Art Fair Thursday 2 June Sunday 3 July View the paintings by contemporary East Anglian artists displayed throughout the house. Every artist is contributing some pieces for our SfVWPWbW]\]TOŰ]`ROPZSO`bW\bVS Boudoir. Take this unusual opportunity to meet the artists, many of whom will be demonstrating their talent in our 17th century Banqueting House. Normal admission applies. Visit for more info @cb[AY`ZcfX GiŶc`_ 7C%$-55

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Tel: 01787 310400 Email:

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

28 May – 12 June 2016 See Art

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Cover Story

Meet the makers and learn new skills at Alby Crafts Helen Dixon is a potter and a beekeeper.

Claire Knight is a paper cut artist and a

She provides supplies, teaching and a

potter. She has been making paper cuts

mine of information on both subjects.

for commission and exhibition since

Helen has recently added raku classes to

2011 and has recently revived her first

her regular teaching workshops and the

passion, ceramics. Claire is now working

results have been inspiring.

on different ways of combining her cut

In the first session students hand build or throw pots from a choice of three clays suitable for the process. Two weeks later the students return to Alby to glaze and fire the biscuit-fired pieces, plunging the red hot pottery into a dustbin of sawdust, a

paper designs with ceramic surfaces. Helen’s raku sessions have enabled some interesting results, where the inevitable starkness of a finely cut design is softened by the uneven response of glaze to the raku process.

byproduct of the adjacent workshop belonging to Keverne Dewick.

Claire also runs The Hare & Moon Gallery in the Lower Courtyard

The chemical reactions that occur between the atmosphere, the

at Alby Crafts, which is the ideal place to show her own work

glaze and the pottery body can create bright and surprising

alongside that of over forty other top quality makers from Norfolk

flashes of colour, soot black clay and beautiful crackle. The

and Suffolk. Paper cutting workshops will be held in June and

process is exciting and addictive. Contact Helen for information.

September. Additional dates can be arranged for groups of 4 to 8

Contact Helen for information about forthcoming workshops.

people. Get in touch to book a space.

07947 880163

01263 768820

Keverne Dewick is a bespoke furniture maker and

Jamie Cooper is an artist who teaches pen and ink drawing.

he runs courses in wood turning.

01692 402371

01263 761400 Mitchell House is a fine art sculptor and he teaches

Jane Kenning & Hannah Ghoorahoo make dresses, upholstery and teach sewing.

a range of courses in clay and wax.

01263 732455

07917 826585 Plant & Garden Fair

Workshop Festival

Sunday 8th May, 10am to 4pm

3rd – 12th June

Celebrating 40 years at Alby Crafts, Valerie Alston has been splitting and potting up some of her favourite species to sell alongside a selection of guest stallholders. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm All enquiries 01263 768820

Cover image: Alby Crafts

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Visual Arts News

Tracy Satchwill: Solo Exhibition Playful and theatrical artist Tracy Satchwill presents her first solo exhibition in her new home city of Norwich. The exhibition will showcase her brightly coloured works including a new collection based on fairytales and an Arts Council awarded Magna Carta Women project highlighting 800 years of women and their campaign for rights. Inspired by history and narratives, Tracy digitally collages original photographs with illustration, print and found objects. Costumes, props and scenes are created piece-by-piece, giving a unique process to her work. The exhibition runs from May 24th – June 4th at Anteros Art

Diss Silver Clay Workshop

Foundation, Norwich. The Private View is on May 26th from 5.30-7.30pm, including an artist talk.

On Saturday May 21st, DesignerMakers@21 in Diss is home to

a fantastic Silver Clay workshop with artist Gerry Godfrey. Art Clay Silver is a craft medium which is easy and versatile to model and, once fired, produces a pure silver item. In this two hour taster session you’ll learn how to handle and work the clay and, using a mould, make a small pendant that can be used as a necklace or charm for a bracelet. All tools and silver clay will be provided in this informal and friendly workshop of just students. The workshop costs £40 including materials and runs from 10am-12pm or Tea, coffee and delicious cake will be served.

Over Gallery: Iona Howard Exhibition In May, Over Gallery near Cambridge opens earth lines - a new exhibition of work by fine art printmaker Iona Howard. Her prints explore surface and line created over time through human interaction with the landscape. The earth lines exhibition features flat fenland vistas near her Cambridgeshire studio, and the softer lines of her native west Cornwall. After growing up on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, her father working as a sculptor in the beautiful Cornish serpentine stone, these days Iona can be found working out in the fenland near her home. Here the lines of history are more stark: temporary plough and crop lines change through the seasons, patterning the fenland bound in by lodes and banks. Iona’s landscapes are created through the process of carborundum printmaking. The initial plate is built up with acrylic binders and carborundum grit. This uncompromising surface is inked up. The print created has a highly embossed, surprisingly velvety texture of deep rich tones. To contrast the carborundum, Iona adds drypoint which provides fine incised lines. Earth Lines runs from May 5th-21st, Weds to Sat (11am-4pm)

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Visual Arts

Maggi Hambling: Portrait of my Father (Ink)

Opening the Door on Great Art Passion for Portraits

For over twenty years the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

From June 11th to October 16th, Gainsborough's House in

scheme has been demonstrating the diversity and talent

Sudbury is home to Face to Face: Portraits from the Andrew

of Norfolk’s visual arts community. Over 16 days - from

Lambirth Collection. Art critic and author Andrew Lambirth

May 28th to June 12th - artists across the county open

bought his first painting as a student at Nottingham University

their studio doors, allowing visitors to see and meet

in the late 1970s. Since then he has built up a collection of

sculptors and textile artists, painters and jewellery makers

paintings, drawings and prints, which focuses on the artists he

and many more. It’s an inspiring and enjoyable way for

has known and written about. Face to Face concentrates on

people to find out about artist’s work, skills and techniques,

portraits and self-portraits drawn from his collection, in a

as well as to buy art. The scheme attracts thousands of

variety of media, from etchings and lithographic prints to

visitors each year and this year will see over 450 artists

collage, oil painting and pencil drawing. The range is wide:

taking part across 255 venues, along with 16 Norfolk

from the gentle surrealism of Eileen Agar to the witty Pop art

schools. Studios are free to visit and all details, including

of Allen Jones, via Maggi Hambling’s ink portrait of her father

studio opening days, Taster Exhibitions, Art Trails and

and Laetitia Yhap’s pregnant nude self-portrait. Artists include

additional events and demonstrations can be found in the

Augustus John, David Jones, RB Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, John Nash

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure and website.

and Walter Sickert, along with a host of lesser-known but

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is run in association with

intriguing figures.

