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Editor’s Welcome

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This promises to be a night to remember.

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

We also focus on the spectacular work by artist

As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it really

Frank Gray after his work took centre stage in a

doesn’t feel autumnal yet the first leaves are

new film about the artist Lowry, take a look at the

fluttering past my window to prove me wrong.

upcoming Doris Lessing Exhibition at The

This season offers so many opportunities to arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and round-up

and culture lovers in our region. We take a look

some of the best exhibitions, concerts, plays and

at two literary festivals taking place in Lavenham

talks taking place across our patch this Autumn.

and Southwold, discover a fascinating exhibition

We have two tickets to give away to one lucky

about tattoos at the Time and Tide Museum in

reader to see Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of

Great Yarmouth, preview the upcoming Norwich

Whitechapel at The Corn Hall, Diss in the New

Film Festival and focus on the Made in Suffolk


exhibition on the life and work of Ed Sheeran

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this latest

taking place at Christchurch Mansion until May

issue and keep getting in touch with your

next year.

feedback - we love to hear from you. Don’t forget

For our coffee and a chat feature, we caught up

to flag up any events or stories you’d like us to

with Jodie Prenger ahead of her appearance in

cover as we head towards to new year. Happy

The National Theatre’s A Taste of Honey coming


to Norwich Theatre Royal in November.

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Distribution Melvyn Veness Andrea Snowden Published by Falcon Publications

Cover image: Jodie Prenger in A Taste of Honey at Norwich Theatre Royal

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Visual Arts News

27 Norwich Film Festival


Artist Profile: Frank Gray


Corn Hall Diss Competition

13 Tattoo: British Tattoo Art


Music News

17 Doris Lessing at The Sainsbury


What’s On News


19 Art Unequalled 20 Arts Council: Freshly Greated 22 Coffee & a Chat: Jodie Prenger

37 Literary Festivals 41





Christchurch Mansion: Made in Suffolk

42 Thoughts and Talks at Saffron Hall

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Visual Arts News Mark Burrell exhibits in Colchester Chappel Galleries in Colchester is proud to host an exhibition by talented artist Mark Burrell from November 16th to December 15th. In 1989 Mark Burrell first exhibited at

Walsham-le-Willows Annual Exhibition

Chappel Galleries in a Mixed Show, becoming a regular

From November 23rd-25th (10am-6pm), Walsham-le-Willows

exhibitor including solo exhibitions, before successfully

Arts and Crafts Group are hosting their prestigious Annual

launching himself into the wider art world. Now, 30 years on,

Exhibition at The Priory Room in the village. Ideal for one-off,

with a significant career many pages long, including

unusual gifts for someone special or the hard-to-buy-for, with

exhibitions, books, illustrating poetry, film and television, the

Christmas just around the corner. Genres include oil pastels,

gallery are thrilled that Mark is once again exhibiting with

paper jewellery, batik wallhangings, etching, printmaking,

them. His exhibition entitled ‘Magical Realism’ is a substantial

spinning and knitting, cast glass, metalwork, sculptures,

exhibition of 41 paintings, all literally wonderful and full of

weaving and rug-making, pottery, enamelled jewellery and oil


paintings. Entry is free.

East of England’s biggest Art Fair returns to Norwich One of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside of London - Art Fair East is set to return to Norwich later this year. As the major art fair for the Eastern Region, artists, galleries and art dealers will be part of the event which takes place between November 29th and December 1st at St Andrews Hall - in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Art Fair East was founded in 2015 by leading Norfolk-based artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling, who will both be exhibiting at the event. The pair are passionate about bringing contemporary art to the area, increasing interest in the visual arts and supporting artists. This year the fair - which has previously brought signed editions by Banksy and other famous artists to the region – offers the most international line up to date with artists from India, Mexico, Sweden and Japan exhibiting. With around 1,000 artworks on display, a range of contemporary art will be exhibited including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited-edition prints.

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Exhibition at Southwold’s Craftco From November 2nd-December 1st, four artists are holding

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

a collaborative exhibition at Craftco in Southwold: Gail

What do mass climate

Durbin, enamel bowls and jewellery; Ni Gooding, screen

change protests,

prints; David Jones, prints and Fiona Shreeve, ceramics.

pollution of the oceans,

There will be a wide variety of materials and objects to be

and the extinction of

enjoyed but within this variety common themes appear. All

the world’s wildlife

four artists at some

have in common with

point in their work use

an art exhibition being held in a Cambridgeshire village? The

print techniques but

exhibition in Swavesey Village College features about 500

applied in very different

original works of art from 100 artists. It is open over the

ways. Whatever the

weekend of October 12th-13th. There is free entry and free

material or technique,

parking, and if you buy a painting the sale is commission free –

colour plays an

the artists get what you pay; no middle men. But back to the

important role in the

opening question, the answer is through the exhibition’s Artist

realisation of every piece. Some of the work takes as a

in Residence; Shane Swann is a local artist with an outstanding

starting point the world about us - from architecture or

reputation as a Wildlife Illustrator and Environmental Artist. His

everyday objects. Other pieces explore shape, form and

work, using highly detailed pen and pencil techniques,

texture without reference beyond the artist’s imagination.

dramatically draws attention to the pressures that the human

All the work figurative or abstract aims not to imitate what

population put on the natural world, and highlights some of

we see but to convert it into flat, almost graphic imagery.

the wonderful creatures we are striving to protect.

