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Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2019 is here! Welcome. Free outdoor events, unique theatre and dance, eye-opening international circus, world-class orchestral music, toe-tapping contemporary music and much more – our Festival really is packed full, with something for everyone. With so much to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find events which are right for you. To fuel your curiosity our Festival team has outlined some stories, which weave their way through the Festival programme. In amongst these you’ll find connecting threads including magic and illusion, trails and walks, and young people taking the lead. I encourage you to explore, discover and enjoy. It’s a great pleasure to support local talent and to bring fantastic artists from across the world to Norfolk and Norwich to share their ideas and art with audiences. Our Festival isn’t possible without the generosity of funders, sponsors, donors, partners and volunteers and I thank them for their commitment which supports artists and helps make Norfolk & Norwich Festival an exciting event for everyone. Come and join us and explore all we have to offer. You’ll find us in theatres and galleries but also on the streets, in gardens, in churches, in stately homes and in The Adnams Spiegeltent. All we need to make it complete is you. Daniel Brine Festival Director


Festival Stories


For 2019 we explore the contemporary issue of BORDER CROSSINGS beginning with our Festival Launch, The Journey (p6). Chris Bullzini’s spectacular traverse of the city skyline celebrates stories of Norfolk & Norwich and the people who make the city.

Stories, like festivals, teach us things about our lives and those of others, they let us explore new worlds as yet unimagined. They give us an understanding and respect for other places and cultures, and they help us interpret the changing world around us. We’ve woven a few stories through our programme this year – giving you the chance to navigate a few undiscovered worlds…

In the middle of the Cold War, and a period of communist comradery between Cuba and West Africa, seven young Malian musicians were invited to Havana by Castro’s government. Their musical journey embodies how artists travel the world for cultural exchange and is celebrated in a special UK appearance by Las Maravillas de Mali (p11).


In Tenebrae’s (p12) fifteenth year, a unique new choral work in Owain Park, Footsteps, forms the central element to their Cathedral concert. Following the journey of a lonely traveller, constantly moved-on, it explores themes of solitude, upheaval and journeying. A Festival co-commission, Wild Longings (p21) digs deep into the creative act of rooting and uprooting as we learn how to nurture both plants and people during a time of cultural upheaval.

Festival Launch! Friday 10 May

Joe Clarke Photography

What do your eyes see before you? Our Festival questions your perceptions, flipping the world on its head to look at it from a surprising new angle. We delve into the twilight world of MAGIC AND ILLUSION in a number of shows this year. The bizarre and the supernatural combine in the beautiful Bells & Spells (p24), where kleptomania and enchanted objects merge in a surreal, humorous and absurd nether world.

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Vincent Gambini is a magician who is actually disillusioned with illusion. In The Chore of Enchantment (p21) he tackles, with talk and trickery, how magicians are expected to manufacture a sense of amazement when they’re faced with such widespread disenchantment from the world at large.

In the culmination of a three year project with Stopgap Dance, Frippery (p9) brings this acclaimed company together with around thirty local people as they explore identity and celebrate some amazing clothing! We also hand over the Festival for a day to a group of young people to curate their own programme in Engage (p33). They challenge the current socio-political climate with words, ideas and debate.

Dougie Evans

As we increasingly invite you to shape the Festival and discover our Festival Spirit, we’ll be offering you more and more opportunities to not just consume the Festival but also be a part of it. MAKE & DO sees community collaboration and participation. News News News (p21) is a topical broadcast made for adults by children. The show brings to the stage the city’s current affairs, all seen through the eyes of a ten year old. PLAYING UP (p31) gives children and grown-ups a chance to create their own Live Art.

Richard Haughton

Another Festival commission, Will Teather’s Globes (p40) blur not only the boundaries between painting and sculpture, but also the boundaries between art and reality. In a trail across city landmarks, you’ll begin to see things just a little bit differently…

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Bells & Spells Friday 17 May

Stopgap Dance: Frippery Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May





Liberated from venues, outdoor work captures audiences and communities in a way no other art form can. The perfect environment in which to get a taste of our Festival Spirit. Take to the streets and open spaces of the city to sample the spectacle of the Festival Launch, see the city from a new direction with Johannes Bellinkx’ Reverse, and the alfresco family-fun of the Garden Party.


THE JOURNEY FRIDAY 10 MAY, 9pm Norwich City Centre

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Join us at the Festival Launch for a once-in-a-lifetime experience – an ambitious high-wire walk, spanning the centre of Norwich. Breathtaking beauty and daring adventure walk in harmony for this magical performance, accompanied by a remarkable live soundscape. More information about The Journey will be released closer to the time. Visit the website or follow us on social media for the very latest. FREE Produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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Festival Launch! Friday 10 May

joE Clarke

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Ray Lee

Genevieve Lacey

Richard Wiesner

Johannes Bellinkx

SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12 MAY Norwich City Centre

SATURDAY 11 – SUNDAY 26 MAY 11am – 5pm Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

SATURDAY 11 – SUNDAY 26 MAY Throughout the day Cathedral Close, Norwich Cathedral

THURSDAY 16 – SATURDAY 18 MAY Starts at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich See website for full schedule

Known for his interventions in public spaces, international sculptor Richard Wiesner presents his latest project, 28, an installation showing the hymns of the 28 EU countries which poses questions about globalisation and migration.


CONGREGATION WORLD PREMIERE Let Ray Lee’s magic sonic spheres take you on a mystery tour across the city to a secret location, guiding you by sound alone. Your sphere will let you know if you are going in the right direction by sounding happy, or sad, or cross. Keep your sphere happy and find out where you are being taken to and why. FREE tickets available from early April, keep your eyes on the website for details. Congregation is supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.


UK PREMIERE Music and environmental sounds combine in the magnificent gardens of Felbrigg Hall to create a listening garden. Visitors are invited into the music and natural architecture, to play in the garden, stroll or recline with friends and strangers. Inspired by the story and music of Jacob van Eyck – the 17th century Dutch musician, composer, improviser and nobleman, Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work set within new music by Genevieve Lacey (Australia) and Jan Bang (Norway).


FREE 28, an IN SITU Pilot project, has received a creation aid by the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

FREE with Felbrigg Hall admission Presented in partnership with the National Trust. Supported by Australia Council for the Arts. With thanks to Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director’s Circle Supporters Michelle & David Lamont.


Experience reality in reverse. Look straight ahead and walk backwards on this unique tour of Norwich. By turning us in the opposite direction, Johannes Bellinkx forces us to become aware of how we navigate the world. With a hypnotic soundtrack and fusion of fiction and reality, Reverse is a unique physical and mental experience.

‘Your field of vision becomes widescreen, the focus broadens; as if you’re withdrawing from everything.’ **** Volkskrant

Tickets £5 Recommended age 13+ Reverse is presented thanks to the mobility programme of the IN SITU platform in the frame of the ACT project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 26 May

Reverse Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May

Dennis van Tilburg

Pleasure Garden

G Lacey and Stephen Goddard

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Line-up includes: Apolcalyptic Circus


Glass House Dance


SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 MAY 12pm – 6pm Chapelfield Gardens and Outside The Forum


Ever dreamed of scaling the canopies of a metal jungle, or uniting the world with barricades of baguettes? The Festival’s middle weekend sees the return of our interactive, all-ages Garden Party celebration. With brand new dance, acrobatics, music and six World Premieres, experience the wild and wacky this Festival... and all for FREE!

Spitz & Co


Plunge Boom

Stopgap Dance Company



Two dance shows to delight from hugely popular Stopgap Dance Company. WORLD PREMIERE


FROCK SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 MAY 11am & 4.30pm, Outside The Forum Brace yourself for an uplifting dance riot as six dancers revel in the modern freedoms of self-identity. Watch a clash of eras, a collision of partner work and an outburst of fashion from Stopgap’s impressive cast in this ‘Punkish’ explosion of individuality.


LES GLORIABLES Talawa Theatre Company

THE TIDE Upswing



SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 MAY 3pm, Outside The Forum A community cast of locals and professionals collide in a mass performance of the game Grandmother’s Footsteps. Bizarre, playful and farcical this is a delightful parade not to be missed.

With a selection of workshops, family activity, local food and drink, you can chill out and make a day of it with all the family!

FREE Funded by Spirit of 2012, supported by Arts Council England, and Without Walls Consortium. Supported by The Forum.

NNF18 Garden Party: Julian Claxton Photography

Free Outdoor Programme sponsor

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. See website for full details. Norfolk & Norwich Festival co-commissions with thanks to Director’s Circle Supporters Jackie & Richard Higham.


Music remains the beating heart of the Festival. Its power to cross borders, inspire and connect audiences is unparalleled. This year we journey through some exceptional music experiences from pioneering international musicians and rising young stars, to some of the most captivating and beautiful classical works. We encourage you to delve deep and explore!

