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p6 Nicola Slattery p7 Art Unequalled p8 Visual Art News p10 Galleries on View p11 Artist Interview: Heather Richards p13 Wymondham Arts Centre

Antiques & Collectables p16 West German Ceramics


p18 Pulham school p19 Bricks of Burston

Arts & Crafts

p14 Dyeing Crafts p15 Henry Watson Potteries

Local Arts Scene

p40 Bury St Edmunds photos p41 Welcome to Bury St Edmunds p43 St Edmundsbury Cathedral p44 Bury Bach Choir p46 The Apex p47 Sodexo p48 Bury Tango

Theatre & Film

p26 Helen McDermott p28 Theatre & Film News p30 Theatre Royal, Norwich p31 Beccles Public Hall & Theatre p32 Act-On p33 New Wolsey Theatre p34 Sewell Barn p35 Granary Theatre

Welcome to the March edition of ARTSeast Magazine. Music p36 Music News p37 Park Hotel p38 Epic Competition p39 Norwich Jazz Party ARTSeast Magazine Dolphin House (first floor) 23 Church Street, Diss Norfolk, IP22 4DD Editorial: Sarah Veness 01379 415001 Sales: Gary Enderby 01379 415002

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Arts Council p24 We are Ipswich Photography p23 Martin Figura


As we’re putting the finishing touches to this edition, the rain has stopped and the sun has finally begun to make an appearance. Here in the office, we can’t stop thinking about the fantastic things our region has to offer during the spring and summer months. Hooray! In this issue we’re taking a close look at what the beautiful medieval town of Bury St Edmunds has to offer lovers of the arts - you can even win a meal at the prestigious Best Western Priory Hotel in the town. We’re also focusing on Norfolk artist Nicola Slattery and her solo exhibition at Mandells Gallery, Norwich which is going to be incredible. As usual, the magazine is packed with news to let you know what’s going on in your area in the worlds of theatre, art, music, film, literature and photography. We’re always keen to hear from anyone who has an event or place they’d like to promote in the magazine. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this issue and let us know what you think. Happy reading... Sarah Veness Editor

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Nicola Slattery: Solo Exhibition Mandells Gallery, Norwich - April 5th-26th

Norfolk artist Nicola Slattery is holding a solo exhibition of her work at the prestigious Mandells Gallery in Norwich. This month our cover image shows one of Nicola’s fantastic paintings that will feature in the exhibition. For Nicola, art has always been her passion. ‘As a young child from say 5 or 6 all I wanted was to be an artist,’ recalls Nicola. ‘It was quite a mystery to my parents who were not artistic at all but they readily encouraged and supported me.’ Art college opened up a whole new world for Nicola who enjoyed immersing herself in the history of the various art movements. ‘I loved discovering many different artistic styles such as medieval, renaissance and contemporary and these have influenced me greatly ever since,’ says Nicola. In particular Nicola has found herself influenced by figurative painters including Paula Rego, Anna Maria Pacheco and Eileen Cooper. Another big influence for Nicola is the countryside and animals which surround her in South Norfolk. ‘Almost subconsciously, my physical surroundings have seeped in and become more and more apparent in my work,’ says Nicola. Alongside her own work, Nicola also teaches a mix of painting and printmaking courses. ‘I teach Painting with Acrylics which helps people develop a palette and be more confident with the physical use of acrylics,’ says Nicola. ‘In my Art from the Imagination course I work with people to help them develop and use their ideas, perhaps using painting in conjunction with other skills such as creating a collage. Finally I also run a printmaking course. All of my courses are open to people of all abilities and last a weekend.’ Nicola’s Mandells exhibition will showcase roughly 30 of her pieces which will all be for sale. She has also just had the honour of having a piece called ‘House for me’ accepted for the Royal Sociey of British Artists (RBA) Open Exhibition this month. Her work has been exhibited widely across the UK and Nicola is already planning ahead for another solo exhibition of her work next year with the Fosse Gallery at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. ‘My work can be described as figurative and narrative and it is from my imagination,’ says Nicola. ‘I imagine people in situations and environments and this leads to a painted image in which I am more concerned with mood and feelings rather than any pictorial accuracy.’ For more information and details of courses go to www.

visual arts Headline: Art Unequalled May 3rd-5th, Atheneaum, Bury St Edmunds Following the success of Art Unequalled in Ely for the last three years, Sally Dunham is proud to be launching an additional three day event at the beautiful Atheneaum in the centre of Bury St Edmunds this early May bank holiday. Art Unequalled was set up by local sculptor Sally in 2011 to bring together makers of high quality Art and Craft to showcase direct to the public. A defining feature of the show is that all work must be handmade by the artist presenting the work. There is a strict policy of no brought in goods allowed. You will find a fantastic collection of handmade work including paintings, mono and limited edition prints, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, wood jewellery, glass and photography. There will be items for all budgets from £5 to £2000, so whether you are searching for a unique gift, a special something for your self or home or simply enjoy meeting interesting artists passionate about what they do then this is an event you don’t want to miss. A warm welcome awaits. Further information can be found at or don’t hesitate to contact Sally on or 07850 286566.

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Visual Arts News Blickling Hall Exhibition: April 29th - May 12th

The Tuesday Group, with guest artists, will be exhibiting at the beautiful Blickling Hall on the above dates. The Tuesday Group is made up of three artists - Mary Richardson, Lyn Ravenhill and Richard Newby - who got together a year ago to organise local exhibitions. The group’s aim is to promote the work of talented, local artists so guest artists are invited to take part, with the intention of creating varied and interesting events. The guest artists at Blickling Hall are Jo Arnold, Joy Cole, Michelle Daniels, Ann Houston, Krys Leach and Kay O’Callaghan. Paintings, ceramics, textiles and sculpture will be on display.

Take Two

The Take Two exhibition to be held at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh from April 4th-8th is a collaboration between two friends - Bill Pryde and Barrie Houghton. After 30 years as a director in theatre, television and film, Bill completed his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell in 2001. Barrie trained as an artist before enjoying a career as a theatre designer, then actor before returning to painting 20 years ago. They met when Bill directed Barrie in a TV drama. They are now both based in Suffolk and this will be their first exhibition together.

Sound Matters - From March 29th-May 24th, Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds is home to Sound Matters - a Crafts Council Exhibition which considers the connections between craft and sound art through seven contemporary works. Each work demonstrates a different approach; looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and woodturning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials. Prepared Turntable, Yuri Suzuki, 2008. Photo Mio Yamada

visual arts Support the Lifeboats The Ferini Gallery in Pakefield is raising money for the RNLI with the sale of two paintings. Twenty-five per cent of their sale will be donated to the charity. One of the paintings, pictured here, is called Blue Flame I and is by artist Leon Bradford. The ship Blue Flame I caught his eye off Great Yarmouth, operated by Boston Putford Offshore Safety Ltd, for British Gas.

Welcome to the new Alby Arts Centre

Previously known as Alby Crafts and Gardens, this popular tourist attraction is re-opening this month, complete with a new name and a studio dedicated to producing and teaching art. The art gallery will be run by new tenants. Sculptors Helen Dixon and Mitchell House will run the studio named ‘Learn Create’ as a place to offer pottery, art and sculpture classes to people of all ages and abilities. The centre’s resident furniture-maker, Keverne Dewick will also run a beginners woodturning course.

Two Talented Ladies

Award-winning embroiderer Michelle Holmes and talented contemporary landscape painter Carol Saunderson have teamed up for a wonderful exhibition of their work called Two Talented Ladies at the Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare. Having previously shared a studio for 18 years, their work compliments each other well. Carol will be demonstrating her art in the gallery during the exhibition which runs from March 1st to April 17th.


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visual arts Artist Profile - Heather Richards

Talented Norfolk potter Heather Richards is a whirlwind of energy. ‘I am a designer and maker, I would not necessarily call myself an artist all the time,’ says Heather.

