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DECEMBER IS ONE OF my favourite months, those crisp frosty mornings and the anticipation and excitement in the build up to Christmas make it a very special month in the calendar. Mojitos have long been a summer cocktail favourite but our Cranberry Lime Mojito punch is a real festive twist on the classic cocktail recipe and if that is not enough to get the taste buds tingling then why not try our festive mulled wine recipe. Nothing says winter like a steaming mug of the perfectly spiced mulled wine. Our celebrity interviews this month see us chat to Phil Jupitus – is there anything this man hasn’t done? A DJ on BBC 6 Music, team captain in Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the poet who supported Billy Bragg in the 1980’s, TV and film actor, and musical star of Hairspray and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We caught up with the larger than life character ahead of his forthcoming stand-up tour in which he gets to be two people. We also had the chance to talk to Paloma Faith the 36 year old Londoner who has already amassed an enviable career over the past decade that has seen her become the only female artist beyond Adele to have three double platinum recordings to her name. Brendan Cole may have been voted off Strictly Come Dancing early this year but, just at the moment, Brendan has got more than enough to occupy his mind – and body. His brand new show All Night Long is heading to the Norwich Theatre Royal in January. Also look out for our interviews with Carly Paoli, the classical singer who has recently released her debut album “Singing my Dreams” and is destined for big things ahead. The World Bowls will be staged at Potters Holiday Resort in Hopton in January so we took time out to meet up with Greg Harlow the World Number one indoor player. Our recently introduced “Ten Things you Might Not Know About” feature has a very local theme as we reveal a number of facts you might not know about local impresario and businessman Peter Jay who was the front man of the famous Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers. It would not be December if we didn’t feature some of the amazing pantomimes that will be performing in Norfolk and Suffolk. Outrageous dames, singalong songs, slapstick comedy, baddies to hiss at, goodies to cheer and lots of local gags will soon be taking to the stages of the region’s theatres. Thousands of people will head to see a production as part of their pre or post-Christmas entertainment, knowing they will get a show that appeals to children, parents and grandparents. Places & Faces® has leapt on its flying carpet to visit a selection of Norfolk and Suffolk theatres to highlight some of the action ahead – including starring roles by TV “soap” characters and even a former cabinet minister turned “Strictly “dancer. Surely Ann Widdecombe’s not doing panto? Oh yes she is… We hope you enjoy our December issue and just as importantly we hope you enjoy the celebrations!

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hat would Christmas be without panto? It’s the one show in the year that has guaranteed appeal to a multi-generational audience; a riot of fun and frolics, colourful scenery, gorgeous costumes and packed full of laughs. But did you know Norwich Theatre Royal’s annual show is one of only a handful of theatres of its size in the UK to create and produce its own panto? For many years a dedicated creative team has worked on this popular Christmas show and with its wonderful live six-piece band (unusual for panto I am reliably told) and local gags, it’s always a winner. Loved by audiences, we have fallen head over heels for hilarious panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett whose comedy performance, clever quips and warming familiarity now makes him feel like part of the family. This is one of the best things to do at Christmas before or after the big day, so if you’ve never been, grab some tickets before it’s too late – this year’s performance is Sleeping Beauty. Oh yes it is! Another honed art form is puppetry and you don’t get much better than the dedicated team of champions at Norwich Puppet Theatre. For over 30 years Norwich Puppet Theatre has been recognised as one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England and, contrary to belief, is as much for adults as it is for children. With adult performances like those at manipulate Festival in January to talent development

master classes for professional theatre makers, the Puppet Theatre’s programme of shows and skills is vast. But back to Christmas: this year’s schedule is as busy as ever with performances of Aladdin (Sat 25 November) and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (31 – 30 December) plus puppet making workshops for the little ones on various dates over the festive period. Christmas markets are always a big hit. But whilst Norwich doesn’t have one mighty big, chalet style annual market of European paraphernalia and trinkets, it does have an unofficially themed ‘Made in Norfolk’ select number of superb Christmas markets brimming with gift ideas, winter food, crafts and live music from around the county. One of the best to visit is Woodforde’s Magical Christmas Market (2 – 3 December). Here is where award-winning beer meets local village pub, and greets jovial food producers to enjoy hearty food and drink. With free entry and free brewery tours, seasonal music and stands selling the likes of Wild Knight Vodka, Norfolk heatwave, Crush Foods, Apitherapy skincare, Seasons Bounty, the Norfolk Sloe Gin Company, Winbirri and Yare Valley Oils, you’ll be spoilt beyond choice for gift ideas. Another local tipple comes from The English Whisky Company at St George’s Distillery based in Roudham, close to Attleborough. This award-winning business has just opened The Kitchen – a stylish, stand-alone building housing their very

grand (and large) shop and restaurant (9am – 4.15pm). So now you can take your time browsing a great selection of Christmas gift ideas (mostly made in Norfolk) and follow with a steaming coffee and something yummy to eat. If you fancy making something in Norfolk by and for yourself then Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens is offering Christmas Wreath Making (9 & 13 December). Using fresh foliage and natural materials from Fairhaven’s own grounds you’ll be taken through the steps to producing a lush wreath to hang proudly on your front door. Each session is just £20 and with materials supplied and festive refreshments included, this is a great opportunity to gather a few friends together. Finally, try a museum at night; the After Hours Christmas Special at Strangers’ Hall on 13th or 20th December (5.30pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm) is wonderful. Discover unusual objects from the collections whilst a costumed guide takes you around this magnificent medieval building (decorated to the nines), recounting stories of Norwich’s past residents and their lives. The evening finishes with a glass of punch and a mince pie treat!

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A V ISION OF SUCCESS O v e r 3 0 0,0 0 0 c a t a r a c t o p e r a t i o n s a r e c a r r i e d o u t e a c h y e a r, t h e m o s t c o m m o n o p e r a t i o n p e r f o r m e d i n t h e U K . He l e n C u l l i n g o f S p i r e No r w i c h Ho s p i t a l i n v e s t i g a t e s t h i s l i f e t r a n s f o r m i n g , yet relatively simple and swift procedure with Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Miss Aseema Misra.


emoval of a cataract is the most frequently performed eye operation, with several thousand carried out each year in Norfolk. Although, this is now a straightforward day procedure, many people with cataracts are understandably concerned about what may be involved in the treatment. Miss Aseema Misra, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Spire Norwich Hospital answers some frequently asked questions by patients considering surgery.

I have heard about multifocal lens implants. Are these a good option? “There is an increasing range of options for correction of near and distance vision with lens implants. The standard lens implant provides good distance vision without glasses for most people, but glasses will need to be worn for reading. Multifocal lenses have a near focus as well, so that most people will not need to wear glasses at all. These lenses are suitable for some people, although they are generally not used where there are other eye problems such as retinal degeneration.

What is a cataract and what are the causes? “It is a discolouration or clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which should be clear and colourless. It is located behind the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and the pupil (the dark aperture in the iris that determines how much light is let into the eye). It is usually an aging process and sometimes only affects localised areas of the lens, especially where there is a metabolic disturbance such as diabetes.”

Is the operation safe? “With modern techniques the risk of serious complications is very small. The most feared complication is infection occurring inside the eye. The average risk of this is 1 in 1000. The examining surgeon will always discuss risks with a patient considering cataract surgery, so that they can make an informed decision.”

What happens during the operation and is it painful? “Before the operation, local anaesthetic drops are put in to numb the eye. The eye is covered with a sterile drape, a microscopic incision is made, the cataract is removed and a new implant lens is inserted. The whole process usually takes 15 minutes. During the operation, local anaesthetic is used to numb the eye further. Afterwards, there is sometimes an aching or gritty sensation, but this usually settles down after two or three days. More persistent irritation is usually due to an unrelated problem such as dry eye or eyelid inflammation. Most people are understandably apprehensive about the prospect of an eye operation, but find that the whole experience is really nothing to worry about.” Is it necessary to use an implant lens and does it wear out? “The operation involves removal of the natural lens of the eye, therefore, a clear artificial lens is implanted into the eye and rests in the same position as the natural lens. Without the implant lens, most people would need to wear very thick glasses after the operation. Lenses have proven very reliable, with no deterioration over time. There have been cases of other types of implants becoming cloudy, but this was due to a specific defect of manufacture occurring over a short time period. Lens manufacturers have taken steps to ensure that this type of problem does not occur in the future.” How quickly will my vision improve after the surgery? “The vision usually improves rapidly during the first few days after the operation.”

Dispelling the myths about cataracts - The operation is carried out using a laser – “In fact, ultrasound (high frequency sound waves) is used to break-up the cataract into tiny fragments. Lasers are used in many other eye treatments, including clearing a thickened capsule that sometimes forms behind the implant lens, and in the treatment of refractive errors i.e. long or short sightedness).” You have to wait until the cataract is ‘ripe’ – “This used to be the case with older techniques of cataract removal, where the operation was easier and relatively safer if the cataract was very dense. Nowadays, surgery is usually recommended when the cataract is causing symptoms that significantly interfere with the patient’s life. In some cases, leaving surgery for too long may result in damage being caused to the eye, and the examining surgeon may advise surgery for that reason.” The eye has to be removed from its socket during the operation – “The operation is completed with the eye in its normal position!” FOR MORE INFORMATION on cataract surgery or to make a private appointment with Miss Aseema Misra please contact one of the team on 01603 255 614. Further details regarding Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Miss Aseema Misra can be found on her consultant profile at All surgery carries an element of risk and the content of this page is provided for general information only. It should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.


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ELIZA CARTHY AND THE WAYWARD BAND: BIG MACHINE TOUR PEliza Carthy & The Wayward Band released ‘Big Machine’ (Topic Records) to critical acclaim in February 2017 The album is undoubtedly one of Eliza’s most adventurous and accomplished works to date, and their live show, which features a who’s who of names in the folk world, is equally as impressive, ambitious and exhilarating. First assembled in 2013, by English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza - to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music, The Wayward Band loved playing together so much it seemed natural and inevitable that this 12-piece would set about recording an album. Early in 2016 they did just that and ‘Big Machine’ was the result. The material on the album, which was produced by Jim Sutherland, represents a healthy slice of everything good that is happening in traditional music now, across a sparkling spectrum of sound. The album features three contemporary songs; Eliza’s own ‘You Know Me’ featuring MC Dizraeli, a powerful cover of Ewan MacColl’s Radio Ballad - ‘The Fitter’s Song’ and an affectionate reworking of ‘Hug You Like a Mountain’, re-imagined here as a duet with Teddy Thompson. – Support is from Duotone Thursday 21 December 2017 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 8.00pm


THE BONZO DOG DOO DAH BAND SAVED MY LIFE In this gem of a play, we meet two wonderfully realised characters - two pop wannabees. They may be going nowhere but, in a hugely enjoyable play, laced with some great 60s songs, loads of humour and painful candour, it’s a trip well worth taking...... I loved it ..... superbly played. Songs include ‘The Crying Game’, ‘Something In The Air’, Urban Spaceman’, San Francisco’, Spirit in The Sky’, My Boy Lollipop ‘, and many more. – Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Friday 8th December 7-30pm


BOXING DAY GUIDED WALK Explore the garden with Head Gardener, Ian Guest, learn about the history of Fairhaven, the collection of plants introduced by the 2nd Lord Fairhaven and the organic working methods still used today by the gardening team. Finish your walk with a complimentary mince pie and hot mulled wine. Included in garden entry charge (Free to Fairhaven members). – Tuesday 26 Dec 11am - 12.30pm Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham. T: 01603 270449,

FAIRHAVEN WOODLAND AND WATER GARDEN Take a stroll through the illuminated winter woodland garden to meet the reindeer and visit Father Christmas tucked away in his yurt among the trees. There will be live music, illuminations and an Elves’ Workshop with free Christmas crafts and face painting to keep the children busy. Hot food in the tearoom. Garden entry applies for adults and concessions. £7.50 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present (includes garden entry all day). Booking is essential to visit Father Christmas, – Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December, 2pm - 7pm 01603 270449