Wex Photographic.

Greenhouse Gallery: Inundation During the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Open Studios celebrations, and as part of its Climate Change Challenge, the Greenhouse Gallery will host INUNDATION, an exhibition of artwork by 20 local painters, photographers and poets. On Friday June 10th, the Greenhouse will also host an English organic wine tasting and talk by Peter Melchett, owner of Ringstead Farm in North Norfolk. Andy Hockaday from Norwich-based company, Investing Ethically, will talk through some of the issues, and solutions, around climate change and food production in East Anglia. Guests will enjoy three of the best organically grown English wines currently available.

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Artist Profile: Brett Day

Just three years ago, Beccles artist Brett Day had never picked up a paintbrush. But after he was forced to give up work due to ill health, Brett received a present that has quite literally changed his life. 'I'd been a house husband for about three months, when I found myself watching a video on YouTube of the late American artist Bob Ross,' he says. 'In it, he was explaining his work as he painted a picture. It got me thinking. My birthday was coming up so I asked my wife Kathleen to buy me some oil paints and a canvas as a present.' With little idea of what to do, Brett set to work painting a landscape of mountains and a lake. 'It was purely from imagination and it went much better than I ever thought it would,' says Brett. 'Having said that, I don't like it very much now when I look back at it!' Inspired, Brett began painting every day - and even putting videos of him working on YouTube and Facebook. 'I realised people loved watching tutorials and I started getting quite a few hits,' he says. After about six months of oil painting, Brett discovered spraypainting. 'My first spray painted work was done on a small, cheap canvas and the response I got was amazing,' he says. 'I began spray-painting every day.' Two years ago, Brett began to sell his work via Facebook and now takes regular commissions from fans. His work has been sold in 18 countries around the world so far.

'For me, that's the biggest reward,' says Brett.' It's amazing to think that my work is hanging in homes and businesses all over the world. Recently, I was contacted by a lady from Australia who had been suffering from depression. She'd watched one of my videos and it had inspired her to go out and spray paint her car.' Last year Brett began painting other objects such as bread bins and toy chests. Then, in October 2015, he was inspired to paint his wheelie bins. 'I just went to put the bins out like normal one day and I suddenly realised they were a blank canvas,' he says. Excited Brett painted all three and posted a video of his work online. He had no idea of what was about to happen. 'Normally my videos get about 3000-4000 views after a week,' says Brett. 'By the next day this video had 80,000 views. Later that night, that had increased to 250,000. WIthin a couple of days this had increased to a staggering 1 million views and I burst into tears.' To date, Brett's video has racked up 15 million shares. 'I love sharing my work with other people,' says Brett. 'I'd love to have my own art show on TV and I'm in talks with stations in this country and in the USA. Three years ago, if anyone had told me this is the path my life would follow I wouldn't have believed them. Giving my job up has been a blessing in disguise and I'm enjoying every moment of it.' with brett May 2016 | 11

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Inspired by Suffolk Suffolk’s ever changing coastal landscape of enormous skies,

exhibition. Using the composition found in the smaller paintings,

wide seas and empty beaches continually inspire Delia

often combining elements from other studies Delia loves

Tournay-Godfrey’s oil paintings; whether a stormy seascape, a

simplifying what is there; omitting unnecessary detail,

riverbank footpath or a flat expanse of field, one or two figures

emphasising close tones, using these elements to evoke a

always enliven the scene. Delia’s painting possesses calm,

mood or atmosphere.

poetic observation coupled with sensitive technique, the work has an uncomplicated quality with enviable light, sure brushwork; a clear vision cleanly painted in close tones with a subtle palette.

Frequently selected for the New English Art Club, ING Discerning Eye and RA Summer Exhibitions in London, Delia’s recent successes include being awarded the Lincoln Seligman Purchase Prize, and to have had ‘Watching the Waves’ selected

Small paintings worked directly from the subject, figures capturing attitude and atmosphere; people on a beach against a luminous sky, intensely felt, are explored further in her studio at home through the larger works which feature in this

for the Lynn-Painter Stainers Prize. You can see Delia’s work during the Aldeburgh Festival 2016 at Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery from June 11th – 26th.

Delia Tournay-Godfrey New Paintings

Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery 51 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AU 11th - 26th June 2016 | Open daily 10 am - 5 pm (closing 1 pm on last day) | 07790 296158 12 |

Explore the home of Printmaking Curwen Print Study Centre is open to everyone on June 4th

As a registered charity Curwen is trying

and 5th and offers the chance for visitors to see a professional

to raise funds to improve equipment

print studio with tutors demonstrating print techniques on

and facilities. Buy a raffle ticket for our Artist Print Raffle in which every ticket

beautiful presses whilst exhibiting their own work.

is a winner! Prints by John Bellany

Visitors will have the opportunity to buy Original prints, printmaking materials and start up kits should they want to try printmaking at home.

Artists. Tickets are £20 to be drawn at 4pm onJune 5th.