The exhibition features original paintings, prints and sculpture along with artists craft stalls, The Big Draw creative activities for children, and a charity café.

GLASSHAUS XIV - Art in Glass The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow is home to an extraordinary exhibition this Autumn. Running until November 3rd, GLASSHAUS XIV focuses on works of art inspired by history by both distinguished artists and newcomers. It will include contemporary pieces which use historical references as an inspirational source and also work that deals with the history of making glass. The history of glass making is long and fascinating, beginning at least 3,000 years ago. Gradually methods and techniques were developed and eventually used to produce glass commercially. It is only over the past fifty years or so that glass has been selected again as a popular medium for works of art, studio glass as it is now known. Many glass artists have helped to develop modern techniques but others have turned to methods used in the past in order to achieve exactly what they need to create their works of art.



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Artist ProďŹ le: Frank Gray Norfolk artist Frank Gray has recently produced a series of paintings for the ďŹ lm Mrs Lowry & Sons starring Timothy Spall and Veness Redgrave.




Without a formal training in art, Frank taught himself how to

‘I didn’t have a massive appreciation of Lowry at the time so I

paint using oils back in the 1980s.

threw myself into learning to understand his paintings, the

‘I did a lot of reading and discovered that there are rules with oil painting you just can’t break,’ says Frank. ‘I then decided that the

methodology…to try to get inside his head,’ says Frank. The script dictated four specific paintings that were needed.

best way to learn was to copy the work by other well-known

Frank had just eight weeks to recreate the works as accurately as

artists that I particularly admired like Monet, Cezanne and

humanly possible.

Vermeer. In doing that, I was able to hone my oil painting skills.’

‘They were shooting the film in Stockport but I was back home

Fast forward decades and Frank was recently offered the fantastic

painting in Burnham Market,’ explains Frank. ‘As soon as a

opportunity to use these mimicking skills.

painting was ready, I’d jump in the car and drive it up before

‘My wife Debbie is a film producer and she’d taken on an excellent script for a film entitled Mrs Lowry & Son,’ says Frank. ‘With acclaimed actors Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave on board, shooting began. But they needed someone to copy some of Lowry’s greatest paintings to be used in the film and that was where I came in.’ Despite mimicking some of the greats early on in his career as he was learning to paint, Frank had never copied a Lowry before he got the job.

heading home again to carry on to the next one. At one point they told me they needed one half finished for a scene. Luckily I hadn’t quite finished the one of Crowther Street so I raced it up there and it was filmed to show Lowry painting in his studio at night. I finally finished the last painting - Woman with a Beard at 2.30am one morning and by the next day it had been framed and was on set. ’ It wasn’t just Frank’s work that appeared in the film, but also his hands.

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‘They used my hands instead of Tim’s in one scene where Lowry was painting,’ says Frank. ‘They might have been better using Tim’s hands as mine were shaking so much!’

power of paintings to draw you in.’ Frank is also an incredible talented photographer and is forever inspired by the stunning North Norfolk coastline on his

Frank’s paintings are strikingly accurate and have been mistaken

doorstep. ‘The beach is a very special place to me,’ says Frank. ‘It

for the original Lowry works.

is a complete ecosystem and I find that intoxicating. I love to

‘We took the paintings to the Edinburgh Film Festival as the film was the closing film,’ says Frank. ‘They hung the Crowther Street

take vertical panoramas to help change people’s perspective on what they see.’

piece at the entrance to the party and people thought it was the

Frank is about to start work on a project with artist Michael

real one!’

Crompton which involves the development of a series of Sonic

Frank’s own work is a million miles away from Lowry’s style. Mostly, non-figurative they are largely imagined and many feature water. ‘I don’t normally rely on paintbrushes,’ says Frank. ‘For me, a painting is built up from the first moment I make a mark on the

Intoners situated in various rural and city locations to be used by people to reflect on the environment challenges that confront the world. ‘I think there is an opportunity for art to be more proactive in furthering environmental issues,’ says Frank.’

canvas. That mark determines what you do with the rest of the

* A special screening of Mrs Lowry & Son is taking place on’s a process of addition. I work in acrylics which gives

November 22nd at Wells Maltings where both Debbie and

a lot more freedom. I also love working on aluminium as that

Frank will be taking questions.

surface allows you to take larger steps and you can abuse it more. You can use heat and gravity in your work. I love the


To find out more about Frank’s work go to






Oct-Nov 2019

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum celebrates the rich heritage of tattooing as an art form in this ground-breaking new exhibition





A major new exhibition is on show at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth from October 19th to

March 8th 2020.

400 items on display, it is the biggest and most ambitious show to be held at the museum since it opened in 2004. ‘Hosting an exhibition about tattoos in Great Yarmouth – a

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed offers a ground-

town with such a rich maritime heritage – is a delightful

breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing

link. However, visitors to this fascinating and wide-ranging

featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and

show will soon discover tattooing is not just for sailors!’

private collectors. With over 400 items on display, this is the largest gathering of original tattoo artworks, photographs and historic objects ever assembled in the UK.

The exhibition showcases the work of leading tattoo artists from George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, to Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy. It also includes items from three of

The exhibition, which has been curated by The National

the most important private collections of tattoo material in

Maritime Museum Cornwall, tells a story that challenges

Britain. These collections belong to Willie Robinson, Jimmy

long-standing myths and preconceptions about tattooing –

Skuse, and Paul ‘Rambo’ Ramsbottom and are not normally

in terms of class, gender and age – whilst also giving a voice

on public display.

to, and celebrating, the astonishingly rich heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK.