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THE QUIREBOYS ‘TIME FOR THE XMAS PARTY’ With a sound that harks back to the 70’s heyday of The Faces, Stones, Slade and Mott The Hoople, The Quireboy’s have always remained true to their roots from the start. The boy’s mission is simply to keep the spirit of good time rock ‘n’ roll alive and kicking into the 21st century. Not since the band’s early 90s heyday have The Quireboys sounded so compelling and so relevant. The bittersweet title track, bullish Breaking Rocks and terrific Ghost Train reveal a band going back to the future and back to what they always did best. – The Waterfront Norwich Saturday 23rd December 6-30-pm

A CHRISTMAS CIRCUS CAROL The Oak Circus Centre in central Norwich will be presenting three performances of their Dickens themed cabaret for all ages, A Christmas Circus Carol, on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the show will give both children and adults from The Oaks’ popular circus courses the unique opportunity to perform alongside seasoned professionals from Norwich’s very own multinational Lost in Translation Circus company. It will also give a taster of the sort of skills people of all ages can learn at The Oak throughout the year. Lost in Translation are rapidly becoming established as one of the country’s


leading and best-loved contemporary circus companies for their trademark warm humour combined with heartstoppingly virtuosic skilful aerial and floor acrobatics. The professional performers in A Christmas Circus Carol will include Co-Director Massimiliano Rossetti and core artist Roisin Morris who have held the Guinness World Record for most somersaults on a Korean Cradle in one minute since 2015. – Friday 15 & Saturday 16 December 7pm, Sunday 17 December 5pm The Oak Circus Centre, Oak St, Norwich NR3 3AE 01603 568 634

THE JOE RINGER BAND PRESENTS THE JOE RINGER BAND: CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Following on from sell-out runs in 20915 and 2017 popular vocalist Joe Ringer and his band present their new Christmas Spectacular. Find yourselves transported to a magical winter wonderland as Joe and his amazing guest vocalists take you on a journey through all of your festive favourites. From Bing Crosby to Michael Buble, Silent Night to Fairytale of New York and The Nativity to The Nutcracker – there really is something for all the family. Incredible harmonies, masterful musicianship, Audience sing a longs and of course LOTS of snow – this traditional Christmas treat is not be missed. – Playhouse, Norwich Tuesday 19 December to Wednesday 20 December 7.30pm

WHAT’S ON ROY WOOD ROCK AND ROLL BAND RED E 2 ROCK TOUR What better way to celebrate the holiday season, than with a man who has helped shape our musical Christmas... Recently inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’ in New York, Roy is now known across the world as a founder of The Move, ELO, and Wizzard. This is a rock packed evening, featuring Roy with his Big Rock & Roll Band, performing classic hits ‘California Man’, ‘Flowers In The Rain’, ‘Fire Brigade’ and many more. Roy and his band have been playing sell out venues around the country, in what has become an annual British Christmas tradition, and promises to be a great rockin’ evening! – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Tuesday 19 December 8.00pm

BAD MANNERS The infamous Bad Manners announce a SPECIAL XMAS PARTY SHOW at Norwich Epic! This party-loving lot return for what promises to be an unforgettable night of energetic ska-fuelled skullduggery and the Norwich Pre-Xmas Party to be at! Fronted as always by the infamous Buster Blood vessel, whose manic exploits got them banned from Top of the Pops, they are also joined by partner-in-crime Max Splodge. True veterans of the scene, Bad Manners have spent 111 weeks in the UK singles chart and produced 3 silver albums. Peers to the likes of Madness and The Specials, they have long since cemented themselves as one of the nation’s favourite 2 Tone Ska bands. With a numerous and ever-changing line-up fronted, they have delivered such defining hits as My Girl Lollipop, Lip Up Fatty, Can Can, Lorraine, Just A Feeling and Special Brew. Do not miss your chance to be part this nostalgic evening of ska vibes, delivered by the born entertainers and loveable rogues that are Bad Manners! And support. – Epic Studios Saturday 23 December 7.45pm

THE BLOCKHEADS 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day. Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others.

Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages. – Norwich Arts Centre Friday 22 December 9.00pm

THE NORWICH PLAYERS PRESENT THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE A thrilling adventure of snowy wastelands and ferocious wolves. Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. Bonnie and Sylvia must escape their new governess, the cruel Miss Slighcarp, and avoid the beasts as they journey through snowy wastelands. Originally a celebrated children’s book by Joan Aitken, and then a big screen hit, this gothic fantasy adventure now takes to the stage. Expect steampunk costume, gripping storytelling and plenty of snarling wolves. Whatever your age, join us this Christmas for an alternative to Panto and be drawn into a world just a little different from your own. – Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich Sunday 16 December - Sunday 31 December 2.30pm, 4pm, 7.30pm 21


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NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL SLEEPING BEAUTY Wednesday December 13 to Sunday January 14 Eastenders actress Gillian Wright has stepped out of Albert Square and is heading to Norwich to be booed as a panto “baddie.” The experienced actress, best known for her portrayal of Jean Slater in the TV soap , will play the Dowager Aunt Vipera in a grand country house. Gillian joins comedy double act Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley playing Mrs Midges and her son Muddles for a show which was last year seen by more than 60,000 people and topped £1m in ticket sales. Joining the cast for Norwich Theatre Royal’s Sleeping Beauty are: Elizabeth Carter who was recently seen at the

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Theatre Royal as the lead Laura in Dreamboats & Petticoats. She will be playing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Patience Midges, daughter of the panto dame), while Glenn Adamson, who has played the lead role for the last two years in pantomime at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre (Dick Whittington in 2016 and Aladdin in 2015), will play the ‘prince’ character of The Honourable Timothy Norbridge - son of the lord of the manor. Professional opera singer Stephen Godward, who appeared in Norwich in September with The National Gilbert & Sullivan Company, will be bringing his rich vocals to the role of Lord Teddy Norbridge of Norbridge Abbey. Returning as part of the ensemble this year will be Joe Press, from Wroxham, the former Broadland School of Dance and Norwich Theatre Royal Arts course

knowing they will get a show that appeals to children, parents and grandparents. Places and Faces has leapt on its flying carpet to visit a selection of Norfolk and Suffolk theatres to highlight some of the action ahead – including starring roles by TV “soap” characters and even a former cabinet minister turned “Strictly “ dancer. Surely Ann Widdecombe’s not doing panto? Oh yes she is…

student who appeared in Jack and the Beanstalk last year. And joining him in the ensemble are two other local faces – Jack Ireland from Mattishall, who appeared in last year’s Cromer Pier Summer Show; and Rachel Davey from Lowestoft who appeared in pantomime two year’s running at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre in The Elf That Saved Christmas and Santa’s Elves and The Magic Snowman. Amy Munden, who was part of the ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk also returns to Norwich for this year’s panto and will be dance captain. This year’s show promises dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling music. – 01603 630000


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BURY ST EDMUNDS THEATRE ROYAL DICK WHITTINGTON Friday December 1 to Sunday January 14 A traditional blend of magic, music fun and laughter will accompany Dick’s journey from his home in sleepy Suffolk to rat-infested London and on to Paradise Island. The eventful journey, which includes a voyage on the good(ish) ship Leaking Lizzie, sees Jessica Spalls in the title role, having previously taken the lead in Aladdin. Other cast members include Chris Clarkson as the dame Winona Whittington, Tom Roberts as villain Sir Reginald Ratfiend and Sarah Lawn as Fairy Pearl. Dancer Corey Cross is Tommy the Cat, while Nigel Lister has the intriguing task of playing twin brothers Francis and Ferdinand Fitzwarren. The gala performance Sunday December 10 includes goody bags for the children, ice-creams, programmes and a fancy dress competition. – 01284 769505

LOWESTOFT MARINA THEATRE ALADDIN Wednesday December 13 to Monday January 1 Some say Prime Minister’s Question Time is a pantomime – so former cabinet minister Ann Widdecombe should be at home amid the hissing and cheering of festive panto fun. Last year she was a Wicked Queen in Bridlington and this year she moves down the coast to be Empress of China in Lowestoft – a regal and authoritative role for the former MP who won millions of fans during her 10-week stint on Strictly Come Dancing seven years ago. The title role is played by Mark Read, from boyband A1, who had a trio of number one hits, Take on Me, Caught in the Middle and Same Old Brand New You. – 01502 533200



GT YARMOUTH ST GEORGE’S THEATRE DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT Saturday December 16 to Sunday January 7 Adventure and fun are around the corner as Dick and his companion George the Cat head from London to Morocco. The team, led by venue general manager Gavin Dean in his customary alternative role as panto comic, are planning plenty of slapstick, song and laughter. Dave Higgins is back as a baddie as King Rat, with singer-impressionist Graham “G” Noble also returning in the dame role of Sarah the Cook. Dick is played by newcomer Will Norton, with his love interest in the shape of wife Georgia as Alice Fitzwarren. Emma Holt is Fairy Bow Bells and Jimmy Catchpole is Alderman Fitzwarren. – 01493 331484

KING’S LYNN CORN EXCHANGE JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Friday December 8 to Sunday December 31 Double soap star Ian Reddington, who is known to EastEnders and Coronation Street fans, joins the Lynn panto cast as evil Flesh Creep. Ian has played Richard “Tricky Dicky” Cole in Albert Square and hapless drummer Vernon Tomlin in “The Street”. Favourite Ian Marr is back playing Dame Trott as well as directing for the eighth year on the trot - and shares the comedy fun with Scott Cripps’ Simple Simon, while Rebecca Lisewski is Jack and there is also a return for Posh Charles from KLFM radio as The Broker’s Man. – 01553 764864

SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE WIZARD OF OZ Saturday December 9 to Monday January 1 Dorothy and her pals are gearing up for a magical, musical “road trip” in the Little Theatre’s professional panto. The creative team behind last year’s smash hit Peter Pan has plenty of fun in store for the trip down the Yellow Brick Road in Kansas – as the Tin Man seeks a heart, Scarecrow a brain, and the Lion some courage. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her crazy monkey Co-Co – along with special effects, puppets, plenty of audience participation – and maybe even a rainbow. Local youngsters and dance school members join the cast as villagers and Munchkins. – 01263 822347 25

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WHAT’S ON GORLESTON PAVILION CINDERELLA Wednesday December 6 to Saturday December 30 Downtown Abbey’s second footman is making a return to another grand historic building - Gorleston’s historic Pavilion. Actor Thomas Howes has also appeared in The History Boys, alongside panto director Des Barrit. The two discovered they share a love of pantomime, which saw Thomas make his Gorleston debut

– in another service role, in the laundry, as Wishee Washee in 2008. Now Thomas is heading back as one of Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters Valderma, alongside Des who plays Germolena. An Adult Aladdin panto for grownups over 18, with adult themes and language, is on December 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23. – 01493 662832

HUNSTANTON PRINCESS THEATRE CINDERELLA Saturday December 2 to Monday January 1 A magical carriage, singing, dancing, comedy, spectacular scenery and costumes feature in West Norfolk’s longest running panto staged by Tony Peers Productions. Cinderella (Helen Farrell) gets to meet her Prince Charming (Simon Hollosi) helped by her pal Buttons (Andy Eastwood) Fairy Godmother (Hannah Bird) and Dandini (Adam Tremlett) and hindered by the Ugly Sisters (Seren and Elise Whyte) and Baron Hardup (Mervyn Francis) . Seren and Elise are real-life sisters from Wales, who have teamed up as presenters and historic rally car drivers. – 01485 532252 DISS CORN HALL ALADDIN Saturday December 16 to Tuesday December 2 The revamped Corn Hall is gearing up to stage its first panto in the revamped venue after a two-year £1.8m facelift. Aladdin, set in Old Peking, follows a street urchin’s dreams of finding adventure and fortune. Despite the evil Abanazar’s attempts to stop him. Writer, actor and director Tom Beard – who has played key roles in the Norwich panto in recent years - said the Diss show would be full of magic, adventure, fun , puppetry, dance and plenty of surprises. Aladdin is played by Daniel Mack-Shand, with Amy Little as Jasmine, John Hughes as Widow Twankey, Lizzie Stanley as Slave of the Ring, and Lee Peck as Abanazar. – 01379 652241 27

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GLEN ROSS David Mamet’s acclaimed masterpiece Glengarry Glen Ross receives its first major revival in over a decade at London’s Playhouse Theatre, directed by Sam Yates.