Tutors will be available to discuss courses and show examples of prints achieved here in studio. Course brochures will be available to take away.

RA, Chloe Cheese, Stanley Jones, John Mills, Mark Hearld plus other

For more information contact Lorraine Chitson on 01223 892380 or email

Cur wen Pr int St udy Ce nt re

EXCELLENCE IS A FINE ART Courses for artists of all abilities and ages 2015 Printmaking brochure out11am now - 5pm Open Studio 4th & 5th June from 01223 892380

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A Parliament of Owls This year’s most ambitious offering from Norfolkbased book producer Mascot Media is a feast for owl fans.

camouflage, relatively small numbers and a tendency when

‘The Elegant Fowl’ follows last year’s highly successful ‘The

awake to be out hunting, rather than posing for field sketches.

Artful Hare’ in showcasing printmaking talent via hundreds of

This hasn’t stopped a vast number of artists from producing

interpretations of a fascinating creature. The new book brings

realistic and stylistic interpretations of all major species at rest

together the original prints of more than 90 artists, with 265

and on the wing.'

images reproduced over 192 pages. This represents the first of a planned series of bird-themed printmaking books, with more to follow in 2017.

As with earlier Mascot Media books, the common thread running through this collection is that all the images are based on original prints, not copies of paintings or drawings. Small

Of around 96 artists featured in ‘The Elegant Fowl’, 20 are

handmade editions are created, numbered and signed, with

based in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. 'As an

each having its own slight variations that add to the charm of

artistic subject, the owl has considerable appeal.' explains

owning an original print.

author Alan Marshall. 'The birds pose many challenges for

Published on June 17th, ‘The Elegant Fowl’ is a 227mm square

printmakers, thanks to their largely nocturnal nature, good

hardback book retailing at £22.50.

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Charity lunch is set to be a bestseller

Literary Feast in Felixstowe

Best-selling author Peter James is set to thrill the audience at a new fundraising lunch near Ipswich in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

readings, book signings and workshops with over eighty writers

The author of the Roy Grace murder mystery novels will host an exciting new event, organised by the Ipswich Group for Action Medical Research, at Kesgrave Hall on Friday, June 17th.Tickets are already selling fast for the lunch where guests will enjoy a two-course meal followed by a talk by Peter on the world of crime writing. 'We’re so thrilled that Peter James will be hosting this lunch for crime fiction fans in Ipswich for the first time and we can't wait to hear about what inspires him,' says Lucy Hynes, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for the region. 'Medical research for children is underfunded in the UK. For every project Action funds there’s another one we have to turn away – simply because of a lack of funds.That's why we're so grateful that Peter has lent his support to fund vital research to develop new treatments and cures for sick babies and children.'

Felixstowe Book Festival returns for a fourth year of talks, and musicians to entertain adults and children over the weekend of 25-26th June 2016. The weekend kicks off on the 24th with an evening of Brazilian music to get you into the Festival mood. Fiction highlights include appearances by Orange Prize-winning author Rose Tremain, and Deborah Moggach whose novel These Foolish Things was made into the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Bestselling historian Juliet Barker joins the festival to mark the bicentenary year of Charlotte Brontë’s birth.  And to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death there is a special event at Landguard Fort: Sea Change by sound artist Lily Hunter Green.  There's also a fantastic selection of events for children and teens including a Roald Dahl celebration.  For full programme details and to subscribe to a newsletter visit Garry Lake Photography

Peter, a long-term supporter of Action Medical Research, has helped to raise more than £70,000 for the charity with the popular Peter James Golf Classic in East Sussex which has been running for seven years. This is his first event for Action Medical Research in Suffolk – though hopefully it will have many sequels! The Ipswich branch of Waterstones will be selling Peter’s books at the event and he will be happy to sign them. His latest novel, Love You Dead, will be on sale and pre-orders for his upcoming book, Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace's Brighton, co-written with Graham Bartlett and due out in July, can also be taken. Waterstones has pledged a donation from all book sales. For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research it has funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. The charity is currently funding research into premature birth, meningitis, Down syndrome and epilepsy, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children. Tickets for the Dine with Crime Writer Peter James lunch are £38.50 and are available from

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Theatre & Film News

Satire comes to Cambridge Norwich To Host New Technical Theatre Course

From May 9th to 14th Cambridge Arts Theatre is home to a fantastic production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, directed

Norfolk will be the home of a brand new course which aims to

by Daniel Buckroyd. Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire in two

equip the next generation of theatre technicians. Practical hands-

acts, lifting the lid on race and real estate in a fictional Chicago

on training will be offered at the full-time course which will be

neighbourhood. It’s 1959 and the swinging sixties are just

partly based at Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal’s new learning

around the corner as a black family move into a suburban white

and participation centre which opens in September. The Level

enclave, triggering all too predictable mutterings from the

Three Technical Theatre Production Course will offer hands-on

neighbours. Fifty years on, we return to the same house in 2009

training in a host of different areas including set design, lighting,

as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.One skillful

sound, stage management and business production, and will be

ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in a play hailed

equivalent to studying three A-Levels. It will be run by the national

as ‘outrageously funny and provocative’ (Daily Telegraph).

music college Access To Music, in partnership with Norwich

Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike since its debut on

Theatre Royal, and will build on the work already being done at

Broadway in 2009, Clybourne Park took the West End by storm

their well-established base at Magdalen Street in the city. The

following a sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It

course will build on the programme of events and activities being

has been awarded Best Play at the Olivier Awards, the Evening

delivered in Stage Two, the theatre’s new £3m-plus learning space,

Standard Best Play Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre

which includes a performance space with seating for up to 100

Award, Critics’ Circle Best Play Award and the Tony Award for Best

people, workshops and rehearsal space.

Play. This production comes to Cambridge as part of its first

national tour.