Tattoo also delves into previously unseen private archives revealing hidden histories, including the incredible real

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council

story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie

Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships said:


‘Norfolk Museums Service has a distinguished track record

An innovative installation – the 100 Hands Project – creates

of bringing world class art to the region. Time and Tide is

a ‘sculptural map’ of British tattoo art today. Curated by Alice

the only venue in East Anglia to be hosting this intriguing

Snape of Things and Ink magazine, it is based around one

exhibition and we are proud to bring it to Norfolk. With over

hundred silicone arms, each tattooed with an original

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design by 100 leading tattoo artists, working in the UK

delighted to be able to take the exhibition to audiences

today – including five artists from East Anglia.

across the country, and especially delighted that we are

Also on show are three contemporary art commissions from


visiting a fellow maritime museum in Great Yarmouth.’

three tattoo artists working in three very different tattoo

Guest curator, Dr Matt Lodder, lecturer in Contemporary Art

traditions. Tihoti Faara Barff’s work celebrates the modern

History and Director of American Studies at the University of

revival of Tahitian tattooing; Matt Houston’s commission is a

Essex said: ‘Whilst British and global museums have had a

heroic celebration of the sailor tattoo; and Aimée Cornwell,

long-standing interest in Western tattooing, none have ever

a second-generation artist and rising star in the tattoo

managed to fully combine serious academic research with

world, illustrates how tattooing is breaking down different

access to the vast but hidden troves of tattoo ephemera kept

artistic boundaries with her own form of fantasia.

closely guarded in private collections.

It is estimated that about one in five of the UK population is

‘In this exhibition, we have finally been able to match the

tattooed and this figure rises to one in three for young

most current and cutting-edge research on British tattoo

adults. Yet, whilst the visibility of tattooing in contemporary

history – which challenges all the most deeply-held

culture may feel like something new, tattoos and tattoo art

perceptions about the practice, its origins, its extent, and its

have always held a significant place in Britain’s history and

reception – with unparalleled access to the true custodians

historical imagination. The exhibition explores this history

of tattooing’s history: the artists and their families who have

in depth showing how people from all areas of society have

cared for these objects and their stories over decades.

been tattooed: from ruffians to royalty, sailors to socialites

Tattooing is a magical, romantic, exciting and often

and pilgrims to punks.

misunderstood art-form, and we hope that our exhibition

Richard Doughty, Director of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall said: ‘We are enormously proud of this groundbreaking and award-winning exhibition. We are

will communicate some of that magic to visitors.’



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DORIS LESSING 100 Exhibition

Doris Lessing by Chris Saunders (Inset)

British poet, novelist and playwright Doris Lessing (1919 - 2013) working at a typewriter, circa 1950. Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

This Autumn, a new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia (UEA) presents a revealing exploration and reappraisal of the life and work of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing (1919–2013), one of the most celebrated and extraordinary writers of the twentieth century. A fascinating selection from Lessing’s extensive personal archive, held in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at UEA, will be on display for the first time, giving unprecedented insight into Lessing’s life.

display show how the dramas of her political and spiritual life became the backbone of her powerful and enduring novels, including The Golden Notebook, the Children of Violence series, and many more.

The exhibition investigates her Communist activities in Africa and London, her move away from Communism, her activism in the Afghan war, her studies of Sufi mysticism, and her obsessions with the promise of space travel and the horror of nuclear war. The objects on

The exhibition uses visual art and objects, alongside private correspondence and working papers, to explore the unfamiliar or forgotten aspects of Lessing’s life as well as iconic works that shaped her legacy. Original files from The National Archives charting MI5 and MI6 surveillance of Lessing will be on display, as well as objects and documents that provide a fresh context for understanding her forays into science fiction. Doris Lessing 100 runs until February 9th 2020.




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Art Unequalled Returns to Ely

Anyone who has yet to visit one of Art Unequalled’s twice annual events in Ely is missing out on a treat. Each event brings together a unique selection of some of the best artists and craftspeople that the UK has to offer. The next event on November 2nd-3rd promises to continue the high standard of exhibitors that visitors have come to expect. Regular visitors will be joined by those showing in Ely for the first time. Each exhibitor is carefully selected to ensure only high quality work is on display. The event offers an exciting opportunity for visitors to purchase handmade work or discuss a personalised commission direct from the makers themselves. Just some of the highlights include quirky and realistic ceramics from Mark Smith and Sally Dunham; furniture from Tree incarnated, glass from Juliet Forrest and intricate woodcuts from Andy English. You will also find stunning jewellery in different media from everyday pieces to those for a special occasion. Wonderful textiles, mixed media, wood, glass, paintings, drawing, wood and prints. At Art Unequalled, you really will find something for every taste and budget and it’s certainly a fantastic place to start your Christmas shopping! Admission adults £2; concessions £1; accompanied children under 15 free.





