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Welcome to the October/ November issue of

Mischief Theatre Company Director Jonathan Sayer

ARTSeast Magazine.

ahead of their smash hit The Comedy About a Bank

As the sun sets on our glorious summer, it’s time to

Robbery which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal this

warm our hearts with some of the many cultural


offerings that our beautiful region is so famous for.

We also find out more about the prestigious Art Fair

Head to the theatre, take in an exhibition, experience

East, discover what the Arts Council have up their

the thrill of live music.

sleeve in the next ten years and take a look at the

In this issue we focus on the fantastic Elisabeth Frink

fantastic Cambridge Music Festival.

exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre, catch up with

As ever, we have some great prizes including tickets

Broads artist David Dane and take a look at many

to see Ruby Wax at the Norwich Playhouse and the

exciting exhibitions taking place across the region

chance to celebrate classic swing at The Big Band at

this Autumn including the Halesworth Festival,

Christmas at the Auden Theatre, Holt.

Norwich Film Festival and the Ways with Words and

For now, we hope you enjoy this issue and we look

Lavenham Children’s Literary Festivals.

forward to hearing from you.

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Editor’s Welcome


Halesworth Arts Festival


Artist Profile: David Dane


Norwich Playhouse Competition

11 Elisabeth Frink Exhibition Sainsbury Centre

14 Visual Arts News 17 Art Fair East 18 Arts & Crafts Directory 20 Arts Council: 10 Year Strategy 22 Coffee & a Chat: Jonathan Sayer





32 Music News 35 Cambridge Music Festival 37 What’s On News 39 Norwich Film Festival


41 Auden Theatre Competition 42 Crimson Glory at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

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Artist ProďŹ le: David Dane

Daybreak on the Mere

Norfolk artist David Dane’s pictures embody the mystery and magic of the beautiful Norfolk Broads





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‘Art has always been my passion,’ smiles David. ‘I remember meeting my youth employment officer back in the 1950s and telling him that I either wanted to paint pictures or work with wildlife. I love that since then I have stayed true to myself and, to a certain extent, done both.’ David began exhibiting in the 1960s and his work can be found across the UK and abroad. ‘I’ve always worked in oil,’ he says. ‘I’ve never needed to experiment with different mediums. I love oil and it works perfectly for me.’ In the early 1980s, David wanted to extend the reach of his work beyond those who attended his exhibitions and he soon joined forces with an esteemed fine art print company in London called Rosenstiels. ‘I wanted to reach out to the world with my art and Rosenstiels gave me just that opportunity when, to my astonishment, they agreed to print my work. These prints flew off the shelves both in the UK and in many countries around the

world. In fact, several of my prints became bestsellers for the company including three prints entitled Romantic Mill, Dusk and Dawn. These sold tens of thousands of copies.’ David’s work falls into two categories - actual scenes and romantic compositions. ‘I frequently paint actual scenes of the Broads and can identify where each one is,’ says David. ‘But I also compose romantic scenes in my head that capture the essence of the broads and jog memories in people even though they do not exist in that form in real life. People often feel they recognise the location of one of my works and I have to tell them that it actually came from my imagination!’ The Broads have always been key to David’s work. ‘I’ve spent most of my life living near - and being inspired by - the Broads,’ says David. ‘I grew up in the shadow of the great Edward Seago’s house. His work has inspired me so much and is so evocative of this area with its rivers, marshland and mills.’

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Daybreak Hunsett Mil

Winter Evening Wayford

But despite being influenced by Seago, David knew from a young age that he wanted to come up with his own style of painting. It wasn’t enough to emulate the work of others. ‘My work is very ethereal and embodies a sense of mystery just like the Broads themselves,’ says David. ‘To me, the Broads are a magical place where you can escape from the 21st century and lose yourself in their beauty and serenity. You can frequently see the mist rising from the water as is depicted in many of my paintings. It’s a truly special place.’ Back in November 1999 David held a huge exhibition of his work, all relating to the Broads and those organisation that make the Broads their home.Three years in the making, it was a massive success and, since then, David has held a biennial exhibition. This year it takes place from November 24th and runs until December 2nd. ’The exhibition - entitled A World Apart - is being held at The Boathouse on

Ormesby Broad which is truly the most beautiful place I’ve ever exhibited,’ says David. ‘It runs for the whole week and I will be there every day from 11-4.’ Like the Broads themselves, David is a very spiritual and ethereal person. ‘I’m a vegan and work entirely with non-animal products which I’m very proud of,’ says David. ‘I’m also incredibly proud to be sponsored by Viridian Nutrition who are a fantastic ethical nutritional supplements company.’ David’s passion for the Broads is clear to see. ‘As with much of the world, the Broads have changed a great deal, but sometimes it still seems like another world,’ says David. Moored on some distant river bank on a summer’s evening with the mist rising over the water, takes us to another place – perhaps a time to reflect on folk who have gone before and to absorb the haunting sounds of wading birds.’ David’s work is also available in high quality giclée prints from his website.