Ken Livingstone comes to Beccles Hard left politician Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, Member of Parliament and one-time Leader of the Greater London Council, is coming to Beccles Public Hall on June 5th at 2.30pm. With forty years in front-line politics, An Audience with Ken Livingstone promises to be a fantastic afternoon with a "no holds barred" question and answer session. Dubbed ‘Red-Ken’ by the media in the 1980s, he went on to clash bitterly with Margaret Thatcher who promptly turfed him out of a job by abolishing the GLC. He became Labour MP for Brent and then in 2000 became the first elected Mayor of London. He was lavished with public praise for upgrading the city’s transport system, introducing the congestion charge, the Oyster card and bus and cycle lanes. He also oversaw the bid that led to the 2012 Summer Olympics. But he still lost two mayoral elections to Conservative candidate Boris Johnson. A polarising figure in British politics, Livingstone is the author of two autobiographies - If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It (1987) and You Can’t Say That (2012). 'With the Referendum on Europe set just two weeks after Ken's visit, it will be fascinating to hear what Ken has to say on the subject,' says Hall Manager, Neil Dunnell.

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eatre & Film A Disappearing Act by Single Shoe Productions

Get Yo on the ur Finger Pulse Jamal Ha ‘Word’ rewood’s

Pulse Festival: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich May 26th to June 4th Returning for its 16th year, this 10 day festival offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield.

work and collaborations from the region, showcasing the impact Ipswich makes on the industry. Eastern Angles will present The Fitting Room by Tara Lepore, which will take place in the Theatre Bar. Gecko will present a work in progress of a new show The Wedding, which will be presented on the final Saturday at DanceEast. On June 2nd, Dance Day returns with two performances programmed by DanceEast from Rhiannon

Suitcase Prize Day (May 27th) began at Pulse Festival 2013 as

Faith and The Hiccup Project, this year at the New Wolsey

a way of encouraging theatre makers to think about making


and touring work in a more environmentally and economically sustainable way. It returns for the 4th time this year with ten shows competing to be named best show that can be toured on public transport, with This Theatre, winners of the prize in 2015, returning with Edinburgh hit Police Cops.

The festival will conclude on June 4th with Spymonkey’s production of The Complete Deaths, adapted and directed by Tim Crouch. There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare and Spymonkey will perform them all sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly,

This year’s Spring Festival Commission is Jamal Harewood’s

sometimes musically, always hysterically. The show will be

Word – which will be shown for the first time as a work in

performed in the theatre’s full auditorium space and will make

progress on Scratch Day (May 28th). The commission is

for an explosive evening!

supported by Mayfest (Bristol), Night Watch (The Junction, Cambridge), Sprint Festival (Camden People’s Theatre, London) and PULSE to offer artists a time to develop and tour brand new work with different audiences and feedback in each region. Sunday May 29th sees a new themed day in the festival for emerging work from companies who are experimenting with new ways of working. Le Gateau Chocolat will present a work in progress of a new show for families, Duckie; the New Wolsey Theatre’s People You May Know present a new show The Goldilocks Principle – a story about hoping for happiness and setline for success, and Worklight Theatre bring their multiaward winning show Labels, a funny and moving story about mixed heritage. As part of We Are Ipswich – a local collaboration of arts venues and organisations, Pulse Festival will this year present more

For a full programme of events see


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The New Wolsey Theatre to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a mystery lucky dip show at the Pulse Festival 2016. Entrants must be available from May 30th - June 3rd. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: May 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply. May 2016 | 17

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Kid's Corner - Review: Harleston Players Youth Theatre Company Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Bomb I've always loved Terry Pratchett, and his series of books

Special mention must go to Evie Kingdom who played Mrs

featuring Johnny Maxwell and his friends are no exception.

Tachyon. For one so young, Evie's portrayal of the old lady was both

But could this work as a musical? And would it engage my

funny and perfectly timed.

7-year-old and 5-year-old? The answer is a resounding YES.

Both the singing and the choreography were impressive and we

Johnny and the Bomb tells the tale of Johnny Maxwell and his

found ourselves humming one of the songs all the way home.

friends who stumble upon the local bag lady, Mrs Tachyon, and

It was a great opportunity to show the children just what people not

realise her shopping trolley is actually a time machine.Together,

much older than themselves can really achieve when they set their

they travel back to 1941 to try to prevent an air raid that caused

mind to it.

deaths in their home town of Blackbury. If you'd like to see the Harleston Players in action, their next show To say the Harleston Players Youth Theatre Company are a talented

Oliver - is on 21st-22nd and 27th-29th October.

bunch is an understatement. Ranging in age from 9-15, they intelligently portrayed the characters, with many cast members playing more than one part. Johnny and his friends were very believable and each of their characters really shone through. Painting The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse – Recorded and broadcast from The Royal Academy Of Arts & The Cleveland Museum Of York Sunday 1st May 3pm From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film. Running time 1hr 25mins Tickets £12.50 Code: MGArt A View From The Bridge – Recorded Broadcast from National Theatre Live Thursday 12th May 7pm The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. Starring Emum Elliot, Phoebe Fox, Richard Hansell, Mark Strong Runtime 2hrs 30mins Tickets £15 Code: NTLView Andris Nelsons Conducts Wagner and Bruckner (U) Recorded Broadcast from Berliner Philharmonic Sunday 15th May 3pm A concert led by Andris Nelsons, the highly acclaimed conductor widely considered one of the outstanding

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interpreters of Richard Wagner,in a concert featuring excerpts from Wagner's transcendental Parsifal and Anton Bruckner's monumental Symphony No. 3 Runtime 2hr 25mins incl 1 interval Tickets £12.50 Code BerPhil Frankenstein – Live Broadcast from The Royal Opera House Wednesday 18th May 7.15pm Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. Starring Steven McRae, Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera Runtime TBC Tickets £15 Code ROHfrank

Tickets bookable at the Riverside Theatre Box Office on 01394 382174 or online at

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The Bodyguard

Norwich Theatre Royal, May 24th - June 4th The award-winning musical The Bodyguard, based on the

Olivier Awards nominations, including Best New Musical and

1992 Oscar-nominated blockbuster film which starred

Best Set Design, as well as winning Best New Musical at the

Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, heads for the Norwich

Whatsonstage Awards.