She may be slightly uncomfortable with the term artist but anyone who has seen Heather’s work would disagree. With its quirky style, beautiful hand-painted artwork and sense of fun, it’s hard not to fall in love with everything she makes. Her creative, exuberant, exciting personality is apparent in every curve, brush stroke and detail. ‘I’m known locally as the enthusiastic arty lady…or the chicken lady…or that potter that makes those lovely hare mugs,’ says Heather. ‘The beauty of making things from scratch is that you can do anything.’ Heather has always been creative and, after a foundation course in art and design in Cambridge, has worked in various arts-based jobs for youth services and psychiatric care. But pottery is her passion. ‘I’ve owned a kiln since I was 18 and love making unique pieces for people to enjoy,’ says Heather. Heather’s work can be seen on her website and Facebook pages below and is for sale through Folksy, Etsy and in various outlets including the shop at Holkham Hall and Shore Line in Old Hunstanton. ‘I am also supporting local craft fairs, especially in our beautiful Pulhams - the next ones are the Pennoyers Centre, Pulham St. Mary on April 26th and Pulham Market Village Hall on May 10th,’ says Heather. Alongside these current outlets, Heather is currently establishing links with new galleries and cooperatives who are keen to show her work. ‘I’m also available for commissions should someone want a special and very personal gift made,’ says Heather. ‘I feel privileged to be a part of people’s memorymaking with their newborn infants, family handprints and fantastic wedding, Mothers and Fathers Day gifts and Valentines presents.’ Behind every piece of Heather’s work is a story. Even the animals that she paints have a tale to tell. ‘I imagine the chickens talking about local issues like proposed wind farms and the effects it may have on their friend Mavis’ condition,’ laughs Heather. ‘I love imagining and painting what hares get up to when you’re not riding motorbikes or playing in string quartets.’ Heather is also available to co-ordinate group events such as pottery painting sessions for toddler groups, Brownies or schools. She can also organise events for adults who want to turn their hand to pottery. ‘I also hire out DIY pottery kits complete with everything you need for you or your group to create really special pieces,’ says Heather. For all her passion for art, it’s clear that Heather’s finest creations are her three children. ‘The children make sense of who I am,’ says Heather. ‘All my making and doing is now useful, all my endless resourcefulness has meaning.’ To view and purchase Heather’s work go to www.heatherrichards. or visit one of the following: Faecbook: Heather Richards Ceramics Folksy: Etsy:


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Elsey’s Gallery Brian Ansell - Reveal Stone Carving and Sculpture Exhibition, March 6th-29th

Local Bury St Edmunds sculptor Brian Ansell’s remarkable forty year career as a master stone mason began in 1969. Brian Ansell’s work has a timeless quality because he uses the same traditional direct carving techniques as the ancient and traditional stone masons. Continuing to carve with the tools that he began his trade with forty five years ago, he is able to work without modern conveniences such as electricity. Brian conveys in his work a sense of antiquity and links us directly with our past heritage. His extensive experience, combined with a passionate interest and knowledge of local history will provide visitors to the gallery with a fascinating glimpse of past and present together in the same space. The astonishing quality of Brian’s workmanship has generated high demand with museums and private collectors. Notably he was one of the two highly skilled craftsmen to remake the Sutton Hoo Stone Sceptre. Brian Ansell’s illustrious career has encompassed his important roles with the prestigious teams of stone masons who worked on the restoration of Lincoln Cathedral and York Minster’s Great West Door. Reveal Exhibition at Elsey’s Gallery, Bury St Edmunds is open daily, expect Sundays, from 11-5. Bran will be demonstrating his skills from Thursday to Saturday.

visual arts Anthea Eames: Wymondham Arts Centre 2014

March 21st - April 13th, Becket’s Chapel, Wymondham Norwich artist Anthea Eames is launching Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2014 season with a solo exhibition of abstract work inspired by the African, Australian and Norfolk landscape. Anthea’s paintings stem from her continuing relationship with these different landscapes. She has lived in Norfolk for 30 years, but before that worked in Zambia and Nigeria as a teacher and illustrator. Her discovery of Australia is more recent and began when her son emigrated in 2007. A new 10ft x 4ft triptych called Australian Goldrush will be completed for the Wymondham show. Anthea’s connection with Africa has been renewed over the last two years by leading women’s art workshops at the Chongoni UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dedza, Malawi, part of the Norwich Dedza project www. She returns in May and June this year, training women to design greetings cards drawing inspiration from Chongoni’s Stone Age rock art. Video of her work in Malawi will be included in the Wymondham exhibition. ‘I’m really interested in the history of landscape – how human activity has transformed it through time,’ explains Anthea. ‘I do not try to record the subject, but rely on my memory and intuition and imagine that I am looking down on the landscape when I work. I love Norfolk; it’s a wild and beautiful county with gentle colours set under a vast sky, a wonderful contrast to Australia with its intense reds and glowing oranges and deep blue sea. I create multi-layered textured surfaces using the earth itself, gathering red and yellow ochres, sand, chalk and shingle from places that have a particular resonance for me, like Winterton beach in Norfolk or the Chongoni area in Malawi. The process involves grinding and mixing these materials with resins to create my own paints.’ The exhibition is open daily, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12noon to 5pm, free entry,  For more information about Anthea Eames’ work, see 


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Dyeing Crafts Preserving tradition Dyeing Crafts is a small organisation attached to our nursery school and kid’s club ( Our aim is to encourage the teaching and preservation of traditional crafts using natural resources. We aim to be as self- sufficient and eco- friendly as possible. Inspired by the colours used during the Medieval period we grow and sell a selection of reliable natural dyes, including woad, weld, madder and coreopsis. Natural dyes give a wide range of wonderful, subtle and superior colours. They are the most ecologically sound and by using them in preference to synthetic dyes we can help reduce our carbon footprint. Workshops are offered in the use of natural dyes, peg loom weaving and wet felting. If you would like a workshop on a different date to those shown on the website please get in touch

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The children have just wet felted around some foam balls using alpaca fleece from our own herd - which has previously been dyed with the natural dyes that we grow on the farm. It is a fun and simple felting activity for children. Wet felting is the process of using warm soapy water and friction to stimulate layers of perpendicularly placed roving to bond together and become felted. Children of all ages enjoy feeling the fibre slowly bond to become an object - it’s quite magical.

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antiques & collectables West German ceramics from the 1950’s to 1970’s is a new and exciting field in collecting; not surprising as this period in West German pottery saw an explosion of creativity, design and colour which was unmatched in the 20th Century. The main companies were Scheurich, Dumler & Breidon, Roth, Ruscha and Bay Keramik who were producing vases and pots on a grand scale in a huge range of designs and forms, and other smaller potteries including Ceramano, Hoy, Karlsruhe and ES Ceramik, joined in n a lesser scale. The ceramics of the 1950’s have curves or geometric forms and are often painted in bright, primary colours with details outlined in black. The patterning comprises ovals, circles, lines and stylised natural motifs and jug vases with angled handles are particularly common. There was a complete change in the 1960’s and 1970’s when colour and texture became the important features and instead of patterns and decorations, potters favoured a very thick glaze that flowed down the vase or pot like lava (hence the term Fat Lava was applied to describe this style). Many Fat Lava pieces were produced in limited numbers and as a result are

more desirable to collectors such as myself. Not all West German potters from this period used this style of glaze, so although all Fat Lava pottery is West German, not all West German pottery is Fat Lava. The main West German Fat Lava producers were Scheurich, Carstens, Bay, Strehla, Jasba and Roth. The makers can be identified by considering the shape, colour, type of glaze and style of moulded marks on the base which usually read W GERMANY with a number referring to the shape. I pride myself that I can now spot a Scheurich vase at twenty paces! If you have a fascination with modern design and are thinking about starting a collection of pottery, I would suggest that you look no further than West German ceramics of this period. I sell Mid Century Modern Home Décor and vintage collectables in myshop – Ann Edwards


