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Left: Sarah Cracknell & eo. make up St Etienne Above: Urban Species The two latest bands to be co nfirmed for The Waterfront's forthcoming programme of events are chart toppers Saint Etienne and Tottenham rap crew Urban Species. Saint Etienne's debut LP, 'Foxbase Alpha ' was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and colourful Top of the Pops appearances paved the way for another wonderfully uno' thodox LP.. . Urban Specie. grew up on the streets of Tottenham emerged from its diverse cultural heritage as the area's premier rar v. The band have recent,, ~ Jm­ pleted their debut album , 'Listen ' and are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting live bands to emerge in recent years. Keep with The Event for details.

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The Maddermarket Theatre Is currently celebrating the fact that the Norwich Players' production of 'Guys and Dolls' has been a smash-hit success. The musical has set new records for both box office receipts and bar takings, which makes it the most successful show In the history of the theatre. In fact, the demand for tickets was so huge that the three extra evemng performances that they put on also sold out, with booking enquiries still being received. However, due to the constraints of a busy repertory theatre, 'Guys and Dolls' has had to make way for the next production, which Is a double bill of Terrence Rattlgan plays : 'The Browning Version' and 'Harlequlnade'. •The plays are previewed on page 16.

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Top: The Hol Pollol Theatre Company/ Right: Prunella Scales/ Above: Harold Plnter The University of East Anglia's Drama Studio was officially opened on January 26 by acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter. ~gular visitor to UEA who been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters, Pinter described the new hi-tech drarr 'udio as being "an exci\. _ .,>rospect" and "a wonderful space." "In a time of reduction and erosion of so much that we value in this country it does seem remarkable, and indeed inspirational, that this theatre has been built", he said, adding "lt's a wonderful space and an extremely interesting

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prospect for anyone who inhabits it in the years to come." Before his address, the audience were treated to a taste of how the studio will be used with a series of short acting pieces. Firstly, students from UEA's Drama sector reenacted a scene from recent production 'The Tempest.' Then, Hoi Polloi, the Studio's guest company which includes actors from six different European countries, staged a short extract from one of its productions, 'The Naked King of The Morning', which proved immensely popular. Renowned actress Prunella Scales, who offered

a workshop later in the afternoon, chose to recite Uta Hagen's witty 'Respect For Acting', and spoke of how she thought theatre is declining in the UK. "I went straight to Drama school and to have this kind of freedom and opportunity when I was a student would have been a great benefir,

she told The Event. Her husband, Timothy West, read from Hamlet's 'Advice To The Players' and was followed by John Shrapnel's rendition of an amusing piece of observation on theatre art from Harold Pinter's 'Moonlight'. The Studio's opening celebrations finished with a reading given by Harold Pinter. Jo Stubblngton

The contemporary French sculptor, Alain Klrili, will be holding his first UK exhibition of his sculpture and drawing at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA from February 8. He describes his work as "a celebration of life", and cites many Influences on his work. These Include the artists Rodln and Picasso, the jazz musicians Charlle Mlngus and Charlle Parker, and non-western sculpture. He works principally with forged iron, but he also uses other materials, rangIng from bronze to terracotta. Some of the works on display at the exhibition will be ones that Kirill has created during the workshops that he held at the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design at the end of January. •The exhibition runs until May 15. For more information, call the Sainsbury Centre on (0603) 56060.

Techno event 'Pure Sheng' returns to Norwich on February 12, with an extravaganza upstairs in The Waterfront. DJs at the event, staged by the York-based outfit Family DB, feature Pash (Dream FM, Leeds) , Danny Baker (Groovy Tunes, Bury) and Mark (Family DB), who will be playing music ranging from abstract techno to hard house. Pure Sheng's last visit was staged at the UEA residences on Fifers Lane, and proved very popular, pulling in a crowd of over 400. Family DB member and one of the organisers, Jo Elkington, told The Event she was very pleased to be holding Pure Sheng at The Waterfront. "lt's a major bonus, as The Waterfront must be the best venue north east of London it's really versatile. We'll be transforming the place with drapes, and we're spending £2,000 on new lights in the next few days. There'll be freebies like icepops and a zine, which is really important; you've got to do something special." Admission £3.50 on the door; Family DB members £3.00 •The Pure Sheng night follows the successful 'Mr Bumpman' event at The Waterfront last Friday and the Cow Club last Saturday. Watch out for adverts in The Event detailing other specialist nights at the venue .

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'Red Ink' at The Waterfront PREVIEW Local six-piece band Red Ink bring their own brand of music to The Waterfront on Friday February 11 as part of the popular Swamp Club night. The band was formed in 1992, by its three core members; Dave Hewetson (bass), Paul Watts (drums) and Luke Chapman (guitar and vocals). At the time they played mainly Hendrix orientated music, but since

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his summer, Take That will play to an audience of 72,000 in Wembley Stadium. Next fortnight their recent tour support, D:Ream, will play to around 700 people at The Waterfront, as part of their 1994 college tour. I' But Irishman P~er qunnah says that's the 'Way 1'1\ likes it. "I'd hate to be playing to a half empty hall... and we certainly couldn't fill a theatre or arena. "A college tour is good for us at the moment: it's a test for the live band, we've got to cut our teeth with the students before we can build up any sort of following to command ' 9r venues and shorter

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With their single, 'Things Can Only Get Better', remaining in 'er One spot in the the N chart, the fourth week running, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they have already commanded that following. But Peter is such a down to earth guy that he's either telling the truth about this lack of fans, or doesn't yet realise just how big his band's become. From the way he talks about this chart success, you'd think it was the latter: "lt's mad," he says, "absolutely mad. I just keep pinching myself every r -'4-hour or so." 1 a touch of modesty he adds: "We still can't really get our heads round it." But Y'" ¡ can understand him vildered by what bein seems nke sudden success. 'A meteoric rise to fame' as some newspapers might put it. For Peter has been plugging away at his musical career for a long time. "I started my first band when I was 15," he says. That was in a rock band in Ireland ... with all the trappings: long hair and a Flying V Electric Guitar played well below the belt. "That's just what you did there. Dance music was 'The Jacksons' and all that tacky Disco stuff. We didn't have clubs and clubbing , just gigs and beer." But what Peter says he did have - and still has - was a burning desire to make music. And it was that desire which took him to London, where he eventually teamed up with the inventive and laid-back c ub DJ AI Mackenzie a .few

years back. lt was then that the rise to fame, through dance clubs, began. Things were only gradual at first, then came two number one Dance hits and a stack of DJ recommendations. But Peter says it was after his split with AI late last year that things 'went crazy' ... simply because AI had given D:Ream the go-ahead to 'go pop'. lt also gave Peter the chance to do newspaper and magazine interviews, as well as the Take That tour, and the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in early December. Naturally, Peter attributes the main launch-pad for D:Ream's current success to the teen-band tour, but says it didn't all come about simply because of that support. Instead, the tour helped to consolidate on their minor success which had come previously. "We came out on stage and played 'I Like lt' and they knew that, then they'd recognise 'Unforgiven', and I could see faces in the front row turning to each other in surprise when we went from playing 'U R The Best Thing' to 'Things Can Only Get Better' because I don't think a lot of people had ever connected any of those songs with us," says Peter. He pauses, adding: "So from our point of view it meant they could connect a name with a face, putting our identity in place - which we didn't have before."

into one of the dressing rooms and tipped a rubbish bin upside down and walked out again . That was his sort of humour - he's such a mad character! "Howie and Mark were the quietest ones, we saw very little of them , but they were always very polite to us. I spoke to Gary a few times and got on fairly well with Nigel Martin-Smith, their Manager. He was very kind to us on the tour, he's definitely not the ogre he's made out to be. "Take That are basically guys who are completely unaffected by the fact that they are all millionaires. They're very down to earth boys and everyone loves them. They ate with their crew and travelled with their crew, just like everyone else did." Okay. So that's that out of the way - Peter didn't particularly want to talk about it anyway. And he's also not exactly ecstatic when asked about this whole Pop-Dancecrossover thing, either. For Peter says the band has changed, and that's something he regrets. "We've kind of

lost touch with our club roots , unfortunately. But I believe music's for everyone, I don't believe it's an elite base. lt's difficult to maintain both , though , certainly in the eyes of the purists." He pauses, and adds with a laugh: "But we're up for proving them wrong." With bigger audiences comes increased public scrutiny and the various , obvious prices of fame. According to Peter, it's something which hasn't troubled him. "I went out yesterday and did my shopping in Sainsbury's... without so much of a turn of a head, or anything." So is that disappointing? Does he want to be recognised? He replies instantly: "No! If it stays like this then I'm more than happy because I can deal with it. I can put on my stupid suits and stuff like that... a t:>it of make-up ... and

"I can put on my stupid suits and stull like that... a bit ol make-up... and go and dance and people go 'Ab, I recognise him,' and then when I get my moustache on and dark glasses, I can go out to Tesco's." So what about D:Ream's interaction with Take That? Can Peter provide a previously unheard of insight into the band? The answer is 'no', but he does have a fair bit to say about the lads: "There was another time whe'1 Bpbbie j~r~st .swme.d I

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go and dance and people go 'Ah , I recognise him,' and then when I get my moustache on and dark glasses, I can go out to Tesco's. "Can you imagine the kind of lifestyle when you have to run round with security guards for insurance reasons and you go home and your folks are pestered, and there's people holding vigils outside your place?" Erm, no! And so we move on to the real reason why Peter's talking to me .. . the promoting of this college tour. He explains what The Waterfront's audience can expect: "There'll be a few new songs and the fact that a live band is interpreting a dance sound : so don't be expecting full-on sequence . Also , we'll be interpreting - again with the band some of the re mixes that have been done of us." That, says Peter, will be a first for D:Ream - taking someone's version of your song and redoing that version ! He also assures fans that the band won't simply come on for their with D:Ream . "So you can set, play for an hour, and and it'll be danced based. I disappear. "I'll keep the music think the Tyrell's are coming strut your funky thing, and full on all night, it'll be loud, out with us. It'll be an event you're not neatly packed off to there'll be DJ's, support acts , more than just an evening bed by 11 .30." 111111"'"''~ llll1'1!1fl~ 111!11111!~11111111111 1111,11111 Il l

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Cocteau Twins PREVIEW To coincide with the release of their new single 'Biuebeard ' on February 7, the influential Cocteau Twins have embarked on a UK Tour which arrives at the UEA on Monday February 14. The Cocteau Twins began life way back in 1982, when the group was formed by Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser and Will Heggie in their Scottish hometown of Grangemouth. They signed to the 4AD label and released their first LP 'Garlands', in the same year, to critical acclaim. Though the group seemed to be heading for great success, Will decided to quit the Cocteau Twins in the following year, so Robin and Elizabeth toured the United States and Europe as a duo. However, they became a three-piece again when Simon Raymonde, formerly of the group The Drowning Craze, joined them. Over the next few years they released another album, 'Treasure', and several EPs. Two of these, 'Tiny Dynamite' and 'Echoes In A Shallow Bay', were recorded in the

new recording studio that they had built. These were fol lowed by the 'Victorialand' and 'Blue Bell Knoll' albums, which reached Number 10 and Number 15 in the national album chart respectively. In 1989 they slowed down their musical output. The main reason for this was that Robin and Elizabeth had their first daughter, Lucy Belle, in the September of that year. lt was because of Lucy's birth that they gave their new studios the name September Sound . Spookily enough , in 1990, their two main releases , the single 'lceblink Luck' and the album 'Heaven Or Las Vegas', were both chart successes in September. And then Simon's son, Stanley, was also born in the month of September in 1991! 1991 was also the year in which they left the 4AD label, after nearly ten years together, to join Fontana Records. They also had a refit of the September Sound studios in order that they might record a new album. That new album turned out to

Norwich Arts Centre plays host to Manchester band 'Concrete Nation' on Saturday 5 February. t From the ashes of 'Yargo ', ' Kalima' and 'Everyday , People' the band have evolved with their own ~ blend of acid jazz. The band who describe f themselves as a mixture of Clinton, Or John, Bob Marley, hip hop and jazz return with full support , band and DJ. Desi Campbell's hot vocals and the excellent line-up of Phil Kirby (drums), Paddy Steer (bass), Tony Burn! (guitar) and Bernard Mos_ ' (sax and flute) are guaranf teed to set the house on I fire with their distir ~ sound. Their amalgc. .<ion 1 of exciting dance rhythms I and laid-back funky grooves is compelling and promises to be a great new stage show. night out. Tickets are t priced £6 and £4 conces• Tickets cost £10. Caroline Jenkinson ! sions. Jo Stubbington