Theatre Royal stage for a two-week run at the end of May.

The romantic thriller features a whole host of Whitney Houston’s

Playing the lead role of superstar singer Rachel Marron, who

greatest hits, including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One

falls in love with her bodyguard, is X-Factor winner and three-

Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run

time Brit nominee Alexandra Burke*.

to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one

The show wowed London audiences from November 2012 to August 2014, with Alexandra in the lead role for the last three

months of its run. Along the way, it picked up four Laurence N

of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Note: Alexandra Burke is NOT scheduled to perform at any midweek or Saturday matinees including any revised matinee performances.

MAY BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00

Tues 3 – Sat 7 May GUYS AND DOLLS Richard Fleeshman, Maxwell Caulfield star in sizzling New York musical £8 - £44 Sun 8 May BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS Great tribute band £7 - £19.50

Mon 9 – Tues 10 May TOSCA & CARMEN Two of the best-loved operas £8 - £36.50 Sat 14 – Sun 15 May THE JAMES PLAYS* Epic historical trilogy of plays from the award-winning National Theatre of Scotland £24 - £85 (for all 3 plays)

Tues 17 – Wed 18 May SANS OBJET* Giant industrial robot in spectacular dance between man and machine £7 - £22 Thur 19 May MAX RICHTER ENSEMBLE* Leading contemporary classical artist £8 - £28

Fri 20 May THE ANALOGUES* The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour performed on vintage instruments £7 - £25 Sat 21 May LISA FISCHER* Rolling Stones’ backing singer £7 - £22.50 Tues 24 May – Sat 4 Jun THE BODYGUARD Alexandra Burke stars in award-winning musical based on the blockbuster film £8 - £48.50 *

Guys and Dolls

Sun 1 May STEPPING INTO STARDOM Yvonne School of Dance £7 - £18

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Arts Council

Ramps on the Moon

'I have never been allowed to play this kind of part before.

disabled audiences and participants to engage with each

It’s been really amazing to explore how to inhabit myself in

venue. Each member of the consortium will produce a show

this type of character.'

each year that will tour to the rest to help reach these aims.

The New Wolsey Theatre is currently leading the way when it comes to changing the world of disability arts! Back in May 2015, they were successfully awarded £2.3m from Arts

First off the block was Birmingham Repertory Theatre with their cast of 18 individuals with a mix of Deaf, disabled and able-bodied performers.

Council England – the largest funding grant from their

'We have all been looking out for each other and even if I

Strategic Touring Programme – and they are currently in the

was a bit nervous on the first day, I soon forgot to be

middle of the first tour for the project, Gogol’s The

nervous and settled into just getting on with it.'

Government Inspector.

Changes are already under way in each venue to make

'This is the best company I have ever worked in and I think

them more accessible on stage and off. Birmingham Rep

it has spoiled me for future work!'

have changed the way everyone accesses their offices

The consortium of theatres who are collaborating together, named Ramps On The Moon, are committed to changing the way Deaf and disabled artists and performers access the arts, and are providing more opportunities to Deaf and

backstage, making touch points for passes lower down and engaging more staff in learning British Sign Language. The New Wolsey Theatre has continued to work with their Agents For Change to work with the community directly and using key contacts in a user forum to inform how they make their

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Arts Council

changes. Theatre Royal Stratford East, Sheffield Theatres, and

'This show

West Yorkshire Playhouse are starting to do the same and

challenges theatres'

working with local Deaf and disabled arts professionals to

reticence to employ disabled actors &

make more positive changes to their environment.

explodes quality concerns.'

'There's been huge networking potential - we can actually

Further to Ramps On The Moon, a new website aimed at

meet Artistic Directors & ask them out for coffee; they get to

engaging with the industry and further afield is now live and

see our work.'

ready for your comments! An Agent For Change is a

As well as the shows on tour putting the fine work the consortium is doing on the stage, there are also many digital platforms that have been created by the New Wolsey Theatre to help audiences and artists engage with the project further. The Ramps On The Moon website has been created to follow the news and updates to the current shows on tour, and will

provocative platform for changing the world – and will be monitored by the new Agents For Change employed by the consortium as part of Ramps On The Moon 'This has been a fantastic experience so far.' Find out more information and see where the show is going next by visiting

act as an archive to the project for participants to look back on. You can now follow their progress on Twitter

Contribute your thoughts to how the arts world is changing


for Deaf and disabled people on May 2016 | 21

Coffee & aChat It takes a lot to impress Simon Cowell and magician Jamie Raven did just that on Britain's Got Talent last year. Now he's bringing his show to Norwich and is hoping to impress more than just the judges.