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Humans and other Animals This Autumn, the Sainsbury

Centre hosts the largest

presentation of Elisabeth Frink’s

work since her death

25 years ago

Elisabeth Frink, Birdman, 1959. Photo: Pete Huggins Š Frink Estate and Archive





Humans and other Animals

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals, features over 130 works by the artist. The exhibition - at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich - provides new perspectives and examines her radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950s London, reappraising one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century. Frink’s work is placed alongside that of other modern masters, most notably Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon, Germaine Richier and Louise Bourgeois. In addition, work by two exciting contemporary artists, Douglas Gordon and Rebecca Warren, will also provide a wider context to explore themes important to Frink. Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals traces the evolution of Frink’s work over four decades, presenting the major themes in her practice and paying significant attention to her early work in the context of artists such as Rodin, Giacometti and Richier who inspired her. The relationship between humans and animals was central for Frink and one she returned to throughout her life. Whilst offering exciting contemporary possibilities both metaphorically and directly, she was conscious of the fact that animals appear in art from the very earliest times and that their relationship with humans and animals is interdependent. Frink rose to prominence while still a student at Chelsea College of Art in 1952, when she had her first major gallery exhibition and won a prize in the international competition for the Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner. During this period, she created a series of expressionist bird sculptures, which for her, evoked ‘strong feelings of panic, tension, aggression and predatoriness’. Frink created one of the most succinct responses to the Second

World War and to the climate of fear generated by the encroaching Cold War. Powerful examples of this series of sculptures will include Bird (1952), purchased by Tate from Frink’s first major exhibition and Vulture (1952). For Frink the bird-form became an avatar evoking an extreme sense of menace, fear and panic. 21 of these remarkable works will go on display and will be presented alongside works of a similarly foreboding and animalistic nature by Bourgeois and Richier. Mirage I and II (1969), presented outside in the Sainsbury Centre’s 350-acre Sculpture Park at the University of East Anglia, will provide an appropriate natural setting for these major works and a lasting legacy of the exhibition. The bird forms evolved into man-bird hybrids, falling or spinning through space. These works were inspired by vivid childhood memories of living next to a World War Two airfield where Frink witnessed planes and pilots falling from the sky. Frink’s Birdman (1959) was further inspired by the adventurer Léo Valentin, the self-styled ‘birdman’, who fell to his death after attempting flight with his hand-made wings. Birdman will be shown alongside the work of César Baldaccini who also responded to the shock of Valentin’s demise and such references demonstrate how Frink was constantly responding to current events and the mass media. For instance, the ‘Space Race’ was also a crucial theme, with Frink’s helmeted figures Spinning Man I and II (1960). Associated drawings echo images of early cosmonauts such as Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space. Frink’s most famous and unique theme is a series of Goggle Heads (1967-69) and Tribute Heads (1970s-80s). 10 of these larger-than-life-size bronze heads will be presented in the exhibition, the first time so many have been displayed together. Like other great twentieth century artists

such as Bacon and Picasso, Frink explores the binary attributes of human behaviour, representing man as both aggressor and victim. The Goggle Heads were based in part on the likeness of Mohamed Oufkir, who during the 1960s and 70s became a notorious mastermind of state orchestrated terror in post-independent Morocco. In contrast, the Tribute Heads commemorate the victims of acts of brutality or martyrs to a cause. A further significant section will explore Frink’s concern with the figure of the warrior, culminating in her magnificent yet terrifying Riace warriors, shown as a full quartet for the first time in decades. This section of the exhibition will demonstrate Frink’s unique treatment of the warrior as aggressor but also as a brutalised victim, and the contradictory forces of masculinity and vulnerability. Frink’s iconic Running Man, a theme she explored between 1978 and 1980, represents passive resistance and humanity’s ability to strive against adversity. Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals will feature a number of the artist’s final works, influenced by the ancient, folkloric figure of the Green Man. Drawing solace just before her death in this motif’s associations with rebirth and fresh life, this section will evidence how the natural world was a fertile source of inspiration at the core of Frink’s oeuvre. The exhibition has been developed in full collaboration with the Elisabeth Frink Estate, and will include a large number of loans from the Elisabeth Frink Estate, Tate, The Ingram Collection, and private lenders alongside important examples from the Sainsbury Centre’s own Collection. Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals runs from October 13th February 24th 2019.

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Elisabeth Frink with Birdman, c.1960. Photo: Barry Warner. © Frink Estate and Archive; Dorset History Centre

Goggle Head, 1969.

Photo: Pete Huggins © Frink Estate and Archive

Bird, 1952.

Photo: Ken Adlard © Frink Estate and Archive

Riace Warriors (detail), 1986-9.

© Frink Estate and Archive






Visual Arts

Winter Artfest Comes to Grantchester Contemporary art collective, MMContemporArt, is hosting another pop-up sale of original works at Grantchester Village Hall on November 24th-25th from 10.30 – 4.30. Following a successful inaugural show last year, these four artists, who met at local art groups, will be showing new works in the delightful setting of Grantchester. The four artists - Audrey Bowling, Caroline Dewar, Megan Ecclestone, Christine Lafon - will exhibit a wide variety of new mixed media Art, prints, greeting cards, and small gifts. They will be available throughout the show to answer your questions.

Open weekend for Norwich Art Supplies For the last twenty years, Norwich Art Supplies has catered for the needs of the region’s artists and craftspeople with their wide range of art materials sold from their jam-packed shop on St Benedict’s Street. With the shop fit to burst, they have decided to expand into St Laurence Church opposite for the weekend of October 13th-14th (10am-5pm). There will be several artists demonstrating various techniques including oil & acrylic painting, watercolour, printmaking, drawing, sculpting and gilding. It's a unique chance to see and talk to artists about the materials and techniques they use. Alongside, there will be the regions biggest display of studio equipment. ‘We realise how buying an easel or kiln for example is a major investment, and it's important to get it right,’ says owner Daniel. ‘We're delighted people will be able to come and try out the equipment we supply and ask any questions.’ There will be a range of special offers on equipment and materials, plus the chance to win some fantastic prizes in a free draw.