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Foil wi ring of successful live appearances, local bana Fur soon release their first single and album. Nia/1 Hampton meets the guys who have made the succe ro ression from small gigs to recording on an emerging indie label n the space of a year, local band Fur have progressed from live gigs at UEA to securing a recording deal with indie label Che, which sees their debut single 'Camomile' released in late February. But the good news for the band doesn't end there, for they have managed to secure an album deal, with the recently recorded 'Colourblind' available from early March. Singer and guitarist Jamie Putnam decided to form Fur after a stint in a band called Sidewalk, where he worked with Fur's bass player, Ben Cooper. After meeting drummer Richard Atkinson, the band started to play at UEA ~"'d at the Norwich Arts Cen• and after a few gigs, recruited Sam Sansbury on cello - an interesting move. "On th«:~ strength of our first :A, we supported gig' Mooo .wo~ake at the Wilde Club, and pulled quite a crowd down there", said Jamie. "Then we played one at the Oval, and in London at the Monarch and the Falcon." "The London gigs were organised for us by the record company, because we really needed to be heard outside Norwich", Ben added. Having played comparatively few gigs, Fur were nevertheless courted by indie label CM, on the back of a demo recorded last Spring. Jamie nitted that he was sur..,, .sed by the speed of their approach . "We sent out tapes to most of 1 the ' s who we thought migt. .4 interested, and heard back from Che two days after I sent out the tapes. Nick Allport, who runs the label, said he really liked the tape, and then asked to see us live. He couldn't make the eventual gig - when we sup-

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ported Stereolab - so he came down to Norwich to see us rehearse and we signed that afternoon." The album features six tracks that have turned out to the satisfaction of the band. "I'm very pleased with the album•, said Jamie. Added Richard , "We're not phenomenal musicians or anything , but we just blend. lt just comes really naturally.• Signing to an up and coming label is also an achievement, something Jamie recognises. "We've been lucky to join Che while we have, because they're just starting to get massive -they're really starting to get their name as one of the labels to be on .• Anyone who has seen Fur live would have noted a wide range of influences, but the band are reluctant to pin them down, although Jamie conceded that he was inspired by "something atmospheric more emotional than 4/4 rock." Does this explain why Fur have made the seemingly unusual decision to incorporate a cellist in their line up? Although classically trained , Sam tries not to bring too much of an orchestral influence into Fur's sound. "My aim is to make it sound a bit different, but you can get different sounds to come across which otherwise couldn't be a string sound not a really cheesy keyboard sound. I haven't really got time for that", he said . Onstage, the atmospheric element is sustained, and Fur come across as being a tight live outfit. Jamie admitted that the band do actually rehearse a couple of times a year, but Richard added, "We're having serious chat about doing it more often!" Having made the transition from playing to

Fur: (1-r) Sam, Jamle, Richard, Ben friends to local and London venues is no mean feat, but Fur haven't been fazed by making this progression. Said Jamie, "I find it much easier playing to audiences I don't know - I'm not so bothered about impressing people." Richard disagreed though. "I think it's the opposite, because when we played in London with the Family Cat•, he said, "I was really aware of the people who weren't going to say 'Come on then - impress us.' But when people come in just thinking 'it's a support band' and then actually stay - now that's much more of an achievement. The best thing is when someone comes up at the end and points out a song that made an impression on them. " Jamie added , "That was our first priority when we first started , which was making music that was not necessarily commercial but affects someone in a particular way.'' One major obstacle that Fur have to overcome is the fact that they are students at UEA, and have to combine their music with studying. Jamie is nevertheless optimistic about the future. "We'll see how it goes. I'd be very disappointed if we were still playing small venues in two year's time. I think you need to progress in some way, otherwise I think you'd get dissatisfied with it, and it would lose the spark." So what counts as a real experience for the band? "We'd finished playing 'Kill Me' at the Oval", said Jamie, "and these two drunken bikers standing at the edge of the stage shouted 'Not to everyone's taste!' and followed us backstage. They asked Ben 'Can I get up and do a little number on your acoustic? - I'll square it with the landlord.' And they ended up inviting us to a barbecue! " Fur consider Norwich to be a

good place for a young band to start out, as Jamie explained. "There are opportunities and there is a reasonable music scene here. There's a need for Norwich bands to have a bit more aspiration , as everyone seems to think that they do it for fun. People should set their standards a bit higher.• But have Fur got any gimmicks lined up for their forthcoming shows?

Jamie wouldn't rule out that the band would dress up as clowns, something echoed when Ben claimed that, "Spandex suits are coming back, and we think skittle's making a comeback - I can play the washboard, and Jamie's on the Mickey Mouse piano!" •Scratch up with Fur when they play Norwich Arts Centre with Ivy on February 7.

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QThe wild punk group S*M*A*S*H will be playing at, appropriately enough, the Wllde Club during the coming fortnight. This group from Welwyn Garden City consists of Ed on vocals and guitar, Salvador on bass and Rob on drums. Their first single 'Real Surreal' received critical acclaim, and Its follow-up 'Lady Love Your... ' (released on lovely pink vinyl) was equally as popular with the critics, becoming a Single Of The Week In NME. Their stage show, by all accounts, Is something of an event. As well as the mad stares and the manic punk rlfflng, they also have a tendency to headbutt their own Instruments on stage. NME recommend that you should go and see S*M*A*S*H whist you can, because they will probably "seH-destruct before being sucked Into the corporate machine". Catch them at Norwich Arts Centre on February 14, when they will be supported by Kamlkazl Pilots, Handsome and Nlnas Revenge. nckets are £3 In advance, and £3.50 on the door.

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I Madder Rose PREVIEW New York band Madder Rose continue thei r UK tour by taking a bumpy ride in their minibus to visit The Waterfront on February 3. Madder Rose formed in 1991 when guitarist Billy Cote approached former busker/ waitress Mary Lorson to put vocals to the songs he had written when his long-standing girlfriend had telephoned from Africa to tell him she was not returning. Lorson agreed to sing the songs and confesses that there was "something simple and innocent about them ." Certainly they are the kind of reminiscent melodies, wrapped in haunting guitar solos and sultry vocals, to listen to when feeling melancholy. {Listen out for 'While Away' 'Lights Go Down' 'Swim' and 'Waiting For Engines' especially} Together with Matt Verta-Ray {bass) and Johnny Kick {drums) - former Speedball Baby members - Madder Rose survived being thrown off stage by a club owner for

Prickly subjects... Madder Rose playing too slowly to retain their identity, style and "becalmed subdued state." Their material is introspeclively focused , encompassing delicately fuzzy distorted gui-

tar and extraordinarily smooth vocals singing conflicting lyrics. Material released includes successful singles such as the anthemic 'Swim' {a ditty responsible for the band's

name) released under small New York label Rockville {Feb '93) and 'Beautiful John' released under Seed records {May '93) a song voted Melody Maker single of the week. Their debut album 'Bring lt Down' received pleasing reviews. lt was written mainly by Billy Cote but included three songs by guitarisVvocalist Mary Lorson . The band themselves have been declared "a nicely unsettling salvation" who produce

"captivatingly fragrant tunes mingled with bittersweet lyrical sensibilities." The first UK appearance for Madder Rose was at Brixton Academy with Sugar, Come and Bivouac. They have also played America with The Sundays. Juliana Hatfield Three and Belly to name a few and were cited one of the highlights on the main stage at the Reading Festival - an appearance which inspired support as special guests to Big Star. With tickets priced at £4.50, it

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fluctuations and avant-garde experiments in dance, visuals , noise and sheer bullheadedness, they've managed to build a devoted live following over the years . When they signed to Ensign, the band produced their biggest critical and commercial success to date, the album 'Swagger'. The 'Beatsongs' LP followed in 1991 , before they changed labels again ,

Noisebox's 'Sulphur' gig which was postponed at The Oval when The Wildhearts played a warmup gig has been rescheduled for Thursday February3. Signed to Rhythm King Records, Sulphur are not the kind of band you'd expect to hear from one of the top dance labels in the country. Their brand of punky-pop has been compared to Mega City Four. Local indie-rockers Joyland provide the support. Tickets are £2. That gig is followed by The Lemongrowers on February 10. Compared by the NME to Lennon and McCartney, the band have grown in stature as a result of their appearance on the Backwater One EP on Noisebox Records. If you enjoy REM, Crowded House and Beatles-esque jangly guitar pop, then this ban , ;_~ for you. ..: Support comes from Orson and Believe. Intellectuals at heart, Orson have the knack of combining quiet, melodic pop songs with a passionate and very loud chorus! Believe, by the way, are a new-ish Norwich band . Tickets are, again , £2 . may be the last chance to see these "emotionally desolate" New Yorkers before the release of their second LP and probably their ascent to suecess.

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PREVIEW Britain's "most wilfully unpredictable band", the Blue Aeroplanes, will be coming to The Waterfront this fortnight as part of their first tour for two years . The band first assembled in Bristol in 1984, and through a whirlwind of nine million gu itars , personnel

this time moving to Beggar's Banquet. 'Life Model' will be the band's first album for their new label, and features a mix of loud guitars, gospel singers, poetry in French and feedback. A new single 'Broken and Mended' is also on the way. The Blue Aeroplanes fly into The Waterfront on Weds Feb 9, with support coming from A House and Sleeper. Tickets cost £5 .50 .


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wandering round a museum on a Saturday afternoon. So, armed with this thought, I went to explore three of Norwich's best known museums, all of which are run by the Norfolk Museums Service; the Castle Museum, the Bridewell Museum and Stranger's Hall.

I began my tour with a visit to the Castle. Along with the Cathedral, it's one of the most instantly recognisable features of Norwich, perched atop of a huge mound. lt was put there by the Normans after the Conquest in 1066, to stop annoyed

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Saxons from running riot. Originally it was made of wood, but later the keep was constructed out of flint and Caen stone (the same stuff that they used to build the Cathedral). As its main function was to provide a centre for law and order enforcement, it's not surprising that the castle was used as a prison, a role which it kept for the next seven or so centuries, up until1887. Six years later, in 1894, the castle was finally opened to the public as a museum. Which means, of course, that this year will be its 1OOth Birthday. Later in the year, Norfolk Museums Service will be putting on a number of events to celebrate this, including a Carnival Weekend in July, when the keep will be turned into the world's biggest birthday cake. But in the meantime, what exactly is there at the Castle to see? Well, I began in the section that I always have to visit first; The Natural History Section. For those who really don't know, the main displays here involve a large selection of preserved animals and insects from around the world. Walking around looking at dead creatures may sound macabre, but when you've been visiting the Castle since you had to be taken round in a pushchair, you come to

regard them less as lifeless objects and more as familiar ones. Besides, seeing them in this way does bring the message home to you that if we don't conserve living creatures, then this is the only way that our children will ever see some species.