£1.1million creative arts funding boost for Great Yarmouth

Bivouac Photo: David Street

Arts and culture in Great Yarmouth will be in the hands

people from the start as programmers, creatives and arts

of local people for the next four years with a new project

leaders and ultimately as audiences. The project will be

supported by Arts Council England with £1.1 million of

led by the local community with support from Voluntary

National Lottery funding. Freshly Greated aims to increase engagement with the arts among groups of people who are currently least likely to get involved as either audiences or creators. Compared to the national average, Great Yarmouth has a significantly lower proportion of people engaging with the arts more than three times per year (33% compared

Norfolk, SeaChange Arts, Creative Collisions, Jays UK Ltd and Great Yarmouth Borough Council who together submitted the successful partnership bid to the Arts Council. Collectively they bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience of community arts and neighbourhood projects in Great Yarmouth, as well as a driving passion to make arts more accessible.

to 44%), equating to 11,000 people. Low participation

Lucy Hogg, Head of Communities at Voluntary Norfolk,

rates can be due to affordability, accessibility, language

who will be leading the project, explains more. ‘This is

or cultural barriers or the fact that some people feel arts

going to be a real adventure for all of us, as we don’t yet

‘is not for them’. In recognition of this, Freshly Greated will involve local

know where the project will take us. Local people from all backgrounds and circumstances will be at the absolute heart of Freshly Greated, shaping and creating



Festa Fiesta 2018 Photo: Kat Mager

a cutting-edge arts scene that will reflect their lives,

music in Great Yarmouth’ says Lucy ‘Yet we have some

experiences and ambitions.’

fantastic performance spaces; the Hippodrome, the

While the exact nature of the events and activities is to be

Empire, St Georges Theatre - and the beach of course!’

determined by local people, Lucy can reveal the ambitious

Another strand of the project will be Freshly Made,

scope and scale of the project.

activities which involve creative physical ‘making’ of any

‘We have made provision for up to 12 large events reaching 75,000 people, and numerous smaller events in the town centre and in local neighbourhoods’ says Lucy. Some of these will be brand new; others will be expanding and developing events already happening. Music, especially contemporary music, will feature heavily in the Freshly Greated programme, with plans to bring high profile gigs to the town as well as activities and events to develop and promote grassroots performers. ’There is currently a gaping hole in the provision of live

kind, be it knitting, photography, graphic design, furniture making, sound installations; the remit is intentionally broad. Creations from Freshly Made will feature in events and activities elsewhere in the programme, providing another opportunity to celebrate creators. The first phase of Freshly Greated, a 6-month planning period, starts in November and anyone who would like to be involved should contact




Shelagh Delaney’s remarkable taboo-

breaking 1950s play has been reconceived in an exciting new production which features a live onstage band.

‘The play is about working class Salford,’ says Jodie. ‘Originally it’s set in the 50s, but this particular production nods towards that era but there’s been an emphasis on incorporating it into our current day lives so it feels quite relevant. It’s about a mother and daughter relationship, a mixed race relationship, and there’s a gay man in the show which at that time was an unheard-of thing. It’s about all these kinds of genuine relationships set in working-class SalfordManchester.’ This hugely iconic play has influenced many things that came later, not least TV soaps like Coronation Street. ‘It must have been one of the biggest influences for Coronation Street – it had to have been,’ says Jodie. ‘Salford, working class and links with Morrissey and The Beatles, they all revered Shelagh Delaney as this magnificent playwright, which she was, so I am sure it’s influenced far more things than just Corrie. She was a brilliant influencer for women. She was 19, this working class girl and an unknown entity of her era and she came through with this play that just broke the mould and led the way for so many other women in the industry.’ The female characters are central to the play. ‘Yes, it’s a mother-daughter relationship and the men in the show were an after-thought – I love that!’ laughs Jodie. ‘It’s lovely to see that on stage and myself and the girl who plays my daughter, Gemma Dobson, have brilliant chemistry. It is lovely to play opposite somebody who can really get into the script but also make it come alive on stage.’

Coffee & a Chat The National Theatre’s A Taste of Honey arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal in

November. We caught up with leading lady Jodie Prenger...

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Jodie’s character Helen is smart, sassy and glamorous, not unlike Jodie herself. ‘I keep playing these strong Northern women who drink a lot – I don’t know what they are trying to say! smiles Jodie. ‘I think there is almost a rhythm with SalfordManchester and I get that with my Nan and I get that a lot with coming from the North. It’s about resilience and I think Helen fights it with humour and zest. She can be having the worst day, but she’ll find some sort of humour in it and strive to go forward, and I think that’s what they had to do then and sometimes it’s what we have to do now.’ With live musicians on stage, the production incorporates music into the show. ‘It’s almost like you could be in a jazz bar of today. Some of the music is taken from decades ago and you could be listening to it in the 1950s or you could be listening at a jazz bar on the corner,’ says Jodie. ‘There is one particular song that Durone Stokes {Jimmie} sings which is an original composition and was taken from a poem. So there is a lot of music throughout the show. There was one song that Helen sang in the original play, so that has been broadened out. It’s kind of jazz and blues – a bit like Amy Winehouse but different. It’s gritty, it’s beautiful, it’s fun.’ Jodie is no stranger to Norwich having visited the city twice recently in Shirley Valentine and Fat Friends. ‘You can’t get rid of me,’ laughs Jodie. ‘The audiences have always been really lovely no pressure - so I’m looking forward to coming back.’ A Taste Of Honey runs from November 12th-16th at Norwich Theatre Royal.



Theatre & Film News

Bah Humbug!