Quirks & Quiddities at Holt Gallery The Red Dot Gallery, Holt is home to a new exhibition exploring Norfolk’s folklore, myth and legends from November 10th-25th. The term ‘Normal for Norfolk’ has, in recent times, come to highlight some of the counties residents and their ways but the evidence within this new collection of paintings is testament to several centuries of odd goings-on and eccentric characters. Artist Barrie Morris spent several months considering just who and what to include in his very own Celebration of Norfolk. Some of the characters he has focused on are relatively familiar; The Ghost of Anne Boleyn, The Norwich Snap Dragon and The Vicar of Stiffkey. Others are less well known and some decidedly obscure, The Madhatter of Weybourne, Great Bustards at West Acre or A Miraculous Mermaid in Upper Sheringham all add to a sense of discovery or rediscovery within this diverse county. The Exhibition will also see the publication of a book ‘QUIRKS & QUIDDITIES’. This handsome 48 page hardback edition features all 20 paintings along with an interesting and informative text which is also written by Barrie Morris.

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Remembering the First World War Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to announce Not Yet At Ease, a major commission by the internationally renowned Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective. The work is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The centrepiece of the show is a video and sound installation that unfolds within a labyrinthine architectural form, inspired by the artists’ investigations into materials and structures used in institutions that housed injured and distressed soldiers while they awaited remission, recovery and release after the First World War.

Annual Exhibition in Walsham-le-willows

Within this space, the

From November 24th-26th, the Priory Room in

artists have conceived an

Walsham-le-willows hosts the annual exhibition of the

immersive environment

Arts & Craft group. Twelve local artists will be showing

that features a 12-track

their work with mediums including oil pastel

soundscape and an array

landscapes, jewellery, batik wallhangings,

of video screens and

printmaking, spinning and weaving, kiln cast glass,

during and immediately

projections. Sounds and

metalwork, ceramics, painting and sculpture. The

images explore and

exhibition is next to the church and runs from 10am-

extend the testimonies of Indian soldiers in the First World War.

6pm and admission is free.

The work also features transcripts of letters and diaries, close readings of medical records and of official dispatches, extracts from novels and poetry, and accounts of dreams and nightmares. These are interspersed with fragments of archival film and photography, spectral snatches of voices captured in hundredyear-old sound recordings, as well as the artists’ own reflections on a conflict that they believe never ended, producing a textured narrative fabric of sources and surprises.

The Gallery Norfolk: Mark Richardson Exhibition Leicestershire born painter Mark Richardson spent his childhood holidays in Cromer, in a caravan close to the Lighthouse and the much-loved Happy Valley. Now, after a successful career in design and advertising, Mark and his wife – the internationally acclaimed “crochetdermist” Shauna Richardson, have achieved their great ambition to move to North Norfolk so they can focus on their creative careers in the area of the UK they love the most. Mark’s paintings of the North Norfolk coast are striking and graphic, with an immediacy to them that brings a fresh perspective to these well-loved views. Working with acrylic and graphite crayon, Mark has a sure eye for the colours that are found in these sometime rather austere landscapes and the ethereal, shifting light that artists have long held to be particular to this corner of the United Kingdom. The Gallery Norfolk is proud to present the first exhibition of Mark’s paintings of the region, opening on the October 27th and running to November 14th.





An exhibition of watercolours by Michael Coulter

19 – 31 October Pre view Thursday 18th October 4.30 – 7.30pm

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Art Fair East 2018


Norfolk Treasures by Lucy Loveheart

Major international contemporary art fair returns to the East of England Art Fair East is now established as a

Brian Korteling added: ‘We aim to

regular feature in the eastern region’s art

deliver the best the art-world has to

calendar and returns to St. Andrews Hall,

offer and to also introduce Eastern

Norwich from November 29th to

artists to a wider audience – we get a

December 2nd.

lot of applications from artists in the east, especially from Norfolk, Suffolk

The fair features an international range of

and Cambridgeshire, but we also get

exhibitors with dealers in traditional and

exhibitors from London, across the UK

contemporary fine art, modern art, urban

and overseas, from as far afield as

and street art, photography and sculpture.

France, China and Lebanon.’

This year’s event looks set to be the biggest yet, confirmed exhibitors include

Applications for artists and galleries to

London’s Underdog Gallery and East

apply to be included in this year’s fair

London Printmakers who will be showing

are open until October 31st. Many of

at the fair for the first time. Founded and curated by experienced arts professionals Will Teather and Brian Korteling, Art Fair East is one of the country’s leading fairs outside London. As successful artists themselves, the organisers are both passionate about getting more people interested in original contemporary

art and helping artists to make a living from their work. Will Teather said; ‘Because we select the exhibitors we can make sure there is a good variety of work that will appeal to different people and give an assurance of quality.’

last year’s exhibitors were so delighted with the response to their stands that they rebooked for 2018 almost immediately. All artworks must be one-off or limited edition. Potential exhibitors can apply via




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Arts Council: 10 Year Strategy

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Since 2010, the Arts Council’s mission has been Achieving great

art and culture for everyone. It has been a powerful statement

that has underpinned our work over the last eight years. But as

with all things, times change – ambitions and strategies are no different.

From 2020 the Arts Council will have a new 10 Year Strategy, one that will have been informed through consultation with

thousands of people and organisations from across the arts and cultural sector, and beyond.