Tenebrae Monday 13 May

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JESS GILLAM Iturralde Pequena Czarda Dowland Flow my tears Britten Temporal Variations Nyman ‘If’ from ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano FP185 Harle Rant Marcello Concerto for Oboe in C Minor Bartok Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csik Weill Je ne t’aime pas Wiedoeft Valse Vanite Milhaud Scaramouche: Suite for 2 pianos, op. 165a (arr. for saxophone and orchestra) Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, saxophonist Jess Gillam is one of the most exciting emerging artists in classical music. In her Festival debut Jess showcases this wonderfully versatile instrument in an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of music from Marcello to Nyman.

Phil Rigby Bay Living

SATURDAY 11 MAY, 7.30pm St Andrew’s Hall

Jess Gillam Saturday 11 May

Tickets £22


SATURDAY 11 MAY, 8pm Norwich Cathedral Twice-Mercury-nominated Eliza Carthy will be joined by her father, beloved singer and guitarist Martin, to perform songs from their first duo record The Elephant. Eliza is amongst the most impressive and engaging artists of her generation and Martin is one of English folk music’s greatest innovators. This special performance sees them joined by guests along the way.

Martin & Eliza Carthy Saturday 11 May

Tickets £10, £14, £18, £22 Produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.


The legendary Malian/Cuban band who defined the term ‘world music’ come together on stage in the UK for the very first time. Formed in the 1960s, they effortlessly mix Malian sounds and Cuban rhythms. Their song ‘Rendez-vous chez Fatimata’ became one of the greatest hits of the revolutionary era and brought all of Africa dancing to its feet. Tickets £10, £21, £31, £36

Valerie Malot

Chris O’Donovan

Mark Higashino

SUNDAY 12 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal

Las Maravillas de Mali Sunday 12 May






MONDAY 13 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Cathedral

MONDAY 13 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

TUESDAY 14 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

Tenebrae Nigel Short conductor

June Tabor voice Iain Ballamy soprano & tenor saxophones Huw Warren piano

Sean Shibe guitar

Holst The Evening Watch Finzi Three Short Elegies Gurney Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty Judith Bingham A Walk with Ivor Gurney Owain Park Footsteps Parry At the round earth’s imagined corners Parry Lord, let me know mine end Howells Requiem Under the direction of Nigel Short, Tenebrae perform a captivating programme that journeys through some of the most beautiful and moving English choral works of the 20th century. Tenebrae are joined by Norwich Cathedral Choir for the centrepiece of the concert: Owain Park’s Footsteps, a work that cycles through the seasons from the view of a lonely traveller.

Three of the UK’s most creative, multiaward-winning musicians create exquisite chamber music that weaves together the essence of folk and jazz. Drawing on their life’s work including original compositions, traditional folk songs and reclaimed standards, Quercus subtly colour each song to create a magical atmosphere. Tickets £16

Pieces from the Scottish lute manuscripts Bach arr. Shibe Suite in C minor BWV 997 Villa Lobos Étude 8, Prelude 3, Prelude 4 Bach arr. Shibe Prelude, Fugue & Allegro BWV 998 Sean Shibe’s approach to classical guitar repertoire challenges all preconceptions and he has rapidly achieved recognition as one of the foremost guitarists of his generation. Teaming his own arrangements of music by Bach, with the vibrant and rhythmic work of Villa Lobos, Sean will delight audiences with a series of Lute suites from his native Scotland. Tickets £18

Quercus Monday 13 May

Judith Burrows

Tickets £12, £20, £26, £32

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WEDNESDAY 15 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal A true entertainer, Grammy Award-winning Chilly Gonzales is highly regarded for his genre-defying approach to the piano, his showmanship and collaborations with global stars. ‘Gonzo’ takes to the stage for an intimate hour of pieces from the Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by other musicians to perform hits and hidden surprises interspersed with his playful explanations about how music works.

NELLA WEDNESDAY 15 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

Martina Wörz

Tickets £10, £21, £31, £36

Chilly Gonzales Wednesday 15 May

Venezuelan singer Nella Rojas features in Everybody Knows, the new film by director Asghar Farhadi starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, where she sings a cycle of songs by Javier Limón. Nella will present a repertoire of songs from the soundtrack, as well as Venezuelan folk songs and original compositions. Tickets £16

Tord Gustavsen Trio

THE OTHER SIDE THURSDAY 16 MAY, 8pm St Andrews’ Hall

Pianist Tord Gustavsen’s music is enchanting and ever-evolving, blending memorable melody, subtle groove and folk influences. His latest record, on ECM Records, returns to his trio format with a series of new compositions in dialogue with ancient Scandinavian hymns and a striking response to Bach’s Chorales. He will be joined by bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad.

Sean Shibe


Tuesday 14 May

Wednesday 15 May

Eva Marques

Kaupo Kikkas

Tickets £10, £14, £17, £20, £22



MAHAN ESFAHANI FRIDAY 17 MAY, 7.30pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Mahan Esfahani harpsichord Bach Toccata in E minor BWV 914 Bach Partita V in G major BWV 829 Bach Goldberg Variations Renegade and rebel, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani gives new character to an old instrument that is all too often viewed as archaic. Acclaimed for his performances of the music of Bach, Mahan will take audiences on an arresting journey through the epic Goldberg Variations, giving fresh and meaningful voice to this well-travelled score. Tickets £16, £18


SATURDAY 18 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal Queen of British Soul and musical star Beverley Knight brings her powerhouse vocals to Norwich Theatre Royal. Knight has sold over a million albums, won three MOBO Awards, been nominated multiple times for Best Female at the Brits as well as stellar performances in London’s West End, from The Bodyguard to Cats. Tickets £10, £26, £36, £41, £46 Sponsored by

SARAH JANE MORRIS sings John Martyn – Sweet Little Mystery

Beverley Knight Saturday 18 May

Uli Weber

SUNDAY 19 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse Troubled genius John Martyn produced a canon of music that is breathtakingly bold and tender, and continues to resonate many years after his passing. Magnificent soul, jazz and R&B singer Sarah Jane Morris, through her own brilliant interpretive talents, picks up the torch and shines a light on this great musical maverick. Tickets £16

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COLIN CURRIE QUARTET MONDAY 20 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

Colin Currie Quartet Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet Xenakis Rebonds B for solo percussion Stockhausen Vibra – Elufa Steve Reich Mallet Quartet Kevin Volans Four Marimbas Steve Reich Drumming Part 1 Described by The Spectator as ‘the world’s finest and most daring percussionist’, Colin Currie launched his quartet in September 2018. The concert pivots around works by legendary composer Steve Reich, interspersed with music by Reich’s contemporaries, who have been swept along by his influential force. Expect rhythmic acrobatics, seemingly impossible textures and high-octane dynamism from these four musicians. Tickets £18



TUESDAY 21 MAY, 7.30pm St Peter Mancroft

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 7.30pm St Peter Mancroft

Rachel Podger violin Brecon Baroque

Norfolk-born Kit Downes brings a new and highly personal approach to the organ, an instrument steeped in history and tradition. Critically regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding jazz talents, and signed to the prestigious ECM label, some of Downes’ earliest experiences were as a church organist and in recent years he has been exploring its sonic possibilities.

Vivaldi Sonata ‘Al Santo Sepolcro’ RV 130 in E Flat Major Vivaldi Concerto in G minor RV156 Vivaldi Sinfonia ‘Al Santo Sepolcro’ in B minor RV 169 Vivaldi Concerto for Lute, strings, continuo in D major RV 93 Bach Concerto for Harpsichord, strings, continuo BWV 972 (after Vivaldi Op. 3 No. 9) Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Solo Organ

Tickets £15

In his day, Vivaldi’s reputation as a ‘freakish violinist’ sometimes overshadowed his renown as a composer. He is best known today for his enduring Four Seasons which unites both his virtuosity and vivid textural writing. Expect a fresh sound as Brecon Baroque, under the direction of Rachel Podger, breathe new life into the work.

Colin Currie Quartet

Kit Downes

Monday 20 May

Wednesday 22 May

Alex Bonney

Nick White

Tickets £11, £18, £22, £26



Clare Hammond

GHOST AND WHISPERS WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 8pm Norwich Playhouse An immersive evening of fragments, last thoughts and elegies by Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Janáček, Stravinsky, Jacquet de la Guerre and Schumann, inter-leaved with movements from John Woolrich’s Pianobooks. Clare Hammond performs this atmospheric programme alongside images, specially conceived for the programme, from the Quay Brothers. Tickets £18

Wednesday 22 May

Julie Kim

JUDI JACKSON Clare Hammond

THURSDAY 23 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz vocalist Judi Jackson following the release of her debut live album Live in London. Having already shared the stage with countless world-class talents, including award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy, Jackson has quickly made a name as a rising star within the soul and jazz world.