Don’t fancy panto? Eastern Angles has the answer

old miser who makes life a misery for everyone who crosses

Everyone knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the cranky his path until an evening of ghostly visitations forces a

Eastern Angles

change in him for the better. Charles Dickens’ famous

bring a new

Victorian tale

musical comedy

sums up the

spoof to you this

spirit of

festive season with

Christmas and

The Famous Four & A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest. On their hols, Rupert, Nick, Fran, Alex and Dimmy the dog, do battle with a shady figure who has stolen their Aunt’s time machine. A crazy chase visits a future Thetford-by-the-Sea, some hipster Neolithics at their local derby, and a certain Home Guard rehearsal. Once again Eastern Angles' annual “alternative to panto” hits the wacky

this year there are plenty of chances to see this gripping ghost story. Thanks to local theatre company, The Keeper’s Daughter, there’ll be performances at Biddy’s Tea Room in Norwich, as well as a superb second version

heights and spoofs the kids whose adventures we all learnt to

which is going on a four-county winter tour, visiting 30

read by. The Famous Four & A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest

venues in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. These

tours to Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich and Seckford

powerful two-person versions of this popular play are

Theatre in Woodbridge from December 4th to January 18th

magical, imaginative and vibrant and they’re suitable for all


the family aged five and over.

Rock and soul brings Shakespeare to life The tragedy of Macbeth is played out to the rock and pop sounds of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones, whilst the whimsical comedy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is suffused with the soulful sounds of Billie Holiday’s Blue Moon and Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You. This inspired and eclectic take on two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays will be brought to Norwich when The Watermill Theatre makes a return visit to the city’s Theatre Royal from October 15th to 19th with two highly-acclaimed productions of the Bard’s classics. Billy Postlethwaite, son of the late renowned screen and stage actor Pete Postlethwaite, will revive his performance in the title role of Macbeth. He also plays Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His credits include Chernobyl (HBO/Sky) and Game Of Thrones (HBO), as well as Journey’s End for The Watermill and The Madness of King George (Nottingham Playhouse).

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Robin Ince comes to Cambridge Cambridge Junction plays host to comedian Robin Ince on November 16th as

Thrills and spills as Scrooge is transformed

part of his hugely popular Chaos of Delights tour. In this joyous artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity Robin

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is turned on its head as

mashes up the two cultures of art and science and combines

an innovative circus production brings Scrooge and the

them with a bunch of silly voices in a celebration of the

ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future tumbling onto

human mind, from Bohemians to Black Holes, Dali to DNA.

the stage in a riot of colour at Norwich Playhouse from

Another of his much-loved stand up sort of lectures and the

December 11th to 21st. A Circus Carol is co-produced by

perfect antidote to the world around us. Robin Ince is a

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and leading UK

multiple award winning comedian best known for co-hosting

contemporary circus company Lost In Translation. Expect

the international smash hit, Rose D’Or and Sony Award

dramatic acrobatics, aerial arts, balance work, clowning,

winning BBC Radio 4 and podcast series, The Infinite Monkey

juggling, character acting inspired by the Commedia

Cage, with Professor Brian Cox and the acclaimed Book

dell’arte and much more. The hour-long show includes

Shambles podcast with Josie Long. Robin’s book I’m a Joke

dynamic lighting, specially composed music and

and So Are You was published in October. As well as attaining

sumptuous richly-coloured costumes for an uplifting

some great reviews it was also nominated for The Chortle

Christmas experience. Ideal for ages 10-plus.

Book Award.

Step Back in Time at The Fisher Theatre You’re on a dark, gloomy street in Bungay in winter, not a soul about. Behind closed doors people are huddled round fires, still shivering from the cold, with only a candle to light them to bed. Tomorrow promises nothing more than hard, mundane work for low wages, with only the wealthy enjoying any leisure. But when the Norfolk and Suffolk Company of Comedians appears once every two years, for a two month stretch of time, life was lit up with dramatic scenes, popular melodrama, music, burlesque, dance and poetry. Come and experience a step back in time, back to the Fisher Theatre of the early 1800’s on November 15th, led by Strange Fascination Theatre, Redduck Productions and friends, providing professional entertainment you can dip and dance in and out of all over the building. In aid of the Fisher Futures Fundraising Campaign. Period costume is welcome, carriages if you have one, but other less savoury habits of that time can be left at the door.



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On the Big Screen

A World of Inspirational Film comes to Norwich this November

A Disappearance





Following an incredible 812 submissions from across the globe,

partnered with the University of East Anglia who are sponsoring

the Norwich Film Festival (NFF) has released details of the 2019

an ‘East Anglia Collection’, celebrating the work of local talent,

Official Selection - over 100 breath-taking independent short

which includes, amongst others, an animated short titled

films showing across 10 days at key venues in Norwich

‘Norwich Love Letter’ and a short documentary about the

between November 6th-17th, supported by the Norwich BID

closure of the John Jarrold Printing Museum.

The 2019 Official Selection was shortlisted by a panel of

The Festival champions diversity in filmmaking and leverages

regional film enthusiasts. The best films now face a panel of

its annual platform to shine a spotlight on underrepresented

high-profile judges including Norfolk resident and national

talent. This year includes a showcase of work from the inspiring

treasure Stephen Fry, Canadian actress and producer Neve

Oska Bright Film Festival - the world’s leading festival for films

Campbell, and 2019 BAFTA winning producer Stephen

made by, or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism

Woolley. Winners will be announced at the close of the festival. ‘We have a fabulous tradition in short film-making here in Britain, from hilarious comic shorts to the deeply scary and so much in between, and it’s wonderful that the Norwich Film

or Asperger’s. There is also an event dedicated to short films by female directors including a Q&A BAFTA nominated director Charlotte Regan, but worth noting that female representation through-out the festival is also high.