We started this work at the beginning of the year by opening a

‘Conversation’ with the cultural sector, which helped gather

perspectives from a diverse range of people, groups and

opportunities for the broadest range of individuals – regardless

of their gender, ethnicity, where they live, or social background. The Conversation also highlighted that digital technology is one

of the most important developments for the arts, museums and

libraries. It opens-up exciting new opportunities for artists,

curators and audiences. Live streaming helps overcome

geographical barriers, reaching more new audiences. Virtual

reality can bring museum collections to life in a whole new way.

And digital technology can transform the way artists create and

present their work. But digital technology should augment

people’s experiences, such as visiting physical spaces like

galleries, museums and libraries, and not replace them.

organisations. It saw artists, creative practitioners, museums,

libraries, curators and many more share their views on the future of arts and culture in England.

What did ‘The Conversation’ tell us? Arts, museums and libraries are recognised by both the public

and the cultural sector as having a valuable role to play. And not

just for the immediate experiences they offer, but also for the

wider, long-term societal benefits – to education, health,

wellbeing, and celebrating diversity. But more needs to be done

to raise awareness of these benefits.

And of course, we could not talk about the future without

recognising that more needs to be done to promote arts,

museums and libraries to younger audiences. If we are not able

to do so, it will impact the cultural sector’s future workforce,

skills, talent and leadership – as well as audiences. School

remains the first point of contact many children have with arts and culture, and everyone recognises that experiences in this context can act as a ‘social leveller’.

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As you might imagine, people’s definition of ‘the arts’ varies

These are just some of the themes that have emerged to date

from our work on our next 10 Year Strategy. And there is still

time to share your views.

dramatically. For some, the arts might mean classical music,

What’s next?

arts, circus or hip hop don’t class them as ‘the arts’ - but they

everyone the opportunity to see, and give feedback on, our draft

ballet and opera. This could mean that those who enjoy street

This October we’ll be holding an open consultation, giving

are! The arts are hugely varied, and we should celebrate them

strategic framework for 2020-30.

all equally.

Diversity is vital and provides one of the greatest opportunities

over the next 10 years. We all know the sector doesn’t currently

reflect society – not just in its workforce, but also in its

leadership, participants and audiences. Feedback showed that both the public and sector believe we must focus on creating

More details about this consultation, along with all the

documentation from our work to date, are all available on our website:





Coffee & a Chat Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong,

Mischief Theatre are back on the road with their latest

smash hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, which is now enjoying its third year in the West End.

We spoke to Jonathan Sayer, Co-Writer and Mischief Theatre Company Director ahead of the UK Tour…

As Mischief Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary this year,

have been big influences as well, just that fast thinking, quick

company director Jonathan Sayer is clear about their inspiration.

dialogue with a million jokes coming at you as thick and fast

‘Our main inspiration came from the teachers who we trained with at

as possible. ‘

LAMDA,’ says Jonathan. ‘ Personally, I was inspired by the style of old

In a fast-paced, modern world Mischief Theatre believes people need

silent movies; Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton.

something to laugh at.

We’ve also been heavily influenced by a man called Michael Green, who wrote The Art of Coarse Acting and the coarse acting plays, which are mini plays about things going wrong in the theatre and different amateur actors and their styles of acting. Quite sadly, Michael Green died this year. We dimmed the lights in the theatres as a mark of respect. A huge influence has also been big physical slapstick comedy, tied in with traditional English humour. Fawlty Towers is the perfect example, stuff that really is about status and conflict. But then we try to add an anarchic twist. The Marx brothers and Albert and Costello

‘I think people need to laugh a lot at the moment and I think we’re really good at offering pure escapism,’ says Jonathan. ‘It’s not political, it’s not about anything other than being as funny as you possibly can be, minute by minute, and making people laugh. ‘ So what, in particular, has inspired The Comedy About A Bank Robbery? ‘This has been silent comedies, big physical comedy, like Charlie Chaplin,’ says Jonathan. ‘A lot of that work started out in the theatre, in vaudeville and in the music hall, doing these big dangerous stunts

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Jonathan Sayer

and then they moved it onto the silent screen. And aside from the

acrobatics. It’s a much more ambitious piece! And then of course as

bigger conceptual ideas there are also (sadly) moments taken from

well it has a big storyline to it, so you really fall in love with the

our own lives. If we’re talking about The Play That Goes Wrong, I’ve

characters and follow their journey.’

definitely missed an entrance in a straight play before. I know that Henry Lewis, one of the writers, got stuck in a dog flap once and that comes up in Peter Pan Goes Wrong… there’s a whole list of embarrassing moments that happened to us in real life! Now in its third year in the West End, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has one notable difference compared with the company’s other shows. ‘There’s a huge difference between Bank and our other shows in the fact that Bank is not a ‘play within a play’,’ says Jonathan. ‘It’s a traditional fourth wall play, but you can still expect an incredibly high gag rate, huge stunts like the previous shows, all intertwined with some Marx Brothers patter and also lovely singing and bits of

With a large element of physical slapstick, the company’s work often requires split-second timing which can lead to mishaps! ‘There have been some serious mishaps; we’ve had broken feet, dislocated shoulders, concussions (I’ve had three concussions), lots of repetitive stress BUT on the whole everything is very safe and definitely well rehearsed,’ says Jonathan. ‘ The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fantastic example of that, there are big jaw-dropping stunts in there.’ The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is at Norwich Theatre Royal from October 16th-20th.