Shortly after he’d written it, David Mamet sent his friend Harold Pinter his new play Glengarry Glen Ross. A note on the top said “What is wrong with this play?” “Nothing,” Pinter wrote back. “I’ve sent it to the National.” The resulting production in 1983 won the Olivier Award for Best Play; the Broadway production six months later won the Pulitzer Prize. The all-star film adaptation in 1992 lead by Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino is one of the greatest ever film adaptations of a stage play. Sam Yates’ well-paced, unostentatious production stars Christian Slater as Ricky Roma (the Pacino part), with Stanley Townsend as Shelley Levene, the Lemmon role last played on the London stage a decade ago by Jonathan Pryce. It is a much sharper, better-defined production than the 2008 staging. Each of the key characters speaks in strikingly contrasting tempos and tones. Each in his own way demonstrates different ways of selling real estate and, just as powerfully, different ways of being a man. It is these character portraits, and the dialogue through which they are communicated, that is the real business of the short (1hour 45 minutes) evening. A team of real estate salesmen have been told to sell properties to a set of randomly distributed ‘leads’ (normal folk who might be persuaded to hand over lots of money for properties of dubious quality). The person who sells the most real estate wins a car (that most obvious symbol of male virility); second place gets a set of steak knives (it is a cut throat business, after all), third place gets fired. The first act is three short scenes in a Chinese restaurant, in which we see the five salesmen manage their plans for dealing with his competition – variously with each other or, in Roma’s case, to a possible client, James Lingk (Daniel Ryan). In the second act, we see them all in the office the next


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day. The office has been robbed. The leads have been taken. But who’s the culprit? The answer, of course, is close to home. The main reason to see this play, or any David Mamet play, is the language. For my money, Oleanna and American Buffalo (revived with Damian Lewis in 2015) are better plays, but Glengarry is perhaps the most quintessential Mamet: the heightened rhythmical dialogue which has influenced so many great writers; the testosterone-charged invective; the study of the male ego; the preening self-regard; the constant demands for others to go forth and multiply. The strength of Sam Yates’ staging – which was much less successfully achieved by James Macdonald last time round – is to show off the play as the equal of the film it inspired, which is no small achievement when the film is such a classic. Christian Slater makes his third London appearance following the over-rated One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and the underrated Swimming with Sharks, and although the part doesn’t push him beyond his natural realm he brings wit and power to Roma, and avoids slipping into the mannerisms of Pacino. Townsend is less pathetic than Lemmon, but just as touching: a romantic in a world of cynics. And an unrecognisable Kris Marshall brings passive aggression powerfully into the mix. Glengarry also takes on another dimension in 2017. The age of Trump makes the play feel alarmingly like it could have been written about the resurgence of macho, and not about the Gordon Gecko “greed is good” Reaganera America in which it was written and set. There’s ego and narcissism dripping off all the characters and money is the only commodity that counts. Levene’s attempts to do deals based on personal relationships don’t work. He’s from a different time and he can’t match

what this world demands of him. Like Willy Loman, Arthur Miller’s protagonist in Death of a Salesman, Levene’s career is over because the world has changed. How he handles that imminent defeat, though, is as different as the times the two characters live in, but is – in it’s own way – just as tragic. Like many great classics of the American theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ) Glengarry Glen Ross tends to get a major production only once a decade. Ten years is a long time to wait to see and hear such distinctively brilliant writing that now speaks so alarmingly to our times. Like business, success in the theatre is a lot about timing. Unlike the properties the characters are trying to sell, Glengarry is the real deal. Glengarry Glen Ross runs at the Playhouse Theatre London for a limited 14 week season, from October 26th 2017 to February 3rd 2018. Performances are at at 7:45pm every day, excluding Sundays, with a matinee every Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.



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Pete Goodrum’s monthly look at some of the lesser known facts of rock and pop


his month’s ‘Ten Things’ has a distinctly local flavour as we salute a man who has had more influence on the history of pop than you might imagine. Drummer, impresario and local hero Peter Jay led the hugely respected and much loved Jaywalkers in the 1960s, and went on to run Great Yarmouth’s legendary Hippodrome. Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers classically inspired, but very up tempo, 1960s hit was just the start of a long and impressive career. His connections to pop royalty are seriously noteworthy, and his place in the world of East Anglian entertainment is unquestionably important. Let’s hear it for a local man with a tremendous story. I give you – ten things you quite possibly didn’t know about Peter Jay – and the Jaywalkers! T H E AT R E WA S I N T H E G E N E S. Peter is the son of Jack Jay who owned and managed Great Yarmouth’s famous Windmill Theatre.

T H E JAY WA L K E R S. Peter Jay formed the Jaywalkers while he was a student at Norwich City College. It was the time to do it. It was the 1960s and young people all over the country were obsessed by pop music. It must be something in the atmosphere of the college because decades later another young student there would take a chance on pop stardom. His name? Ed Sheeran.

T H E B OW I E C O N N E C T I O N. Regular readers will know something of this, from my column on David Bowie. The facts are that not only did David Bowie say, in a BBC interview, that seeing Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers rehearse (the young Bowie sneaked in) was the first time he saw a live band, the experience excited and influenced him so much it was key to starting his own career. Bowie referred to this many times. So much influence did the brightly suited and colour co-ordinated Jaywalkers have on David, one day to become Bowie, that he changed his name for a while to – David Jay.

C A N C A N 6 2 … was Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers first single. Released on the Decca label in 1962 it was a rocking and rolling version of the Can Can music from Offenbach’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’. What’s really important about it is that it was produced by none other than the pop genius Joe Meek.

A J O E M E E K C O I N C I D E N C E . The troubled life of Joe Meek was punctuated by some outstanding achievements, not least of which was producing ‘Telstar’ a massive hit and innovative record by The Tornados. When ‘Telstar’ hit the number one spot in the charts the band were playing in the Billy Fury show. Needless to say the audience demanded that the group play the new number one. They couldn’t. Because Joe Meek had used his, primitive by modern standards, but hugely experimental at the time, technology to change it so much. They had to go out, buy a copy of the single themselves and work out how to play it. And all of that happened when they were appearing at – The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth!

P E T E R JAY A N D T H E JAY WA L K E R S W E R E S E R I O U S LY FA M O U S. How famous? They were

the support band for The Beatles in 1963. That famous! And they were regulars on essential pop TV shows including Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars. T H R E E Y E A R S L AT E R … in 1966, Peter Jay and

the Jaywalkers were chosen as support act for The Rolling Stones at The Royal Albert Hall. It was at that concert that Graham Nash, of The Hollies, became friends with Jaywalkers’ guitarist Terry Reid. It was Nash who suggested that The Jaywalkers sign to EMI backed label UK Columbia, so that they could work with producer John Burgess. They did. And had a 1967 hit with ‘The Hand Don’t Fit The Glove’. It was released as a single by Terry Reid and Peter Jay’s Jaywalkers and although only a modest hit is a classic piece of mid 60s British soul. Track it down. Hear Terry Reid. Steve Marriot was never better than this! A N D S O M E O N E E L S E T H EY I N F LU E N C E D.

In 1964 Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers were playing a gig with a London band called The High Numbers. They of course would change their name to The Who. Keith Moon, already the drummer, saw PeterJay’s kit which featured double bass drums. Moon was so impressed that he adopted the same set up himself. The rest is history…. B A C K T O T H E AT R E . Together with his father, Peter bought Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome in the late 1970s. They restored it to being a theatre, and circus venue. It was father and son Jay who restored the water spectacle at the hippodrome after it hadn’t been used for over twenty five years. The circular performing area which could be lowered, revealing a swimming pool was originally built in 1903) . The Hippodrome is a legendary venue with a wonderful heritage. Lilly Langtry sang there. Max Miller performed there. Even Houdini has been on the bill there.


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Advance bookings for the Hippodrome Great Yarmouth Christmas Spectacular has reached an all-time high in its phenomenally successful 17 year history

It’s Christmas Spectacular and Water show runs from 9 December 2017 to 7 January 2018


his show has Fun, thrills and excitement for the

whole family and is always guaranteed to amaze with an array of international artists including this Christmas the Globe of Death with the dare devil Motor bike riders direct from South America with amazing new tricks and the Giant death defying Wheel, two of the world’s most popular ever acts, doing stunts that look impossible. There are Dancers, swimmers, acrobats and a large children’s group from Dance Estelle plus Jack Jay, established now as the Hippodromes No1 Host. It’s a dynamic yuletide show, with outstanding lighting, the unique water spectacular sound and special effects which has been dubbed by the “Daily Mail” one of the “7 wonders of the British seaside”, the iconic Hippodrome with its Edwardian splendour and atmosphere brings a Las Vegas style family blockbuster show of today’s taste and is not to be missed, a Christmas treat for all the family, A dynamic fast moving alternative to the time honoured Pantomime, A festive family outing in one of the largest Christmas shows in Europe with over 50 performers. There is a special Gala New Year’s Eve performance at 8pm which is without doubt one of the highlights of the entire year, tickets for this show are normal prices plus £3 but includes a goody bag of New Year’s fun.

Producer and director Jack Jay said “We have an incredible line up this Christmas in a fast moving and now record breaking dynamic show. There’s drama, the unique water spectacle and the world’s best circus artistes. Wow! What a way to celebrate Christmas. We advise everyone to book early to avoid disappointment as many of the shows will sell out!”


9 December to 7 January Adults: £19 - £23 | OAPs: £15 - £18 | Children: £11 - £15 Family Ticket Available (2ad 2ch *4.30pm/6pm shows only) No Shows: Dec 11th, 12th, 13th,14th,15th, 25th. Jan 4th, 5th. Jan 1st 4.30pm only. Jan 3rd 2pm only. Special News Year’s Eve Gala show 31st Dec 8pm.   You can also book or upgrade existing tickets to V.I.P seats and take full advantage of a bespoke service that will make your day extra special. V.I.P Tickets are available for all shows and include: Dedicated door entrance, Popcorn, Pick n Mix, Light up souvenirs, Pre show bubbly, wine, beer or soft drinks, Interval drinks or ice-cream delivered to your seats, Guided tour of the backstage circus museum (V.I.P tickets must be booked through the box office). BOOK NOW – 01493 844172 or Book Online: Don’t miss the incredible 2017 Hippodrome Circus and Water Spectacular, this show no longer contains clowns or animals just amazing family entertainment.



Bowled over Be bowled over at Potters and celebrate 40 years of champions Between Friday 12th and Sunday 28th January 2018, Potters Resort welcomes the world to Hopton-on-Sea as it rolls out its famous blue carpet to host the Just 2018 World Indoor Bowls Championships. And the event is being held on your doorstep so you can be right at the heart of the action with breaks and day tickets available. The highlight of the indoor bowls calendar, bowls biggest tournament is celebrating 40 years of thrilling bowls action in 2018, as Potters Resort plays host to the Just 2018 World Indoor Bowls Championships for the 20th year running in its impressive 1,100 seat International Arena. From Friday 12th to Sunday 28th January 2018, the very best players from around the world, together with up-and-coming bowls stars, will descend in Norfolk for 17 non-stop days of bowls.