Judi Jackson Thursday 23 May

Carl Russ-Moh

Tickets £16

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Gothic Voices

THURSDAY 23 MAY, 8pm Norwich Cathedral

FRIDAY 24 MAY, 8pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Norwich Cathedral Choir Ashley Grote director David Dunnett organ

Gothic Voices present a pageant of versatility featuring France’s greatest pre-Renaissance composer. The renowned medieval vocal ensemble, along with guest instrumentalists, celebrates Dufay’s genius with an eclectic show of frolicking and passionate robustness, plaintive devotional ardour, slow, dark rhythms juxtaposed with upbeat cascades of melody, and thrilling complex rhythms.

Throughout his lifetime Bach composed music to celebrate key occasions in the Lutheran calendar, and in this programme, the Norwich Cathedral Choir travel through the liturgical seasons performing some of Bach’s most sacred and sublime works alongside equally devotional music by more contemporary composers in a unique promenade performance through the magnificent Norwich Cathedral. Tickets £20 This is a standing promenade performance, see website for accessibility information. Owain Park’s new work is commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, with thanks to Director’s Circle Supporter Lynn Biggs.



Ben Bentley

Tickets £16, £18

Salome Friday 24 May

SATURDAY 25 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse Indian guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya has pioneered a unique style of Hindustani slide guitar, gaining global recognition for his inventive fusion of classical Indian ragas and Western blues. Joined by his daughter, gifted vocalist Anandi Bhattacharya, they will perform music from Anandi’s debut album Joys Abound as well as Debashish’s incredible back catalogue. Tickets £14 Presented by Asian Arts Agency.

Shamidip Mukherjee

John Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Tavener A Christmas Proclamation Bach Kommst du nun, Jesu Allegri Miserere mei, Deus Bach O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross Wesley Blessed be the God and Father Bach Prelude in E flat Owain Park NEW WORK (World Premiere) Bach Komm, Heiliger Geist Walton Coronation Te Deum


Anandi Bhattacharya Saturday 25 May


Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux and Jackie Lynn) and band perform a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé. The band will infuse Salomé’s weirdly beautiful aesthetic with strings, avant-garde electronics and Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker. Tickets £16 Presented by Opera North.

Karol Czajkowski

FRIDAY 24 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

Debashish Bhattacharya Saturday 25 May



Britten Sinfonia


Gerald Barry The Eternal Recurrence* Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (choral) * Jennifer France soprano Christianne Stotjin mezzo soprano Ed Lyon tenor Britten Sinfonia Voices Eamonn Dougan Britten Sinfonia Voices director Thomas Adès conductor


Britten Sinfonia’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle, conducted by Thomas Adès, concludes with Beethoven’s mighty ‘choral’ symphony and Gerald Barry’s feverish The Eternal Recurrence. Beethoven’s extraordinary Ninth Symphony is regarded by many as the finest of all symphonies, and its message of humanity continues to resonate today. Here, Beethoven’s masterful celebration of the human race is paired with Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence, a brilliant setting of texts from Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Also sprach Zarathustra.

Our partnership with BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme gives you the chance to hear some of the most promising new talent from around the world. Our concerts on 12 May will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Tickets £10, £15, £25, £30, £35

Supported by The Goodman Trust

Tickets £13, £15 per concert Book for two or three concerts for 10% off per ticket

Saturday 25 May

Simon Höfele Sunday 12 May

Sebastian Heck

Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Adès

Rhydian Peters

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SUNDAY 12 MAY, 4pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

SUNDAY 12 MAY, 8pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Simon Höfele trumpet Simone Rubino percussion

The double-bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado burst onto the scene in 2015 to many plaudits, establishing him as a highly individual talent. Joined by some of the finest, multi-awardwinning musicians in the UK he brings his unique sound and style to Norwich, performing his own joyous music with ease and great spirit.

Andre Jolivet Heptade 17 Iannis Xenakis Rebonds B für Percussion Solo 6 Toru Takemitsu Paths für Trompete Solo 6 HK Gruber Exposed throat for Trompete Solo 10 Astor Piazzolla Oblivion 5 Jakob Brenner Bodypercussion für Percussion Solo 6 Simone Rubino “La luna piena” for flugelhorn and marimba 6

Tickets £13, £15

QUATUOR AROD WEDNESDAY 15 MAY, 1pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Bartók String Quartet No. 5 Brahms String Quartet Op. 51 No. 2 Hear Brahms pay tribute to Bach and Bartók surprise and delight, as Quatuor Arod make their debut in Norwich. Hailed as ‘a youthful ardour that catches the music on the wing’ by Gramophone, since their formation in 2013 the quartet have not rested on their laurels, winning several prestigious chamber music competitions. Tickets £13, £15

Simon Höfele (trumpet) and Simone Rubino (percussion) demonstrate their remarkable talents in Jolivet’s demanding virtuoso piece, Heptade, which calls on both astonishing agility and tremendous musicality. The duo intersperse Jolivet’s own work with solo works, showcasing their instruments and intertwining an exploration of hypnotic rhythms with haunting melodies.

MARIAM BATSASHVILI WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 1pm Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Mariam Batsashvili piano Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Liszt Douze Grandes Études S. 137 No. 10 Liszt Consolations S.172 Chopin arr Liszt Six Polish Songs, OP. 74 Dazzling young pianist Mariam Batsashvili makes a welcome return to the Festival, performing some of the most virtuosic and demanding works ever written for the piano. Chopin’s Six Polish Songs arranged by Liszt are performed alongside Liszt’s own challenging and intricate Douze Grandes Etudes, resulting in a truly breathtaking performance. Tickets £13, £15

Sunday 12 May

Mariam Batsashvili Wednesday 22 May


Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Aga Tomaszek

Tickets £13, £15


Our performance programme skips around some of the city’s best-loved venues to bring works as exciting as they are eclectic. Uncover an afternoon tea party turned savage; a magician disenchanted with deception; a side-splitting search for the perfect dance routine and an intimate bromance between an artist and the Prince of Thieves – just a taste of what to expect. Get out there and uncover something amazing!

News News News Saturday 11 May

Performance 21

Andy Field & Beckie Darlington



NEWS NEWS NEWS SATURDAY 11 MAY, 6pm Norwich Playhouse

SATURDAY 11 – MONDAY 13 MAY, 1pm & 3.30pm The Plantation Garden, Norwich



News News News is a television news show made by children for adults, recorded in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on the internet. Working with artists Andy Field and Beckie Darlington, children from Norwich Primary Academy will present bulletins from the city, offering a unique perspective on what’s going on right here, right now.

Created for The Plantation Garden, join this luscious garden tour sown with stories of transformation, conservation tips and songs, rooted with a desire to provide succour to each other and the environment. Wild Longings invites you to unearth your passions in a sensuous horticultural journey that celebrates inclusivity, interconnectivity and survival. Wild Longings is co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, funded by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and subsidised by an Arts Council England Project Fund. Produced by Artsadmin.

Tickets £14 Commissioned by Cambridge Junction and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Supported by Arts Council England, the Stobbs New Ideas Fund and a Cambridge City Council Public Art Grant.

With thanks to Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director’s Circle Supporters Simon De-Lacy Adams & Robin Norman.

Hugo Glendinning

Tickets £14

Recommended age 10+

Wild Longings Saturday 11 – Monday 13 May

Vincent Gambini

THE CHORE OF ENCHANTMENT SUNDAY 12 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Puppet Theatre

‘Thoughtful, playful and multilayered... will make you question how we watch and what we see’ **** The Guardian

Tickets £14

Rosie Powell

Ajeet Mestry

The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Struggling with ‘magician’s block’, Gambini unveils the arduous job of a conjurer, tasked with creating a sense of wonder in a world disillusioned by global events. Combining deadpan reflections with jawdropping sleight-of-hand magic, this new show plays expertly with our understandings of deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.

The Chore of Enchantment Sunday 12 May



Dante or Die

USER NOT FOUND MONDAY 13 MAY, 6pm & 8.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal, Kemps Restaurant Would you delete your online legacy at the moment of your death? USER NOT FOUND is a pioneering and intimate new play. You’re given a smartphone and a pair of headphones to be immersed in one man’s story as he’s faced with keeping or erasing his partner’s online existence.

‘a beautiful dance of love, death and grief’ **** Lyn Gardner, The Independent Tickets £15 Presented in partnership with Norwich Theatre Royal.

Boy Blue

BLAK WHYTE GRAY TUESDAY 14 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal Fierce and affecting, this galvanising hip-hop dance triple bill reflects themes of identity, oppression and transcendence. The powerful choreography and staging make for an image-rich production with political bite, and earned an Olivier nomination for Best New Dance Production.

‘Rich and melancholy joy… great dance theatre’ ***** The Observer Tickets £10, £18, £22, £26 Presented in partnership with Norwich Theatre Royal.