Beloved children’s book comes to the stage


Theatre & Film

From November 23rd to December 2nd head to Norwich Playhouse to join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book The Snail & the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel

Cambridge Arts Theatre: Rain Man

Scheffler. Longing to see

From October 8th-13th actors Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey)

the world, a tiny snail

and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) star in The Classic Screen to

hitches a lift on the tail of

Stage Theatre Companies’ adaptation of the Oscar-winning MGM

a humpback whale.

movie Rain Man at the Cambidge Arts Theatre. When self-

Together they go on an

centred salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that his long-lost

amazing adventure - but

brother Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers,

when the whale gets

has inherited the family fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half’.

beached, how will the

Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has

snail save him? Follow the

spent most of his life and the two brothers embark on a trip

tiny snail’s exciting

across America. Rain Man is based on the film that stars Tom

journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and

Cruise as Charlie and Dustin Hoffman as Raymond. The film won

her seafaring father. Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for

the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best

everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated

Actor. This adaptation follows previous acclaimed Bill Kenwright

company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’

productions of A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption

live on stage.

and Twelve Angry Men.

The Magic of the Nutcracker This winter Northern Ballet’s enchanting festive favourite The Nutcracker, returns to Norwich taking audiences on a sparkling adventure as one child’s Christmas dreams come true. This magical family ballet will be at Norwich Theatre Royal from November 21st-24th. In the midst of a festive party, as the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever higher, Clara is caught up in the warmth and excitement of Christmas and becomes enthralled by her new Nutcracker doll. But, as the clock strikes midnight, her Nutcracker proves to be no ordinary toy. After saving her Nutcracker from the wily Mouse King, Clara is whisked away on the magical journey of a lifetime through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. Choreographed and directed by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, The Nutcracker is set to the famous Tchaikovsky score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. The production features stunning Regency-style sets by Charles Cusick Smith with lighting by Mark Jonathan.

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Peter Pan brought to Life

Magical Christmas Spectacular raises the roof at Snape Maltings Six giant towers of presents frame the stage. High above, a face glows in a magical moon. A 14-piece orchestra rises out of the floor as 100 performers dance and sing. This can only be Christmas Spectacular! It’s the annual music and dance extravaganza at Snape Maltings concert hall, presented by the award-winning Co-op Juniors Theatre Company. The magic and spirit of Christmas runs from December 7th-16th in a vibrant new show: The Nutcracker. A family favourite, the show has won multiple awards for the largest youth theatre company in the UK as Christmas Spectacular celebrates another season at the worldfamous venue.

Amateur dramatic group The Little Stars are proud to bring their performance of Peter Pan to The Cut in Halesworth on November 10th. Soar away to Neverland with Peter as he introduces the Darling Children to Tinkerbell, lost boys, pirates and Indians before facing the infamous Captain Hook. The Little Stars are a Fressingfield based group of talented 8-17 year olds who love singing, dancing and acting. They are a wonderful example of community spirit in action with everyone giving their services for free. All the children are very committed, making the most of all the opportunities offered: it is fantastic to see our next generation being so actively involved in the Arts. Previous performances of Starlight Express, Cats and Joseph have proved the group to be both talented and professional. Peter Pan promises to be just as thrilling.

A Touch of Magic Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is pleased to bring a pair of fabulous magicians to the stage, Charlie Caper and Malin Nilsson, in their award-winning show Minor Miracles, suitable for the whole family and guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. She is the glorious enfant terrible of magic, he is a gentleman hobo, a conjuror extraordinaire. All the way from Sweden, Caper and Nilsson bring their unique combination of magic, comedy and surrealism. A one-of-a-kind magic show packed with world class sleight-of-hand magic and topped with a pinch of confetti. Nilsson and Caper have been thinking, writing and creating magic side by side for 15 years. This is their first show as a duo, it comes straight from their hearts to the stage and won the Best Magic Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2016. Minor Miracles is at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for one performance only, Thu 25 Oct at 7.30pm.






October-November 2018



North Suffolk’s Favourite Festival Renowned for bringing exceptional talent to the region, the Halesworth Arts festival returns ‌.


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2018 marks the 17th year of this perennially popular Festival, with all events this year at

Red and Yellow Maccaw painted by Edward Lear

the New Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth between October 13th & 28th. Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, the festival attracts capacity crowds every October, who come for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings. In conjunction with the World Land Trust, the main exhibition this year is of original works by ‘Owl & the Pussycat’ author, Edward Lear. Although nowadays best known for his poems, Lear was a fine painter of landscapes and creatures – especially birds. It is said that he even taught Queen Victoria how to draw. Author Jenny Uglow discusses her latest book, Mr Lear: A Life in Art and Nonsense which explores Lear’s life and work. Concert events kick off this year with a brand-new folk musical Here at the Fair, presented by Mick Ryan & company. The truly original Opera-lele return with a new collection of unforgettable operatic gems and song from the shows, beautifully sung

Dad’s Army Radio Hour

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Mrs Christie

with ukulele accompaniment. Classical music concerts include the Sacconi Quartet, a piano recital by one of the country’s most acclaimed pianists Charles Owen and the return of the European Chamber Orchestra. Red Priest – the UK’s best-selling classical act, perform The Baroque Bohemians. Dad’s Army Radio Hour, the poet Roger McGough with Chris Riddell, a new play about Agatha Christie going missing, an Martin Carthy

evening with Jacqui Dankworth and Craig Ogden, the finals of the Suffolk Young Poet’s Competition, a lecture on the artist Edward Bawden and several other events all lead up to the final night: a James Bond Spectacular. Q the Music big band with original Bond girl Madeline Smith play an unforgettable selection of music from 007 movies. Tickets for all events are available now, only from the Festival box office: online, by phone, by post or, if you’re lucky, on the door.