The only world Championship final to be held in East Anglia, this is your chance to be part of history and see if Alex Marshall from Scotland can beat his own record to win the Championships for a record breaking seventh time, or if fellow Scot Paul Foster can tie with Alex to add six wins to his name. And why not cheer on current world number one and Potters Bowls Ambassador, Greg Harlow? Greg, from Ely, manages Potters Bowls Shop on Resort and online, and will be competing once again in 2018, after making it to the final in 2017. Every player will be competing to take home a trophy and earn a singles prize of £55,000. A range of short breaks and day tickets are available throughout the Championships, so you can watch the electrifying action and enjoy the thrill of world class sport live, along with over 20,000 spectators.

Choose from the thrilling opening weekend as play gets underway, which also includes the Annual World Bowls Tour’s Awards and Gala Dinner evening, right through to the nailbiting final. There’s four individual events during the Championships: The World Indoor Singles Championship, The World Indoor Pairs Championship, The Ladies World Matchplay and The Mixed Pairs World Matchplay. In the 2017 World Championships, Paul Foster won the singles title for the fifth time, while Suffolk’s Katherine Rednall won her second title in the women’s singles. Jason Greenslade and Les Gillett took victory in the pairs, while Nick Brett and Claire Johnston won the mixed pairs. And 2018 is set to be another electrifying year at Potters, with the final week being televised live by the BBC.


some of the best bowls players in the world. Day tickets are also available from £5 per day, and must be booked in advance. For more information and to book call Potters Resort on 0333 3207 497 or visit

Inclusive two-night Breaks start from as little as £209 per person and include premier world bowls action, comfortable accommodation, four meals a day, live evening entertainment from Potters Theatre Company in the state-of-the-art Atlas Theatre, daily activities and use of Potters sports and leisure facilities, including two swimming pools, tennis and climbing walls. Many players stay on Resort, which means that guests may be eating in the same restaurant and perhaps sharing a Jacuzzi with

History of the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Resort Bringing the tournament to Norfolk was the brainchild of Potters Resort’s chairman and tourism innovator Brian Potter MBE, who passed away in November 2014. Trying to think of a way to encourage people to come to Potters midweek and all year round, he had his ‘Archimedes moment’ one day and developed the winning idea of offering bowls breaks. Initially, Brian and his wife, Judy, invested in two bowls rinks and the idea quickly took off. A further six long-mat bowls rinks and a large indoor sports hall suitable for a wide range of activities soon followed. But Potters midweek bowling breaks became so successful that eight rinks weren’t enough to satisfy the growing demand. In the mid-1990s, Brian approached the World Bowls Council and asked if they would consider moving the World Indoor Bowls Championships from Preston if Potters built a new facility. Despite an initial negative response, Brian and Judy felt strongly that there was a real opportunity to be taken,

and in 1997 started work on a six-rink international standard stadium – a total investment of £2.5m. The stadium officially opened in 1998 when Potters hosted the national England Ladies’ Championships. The event was an enormous success and when the World Bowls Council saw the facility in action they moved the championships to Hopton the following year. His son and Potters Resort Managing Director John Potter has ensured the continuing association between the Resort and indoor bowls flagship event. It continues to invest heavily in a vast range of other sporting and leisure facilities, as well as continuous improvements in accommodation and hospitality. As host and sponsor, Brian invested more in the sport of bowls than any other single individual in the world. History of the World Indoor Bowls Championships The World Indoor Bowls Championship was first held in 1979 at Coatbridge in Scotland for men’s singles only. In 1988 the venue changed to Alexandra Palace and one year later Churchill Insurance took over the sponsorship when the championships were held at Preston Guild Hall. In 1999 the event moved to Potters Resort. The men’s pairs started in 1986, the women’s singles in 1988 and the mixed pairs in 2004. Both the men’s singles and men’s pairs changed to open singles and open pairs following the rule change which allowed women to compete in them.





Potters Star Pete Goodrum meets world number one indoor bowls player Greg Harlow.

As Potters Resort prepares to host the

World Indoor Bowls Championship for the 20th year running Pete Goodrum talks with world number one indoor bowls player, and Bowls Ambassador for Potters Resort, Greg Harlow. It’s early on a Friday morning when I arrive at Potters Resort, and the place is busy. Very busy. Greg Harlow is busy too. He’s making the presentations to the players in this week’s bowls tournament. Only just back from playing in Test Matches and with a packed day ahead of him he kindly spares time to chat to me over a coffee about Potters, bowls, and how he got to where he is. Where he is of course is the number one indoor bowls player in the world, and the only person to have won 3 consecutive International Open Titles. So where did it all begin? ‘As a kid I loved all sports really’, he says. ‘Both my parents played bowls and I became interested in it as young as 6. You had to be 14 in those days to be allowed on to a green but when I was 10 they let me play a bit, at Ely’. It’s changed now but then the rules were that you had to put in three years at junior level before you could play with the adults. ‘I stuck at it. Whilst I knew that I wasn’t bad at other sports, because I’d played at school and county level, I recognised that I was reaching my limits. With bowls though I knew I’d found my calling’. It was of course quite an unusual calling for a young lad. ‘Yes, there was a bit, not huge amounts, but a bit, of ‘mickey taking’. Looking back I suppose it was odd that, unlike my peers, come the weekend I was getting on the bus to go and play bowls. They saw me as a ‘sportsman’ and bowls didn’t fit the image. But, when I started winning, and my picture started appearing in the paper, it changed. Now I was being asked how I was doing, and where I was playing next’. This innate talent and early success did not mean though that Greg suddenly became a professional. ‘No. I’ve always had a ‘day job’’, he says. ‘When I left school I worked at a Leisure Centre, and then took a job, with my father, as a plasterer. The recession put a stop to that and I got a job with a friend as a bricklayer. I went for a year and stayed for five!’ He suffered with a back problem, which called for a change of direction and he set up a bowls shop in Soham before he was recruited to work for leading bowls manufacturer Henselite. ‘That of course was ideal - the job fitting with playing and promotional work’. ‘And then, three years ago I came to Potters’. And today he’s Bowls Ambassador for Potters Resort. I ask him to tell me about that role. ‘I’d been approached by John Potter and saw it as a great opportunity. We run 30 weeks of bowls here every year. I set up the tournaments, meet and greet players and make the presentations. Then we host celebrity bowls weeks and of course we have the Bowls Cruises’

These are the cruises organised with Fred Olsen ships and involve some 50 people cruising the Med and stopping off at various ports to play bowls at local clubs. And there are on board activities and games too. ‘It’s lovely’, says Greg. ‘We have a lot of fun’. All of this - his life story, the description of his work has come tumbling out in a cheerful stream, as we sip our coffee. He’s a man at ease, and he puts you at ease. And that’s it. He really is an ambassador with all the communication skills that go with the role. He’s articulate, informed and knowledgeable. Over the next few minutes we cover the problems facing minority sports and why tv coverage is so important to them. How the game of bowls may suffer in some quarters from having an image of elderly gentlemen playing in the park whilst in reality it’s a sport that crosses all the boundaries of age gender and class. How, unlike almost any other sport, and despite it having star players (he doesn’t say it but I will - present company not excepted) it’s not possible to predict the finalists in a tournament. And then we get to the details. To hear Greg Harlow talk about the tools of his trade, the selection of which bowls to play with, and why, is a joy. It teaches you a lot about the game, but in a wider sense it teaches you more about how a real sports person loves their game and why. The sizes of bowl. The right bowl for each surface. The ‘swing’ of a bowl, the fact that, as he says, ‘once that bowl has left your hand there is nothing you can do’ - these are the crafts of the game and his talking brings the realisation that whatever natural talent exists, it’s dedication, practice and love of the sport that gets you to the top. And he is at the top. He is the only person to have won 3 consecutive International Open Titles. He holds 7 other WBT titles. And he’s set to stay in front in the 2017 - 18 season. I ask him, given all we’ve covered, what’s the one message he’d like to convey from our interview. For the first time he hesitates. Only slightly, as he frames the right words. ‘This is the 20th year that here at Potters we’ve hosted the World Championships. Ticket sales are phenomenal. But, you can still come along, even if just for a day. You will be surprised at how great the atmosphere is. It’s nothing like watching it on tv. It’s exciting. It’s unpredictable. You will be watching the best in the world play at their sport’. It’s difficult to add to that. Other than to say it encapsulates everything about Greg Harlow. A star. And a great ambassador. As I leave, and somehow I can’t resist it, I say I bet he’s good at Ten Pin Bowling. Does he play? ‘Not really’ he smiles. ‘I’ll go with the family for instance. It’s a different game. The bias of the bowl doesn’t count as much. You bowl straight’. Hmmm. I get the feeling he’s underselling himself. Until he adds, with a twinkle in his eye ‘but then, if there is just one pin standing I usually take it down’. Yes. I bet he does. It wasn’t an abandonment of the modesty I’ve referred to. Just a fact. The fact is Greg Harlow is a star. Potters Star.



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Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences in Norwich for a second time in January with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long.


e may have been voted off Strictly Come Dancing early this year but, just at the moment, BRENDAN COLE has got more than enough to occupy his mind – and body. His brand new show All Night Long is heading out on a national tour in the New Year and Brendan couldn’t be more excited – but he’s also a little nervous…

Had your mum seen something in you that suggested learning to dance might be a good idea? No but she loved music and dancing and she wanted her children to learn to dance. She wanted us to do lots of things. I did loads of sport too. Does your own daughter like to dance around? Yes, she loves it. She goes to a little kids’ group and she wanted a pair of tap shoes like her friend has, so we’ve just got her those. Is it true that you were a builder and roof layer before becoming a professional dancer? Yeah, when I left school I went into that kind of trade, building and roofing houses for a few years. I did a proper job until I was 24 working on building sites and for an insurance company, in warehouses. You name it, I’ve done it. Could you still turn your hand to a spot of bricklaying if required? Yeah, I don’t like to have anybody else doing things for me. Quite often you get somebody in to do something and then you have to redo it properly. You moved from NZ to England when you were 18. If you could have a word with your 18 year old self now, is there any advice you’d like to give him? Yeah, do it all! Don’t hold back. We’re all quite insecure as youngsters and tend to let our insecurities rule our future. You’re better off being forward thinking rather than negative and holding back. Your latest show, All Night Long, opens in January. What are you most looking forward to about the tour? This is very much my show, not something that somebody else has put together for me. The creative process is amazing, trying to put your vision onto the stage. It’s down to you to make that happen.. There are 21 of us on stage and we’re very much a family - really good friends. We have a ball - both on and off the stage. Then to have that interaction with your audience is such a feeling. On Strictly we have the live studio audience but you’re a very small part of a very big show. With your own show people have come along to see you and what you’ve created. When you tell a story that’s an emotional thing, obviously you’re just dancing but people pick up on that emotion and the meaning’s changed because they’re watching it and interpreting it as if it were in their own life. You know you’ve done a really good thing when an audience is moved by a dance. If something is well-received when people are on their feet cheering you - that’s a phenomenal, very powerful feeling and you can’t really recreate that in any other industry.