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Arts at Pulham School At Pulham Primary School we are starting to make plans for Arts Week 2014. The School achieved Artsmark status in the summer of 2013 following an inspirational Arts week. The Arts are a crucial part of school life and we value the positive impact on children’s learning. We are currently working on a whole school mural which encompasses the school philosophy of ‘I am unique, together we are awesome!’ For this project all the children in school designed a ‘unique’ fish to make up the body of an ‘awesome’ fish! It also provides a valuable link to the Christian values that are at the heart of our school. The work demonstrates the individuality of each child and the progression in artist skills across the school. For Arts week in June this year we are utilising local talent and working with artists in the community. We already have a potter, textile artists, a stain glass artist and traditional dance activities planned and BBC Voices are sending a film crew to work with the children to film the week! Fiona Gordon – Arts Coordinator, Pulham Primary School

education The Bricks of Burston

We all remember particular teachers from our School days, some we admired and some we feared but were there any that we would have fought to save? At the heart of Norfolk history is the touching and remarkable story of Tom and Annie Higdon and the courageous children who kick-started the boycott of the Council School in Burston, which lasted for over 25 years and has earned its place in history as the longest lasting strike action! The Bricks of Burston is a new play which focuses on the two inspired educators who fought to change the poverty and injustice inherent in their society. They were blackballed, reviled and persecuted by many but they also provoked loyalty, trust and devotion from those they battled to help. This powerful and touching piece of theatre will explore memory, remembrance, relationships and change. In an exciting collaboration with the Burston Memorial Committee and the Trade Union Centre, April 1st sees the start of Stuff of Dreams’ most extensive tour to date on the 100th anniversary of the day a group of children and parents marched down the streets, playing instruments and carrying placards that read ‘We want our teachers back!’ This will be the company’s fourth touring production and their second original play. Following the success of Love Left Hanging, based on the famous Red Barn Murder, The Bricks of Burston sees the same team (director Cordelia Spence, co-writers Emma MacLusky and Anthony Cule) reunited for their next adventure into Norfolk history. The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company is based only five Miles from Burston and is passionate about telling stories inspired by local history and people. This spring, Stuff of Dreams will celebrate this moving story with communities across Norfolk and Suffolk and continue to re-tell it April 1st - Diss High School further afield, giving Tom, Annie and the April 2nd & 3rd - Upstairs at the Western, Leicester children of the Burston Strike School April 12th - The Bank, Eye the recognition and admiration they April 17th - The Garage, Norwich deserve.

April 19th - Fakenham Community Centre April 25th - Framingham Earl High School April 27th - The Granary, Wells May 9th - Swaffham Iceni Rooms May 10th - Freckenham Village Hall May 15th - Fisher Theatre, Bungay


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Cambridge Literary Festival. April 1st-6th

Formerly Cambridge Wordfest, the Cambridge Literary Festival is the foremost literary event in the South East. This year promises to be it’s biggest and most ambitious year to date. Taking place from April 1st to 6th and with an ambition to establish itself as an international forum of ideas, the 2014 Cambridge Literary Festival has confirmed some of the most exciting writers, journalists, politicians and commentators of our age. Headline names including past and present Man Booker Prize winners Pat Barker and Eleanor Catton alongside fellow novelists Jim Crace, Melvyn Bragg, Hanif Kureishi, Joanna Trollope and Emma Donoghue, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with Martin Rees and Simon Singh from the world of science, public figures Germaine Greer, Alan Johnson and Douglas Alexander, teen horror favourite Darren Shan, and children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and world affairs heavyweights David Runicman, Liam Byrne and Jonathan Fenby come together to inspire, challenge and provoke in the historic surroundings of the Cambridge Union, St John’s College and Trinity College Cambridge. With even more high-profile speakers, a bigger children’s programme, creative workshops and masterclasses, the worlds of literature, media, science, history, politics and philosophy will converge for a stimulating 6 days in April focusing on themes including New Fiction, World Literature, Remembrance marking the centenary of World War One, Global Current Affairs, Memoir, Poetry, Comedy and The Mind.

literature In collaboration with Cambridge Literary Festival’s media partner, the first New Statesman Debate, featuring a panel of special guests, should ignite a national conversation around the provocative motion: “This house believes that young people have never had it so good”. And in a nod to the 2014 World Cup, a series of events entitled Viva Brazil will take place in association with UKBrazilian festival FlipSide. Festival Director Cathy Moore says: “We’ve taken the city’s much-loved Wordfest, for the past 12 years a sparkling fixture on the cultural calendar, and made it shine bigger and brighter. There are a number of firsts we’re proud of this year too: our first media partner New Statesman, our first collaboration with FlipSide, and our debut guest programmer Alex Clark, whose expertise has ensured that we’ll be welcoming an even more vibrant mix of writers from all over the world in 2014. The festival has grown organically and is now bigger than ever which is fantastic. There really is something for everyone, adults and children alike and we can’t wait to welcome everyone.’ For a full programme or to book tickets visit


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The Art of Wine

Behind every great wine is a great story. There really is no exception to this. Wonderful places, cultivated by amazing people pushing the boundaries with their great ideas.

Mathew Jukes, Best 100 Aussie Roadshow comes to Norwich With over 9 Million Daily Mail

readers a week, Matthew has the most keenly followed wine column in the UK. Matthew's Roadshow is one of the must attend wine shows of the year Find out more here: ww Tickets are available at ÂŁ15 per person. Call 01603 451098 to book yours now or email

The mythical figure of Jack Valentine has once again been spotted around the Norwich Lanes this Valentines Day. Is this a picture of him at Norwich’s Maddermarket Kitchen?

A tour de France

On the 19th March there is the first of four wine tasting nights at Stewart Duffield's Maddermarket Kitchen in Norwich. The theme "A Tour de France" will combine a specially created menu by Stewart and a carefully chosen selection of artisan wines by wine guru Brian Sullivan of HarperWells. Places are limited so get in touch with the restaurant on 01603 460558 boo to book.

These promises to be superb evenings so if you are one of Norwich's food and wine lovers, know what to do.

photography Martin Figura: Whistle

Norwich Arts Centre, March 26th, 8pm For the past four years, Norwich-based photographer and poet Martin Figura has been touring the world with his show ‘Whistle.’ Now he is bringing it back to Norwich for what is probably its final performance. At the centre of ‘Whistle’, is a family tragedy that would have destroyed the lives of many children. When Martin was just 9 years old his mother was killed by his father. After the killing, his father, a former German soldier who fought the allies in WW2, went to Broadmoor. Martin and his sister went to live with relatives who soon discovered they couldn’t cope, so they sent him to boarding school and promptly emigrated without telling him. Martin went into care. He was rescued by some kindly former neighbours who gladly took him in and gave him a home. Their son joined the army so Martin thought it seemed a good idea too, ‘I felt very loved and secure with my adopted family, but I also felt a huge responsibility not to be a burden to them, so joining the forces seemed a positive way out,’ he explained. Through all this he visited his father in Broadmoor, and then at a local hospital. Martin left the army in 1997 having risen through the ranks to become a Major. The show ‘Whistle’ is an hour-long multi-media piece, in which themes of identity, forgiveness, loss, adoption and family are explored with insight and gentle humour. Despite the serious and shocking nature of the subject matter, such is Figura’s skill as a poet, that he is able to give the audience a profound and uplifting experience. Martin Figura won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize for his poem Victor, as both poet and photographer he has been widely published and exhibited, including at The National Portrait Gallery.


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New Wolsey - Threepenny Opera

A new alliance of arts, culture and events is happening in Ipswich – a collaboration called We Are Ipswich.