The children who were running about that afternoon weren't desperately worried about the niceties of conservation, though. All they seemed to be concerned with was dragging as much information out of their par-

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Continued from previous page ents as possible. One little boy asked his mother what the polar bear was doing. As briefly as she could, she explained that he was going to kill and eat the seal that was posed in terror underneath the bear's paw. "Oh," said the child . "Do seals like being eaten?" Whilst the mother tried to work out a reasonable answer to that one, I decided to go and have a look at the West Runton Elephant. Not that there was a lot of it to see, because all that's left of it is its remains. The bones of the creature were discovered at West Runton in 1990, and it was excavated in 1992. Unfortunately, not all of it has been removed to the museum yet, but there is a large cut-out of what it must have looked like, which is ... well, like an elephant really. Having feasted my eyes on that, I thought it might be time to make my way towards the keep. On my way there, I went through the Archeology Gallery, in which some of the region's most important archeological finds are kept, and browsed through a display of fossils and minerals. One section of this display was labelled 'Jurassic Plants'. A possible sequel for Mr Spielberg there, perhaps? At last, I reached the keep. it's currently playing host to another display of archeological finds, this time under the title of 'Life in Medieval Norwich' . Most of the displays are of household implements, ranging from thimbles to spades , but there are also costumes ,

Reporter, Caroline Jenkinson, examines the collection of 'interesting ' radios in Strangers Hall armour, paintings and jewellery on display. I fell in love with the Ashwellthorpe Triptych , a beautiful three-panelled altarpiece that just glowed with colour. I could have gazed at it all day, but I had two other museums and one more part of the castle to see, so I had to tear myself away. This final part of the castle was the art gallery. Unlike the other parts of the castle that I had visited, this was completely child-free for some reason or other. That was probably a good thing though ,

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because at least it left you free to concentrate on the pietu res. Most of the paintings that the castle have on display are by members of the Norwich School of Painters. John Sell Cotman and John Creme are the two best known members of this School, so they have a large chunk of the gallery space. Wandering through the silent galleries, looking at still-life paintings, watercolour views of Norfolk, portraits and so on, was bliss. That sounds very pretentious, I know, but it's true . You wouldn't think that you could find teapots in an art gallery, but here at the castle they happily co-exist side by side. The Twining Teapot Gallery, which probably houses the greatest collection of British ceramic teapots in the world, has over 2,600 of them, dating from 1720 to the present day. lt was time to move on to my next port of call. I could have taken a tour of the castle's dungeons; a grim place where the echoing cries of past tormented souls seem to linger; but I didn't want to be reminded of the office on my day out, so I gave it a miss this time. Within mere minutes of leaving the castle, I was standing outside the Bridewell Museum. Once a merchant's house, it became a kind of prison in the 16th Century, where beggars and prostitutes were made to work, cutting wood and grinding malt. In the 19th Century, it was home to a tobacco factory, a leather warehouse and a boot and shoe factory, before it,

like the castle, became a museum, which in this case specialises in local industries. You begin your trip around the museum in a room displaying a variety of things that have been made, used or sold in Norwich at some time, before moving into a reconstruction of a 1920s pharmacy. Everything was authentic, even down to the smell! I tried to read the labels on the medicine bottles, but seeing as most of them were in Latin, I had to give up and move on. The food industry occupied the next room. Colemans was mentioned of course, as well as a company called Caley's, who used to make chocolate in Norwich before they became a part of Rowntree Mackintosh . Did you know that Quality Street originated in Norwich? No? Well now you do! Next came the iron and textile industries, followed by the history of Start-Rite shoes . They've bean a part of the region since 1921, when the name was first coined . Downstairs, I encountered three fire engines, none of which would have passed the audition for 'London's Burning'. The oldest one dated from 1753, and was equipped with a leather hose. The Carrow Works fire engine, built in 1881, was slightly more advanced, with its steam-powered pumps, but even so it still didn't inspire confidence. One of the last rooms that I came to was taken up with brewing . There was a similar display here to that of the pharmacist's, only this time it was of drinks bottles. For some reason, ginger beer was the

predominant thing . A quick look around the printing and carpentry displays, and I was finished. There's not as much to see at the Bridewell Museum as there is at the Castle, but in half an hour you can certainly learn at least one new thing about Norwich (which in my case, was the fact about Quality Street). And so, finally, on to Stranger's Hall. This is another former merchant's house, part of which dates from the middle ages. The museumwasfoundedin 1900. Being a complete twit, I actually went round the building the wrong way. However, this did mean that I got to see the handbag collection at the beginning of my visit. As someone who would absolutely die if she ever got parted from her handbag, it was a joy to see this collection, which contained examples from the 1820s to the 1940s. Another one of life's essentials, underwear, was featured in the next room . All of the garments on display were for women only, but there were some little insights into men's fashions on the information boards. Apparently, they also wore corsets at one time to make them look thin . And they say it's only women who worry about how they look .... The humble radio was also given a display to itself. A disembodied voice was floating out of one of the bigger wooden ones, relating newsworthy events about the royal family. Not ones about toe-sucking, I hasten to add , but coronations and the like.

Moving upstairs, I came to a series of rooms, done out in various period styles. In one of these, a Tudor dining/living room, a group of Australians were studying a picture of a young boy, dressed, as fashion dictated at that time, in a dress. "He looks a right ponce!" exclaimed one of the women . So much for culture. Unfortunately, two of the rooms, Lady Paine's bedroom and the Toy room , were closed due to renovation . But the Georgian room, the music room and the two downstairs Victorian room~ were still open, so I war to wander into them an .... J.d the furniture. Again , Stranger's Hall isn't a very big museum, so it won't take you too long to wander around, but the specialist displays that they put on are always worth a look. lt was only when I left Stranger's Hall that I realised that my feet were shouting abuse at me. Maybe three museums in one afternoon was a little bit too much for them , and it didn't give me a lot of time to really look at things properly. Mind you, how else could you say that you've spent an afternoon with preserved animals, teapots, fire engines and underwear unless you've been to one of the Norwich museums? Whatever you may think about them, they're well worth a look. !.!ยง~f yl P hQ n~ Nymberยง

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Next are offering a wide range of colours and styles In men's suits for their Spring/Summer 1994 collection.

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As far as colours go, it will be neutral tones that provide the basis for all outfits. Colour accents shift throughout the season - in early summer it will be dusty mid-tone colours such as aubergine, raspberry,

straw and sage that will dominate, moving through the richer hues of rouge, sienna and gold until muted brights make their appearance in high summer. Businessmen will still be able to get their classic pinstripe at Next, but the big news looks as though it will be the introduction of the new high-buttoning single breasted jacket,

which should be worn with slim leg trousers and a waistcoat if desired. The suit is made of 100% pure wool, and comes in either grey or blue. The formal shirt now comes in fine micro checks and gingham, with blue being the predominant colour. Classic shirt styles, such as the Oxford and the Chambray will also still be available.

lies, meanwhile, are returning to the geometric and patchwork patterns of the 60s and 70s, with textured silks providing a new surface interest. Finally, Next say that the most important fashion garment to buy this season is the straight hem waistcoat. lt will be available in a wide range of styles and fabrics, including moufflon, linen mixes and cotton.

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Georgina King files her exclusive movie report direct fro m the U SA Right: Harrison Ford in The Fugitive: one of the top 10 US films of 1993 'J urassic Park', 'The Fugitive', 'The Firm ', 'Aiaddin' and 'Sleepless in Seattle'. These blockbusters officially top the list of the ten biggest US box office hits of 1993, and with that chart thoroug ly discussed , dissected and discarded , stateside critics are lining up with their predictions for what will be the big hits of 1994. 'Philadelphia', 'Schindler's List' and the new Madeline Stowe/Aidan Quinn thriller 'Blink' have already been well-received this year, both critically and commercially. Hot on their tails is the February-opener 'Angie'. Starring Geena Davis in the title role as a pregnant and single young woman in Brooklyn, 'Angie' is hotly tipped to be the biggest film in the first bout of 1994 movies. Other early releases which are set to fill the coffers of the big studios are 'Romeo Is Bleeding', featu ring Gary Oldman and Juliette Lewis, and 'I'll Do Anything', which stars Nick Nolle and Tracey Ullman. Above all other movies in 1994, however, it appears that westerns will be the biggest. With the success of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven ', the typically uncreative Hollywood moguls have jumped on the bandwagon and belted out a few of their own gun-slinging would-be hits . Already this ye ar, we've had the dismal 'Geronimo: An American Legend ', and the mildly entertain ing 'Tombstone', featuring Kurt Russell and award-worthy Val Kilmer. But these were mere Hollywood 'starters for ten' compared to what is in store for us by the year's end. There will be a battle to look forward to between two of movieland's biggest stars, each of whom have their own boys-with-toys machofests under starter's orders. Opening in May, Mel Gibson stars in 'Maverick', with Jodie Foster and James Garner, the star of the original sixti es TV series. Meanwh ile, Kevin Costner is set to star in the biopic 'Wyatt Earp', of the shoot-out-at-the-OK-Corral-fame. The movie is going all out for 'Unforgiven' status as a 'western with a conscience' , and Costner's portrayal of Earp will show "the most sensitive gunslinger on screen ... ever" - at least according to the studio . In true politically correct nineties style, the movie men have even allowed us little womenfolk our own heroines. 'Bad Girls' opens in April and stars Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore , Madeline Stowe , and Mary Stuart Masterson as prostitutes with guns, busy righting wrongs in the old wild west. it's bound to show women as men like to see us, but who knows - maybe it'll fulfil its promise and show women who, as director Jonathan Kaplan says , "don't rely on men". There is one other cowgirl movie out this spring , but it's not a western . lt is however the most eage rly awaited movie of the year... .well eagerly awaited by me anyway. Gus Van Sant's 'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues' is released in the US this April , and stars Uma Thurman , John Hurt, Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix's sister, Rain . Based on Tom Robbin's bestseller, it has a plot which cannot easily be described in a few neat words , so I won't even try... except to say that it has a lot to do with thumbs .... See you in a fortnight.

'Free Willy' is not as one may suspect, the latest release in that particular line of films which can usually be boug ht concealed in a plain brown wrapper, nor is it a special offer at the local superm arket. lt is the tale of the special friendship which develops between Jesse (Jason James Richter) , a rebellious young boy and Willy a 22-foot-long orca whale, captured and separated from his family pod in the wild and confined in an inadequate-sized tank in the faded North West Adventure Park. A small boy. A very big whale. Two countries and three different cities . An intimate story against a vast natural backdrop. Jesse is a child of the streets, a prime candidate for a hopeless fu tu re. But when he is caught by the police on a midnight graffiti raid on the adventure park, he is faced with a choice-either stay with his new foster parents, Glen (Michael Madson) and Annie (Jayne Atkinson) , and work off his punishment cleaning off the graffiti- or go to juvenile jai l. Opting for the lesser of two evils , Jesse turns up to clean up his act and is surprised to find himself making friends with a whale . Forced into lives outside their choosing , in worlds divided merely by inches, Willy and Jesse are soul mates looking for a way to survive . Jesse is homeless, abandoned, tough , uncooperative and unwilli ng to bend. Willy too is without a place to live, he is angry, alienated , aggressively anti-social in search of both family and home. He resents his habitat and is sullen and determined not to perform the tricks expected of him by Dial (Michael lronside) and Wade (Richard Riehle) , the park's greedy

"Excuse me, I seem to have a rather large whale lodged between my kneecaps " occurred when executive producer Arnon Mi!chan read the script and was struck by its international appeal. "I could see that the emotion in the story was genuine and would move audiences of many ages and backgrounds," he explains. ''The ideas of family and freedom seemed very important and well-drawn and I think that people everywhere are fa~ nated by the size, the myst, and the intelligence of whales." 'Free Willy' is a beautiful story which will de' · ' and inspire both youn J old alike providing a refreshing insight into the true spirit of friendship which occurs here when the en igma of the ocean .

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In The Name 01 The Father PREVIEW Soon to be released and doubtless to become one of the most talked about films of 1994 is director Jim Sheridan's 'In The Name Of The Father', which tells the story of the Guildford Four. The film opens with Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a self-confessed petty thief, arriving in London's hippy community having hastily left Belfast after fracas with both the local British troops and the IRA. Moving to England seemed like the easy way out for Gerry. In Belfast the IRA had threatened to blow off his kneecaps because his thieving had drawn unnecessary attention to their hideouts.

Gerry and Paul Hill (John Lynch) - his boyhood friend who accompanies him to London - soon fall in with Paddy Armstrong and his English girlfriend Carol Richardson - together destined to become the Guildford Four. Following the pub bombings and the quickly enacted Prevention of Terrorism Act, the police, under intense public pressure to bring the bombers to justice, force fraudulent confessions from the Four. These confessions result in life inprisonment. Scotland Yard's witch hunt for their accomplices results in the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of Gerry Conlon's father Giuseppe.

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Peter Postlethwaite plays Giuseppe - a deeply religious and peaceful man who never gives up fighting for his and his son's freedom. Giuseppe, who had long been ill, sadly died on January 23 1980, the day before the Home Office approved his release on compassionate grounds. Based on Gerry Conlon's memoirs 'Proved Innocent', the film - which is in the main faithful to the text tries to explore Gerry's internal conflicts. Sheridan attempts to make England appear as a father-figure, and Ireland as a weakened father, and parallels this with Gerry coming to understand and follow his father's nonviolent struggle for freedom. The film promises some good performances, with Emma Thompson playing

Gareth Peirce, the solicitor who doggedly fights for justice and in so doing uncovers a statement confirming Gerry Conlon's alibi for the night of the bombing, which was witheld from the defence. This is enough to reopen the case. Since the final outcome holds no surprises, the success of the film will no doubt rest on the development of Gerry Conlon's character as he comes to terms with, and fights against, his wrongful inprisonment. Daniel DayLewis's previous collaboration with Sheridan ('My Left Foot') suggests that there will be no disappointment on this count. • The film opens at the Cannon, Prince of Wales Road on February 11.