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This year, Britain's Got Talent celebrates its tenth anniversary and is just as impressive, shocking and wacky as usual. For magician Jamie Raven, it has been the springboard he needed to launch his career through the roof. ' I had been doing magic professionally for ten years before I went on,' says Jamie. 'Everyone is aware of the impact Britain’s Got Talent can have. Rightly or wrongly, I had always thought magic didn’t get a fair shake on the show and I had thought about doing it but had decided against. Then an American magician won America’s Got Talent in the year that I did mine and I thought there might be a better chance, and in this country there was some wonderful work being done by magicians to make magic cool. So I went on the show and Simon Cowell said he ‘now believed in magic’ and I stood there thinking ‘Wow! This could change everything’, and it turns out it did!' After wowing the judges and audience alike, and finishing as series runner-up, Jamie went on to take his magic into the West End. 'I was invited to headline a show called The Illusionists and it was myself and six other performers who all had different areas of expertise,' says Jamie. 'That was at the Shaftesbury Theatre and it ran for seven and a half weeks and went on to become the most successful limited engagement they have ever had there, which is amazing. To have that honour and accolade was incredible.' But how did Jamie get into magic in the first place? 'My first experience was on a family holiday in India,' says Jamie. 'We were visiting some friends and a magician came over to our table. He did something that I have never seen any other magician do since, and he said afterwards ‘if you are interested I can teach you a couple of the tricks’. So there was myself

and some other kids there and he showed us a couple of the little bits he had done. So I then knew my two tricks. Later, years down the line on a holiday in Spain, a friend showed me a card trick based on maths and my repertoire increased by 33 per cent! Then as I got a bit older, I got a little job when I was at school and there were magic shops in London and whenever I had saved up £5 or £10 I could go and buy a book, and that’s how it started. The ball started rolling. It was a hobby that I am very lucky has become a living.' Jamie is now taking his illusions on the road with a country wide tour. 'We are kicking off on June 16 in Cardiff and going up and down England and are coming to Norwich Theatre Royal on June 21 – and it’s going to be a mixture of all sorts of magic,' says Jamie. 'We are trying to tick all the boxes, so there’ll be some of the close up side of magic, which is my favourite to perform, and there’ll be some of the bigger scale illusions. There’ll be a little bit of mind-reading. There’ll be some audience participation, so a couple of routines where we’ll be getting people up out of the audience to come up. If you have one favourite area of magic, you’ll be catered for.' And it turns out Jamie is no stranger to Norfolk. 'My uncle and my auntie and their kids live in Swaffham. They have a hotel there and so I come to Norwich periodically, sadly only for a bite to eat, but when we come in June we will make a bit of a day out. I’m a culture vulture and I hear you have a cathedral here, so I’ll go and have a little look around.'

Jamie Raven Live is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Tuesday, June 21st, 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £7 to £18.50, from the box office on 01603 630000 or online at

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Music News

Sublime Baroque Collaboration The hugely popular Suffolk-based upper-voice ensemble Seraphim

The Blockheads come to Bury

is partnering with its neighbour over the border, internationally

Ian Dury's former band, the iconic Blockheads are coming to

respected period instrument group Norwich Baroque, to help

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on June 2nd. Formed in 1977 to

celebrate the orchestra’s tenth anniversary. Their music will bridge

promote Ian Dury’s album 'New Boots and Panties' on the

the two counties with a concert in each. Two historic churches -

first Stiff Records tour of the U.K, Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-

St Mary's in Attleborough and St Michael the Archangel in

Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher

Framlingham - will provide the setting for the much-loved Stabat

became known as 'The Blockheads'. In 1982, Ian Dury &

Mater (Pergolesi) and a beautiful Venetian Miserere in D (Hasse)

The Blockheads disbanded. They were not to play together

as well as music for strings by Vivaldi and some sublime early a

again until 1987 when they went out to Japan to play three

cappella vocal music. Seraphim and its conductor Vetta Wise

shows, before disbanding again until 1990 when the death

performed Adolf Hasse’s glorious Miserere in Venice last year to

of Charlie Charles re-united them to play two Benefit gigs at

standing ovations and is delighted to have the opportunity to sing

The Forum, Camden Town in aid of Charlie’s family. Their last

it again with the exciting and dynamic players of Norwich

performance was on February 6th 2000 at The London

Baroque. Two international singers, Venice-based American, Liesl

Palladium, with Ian passing away on March 27th 2000.

Odenweller, and acclaimed Suffolk-born Diana Moore, will travel to

Since then the band has continued making albums, touring

join the ensembles. Tickets: Prelude Records in Norwich (01603

the world and still performing to packed out venues.

628319) or by calling/messaging the Seraphim booking line

(07763 527239).

Norwich Arts Centre: Hackney Colliery Band Hackney Colliery Band have had a simply phenomenal few years. From playing a 45 minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM (UK), from collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum to selling out clubs across Europe and a tour schedule even taking in the Faroe Islands, these east London musicians haven’t stopped. Part of their appeal lies in their set list, which is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. With influences as much from the world of contemporary rock and electronica as from jazz and global brass, they stand out in a music landscape increasingly populated by brass bands. A New Orleans-style line up of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and two drummers, and a name which pays homage to the British brass heritage demonstrate that Hackney Colliery Band are rooted in tradition, yet sound thoroughly modern. Catch the band at Norwich Arts Centre on May 30th.

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Opera in the Park Culford School's third annual Opera in the Park takes place on Saturday June 18th. This year, this magical outdoor concert features highlights from Mozart’s sublime opera The Magic Flute, as well as other opera favourites, all staged in Culford Hall’s beautiful grounds and performed by the acclaimed London Festival Opera. London Festival Opera’s artists have performed at Glyndebourne, the Royal Albert Hall and La Fenice in Venice, to name just a few. Their abridged version of The Magic Flute will bring this impressive, and sometimes comic opera, to opera lovers old and new. Guests are invited to arrive from 5.00pm to enjoy a pre-ordered luxury picnic hamper (costing £45.00 for two people) or their own picnic. As evening approaches, the audience will be invited to turn to the stage in front of the Hall to enjoy a truly magnificent performance from 7.00pm. There will also be a licensed bar and gourmet food stalls open during the afternoon and evening and for interval refreshments. The ticket price for an adult is £37 and tickets can be booked online by visiting This event has sold out for the past two years, so early booking is advised.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with Culford School to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to Opera in the Park on June 18th. To be in with a chance of winning, just email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: May 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.