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Carl Fox

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Tuesday 15 May

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HOIPOLLOI To celebrate award-winning Hoipolloi’s 25th anniversary we are proud to present a trilogy of story-telling shows. Hugh Hughes presents Shôn Dale-Jones in The Duke, ME & ROBIN HOOD and The Ladder. See them separately or buy a joint ticket for all three shows on Saturday 18 May for £30.

THE DUKE WEDNESDAY 15 MAY, 7.30pm & SATURDAY 18 MAY, 11am Oxfam, Magdalen Street, Norwich The Duke playfully mixes fantasy and reality, taking audiences on an imaginative and touching journey, which gently challenges us to consider our priorities in a world full of crisis. Tickets £10 Produced by Hoipolloi, PBJ Management, Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with The Pleasance Theatre Trust in aid of Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.

ME & ROBIN HOOD THURSDAY 16 MAY, 7.30pm & SATURDAY 18 MAY, 3pm The Courtroom, Norwich Castle Study Centre ME & ROBIN HOOD is a show about Shôn Dale-Jones’ longstanding relationship with his favourite fictional friend, questioning the value of art and the power of story while looking at the direction our world is heading in. Tickets £10 A Hoipolloi & Royal Court co-production in association with Pleasance, PBJ Management and Theatre Royal Plymouth. Supporting Street Child United.

THE LADDER FRIDAY 17 MAY, 7.30pm & SATURDAY 18 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse WORLD PREMIERE The Ladder looks at the way optimism and pessimism affects how we create stories. It explores how the tales we tell influence the lives we lead and wonders about the stories we don’t tell. Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Supported by Cambridge Junction.

Rich Rusk

Tickets £14

Hoipolloi Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May



Gandini Juggling


THURSDAY 16 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

And Jaime Martinez


By Victoria Thierrée Chaplin with Aurélia Thierrée

The dark art of juggling.

FRIDAY 17 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Theatre Royal

80 apples, 9 performers, 4 crockery sets. You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget.

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UK PREMIERE Bells and Spells follows Aurelia Thierrée’s peculiar journey as an incurable kleptomaniac who is at the mercy of the objects that she steals. Using ethereal imagery, unpredictable props and enchanting dance, this performance blends the wonderful with the strange in a surreal world of humour and illusion.

At the forefront of contemporary circus for over 25 years, and having performed in over 50 countries, Gandini Juggling return to Norwich Playhouse after sell out success at NNF18. Recommended age 8+ Tickets £14

Recommended age 10+ Tickets £10, £18, £22, £26

Thursday 16 May

Bells and Spells Friday 17 May

Richard Haughton


Claudine Quinn

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Hannah Jane Walker

HIGHLY SENSITIVE THURSDAY 23 MAY, 7pm Norwich Arts Centre WORLD PREMIERE We are primed to believe that extroverted speakers can be trusted, and that sensitivity is a weakness… but are we selling ourselves short? In her highly-anticipated solo stage show, writer and performer Hannah Jane Walker will use stories, games and poetry to investigate toughness, authority and how weakness might just be our strongest future resource. Tickets £12 Supported by Arts Council England and the Associate Artist programme at the National Centre for Writing.

ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe


FRIDAY 24 – SUNDAY 26 MAY, 7.30pm The Garage, Norwich Lydia now only wears clothes she has made. Four friends tell her story. Multi award-winning theatre company ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to liberate us.

‘Just gorgeous’ Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage This show explores themes of sexual assault which some audience members may find distressing. Recommended age 16+ BSL interpreted performance Sunday 26 May All performances of dressed. will be captioned using the Difference Engine.

Lords of Strut

ABSOLUTE LEGENDS SATURDAY 25 MAY, 1pm Norwich Playhouse All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine, but they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure Street Performance World Champions, and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Recommended age 6+ Tickets £9 each or £30 for four Co-produced by THISISPOPBABY and Lords of Strut.

Tickets £12

Thursday 23 May

Lords of Strut Saturday 25 May


Highly Sensitive

Field and McGlynn

Presented in partnership with The Garage.


The Adnams Spiegeltent has a celebratory atmosphere throughout the Festival. Whether you want to be thrilled by daring circus, enjoy a live gig, take a turn at a tea dance or unwind with some food and drink – it’s the perfect place to socialise and hang out between shows. The Spiegeltent and bar are open ‘til late over the weekend so make a night of it!

Gravity & Other Myths


WEDNESDAY 15 – SUNDAY 26 MAY See website for full schedule Seven acrobats and a live percussionist from Gravity & Other Myths push their physical limits to create a performance that is raw, frantic and delicate. Feel the heat and hear every breath of this truly intimate experience.

‘A total triumph’ The Guardian Tickets £20, £22, £24 Sponsored by

Thanks to Adnams and their continued support.

A Simple Space Wednesday 15 – Sunday 26 May

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Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo


Back by popular demand after sell out shows at NNF18 – Olivier Award-winning Le Gateau Chocolat is joined by Queen of the Alternative Drag scene, Jonny Woo, bringing high glamah, divine costumes and raggedy choreography with award-winning show A Night at the Musicals. Be dragged through the back catalogue of fabulous musicals for a raucous night of delightful duets and slaughtered show tunes. Tickets £15


Lee Faircloth

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A Night at the Musicals Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May

FRIDAY 17 MAY, 10pm International musical adventurers The Turbans bind together music from ‘manywhere’, igniting audiences with the bacchanalian spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean. They create foot-stomping Balkan influenced music inspired by ancient melodies for the 21st century.

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Danny North

Steve Ullathorne

Tickets £15

The Turbans Friday 17 May

The Adnams Spiegeltent


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SATURDAY 18 MAY, 10pm Rising South African musician, singer and songwriter Nakhane is a unique voice in modern pop, fusing African indigenous music and sultry synth with highly personal, candid lyrics that look at queerness, spirituality and desolation. Multi-talented, Nakhane is also a novelist and actor, but has created a real buzz through his tender, charismatic approach to song writing and visceral live shows.

The legendary Ragroof Tea Dance returns – featuring vintage music, stunning costumes, and glorious gender-neutral instant dance classes. Suitable for experienced dancers and absolute beginners. Tea and cakes will of course be served – but the bar will also be open for anyone who fancies a crafty tipple.

Top Hat & Tails

‘One of the most moving records you’ll hear all year’ NME

SATURDAY 18 MAY, 1pm – 4pm

Tickets £15

Don your glad rags for an afternoon inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers – expect exhilarating quicksteps and whirling waltzes as we whizz you back to the heyday of Hollywood glamour.


Tickets £12

Combining eight horns with two percussionists, scratch DJ and live MC, Renegade Brass Band mix funk, hip-hop and jazz with a raw brass sound in their unstoppable high-energy live shows.

Cuba Libre! SUNDAY 19 MAY, 1pm – 4pm A hot date in Havana! An afternoon of Cuban rhythms, featuring Cha Chas, Mambos and Boleros, loud shirts and tight skirts more than encouraged.

‘Probably the best brass band working out of Britain!’ Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music

Tickets £12

Fake Magic Tuesday 21 May

Hugo Glendinning


Tickets £15


The Adnams Spiegeltent is kindly sponsored by

Renegade Brass Band Sunday 19 May

Robert Gershinson

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LINIKER E OS CARAMELOWS MONDAY 20 MAY, 10pm Liniker e os Caramelows combine soul with the tropical heritage of MPB (popular Brazilian music), a hint of samba and a touch of jazz. Transgender singer Liniker has a spark that she shares with you, creating a universal show both beautiful and full of energy. Tickets £15


Curated by Vincent Gambini TUESDAY 21 MAY, 7.30pm

Liniker e os Caramelows Monday 20 May

Leila Penteado

A unique show featuring some of the most daring, alternative and cutting edge magicians working in the UK today. Forget bunnies, showbiz platitudes and cheap gags. Bring on oddball magic, avant-garde trickery, and bewildering types of conjuring. Expect to be mesmerised, foxed, deceived, thrown, educated, challenged, and relieved. Just as other art forms have had artists change the rules of the game and dare to rethink what they do, Fake Magic presents magicians who offer a different approach to conjuring. These are magic performance as you’ve never seen them before. Tickets £15 Recommended age 14+

AFRIQUOI TUESDAY 21 MAY, 10pm Live African dance music, fusing Congolese guitar and Gambian kora virtuosity with UK electronic sensibilities to create uplifting, dancefloor-friendly new music for a new generation of music fans. The masterful 6-piece live show combines Gambian kora, Congolese guitar and Mandinka percussion styles with electronic music drawing on house, soca, hiphop, soul and jungle to create something entirely unique.