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How to be Human

Norwich Playhouse - December 7th This December, the Norwich Playhouse welcomes the queen of one liners, Ruby Wax with her new show Ruby Wax, the Monk and the Neuroscientist: How to be Human. We can’t stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we’re on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, mechanical fingers crossed we'll still have our minds. Hopefully we'll use them for things like compassion, instead of just chasing what’s ‘better’ like a hamster on a wheel. If we can do that, we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness. With a little help from monk Gelong Thubten, who explains how the mind works, and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura who explains where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain. How to be Human is the show you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone. This is the follow up to Ruby’s sell out shows ‘Sane New World’ and ‘Frazzled’.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Norwich Playhouse to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Ruby Wax, the Monk & the Neuroscientist: How to be Human on December 7th at 8.30pm. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: November 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.





Music News Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest - direct from the West End and now heading to King's Lynn on October 19th! With ten years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity. A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, alldancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot! Suitable for ages 14+

Fine Voices for a Fine City The elegant backdrop of the Assembly Rooms in Norwich will provide the perfect setting for what promises to be an evening of inspirational musical talent on October 19th. A Kaleidoscope of Song presented by local charity The Mudeka Foundation, will showcase the diversity of experience that has evolved from the cultural influences and musical passions of three gifted young women, Emma Nuule, Emily Jupp and Anna Mudeka, as they perform individually and together, accompanied by accomplished pianist and organist David Lane. Music is at the core of The Mudeka Foundation, the Norfolk based charity founded by Anna Mudeka in 2011, which supports the education of orphans and disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe through a scheme of private sponsorship and fundraising events, including the Southburgh Festival of World Music. A Kaleidoscope of Song is an unmissable concert with an exciting programme spanning opera to songs from the West End, traditional ballads and new twists on African songs.

The Wedding Singer arrives in Beccles Grab your tickets and travel back to the 1980’s as the musical based on the hit film, The Wedding Singer, arrives at Beccles Public Hall from October 16th-20th. An unashamedly fizzy cocktail of 80's nostalgia, from the musical pastiche and of course suitably retro set and costumes. We follow the ups and downs of Robbie Hart, the wedding singer – and a wedding waitress, Julia Sullivan. Both Robbie and Julia's love for each other is complicated by the fact that they are both engaged to rather interesting characters, Glen and Linda. After being stood up at the altar, Robbie the lead singer finds 'the one he wants is right in front of his eyes'. Unfortunately she's already engaged, to someone else. Will Robbie get his girl or will he have to make do with her cousin instead? Can his Grandma offer any words of wisdom? Will Robbie's old fiancée put a spanner in the works? Add in Robbie’s band mates George and Sammy, Julia's cousin Holly, a mad Granny and hilarity and chaos is guaranteed. Waveney Light Opera Group have spent the last five months rehearsing for this production. With catchy melodies and big production routines, this promises to be a fun and action-packed show. Not recommended for under 14s.

October-November 2018

Retro stars Swingrowers head to Diss The Pure Floyd Show

With multi-million views on YouTube and a hectic touring

Fans of Pink Floyd should be sure to head to the Fisher Theatre,

schedule, four-piece band Swingrowers are one of the most

Bungay on November 10th. Lifting off with some 1960’s

exciting rising talents within the retro music scene. On

psychedelia you will be taken on a trip to the Dark Side of the

November 2nd they bring their electrifying live show to The

Moon, passing by many classic and obscure songs during the

Corn Hall in Diss. The band have had huge success with their

journey. All your favourites will be here including Dark Side of

single, Butterfly in 2017 and have done official remixes for

the Moon, The Wall and Division Bell as well as Brick in the

platinum selling artists like Caro Emerald and Millie Smalls.

Wall, Comfortably Numb, Money and many more. Pure Floyd

They've also toured North America, Europe, Japan, India and

is a 9-piece band, featuring accomplished musicians playing

have performed at hundreds of festivals around the world.

the music they love, and making it fun. Faithful to the spirit of

Plus, electro-swing DJ Tallulah Goodtimes will be playing reet

the original band but adding their own touches of energy and

neet beats for the feet. She keeps every dancefloor entertained

fun. Not just an evening of good music, but great

with her skilful blend of the best electro swing tunes. Get

entertainment too.

ready to party!

The Apex: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita The Apex, Bury St Edmunds welcomes a sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on November 28th. Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. Following the huge success of their debut release 'Clychau Dibon' in 2013, their long-awaited second album ‘SOAR’ launched in April 2018. The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, in an innate and epic journey of endurance.Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience.