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All Night Long is a great Lionel Richie number – does it feature in the show? It certainly does. We open with that number. I love Lionel Richie. You’ve probably seen Monsieur Richie’s numbers hundreds of times on Strictly. It’s got a great vibe. We’ve got a live band onstage, 13 musicians all doing their thing, so it’s not just a dance show. The quality and class of the musicians playing a full-on Lionel Richie number, it’s phenomenal. You’d want to go to watch the band alone. There are many different types of music in the show to reflect the different dance styles. Do you have a favourite? The waltz is definitely my favourite because of the power of the music. We tell the story of an affair and it’s really moving. But with a show like this, we have to have it all. Strictly fans have an expectation because Strictly has every genre of music, and my show has to reflect that. One minute doing this beautiful waltz, the next minute an Argentine Tango –and finish with a massive jive. I want Strictly fans to walk out saying: “Bloody hell! That was the best night. I can’t believe we saw as much as we did!” It’s really important to me for every person to have a really special and exciting night. One of my favourite things to do is, just after the show has finished, to peek out from behind the staging and get a little reaction as to what people are saying! If you could have a dance named after you what style of dance would it be? Oh crikey! It has to be something like a foxtrot. Something really classy, beautiful and emotional. If you think back to the greats, like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, they had class, real power in their dance and something really special that you just want to be a part of it. I want to be a dance that would reflect that, so yes, a foxtrot. What’s the worst thing anybody has ever said to you about your dancing? Crikey! There have been so many comments! Most critics have been really positive. I have had occasional run-ins with the Strictly judges because I don’t agree with their comments on a lot of the contestants. I tend not to get hung up on negative comments because I think it’s quite damaging. I don’t mind constructive criticism but I tend to hold on to the positive things more. The fact that we entertain so many and people love watching what we do, that’s a fantastic thing for us and hopefully we’re pretty good at it. Even if you don’t like it, you can’t say it’s bad. It’s just not to your taste. People say some horrible things on social media but for every horrible thing there are a hundred positive things. If it was 50/50 I’d have to start questioning it! After being involved through all 15 series of Strictly, do you still get nervous? No, we’ve got no time for nerves on Strictly. If you’re nervous on that show then you’re letting your partner down a little bit because they’re already nervous and that’s going

to be tricky for them. On an opening night of a brand new production, that’s different. You want it to be amazing and everything you planned it to be. There are opportunities for things to go wrong – sound, lighting, dancing, costumes, you name it. If you’re not nervous then, you’re a lunatic. Lots of people want to know if you’re going to be back on Strictly next year? Yeah. Who knows? We get contracted year by year so we don’t know whether we’ll be back or not but, if the BBC want me back and I’m free, available and excited about it, then I’ll be back. If you were to score the Strictly judges’ performances, what mark would you award each of them? I think it’s safe to say I don’t agree with a lot of what they say but that’s the way it goes. I have to say, I really love Craig. I wouldn’t give him ten out of ten but he calls it quite often like it is and you want a judge with a bit of spice as long as he’s doing the same thing for everybody. In my opinion the judges do a fairly good job. I can’t complain too much – well, I could but I won’t! You fell 40ft off a ladder while carrying a chainsaw earlier this year. What went through your mind as you plummeted to the ground? Watch your leg! Don’t touch the blade! I’m quite clumsy and accident prone so being up a ladder with a chainsaw I should have realised there may be problems. But like I said, I’m a do-it-yourself kind of guy so I don’t get people in to do things. Tell us something we might not know about you? I used to make dresses for a living.

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Is there anything Phill Jupitus hasn’t done? A DJ on BBC 6 Music, team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, poet who supported Billy Bragg in the 1980s, TV and film actor, improv player, and musical star of Hairspray and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, he’s now returning to the live arena for a new stand-up tour in which he gets to be two people. “I have a lot of material to choose from for this tour,” says Phill about his pun-loving stand-up, poetry and music show, Juplicity. “The thing that really works for me is that I support myself as Porky The Poet, so he goes out and does 40 minutes to start the evening. Because of Buzzcocks and other jobs I was given, I let Porky and the poetry slide but after about a decade I came back to it and wrote new poems, often just chucking stuff out on Facebook for mates to read. Combined with the old poems, and factoring in chit-chat between them, I had about an hour of material.” With Porky’s poetry supporting the straight stand-up, he’s also got a proven track record of live music behind him from his time with the all-star Idiot Bastard Band. “The songs for this tour are now solid; all that comes from the time I was in the band with Neil Innes and Ade Edmondson. Because I’ve spent time away from touring stand-up, you get better at doing it by building the source material. For the autumn tour I’ll do two hours a night: 40 minutes poetry, quarter of an hour of songs, and the rest is stand-up.” In terms of the stand-up element, Juplicity will draw


on his own life, one that Phill describes merrily as both ‘chaotic’ and ‘flaky’. “Sean Lock has a phrase, which was both inspiring and worrying, about comedians mining our own personalities for material and then in your head negotiating how much you keep back. Initially there was some resistance to me discussing things on stage about my family. One of my daughters, Molly, married her American girlfriend and emigrated there, so what you get is a starting point: gay marriage is a trope that’s very much in vogue at the minute and dovetails with what’s happening in the world with Trump and so on. As a comedian you are a person in a society within the world; all you have to do is look at things and shift your camera angle. All comedians can do is put a wider lens on a situation so that it resonates with people.” As with many acts who take to the road for a lengthy period, the show that is conceived at the beginning might not exactly replicate the one which exists by the end. “What happens on the tour becomes added to the tour,” Phill insists. “It snowballs as it rolls down the hill of the dates. I wish I had the discipline of my comedy brothers and sisters and say ‘it’s about this!’ By the end, who knows, it could be about my love of the bridge work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Still, that would do well in Bristol.” One of the trials for a comedian on the road is that endless turnaround of doing a gig, eating late, heading for the hotel, travelling the following day to the next town and repeating the process potentially for months. Phill Jupitus has worked out new routines which work better for him.


“I’ve changed the tour pattern in that I now eat before the shows. I used to have lunch on the day of a show because for years I told myself that I liked the energy of being hungry: turns out, no I don’t, because you’re actually irritable. So before a show now, I have a proper knife and fork dinner, and it makes me feel like a new guy on stage. The other thing I try to do, depending on the actual geography, is travel to the next town after a gig, so I’ll wake up where I’m playing that night. Again, it’s a very different energy to what you’re doing because you’re in situ which also gives you stuff to talk about in the first ten minutes of the show. And wherever I am, I look for art galleries and museums, I’ve got a thing about record shops, bookshops, and second-hand tat shops where I might be able to find old badges. Everywhere I go, I try to find those five things.” When Phill started off on his path in entertainment, he probably never thought he’d find himself on a stage, in lots of make-up, belting out a show tune. But that’s one of the paths he’s landed on, with large-scale touring productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Spamalot and Hairspray now nestling on his CV. “My agent phoned up and said, ‘there’s a casting director in the West End who wants to talk to you about being Count Fosco in The Woman In White’. I was like, ‘what! I don’t sing!’ ‘Well, they think you do’. Turns out they’d seen me do the intros round on Buzzcocks and felt I could hold a tune. So I took some training and auditioned and they said, ‘maybe not this time, but do you want to be Wilbur in Hairspray?’ I went

to see it and even though I’m watching Mel Smith as Wilbur thinking, ‘yeah I could do that’, I kept looking at Michael Ball as Edna and thinking, ‘that looks like a lot of fun’.” As fate would have it, he was offered the part of Edna instead. “I was thrown into it, three months in a dress, wig and lipstick. I’d just come out of 6 Music and felt a bit adrift: ‘do I want to do stand-up again or this or that’, and then Hairspray comes along and then Spamalot comes along. As a stand-up, you don’t think, ‘this is it now’: there are always other options. That’s why there’s a little resentment about stand-ups because we’re so adaptable.” It’s hard to know exactly what’s down the next road for the ever-adaptable Mr Jupitus, but for now he’s enjoying the cut, thrust and edge-of-the-seat jeopardy that only live comedy can truly provide. “I think I’ve found a way of monetising a social dysfunction. I’ve always maintained that there’s something slightly wrong with arts and crafts types putting themselves in the most confrontational situation, which is standing in front of strangers and trying to get them onside.” Whether he’s dressed as a woman in a musical, performing poetry or doing personal stand-up, Phill Jupitus is keeping everyone on his side. Phill Jupitus performs at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 6 December

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Neill Barston caught up with the 36-year old Londoner who has already amassed an enviable career over the past decade that has seen her become the only female artist beyond Adele to have three double platinum recordings to her name. Becoming a parent is just about the

biggest event in anyone’s lives, bringing with it a raft of challenges and unforeseen scenarios that potentially pose the sternest of tests. For Paloma Faith, the experience of being a new mum may have left her wondering where her next night’s sleep might ever be coming from, yet it’s brought a renewed sense of purpose and focus to her music. “I’m trying to juggle being a mother and a singer. I have no idea how I am managing, but I am somehow,” she laughs, recounting her whirlwind existence recording her fourth studio album. The 36-year old Londoner has already amassed an enviable career over the past decade that has seen her become the only female artist beyond Adele to have three double platinum recordings to her name. While it’s been a road requiring plenty of hard graft, her artfully soulful sound and quirky style have undoubtedly played their part in propelling the Hackney-born star to success. The singer’s latest offering, The Architect, follows boldly in its predecessors’ footsteps, showcasing her distinctive powerful vocals that have earned comparisons with everyone from 60’s icons such as Etta James and Billie Holiday, through to the late Amy Winehouse. As she admits, she’s hoping her latest work, partly recorded in America, might yet crack the elusive holy grail of top slot in the album charts. If the slick, yet lyrically reflective lead single Crybaby is anything to go by, then the signs are indeed looking promising. It seems the singer is enjoying a comparatively settled phase of her life living with French boyfriend Leyman Lahcine, and it’s apparent that starting a family has directly influenced her music. “I do feel my approach to music has changed since I’ve become a parent - which does have an impact. With difficult things that are happening in the world, you feel protective and want to make things comfortable for your family. “I think things are changing in our history and maybe not for the better, which is something I’m concerned about. I feel there’s a sense of duty to talk about events.”


Much like any other artist in the limelight, her rise has come with the perhaps inevitable burden of being followed around by the ever-hungry paparazzi. Everyone from Hello magazine through to the national red-top national papers has been waiting to secure pictures of her new youngster, whom she is keen to shield from un-necessary public attention. “I value my privacy more so than ever now, as it’s a real responsibility being a parent, and I want my child to know itself first rather than everyone else feeling that they know all about them.” Such determination to do things on her own terms has proved a consistent theme throughout her career, and something that has helped her stand out from the crowd. As she recalls of her childhood in East London, the half-Spanish artist says that she always had something of a creative streak. However, it was far from obvious that she was destined to become a singer, with her initial studies being at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. “Growing up in Hackney, I was surrounded by lots of different types of music - from my mum, I remember listening to plenty of revolutionary music from the 60’s such as Bob Dylan, while my dad was really into jazz, which is where my interest in all that comes from. “Later, when I was studying, I got into R and B dancehall as well, and originally I wanted to be a dancer. Then I did my musical theatre, and I think that music just chose me,” she explains of her formative years. From her early CV that spanned everything from being a life model, cabaret dancer and bartender, to a gig as a magician’s assistant, her rich experiences have offered plenty of tales and adventures to fuel her inventive songwriting. As if to underline her determination, she famously walked out on a deal for a record contract when the agent watching her refused to stop texting on his phone. Needless to say, it was very much his loss, and the wider music industry’s gain, for Paloma then secured a major deal that set in motion her strikingly memorable debut album. To her credit, Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful? blazed a trail into the top 10, and proceeded



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to lodge in the album charts for the next 100 weeks. But how does she look back on it now? “Well, that was nearly 10 years ago, and it was what it was. But I think it is great that I’ve managed to sustain a career as unfortunately not many people get to make more than one or two albums these days,” reflects the singer on what she feels is now an over-saturated market. By her own admission, trying to sustain a fanbase and avoiding the trap of merely recreating a formula for previous hits has offered plenty of challenges. But as she enthuses, she is not one to rest on her laurels, and ‘likes to mix things up a bit’ which is certainly the case with her latest material. While her towering vocal abilities have continued to garner contrasts with the late Amy Winehouse, it’s something Paloma is entirely at ease with. “I’m flattered by comparisons to Amy. It’s not something I am offended by, though I am quite different.

her next UK tour, which kicks off next March. It’s destined to feature some of Paloma’s trademark self-designed sets to spark the tone for a hit-packed series of shows. “The only reason I do what I’m doing is because I love touring – as when I’m out there I am excited and feel that I’m in the right place,” adds the engaging singer, who may well have a little more to think about with a young child in tow, yet it won’t stop her from enjoying every single moment. Paloma faith will release her eagerly-anticipated new album ‘the architect’ on november 17 via rca records . Paloma will embark on a UK arena tour next year, entertaining huge crowds across the UK and Ireland playing shows at venues including the Manchester Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena. Tickets for The Architect tour 2018 are on sale now via

“When she met me once, she asked if I played an instrument, but I said no, and she said that was a shame as she would really have liked someone like me in her group. “I was a massive fan of hers, and after watching the documentary about her life, I actually wrote a song for her, Price of Fame, which is on the new album. Her death was such a tragedy,” adds the vocalist with a note of sadness. Her down-to-earth manner is a breath of fresh air in an industry awash with egos, and her willingness to give something back was seen with her time on The Voice series. Beyond being a vocal mentor, she was determined to help those under her wing with additional songwriting classes. As for her own career, having been nominated several times for a Brit Award, persistence paid off two years ago as she claimed a long-awaited win in the best female solo artist category. Being in an industry that is often quick to cast judgment, she felt there was a real sense of vindication in claiming the coveted accolade. “It was amazing to win the Brit Award and to finally gain some acknowledgement. I come from a long line of people that haven’t really been acknowledged for what they did. I think there are a lot of people out there doing important work, like doctors and nurses who don’t get that recognition they should.” With a major award to her name, there has been plenty of hype surrounding her latest release, bolstered by notable additions including an appearance from Samuel L Jackson and a duet with singer songwriter John Legend in the mix. Besides the album, fans will have to wait a little longer for


a v i D

 | DECEMBER 2017

Shall we remind ourselves of the real definition of diva?