Festival is taking the medium seriously.’ – Stephen Fry, 2019

If all that wasn’t enough, the 2019 festival line-up also includes

Norwich Film Festival Judge

11 full length feature films. Highlights include Hitchcock’s

It’s safe to say that within this year’s NFF Official Selection, there is something for everyone: from side-splitting comedy, stunning animation, family friendly moments, through to documentary shorts on critical themes such as climate change, bias and mental health. The short films range from one minute

silent classic ‘The Lodger’ with live piano accompaniment at the Assembly House, the Regional Premiere of Widow’s Walk; a ghostly tale filmed in Suffolk, and The Fight, the directing debut of BAFTA winning actress Jessica Hynes who will attend the festival for a post screening Q&A.

to 25 minutes in length, so this is a great chance to bombard

For details on all films showing and to buy tickets visit:

your senses with inspiration and styles from a wide range of

different talent.

Twitter: @norwichfilmfest

As the festival has grown over the years, so too has the support

Facebook: norwichfilmfestival

from local businesses who recognise the role this festival plays

Instagram: norwichfilmfestival

in raising the creative reputation of Norwich. Local


organisations including Arnolds Keys and WEX: Photo Video,


alongside headline sponsor Norwich BID, play a key role in

Hashtag: #NFF2019

ensuring the festival covers a diverse range of genres and reaches a wide audience. This year the festival has also

Norwich Film Festival is a registered charity:1173950.

Oct-Nov 2019

Paul is Dead

Alfred Hitchcocks The Lodger



The Bike Thief

Early Birds





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It’s Elementary My Dear Watson! Common Ground Theatre Company return to The Corn Hall, Diss on January 4th 2020 to present Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel. ‘Who'd be interested in this old relic, Holmes?’ murmured Watson, one morning at the breakfast table of 221b Baker Street. ‘Nonsense, Watson. A splash of cologne and a trim of your moustache, and I’m sure someone would have you.’ ‘Be serious, Holmes. Look here - in the Morning Post!’ Thus began the case that Dr Watson dared not share with the public, till now. A case that, were its full facts to be known, would shake the nation to its very core, and beyond. Ancient artifacts are disappearing from museums and private collections all over Europe,. A pre-Christian effigy one day, a shamanic totem the next, a pagan fetish at the weekend. Either someone's on their own personal antiques road trip, or they're trying to summon dark forces. and gain mystical powers. But to what end…and why? The ensuing adventure takes Holmes and Watson from the wharfs and alleys of East London, to the icy wastes of the north and the hidden temples of the east (changing at Peterborough), as they pursue "The Warlock of Whitechapel.” Julian Harries and Dick Mainwaring once again don the deerstalker, plus fours and travelling capes of Holmes and Watson and are joined by Common Ground regulars Joe Leat & Emily Bennett in this classic Xmas comedy thriller.


WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Corn Hall Diss to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel on January 4th. To be in with a chance of winning simply email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: November 18th, usual terms and conditions apply. Tickets cannot be exchanged for another show or cash alternative.



Music News Rock For Heroes in King’s Lynn The King’s Lynn

Epic’s Reel Big Fish Norwich’s Epic Studios plays host to Southern Californian ska-punk band Reel Big Fish on November 20th. Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands

Corn Exchange will

to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success

be rocking out on

of No Doubt and Sublime. The band is distinguished by their

November 21st to

hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humour, ironic covers of

raise money for

new wave pop songs,

Help for Heroes.

and metallic shards

Performed by a full

of ska. The long-

live rock band and

running ska heroes

superb singers, complete with brilliant personalities and

remain as popular as

comedy value this really is a night out unlike any other. With

ever, as they

music from artists such as Queen, Dire Straits, David Bowie,

continue to tour non-

Toto, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Whitesnake & so many

stop, playing over

more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this

250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the

is simply paying tribute, the best way they can to the legends

world, gaining more and more underground popularity as

in music. A collection will be taking place after every show.

the Ska scene continues to flourish.

A Festival for the Playlist Generation Classical music lovers are often stereotyped as older people who already know their Brahms from their Beethoven. But this year’s Cambridge Music Festival aims to reach a very different type of listener: a growing legion of fans who are getting their classical fix in bite-sized morsels on streaming platforms, and may never have set foot in a concert hall at all – until now.The 2019 Festival, which kicks off on November 6th, features Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest living violinists, who will be playing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Australian saxophonist, Amy Dickson who promises to take audiences’ breath away by literally controlling her own: her stunning renditions of Philip Glass’ violin music are achieved via ‘circular breathing’, in which she manages to recreate the smoothness of a violin bow using a wind instrument. Other artists include: Zubin Kanga, a leading experimental pianist who uses sensors on his hands to manipulate electronic sounds and I Fagiolini, a British vocal ensemble known for their theatrical performances. Traditional classical fans will love The Choir of King’s College and The Academy of Ancient Music performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems and pianist Steven Osborne who will give and amazing two-hour rendition of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards.

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Legendary Guitarist Remi Harris in Bungay Guitar fans should head to the Fisher Theatre, Bungay on November 2nd for the chance to see outstanding performer Remi Harris in action. An exciting Jazz and Blues guitarist, Remi’s unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Peter Green and Led Zeppelin. He has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert

Norwich Arts Centre: Lucy Grubb Fresh from receiving “a rapturous reception” (BBC

Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC

Cambridgeshire) headlining the Den Stage at

4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 & 3. In his live shows

Cambridge Folk Festival and a year of playing stages

Remi plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, improvisations,

all over the country, Lucy Grubb, complete with full

original compositions and new arrangements of his favourite

band, is back on home turf and celebrating a summer

tunes. He plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars and

of festivals with the release of new music: Americana

the shows are interspersed with his commentary about the

with a country-twist. See Lucy on October 24th at

history of the music and instruments he’s playing.