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Food & Drink

Food Review: The White Horse Inn, Stoke Ash Situated close to the town of Eye

prawn cocktail on Melba toast whilst I opted for the

on the A140 at Stoke Ash in

homemade spring vegetable soup.The portions were

Suffolk, lies The White Horse Inn.

more than we expected and were really tasty.

This delightful Coaching Inn, dates

For a main course, Lynn went for the grilled lambs liver

back to the 17th century, circa 1647.This independently run Inn

with streaky bacon, and mustard mash and I had burgers and mash and veggies. Both meals were filling and delicious.

has been managed for over 15 years by the same family and offers a truly wide range of top quality homemade food, set in a

Despite being very busy, the service was excellent with the staff,

warm, friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

including Florin, going out of their way to check that everything was satisfactory.

Having heard many of our friends extol the virtues of The White Horse Inn, my wife and I decided to put their praises to the test.When we

After two great courses I was too full for dessert but Lynn managed a

arrived on a Friday evening we were warmly greeted by a waiter who

Pannacotta with butterscotch sauce and hazelnuts...oh yum yum.

escorted us to a table and introduced himself as Florin.

As we sat finishing our drinks we had time to notice the great ambience

Having ordered a drink we got down to checking out our menus.We

of the room, the wooden beams and the lighting all of which added to

were surprised and pleased by the range of food on offer, plus the

the experience of our evening.The White Horse Inn now sits firmly at the

selection of specials displayed around the open fire. My wife chose a

head of our "we must come back here" list. Mel Veness

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What’s On

A Fine Festival for a Fine City Norfolk & Norwich Festival, one of the biggest arts festivals in the

Highlights of this year’s music programme include the Sun Ra

UK, will be setting the city alight from May 12th-29th. The

Arkestra who will join the festival to celebrate their 60th anniversary

programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts,

year, Dutch band The Analogues presenting a completely authentic

literature and events for children, includes world premieres,

version of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour reproduced with the

unique concerts and one-off events, including a number of free

same instruments used to record at Abbey Road Studios, the first

outdoor events across the festival. Festival highlights this year include a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Artistic Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival William Galinsky at Victorian purposebuilt circus building, the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Strijbos and Van Rijswijk’s interactive Walk With Me which moves through the grounds of the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall using GPS technology to superimpose site-specific compositions and sounds onto the beautiful surroundings, curious directive’s brand new show

ever solo concert from Twenty Feet from Stardom star Lisa Fischer, an audio-visual spectacle from Tindersticks and a special one-off gig from Billy Bragg. Festival Associate Artist David Parry will lead two nights of this year’s classical music programme, including a major new commission, Cain, for the Festival Chorus by Kemal Yusuf. The Norwich Philharmonic will present an epic staging of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand to celebrate their 175th anniversary and Aurora Orchestra take Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 onto the streets as part of the Free Outdoor Programme.

Spindrift, Wild Life, a collaboration between CAMPO’s Pol Heyvaert,

Live Art Club will return to the fringe of the festival with an exciting

young singer-songwriters from across Norfolk and Kim Noble, Fierce

programme peppered with Norwich’s finest homegrown talent as

Light, the world premiere event and exhibition from 14-18 NOW

well as artists from further afield. Events range from award-winning

bringing together poets of international standing such as Simon

performance poet Luke Wright’s first ever play to Odd Comic’s live

Armitage with film makers and visual artists to commemorate the

stream exchange with a residential home for older people, the

centenary of the First World War. There's also a UK premiere from

latest production from Made in China and The Voice Project’s

Finnish circus cabaret troupe Race Horse Company, the world

weekend of vocal activities including workshops, collaborations and

premiere of a major new choral commission from Kemal Yusuf,

surprise pop-ups in the city.

excerpts from electro-acoustic polymath Max Richter’s SLEEP, and Aurélien Bory’s industrial robot’s dance with acrobats Sans Objet, Flat - which opens the free outdoor programme and suspends an entire apartment high in the air whilst one man flies around it.

The Adnams Spiegeltent will be back at the Festival once again with a characteristically vibrant programme which includes former Andy Warhol factory superstar Penny Arcade’s award-winning stand up Longing Lasts Longer, singer songwriter and star of HBO’s

In England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Norfolk & Norwich

critically acclaimed True Detective Lera Lynn, Moh! Kouyaté, one of

Festival and the Writers’ Centre Norwich will once again present a

Africa’s hottest young guitar players and the return of Ragroof Tea

world class literature programme, including brand new

Dance’s classes and dance displays.

commissions commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme from Simon Armitage, Paul Muldoon and Jackie Kay and events with Irvine Welsh, graphic novelist Una, former Bank of

The Garden Party will return to the Festival for the middle weekend showcasing sound installations, circus, live music, dance and a scrap-metal fire breathing dragon.

England Governor Mervyn King and Linton Kwesi Johnson. The Writers’ Centre itself, at Dragon Hall, will be transformed into The Story Machine in an immersive literary experience through hallways, hideaways, gardens and cellars with live performances and pop up street food and bar. 28 |