Pete Goodrum catches up with Carly Paoli as her uk tour hits Ipswich. The problem with the word ‘diva’ is that it’s developed into a modern term for, and I quote, ‘ a self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please’. It’s a shame that we seem to have forgotten what it really means. Let me quote, again, this time from the dictionary definition. ‘A diva is is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music’. There’s Carly Paoli for you, right there. A celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music’. So, just in case any of you thought that this was to be piece criticising Carly Paoli, because she’s a ‘diva’, let me tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong. This is a piece praising the young lady because she is a diva. A real one. She has been thrilling audiences across the globe, sharing stages with, among others, Andrea Bocelli and José Carreras. Her fans include the Pope and Prince Charles. Her star is shining. I caught up with her, ten or so dates into her current uk tour, and just ahead of her performance in Ipswich. I’ve heard her singing voice of course, but I’m intrigued to hear her how she speaks. She was born in Mansfield, and brought up there, but spent much of her childhood in Italy, which, I’m thinking, could make for a complicated accent. It’s not the case. As introductions are exchanged and I ask if it’s alright to call her Carly she answers in a clear, northern English voice. ‘Of course’ she says, ‘of course it it is’. It sets the tone for our friendly conversation, and means I have no hesitation in going straight to the line I’ve read so often in researching for


this interview. ‘They’re calling you the classical star who’s ‘the lorry driver’s daughter from Mansfield’ ‘ I say. ‘How do you feel about that?’ ‘It’s true’ she laughs. So how does a lorry driver’s daughter from Mansfield become a major classical singing star, ‘straddling the uk and Italy’, of whom You Magazine said ‘The world really is hers for the taking’ and Jose Carreras effused ‘It’s a pleasure for me to sing with her?’ Where did it all start? ‘As a child, growing up in Mansfield I adored the MGM musical stars that I saw in movies on TV. Judy Garland. Gene Kelly. I loved the musicals, for the songs and the fact that they helped tell a story. I have Italian heritage and spent summers in Italy with my grandparents and family there…..’ She doesn’t have to say any more. It’s all there. You can see it. In fact you can hear it, because her debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’ is a fabulous mix of opera and musical theatre pieces. It sums up the life so far of a girl who fell in love with the musicals, sang as a teenager in the piazzas of Puglia, and went on to study at The Royal Northern College of Music, before finding stardom herself. If it wasn’t true it would make a magical story for a musical. Or an opera. If it were a musical - or opera - it would certainly have some great set pieces. Like these. Performing in Malaysia she’d been spotted by Geneva watchmakers Bedat & Co. They appointed her as brand ambassador. As a direct result of that, in September 2014, she made her international debut singing at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala. The girl from Mansfield (yes - it really is like a movie musical, I know!) walks on stage to appear with Jennifer Hudson - and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith! “I was terrified’ she tells me. ‘Really terrified’

You think the story ends there? It’s barely started. Two months later, in November 2014, she makes history by becoming the first artist to perform at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Hollywood actresses Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson. And then her first album comes out and spends nine weeks at number 2 in the classical charts. ‘I was so thrilled about that’ she says. ‘I’d hoped it would do well, naturally, but it absolutely exceeded all my expectations’. ‘Was there’ I ask ‘a moment when all of this seemed destined?’ ‘I’d been singing forever, imitating those stars, with an American accent of course, and my mother took me to a stage coach. When I was about nine the coach told my mother ‘you should have this girl’s voice trained’. I’ve been learning ever since’. When her career started to take off it was in in Italy, and knowing that that’s where her reputation was established I wonder what it feels like to be touring the uk now. ‘It feels right’ she says. ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to show the uk what I do, and on a personal level it’s fantastic to visit places that I’ve never been to. I’ve been to Ipswich before though - just once - with my dad in his lorry!’ She won’t be arriving in a lorry this time. The tour sees her performing as the special guest of Britains’ Got Talent winners, Collabro. Now firmly established as one of the uk’s most successful musical theatre groups Collabro have been forthright in their praise of Carly. They’re on record as saying ‘We are thrilled to welcome the very accomplished Carly Paoli as Special Guest on our 2017 ‘Home’ UK Tour. Her

voice is stunning and we cannot wait to perform some huge songs alongside her..…’ The feeling is mutual. When I ask Carly about performing with Collabro she says that she’s really excited about singing with them. ‘Like me, they’ve got a real passion for singing; we’ve all achieved our goals on different paths, but we all share the love of performance. To be able to perform with four guys, who love the world of musical theatre as I do, is an absolute dream. I can’t wait to be on stage with them and share my music with a British audience.” Performing is all important to Carly. We talk about the different disciplines of the recording studio and the stage. She tells me she loves recording, but the actual performance is everything. It’s to do with letting the music tell a story, which inextricably her love of both the opera and the musicals. Because they both, in their separate ways, tell a story. Indeed, when I ask her what’s next on her list of ambitions or goals, given her stellar track record so far, she says it’s an upcoming performance. And it is a big one. On February 15 2018 Carly will deliver a headline appearance at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall. ‘I’m so excited about it. I’ll be performing my own concert with an orchestra. I’ll sing songs from my album - and other favourites too. And - it’s close to Valentines Day. I’m thinking a red dress!’ There is another, specific, performance of her’s I want to mention. I ask her to tell me about the night she sang in

Phoenix, Arizona. ‘Ah, you know about that’. I do. I know that in April 2016 she was reunited with legendary producer David Foster, and it was he who asked her to perform at his Celebrity Fight Night Fundraiser. Country legends Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood were also on the bill that night. But there was someone special in the audience. ‘It was so emotional. Muhammed Ali was there. Such a special human being, and it was I think his last public outing. I was honoured.’ And on the subject of honours, let me mention that Carly Paoli recently received, in Italy, the the prestigious Premio Barocco award. To put that in context you should know that it marks achievements in art and culture, and that previous recipients include Dame Helen Mirren and Luciano Pavarotti. There’s more. In 2016 ‘Ave Maria’, a song from her album, was chosen as the official song of the Pope’s Jubilee celebrations. Carly’s career will, there is no doubt, be a cause for much more celebration, and honours. She is a star already, and the future can only be brighter still. Go and see her. Buy her album. And the next time you hear someone use - or misuse - that word ‘diva’ just point out to them what it really means. And that there is a real diva again now in the world of singing. Her name is Carly Paola.




Weight IS OVER

Photography by HELEN MAYBANKS

With the family, we have had some Christmases in some very exotic places and some not-so-exotic holidays. I said to the girls ‘what is the favourite place you have been?’ and they said ‘Norwich.’



The man who made loveable loser Curly Watts a true national treasure and has proved to be a highly sought-after stage star is on his way back to Norwich. Kevin Kennedy is part of the all-star cast of Fat Friends which comes to the Theatre Royal in the Spring and he tells John Bultitude he cannot wait to be back in Norwich. The ‘weight’ will soon be over for Kevin Kennedy’s long-awaited return to Norwich. The popular performer just loves Norwich and is looking forward to bringing this brand new production here.

He is joining a host of star names in Fat Friends which features a mix of heart-warming stories, humour and hope. It sees a group of loveable characters put through their paces at their regular Super Slimmers sessions as they hope to change their lives at the same time while also shedding the pounds. Packed with comedy and fun, plus a sprinkling of romance, it features a top-class cast including Jodie Prenger who wowed city audiences in Shirley Valentine, Natalie Anderson who portrayed Alicia in Emmerdale, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, and former Atomic Kitten favourite Natasha Hamilton. Kevin plays long-suffering husband and dad Fergus whose daughter Kelly, played by Jodie Prenger, is desperate to stop piling on the pounds. He says it is a fantastic role to play. “Fergus takes the mickey out of his kids which is a very British thing and runs a fish-and-chip shop which is his world even though it is having a tough time because of competition from different fast-food outlets. There are a number of different stories running through the piece.” Kevin admits one of the great joys about the production is the great writing of Kay Mellor. “Fat Friends has moved across magically to the stage and it certainly transfers itself beautifully to the medium of musicals. The songs are all very catchy and you find yourself whistling them after ten minutes of listening to them. I think that it is going to be a winner. “It is also a very strong company. They are very talented and it is a joy to work with them. I have been very lucky in that sense.” Kevin is also completely new to Fat Friends having never watched the original TV show and is therefore coming to the characters and storylines completely fresh. “That was a choice really. When I was in The Commitments, we lived and breathed the film for quite a while and I didn’t really want to approach this job with any pre-conceived ideas,” he explained. For Kevin, who has a strong theatrical pedigree, being part of a stage show is a joy. He has appeared in a host of theatrical smashes including We Will Rock You and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and says he loves the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. “The stage is something I really enjoy. You get better and better the more you do, and stagecraft is important. You get to play all sorts of different roles. I enjoy theatre and I am always learning. I am learning from the people that are coming through and from the

professionals that have been around. Everyone who tells you they know it all about theatre probably knows nothing. I enjoy gleaning new skills.” But of course, it is Curly Watts that made his name and Kevin looks back at his time in Coronation Street with great affection. He recalled: “The TV experience was a wonderful time with 20 odd years of incredible storylines. I had funny storylines, tragic storylines, and the normal storylines that make the show what it is. The best episodes are when nothing happens. It was a joy to be a part of it.” Along with many fans of the show, it was Kevin’s scenes opposite Liz Dawn and Bill Tarmey, aka Vera and Jack Duckworth, that are most memorable. “It was the favourite place I lived. It was always very loud and fast and I worked with two very wonderful people. They were two actors who didn’t know just how good they were. I have very fond memories of that. It was a learning curve to learn from people who had been in television for a long time. Liz and Bill, or the Duckworths, will always have a special place in my heart.” When it comes to talking about favourite jobs, there is another one that is high on his list and that is being part of the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime. Kevin played Captain Hook in the 2014-15 production Peter Pan. “I love coming to Norwich. I really miss it. I am trying to get back there to do panto because I had such a great time. I want to go and work with Richard Gauntlett again. “With the family, we have had some Christmases in some very exotic places and some not-so-exotic holidays. I said to the girls ‘what is the favourite place you have been?’ and they said ‘Norwich.’ When you are up against Barbados and the Caribbean, that isn’t bad. They loved the show but they loved the atmosphere of the city. I am very fond of Norwich.” So for Kevin, it is going to be a welcome return to a city he loves with what promises to be a heart-warming story packed with laughter, fun and emotion as Fat Friends arrives this Spring.