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Made up of New Wolsey Theatre, DanceEast, Pacitti Company and Gecko Theatre Company, We Are Ipswich is an alliance between leading creative companies in Ipswich that are uniting to show the world Ipswich’s outstanding talent and creativity; working together to showcase the top quality work that is being produced.   The four – all of which are Arts Council England National portfolio organisations – are committed to making the most of what Ipswich has to offer, which is expanding all the time. The work created as a result of this collaboration will be showcased during 2014, enabling audiences to become acquainted with and to enjoy innovative new world class work being created in Suffolk and the venues that produce it. In addition to bringing fresh work to new and existing audiences, the collaboration will seek to develop an economic benefit for Ipswich -

arts council creating jobs and attracting revenue for the town. For these four arts organisations, working together towards a shared ambition is a natural step to making great art accessible to everyone in the town, the surrounding region and beyond as the work tours the country. We Are Ipswich is kicking things off in 2014 with two extraordinary shows that are supported by the New Wolsey and hosted by DanceEast, with critically acclaimed performances by Gecko.   On March 29th, China Plate returns to Ipswich after the success of the Pacitti - On Languard Point New Wolsey Pulse Festival to present Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood.  On May 1st-3rd, Gecko, which is an Artistic Associate of the New Wolsey, will present Institute.   Both shows are be booked from the DanceEast Box Office on 01473 295230 or by visiting    Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive at New Wolsey Theatre  – ‘We Are Ipswich is a chance to show the world what Ipswich has - and what it could have - in terms of arts and culture. It has no boundaries or constraints, and the possibilities of what we can come up with are plentiful and spectacularly innovative’   Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director at DanceEast – ‘There is a strong sense amongst us that if we can share and plan together we can raise the cultural profile of Ipswich and its cultural offer. Amazing work is taking place here but not enough people outside the town know that. We have cultural organisations based here that have international reputation... We all believe that we will be stronger together’   Robert Pacitti, Pacitti Company – ‘We Are Ipswich is about making the most of what Ipswich has to offer. We have some great resources in our town, not least a wealth of talent and enthusiasm within the creative industries to make great things happen for locals and visitors alike… We have something very special going on in Ipswich right now, and the exciting thing is that it’s getting better all the time.’   Amit Lahav, Gecko – ‘How do we reach more people? How do we help each other to do that? How do we support each other to make the best work possible?  These questions have come about naturally and easily to us as we have, one way or another, been engaged in this journey over a number of years.  We Are Ipswich says we recognise this and now we aim to shout about it and communicate our ideas more openly to each other.’ Gecko - Institute


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Coffee and a Chat ARTSeast editor Sarah Veness chats to broadcaster and performer Helen McDermott about her famous sidekick BC and her upcoming new show.

theatre & film To anyone growing up in the Anglia Television region in the 1980s, Helen McDermott is instantly recognisable. As an announcer, Birthday Club presenter and news anchor, Helen became a household name. But before a broadcasting career beckoned, Helen actually trained as a ballet dancer at the prestigious Arts Educational stage school. ‘From ballet, I moved into musical theatre and discovered a real love for performing,’ says Helen. It was during a stint on hospital radio in Plymouth, while staying with her family, Helen was discovered by a BBC producer. ‘He told me I had a really nice voice and Photo supplied by Archant. managed to secure me some work with a local BBC radio station earning the grand sum of £4 a week,’ laughs Helen. ‘Realising broadcasting could be the way forward, I approached Westward Television in Plymouth and told them I’d do anything! They gave me a job making the tea and from there I eventually managed to secure a position as a continuity announcer.’ At the age of 23, Helen was offered a job at Anglia Television in Norwich. ‘I’d only ever been to Norwich once and wasn’t even really sure where it was,’ says Helen. ‘I told myself I’d stay for a year or so to get experience but here I am, 37 years later, still here!’ In fact, Helen loves living in Norfolk and has won a place in the hearts of everyone who watched her reading the local news. But it was reading the birthday announcements that Helen is most famous for. ‘Back at Westward I’d worked with station mascot Gus Honeybun when reading the birthday messages,’ says Helen. ‘I knew the people of the Anglia region would love it too so I persuaded them to bring in a puppet called BC (birthday club).’ BC went on to become a fixture on Anglia Television for 22 years. ‘Even now, people still come up to me to say that I read their birthday card out to them on television,’ says Helen. ‘They’re often great big strapping lads now which makes it hit home just how long I’ve been in this business.’ Despite her successful broadcasting career, it turned out that Helen’s original love for theatre had never quite gone away. While still at Anglia Television, Helen was asked to take part in a pantomime and loved every minute of it. Inspired, she set up a company with award-winning actor Des Barrit called OhYesitiz Productions. ‘We work together to produce fantastic pantomimes,’ says Helen. Helen is very supportive of the arts scene in our region and, in particular, works closely with the Beccles Public Hall & Theatre. ‘It’s a lovely venue and I very much enjoy supporting the work they do,’ says Helen. This May Helen will be touring in her new show called Cowards in the Wings which celebrates Noel Coward’s songs. The tour takes in, among other venues, Sheringham Little Theatre, Halesworth Cut, Beccles Public Hall, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft Seagull, Gorleston Cliff Hotel and the Southwold Festival. A full programme of dates can be seen at


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Theatre & Film News Roger Lloyd Pack: Tribute Season

After his death in January, Cinema City is celebrating the career of Norfolk-based actor Roger Lloyd Pack with a season of his excellent big-screen performances. Monday March 3rd, 6.15pm and Wednesday March 5th, 1pm


Roger Lloyd Pack stars as theatre manager Norman, a man clinging to past glories, particularly to the ghost of 1960s singing star Alma Cogan, whom he once met.  Sunday 16 March 16th, 5pm and Thursday March 20th, 3pm


Beautifully adapted by Harold Pinter from the novel by L. P. Hartley and shot on location in Norfolk, THE GO-BETWEEN ranks amongst director Joseph Losey’s finest later works. Monday March 31st, 8.30pm and Wednesday April 2nd, 12.45pm


Set in the 1970s, this intelligent old-school spy caper prizes atmosphere over whiz-bang special effects, painting a portrait of international espionage very much at odds with the glitz and glamour of Bond. The fantastic cast mark this as an unmissable post-Bourne crime drama, with Roger Lloyd Pack playing Special Branch Inspector Mendel. Tickets - or 0871 902 5724

Seachange Arts Unwrapped Theatre

This April, Seachange Arts’ Unwrapped Theatre, a programme of performance in partnership with internationally acclaimed producers, Battersea Arts Centre, returns to Great Yarmouth. Unwrapped Theatre’s spring programme takes place from April 10th to 12th at St. George’s Theatre and Seachange’s Drill House.  Two of the shows will feature associated ‘Cook-ups’ featuring food and free entertainment or workshops.  The third will form part of Seachange’s Drill House Open Day which will see a number of local artists and Australia’s Flipside Circus join the party for a day of family-friendly activities. The first show in the programme is John Berkavitch’s SHAME on April 10th at the Drill House.  Mixing hip-hop, spoken word, animation and a soundtrack by MOBO nominated Jamie Woon, SHAME explores a moment in everyone’s lives when they knew they were doing something wrong. The next day the very British obsession with celebrities, beauty and winning is examined in Victoria Melody’s one woman, one dog show; Major Tom.  On Saturday April 12th, as part of the Drill House Open Day, Will Dickie’s Team of the Decades provides an interactive outdoor performance revealing where strong men hide their weaknesses.  For further information or to buy tickets, visit

theatre & film Lee Hurst Live

If comedy is your thing, then head to the Regal Theatre, Stowmarket on March 20th to catch comedian Lee Hurst’s brilliant new show ‘Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!’ Lee is on a mission to find out what really winds us Brits up. Like all Brits, Lee loves a right good moan but he also likes to come up with the solutions too. A great night of stand up for any comedy fan.