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(L-R) Harvey Keltel and Tlm Roth star In 'Reservoir Dogs', showing at Cinema City on Friday, February 11.

A 'blue' movie, plus mad dogs and bad dogs... This fortnight at Cinema CiiY PREVIEW This fortnight at Cinema City kicks off with the French film 'Three Colours: Blue' (15). Starring Juliette Binoche, it tells the story of a woman whose famous composer husband and five-year-old daughter are killed in a car crash. In an attempt to escape from such a tragic past, she tries to make a new start in a Paris flat. However, her attempts to cut herself off from her previous life are doomed to failure. The film runs until Saturday February 5, with an extra showing on Sunday February 6 at 5pm. Hot on its heels comes 'The Cement Garden' (18), a film which is adapted from the author lan McEwan's first novel. lt is set in a house which is marooned on a derelict wasteland, and where there is no real sense of time or place. Living in this house are a teenage brother and sister, who become locked in a pattern of secret and dangerous games, which only help to fuel the deadly incestuous desire that is growing between them. Starting on Monday February 7, 'The Cement Garden' is showing until Saturday February 12. From Monday February 14, the cinema-goer will be faced with a choice of three films to see throughout the day. First comes 'Once Upon a Forest' (U), an animated tale starring the voice of Michael Crawford. This is followed by 'L'Accompagnatrice' (15), a French film about a young pianist and her employers, and then 'El Mariachi' (18), which follows the adventures of another musician, although this time he ends up in a futuristic desert town. Some of the other highlights for this fortnight include a showing of 'Mad Dog and Glory' (15) on Sunday February 6. lt's an offbeat movie, starring Robert De Niro as a cautious forensic expert, and Bill Murray as a crime boss who fancies himself as a stand-up comedian. The following Sunday (February 13) sees a treat for all lovers of truly classic cinema, when 'Les Enfants Du Paradis' (PG) is screened. Set in the theatres of 19th Century Paris, it tells the story of a mime artist who becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman. As usual, we round off with the Friday late-night showings. On Friday February 4, David Lynch's black comedy/sci-fi movie 'Eraserhead' (18) takes to the screen. The controversial and violent crime thriller 'Reservoir Dogs' (18) is screened the next week, on Friday February 11. Both movies are shown at the normal time of 11 pm.

Yes, that cry can only mean one thing - the Three Musketeers are back. After numerous other screen versions, Wait Disney have turned to the classic story by Alexandre [)Jmas to produce their own version, starring Chartie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell and Rebecca De Momay. The story bEgins when D'Artagnan (O'Donnell), a daring young adventurer, sets out for Paris to join the King's special guards, the Musketeers. However, when he gets there he discovers that they have been dsbanded, and only three have remained loyal to the crown; the s.Jave Aramis (Sheen). the brooding Athos (Sutherland) and the lust)' Porthos (Oiiver Platt). Their loyalty becomes extremely Important to the young King Louis (Hugh O'Conor) and Queen Anne (Gabrielle Anwar) when their reign is threatened by a plot to overthrow the throne. Surrounded by a court full of villainous characters, including the evil Cardinal Richelieu (lim Curry). the scheming but beautiful Milady De Winter (De Momay) ano Richelieu's henchman Count De Rochefort (Michael Wincott), the Musketeers and D'Artagnan must face danger and adventure to save the throne of France from evil forces. One of the fi-st things that the crew had to do was find a suitable location in which to create the world of 17th Century Paris. Modem Paris was the first and obvious choce, but it soon became clear that this was not a viable proposition. Many of the city's older buildings had been· demolished in favour of more modern structures, and most of the other suitable French towns were too spread out to make production feasible. London and Prague were also considered, out in the end it became clear that Austria, with its

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PREVIEW "SCHWINGI" Klefer Sutherland and a 'babe', oops, sorry•.. wrong film/ lush countryside and majestic castles, would be the best place in which to make the film. Eventually, with the cooperation of the city of Vienna, they enOOd up using the famous Hofburg Palace as a stand in for the louvre. "Having the use of such places as the Hofburg helped the illusion for the actors," says Charlie Sheen. 'When we were working in the real location, it wasn't hard to imagine the period as being the 1600s." During the last weeks of filming, however, the crew moved to Corn· wall to use the port of Charleston as a stand in for the port of Calais. The residents of the town would line the streets every night whilst a fog· shrouded fight aboard a ship was being filmed. The fog wasn't genuine though; it was caused by

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large special effect machines mounted on trucks. But despite all the efforts of the crew, at the end of the day, it is the message that the film puts across which is the most important thing, at least according to Kiefer Suther· land. "The Musketeers have one goal: to protect the King," he explains. "Athos lived for it. Their purpose was pure and singular. I think this film can represent the ideal of men sticking to their beliefs and carrying through with them. For all the beautiful sets, for all the action, I hope the message coml through that loyalty, brotherhood and devotion can be a part of our world as well." • The film is showing at the Odeon from February 11. Carol/ne Jenklnson

Schwingl Wayne and Garth are back, and they've settled down and become normal sensible people • NOT! As one might guess, Wayne's World 2' sees the return of Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), who are still partying-on and hosting their own late-night cable-access TV show. Except ifs no longer broadcast from the basement of Wayne's parents' house; instead it comes from their new babe-lair loftstudio, which is located in a derelict doll factory in downtown Aurora, Illinois. But what of the future? Wayne ts to accomplish something Wrd'l his life, but he doesn't know what. Then it comes to him - he will arrange and hold a marathon rock concert in Aurora that will be known as Waynestock. However, as Wayne and Garth are to discover, putting on a massive rock concert does have its challenges. Things are further complicated by Wayne's discovery that his relationship with Cassandra (lia Carrere, also making a return from the original movie) could be threatened by her new record producer (Christopher Walken), who wants her to leave Wayne. Garth has love problems of his own, when he begins a relationship with the beautiful babe Honey Homee (Kim Basinger) that he meets at the locallaundromat. Ultimately though, Garth does find true love with Batty Jo (Oiivia D'Abo), a helpful City Hall employee. Meanwhile, back on the Waynestock trail, Wayne and Garth travel to London to track down the greatest roadie that ever lived, Del Preston. Under his guidance, they assemble a roadie crew which will be supervised by their enthusiastic friend Milton and

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Kim Baslnger plays Honey Hornee loyal pals Terry and Neil. As the Waynestock idea begins to take shape, only one question remains unanswered - will anyone turn up? Both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey freely admit that the characters of Wayne and Garth are based on people they know. Wayne, according to Myers, is based on some of his school friends, and adds, "There's a lot of me there too. Wayne loves to party, but he's a smart guy who seizes the chance to do what all of us wish we could do: Question authority across the board". Garth was born from a pair of black horn-rimmed glasses, a blonde wig and the personality of Carvey's brother Brad, who is, apparently, in the words of Carvey, a technowizard "with the ability to make a nuclear reactor out of a paper-clip".

The characters, first seen together on the American comedy show "Saturday Night Live" were an instant sensation, with their nowfamous catchphrases "No Way ... Way!" "Schwing!" and the much repeated "Not!". Their first film outing proved to be equally as successful, grossing over $180 million worldwide on its cinema release, selling more than five million video units and having a soundtrack album that went to No 1 in the American charts. lt's a lot for 'Wayne's World 2' to live up to, but let's hope that they do well enough for them to party on for a little while longer ... NOT! (Sorry lads, only joking ....) • Wayne's World 2 opens at Norwich's Cannon cinema on Friday February 4. Carol/ne Jenklnson

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At the Cannon, we find 'Undercover Blues' (12), where Dennis Quald and Kathleen Turner romp merrily through New Orleans (with baby and dodgy criminal in tow) in an entertaining spy spoof. Every film critic that I've read has slated this movie, which is odd, because I thought it was quite good actually. Sean Penn, with a haircut from hell, stars alongside AI Paclno In Brian De Palma's 'Cartlto's Way'(18). Paclno plays an ex-convict who wants to go straight, whilst Penn takes the role of his power-hungry lawyer. A gripping mix of romance, corruption and power, it's also a bit of a tribute to Seventies kitsch. Especially Penn's flat. Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner, it seems, are two actors who cannot put a foot wrong at the moment. So, as you would expect, 'A Perfect World' (15), which stars both of them, is a sure-fire box offtee winner. Shock horror, Costner actually plays a bad guy, criminal Butch Haynes, who snatches a young Jehovah's Witness boy from his parents. Except Costner isn't really that bad after all. So thafs alright then. Eastwood plays Texas Ranger Red Gamett, who is hotly pursuing Butch. Will he get him? Watch the film and find out! 'Robin Hood: Men In Tights' (PG), Is still ridiculing one of Kevin Costner's other successes. Met Brooks fans will absolutely love this one, because it contains all the usual ingredients of one of his spoofs. If you're not a fan, then you'll probably want to give it a miss. And If you're completely undecided, go and see it anyway, 'cos you never know, you might like it! On a more serious note, there's Oliver Stone's new film 'Heaven and Earth'. lt's the third film in Stone's Vietnam trilogy, and it follows the heroic and at times harrowing story of Le Ly Hayslip, a woman who many years living in the shadow of turmoil and violence in her native land. Finally, we come to 'Addams Family Values' (PG). Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester and the rest return to our screens, to play the perfect weird family. Their numbers are swelled by the arrival of baby Pubert, whose moustache rivals that of his father, and Debbie Jellinsky, the new nanny who has rather sinister designs on Uncle Fester. Pugsley and Wednesday also go off to summer camp, a place where they do their hardest not to fit in. Excellent performances from Anjelica Huston (Morticia), and Christina Ricci (Wednesday). make this a very funny and very enjoyable film. Meanwhile, at the Odeon, Robin Williams rules the roost To start with, there's his new film 'Mrs Doubtfire' (12), in which he spends most of the time wandering about in drag. lt's gone down a storm in America, and it's bound to do the same here. What I don't understand though, is how the wife and children of Daniel Hillard (Williams) don't actually recognise him after living with him for fourteen years.... And then, of course, Williams crops up in 'Aiaddin' (U) as the voice of the Genie. He has to be one of the best things about this film, but even without him, it would probably still be an absolute cracker. Disney has probably never been so magical; the animation is even better than before and the songs are superb. Only eating a certain brand of porridge oats will give you a brighter glow. 'Tombstone' (18), is a lot less charming. lt's an action-filled Western which concentrates on the events leading up to, and following, the gunfight at the OK Corral. Kurt Russell plays Wyatt Earp, with Val Kilmer lending support as the wild Doe Holliday. Entertainment of a more genteel kind comes courtesy of Merchant Ivory with their film 'Remains of the Day' (U). lt's one of those films that has "Oscar nominations aplenty" written all over it, basically because it stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. lt's not the most exciting and dynamic of films. but if you've got two hours plus to spare, it could well be worth a look.


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Oliver PREVIEW Norfolk and Norwich Amateur Operatic Society are to present their interpretation of lionel Bart's smash hit musicai 'Oiiver' at Norwich's Theatre Royal later this month. The show, already sold out, will include all the old favourites such as 'Food Glorious Food', 'Consider Yourself' and 'I'd Do Anything' all performed by local people. The show tells the story of Oliver (played by Mark Norman and Timothy Bell), who finds himself in an orphanage

under the watchful eye of Mr Bumble, the beadle and Widow Corney, the workhouse mistress. Oliver's request for more gruel causes great consternation and as punishment he is sold to Mr and Mrs Sowerberry the undertakers who intend to use him as a coffin bearer. Taunted about his dead mother by Mr Sowerberry's evil assistant, Noah Claypole, Oliver instigates a fight, pushes Mrs Sowerberry into a coffin and escapes.