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What’s On

Beccles Public Hall Events Team presents

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What’s On

Celebrating Creativity

From June 3rd to 12th, the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival brings together an amazing variety of art and entertainment. The beautiful Breydon water provides the inspiration for this years Art in the Minster and also a new musical play ‘Breydon Crowther’ which will be performed for the first time. There will be several art trails across the town, including one in honour of local artist John Dashwood’s work, and special exhibitions at Skippings Gallery and the library among others. The Minster once again plays host to several musical performances including a special concert to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. Ballet Theatre UK is returning to St. George’s Theatre to perform a live ballet version of Pinocchio and two musicians cover 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes. A screening of Aida from the Paris Opera house, an afternoon with Roy Hudd, two comedy shows and the Richie Paris Richie folk band are also among the highlights at this wonderful venue. Building on the success of last year’s ‘Mammoth Parade’ this year’s carnival procession ‘Halfway to Paradise’ promises to be even bigger and better involving many more local people on a colourful journey around the town. Linking with the Time and Tide museum’s 1950’s and 60’s themed exhibition of the same name, ‘Halfway to Paradise’ kick starts an entertaining day of town centre activity with the popular Community Fair taking place at the library and an array of performances in and around the market place and St George’s Plaza including a battle of the buskers competition. There will be guided walks showcasing Yarmouth’s fabulous heritage and many creative workshops for local people of all ages to get involved in. If ever you needed an excuse to visit this vibrant seaside town, this is it! May 2016 | 31

Broads Authority

Local Arts Scene: e Broads

The Beautiful Norfolk Broads Fanning out from the east of Norwich lies an intricate mosaic of

from this part of the county and the waterways, boats and broadland

land and waterways that in many ways is like stepping into a

churches feature heavily in their works of art.

different, more peaceful, world. Covering more than 300 square kilometres, the Broads include a wide variety of habitats including fen, woodland and grazing marshes and are home to a wide variety of birds and other animals. It's an artist's dream with a picture-perfect view around every river bend.

The Broads continue to inspire generation upon generation of artists who flock to their quiet waterways and tranquil meadows. In 2014 the first ever 4-day Plein Air Painting Festival - A Brush with the Broads - took place in and around this region and it's back this year in September. Other festivals in the region include the Ludham Arts

Dotted throughout this unique and stunning landscape are many

Festival, Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and the Out There International

towns and villages such as Wroxham, Brundall, Filby, Loddon, Ludham,

Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

North Walsham and Great Yarmouth on the coast. There are some excellent galleries and arts centres to be found in this area.

A perfect way to soak up the gentle ambience of this special region is to take a boat out along the waterways. It's possible to find yourself

The nineteenth century Norwich School of Painters - including John

completely alone - a rarity in this modern, busy world - and that's

Crome, John Sell Cotman and Henry Bright - found great inspiration

when the beauty of the Broads really comes into its own.

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Get Outdoors on the Broads

Broads Authority

Visitors to the Norfolk Broads are in for a treat this month with the fantastic Broads Outdoors Festival offering up a fortnight of events. The Outdoors Festival is a celebration of the wealth of activities on offer within the Broads National Park and has become a staple on its calendar. Now in its sixth year, the festival runs from May 7th to 22nd and for the first time will feature a Broadland Artisans open studio throughout the 16 days as well as the usual offering of landscape painting classes and other arts and crafts events. Broadland Artisans features a range of artists and crafts people showing off their creations at a studio at Swift Cottage in Neatishead.

With 26% of the rarest wildlife in the UK, more than 300 kilometres of footpaths, 122 miles of rivers and more than 60

The aim of the festival is to attract more visitors and locals to

shallow lakes, the Broads is a special place which is worthy of

enjoy activities in the Broads that they might not otherwise try

further exploration by locals and visitors alike and the festival

and to do this out of high season.

aims to showcase it.

With an ever increasing number of events every year, both on

A digital flipbook programme for the Outdoors Festival and an

water and on dry land, the festival has grown in size, popularity

interactive calendar of events is on

and variety.

Many of the mills and wind pumps are opening specially to the

A paper copy of the progamme is available from visitor

public and hosting guided tours and local museums are

information centres throughout the Broads and will be inserted

opening at night.

into the EDP in the run up to the festival.

One aim of the festival is to offer taster sessions so you can have a go at paddle boarding, canoeing, geocaching or wildlife photography to name but a few.

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Spotlight on.... Artist, gallery owner and tutor Linda Matthews

Please tell us about your background as an artist and about your gallery? My life as an artist began 17 years ago, following a career in

Q. You masterminded the plein-air painting festival, A

the Metropolitan Police in London that was curtailed by ill

Brush with the Broads. How has the event evolved?

health. Working at Ludham Bridge for 9 years, Broads Skies Gallery has been my studio for 5 years, where I also sell work by other professional Norfolk artisans.

2016 will be the third year of A Brush with the Broads. I started it because there was no others on offer in the UK at the time. The first year we attracted 35 artists from around the world, in

Q. What inspires you?

2015 there were 65 and hopefully this year we’ll attract 100.

Being outside in all weathers, in the country or the city, at

The aims are Inspiration, Education, Competition and

home and abroad. I am mainly a plein air painter. I have

Socialising. and promoting the Broads National Park as a

always loved the outdoors - my husband believes I was born

place of Artistic Inspiration in the past and for the future. With

in a barn! I like to be challenged by what I am painting and I

funding from Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business

paint life as it goes on in an impressionistic style.

improvement area we have been able to provide a free public

Q. You also teach. Please tell us about your courses and classes.

painting workshop on Marine parade before the Quick Draw on the Sunday of the festival weekend. 2016 will see the introduction of masterclasses in the field, where well known

I’ve been teaching for over 14 years now. It is always great to

artists will demonstrate how to interpret a scene on site. A

see people achieve something they don’t think they are

Brush with the Broads has attracted artists with national and

capable of. I always say I teach traditional techniques, but the

international standing, I already have artists wanting to lead

most important thing is to give everyone the confidence to use

workshops in 2017 - so I can't give it up now!

them how they feel inspired to. As well as my own tuition in Norfolk, France and Morocco, I am an associate Tutor for the Field Studies Council at Flatford Mill and Epping. In 2017 I will

Q. What, in your opinion, makes The Broads a special place?

be working with “The Real Sicily”. I’m always looking for new

Space, Light, Openness, Peace - I can still escape to places

inspirations and challenges.

where there is no one else but me and the geese.

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ARTS east May 2016  

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