Join in with the Jungle Book

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this Easter Holidays then warm up your vocal cords and head to The Quay Theatre, Sudbury on April 8th. Image Musical Theatre Company are presenting Rudyard Kipling’s classic Jungle Book. Set in the jungles of India, this production dramatises the journey to maturity of Mowgli the man cub. The show requires the participation of the whole audience as the chorus and ten children will be chosen to perform small parts in the play. A great day out for all the family.

Twelfth Night - Rock and Roll style!

Cutting-edge theatre company, Filter, are bringing their electric adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds stage from 18th22nd March. Influenced by the no-holds-barred festival celebrating the coming of Epiphany and the twelve days of Christmas, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is known as his greatest and most chaotic comedy. Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated by a shipwreck but when they are both washed up onto Illyria’s shores, disguise, deception and passion wreak havoc as the two twins’ identities are confused. Devising theatre company Filter have emphasised the mayhem of both the play and the well-known festival by transporting this classic comedy to the modern setting of a rock gig- somewhere where social restrictions really do get left at the door! Using the play’s music as a driving force, this adaptation embraces Twelfth Night as you’ve never seen it beforewhere anything and everything goes. Tickets - or 01284 769505


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Theatre Royal, Norwich, April 2nd-12th One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS comes to Norwich Theatre Royal this April. Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking adaptation CATS is directed by Trevor Nunn, with choreography by Gillian Lynne and set and costume design by John Napier. Re-creating the direction and choreography for the tour is Chrissie Cartwright.

Including one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography, CATS is a uniquely magical musical. To date, CATS has been seen by more than 50 million people around the world. Tickets: or 01603 630000

theatre & film Beccles Public Hall: The Future’s Bright!

Beccles Public Hall has been in the safe hands of local charity, Beccles Lido Ltd (BLL) for just over a year now and great strides have been made to ensure there’s a wealth of variety and diversity of events. The community group are proud of how far it has come in such a short space of time and it’s paying off!   The Film @ the Hall experience has been improved with more comfortable seats, a new projector and a brand new screen - it was thrilling to receive £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All to improve the cinema experience. The community group seek to continually improve the sound and visual quality and has also purchased a new DVD player, with excellent results.   As well as the popular dances, theatre productions, films, sales, storytelling mornings and light opera groups’ offerings, the Hall group are proud to offer interactive theatre for children from 3 – 11 years old. Look out for Easter theatre presented by popular production company, Simply Smiley who will be welcomed back with their amazing theatre story, Detect Egg and new story, Panda’s Song. Children love their fun characters and they can look forward to an hour-long dance party with balloons, hats and cakes after each production.   Catch all the events at the hall at: or pop by the Box Office, open Monday to Saturday, 10am till 3pm and collect a copy of the latest What’s On programme – there will be a warm welcome from one of the many volunteers!  


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Lights, Camera


‘Act-On’ offers a range of events and activities to cater for budding actors of all ages from 5 – 105! Based in Bressingham near Diss, ‘Act-On’ offers more than your average drama lessons. As well as offering weekly drama classes for children aged 5-18, they also run an agency which regularly has people auditioning for roles in film, TV and advertising. Classes run weekly during term time in Bressingham on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and in Bungay on Thursday evenings. Classes are also set to run in Ely on Monday evenings and Cambourne on Tuesday evenings. The classes are run by professional actors and experienced staff. Act-On is lucky enough to be working with many professional actors including Louis Hilyer who has worked with the RSC and the National Theatre and Scott Handy who is also a National Theatre and RSC actor. Other professional actors working with our students are Matilda Ziegler and Agni Scott, both of whom have extensive stage and screen credits to their name. Feedback from parents and students has been fantastic. The classes focus on building skills and working on drama techniques. Activities that take place in classes also help to build on students’ confidence and self-esteem. In the future ‘Act-On’ is planning to run holiday workshops/clubs in the major school holidays. Thanks to ‘Act-On’s’ contacts in the professional drama world they will also be holding a series of ‘special workshops’ aimed at children and adults - these will be run by special guests including actors, directors and other professionals who work within the film, TV and theatre industry. To sign up for any of our exciting workshops or classes, please phone Tanya on 01379 688455 to find out more. More details can also be found on the website:

theatre & film Musical gems at New Wolsey Theatre After a feast of shows throughout February – one of the busiest months the New Wolsey Theatre has seen so far – this great Ipswich theatre is looking forward to even more in the second half of their Spring season. For musical lovers, there is still a chance to take advantage of their #LoveYourTheatre musical package! As well as THE THREEPENNY OPERA, look out for these three big shows you could also book for: From March 27th to April 5th, Matthew Bugg is back with his blitzy wartime blackout romance MISS NIGHTINGALE following a five star tour which started at the New Wolsey Theatre last Spring. With period glamour and original songs, there’s even more songs, sparkle and sass! From April 15th-19th it’s fair shares for all in BETTY BLUE EYES – a take on Austerity Britain adapted from the screenplay by Alan Bennett of the film The Private Function. Join us for this regional premiere of a smash-hit West End musical comedy. From April 23rd to May 3rd, it’s TOM – the music and the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. With live rock and roll music and an electric actormusician set-up, Theatr na nOg brings their production of the story of Tom Jones. Other fantastic shows coming this way are: Bernard Pomerance’s THE ELEPHANT MAN which sees award winning visual theatre company Gecko collaborate with the acclaimed New Wolsey Young company to present this celebrated hit play about John Merrick, running from April 24th to May 3rd. TRANSLATIONS – English Touring Theatre production of love and conflict as the British Army arrives to translate Gaelic place names into the King’s English. We welcome back the producers of The Hypochondriac, Tartuffe and The Misanthrope from April 8th-12th. For more information and to book your tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 01473 295900.


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Bonus Production for Sewell Barn Theatre! Down among the Wines & Spirits Sewell Barn Theatre, March 6-8th 2014 Each season, the Sewell Barn Theatre puts on eight productions running between October to July, with a break during the holiday period. This year they were presented with an offer they couldn’t refuse – two familiar faces at the Barn, husband and wife duo Cassie & Selwyn Tillett, offered to put on a music hall show. The pair have always been enthusiastic about the use of music in the theatre (Selwyn is an accompanist of 45 years’ experience and both are singers). However, more important is to disabuse people of the notion that you need to “be a singer” to make good use of music. Many wonderful entertainers are not “singers” in the accepted sense of the word (think Noel Coward, Dame Judi, Rex Harrison…); and our entertainment forefathers in the music halls were no different. Speaking of the production, Cassie Tillett said, “You will hear (and be encouraged to join in with) familiar songs, but there will be unfamiliar material too; and we hope audiences come away feeling that they have come to know the real people behind the stage personae. These performers were at the heart of popular entertainment for our grandparents and great-grandparents, and were as important in their day as our television programmes and the internet. There is a huge amount of fun, silliness, cleverness, feel-good factor, pathos and sincerity.” Tickets £9 (concessions £7): Jarrolds Customer Services on 01603 697248.

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Light Entertainment

Comedy Drama Opera Children’s Shows Folk Blues


The Granary is a small 69-seat Theatre situated in the heart of beautiful Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk and is part of the Wells Maltings Project. The theatre programme is managed by the Friends of the Granary, all volunteers who arrange the performances, man the friendly, reasonably-priced bar along with front of house arrangements. The programme over the coming year ranges from serious drama from professional theatre companies, light entertainment with Helen McDermott and Adrian Wright celebrating songs from ENSA, Gothic Horror, Sherlock Holmes, opera with Cosi Fan Tutte, folk from Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, blues with Brookes Williams and very much more.

April 6th

Set in Norwich in 1912, fEast Theatre present The Canada Boys by Rob John. Based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman’s mustard factory. Concerned by rising unemployment in Norwich, the company offered some employees a new life across the Atlantic. The story is about two brothers, Jack and Eddie Craske, who had never travelled further west than Wymondham but whose lives were about to change for ever.