Norwich Arts Centre.

Sistema Celebrates 10 Years Sistema in Norwich’s youth orchestra will be joined by special guests for a celebratory concert on October 11th at the UEA LCR. For 10 years Sistema in Norwich has been transforming the lives of children and young people. It has helped up to 1,000 young people aged 7 to 18 each year to realise their potential and succeed across all areas of their lives through learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra. Working with schools in the most deprived areas, they use music education to achieve a social impact. They provide instruments and tuition to kids who learn in groups and are part of an orchestra right from the start. Currently there are around 300 children taking part in orchestras at Primary level and another 40 in the Teen Sistema. It works with a further 1,000 kids annually through their in-school curriculum provision.



What’s On News Six Weekends of The Best of British Crafts

Oct-Nov 2019



Celebrating Science in Norwich As part of the Norwich Science Festival, discover the wonder of animals in a stunning exhibition by author and illustrator Tim Pond. Tim’s exquisite drawings and paintings detail the animal kingdom, from amphibians and reptiles, through to birds, and the power of big cats and blue whales. Tim’s artwork spans two decades of working in a

The Best of British crafts is back at Blackthorpe Barn, just

wide range of different

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

media. He is particularly

crafts is bigger than ever before. Situated in a mediaeval

recognised for his dip pen

barn in the heart of Rougham Estate, it is the perfect setting.

and ink work which has

Starting on November 10th, it continues each weekend until

appeared in The Guardian

December 16th. Each item is hand-crafted by the exhibitor

and a wide range of

themselves, allowing visitors to meet and chat with the

publications. Sketching from nature has taken Tim from being

makers. Many exhibitors change each weekend so there are

an expedition artist in Alaska, to sketching leaves in a tropical

new inspirations for each visit. Visitors wishing to unleash

forest in Mexico. His Wondrous Forms of Life Exhibition is at

their own creativity can attend one of the craft-led workshops

the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library in the Forum from

where they can roll up their sleeves and get hands-on at

October 19th-26th and is free to visit. The Norwich Science

making their very own masterpieces. Choose from beautiful

Festival returns during half term from October 18th-26th with

Christmas garlands and wreaths, kissing balls and angels.

nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and

Workshops can be booked online.

loads of hands-on science activities for all ages.

Do you dare discover Scaresville?! Those who are brave enough should head to Kentwell Hall, Long Melford for the fright of their life this October. Locals whisper of an old village that appears in darkest Suffolk every year. Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures stalk the night and are said to be able to cross through from the Other Side. They talk of it as a Haunted Village. They call it Scaresville. Some say these are just stories, others won’t say anything at all - are you brave enough to investigate? This award winning live action immersive experience will give you an evenings entertainment not found anywhere else in this mortal realm. The Unfairground entertainers will prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime, with an evening of screams and laughter. Traversing the woods, buildings, and parkland of the Haunted Village as you progress on your journey to the Other side. If you survive you will be able to recover in the safe surroundings of the Bar-baric themed bar. Running throughout October until November 2nd.




Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh. A traditional seafront pub with log fires serving ADNAMS finest ales and wines…great homecooked comfort food, families and dogs very welcome! We offer exclusive use hire and buffet style lunches for walking groups.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 11-4pm at The Cut, Halesworth Celebrating this humble fish through food, drink, music, theatre and song. An all-day barbecue with freshly caught herring, bloaters and kippers plus maatjes haring fresh from Holland.

our amazing hickory smoked ribs cooked in our own American smoking oven!

fabulous rib of beef Sunday roasts succulent 8oz angus steak burgers

…..seasonal fish dishes and much more!!!

Bookings or phone 01728 452563

Oct-Nov 2019

The Power of the Written Word

In November, Suffolk is home to two of the region’s best-loved literary festivals‌





Pam Ayres Photo: Trevor Leighton

Ian McEwan

Lavenham Loves Literature There’s something for everyone who loves reading at the 6th Lavenham Literary Festival which takes place in Lavenham Village Hall from November 15th to 17th. Fiction, history, biography, crime, poetry and creative writing are all part of the entertaining and stimulating programme. The fun kicks off on Friday November 15th with the Literary Festival Dinner at Lavenham’s famous Swan Hotel where the guest speaker is Ruth Jones, author and playwright and the incorrigible Nessa in television’s Gavin and Stacey. She will be in conversation with author Hannah Beckerman. The main Festival starts on Saturday November 16th with an impressive line-up of well-known authors including Ian McEwan, Pam Ayres, Tracy Borman and Clare Mulley. Local barrister Bill Clegg will talk about the headline-grabbing murderers he’s defended, Andrew Lownie discusses his biography of Lord Mountbatten with Mountbatten’s valet.