Afriquoi Tuesday 21 May

Greg De Wode

Tickets £15


The Adnams Spiegeltent


A Cabaret about Gin WEDNESDAY 22 & THURSDAY 23 MAY, 10pm Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

Mother’s Ruin Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 May

Anna Kucera

A raucous journey through 18th century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru, discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson. **** Time Out Sydney

Tickets £15

ARIWO WITH CAMILLA GEORGE FRIDAY 24 MAY, 10pm Cuban/Iranian four-piece focused on the rich intersection between electronic music, AfroCuban rhythm, UK jazz and Iranian mysticism. Named one of the ‘5 Acts You Need to Know in 2018’ by Crack Magazine, their 2017 eponymous debut album received 4 stars in Songlines and the Evening Standard. Tickets £15


Ariwo with Camilla George Friday 24 May

SATURDAY 25 MAY, 10pm Hailed as the next Amy Winehouse, and championed by Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations are the darlings of the worldwide Soul scene. Expect a whirlwind of love, longing, anger and everything in between. Tickets £15

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations Saturday 25 May

Zoltan Nagy

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All sessions are FREE and entry is on a first come, first served basis.

MONDAY 20 MAY, 2pm – 3.30pm

CHILLI KIDS DANCE CLASS FRIDAY 17 MAY, 9.45am & 10.45am Join Laura from Chilli Con Salsa for a 40 minute Chilli Kids dance class – tropical dance fun for your little and not so little ones. Suitable for under 5s and their parents. Parent participation encouraged!


with The Hamlet Centre MONDAY 20 MAY, 10am & 11am (30 min sessions) Discover ways to create sensory experiences at home with everyday household items and explore sensory stimulation through specialist equipment. Play and explore movement and music through sign-along and join in with sticky, crunchy, sparkly and messy play. 0-5 years and their parent or carer

with Playing For Cake Listen along or join in with an informal community singing and music making session – no experience necessary! Words and chord-sheets will be provided as well-known songs are ‘taught on the fly’. All ages and abilities welcome.

BOUNCE AND RHYME TIME TUESDAY 21 MAY, 9.30am & 10.15am The popular Millennium Library Bounce and Rhyme event for 0-5 year olds returns to the Festival for two sessions of rhymes and music for children and their parents to enjoy together. In partnership with Millennium Library and Norfolk County Council.

BABY AND TODDLER DISCO TUESDAY 21 MAY, 10.30am Toddlers and their families can dance the morning away at this energetic dance-athon with a selection of adult friendly tunes.

A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT WITH GLASS HOUSE DANCE WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 10.30am, followed by tea and cake Music and dance combine to create a powerful, interactive performance with some participatory moments for the audience. This is suitable for the very young and old and is Dementia-inclusive.

Manuel Vason

An exciting programme of free daytime events in our unique Spiegeltent setting, which sees us open our doors to the community.



THURSDAY 23 MAY, 10am – 12pm


Sashiko is a simple, beautiful Japanese folk embroidery technique, usually based on geometric designs and traditionally made by farmers and fishermen. Learn fantastic new skills and come away with your own square embroidery piece. Suitable for all ages.

Make clothes out of food, remote control your friends, invent your own form of sports, walk your parents like dogs!

THE AFTERNOON SOCIAL THURSDAY 23 MAY, 1.30pm – 3.30pm Dance through the decades in the glorious Spiegeltent in association with Age UK Norwich. Take to the dancefloor or simply enjoy the music and Festival atmosphere in our unique venue. There will be plenty of tea and cake!

Children, grown-ups, families and friends are all welcome. Pick a card, follow the instructions, create your own piece of Live Art and perform it. Recommended for ages 6+ FREE email to book a space. PLAYING UP is a collaboration between Live Art Development Agency, Theatre of Research and Tate Early Years and Families.


In a turbulent world where news is fake and facts are fiction, books, words and ideas have never been more vital. As portals to new worlds and ways of seeing, they have a special magic that guides, provokes and illuminates us. Programmed in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, literature events at the Festival celebrate Norwich as a UNESCO-designated home to writers, thinkers, storytellers and readers. Peggy Hughes Programme Director National Centre for Writing

Co-curated with the National Centre for Writing

Inua Ellams Saturday 25 May

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Ali Smith


TUESDAY 21 MAY, 7.30pm Norwich Playhouse

Handover – Literary Festival in a Day Are you prepared to hand over the Festival? Join a group of young change-makers as they explore social activism and create a space to question ideas and controversies. A brand-new festival in a day programmed and promoted by young people, featuring dynamic events which explore our socialpolitical climate and the power words have to instigate real change. From live performances to panel debates, these events are intended to challenge taboo and create a safe space to broaden your horizons. Watch this space for more information!

Joanna Millington

Henry Nicholls

All will be revealed! Check the website for updates

Engage Saturday 11 May

SPRING We are thrilled to welcome back the Baileys and Goldsmiths prize-winning, Man Bookershortlisted author for the next instalment in her remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet. Ali Smith is one of our generation’s warmest, wittiest and finest writers.

‘Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love’ Deborah Levy Tickets £12


CITY OF LITERATURE WEEKEND FRIDAY 24 – SUNDAY 26 MAY Book four or more events and save £1.50 per ticket. (Excludes Workshop: Postcard Stories with Jan Carson on Saturday 25 May)

Rachel Long Friday 24 May

Amaal Said


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with Aida Edemariam and Sinéad Gleeson



The Adnams Spiegeltent, 10.30am

The Adnams Spiegeltent, 2.30pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 7.30pm

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam and award-winning writer Sinéad Gleeson present two intimate portrayals of ‘ordinary’ women who find boldness and bravery within the constraints of their bodies, time and place. Examining art, memory, gender, grief, and our ways of seeing, their writing is both deeply personal and universal in its resonance.

Eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between two of the most influential and critically-acclaimed writers of our day: Man Booker Prize judge and nominee Sarah Hall and New York Times/Paris Review contributor and Nabokov expert Lila Azam Zanganeh. Together, they will indulge in a no-holds-barred discussion of sex, death and everything in between.

Join us for an hour of empowering conversation and beautiful poetry from Brazilian poet, activist and artist Adelaide Ivánova and her translator Rachel Long. Ivánova’s award-winning collection, The Hammer, explores the slippery, politically fraught concepts of rape, adultery, trauma and power, ultimately tracing a path of psychic survival through verse.

Tickets £8

Recommended age 16+.

Tickets £8



National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 11am

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 4pm

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to the National Centre for Writing, and take a guided tour of one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings with historical novelist Sarah Bower. Starting life as a medieval trading hall, it has a fascinating architectural and social history – and we’d love to give you a flavour of the stories that live within its walls.

Kate Clanchy, a prize-winning poet, wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. In this interactive event based on her candid, funny and moving new book, she invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her 30-year career, and to celebrate this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs.

Tickets Free (suggested donation £5)

Tickets £8

Kerry Hudson


The Adnams Spiegeltent, 12.30pm What does it really mean to be poor in Britain today? Born into poverty, Kerry Hudson is now a celebrated novelist who has travelled the world. In Lowborn, she revisits the hardest parts of her childhood and some of the country’s most deprived towns to discover whether anything has changed. Tickets £8

with Adelaide Ivánova and Rachel Long

Tickets £8 Presented in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre.






The Adnams Spiegeltent, 10am

The Adnams Spiegeltent, 1pm

The Knot Garden, Strangers’ Hall, 5.30pm

Our greatest works of literature are often inspired by moments of seismic change. Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, awardwinning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent’s most enduring epic poems – from the Odyssey to Beowulf – to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.

Labelled ‘Cambridge University’s top troll’ by the Daily Mail, Priyamvada Gopal is a senior academic and critical public figure who regularly draws attention to racism and sexism in Britain. Join her for the launch of Insurgent Empire; a timely discussion of empire and an alternative history of our country’s proud tradition of dissent.

When was the last time you sat in the sun and enjoyed a good book? Join us for the first outdoor Page Against the Machine in partnership with The Book Hive and Strangers’ Hall Museum. BYOB (Bring your own book), grab a cool drink and turn off your phone for a well-deserved detox read in the secluded surroundings of this beautiful city centre garden.

Tickets £8

Venue dependent on weather; check the Festival website for any changes.

with Nicholas Jubber

Tickets £8

with Priyamvada Gopal

with The Book Hive



National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 10am

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 2pm

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 6pm

See event details on page 35.

Two spectacular new voices in literature transport us into wildly magical settings. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson is a tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice that fizzes with wonder. The Half-God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams is an epic story and lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge across mythologies.


Jan Carson is an award-winning writer and master of flash fiction. Using examples from her 2017 collection Postcard Stories, she will teach you the art of writing and editing a truly memorable ‘short short’ story: how to condense your thoughts, make use of your time, and experiment with form and language. Run time: c. 2 hours

Tickets Free (suggested donation £5)

Harriet Martineau Lecture


The Adnams Spiegeltent, 2.30pm


The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work. This year we welcome Sarah Perry, the Norwich-based author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth.

The Adnams Spiegeltent, 11.30am

‘Perry’s masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great literary achievements of our century’

Tickets £35

with Tom Bolton and James Meek Since the referendum in 2016, the nation has been split into two; one half dreaming of leaving, the other of remaining. Tom Bolton (Low Country, Vanished City) and James Meek (Private Island, 2015 Orwell Prize winner) have searched the UK landscape for political folklegends and forgotten stories which may help us to make sense of our tumultuous present. Tickets £8

Alex Preston, Guardian

Tickets £12 Supported by The Harriet Martineau Society.