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He is befriended by the 'Artful Dodger' who introduces him to Fagin and his gang of thieving pickpockets. Here he meets Nancy, Bet and Bill Sykes and is taught how to pick pockets. Sent out to thieve with the other boys, Oliver gets caught, but the victim, Mr Brownlow, takes pity on him and takes him in. Fagin and Bill Sykes, fearing that Oliver will reveal the whereabouts of their hideout, force Nancy to abduct the boy while he runs an errand. Nancy later regrets her part in the kidnapping and vows to see that Oliver is returned safely despite her divided loyalties on account of her love for the evil Bill Sykes. However, she remains true to her word and appears, before midnight on London Bridge ready to hand over Oliver to Mr Brownlow. Bill Sykes has however anticipated her actions and believing that she will betray him and the gang, he murders

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The Mobil Touring Theatre will be presenting Alan Ayckboum's 'Absurd Person Singular' at the Theatre Royal from Monday February 7. This is the 21st Anniversary production of the play, which acheived huge West End success in 1974, and again in 1990. The play takes place over three consecutive Christmases, in three different kitchens and between the same three couples, as they take it in turns to entertain each other with pre-Christmas drinks. These gatherings are dominated by the antics offstage, most of which revolve around the overwhelmingly hearty Dick and lottie Potter (and the savage dog named George), and as each of the

Janet Dibley evenings progress, the flimsy gauze which covers the strained relationships between each of the couples is swept aside with hilarious consequences. A painfully funny black comedy, 'Absurd Person Singular' provides the audience with a wrenchingly truthful insight into the social climbing, snobbery, petty suburban squabbles, chauvinism and emotional inadequacies of the English middle class.

The Rappoetrv tour PREVIEW If you like rap poetry and funky music, then you'll be pleased to hear that Apples and Snakes, the pioneering platform for performance poetry, are bringing their Rappoetry Tour to Norwich Arts Centre. Five of Britain's most entertaining performers will be taking the stage for an evening which promises to be both energetic and dazzling. The first of these performers is lemn Sissay, who is known as 'The two hundred words a minute man'.

At times hilariously funny, at times deadly serious, his inimitable style combines rhythm, humour and soul. lemn's work can be found in over twenty national and international anthologies, and his most recent book 'Rebel Without Applause', was published to great critical acclaim. Patience Agbabi is a musically inspired rap dub poet, who has toured extensively across UK and Europe. She has also made TV and radio appearances, and her

her. Grabbing Oliver he makes for the safety of their hideout pursued by Mr Brownlow, the Bow Street Runners and an angry crowd. Will Bill Sykes, Fagin and the gang be uncovered? Will Oliver be returner~ to his rightful guardian, Mr _ Brownlow? The production will take you back in time to London in the 1850's where all the answers will be ' -. vealed... '-' • Tickets available on return only.. Alan Ayckbourn is one of this country's best known and most prolific playwrights, whose plays have been translated and performed all over the wor1d. His plays include 'The Norman Conquests', 'Bedroom Farce', 'Absent Friends', 'Relatively Speaking' and 'How The Over Half loves'. He is also the Director of Productions at the Stept-- .., Joseph Theatre in _,. Scarborough.This production of the play stars Georgina Hale, Francis Matthew' Andrew Hall and Jane\_....,ley, who was most recently seen in the ITV sitcom 'The Gingerbread Girt'. 'Absurd Person Singular' runs from February 7 until February 12, with nightly performances at 7.30pm. There are also matinees on February 9 and February 12 at 2.30pm. • Tickets cost between £4 and £13.50. upfront view of the world can be read in collectons from Virago, Centreprise and Pan Macmillian. Free Speech is a jazz rap trio that has exploded out of London. Jude and the Rhyme Minister grap everyone with their lyrical messages and perspectives, whilst trumpeter Tomsky provides a background of funky music. • The Rappoetry Tour reaches NAC on Friday February 11th. The performance starts at 8pm, and tickets cost six pounds, (concessions three pounds} .


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The hilarious spoof musical 'Little Shop of Horrors' comes to Norwich next fortnight, with Su Pollard in the starring role. Jo Stubbington finds a vacant chalet in which to chat to the actress ... i De Hi is probably the last thing that Su Pollard's latest character will be saying as she tours with the smash-hit musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'. For the first time in her career she will be playing the romantic heroine, Audrey - blonde .nd beautiful, sexy but innocent... the Marilyn Monroe of Skid Row... "lt's a lovely role for an ac-

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went along, appearing in lots of plays and helping out backstage. "Then I started having singing lessons, and when I was about sixteen I used to go and sing in clubs on a Sunday and sometimes in the evenings just to get experience." After an apprenticeship at the Arts Theatre in Nottingham, her home town, Su made her television debut on Opportunity Knocks, where she came second to a singing Jack Russell dog. "I sang 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No' from Oklahoma. lt was hideous, I was about fourteen stone and I had this great big dress on with floral patterns which made me look worse than Hattie Jacques (I'm not being cruel to Hattie but you do know what I mean) it was appalling. "Anyway I found out that there was this gentleman who was the headmaster of a local boys school and he wanted to see which act would take the biscuit so he got his whole school to vote for the singing dog and that's how he won. "lt was rigged really but now he apparently wants to make amends, he's very very sorry that he thwarted my chances. "That's what I've heard but I don't know if I will ever come face to face with him, I'll probably get my water pistol out. "lt's always been a talking point but it has never really stopped me from getting any work." Su has appeared as both principal boy and girl in the pantomimes 'Goldilocks', 'Babes In The Wood', 'Pinnochio', 'Jack And The Beanstalk' ,'Mother

Goose','Aiaddin' and 'Dick Whittington' . "Doing panto is like being at a birthday party," says Sue. "lt's like saying to people come on let's join in and let's play a few games. "it's so nice to be able to get out of the character in a way and say 'come on Derek you're not clapping'. "Panto is freedom within a structure but of course any other show has to be completely disciplined because there are music cues and lighting cues to get right, pantomime is an art form on its own." Su's many television appearances include 'Give Us A Clue', 'Aspel & Co' ,'Wogan' ,'Classmates' and 'The Michael Barrymore Show'. Of the award-winning Barrymore, Sue says: "I was on Michael's show about three or four years ago when he first started doing his 'Variety Spectacular'. "I would like to work with him because I admire what he does. "He's also a people performer, he goes out and draws the public on his side whereas a lot of people who are actors as such don't open up as much." As well as appearing in a number of Star Galas, Su has met nearly all the Royal Family and is proud to have taken part in five Royal Variety Shows. "I loved meeting Princess Alexandra, she was gorgeous. "I said that I liked her pearls and asked if she would leave them to me in her will . "She just laughed and said

Su made her television debut on Opportunity Knocks, where she came second to a singing Jack Russell dog. "I sang 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No' lrom Oklahoma. lt was hideous, 1was about fourteen stone and I had this great big dress on with lloral patterns which made me look worse than Hattie Jacques (I'm not being cruel to Hattie1iut you do know what I mean) it was appalling ... " o

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that I might die first. "I also liked Princess Di and I quite liked Edward because I danced with him at a function where he was the patron." Of course the show that everyone knows Su for is the infamous holiday camp spoof 'Hi De Hi' which acquired a cult following after only the second series and was so popular that it ran for nine! "lt was lovely to get the success and I suppose we were all rather surprised by it. "Firstly you have to get used to people looking at you in the street and when they do you tend to think that you must have some sort of growth on your nose. "Gradually you get used to it and people still come up to me and tell me how good they thought the show was. "lt's very nice to have been in something that gives people a lift." The writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry then wrote the very popular series 'You Rang M'Lord' in which she plays Ivy alongside her good friends Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland. Su has also made many guest appearances on radio , notably 'lnman and Friends', and has just recorded a new radio series with Gordon Kaye called 'For Better Or For Worse , to be broadcast later this year.

"The best thing about radio is that as long as you are familiar with what you are doing you don't need to learn your lines you can just read them and that gives you that little extra safetynet." On the recording scene, she has recently completed a CD entitled 'Among Friends'. Su's single 'Starting Together' reached number two in the charts and her first album 'Su' went silver. She had her first book 'Hearts And Showers' published in paperback and also found time to complete a keep-fit video. "When I get the chance I try and remember what I actually did on the video but I find that actually coming in every day and doing workouts before rehersals tends to keep me pretty fit. "You've got to have the stamina and do the right things before a show. "You might eat pasta to give you that extra energy, try not to have cheese or milk because they clog up the vocal chords . "And you've got to have a strict regime but it is worth it in the long run because doing the same show night after night you need to make sure that you are equipped to keep the standard up." When she's not working Su

likes to spend time with her friends just relaxing generally. "I like to go out for dinner a lot, I love to eat out. I like to go for walks but really I just do things on the spur of the moment. "I don't go to the cinema very often, and I've got a list of people that I must go and visit." However, spare time is not something that Sue has much of at the moment as she is busy rehearsing for the national tour of 'Little Shop of Horrors.' Set in the early sixties the show is an irresistable mixture of zany humour, bizarre characters and infectious songs . "it's a kind of send up of all the old B-movies, the dialogue is great and the songs are fabulous. The main basis of the show is that everybody has a good time and the audience has value for money, and they won't get eaten although if they boo and hiss a lot then they might." So if you fancy an evening as potential fodder for an extraterrestial Venus fly-trap then put on your yellow-coat and get down to Norwich's Theatre Royal where there won't be a knobbly-knee contest but where you're guaranteed a HiDe-Hi time ! â&#x20AC;˘The show runs from February15to19.


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DMore fat fun from the Liverpudlian master of comedy, Alexei Sayle, continues in 'The All New Alexei Sayle Show' on Thursday February 3, with this week's special guest star Stephen Lewis. Among this week's sketches Alexei , as a loyal Royalist, is the victim of his own devilry, and Stephen Lewis returns to the screen as an inspector of a US Police Department. The show's on BBC2. DMTV's acclaimed acoustic series 'Unplugged' continues on BBC2 on Saturday February 5 at 8.15pm, with a rare and wonderful opportunity to see REM in a live performance from 1991 . The set includes the group's highly-charged renditions of songs from their successful album 'Out Of Time', including 'Losing My Religion' and 'Radio Song ', as well as some of their unexpected personal all-time favourites. DThe Home Counties are in full flight for the two Five Nations Championship matches featured in 'Rugby Special' on Sunday February 6 on BBC2 at 5.10pm. England aim to defeat Scotland for the fifth time in succession in their match at Edinburgh, while in Dublin, the Welsh try to build on their crushing defeat of Scotland three weeks ago as they play Ireland. DStill with sport, the BBC chalks its cue and breaks into an exciting season with the first day of the 'Snooker: Benson and Hedges Masters' from Wembley on Sunday February 6 on BBC2 at 2.40pm and 12.05am. Opening the action is Stephen Hendry facing the world Number 10, Darren Morgan.

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previous leader. Unfortunately, due to a defective hearing aid, an unsuccessful and lowly country priest (Coltrane), a reluctant man of God , who is more at home repairing cars and playing rock 'n' roll, is named Pope instead. it's a quick-fire, fast-moving comedy which sees Coltrane tackling corruption in the Vatican bank and coming face to face with the Mafia .... DKevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins are the stars of 'Bull Durham ', a 1988 comedy set in the world of minor-league baseball, showing on Sunday February 6 at 10.20pm . As the new baseball season gets under way in Durham, North Carolina , English teacher Annie Savoy, who each year selects a promising player to receive the benefit of her experience, returns to follow her true calling, religiously attending the games of local team, the Durham Bulls. This season, however, she finds herself torn between the callow and hotheaded Ebby Calvin Laloosh (Robbins), a powerful but erratic young pitcher, and veteran Catcher Crash Davis (Costner), who has been brought in to coach Laloosh , and help him acheive his true potential.