Spotlight on….Saffron Hall

This award-winning Saffron Walden venue has announced a stellar line up of jazz and folk artists among its upcoming autumn season. The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, performs music from her latest album I Know I Dream on November 3rd. This beautiful collection of songs includes American Standards, bossa nova classics and chansons. She will also perform original songs and reprises of some of her most loved repertoire – including numbers co-written by Nobel prize-winner, Kazuo Ishiguro, whose song writing partnership with Stacey has formed an essential part of her repertoire.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been packing their own Hoxton basement and selling out the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s with an incendiary combination of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans marching band music and the wild end of gospel. Their first album was chosen as one of the top jazz albums of the year by The Telegraph, and now the band visit Saffron Hall on December 8th for the first time with this stunning live show. On November 16th, Orphy Robinson & Sarah Jane Morris celebrate Van Morrison’s masterpiece Astral Weeks, released 50 years ago, in November 1968. Jazz FM ‘Live Experience of the Year’ Award- winner Orphy Robinson brings together some of the UK’s top jazz players to reinterpret the magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences that made up Astral Weeks, with the vocals sung by the great Sarah Jane Morris, who’s best known for her work with The Communards on songs like Don’t Leave Me This Way. Winners of ‘Best Group’ four times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Scottish folk pioneers Lau return on November 30th with their first new music since their 2015 album The Bell That Never Rang. Their songs explore the marriage of acoustic and electronic sources, and the arrangements continue down the

Saffron Hall’s popular Foyer Folk and Jazz Club events continue. The Foyer Folk Club is on September 28th with The Hut People and November 2nd with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage while the Foyer Jazz Club is on October 12th with the Paul Highs

path of intertwining instrumental music and song. Don’t miss

Quintet and November 15th with Joanna Strand.

this chance to see the group The Guardian calls ‘the most

musically adventurous trio in British folk’.

October-November 2018



Tallis Scholars

World-class music lights up Cambridge Whether you’re baffled by current politics, unsure if anything on social media is real anymore, or just desperate to escape the white noise of everyday life, this year’s Cambridge Music Festival has the ideal soundtrack to the extreme emotions of our times – with music of love and war, passion and despair, and triumph and tragedy. Aurora Percussion Duo

The annual boutique classical Festival, which begins on November 14th, attracts the world’s top virtuoso performers in mainstream classical repertoire, and those in contemporary and experimental music, reflecting Cambridge’s mix of history and cutting-edge innovation. . Over 10 days, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in a programme featuring pieces written to reflect epochchanging moments, passionate personal stories, and the peaks and troughs that define what it means to be alive. Although it features music from the last 600 years, it could be the playlist for the extremes of our own era, with its unpredictable politics, divided societies, fast-paced change and fluctuating world events. Festival Director Justin Lee said: “The music in this year’s programme has an astonishing

capacity to take audiences as close as possible to the powerful moments and emotions of life. Whether it’s the searing beauty of Mozart’s tragic ‘Requiem’, or the eerie strings of George Crumb’s Vietnam-inspired ‘Black Angels’, you almost feel as though you are reliving those experiences yourself.” “It is all about high emotions, and saying that which words simply cannot. Whether you are a seasoned music-lover or someone who has never been to a classical concert before, there is work here that will inspire you, thrill you, and challenge everything you thought you knew about what classical music means.”

The Tallis Scholars – described as “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” – will be performing sublime pieces written for the spectacular acoustics and setting of the Sistine Chapel, including Gregorio Allegri’s beautiful ‘Miserere’. Tune in to the world-leading Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, whose repertoire sets sultry South American Tango alongside the music of the Hot Club of France.

Julien Brocal Colin Currie group

Festival highlights include the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet who will be performing music in which composers have attempted to come to terms with the horrors of war and conflict and found within it themes of humanity and hope and BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Julian Brocal performing Maurice Ravel’s ‘Miroirs’, a series of musical reflections in which the French composer offered brief, shimmering glimpses of reality. Meanwhile the Aurora Percussion Duo will be bringing their captivating, energetic rhythms to work inspired by musings on existence and thought.

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As ever, the Festival line-up features plenty of leading lights from the classical scene. Murray Perahia, one of the most celebrated pianists of our time, will be completing a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The Colin Currie Group – whose leader has been described as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” will perform the work of Steve Reich, one of the most influential composers alive today. And the UK’s leading, charismatic cellist Steven Isserlis will be playing Beethoven Cello Sonatas in Trinity College Chapel.




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Kenneth Baker Timothy Bentinck Michael Bird Michael Buerk Alistair Carr John Crace Matthew Dennison Irving Finkel Tim FitzHigham Alan Johnson Helena Kennedy Robin Knox-Johnston James Mayhew Blake Morrison Henry Newcomb Tessa Newcomb Sunny Ormonde Adam Sisman Caroline Slocock Zeb Soanes Julie Summers Salley Vickers Frances Welch

October-November 2018

What’s On News A Way with Words in Southwold Ways With Words returns for 2018 in November with a host of fantastic speakers at St Edmund’s Arts Centre, Southwold. Investigate high intrigue within the walls of power, from Margaret Thatcher to Theresa May. Examine contemporary concerns with the ongoing #Metoo movement. Delve into the

Six Weekends of The Best of British Crafts

past, and unveil

Visitors just love the Best of British crafts at Blackthorpe Barn, just

the vanished

outside Bury St Edmunds, and this year the mix of inspiring crafts is

worlds of ancient

bigger than ever before. Situated in a mediaeval barn in the heart of

Mesopotamia. Art,

Rougham Estate, it is the perfect setting. It starts on 10 November

British History and

10th and continues each weekend until December 16th. Visitors can

High Adventure

view a range of beautiful individually hand-crafted items. Many

on the Seas are all

exhibitors change each weekend so there are new inspirations for

there to discover

each visit. For visitors wishing to unleash their own creativity, they can

too. Add all new

attend one of the craft-led workshops where they can roll up their

evening comedy

sleeves and get hands-on at making their very own masterpieces.

events, five days

Choose from beautiful Christmas garlands and wreaths, kissing balls

of talks, and the return of the festival finale to St. Edmund's

and angels. Workshops can be booked online. Blackthorpe Barn is just

Church. Ways With Words asks -what will you discover at

three miles east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the A14 at junction

Southwold this year?