Tickets Free, book in advance


with Jan Carson and Inua Ellams

Tickets £8


with Andrew Cowan, S.A. Harris, Andrew McDonnell and Simon Okotie National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 7.30pm We take enormous pleasure in celebrating 20 years of Salt Publishing, one of the UK foremost independent publishers based in Cromer, Norfolk. Join us for the launch of four highly-anticipated titles; Your Fault by Andrew Cowan, Haverscroft by S.A. Harris, The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew McDonnell and After Absalon by Simon Okotie. Tickets £8

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The Adnams Spiegeltent, 10am Why is blood such a taboo subject? In Nine Pints, Guardian journalist and acclaimed writer Rose George begins by donating to the NHS Blood and Transport Service. From there, she spans science and politics, storytelling and global epidemics to tell an astonishing account of this life-giving substance.

‘An absorbing, vital book by one of the best non-fiction writers working today.’ Guardian Tickets £8



with Dr Richard Shepherd The Adnams Spiegeltent, 1pm Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist, working on some of the most high-profile cases of the past 30 years such as Harold Shipman and Stephen Lawrence. Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession. Tickets £8


National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 3pm

with Matthew Tompkins

From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, Granta magazine has been publishing intelligent, ground-breaking writing for 40 years. Granta editor Sigrid Rausing and writer and Guardian journalist Ian Jack discuss the practical skills and insider knowledge needed to succeed in your journey to publication.

The Adnams Spiegeltent, 11.30am

Tickets £8

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 11am See event details on page 35. Tickets Free (suggested donation £5)

THE SPECTACLE OF ILLUSION In The Spectacle of Illusion, professional magician-turned-psychologist Matthew Tompkins traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion. Featuring witches, magicians, illusionists, hypnotists, mediums and faith heals, Tompkins provides a taste of their tricks and how illusions have been used to sway belief and fool people. Part of the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ exhibition.

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We explore the Norfolk landscape from city to coast through a series of wonderful exhibitions and venues across this beautiful county. Discover a diverse programme that features iconic titans of sculpture, Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, the multi-faceted talents of contemporary exponents Ryan Gander and Joe Moran, and the unique perspectives of Norwich-based artist Will Teather.

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Anthony Caro

IRON IN THE SOUL WEDNESDAY 8 MAY – SATURDAY 20 JULY TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 12–5pm East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts

MONDAY 20 – SATURDAY 25 MAY, 7pm Houghton Hall, Norfolk The celebrated Californian light artist, James Turrell, knows all about big skies. His Skyspace aperture is specially designed to view the changing colour of the sky, preferably at dawn or dusk.

Sir Anthony Caro, one of the most important British sculptors of his generation, is known for his formal compositions using heavy industrial materials. Iron in the Soul presents a selection of Caro’s sculpture and drawings, some shown here for the first time, with hand drawn annotations by Sir Henry Moore.

With only four such Skyspaces in the UK, this is a unique opportunity to view the Skyspace at dusk, followed by a 3-course dinner in the Hall’s Old Kitchen.


Tickets £75 Presented by Norwich University of the Arts.


Nature and Inspiration WEDNESDAY 1 MAY – SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Houghton Hall, Norfolk See website for opening hours This will be the first significant show of Sir Henry Moore’s work in the region for many years. Curated by Sebastiano Barassi, the exhibition will include several of Moore’s most identifiable sculptures; large-scale bronzes and fibreglass pieces will be displayed in the park and grounds, while a selection of smaller works including models and drawings will be displayed inside the Hall. Tickets £18 (Students £10, Free to Under 17s) Presented by Houghton Hall.

Image courtesy of The Henry Moore Foundation Archive

Presented by Houghton Hall.

John Hammond

Supported by


James Turrell Skyspace at Houghton Hall bottom

Henry Moore Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-1969 Bronze left

Anthony Caro Straight On, 1972 Steel, rusted and painted red


Visual Arts

Will Teather


SATURDAY 11 MAY – SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Across Norwich City Centre Explore a series of radical and beautiful artworks depicting some of Norwich’s most curious and memorable landmarks in a 2019 Festival commission. Discover Will Teather’s panoramic spheres spread across the city’s cultural quarter, on a journey that will take you through everywhere from curiosity shops to a Victorian pharmacy. Collect your maps from Norwich Castle Museum to begin your trail across the city.

‘Very clever... and beautiful’ BBC News FREE or free with museum admission Supported by Norwich Castle. Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Artist talk Wednesday 22 May 2–3pm Artist workshop Wednesday 22 May, 3–5pm Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, free with museum admission

Joe Moran

SINGULAR SATURDAY 11 MAY, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Durational performance work from artist and choreographer Joe Moran, presented in Norwich for the first time. Performed by two exceptional dancers, Singular challenges its performers with complex perceptual puzzles travelling across Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery throughout the afternoon. Singular will enter the Castle’s collection through fig futures, a series of 16 exhibitions across four museum partners over 16 weeks in 2018/19. The work has previously been shown at venues across the UK including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Nottingham Contemporary.

Ryan Gander

ONE-TWELFTH SATURDAY 23 MARCH – MONDAY 30 DECEMBER Check website for opening hours Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth

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Will Teather Mr P.Milne’s Antiques and Curios Acrylic on sphere 60cm diameter bottom right

The first in originalprojects;’ series of one-twelfth-scale public works of art, set amongst the miniature town of Merrivale Model Village. Artist Ryan Gander creates a broad range of work, often taking the simple starting point of ‘what if’, and collaborating with other people, often children, to produce surprising results.

Joe Moran Singular

A discussion between Ryan Gander and Will Self will take place later in the year, along with a series of workshops responding to the project.

My Blue Heaven John Christie 2018

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Experiments in Black and White XXII Joan and Neville Gabie bottom

FREE with Merrivale Model Village admission Presented by originalprojects;.

Museum admission only Presented by the artist and made possible by Art Fund, Outset and Arts Council England, through fig futures and in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. Singular is produced by Dance Art Foundation. Presented by Norwich Castle.

Matthew Booth

Will Teather

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John Christie

MY BLUE HEAVEN FRIDAY 10 MAY – SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park, University of East Anglia Everybody needs a shed! From a mysterious tin building, sliced diagonally as if by a giant knife, comes the sound of music, Fats Domino’s 1956 hit ‘My Blue Heaven’. Artist, film-maker and publisher Christie was a frequent collaborator with art critic John Berger, and author of the 2017 East Anglian Book of the Year Lapwing & Fox: Conversations Between John Berger and John Christie. FREE Presented by Sainsbury Centre.

TALKING STATUES NORWICH THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL Across Norwich City Centre If statues could talk, what stories would they tell? Ten of Norwich’s historic statues have been given the gift of the gab! Stephen Fry and Olivia Colman are amongst the writers and actors bringing the city’s statues to life. Together, they tell Norwich’s story.

Neville Gabie & Joan Gabie

THE EDGE OF THINGS FRIDAY 17 MAY – SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER Blickling Estate ‘What if the contents of those shelves could speak? What languages are contained within the leather-bound pages? What voices of travellers and explorers are captured within?’ The Edge of Things is a series of multimedia installations and live projects that draw inspiration from the most significant book collection cared for by the National Trust. Looking through a contemporary lens, the artists bring to life the contents of four of the books, exploring a lost language and the edge of science, space and discovery. A programme of events will support the art works, keep an eye on the website for details. FREE with house & garden admission (National Trust members free) Exclusive preview with the artists, Thursday 16 May 7.30pm, Tickets £10 Presented by the National Trust.

Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your smartphone on a nearby plaque and hey presto, get a call back from Lord Nelson, The City Hall Lions or Julian of Norwich. Check the website to find out where to get started.

Nick Wood



Behind the Scenes


While the Festival explodes across Norwich and Norfolk for 17 days each May, our work goes on year-round with communities across the county. We believe in the importance of creativity to everyone, every day, no matter their background, and that this inspires learning by its very nature. We help support that belief through a number of major programmes…


CREATIVE LEARNING Our Creative Learning programme encompasses participation, engagement, education and skills development – all with the aim of enabling lifelong creativity for people of all ages.

Paul Harrison

Nick Read

The programme is called ‘Take Part’ and last year brought amazing creative opportunities to more than 4,500 people both at the Festival and across the year.

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The Take Part Programme has three strands: Take Part: Schools – A bespoke series of often curriculum-led projects offering pupils from across Norwich and Norfolk the chance to engage with the arts through workshops, talks and subsidised tickets. If your school is interested in our autumn term activities for 14yrs+ contact Sarah Witcomb, Creative Learning Manager: Take Part: Festival – Outstanding opportunities for the local community to work with leading artists and performers in the creation of shows presented at the Festival itself. Stopgap Dance’s Frock (p9), News News News (p21), Engage! (p33), and The Journey (p6) all feature participation from local people in our Take Part: Festival programme.