April 11th & 12th

Theatrical Niche breathes new life into Lorca’s tragedy Blood Wedding with a stunning adaptation. A blend of Puppetry, Mask Work and Movement illustrates this revered Spanish work, from Director, Alice Sillett.

April 19th

Intimately Eva with Lesley Curtis. Featuring breathtaking vocals in an unforgettable atmosphere ideally suited to Lesley’s arrangement of Eva Cassidy’s inspirational songs.

April 25th

A welcome return with a new stand-up show ‘Cake Charmer’ from the popular comedian Patrick Monahan who likes hugging and eating cake but not simultaneously! Cake Charmer is a wonderfully executed set from a talented comedian who knows what the people want and gives it to them in abundance.

April 27th

The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company present The Bricks of Burston, which commemorates the centenary of the Burston School Strike and premieres as part of the official celebrations of the strike. The story of Burston school teachers Tom and Annie Higdon, whose fight after their unfair dismissal triggered the subsequent strike by pupils which lasted over 25 years, is well known. Tickets on sale in the Tourist Information Centre (weekends only) and online. For queries regarding tickets ring 01328 710193 or email See our website for more details.


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Music News Thetford Forest Line-up 2014

The fantastic line-up for this summer’s Forest Live concerts in Thetford forest is starting to take shape. High Lodge will be rocking to the sounds of Britpop geniuses Suede on June 13th. Boyzone take to the stage on July 11th with opera superstar Katherine Jenkins performing the following day. To keep up-to-date with announcements of the latest acts to be confirmed go to

X-Factor’s Rebecca Ferguson comes to Ipswich

As part of her second UK tour, Rebecca Ferguson brings her soulful tones to the Ipswich Regent on March 26th. The X-Factor runner-up from the seventh series of the show in 2010 released her critically-acclaimed second studio album Freedom in December 2013. Box office - 01473 433100

Stowmarket Chorale present The Peacemakers

This spectacular new work By Karl Jenkins is dedicated to the memory of all those who have died in armed conflict. On April 12th Stowmarket Chorale will perform it for the first time in Suffolk at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. It is a work of tender expression and emotional intensity. Faure Requiem, the companion piece, is the composer’s best-known work.

music A musical medley at The Park Hotel, Diss One of Diss’ most established venues, the Park Hotel offers a fantastic space for events and gigs. This year, they have some excellent gigs coming up. On March 21st The Park welcomes 70s Glam Rock covers band The Glamtastics to the stage. With their twin lead guitarists, this five-piece band from Norwich play classics such as Free Bird, Hotel California and instrumentals such as Jessica (The Top Gear theme tune and Sylvia by Focus. Influences include Steely Dan, T-rex, David Bowie and Status Quo. In June, The Lee Vasey Band will be rocking the Park with their wide cross-section of classic songs and party tunes. Comprised of ten experienced professional musicians, they play in many styles and genres from disco to latino, Mustang Sally to Living la Vida Loca, New York, New York to Crazy

in Love. Whatever your tastes, you’re guaranteed a great night. On November 7th, dust off your sequins and flares as one of the UK’s best-loved and most soughtafter Abba tribute acts arrives in Diss. Sensation ABBA tribute band have the harmonies, costumes and choreography down to a tee - they even speak Swedish on stage. From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, Sensation perform all of ABBA’s greatest hits with plenty of audience participation and sing-along moments. For more information go to


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Big Country rocking Norwich Epic Studios, Norwich - May 30th, 8pm

Scottish rock band Bg Country hit the stage at Epic Studios Norwich in May. “When taking a journey, it’s not about the getting there, it’s enjoying the view on the way” (STUART ADAMSON) A comment from the late, much missed – but still inspiring – co-founder (along with BRUCE WATSON)  recently recalled by drummer, MARK BRZEZICKI – these words hit home as hard and true now, as they ever did, as BIG COUNTRY continue their particular journey, ever forwards. Steeped in a stunning catalogue of proud and stirring hit songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’, ‘In A Big Country’ (which sold 2 million), ‘East Of Eden’ and their biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, along with massive albums such ‘The Seer’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Peace In Our Time’ and the triple Grammy –nominated, ‘The Crossing’, BIG COUNTRY continue to look beyond the next horizon, as they turn the page from 2013 to 2014. As they bid farewell after three years to Mike Peters, the band – BRUCE WATSON (guitars/vocals); MARK BRZEZICKI (drums, vocals); JAMIE WATSON (guitars/vocals) and former SIMPLE MINDS’ bassist/vocalist , DEREK FORBES – begin a new chapter. The band will be augmented on stage by SIMON HOUGH ex-front man for DENNY LAINE (WINGS), ERIC BELL (THIN LIZZY) etc.


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music Norwich Jazz Party - g e t t i n g closer!

It looks like the eighth Norwich Jazz Party is shaping up to be just as successful as the previous seven. Being held as usual over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, the Party moves to a new venue this year - the excellent Sunningdale Suite at Dunston Hall Hotel just south of Norwich. Between the afternoon of Saturday 3rd May and late in the evening of Monday 5th the event brings together twenty-nine top flight musicians from both sides of the Atlantic to provide over twenty-six hours of super mainstream jazz and swing. Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Duke Heitger, Jon-Erik Kellso, Chuck Riggs, Dan Barrett, and Rossano Sportiello are all returning across the pond to repeat their success from last year with Scott Robinson and Howard Alden (replacing Photos by Bruce Lindsay the indisposed Bucky Pizzarelli) returning after a gap. After missing last year because of illness Jim Galloway from Canada will be joinng the party again. Pianist Ehud Asherie joins the party for the first time from New York as do bassist and singer Kristin Korb from USA/Denmark and reed virtuoso Aurelie Tropez from France. The UK contingent includes Alan Barnes, John Pearce and Adrian Fry amongst the all-star lineup and making his NJP debut, saxophonist Robert Fowler. Scott Hamilton travels from his home in Italy, guitarist Jacob Fischer from Denmark. Eiji Kitamura has the longest journey from Japan and Ron Hockett, the shortest from Norwich. Not only are the musicians from across the globe, tickets are being sold to jazz lovers not only from all over the UK but also from Germany, Norway, Austria, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia! Ticket sales for both the whole weekend (ÂŁ185) and individual days (ÂŁ65) are going well. To snap one up - or for more info - please contact Jerry Brown on 01603 620287 or or visit the website


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local arts scene The Arts in Bury St Edmunds The thriving medieval market town of Bury St Edmunds is home to a lively arts scene that offers something for everyone. The town itself may be steeped in history - with some beautiful buildings to enjoy - but its theatres, galleries and venues offer some of the best modern entertainment in the region. Bury’s Theatre Royal is the only surviving Regency theatre left in Britain and has a fantastic arts programme for adults and children alike. The spectacular Apex provides a modern music venue right in the heart of the town centre while the beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral also plays host to a wide variety of musicians. Smiths Row gallery and the Cathedral’s Edmund Gallery feature the best local artwork and the Abbeygate Picturehouse shows a mixture of big name and independent films. The oldest building in town - Moyse’s Hall Museum - is a brilliant place to learn all about local history. So head to Bury St Edmunds to soak up the culture the region is famous for.

Theatre Royal

Built in 1819, this Grade 1 listed playhouse was extensively restored and re-opened in 2007. It presents a year-round programme of drama, music, dance and light entertainment.


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The Apex

Smiths Row

Smiths Row is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. They show contemporary work in an exciting programme of exhibitions and run talks, workshops and events. Our craft shop showcases affordable work by the best British makers, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and prints.

Opened in October 2010, the award-winning Apex is home to a diverse programme of live music from classical to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk. There is also a contemporary art gallery and cafe.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The stunning cathedral is a popular venue for concerts and regularly hosts international performers. For more information on their current arts season, please see the feature on the following page.

Moyse’s Hall

For 900 years this building has looked out over the Market Place in the town centre. Previously a gaol, workhouse and police station, it is now home to some fantastic local history exhibits.