Fat Friends The Musical Monday 12-Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£44. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. Signed performance on Saturday 17 March at 2.30pm. To book, log onto or call the box office on 01603 630000 53


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The glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age is being banished this winter as Top Hat returns to Norwich Theatre Royal. Some of the region’s most gifted performers will take to the stage in the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society production, and John Bultitude caught up with the show’s leading man Alex Green to find out more about what is in store.


It is a classic musical which is definitely

enjoying a huge renaissance and re-birth at the moment. Top Hat has proven to be box office gold with a hugely successful West End run and two long-running UK tours. So when the amateur rights came up for grabs, the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society were really keen to put their spin on the classic musical. Based on the magical Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, it tells the story of Broadway star Jerry Travers and his cross-continental hot pursuit of society beauty Dale Tremont across Europe. And it features many of Irving Berlin’s best-known songs including Cheek To Cheek, White Tie and Tails, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Puttin’ On The Ritz and the title song. The society has also tempted acclaimed choreographer/director Chris Cuming to Norwich, fresh from his work on the hit show Yank. He has an intense but fun approach to bringing the show to the stage which is something that lead performer Alex Green, who plays the role of Jerry, really appreciates. Alex recalled: “We certainly started off the rehearsal process with all guns blazing. I started off doing ten hours of just solid dance. I quite like the way he works in that he loves ideas. If I suggest an alternate move or do something accidentally, we can work with it. It is quite refreshing to work like this and Chris has amazing energy.” “Chris is all about you bringing your own ideas to the table. He sets out the skeleton of a character and you flesh it out yourself. You feel you are the person doing a lot of the creating. Of course, he is the director and will tell you if something does not work but I really like working with Chris.” While starring in the show is a first for Alex, he has seen it and had a couple of friends who were in the previous professional tour of Top Hat. He said: “I went to see it and showed them around Norwich when it came. It is a fun show. You do have to suspend disbelief but it leaves a big smile on your face. It is escapism. You don’t have to bring your thinking cap to it. You can just enjoy the golden oldies songs in it and leave with a smile.” And, of course, dance is a huge part of the show, particularly tap. Alex has strong memories of his first tap teacher Cat Chapman, who now heads up the Norwich-based all-male dance company Legacy, putting him through his paces drilling him on the different steps. “Having said that, I love doing tap. It is one of those dance styles that really frustrates me if I cannot do it right,” laughed Alex. His return to Norwich Theatre Royal to take the Top Hat lead role will also see his career come full circle as it was a visit to the pantomime there at the age of five that spurred his desire to be a performer. Alex started off doing drama lessons at the Norwich-based Central School of Performing Arts under former principal Charlotte Corbett before taking his fledgling career up a step when he won the part of John Darling for the 2004 pantomime Peter Pan. Alex recalled: “It was there that I met a really good friend of mine, Jonny Gale. It was so great to have someone of my own age to work with as we were both 12 and sharing the stage with lots of five and six-yearolds. It also helped to build up a healthy competition element between us.” When he hit 16, Alex knew his heart lay with a place at the Arts Ed drama school after starring opposite fellow panto cast who studied there and he was fortunate enough to win a place although learning his stage-craft along with developing the attitude to succeed was tough. He recalled: “At the time, I wasn’t the best dancer and in fact, I would say it was one of my

weakest performance aspects, but I learned so much during a very intense three years. “As well as your 50 hours a week, you also learn things like having a good sense of punctuality. If you turned up late, you got turned out of the session. If you did that four times, you got kicked off the course. It was a big thing and it really instils the correct attitude and the one I want in the professional world. Fortunately I have a good muscle memory and I have always been good at sport. “I think it was particularly in the second year when there was a new dance to learn every week and you get assessed on it that you find you just can’t think about it and just focus on learning. You really got put through your paces.” For Alex, being part of Top Hat is also crucial to the story of his career so far. The Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society have given him great support and he has appeared in two of their previous productions so he wanted to give something back by taking on the part of Jerry for them. He explained: “There are also very few amateur groups that get to perform on a theatre stage like this in front of 1300 people. It is such a prestigious group as well. “It is so strange coming back and seeing how some things have changed while others stay the same, but it is great fun to return. The society hadn’t seen me dance or sing in a very long time and singing is one of the things I have really improved on at Arts Ed. This MGM style that is used in Top Hat is my favourite style of singing. It has just always been something in have enjoyed.” Stepping back on the Theatre Royal stage will also be important to him and bring back a lot of memories, and at least with Top Hat, there will be no flying to learn unlike a previous panto appearance. Alex laughed: “With Peter Pan, I had to wear a flying harness for the time. I can remember spinning around and around, and actually facing the back for one number. Haha. “I also have great memories of being in West Side Story for the society at the Theatre Royal and getting to clamber all over the amazing set. “I think Top Hat will create some great memories. The costumes are just fantastic. There are some amazing tuxes, and also some incredible summer outfits when the characters go to Venice. The costume design is one of the fantastic aspects of Top Hat. It is a style you don’t see any more.” Since qualifying, Alex has had the opportunity to do a lot of work including Singin’ In The Rain which is one of his favourite musicals, Devilish and Grease as well as some pantomimes, but there are still a lot of shows on his wish-list. He explained: “The big show I have always wanted to do is The Producers although I think I am looking well into the future. The part I would like to be is Max but that isn’t going to happen yet as I am a bit too young. I would also love to do Singin’ In The Rain again.” But at the moment, the focus is all on Top Hat and Alex is promising a show to remember. He said: “It is a fantastic spectacle. You will be wowed by the songs, the dancing is incredible, we have some huge ensemble numbers and the stage is going to be filled. It is just tongue-in-cheek and great escapism.” So Alex, in the words of one of Top Hat’s best known songs, is preparing to Face The Music And Dance to give a feel-good start to 2018 in Norfolk. TOP HAT Monday 22 - Saturday 27 January at 7.30pm, and Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £7-£23.50 Discounts for Friends, Under-18s and Schools. To book, log onto or call the box office on 01603 630000.





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true torchbearers and the charismatic front man of the Fine Young Cannibals, is back in the pop arena with his new solo album, the self-titled Roland Gift.



ift’s distinguished career has expanded in recent, post-FYC years to include critically-lauded film acting and musical score work. Roland Gift marks a triumphant return to pop music’s front line, where Gift’s talents and unique style have long established him as one of the genre’s trailblazers. A great voice never goes out of style, and Gift’s trademark vocal prowess is both timeless and strikingly ahead of his time. During the making of the new album, Gift took time out to work on the latest entry in his other illustrious career, a film résumé that includes Sammy And Rosie Get Laid, Tin Men(for which FYC also supplied the music, at the special request of director Barry Levinson), and Scandal. Gift’s most recent acting work is for the forthcoming The Island of the Mapmaker¹s Wife, directed by Michie Gleason, for which Roland put recording on hold for two months, while on location in Amsterdam with the production. Gift readily admits to a happy balancing act between the two disciplines. “When I first started, I wanted to be an actor. That’s one of the reasons I came down to London from Hull. But most people I know have been in a group sometime in their life. The first punk band I was in [the Acrylic Victims] got a bit of notoriety, released a couple of singles, my music focus grew from there.” Roland Gift was recorded at a variety of locations, from demo studios to front rooms to Mayfair Studios, with producers David Z and Ben Barson.. The album is reminiscent of the sparse, classic appeal that typified Roland’s work with the Cannibals, a sophisticated blend of pop and soul with jazz and even gospel flavours, with Gift’s own new spin for the 21st Century. “The Cannibals sort of officially dissolved in 1996,” says Gift, “so, in a way, up until then we were trying to do our third record. Then we came out with The Finest, which was a greatest hits set plus three new tracks that didn’t have a home to go to,” (among those was the hit “The Flame”). “But, it’s better to burn brightly for half as long than to be a dim lingering light, and I get a lot of good will from people - they say they still play the albums and they’re looking forward to hear what I’m doing next.” “I was asked to join Jools Holland and his big band as a guest singer touring with them for a year, it was allot of fun and made me want to take my own group out to play”. The completion of Roland Gift brought an important emotional realization. “The group didn’t stop with a bang,” he says, “it was like a freeze-frame that stopped and stayed and stayed, then eventually faded. But nobody said ‘OK we’re going to end this,’ so in a way, doing this record kind of resolved it all. Once the album was finished, I felt great, because something had come to a resolution… I felt a great weight had been lifted off me.” Highlights of the set include “Money” and “Looking for a Friend,” two songs Gift co-wrote with the highly successful American song writing team of Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. “ ‘Money’ was one we first thought

would end up as a b-side or in the bin, and this other song I can hardly remember now was the one we thought was important from that session. Sometimes it works out that way as a song evolves. I played ‘Looking for a Friend’ live quite a lot, and it was one of those songs that really worked.” Gift looks forward to more live shows, where he will perform the new songs from Roland Gift and some classic fan favourites. “There are a lot of people who liked the Cannibals who never saw songs like ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ in concert, and since I wrote them as well, I’ll definitely do some Fine Young Cannibals songs.” “It’s a great feeling when you’ve got a big record and you go out onstage and thousands of people have come to hear you play for them. It’s like having a party and loads of people come because they want to have a party with you.” Roland wrote “Say It Ain’t So” on acoustic guitar. “In the Cannibals, I didn’t write with the guitar, but since then I’ve started writing with it. Everything sounded better with an acoustic.” “Tell Me You Want Me Back” has a pop-soul groove that Gift says still sums up his style. “Soul is a funny word; all kinds of music can have soul. If it touches you and inspires you, any kind of music is entitled to be called soul music. And it is definitely poppy as well, maybe because it’s melodic, it’s poppy in the way Bacharach-David songs are poppy - they’re very soulful as well.” The great Otis Redding remains Roland’s vocal mentor. “We all shared a love of the Stax sound in the Cannibals. That was the thing that brought us together and Otis was probably my favourite singer, and he still is, so those influences will definitely be there. It’s funny, I used to have a neighbour, this woman who lived next door, and she and I didn’t really get on, she’d always be getting at me. But one day she gave me three records, Otis Blue, Otis Sings Soul Ballads and a Greatest Hits of Otis Redding. I’d heard him, when I was a kid - my sister was a fan, to say it changed my life would be a bit dramatic, but it did have an effect on my musical development.” “Right now as well as the live shows I’m working on a stage musical called “Return to Vegas” with Bob Carlton who created the show “Return to the forbidden planet”. Ours will premier in Hull as part of the city of culture celebrations in 2017. I’m well pleased by the way the “Return to Vegas” songs have been received in the live set sitting nicely alongside the FYC classics”. Gift’s professional career has taken him from stage to screen and back again, as his fans around the world await the release of Roland Gift.

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othing says winter like a steaming mug of the perfect spiced mulled wine. Here is our easy to follow recipe which includes a dash of Sloe or Damson gin to give you that extra warm glow and guarantee a delicious mulled wine every time. Be careful not to overheat the wine when following our recipe below. To put that finishing touch to your cocktail simply add a cinnamon stick into the glass when you serve it to add that touch of Christmas. Here is how to make our Mulled wine.


• 1 bottle red wine

• 60g/2oz Demerara sugar

• 1 cinnamon stick • Grated nutmeg

• 1 orange, halved • 1 dried bay leaf

• 60ml/2fl oz sloe or

damson gin (optional)


1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices.

2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved; be careful at this stage not to overheat the wine. Make sure you taste the wine to see if you want the wine a little sweeter, if you do then add a little more sugar to taste. 3. Off the heat, stir in the Sloe or Damson gin to taste. 4. Strain into heatproof glasses and its ready to serve straight away.