FESTIVAL BRIDGE Part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival and funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, Festival Bridge is one of ten national Bridge organisations working to connect children and young people with great arts opportunities in their region. Our team bring schools and cultural organisations together across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk. The Bridge also support and develop Artsmark and Arts Award.


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Take Part: Intergenerational – Providing wonderful opportunities to bring together young children with adults, in particular older people. This takes place during the Festival, in our Meet Me at the Spiegeltent programme (p31), and in care homes and day centres across the county in an innovative intergenerational project, Puppet Portraits.


‘Volunteering with NNF has become part of who I am.’ 2018 volunteer Volunteers are central to our ‘Festival Spirit’ – the lifeblood of the Festival. More than 100 people each year join our team to help deliver you this annual extravaganza. From stewarding and providing event support to administration and assisting with workshops, being a part of our Volunteer Team is a great way to meet new friends, gain new skills and see behind the scenes of an international Festival.

Support Our Work

SUPPORT OUR WORK We believe in the importance of creativity to everyone, every day. We present truly exceptional art experiences at the Festival and support artists at a local, national and international level to create daring new work for our audiences. Through our Take Part programme (p43) we also deliver a vital and lively programme of education and community work – bringing those who would not normally have the opportunity into contact with world-class art and performance. Culture is a vital part of what makes Norwich and Norfolk such outstanding places to live. Our supporters help bring those amazing cultural experiences to more and more lives.

‘We in Norwich are so lucky to have Norfolk & Norwich Festival.’ Audience Member 2018

Here’s what your support enabled us to do in 2018







‘I saw things differently, I learned, I connected, I grew as a person and developed a feeling of belonging to my community.’ Take Part participant 2018


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We are a charity and rely on the generosity of our Supporters. Here’s how you can support us:

Membership and donations help us realise our ambition of sharing experiences with more and more audiences, while at the same time offering you exclusive benefits including priority booking and special events. You can begin your support at just £36 a year.


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We offer bespoke packages to highlight your brand to an audience of more than 60,000 each year and will work closely in partnership with you to achieve your marketing objectives.


Contact Darren Cross on 01603 877755, email or visit

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust is a registered charity (number 1164424)

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We aim to inspire, engage and develop the community through the arts and our ‘Festival Spirit’. We continue to seek Trusts and Foundations who share these aims to help us further develop our work, especially for children and young people.



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Artists across the county open their studio doors, inviting the public to visit and enjoy the wide range of visual arts in Norfolk. Full programme available in early April



BOOKING & VISITING Online By phone 01603 766400 Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 6pm In person Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 6pm On the day For evening events, tickets available at Norwich Theatre Royal until 3pm. Otherwise tickets available on the door 30 minutes prior to event, or on occasion, direct from the venue. Daytime events, tickets available 30 minutes prior to event.

Discounts & Concessions Concessions available on most shows priced £10 and over, subject to availability. Details on our website or through the Box Office. Under 26s tickets Under 26? Tickets are just £7.50 for most events. Proof of age required and subject to availability. Essential companion tickets Audience members requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Concessions or Under 26s discount can be applied to the paid ticket. Group rates For most events, if you book nine full-price tickets you can get a tenth ticket free. Charges A £1.50 postage charge is made on tickets mailed out.

Refunds & Exchanges We don’t offer refunds on tickets unless an event is cancelled or postponed. Tickets can be exchanged for another event up to 7 days before an event. Original tickets must be returned to the Box Office before new tickets can be issued. Tickets can be offered for resale, but sale is not guaranteed. They will be offered for sale only after all other tickets have been sold. Either service is subject to a £2 per ticket handling charge. Refunds for resold tickets will be made after the Festival. Additional Event Information Up-to-date information such as running times, age guidance, content warnings and venue access can be found on the event pages of our website.


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GETTING HERE By train Greater Anglia trains run to Norwich from London’s Liverpool Street Station every 30 minutes during the day (Journey time: 1 hour 50 minutes), stopping at Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford and Stratford. A direct service also links Cambridge to Norwich (Journey time: 1 hour 10 minutes). Travel partner

By coach National Express coaches travel to Norwich from London and other major cities and airports several times daily. By air Norwich Airport is a short bus ride from the City Centre. For more information about visiting the Festival go to



ACCESS We are dedicated to making Festival events accessible for everyone. We have a variety of initiatives in place to remove barriers to attendance and enable more people to enjoy our work, including:

* Free companion tickets for anyone that

Assisted Performances dressed. (p25) Sunday 26 May will be BSL interpreted All performances of dressed. will be captioned using the Difference Engine

Venue Access Our Venues page (p49) give details of the accessibility of all venues and show * 10% off tickets for under 18s, jobseekers, where in the City they are located. full-time students, D/deaf or disabled Large Print Brochure people, over 60s & Go4Less card holders To request a large print brochure, audio brochure or Access For All Guide to be * £7.50 tickets for Under 26s sent to you in the post please email * Large print brochure or call 01603 877750 * Audio format brochure requires a carer/companion to facilitate their attendance of an event

* Videos with instructions of how to

get to venues and what to expect when you’re inside

* 360° photos inside venues * Festival Access Guide

Contact Us If you have any access queries or feedback please email us or call us on 01603 877750. All of our access resources can be found at



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The Adnams Spiegeltent Chapelfield Gardens, NR1 3BF


The Garage 14 Chapel Field North, NR2 1NY

15 Norwich Puppet Theatre St James, NR3 1TN


Blickling Estate Blickling, Norfolk, NR11 6NF


Houghton Hall King’s Lynn, PE31 6UE

16 Norwich Theatre Royal Theatre Street, NR2 1RL


Chapelfield Gardens Chapelfield Gardens, NR1 3BF

10 Merrivale Model Village Marine Parade, Gt Ymth, NR30 3JG

17 Octagon Unitarian Chapel Colegate, NR3 1BN


The Courtroom, Norwich Castle Study Centre Market Ave, NR1 3JQ

11 Norwich Arts Centre St Benedict’s Street, NR2 4PG

18 Oxfam 8/10 Magdalen St, NR3 1HU


East Gallery NUA Cavendish House, NR2 4AE

12 Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 24 Castle Meadow, NR1 3JU

19 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA, NR4 7TJ


Felbrigg Hall Felbrigg, NR11 8PR

13 Norwich Cathedral The Close, NR1 4EH

20 St Andrew’s Hall St Andrew’s Street, NR3 1AU


The Forum Millennium Plain, NR2 1TF

14 Norwich Playhouse 42-58 St George’s Street, NR3 1AB

21 St Peter Mancroft Market Place, NR2 1QZ

wheelchairaccessible toilet

level entrance

wheelchair access at rear/side

designated parking

ramped approach up to entrance

internal lift

assistance dog allowed

reversable/general parking on site

ramped approach down to entrance

mobility impaired walker

induction loop / infrared system

wheelchair access by prior arrangement

wheelchair user with assistance


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FESTIVAL DIARY 10–16 MAY Throughout the Festival

Friday 10

p40 Saturday 23 March – Monday 30 December Ryan Gander ONE-TWELTH Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth

Saturday 11 May – Sunday 1 September Will Teather GLOBES Across Norwich City Centre


p39 Wednesday 1 May – Sunday 29 September HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL Nature and Inspiration Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Saturday 11 May – Sunday 26 May TALKING STATUES NORWICH Across Norwich City Centre


Wednesday 8 May – Saturday 20 July Anthony Caro IRON IN THE SOUL East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts


Friday 10 May – Sunday 1 September John Christie MY BLUE HEAVEN Sainsbury Centre


Saturday 11 May – Sunday 26 May Richard Wiesner 28 Cathedral Close, Norwich Cathedral


Saturday 11 May – Sunday 26 May Genevieve Lacey PLEASURE GARDEN Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk


9pm FESTIVAL LAUNCH! Norwich City Centre

Sunday 12 p6

Saturday 11

p41 Friday 17 May – Sunday 27 October Neville Gabie & Joan Gabie THE EDGE OF THINGS Blickling Estate p39 Monday 20 – Saturday 25 May JAMES TURRELL SKYSPACE EVENINGS AT HOUGHTON HALL Houghton Hall, Norfolk p41