John Higgs

Jessica Meyer takes a medical look at World War I while John Higgs takes an optimistic view of the future. Duncan Campbell and Joanna Jolly compare crime in fact and fiction, and two poets, Rebecca Goss and Pauline Stainer, will read from their latest collections. For aspiring authors, Bridget Holding returns to give another popular workshop in creative writing and Phoebe Morgan offers advice on how to get published. For further details of the programme go to

Oct-Nov 2019

John Simpson


Deborah Moggach

A Way with Words in Southwold Hold onto your hats! There’s a storm of a festival blowing into Southwold from November 7th-11th when Ways With Words breezes into town to celebrate great writing. From the fields of politics, philosophy, history, religion, nature and science, this year’s diverse and exciting programme offers a selection of local and internationally known writers of the highest calibre at St Edmund’s Arts Centre. Explorer and former director of the Royal Geographical Society John Hemming discusses the pioneering work of the Villas Boas brothers in the Amazon rainforests. Bestselling author Deborah Moggach explores the idea that life most definitely doesn’t stop for the elderly. Closer to home Francis Pryor offers a very different view of the Fens, and Julia Blaxland discusses the experience of living on the end of a crumbling cliff in East Bavant with Wendy Holden.

The colourful story of the Crusades is vividly told by Dan Jones, Diarmaid MacCulloch presents an exhaustive portrait of the hugely influential Thomas Cromwell and Anna Pasternak seeks to redeem “a woman wronged by history” – Wallis Simpson. No Ways With Words festival would be complete without a generous helping of politics, and this year Gavin Esler takes a no-nonsense look at how Brexit will change Britain, former Foreign Secretary David Owen takes the long view on Donald Trump and John Simpson explores the realm of murky Russian plots, conspiracies and assassinations. Added to this Howard Jacobson discusses writing about finding love in later life, Dom Joly takes a trek in through Beirut and stand up comedian Robin Ince explores some of the biggest questions we all face.




Exhibition: Hew Purchas Remembered – 1 - 10 Nov

Music: Harmonium – Wed 6 Nov

Drama: Poetry People: Pearls from the Grit – Thu 14 Nov

Classical piano: Martin Roscoe – Sun 24 Nov

Further information, times and prices: Box office 01328 710885

Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AN

Family Christmas Show: Wells Maltings and fEAST Theatre Twas The Night Before Christmas – 5 - 28 Dec Full programme details

Oct-Nov 2019



Made in Suffolk

A unique exhibition on the life of Ed Sheeran is on at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion The exhibition, running

four concerts, which ended his world tour, and the

until May 3rd 2020, is


entitled ‘Ed Sheeran:

John Sheeran said: ‘Edward’s homecoming gigs in Ipswich

Made in Suffolk’ and

in August provided a fitting climax to his mammoth world

features portraits by

tour. The choice of Ipswich shows just how important his

renowned artist Colin

Suffolk roots are to him. Ed has a deep affection for the

Davidson, photography

landscape and its people. This exhibition reflects that – its

by Mark Surridge and

title is ‘Made in

personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s

Photo: Nicole Drury

school life in Suffolk to international stardom. Many of these intimate works have never been seen before. There is also a unique digital display of photos and news headlines following Ed’s career. The exhibition, organised by Ipswich Borough Council and

Suffolk’, which he was.’ Deputy Mayor of Ipswich, Jane Riley said: ‘This unique exhibition will, I am sure, attract an audience not only from Ipswich and Suffolk but across the UK and

curated by Ed’s father, John, is sponsored by Aspall – the

beyond. It is of huge cultural significance to the town and

Suffolk cyder and vinegar maker with a nearly three

will leave a lasting legacy.’

hundred year history. Ed’s family moved to Framlingham from Yorkshire when he was a young boy and his passion for Suffolk is behind the

Along with the exhibition, is a special shop at the Mansion, selling a wide range of Ed-related merchandise. The exhibition is FREE but you do need to book online:



Thoughts and Talks Award-winning arts venue Saffron Hall has revealed the latest

presents Music & Maths with the Oxford Philharmonic

series of Thoughts and Talks events programmed for the

Orchestra. This event will engage audiences with the

2019/20 season. The diverse mix of speakers include interview

numerical magic that lies beneath the work of Bartók, Debussy

pioneer John Humphrys, world class soprano Lesley Garrett,

and Stravinsky.

award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, Times correspondent Christopher Somerville, and Rory Sutherland, the legendary Vice Chairman of global marketing agency Ogilvy.

John Humphrys discusses his life and career on October 23rd. Since he joined BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs breakfast programme in 1987, his name has become a byword for combative interviewing.

The season kicks off on

He has developed an

October 2nd with

enviable reputation as

Christopher Somerville,

the journalist politicians

the walking

most fear to face.

correspondent of The

On November 9th,

Times and one of

Award-winning poet

Britain’s most respected and prolific travel writers. He will discuss

Benjamin Zephaniah will Marcus du Sautoy

Lesley Garrett

Benjamin Zephaniah

journey, how he’s fought

and read from his latest

injustice and

book Ships of Heaven,


which explores the

throughout his career,

private lives, through the

whilst sharing a

ages, of his favourite

selection of his stories

British cathedrals. Audiences are invited to

explore his remarkable

and poems. Christopher Somerville

Rory Sutherland

join internationally renowned soprano Lesley Garrett on October 9th for an intimate evening of music, reminiscences and chat. Featuring pianist and regular recital partner Anna Tilbrook, the evening will showcase many of Garrett's most popular songs and arias, interspersed with stories from her long and illustrious career. On October 16th, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science,

John Humphrys

The season culminates

on November 13th with Rory Sutherland, the legendary Vice Chairman of global marketing agency Ogilvy. Sutherland will discuss his first book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense, which blends cutting-edge behavioural science, jaw-dropping stories and a touch of branding magic.

Oct-Nov 2019



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