To win a ÂŁ20 voucher to spend at Photo Elite, Diss just answer the following question: On which building in Bury will you find the carved stone face pictured on page 40?

Send your answer to ARTSeast Magazine, Dolphin House (first floor), 23 Church Street, Diss IP22 4DD or email to by March 28th. The first correct entry chosen will win the prize.


local arts scene Celebrate the arts at St Edmundsbury The new arts programme at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, gets underway in March with a mix of music, art exhibitions and drama. The annual Organ Festival opens on Saturday March 1st at 5pm with a recital by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. The organ festival continues throughout the year with a recital most months by a celebrity recitalist. During March the Cathedral will be transformed by an ambitious art exhibition called Respect, when the whole building will be filled with huge banners and vessels decorated by children from across Suffolk. Opening on March 12th, the exhibition is open daily, free of charge, until March 30th. March heralds the start of Lent so the Cathedral’s programme reflects this special time of year when the church prepares for Easter. Come and enjoy the peace and wonder of the Cathedral, which is open daily for tourists, pilgrims and for prayer.


Saturday 1 March at 5 pm - Organ Festival Recital by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music, Choir of King’s College Choir, Cambridge Thursday 20 March at 7.30 pm – Concert Bach: St Matthew Passion, with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge and Britten Sinfonia Thursday 27 March at 7 pm – Inheritance, a Passion Play for Lent, by Riding Lights Theatre Company

an exciting new arts programme for the spring Full Details from the Cathedral Office on 01284 748720 email Check What’s On page on or pick up a leaflet in the Cathedral

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The Bury Bach Choir was founded in 1932, initially to perform the great works of J S Bach. Over the years the choir has developed into a highly-respected choral society that performs most of the main works of the choral repertoire, up to and including contemporary compositions. The choir has a singing membership of approximately 100 drawn from Bury St Edmunds and its surroundings, and presents three major concerts plus a Christmas concert annually in venues such as St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Mary’s Parish Church, the Apex and, at Christmas, the beautiful churches of Lavenham and Long Melford. The choir uses professional soloists and orchestral musicians and so is able to bring to its concerts very high musical standards. The choir was described by the East Anglian Daily Times as “a treasure for the town” and is proud of its achievements over the last 82 years. The choir is generously supported by a range of corporate and private Friends, Benefactors and Patrons, and is especially

local arts scene fortunate to have as its major sponsor the leading music publisher, the Music Sales Group, that maintains a large operational base in Bury St Edmunds. The choir plans its programme of concerts more than two years in advance and aims to provide its loyal and appreciative audiences with a wide selection of some of the finest choral music ever written, including both well-known favourites and many less well-known pieces. In the next 18 months or so the choir will be singing works by Bach, Fauré, Duruflé, Mozart, Handel and Britten. New members are always welcome. Full details of the choir, including key contacts, are available on

Our Music Director – Dr Philip Reed

Philip Reed read music at Leeds University and at the University of East Anglia where he completed his PhD thesis. Philip is an acknowledged authority on the life and works of Benjamin Britten and has published a number of books on the composer, including six volumes of Britten’s Selected Letters for which he and his co-author, Donald Mitchell, received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He was Staff Musicologist at the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh before joining English National Opera in 1997. Philip was appointed Music Director of the Bury Bach Choir in 2001 since when he has conducted a wide range of choral works with the choir including the Bach passions, the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Brahms, and Fauré, Handel’s Messiah, Samson and Coronation Anthems, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and many other choral works from the classical repertoire. Philip is a highly-regarded musician who demands high standards from the choir and has made a major contribution to the choir’s reputation for excellence.

at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

J.S. Bach’s choral masterpiece

including Fauré Requiem

St John Passion

The Glory of France Fauré

Nicholas Mulroy Evangelist Graeme Danby Jesus Rachel Dyson soprano Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano Austin Gunn tenor Tom Asher bass

Bury Bach Choir Suffolk Baroque Players Philip Reed conductor

Saturday 29th March 2014, 7.30pm The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds Tickets £12, £18.50, £21 via the Apex Box Office 01284 758000 or from our website

Duruflé Poulenc

Camilla Jeppeson soprano Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano Tom Asher baritone

Bury Bach Choir Prometheus Orchestra Philip Reed conductor

Saturday 7th June 2014, 7.30pm St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Tickets £12, £16, £20 via the Apex Box Office 01284 758000 or from our website Find us on

Requiem Cantique de Jean Racine Requiem Litanies à la Vierge Noire


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The Apex: Home of Live Music in Bury

This fantastic venue in the heart of the town offers an amazing selection of talent from all musical genres. Over the next few weeks, there are some great acts coming up. On March 14th awe-inspiring guitarist Juan Martin Flamenco returns with singers and dancers from Spain for a show at the vanguard of modern flamenco. Then two days later (16th) Sahara Soul brings some of Mali’s most talented contemporary musicians to the stage to showcase the rich heritage of this West African nation. On March 19th Tcha Limberger’s Sahara Soul Budapest Gypsy Orchestra present Csardas, Verbunk and Laments from the Budapest Magyar Nota Gypsy orchestra tradition of the 19th and early 20th centuries, complete with beautiful voices and violin playing. The following week (March 25th) Salsa Celtica - combining some of Scotland and Ireland’s leading Celtic musicians with a stellar group of international salsa musicians - is a stunning combination of virtuosity and energy. Salsa Celtica The City of London Sinfonia with cellist Matthew Barley comes to the Apex with a wonderful programme that includes arrangements of South American music on April 5th. The following day Scotland’s best-loved traditional musicians Aly TO BOOK TICKETS: THEAPEX.CO.UK Bain and Phil BOX OFFICE: 01284 758 000 Cunningham bring their magic. TORD GUSTAVSEN TCHA LIMBERGER’S QUARTET BUDAPEST GYPSY Aly’s passionate WED 12 MARCH 8pm / ORCHESTRA £16 (£14 conc) £5 U25s WED 19 MARCH 7.30pm / fiddle playing £16 (£14 conc) £5 U25s Csardas, Verbunk and Laments has appeared from the Budapest Magyar Nota on recordings Gypsy orchestra tradition of the 19th and early 20th centuries. ___________________ by the likes of TOYAH Eddie Reader and SAT 22 MARCH 8pm / £18 Some of the most intriguing Award-winning rock star, players on the vibrant and Richard Thompson & TV presenter. eclectic Scandinavian jazz scene actress ___________________ making music that draws you and accordion SALSA CELTICA into a musical universe of tender TUE 25 MARCH 8pm / lyricism and subtle groove. player Phil has ___________________ £16 (£14 conc) £5 U25s Scottish & Irish traditional been named one Martha Reeves JUAN MARTIN music with Latin American FLAMENCO elements of salsa. of Scotland’s 25 ___________________ FRI 14 MARCH 7.30pm / £18 (£16 conc) £5 U25s LLOYD COLE most influential people and has worked with Mark ‘The cream of Spain’s dancers’ MON 31 MARCH 7.30pm / (The Times) together with the Knopfler and Midge Ure. Together with a 9-piece £20 adv (£22 door) intensity and emotion of one of One of the most articulate and the world’s finest guitarists. band including an amazing 4-piece horn section, acute songwriters of the post___________________ punk era. SAHARA SOUL Martha Reeves and the Vandellas bring their all hits SUN 16 MARCH 7.30pm / THIS IS JUST A SELECTION OF show to Bury on April 8th. £18, U25s £5 THE EXCITING AND DIVERSE Two of Mali’s finest contemporary musicians: Bassekou Kouyate and band, plus Sidi Toure.