DThe new world of work for 1994 is explored in a six-week revised series of 'Rough Guide to Careers' starting on BBC2 on Monday, February 7 at 6.50pm. The series returns to present 50 inspiring work ideas, and revisits some of those young people who featured in the last series to check out their progress in their chosen fields. DThe hilariously funny cult cartoon series 'The Ren and Stimpy Show' continues on Monday February 7 at 6.25pm on BBC2. In this adventure, Cadet Stimpy's rocket hurtles out of control and the friends find themselves marooned on an uncharted planet. And the two characters act as hosts of a nature show, only to find that the inhabitants of a South Sea island look strangely familiar.... DMaria McErlene, actress, comedienne and Channel 4 presenter, is the acid- â&#x20AC;˘ tongued host of Channel 4's brand new daily quiz game, 'Sabotage', starting M day February 7 at 9am. Using their general knowledge, tactics and wit, three women contestants vie to answer questions on specialist subjects and block their opponents from gaining points. Immediately following 'The Big Breakfast', 'Sabotage' combines intelligence, skill and tactics with a large measure of humour. DChannel 4 hosts the ¡ final show of the current, highly popular and rather bizarre series, 'The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller' on Friday February 11 at 10.30pm. Penn and Teller take viewers behind the scenes of the Magic Circle with this week's special guest Christopher Reeve. Plus a trick to impress a hot date and a gruesome version of the "sawing in half" tricl

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01994 is the fifth year 1FM listeners have had the honour of selecting the Best British Single for the BRIT Awards. From Saturday February 5 until Friday February 11, ten records will be featured on BBC Radio 1FM, starting in the 'Breakfast Show' and running up through to Mark Radcliffe's show at 1O.OOpm. Amongst the contenders for this year's award are Apache Indian, Dina Carroll, Gabrlelle, Take That and Suede. DWhat do controversial ex-soccer boss Tommy Docherty, editor of Q magazine Danny Kelly, comedian Nick Hancock and former pop singer Clalre Grogan all have in common? They are all football managers In RadioS's 'Fantasy Football League' at 11.30am on Sunday February 6. Every week, each of the 12 'armchair managers' field their team made up from players in the FA Carling Premiership. A sort of Virtual Reality-come-Subbuteo perhaps? OMike Jones, lead singer of Jesus Jones, examines how digital technology is affecting all types of music, from pop to classical, in a two week series on Radio 3 at 9pm, starting on Monday February 7. In the first week, 'Byte the Music' looks at the revolution in music over the last 10 years, and to show how technology affects the way musicians compose, dance group 808 State create a new piece of music for the programme in their hi-tech studio. Orphy Richardson talks about his use of digital technology In jazz composition, and Brian Eno discusses his recent work 'Neroli'. DDJ Alan 'Fluff' Freeman concentrates on the pop stars who are turning 50 in part two of his look at how a pop star's career progresses in 1FM's 'The Story of Pop' at 9pm on Tuesday February 8. Some of the malingerers who have overcome the many pitfalls of a career in music Include Elton John, Mlck Jagger, David Bowie, Mark Knopfler and Marvln Gaye.

M*A*S*H FACTS

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The cult, macabre comedy series M* A*S*H is currently being screened in its entirety on Monday nights on Sky One. Here's five things we've found out about the show, which you probably didn't know already:

Roseanne and Home Improvement PREVIEW

(1.) M*A*S*H originated from a novel by Richard Hooker. His book was rejected by 17 publishers before it was finally accepted.

CH4- FRIDAYS

America's No 1 and No 2 sitcoms form an hour's nonstop entertainment on Fridays between 9.30pm and 10.30pm with two new series on Channel 4. 1anne' returns to our screens with a sixth season &nu the brand new 'Home Improvement' begins. Finally reaching British screens, new comedy series 'Home Improvement' stars top stand-up comedian Tim Alien as the character Tim Taylor; a one basic problem - commumodem man, husband and nication. She doesn't underfather to three boys, and stand how a man thinks. Patricia Richardson as Jill, his He doesn't understand how a loving wife. woman thinks. Apart from his homely role , In the opening episode on Tim Taylor is also the know-itFebruary 4, Jill has an imporall master handyman who tant job interview, but her time hosts 'Tool Time', a DIY probefore leaving the house is, gramme on his local cable as usual, spent trying to prechannel. vent Tim from performing With his hefty tool belt and a surgery on a dishwasher. bewildering array of powerFollowing closely on the heels tools, Tim approaches every of America's No 1 show project as an opportunity to comes the show which conre-affirm his masculinity. sistently contests the No 2 Although Tim and Jilllove slot; 'Roseanne'. each other and their children Roseanne Arnold returns with very much, they seem to have

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a sixth season of America's top-rated and most outrageous sitcom fresh from receiving the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead

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Actress in a Comedy Series. The new series also brings a pregnancy into the Connor's world, although it's not exactly what everyone expects. Boyfriend David proposes to Darlene in an attempt to prevent her leaving; Roseanne's young son D rs journey into adolescence continues to be fraught with turmoil, and Roseanne and Dan find some marijuana in the house, with only one possible solution .. ..

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lfll1l i1l;) ij! #l$1 ill~ I :];11 ij I WOMAN OF DESIRE (18) - Retail Bo Derek proves she's still a perfect '10' with a stunningly revealing performance as a sex-mad socialite in this thriller about murder and rape amongst the rich and famous . 1t follows the events which occur when, in the middle of a tropical storm , a nude man is found almost drowned on the beach of an isolated island re sort. The captain of a luxury yacht, Jack Lynch, claims he fell overboard , but, already rescued is the beautiful wife of a millionaire playboy who accuses Jack of rape and the murder of her missing husband. Amid rumours of weird sex orgies and violent jealousy Jack must unravel a bizarre mystery that seethes with passion and treachery ... or pay the ultimate price. Also starring Jeff Fahey ('The Lawnmower Man'), Steve n Bauer and Robert Mitchum, the film combines the sexual heat of 'Basic Instinct' with the chilling tension of 'Dead Calm '. 'Woman of Desire' should retail at £10.99. Out now.

GOOD COP, BAD COP (18) - Retail Pamela Anderson, star of TV's 'Baywatch' series, appears in all her voluptuous glory in her most revealing screen role ever in the madcap action thriller 'Good Cop , Bad Cop'. Mad, bad and totally out of control, modern-day bounty hunter, Mace, finds himself suddenly hurled into a world of murder and double-cross , political intrigue and blackmail. Dragged deep into danger by a gorgeous (and very willing!) young hooker (Anderson) , and a meathead murder suspect, Mace goes ballistic as he looks firm favourite for a one-way trip to the local morgue. Also starring Stacy Keach ('The Long Riders'), Leo Rossi ('The Accused') and Charles Napier ('The Silence of the Lambs'), this is a film packed with all-action dynamite and more twists and turns than an angry rattlesnake ... and twice as deadly. 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' should retail at around £10.99 . Out February 9.

ALL TIED UP (15) - Retail This is a highly sexed and highly-strung adult comedy which centres around the life of Brian; a life consisting of one long round of sex, boozing with his mates and ... more sex! Brian doesn't care much for the ties of love and fidelity, but he's about to discover the bonds of vengeance and punishment are a whole different problem. Outraged by Brian's string of one-night stands, his feisty fiancee and her flatmates tell him to get knotted ... literally. Now that Brian has become their prisoner of love, he's forced to submit to the three girls' increasingly way-out tortu res and fantasies . This outrageous sex-comedy, with plenty of strings attached, stars Zach Galligan ('Gremlins'), Teri Hatcher ('Soapdish'), Lara Harris ('Singles') and Tracy Griffith ('The Fi rst Power'). 'All Tied Up' should be retailing at £10 .99. Out February 16.

Groundhog Day REVIEW

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Have you ever wished you could relive one day in your life over and over again? The day you fell in love, or the day you won the threelegged race at school, perhaps? For weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, this is about to come true, but in the worst possible way. He's caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. According to the legend, when the groundhog wakes and sees his shadow, there'll be six more weeks of winter on the agenda. This is the reason Connors is spending a cold winter's day in the small town of Punxsutawney, to report on the annual Groundhog Day festivities. Teamed with a relentless cheery TV weather producer, A ita (Andie MacDowell), and a smart alec cameraman, the obnoxious and sarcastic Ph il Connors fails to predict a blizzard and finds himself unable to leave town , stuck in Punxsatawney, or as he might call it, " small t own hell". Just when he t hinks things couldn't get any worse, Phil wakes up the next morning, only to f ind that it's Groundhog Day all over again ... and again ... and again .... During the recurring 24 hour nightmare, Phi l starts to realise he can also use it to his advantage - to rewrite the events of the day and generally have a whale of a time. But manipulating his day to capture the one

woman he really wants is not quite as easy. Eventually, the only way Phi I can escape his nightmare day, and carry on with the rest of his life, is to realise that he must change one important characteristic of himself. Not only a riotous,

romantic comedy, but a sophisticated and wellwritten storyline too. e 'Groundhog Day' is available for rental now from 'Videoplus' at 107 Unthank Road, who kindly loaned us the fi lm for the purposes of this review.

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Aladdin: ·one ol the best Latest releases reviewed by Paul Britcher from OSB

The same old favourites Stardust

Bloodhouse £16.99 If you remember the arcade classic Asteroids, then you will immediately recognise this game: There are five worlds that you must clear, each of which are divided into six zones . The zones can be completed in any order that you wish so that you may tackle the more difficult levels first. When a world has been leared of Asteroids, you then have to proceed to destroy an end of level guardian which gets bigger and appearance the into the game you get. Once destroyed, each world (apart from the first) is entered by a very impressive tunnel sequence. For protection the ship has a limited shield and body armour which depletes as you get hit. The game is against the clock and if the time runs out a Mothership appears with millions of tiny Fighters at

which point you die. The graphics in STARDUST are excellent. Each meteor and end-oflevel guardian is ray traced, making the game look beautiful. In fact, this must be the first game I know of that actually uses extensive ray tracing throughout the game. The sound is also very good: Four channels of techno music and two more for sound effects out of the humble Amiga. Control is fantastic and collision detection is spot on. Highly recommended and great value.

GRAPHICS

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The real mean1ng of the word IS here'

Aladdin NINTENDO/ CAPCOM £29.99 Just as in the fantastic film, ALADDIN is tricked by the evil Jafar into retrieving the magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. That takes you up to level three (the earlier levels include a chase through busy city streets) and by level four finds himself inside the Genie's lamp. The action finally leads to Jafar's palace where ALLADIN has to rescue the Princess and confront the

evil sultan. This game has had a lot of care and attention devoted to its graphics, which give a stunning display of animation as ALLADIN leaps about. The backgrounds are also beautifully drawn giving the whole thing a very cartoony feel. So what's the game like, then? Well , ALLADIN is a platform game (a big surprise there),

which bears more than a passing resemblance to PRINCE OF PERSIA. But instead of using a sword to kill off the villains, ALLADIN must swing on posts or jump on objects in such a way that he bounces on them . In fact, he does everything by jumping, be it opening treasure chests, collecting food or killing end of level guardians. lt has a perfect mix of platform and 'bash em' action and is full of those neat little touches that make DISNEY films so enjoyable.

lt's different to the MEGADRIVE version in layout - and harder - but is still a bit on the easy side. Mind you, this is still a very good game in nearly every area and one of the best movie tie-ins for ages. &JnArnlll~

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·aest PC graphics ever• shows -o is the wav ahead tor games Rebel Assault

LUCAS ARTS/ US GOLD £49.99 The first thing that gets you when you play REBEL ASSAULT is the visuals. lt has the most amazing digitised and pre-rendered graphics you've ever seen on your PC. That's not all though . The rousing soundtrack is lifted straight from the films and in-game, the incidental music and speech from the characters will make your jaw drop. The game itself is basically a shoot-em up. Split into fifteen levels, the game takes you through a story that's based on the STAR WARS films but isn't identical. You start with basic flight and combat training on Tatooine, where the Rebels have their base. When that's attacked by the Imperial forces, it's off to

Hoth (through an Asteroid field) where you have to fly through long underground tunnels chasing after Imperial Probe Droids and getting the chance to down AT-AT Walkers . When Hoth is attacked, the Rebels once again flee , this time to Alderaan . This is where you train for the final mission : the attack on the Death Star. The missions are varied, and there's a decent mix between ground attacks where you must negotiate your x-wing and A-wing Fighters through ravines and tunnels and space combat in which you fight Tie-Fighters, Imperial Star Destroyers and untimely the Death Star itself. lt's a pity then, that the game is so short lived. The gameplay is basically

weaving your way around objects, within a limited area and blasting anything that looks like it's about to move. This is fine in the short term, but complete this game and you're unlikely to come back to it, apart from showing it of to your friends. Although some levels initially seem so tough that you think it's impossible, you eventually manage it and find yourself ploughing through the game. Play on the easy setting and you will probably complete the game within a couple of weeks . Set it on hard and it may take a little longer. REBEL ASSAULT can only really be appreciated on a powerful PC, say a 486 DX2 with a double-speed CDROM . The target sight is tricky to control with a poor stick as it's easy to overcompensate.