45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ).

Lavenham Children’s Book Festival There’s an exciting line-up of well-loved authors and illustrators in the second Lavenham Children’s Book Festival on October 20th-21st . The programme is aimed at children aged 3-12, featuring tales about an angry dragon, Greek gods, a girl detective, East Anglian legends, and an unusual uncle. There’s story-telling, how-todraw sessions, creative writing workshops and the festival ends with a very special musical event. Among those taking part are Zeb Soanes the Radio 4 broadcaster with illustrator James Mayhew and their book Gaspard the Fox, the story of a real fox befriended by Zeb near his London flat. A.L. Kennedy, Costa Book Award winner and writer of adult fiction and non-fiction, tells the tale of eccentric Uncle Shawn and Bill. Bridget Holding, tutor in creative writing at Exeter University and founder of ‘Wild Words’ is running two half-day creative writing workshops for children aged 6-10 and 11-16. Kevin Crossley-Holland, translator of Beowulf from the Anglo-Saxon and a Patron of the Society for Storytelling, will be entrancing his audience with myths and legends of the Vikings in Between Worlds. James Mayhew, who runs a series of concerts for children in venues including the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall, joins forces with local professional musicians Yalda Davis (cello) and James Recknell (pianist) to illustrate stories accompanied by live music.






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Roll out the Red Carpet Norwich Film Festival – proudly supported by Norwich BID and the BFI Film Audience Network – is back to celebrate the best of local, British and International independent film. The 8th festival will see over 120 films screened from November 6th-18th in venues across the city.

In Wonderland

Blood Shed

This year’s official selection of 94 short films features standout talent with Sally Phillips in horror, Blood Shed; Stephen Graham in Being Keegan; and Doctor Who star, Arthur Darvill starring In Wonderland. A spotlight will be placed on female directors in the Women In Film screening to draw attention to the need to increase gender parity in the film industry. This is just one of nine exciting short film screenings including The East Anglian Collection sponsored by the University of East Anglia and also featuring the winners of the East Anglian Film Archive Mash-up competition; and BFI Network Shorts - a selection of short films made with the support of BFI Network. For the first time, they will be announcing the category winners at a Celebration Awards held at The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Debuting this year are workshops aimed at both emerging and experienced filmmakers including a Special Effects Masterclass held at Norwich University of the Arts, as well as sessions on Developing a Festival Strategy in conjunction with Festival Formula; and an Editing Masterclass led by BAFTA nominated Editor, Mark Everson. NFF will also team up with the Creative England led, Creative Enterprise to host a discussion and networking event for film businesses.

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NFF will be welcoming famous talent including Actor & Director, Vanessa Redgrave who will be attending a screening of her migrant crisis documentary, Sea Sorrow; and an In Conversation with Olivier-winning & BAFTA nominated Actor, Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply, Bend it like Beckham). While the festival will launch with a gala screening of cult British classic, Shallow Grave at OPEN followed by a In Conversation with lead actor, Christopher Eccleston (28 Days Later, Doctor Who) led by Chief Film Critic at The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw (6 Nov). Feature film screenings will include appearances by Merlin & Humans star, Colin Morgan in mystery drama, Waiting For You; Britain’s Got Talent’s Jack Carroll in comedy, Eaten by Lions; and Sigourney Weaver in classic sci- fi horror, Alien – screened as part of our Ridley Scott Evening at the reprised Noverre Cinema at The Assembly House (8 Nov). Festival Producer, Matt Ecclestone says; “It’s great to be able to bring iconic acting talent and award- winning filmmakers to celebrate their career successes during the festival. Our Industry Day will bring talented professionals together to share their experiences and their views on topics including diversity & inclusion within the industry.”



October-November 2018

Swing along to Holt

A perfect Christmassy night out with this celebration of classic swing December 16th, 7.30pm, Auden Theatre, Holt. Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmas - with the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show, as featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need” and seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole - jazzing up those Jingle Bells! Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist!Tickets: £19; £17 concessions “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. "Superb - they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Auden Theatre, Holt to offer two lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets each to see The Big Band at Christmas on December 16th. To be in with a chance of winning, email your name, address and phone number to Closing date: November 23rd 2018, usual terms and conditions apply.





A Soldier’s Journey

On Sunday November 4th 2018, St Edmundsbury Cathedral presents a unique event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. Crimson Glory tells the story of a young Suffolk soldier in the

exhibition featuring work from all school age groups from

Great War, through music, drama, dance, art and video. It

reception to sixth form.

depicts the soldier’s journey from his life on a farm to the horrors of the battlefields, exploring his questions about Christian faith in the face of war. The production will involve some 350 performers, bringing

The project is being led by Richard Hubbard, the cathedral’s Music Development Director, working in partnership with Cantus Firmus Trust, and Woodbridge-based script-writer Neil Clayton. Richard says, ’This is a unique opportunity to bring

together the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, Cantus Firmus

together a range of creative arts and musical styles, to bring

Choir, (drawn from churches across Suffolk), choirs and drama

together the cathedral and the wider community, and to explore

from King Edward VI School, and a massed children’s choir from

what Christian faith means at life’s difficult times.’

the Bury Schools Partnership. The choirs will be accompanied by a full orchestra and the cathedral organ. There is a newlycommissioned work for organ and dance, with music composed by the cathedral’s organ scholar, Thomas Hawkes, and an art

Tickets are available through The Apex, or by visiting What’s on West Suffolk via this link:


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