Ray Lee CONGREGATION Norwich City Centre


1pm & 3.30pm Curious WILD LONGINGS The Plantation Garden


Ray Lee CONGREGATION Norwich City Centre


ENGAGE! Handover – Literary Festival in a Day TBC


12pm, 2pm & 4pm Joe Moran SINGULAR Norwich Castle


7.30pm LAS MARAVILLAS DE MALI Norwich Theatre Royal

1pm & 3.30pm Curious WILD LONGINGS Plantation Gardens


7.30pm p21 Vincent Gambini THE CHORE OF ENCHANTMENT Norwich Puppet Theatre

6pm Andy Field & Beckie Darlington NEWS NEWS NEWS Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm JESS GILLAM St Andrew’s Hall


p11 8pm Eliza & Martin Carthy CELEBRATION Norwich Cathedral

p19 4pm BBC Radio 3 New Gen SIMON HÖFELE & SIMONE RUBINO Octagon Chapel p11

p19 8pm BBC Radio 3 New Gen MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO Octagon Chapel

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Monday 13

Tuesday 14

Wednesday 15

Thursday 16 Johannes Bellinkx REVERSE Norwich City Centre


7.30pm Neville Gabie & Joan Gabie: The Edge of Things PREVIEW WITH ARTISTS Blickling Estate


7.30pm Gandini Juggling SMASHED Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm Hoipolloi ME & ROBIN HOOD The Court Room, Norwich Castle


1pm & 3.30pm Curious WILD LONGINGS The Plantation Garden


7.30pm Boy Blue BLAK WHYTE GRAY Norwich Theatre Royal


p19 1pm BBC Radio 3 New Gen QUATUOR AROD Octagon Chapel

7.30pm TENEBRAE Norwich Cathedral


7.30pm SEAN SHIBE Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm CHILLY GONZALES Norwich Theatre Royal

7.30pm QUERCUS Norwich Playhouse



7.30pm p23 Hoipolloi THE DUKE Oxfam, Magdalen Street p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent

7.30pm NELLA Norwich Playhouse


p27 10pm Le Gateau Chocolat & Johnny Woo A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS The Adnams Spiegeltent

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p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent

8pm Tord Gustavsen Trio THE OTHER SIDE St Andrew’s Hall


p27 10pm Le Gateau Chocolat & Johnny Woo A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS The Adnams Spiegeltent


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FESTIVAL DIARY 17–24 MAY Friday 17

Saturday 18

Sunday 19

Monday 20

Johannes Bellinkx REVERSE Norwich City Centre


Johannes Bellinkx REVERSE Norwich City Centre


10am PLAYING UP The Spiegeltent


9.45am & 10.45am CHILLI KIDS DANCE CLASS The Spiegeltent


10am PLAYING UP The Spiegeltent


12pm – 6pm GARDEN PARTY Chapelfield Gardens


7.30pm Victoria Thierrée Chaplin & Aurelia Thierrée BELLS AND SPELLS Norwich Theatre Royal


7.30pm MAHAN ESFAHANI Octagon Chapel


7.30pm Hoipolloi THE LADDER Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm p26 Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent 10pm p27 THE TURBANS The Adnams Spiegeltent

p23 11am Hoipolloi THE DUKE Oxfam, Magdalen Street

p28 1pm RAGROOF TEA DANCE The Adnams Spiegeltent

12pm – 6pm GARDEN PARTY Chapelfield Gardens

p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent


p28 1pm RAGROOF TEA DANCE The Adnams Spiegeltent

3pm Hoipolloi ME & ROBIN HOOD The Courtroom, Norwich Castle


7.30pm BEVERLY KNIGHT Norwich Theatre Royal


7.30pm Sarah Jane Morris SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Norwich Playhouse


p28 10pm RENEGADE BRASS BAND The Adnams Spiegeltent

10am & 11am LITTLE BEES SENSORY PLAY The Spiegeltent



7.30pm COLIN CURRIE QUARTET Norwich Playhouse


p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent p29 10pm LINIKER E OS CARAMELOWS The Adnams Spiegeltent

p23 7.30pm Hoipolloi THE LADDER Norwich Playhouse

7.30pm p26 Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent 10pm p28 NAKHANE The Adnams Spiegeltent

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Tuesday 21 9.30am & 10.15am BOUNCE AND RHYME TIME The Spiegeltent


10.30am BABY AND TODDLER DISCO The Spiegeltent



7.30pm Ali Smith SPRING Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm p29 FAKE MAGIC The Adnams Spiegeltent 10pm p29 AFRIQUOI The Adnams Spiegeltent

Wednesday 22

Thursday 23




1.30pm Age UK THE AFTERNOON SOCIAL The Spiegeltent


p34 10.30am – 9pm CITY OF LITERATURE –37 WEEKEND The Adnams Spiegeltent & National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall p17

7pm Hannah Jane Walker HIGHLY SENSITIVE Norwich Arts Centre


7pm Gothic Voices THE DUFAY SPECTACLE Octagon Chapel


7.30pm JUDI JACKSON Norwich Playhouse


7.30pm SALOMÉ Norwich Playhouse 7.30pm ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe dressed. The Garage


p19 1pm BBC Radio 3 New Gen MARIAM BATSASHVILI Octagon Chapel

2pm Will Teather: Globes ARTIST TALK Norwich Castle


3pm Will Teather: Globes ARTIST WORKSHOP Norwich Castle


7.30pm Kit Downes SOLO ORGAN St Peter Mancroft


p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent

8pm Clare Hammond GHOSTS AND WHISPERS Norwich Playhouse


p30 10pm Mother’s Ruin A CABARET ABOUT GIN The Adnams Spiegeltent

Friday 24

p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent



10pm p30 Mother’s Ruin A CABARET ABOUT GIN The Adnams Spiegeltent

p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent p30 10pm ARIWO WITH CAMILLA GEORGE The Adnams Spiegeltent


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FESTIVAL DIARY 25–27 MAY Saturday 25

Sunday 26

p34 10am – 9pm CITY OF LITERATURE –37 WEEKEND The Adnams Spiegeltent, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall & Strangers Hall

p34 10.30am – 4.30pm CITY OF LITERATURE –37 WEEKEND The Adnams Spiegeltent & National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

1pm Lords of Strut ABSOLUTE LEGENDS Norwich Playhouse


p17 7.30pm ANANDI & DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA Norwich Playhouse

7.30pm ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe dressed. The Garage


7.30pm Britten Sinfonia BEETHOVEN NO. 9 WITH THOMAS ADES St Andrew’s Hall


p26 5pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent

7.30pm ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe dressed. The Garage


A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS SUNDAY 12 MAY, 3.30pm Norwich Cathedral This service will celebrate the gift of the arts in word, song and movement, taking the theme of journey through the Cathedral. The service will begin where the Cathedral began and end outside, where it meets the world. All are welcome. The Cathedral Choir will sing at the service and refreshments will follow in the Cloister.

p26 7.30pm Gravity & Other Myths A SIMPLE SPACE The Adnams Spiegeltent p30 10pm HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS The Adnams Spiegeltent

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival shares exceptional arts experiences across East England. We lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in our community to make our part of the world a great place to live, work and play. The Festival takes place in Norwich and around Norfolk for 17 days each May. The programme is multi-artform, contemporary, international and audience-centred. The Festival is distinctive because we collaborate with artists – from down the road and around the world – to explore the unique physical and cultural identities of our place and to make art which is meaningful to the lives of our audiences. The organisation has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation since April 2012 and is one of 10 Bridge Organisations with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England. Partners



Daniel Brine Festival Director

Mark Denbigh Head of Production and Programme



Michael Corley Head of Bridge

With special thanks to all our volunteers, without whom the Festival could not happen, and to our Honorary Treasurer, Helen Read.

Andrew Stock Technical Manager

Stephanie Peachey Senior Manager: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Imogen Frith Finance Manager

Sarah Witcomb Creative Learning Manager

Rachel Macfarlane Senior Manager: Norfolk & Suffolk

Gemma Layton Executive Assistant

Ailsa McKay Production Officer

Sophie Marritt Finance Officer

Ros Dixon Creative Learning Officer

Nicky Adamson Senior Manager: Research & Development


Sophie Chapman-Smith Volunteers Officer

Darren Cross Head of Communications and Development

Liz Hughes Executive Director Helen Mian Head of Finance

Abi Marrison Education Manager: Norfolk & Suffolk

FESTIVAL BOARD Brenda Arthur (Chair) Andrew Barnes (Vice Chair) Anthea Case Fred Corbett Jackie Higham

Jacob Hewes Production and Producer Trainee

Naomi D’Cunha Education Manager: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Neil Mackinnon

Katie Ellis Development Manager

Chloe Cox Production and Producer Trainee

Mark Proctor

Chloe Hobbs Communications Manager

Karen Birch Common Ground Project Manager

Sophie Abramovici Volunteers Coordinator

Sava Radulovic Bridge Administrator

Sir Timothy Colman KG

Milly Kirby Communications Assistant


Sara Davey Communications and Development Officer Denise Koblenz Communications and Development Trainee Robbie Maloney Communications and Development Trainee

Daisy Jones Volunteers Coordinator

Karyn Maier Eva Pepper

PATRONS Caroline Jarrold

Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt OBE DL Bryan Read CBE

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival brochure 2019  

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