To get the most out of this game you need a fast 486 and a good quality analog joystick is recommended . So, to sum up, REBEL ASSAULT delivers the best short-term entertainment on the PC, with graphics, sounds and music that make you feel as if you are in the cinema. But your long-term appeal is demolished by the fact that there are only fifteen levels and the gameplay is so repetitive. Great game, I just wish there was more to it. GRAPHICS - most impres

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'Fevered', or iust plain mental? Fevered lmaginings REVIEW If the 'Dandy' and the 'Beano' are just a little too childish and/or tame for you, then you might like to try out a new comic called 'Fevered lmaginings'. Its first issue came out in January, and it's entirely produced in Norwich by a com pany called Kudu Komix. So bonus points for being local, but what we're really marking for here is the quality of the thing . Is it any cop? Well, yes and no. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not, and sometimes it just goes way above your head. it seemed to me that the shorter the cartoon strip, the more amusing it was. 'Life in the Fishbowl with Ed', a page-long cartoon which revolves around a talking skull in a fishbowl, is one such example. There are two 'Ed'

cartoons , the best of which is the one where he has a dream in which fish chanting "Cheese" float by. The cartoon which raised a truly genuine laugh though was 'Captain Fruity's World of the Weird and Dangerous'. In this strip , Captain Fruity, the editor of the comic, explores "a phenomenon that has perplexed and baffled me for many years"; namely, why do we have Cheese Triangles? it's a completely daft and ridiculous concept, which is probably why it works so well

(for me, at least). As for the rest of the comi~. well , it has its glowing moments. 'Lateral Organisms', a tale of geographers, mystic pyramids and telepathic fleas works quite well after a second reading . 'Fashion Victim' is the same; it takes two or three attempts to appreciate it, but it's worth the effort. 'Early Days and Late Nights' isn't actually a cartoon , but a history of Kudu Komix. Apparently, Norwich has a distinguished pedigree in the field of comic-producing, although there was a seamy side to this - small children were forced to work long hours drawing speech bub-

bles for a pittance. Yes, I really believed it too. Less successful are 'TV Rantomatic', which is fine as a comment on those people who see fit to complain about everything on TV, but is not really awe-inspiring , and 'Felinoid'. 'Felinoid' is simply a very short story printed on a patterned background , which makes it dashed difficult to read and follow. And finally, there's 'East of Dereham'. I don't really know what to make of this one. Basically, it's set in the future (2094 to be exact) and follows this guy who's sent to the penal city of Norwich for

In one strip, Captain Fruity, the editor olthe comic, explores "a phenomenon that has perplexed and battled me tor many years"; namely, why do we have Cheese Triangles?

heinous crimes . As you might guess, this leads to all sorts of jokes about Canaries, cider and the Norfolk accent. Should I laugh, or should I be mortally offended? Oh, I suppose it wasn't that bad. Overall, 'Fevered lmaginings' lives up to its name. it's very fevered, and very surreal in

'The book is a powerhouse ... it won't let me go', boasts the cover. Caroline Jenkinson reviews the debut offering from Ray Shell to find out if it really warrants this praise.

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This sends Cornelius into a downward spiral from which he never fully breaks free . it seems that everybody that he touches is harmed in some way; the two most shocking cases of this being those of Cynthia and Pia, the women he learns to love the most. In both cases , he proves to be the indirect cause of their deaths. He doesn't have much luck with work either - drugs and women always seem to help fate conspire against him. Obviously, this doesn't make 'Iced' fun reading. In fact, the first thirty or so pages were an absolute nightmare to get through. Once I'd got used to the rambling style , the bad language and the unpleasant sexual images, it was a lot less painful, but it still left a nasty taste in the mouth . That's not a criticism of the book though . After all, when you're dealing with the subject of drugs, you can't really gloss it over with pretty prose . The bad language and violent imagery hit you in the face

right from the first page, and don't stop smacking you until the concluding paragraph , but at least they help to convey the pain , the anger and the sheer hell of a junkie's life. The one problem with this, however, is that it can put you off reading the book . I'm not the sort of person that can be easily shocked, but I nearly gave up reading once or twice due to sheer revulsion . And sometimes you do wonder whether all this tragedy is a bit over the top . Of course, there has to be some sort of disaster which will push Cornelius over the edge , but it seems to be a bit excessive to have so many deaths and failed business propositions happen to one man. I certainly can't say that 'Iced' was the best, or most enjoyable book that I've ever read, but it was definitely one of the most powerful. it can be hard-going and thoroughly unpleasant at times, but in a strange way it can be quite uplifting and moving as well . The best way to read it is probably once every ten years: that should give you enough time to recover!

places. But at the same time, I found myself picking it up time and time again, because I just wanted to read such-andsuch just once more. it's definitely the best comic to ~ ever come out of ata;.CJ "Naaaaridge", even if, as_....-as I know, it's the only one ....

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The Restless World/EP

"Live and energetic", "sumptuous", "sexy", "obsessive", "madcap muthas" claims the artwork on this neatly packaged CD . Aggressive funk with fireballs and attitude vocals as dramatically frightening as a ringmaster's whiplash. At last, a band from Norfolk as daring as a trapeze artist. Mail order only: call 0379 640290 or write to Sukatash Music, 23 Mount Pleasant, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 3DT. Cheques payable to Sukatash Music - £4 inc. P&P for this CD. eSupercircus play The Waterfront on February 23, along with The Splendids and Monster. Steve P/unkett

SUN CIRQUS

Sail On The Sun/7"

A priceless comedy moment. Just when you think it can't get any worse, they come up with a truly awful trumpet bit that is disturbing enough to turn monks into mass murderers.

JASON FEDDY Fish On The Moon/LP

I heard somewhere that putting COs In the freezer Improves their sound. By my calculations, this record should be ready for defrosting by around 2049.

THE SATELLITE

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Although 'Swallow' is hopelessly derivative of Boston's finest, The Pixies, it is a beautifully brilliant record with a chorus that Black Francis could never have come up with. Guitars skid all over the place and louise's vocals are faultless, justifying Sleeper's position in the New Wave of the New Wave's hierarchy. The B-sides 'Twisted' and 'One Girl Dreaming' deliver the goods too with a touch of Belly/Breeders about them and some cool lyrics to boot. Buy this record soon.

Fat Elvis Shoots Another TV/7"

As fresh as the young Rolling Stones, as sexy as mid seventies (Gioria Jones) T-Rex. 'Intelligence' and 'You' come stampeding through your CD Player like the Sisters of Mercy on a rampage. The new glam bam wizards of synth are here to rip out your hearts and penetrate your future life. Wow!!! lt's enough to make Fat Elvis shoot another TV.... wooh .... oooh .... oooh .... h. Steve Plunkett

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Yes they're back and they've still got a ludicrous number of guitarists (six according to these sleeve notes, which must make the Blue Aeroplanes the Gypsy Kings of lndie). Unfortunately, 'Broken and Mended' Is very disappointing. After their moment of transcendental glory with 'And Stones', it would seem that, for the recording of this EP, Gerard Langley must have lent his muse to a distant cousin. Where once he would come up with lyrics that also stood up as poetry, he now produces lines such as "love is a shiny car, Love is a steel guitar" on 'Love is' and when combined with a horribly cliched guitar line that irritates in a major way, it's all quite upsetting. The opening track 'Broken and Mended' from the forthcoming album 'Life Model' aspires to a position among the indie-guitar classics of all time but falls hopelessly short of the mark, and 'Star-cross'd' just repeats the format with guitars that ramble around aimlessly until the momentum fades away. Perhaps they should rearrange the line-up and have six drummers instead. Next.

MEDALARK 11 Shaped Up, Shipped OuULP

D:Ream, knocked off the top spot by Garth Brooks

1. (-) Garth Brooks - In Pieces 2. (-) Tori Amos- Under The Pink 3. (1) D:Ream- D:Ream On Vol. 1 4. (5) Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies Sap 5. (5) Kristin Hersh - Hips & Makers 6. (2) Z2 Top - Antenna 7. (4) Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me 8. (7) Various - Now Dance 94 Vol 1 9. (15) Underworld- Dub No Bass With My Head Man 10. (14) Bjork- Debut

Unfortunately for Medalark 11, Underworld released their album this week, and in the space of 9 songs they man,age to say everything that needed to be said on dance/ guitar music. Medalark 11 however seem to be quite content peddling the same sort of baggy shuffly vagueness that Northside put to rest in 1990. House style vocal samples on several of the tracks fail to prevent Medalark 11 from progressing into clumsy lndie-funk and only on 'Call Your Name', their second single, do they actually seem to find a purpose with its summery chorus and post-jangle guitars.

GIGOLO AUNTS

Flippin' OuULP

If this band were to be pigeonholed, it would probably be something along the lines of "designer postLemonheads New Wave Boy Rock". For the sake of space we'll just call them "bland". The Gigolo Aunts are the sort of band who look "exciting" in expensive videos and write

BOO RADLEYS

songs that are enslaved to their own pristine whiter that white production. MTV heroes to the max, every single element of danger seems to have been sucked out of them to the point where their music flows from one ear to the other without ever having to make apologies

Barney (... And Me)IEP

Not the best track off the mighty 'Giant Steps' album but a brilliant track all the same, 'Barney ( ... And Me)' skims along without a care In the world and secures first prize in the feel-good stakes. The mad flute bits that come in during the chorus are reminiscent of American couch-rockers Mercury Rev but the Radleys manage to soar above them effortlessly. The other three tracks on this EP are all acoustic and the first of these, 'Tortoise Shell' definitely has a Mexican feel to it with some tequila trumpet and flamenco guitar. lt Is really 'Zoom' (a song by Fat Larry's Band) that steals the show however, since the Radley's manage to cover it and still sound tongue-ln-cheekedly ice-cool. The Radleys are a beacon of light In an ocean of dross. DDon't forget that if you're in a local band, then The Event could get you in print via our demo review section. Simply send us a tape with no more than 3 original songs on it, along with some details about the band and a photo (if possible) to DEMO, The Event, Planet Zog ltd, PO Box 410, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 ?TB. Please mark all tapes with the band name.

for itself inbetween. lt's like having your house burgled by someone who hoovers, dusts and puts the kettle on before they leave. What is more frustrating Is that, at times, the Aunts provide the raw materials for an amazing song but never seem to give it enough punch or depth. Bum mer.

TINDERSTICKS Kathleen/7" Best record this fortnight - no contest. What I want to know is how the Tindersticks manage to write songs that sound like cult classics as soon as they're released. 'Kathleen' is an epic in all senses of the word with strings, trumpet, the works, and of course the song just wouldn't be right without the marvellous opening line "Strange to see, the sun don't shine today". If the Tindersticks don't get asked to provide soundtrack material for the next Wim Wanders film, then there is no justice in the world. Scarily good.

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warblings of Thys, Jon Anderson or Genesis period Peter Gabriel; the vocals have more in common with Wire , The Mekons or Ten Pole Tudor. Unfortunately after the novelty of the first track it doesn't really work very well , big HORSE are not the Mothers of Invention or the great Captain and they ultimately tend towards cacophony without innovation . The band are good and, wait for the cliche, sound like they are having a good time , but after a while, I wasn't. The noise big HORSE make is quite amusing and in short bursts entertaining, however I grew out of Rick Wakeman et al when I was 16 and with this tape I soon tired of the directionless wanderings of a poor rehashing of a style of music which wasn't very good

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OPINION 2 My word! A demo from a band called Big Horse! But wait, because after listening to the first few minutes of their three song tape, you wonder why they weren't called Crazy Horse instead . Why? Because there are more changes in groove and style in their songs that one is left rather bemused and confused. Just when you found you could get into one part of the song, along comes a new rhythm and a different tempo,

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Although not commercial by any standards, Big Horse's demo shows confidence and a willingness to experiment and try out new ideas. What does come across is that the band are competent musicians, and their forays into different styles within songs, despite being unexpected, are not totally irrelevant. Nice try- it is refresh ing when bands do try and do something that tries to distort generic parameters. Nia/1 H~mpton- Deputy Ed1tor of The Event

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6

to Latin to Heavy Funk. £3.50. No dress restrictions.

Cannon

Brlckmakers

Ode on

Living on the Edge - soft rock and indie covers.