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✮ Bowl food available from £4.50 per bowl ✮ Enjoy quality snacks and meals served in time for your show ✮ Booking advised

To book or for more information call 01284 758 390 or email

Dining at The Apex

Sodexo Prestige has been catering partner at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds for just over a year and has recently launched a new concept in pre-concert dining. Designed to allow customers to enjoy some fantastic, locally-produced food before each performance, the bowl-food menu can be served quickly and efficiently in the stunning surroundings of the Atrium Restaurant. From just £4.50 for a ¾ sized main course and £1.75 for a side-order customers can be assured of excellent value for money. As Sponsors of the Apex’s Classical programme in 2014, diners eating prior to each Classical concert will receive a free glass of wine each when spending £20 on food (table of 2) and a free bottle when spending £35 on a table of 4. For larger groups there is the option of a prebookable Hospitality package at £14.95 per head. Guests will receive a glass of fizz on arrival, a selection of delicious canapés and an interval drink, all served in a VIP area of the Atrium. For further details and to make a booking call 01284 758390 or email

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Welcome to Bury Tango Bury Tango is a friendly and local Tango club which has built up its reputation over four years. As a group of volunteers we run a nonprofit organisation and all our funds are used to benefit the development of dance in the region. Although centred on Bury St Edmunds we do attract dancers from Stowmarket, Diss, Thetford, Cambridge, Bungay, Beccles, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Sudbury, Lavenham, Norwich, Ely, Hadleigh and Colchester. We run classes and practicas on two nights of the week and in conjunction with other Tango groups in East Anglia we are helping to provide multiple opportunities for dancers to develop their Tango. We also run occasional Milongas (dances) at our base, the Hunter Club, and the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Argentine Tango is not a single, prescribed dance and what we offer is distinct from the Show Tango which is often seen on TV and which looks clever but difficult. Ours is a social dance which is built around improvisation in response to the music and not based on set routines. Basically, if you are able to walk, you can begin to dance Tango. It takes two to Tango - what makes the dance work is the connection between partners and this provides the subtlety and dialogue which makes the dance so appealing. Also the connection between different dancers is itself varied and this allows the individual to impart their own personality into the dance. Tango is a great way of conditioning your body, keeping fit and keeping mentally alert - in today’s world it can actually change your life. For us there is no more silently passionate dance.


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Winners will be notified by email or phone, usual terms and conditions apply. The prize is available until August 31st 2014, subject to availability and is non transferable. The prize cannot be redeemed on Mother’s Day or Easter Sunday. Closing date 28th March.

ARTSeast main pick up points Aldeburgh: Aldeburgh Cinema , Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh Music, David’s Place, Thompson’s Gallery, The White Lion Hotel Attleborough: DCR Music. Beccles: Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Beccles Sewing & Handicrafts , Blyburgate Antiques, Honeysuckle Days, Number 21a Retro & Crafts, Twyfords Cafe, Vintage Mischief . Blooms of Bressingham. Bungay: The Art Trading Company, Bells of Suffolk, Cork Brick Gallery and Antiques, Earsham Street Gallery, Fisher Theatre, No 4, The Castle Inn, The Old Bank. Burnham Market: Mable’s Paint Pot, The Hoste Hotel Bury St Edmunds: Abbeygate Picturehouse, Balaam’s Music, Benson Blakes, Cafe Del Mar, Cafe Rogue, Caffé Nero, Hatter Street Studio, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Ottewill Art (Denny Bros), Really Rather Good Coffee House, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Street Level Cafe, The Angel Hotel, The Apex, The Athenaeum, The Coffee House, The Lounge, Theatre Royal, Walton Veldhuizen Art. Cley-next-the-Sea: Made in Cley, Pinkfoot Gallery. Cromer: Blue Willow tea rooms, Huckleberries, Pavillion Bar, Rocket House Café, Sticky Earth Ceramic Café, The Gallery, The Garden House , The Pier Pavillion Dereham: Art Academy East, Bead This, Craft That, Norfolk Camera Centre, Norfolk Images Gallery, Sounds Music Shop, The Romany Rye Wetherspoon Hotel Diss: Amandines Cafe, Designer Makers, Diss Corn Hall, Happy Palace, Orchard Frames, Park Hotel, Photo Elite, Sundown Guitars, The Hub. Earsham: Earsham Hall. Halesworth: Halesworth Angel Hotel, Cafe Frappa, Coast & Country, The Cut, Focus Organic, Halesworth Gallery, Stationers, Metherells Auctioneers & Valuers, The Little Gallery, World Land Trust. Harleston: Chameleon House Restaurant, Cornucopia, Egg ‘n’ Easel Café, JD Young Hotel, MillHouse Pottery, Robinson’s, Sparkle and Flair, The Swan Hotel, Town Living. Holkham: The Rose Garden Cafe, The Victoria Hotel.Holt: Baron Art, Bircham Gallery, Doodle Pots, Feathers Hotel, Folly Tearoom, Horatio Mugs, Jeremy Barlow Fine Art, Photographers’ Gallery, Picturecraft Gallery, The Barn Cafe-Bistro, The Café, The Last Picture Show. Ipswich: Ipswich Regent & Corn Exchange, New Wolsey Theatre. Lavenham: Angel Gallery, The Angel Hotel, Chilli & Chives, Lavenham Guildhall, Crooked House, Great House, Lion House Gallery, Marshbeck Interiors, Munnings tearoom, The Priory Hotel, The Swan, The Wildlife Art Gallery Leiston Leiston: Film Theatre Long Melford George & Dragon, Imagine Gallery, Kentwell Hall, Landers Bookshop, Long Melford: Fine Foods, Long Melford Swan, Melford Antiques & Interiors, The Bead Boutique, The Bull Hotel, The Crown Inn, The Hunter Gallery, The Jessica Muir Gallery, The Lounge. Norwich: Anteros Arts Foundation, Art 18/21, Artorios, Artshoproject, Bert Western Brook Hotel, Blackfriars Hall, Café Rogue, Cinema City, Crome Gallery, Dunston Hall, Expresso, Fairhurst Gallery, Farmer Browns, Finnie’s Juice Bar, Frank’s Bar, Head in the Clouds, Jack White Music, Jade Tree ,King of Hearts, Café Loch Fyne Restaurant, Maddermarket Theatre, Maids Head Hotel, Mandell’s Gallery, No 33 Café Bar, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Art Supplies, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich University of the Arts, Open, St Giles House Hotel, St Gregory’s Antiques, Saints Bistro , Strangers Coffee House, Take 5, The Assembly House, Theatre Royal, The Forum, The Garage, The Guildhall, The Iron House Brasserie, The Last Wine Bar, The Library Restaurant The Playhouse, The Playhouse Bar, The Ribs of Beef, Stew Gallery. Scole: Scole Inn. Snape: Aldeburgh Music, Granary Teashop, The Gallery at Snape Maltings. Southwold: Blyth Hotel, Buckenham Galleries, Craftco, Gallery Thea, Le Roc, Saint Felix School, Serena Hall Gallery, Sutherland House & Restaurant, The Crown, The Swan Hotel Stowmarket: John Peel Centre, Museum of East Anglian Life, Pickwicks Coffee Shop, Regal Theatre, Style, West Suffolk College, Winchester’s Wine Bar Sudbury: Art & Framing Centre, Gainsborough House. Wattisfield: Henry Watson’s Potteries Wells-next-the-Sea: Ashley Studios, Bean 2 The Coast, Granary Theatre, Ollies Restaurant & The Edinburgh Inn, Saltmarsh Coast Gallery, Sands Restaurant, The Crown Hotel, The Globe Inn, Wells Deli. Wingfield: Wingfield Barns Woodbridge: Fraser Gallery, Georgian Coffee House, Jars of Clay, RE + new, The Bull Hotel, The Crown, The Riverside Theatre, Top Floor Studio Gallery, Woodbridge Violins. Wymondham: Book Fountain, Creative Arts East, Lemon Tree Cafe, The Coffee Shop, Wymondham Art Centre. Also at tourist information centres and libraries across the region.

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