See Friday.

See Friday.

Compiled by Caroline Jenkinson

Brian Kn ight Blues Band.

WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY2 Cannon Screen 1: A Perfect World (15) - Kevin Costner is chased by Glint Eastwood in this quasiroad movie. See page 15. 2pm, 5pm, 8pm. Screen 2: Heaven and Earth (15)- Third part of Oliver Stone Vietnam trilogy. See page 15. 1.45pm, 4.45pm, 7.55pm. Screen 3: Addams Family Values (PG) - Sequel to 1992's smash hit with Anjelica Houston. See page 15. 1.40pm, 6.10pm. Also Malice (15) at 3.40pm, 8.30pm. See page 15. Screen 4: Undercover Blues (12)- Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner star. See page 15. 1.30pm, 6.05pm. Also Carlito's Way (18) - Sean Penn returns to the big screen as a dodgy lawyer.. See page 15. 3.15pm , 8pm.

Odeon Screen 1: Mrs Doubtfire (12) Stars Robin Williams as a 60 year-old Scottish housekeeper! Hilarious viewing. See page 15. 1.30pm , 4pm , 7.45pm . Screen 2: Aladdin (U) - See page 15. 1.45pm, 3.30pm, 5.20pm . Also Tombstone (15) Stars Jason Priestly, Kurt Russell and Val Kilme r. See page 15. 8pm only. Screen 3: Remains of the Day (U)- 2.10pm, 4.45pm , 7.30pm .

King's Head

Cinema City

woman trying to bury her tragic past. 5.45pm, 8.15pm.

See Wednesday. Also Eraserhead (18}- a new print of David Lynch's surreal black comedy. 11 pm .

8os wells Alan Stuart Octet. 9pm to midnight.

Hy's Theatre Royal

Oliver! - Lionel Bart's musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens. £2-£9, 7.30pm .

Rhythm and Blues - Bobby Valentine and Los Pistoleros. Support comes from the Lena Black Big Band . £6/£4 cone, 8pm .

Norwich Arts Centre Mime/Cabaret - 'The Naked King of the Morning', presented by the HoiPolloi Theatre Company. £6/£4 cone, 8pm .

The Browning Version and Haliquinade- two plays; the first about a schoolteacher, the second about a theatre company; brought together under the title "Playbill". £2.50-£6.50, 7.30pm.

Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am . £2 before 10.30pm, £3 after.

Odeon See Friday.

Superskate Cinema City The Cement Garden (18) - a tale of incestuous desire, adapted from the novel by lan McEwan . 5.45pm, 8.15pm.

Club night: Swamp. Acid Jazz

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Brickmakers

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Dirty Tricks - rock covers.

Odeon

Oval

See Friday.

The Glamsters

King's Head

Cinema City

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Three Colours: Blue (15)Juliette Binoche stars as a

Family Superskate. 7pm11pm, £2.50.

Boswells

Odeon

Oval

See Wednesday.

Sulphur plus Joyland . £2

Brickmakers

See Wednesday. Also 2.30pm.

Soul Stealers.

Theatre Royal

Boswells

See Wednesday.

Acme Blues Co. 9pm to midnight.

Norwich Arts Centre See Wednesday.

Hy's Club night.

Waterfront Madder Rose - current New York indie/grunge favourites . Support from My Life Story. £4.50 adv.

Superskate "Back Seat of the Chevy" (16+) -7pm-11pm , £3.

Nth Degree . 9pm to 2am. Students free admission all night.

Superskate "Rollermania" (Rock Night) 7pm-11pm, £2.

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See Friday.

Theatre Royal

Hy's

Odeon

See Wednesday. Also 2.30pm.

Club night.

See Friday.

Live In The Hive: Haze vs The X Factor- a wild theatrical rock band, encompassing fire p~ "'~q and numerous macabre \ stunts.

Norwich Arts Centre

Manhattans

Cinema City

Acid Jazz Night - Concrete Nation, plus support and DJ . £6/£4 cone, 8pm.

Club night. Free entry with NUS card before 10.30pm , £3 after.

See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

Boswells

Theatre Royal

Jazz n' Blues Jam with Dave Holgate and Paul Stevenson. 9pm to midnight.

Maddermarket Theatre

Ritzy

See Wednesday. Also 2.30pm.

Furious Fun . 9pm to 2am. £3 before 10.30pm , £5 after.

Superskate Family Superskate - 1Oam12.30pm, £2/Family. Family Superskate - 2pm-5pm, £2.50. "Lethal Radiation" - 7pm-1 am, £3.50.

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Club night: Meltdown. All kinds of music and no dress restrictions. £3 .50.

See Wednesday.

Peppermint Park

Beyond the Blues. 9pm to midnight.

Waterfront

S_ee Wednesday.

Manhattans

Draught Bitter £1 per pint.

See Monday.

Maddermarket Theatre

Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 8pm to 11 pm.

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Boswells

Hy's

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Brickmakers Nervous Breakdown .

Rave Night- ?pm to 11 pm , £3.

Cinema City

Ritzy

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7 Norwich Arts Centre

Horizon. 9pm to midnight.

Manhattans

Family Superskate - 10.30am1pm, £212pm-5pm, £2.50. Collesseum (Games) Night7pm-11pm, £3.50.

Wilde Club: Fur, Ivy, Pitkins and support. £2.50 adv/£3 door.

8os wells

Fishtank. £1 before 11 pm , £3 after.

Superskate

See Friday.

King's Head

Girl of the Week

Sunday Service. £1 admission. 7pm-11pm.

Cannon

Bucket Brigade - Phil De Bucket, talent scout, discovers one-hit wonders.

Hy's

Manhattans

Ritzy

Waterfront

Maddermarket Theatre

Lee Vasey (lunchtime) .

Her Majesty's Regimental Band

Drink Promotion night. Free admission with NUS card before 10.30pm , £3 after.

Maddermarket Theatre See Wednesday.

Brickmakers

The Dead (PG) - John Huston's adaptation of a short story by James Joyce, starring his daughter Anjelica . 2.30pm . Three Colours: Blue - 5pm . Mad Dog and Glory (15) Robert De Niro and Bill Murray star. 7.30pm.

Theatre Royal Manhattans

Norwich Arts Centre

Cinema City.

Club night.

See Wednesday.

Theatre Royal

Oval Ambush

Odeon See last Weds.

of the Coldstream Guards - one of the world's greatest marching bands. £2-£8.50, 3pm , 7.30pm .

Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. Tel 623312 Odeon Cinema, Anglia Square. Tel 0426 932450 Cinema City, St Andrews Street. Tel 622047 Theatre Royal, Theatre Street. Tel 630000 Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedicts Street. Tel 660352 Maddermarket Theatre, Maddermarket . Tel 620917 Puppet Theatre, St James' Whitefriars. Tel 629921 Brickmakers, Sprowston Road, Tel 426629 Kings Head, Magdalen Street. Tel 627998 Manhattan Nightclub, Dove Street. Tei 629060 The Oval Rock House, Dereham Road . Tel 748244 Peppermint Park, Rose Lane. Tel 764192 Ritzy Nightclub, Tombland. Tel 621541 UEA, Earlham Road. Tel 505401 Boswells/Hy's, Tombland. Tel 626099 The Waterfront, King Street. Tel 632717 Superskate, Vulcan Road. Tel403220

Norwich Arts Centre

Hy's

Theatre- Female Transport; a play about female convicts who were transported to Australia. Presented by the Actual Theatre Company. £5/£4 cone, 8pm.

Club night.

Superskate Disco Night. 7pm-11pm, £2.50.

WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY9 Cannon

King 's Head

See Friday.

The Fat Slug All Star Blues Band.

Odeon See Friday.

Boswells

Cinema City

Lee Vasey Band. 9pm to midnight.

See Monday.

Hy's Theatre Royal

Girl of the Week

See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

Ritzy Norwich Arts Centre

Go. 9pm to ?am.

See Tuesday.

Peppermint Park Waterfront

As last Weds .

Blue Aeroplanes. Support from A House and Sleeper. £5.50 adv.

Superskate As last Wednesday.


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Mad Apple - indie.

Odeon

8os wells

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Beyond the Blues. 9pm to midnight.

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Cinema City. See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

Hy's Club night.

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Theatre Royal See Monday.

Peppermint Park

Norwich Arts Centre

Stereo-Mix and Bassline link up for a Musical Showdown - Norwich's two top sounds in action.

See Tuesday. Oval The Lemongrowers & Orson & The Believe. Tickets £2

Superskate As last Thursday.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11 Cannon Free Willy and In The Name Of The Father open (see pages 12 & 13).

Norfolk six-piece Red Ink. £3.50 door.

Oval Selector

Odeon The Three Musketeers opens (see page 14} plus see last Friday.

Brickmakers White Noise.

TUESDAYFEBRUARY15 Cannon

Theatre Royal

See Friday, February 4.

Evelyn Glennie and the City of London Sinfonia ·the brilliant young percussionist plays music by (amongst others) Mozart and Mendelssohn. £3-£16, 7.30pm.

Odeon See Friday, February 4.

Cinema City The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (U) - 1939 mystery movie - who killed a football player at the Highbury stadium? 5pm. Les Enfants Du Paradis (PG) a classic piece of French cinema, set in the Paris theatres of the 19th Century. 7.30pm.

King's Head Cinema City ' ~e

Monday. Also Reservoir ..:>gs (18} - one of last year's most violent and controversial films. 11 pm.

Paul Tinkler Part Time Blues Band.

8os wells Viva! 9pm to midnight.

Hy's Club night.

Norwich Arts Centre

Manhattans

Rap Poetry - with the Jazz/Rap trio Lemn Sissay, Patience Agbabi and Free Speech. £6/£3 cone, 8pm.

As last Friday.

Ritzy Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am.

Waterfront

Superskate

Club night: Swamp, featuring

As last Friday.

SATURDAYFEBRUARY12

Oval Lions heart

Manhattans As last Sunday.

Superskate

Cannon

UEA

See Friday, February 4.

Live In The Hive: Hank Wangford and His Lost Cowboys - wild country music from Suffolk's original cowboy.

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Odeon

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See Friday, February 4.

Cannon

Hy's

See Friday, February 4.

Club night.

Odeon

Peppermint Park

See Friday, February 4.

As last Monday.

Cinema City

8os wells

See Monday.

Jazz n' Blues Jam with Dave Holgate and Paul Stevenson. 9pm to midnight.

Theatre Royal See Monday.

Hy's

Cinema City

Ritzy

Once Upon A Forest (U) Michael Crawford provides one of the voices in this gentle animated tale. 2.30pm. L'Accompagnatrice (PG)French film , set in 1943, following a young pianist who is hired to accompany a gifted classical singer. 5.45pm. El Mariachi (18) - A travelling musician ends up in a futuristic desert town, hoping that here he will have his lucky break. 8.15pm .

Nth Degree. See last Monday.

Superskate See last Monday.

Norwich Arts Centre Making Magic -a children's workshop for half-term, giving them the chance to do some magic tricks for themselves. £8, 10.30am-3.30pm.

' A man-eating Venus flytrap from outer space . wacky songs , zany costumes , and Su Po ll ard '

Club night.

Superskate See last Tuesday.

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UEA Gig. Cocteau Twins. Supported bySeefeeL lmpromania - see last Monday

Norwich Arts Centre Wilde Club: S*M*A *S*H plus support. £3 adv/£3.50 door.

8os wells Cannon

Oval

See Friday, February 4.

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Odeon

Brickmakers

See Friday, February 4.

Knuckle Burns.

Cinema City

King's Head

See Monday. Also A Far Off Place (PG) - an adventure set in the Kalahari desert. A new Roger Rabbit cartoon will also be shown with the film . 2.30pm .

Denny Newman.

Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 9pm to midnight.

8os wells Chris Simmons Band. 9pm to midnight.

Theatre Royal

Hy's

See Monday. Also 2.30pm .

Club night.

Mon 14th- Sat 19th Feb

Norwich Arts Centre

Manhattans

Folk Roots - Pearl and the Prarie Dawgs. £5/£4 cone, 8pm.

As last Saturday.

Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm Eves 7.30pm

Ritzy

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1 RL

Waterfront Club night. See last Saturday.

Furious Fun. 9pm to 2am.

Superskate As last Saturday.

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The event-issue 8-15th February