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hristmas would not be

Christmas without smoked salmon starring somewhere on the menu from breakfast to lunch and even Christmas Night buffet! Making your own is a truly exciting and festive family past time. However, smoking your own fish sounds like a great idea but when put into practice it can be a bit of a nightmare. There is a good chance you could over smoke or over cook the fish which would be a Christmas disaster! This is a great recipe that ensures a great smoked fish texture but also keeps the flavour light and citrusy, perfect for any family get together. I really like to place the whole side of salmon on a board in the middle of the table and et everyone just dive in! Great accompaniments for the salmon are: Salted Turnips, Watercress, Baby Gherkins, Horseradish and Lime Whipped Cream but basically you can serve it with what you like as it is Christmas after all!


• 1 Middle Section of a Wester Ross Salmon, about 500g - 800g • 500g Sea sSalt

• 550g Caster Sugar

• 1 tbsp Toasted Crushed Cumin Seeds

• 1 tbsp Toasted Crushed Coriander Seeds • Zest of 3 Oranges • Zest of 3 Limes

• Good Splash of Your Favourite Gin GARNISH

Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl and find a tray that just about fits the salmon. Using half the dry mix cover the bottom of the tray, lay the salmon on top skin side down and add the rest of the dry mix on top followed by the gin and massage the salmon well. Place in the fridge

for 3 days massaging and turning everyday. On the last day the salmon should have a more intense colour and feel firm to touch. Remove from the tray and wash off the salt mix, dry on a kitchen towel then wrap in cling film. Store in the fridge until needed.

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You can try putting it to the back of your mind if you like, but Christmas is just around the corner and that means you need to order your turkey now! THERE’S NOTHING BETTER than sitting around the table with

Always buy your turkey from a traditional butcher or turkey your family on Christmas Day and tucking into a delicious, producer, and when you place your order, ask them to remove moist Norfolk turkey. That lovely white and brown meat, the the wishbone as this will make carving it much easier. crisp roast potatoes, the fresh veg, the pigs in blankets, the Ask for the giblets as well because you can use them to make gravy… turkey gravy. But remember to remove them from the bird prior But it doesn’t matter how well you’ve prepared all the other to cooking! trimmings; if you don’t buy the right size turkey – or you make On the day of cooking, ensure there is plenty of space in your a mess of cooking it –your guests won’t be coming back to your fridge so that air can circulate around the turkey. place for Christmas lunch next year. Remove the turkey from the fridge a few hours before you For your peace of mind, I thought I’d share my “Top Turkey plan to cook it, and when calculating your cooking time, don’t Tips” with you to ensure you emerge from the big day hailed as forget to include the weight of the stuffing! a master chef by your loved ones. Once cooked, give the turkey time to “rest” before you start I source all of my turkeys from Maurice Clarke of North carving. Always use a very sharp knife, and, if possible, a fork Elmham, near Dereham. Maurice has been supplying me with with a guard to prevent the knife from slipping. Make sure the the very best Norfolk birds for more than 30 plate you are carving on is placed on a non-slip years. surface. His turkeys are reared in traditional “pole Remove the legs first – they will come off ARTHUR HOWELL BUTCHERS, 53 Staithe barns” with high ceilings and wire-netted sides neatly at the joint near the backbone if you press Street, Wells-next-thewhich provide plenty of fresh air and sunlight. down on the top of the leg and then cut down Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AN The birds are not overcrowded, they enjoy gently with your knife. The leg should come away 01328 710228 protection from the elements and they have cleanly from the rest of the body at the joint. – plenty of food as well as lots of nice, fresh straw Cut the leg in half at the base of the drumstick North Norfolk butcher underfoot. But remember, you need to order your if you require two pieces. Then begin carving Arthur Howell won a hatturkey NOW to ensure you get a bird that’s the the breast above the wing, working towards the trick of accolades at this right size for your oven. centre of the breast bone. year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show Awards 2016. Arthur The average 12lb turkey will feed 10 people If you follow my instructions carefully, you’ll was named East Anglian (you should allow around 1lb of meat per person not only deliver fantastic plates of food to your Champion for the third for Christmas lunch). family for their big Christmas meal, but they’ll year running and he also The best turkeys are those which have been also think you’re a genius! picked up the coveted Butcher of the Year hung for between a week and 10 days before being Award and was named dressed and refrigerated for the oven. Retailer of the Year 2016.




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the Imperial Hotel cooks up an alternative starter for your festive dinner parties



Whipped goats cheese, beetroot and Apple salad



•4  00g of goats cheese

•P  ea shoots

• 1 00ml double cream

Peter Clarke executive head chef of the IMPERIAL HOTEL in Great Yarmouth

• 1 00g pistachios roasted and ground up to a fine powder

• S alt and pepper

•R  ed yellow and white raw beetroot 1 of each •2  50ml of Apple juice •2  .5g agar agar

• 1 granny Smith Apple • T hyme

• k nobs of butter

•B  alsamic glaze(optional) METHOD

Take the beetroot and wrap individually with a sprig of thyme a knob of butter and salt and pepper. Cook in an oven for approximately 2 hours until soft and tender, peel and refrigerate. Meanwhile put the Apple juice in a small pan and bring to the boil, take the agar agar and whisk it in whilst the Apple juice is boiling, put in a bowl to set in the fridge. Once it is set puree the jelly cut into small pieces until smooth and place in a squeeze bottle or a piping bag. Place the goats cheese without any rind Into a food processor and blitz with enough cream to make it mousse like. Take some cling film and lay flat on a work surface and press your hands all over it to make sure that there are no air bubbles. Lay the goats cheese onto it and make a long roll, roll the goats cheese up into a sausage roll shape being

sure to get the cling film tight each end so it is tight and sausage roll shape. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Roast the pistachios for 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown and whizz up to a fine crumb. Set aside. Wash your pea shoots and pat dry. Slice matchsticks of fresh Apple and reserve in a little lemon juice. You are then ready to start plating up.


Cut 2 2cm of goats cheese rounds per person and roll in the pistachio crumbs. Cut rings of the yellow beetroot and quarters of the other beetroot and arrange on the plate.


2016 Lofthouse Sauvignon blanc, New Zealand

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To accompany Peter’s Goats Cheese dish for me the grape type that works the best is the Sauvignon Blanc. The grape type has similar acid ratios to the cheese. The wine I have picked is one of my favourite Sauvignons form New Zealand Lofthouse Sauvignon blanc. Lofthouse Sauvignon Blanc is produced in Marlborough vineyard. Located on the east coast with mountains to the west, Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas. In these relatively cool climate conditions, the grapes benefit from a long flavour-intensifying ripening period. Clear cool nights give the vines a chance to rest from the daytime sun and help retain vital acidity levels in the grapes as they ripen. Soils here are stony with a sandy top soil over deep layers of shingle. These soils provide excellent drainage, which in turn prevents flooding and encourages the vine roots to dig deep for water and nutrients. The carefully selected grapes are harvested by hand at the end of April each year, when the

grapes are considered to be at their optimum ripeness. They are then quickly transferred to the winery for immediate fermentation, preserving all the good fruit flavours and freshness in the wine. Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The juice is cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and vibrancy of fruit and acidity. After fermentation, the different tanks are blended together to add layers of flavour and complexity before bottling. Medium lemon with flashes of green. The nose is incredibly fresh with cut grass and citrus character. The palate is invigorating and pretty with notes of lemon sherbert. There is a lovely fleshy fruit character to this wine, which is beautifully balanced by a crisp acidity running right through to the finish that works so well with Goats Cheese.

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21 October 2017 - 7 January 2018




Norfolk-based arts writer, Tony Cooper, checks out a special exhibition curated by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery focusing on the world-renowned Dutch artist, Rembrandt


major exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings by Rembrandt come together in a rare, remarkable and refreshing show at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery entitled Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness with Birketts, the East Anglianbased law firm with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich, the headline sponsor. The exhibition (to Sunday 7th January 2018) is the latest in a very successful series of world-class exhibitions mounted by Norwich Castle over the past few years comprising The Wonder of Birds (2014), Homage to Manet (2015), Artist Rooms: Jeff Koons (2016), British Art Show 8 (2016), Fishermen and Kings: the photography of Olive Edis (2016) and Nelson and Norfolk (2017). Forming the core of the exhibition is the little-known (but highlysignificant) collection of Rembrandt etchings held by the Norfolk Museums Service whose outstanding collection of Rembrandt etchings is the fourth most cherished collection in the country after the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) and the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford). The most important print in the collection, however, is an impression of ‘Christ Presented to the People’ printed on vellum. But in its entirety the collection - bequeathed to Norwich Castle in 1951 in the will of London art dealer, Percy Moore Turner comprises 93 examples. Turner, by the way, was a trusted advisor to Samuel Courtauld, a passionate art collector who helped to establish the Courtauld Collection and encouraged the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery to purchase Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings for the nation. He spent part of his life in Norwich and was heavily involved with the Castle during the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition - unique to Norwich and, therefore, will not be seen anywhere else - has been jointly curated by Dr Francesca Vanke, Keeper of Art and Curator of Decorative Art and Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Curator of Historic Art, at Norwich Castle. ‘This is the first time Norwich Castle’s extraordinary collection of etchings by Rembrandt has been exhibited as a group for more than 30 years,’ explained Dr Vanke. ‘The exhibition demonstrates how Rembrandt’s handling of light and darkness, expressed purely through the medium of black space and white space around them, was unsurpassed.’

introspective self-portraits. During his lifetime, Rembrandt - or to give him his full name Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - was as famed for his etchings as for his paintings. In Britain, for example, he was far better known as a printmaker. However, Rembrandt’s preoccupation with light and shade can be seen throughout his work as exemplified by specially-selected additional works which complement the prints such as a fascinating trio of oil paintings: ‘A Woman in Bed’ (National Galleries of Scotland), ‘Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb’ (The Royal Collection) and ‘Anna and the Blind Tobit’ (National Gallery). The British Museum, too, has also loaned a chalk-and-wash drawing ‘The Angel preventing Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac’ together with four prints. It is highly unlikely that these works have ever been exhibited together before. ‘Rembrandt is a miraculous draftsman of life in motion and one of the first painters who really moved me. He never stopped being important to me.’ (Frank Auerbach, 2013) Dr Bottinelli explains: ‘By comparing prints with a chosen group of paintings and drawings we are showing how physical and metaphorical light and darkness meet and combine in Rembrandt’s work in all media, creating narratives that communicate to the viewer across time.’ The process of etching, used in printmaking since The Middle Ages, is achieved by the artist drawing a picture with a needle on to a metal plate which has been covered with a waxy ground. The plate is then dipped in acid which bites into the lines created by the artist. Rembrandt was highly skilled in etching as well as other related techniques of engraving and dry-point, a printmaking technique of the intaglio family in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed needle of sharp metal or diamond point. Rembrandt is widely credited as being one of the world’s most renowned and innovative printmakers. Forming the largest part of the exhibition are 83 stunning etchings from Norwich Castle’s Rembrandt collection. The subjects of the prints cover the whole range of his creative life including self-portraits, portraits of friends and family. These include a particularly lovely study of Rembrandt’s mother as well as landscapes, biblical scenes and nude studies.

The prints will be complemented by a host of specially-selected drawings and paintings by Rembrandt which have been loaned from national museums and galleries.

Each of the prints vividly reveals Rembrandt’s outstanding ability to capture the many nuances of light and shade. Enigmatic figures emerge from evocative darkened backgrounds, night is subtly differentiated from shadow, while narrative and emotion are heightened by contrasts and perfectly-added highlights.

However, the exhibition will focus specifically on one of the less well-known aspects of Rembrandt’s output, namely his fascination with printmaking, in particular his use of this medium to explore innovative tonal gradations to produce evocative images of the Dutch landscape and biblical scenes as well as sensitive portraits including many

Unlike many artists Rembrandt printed the plates himself and often reworked them as can be seen from comparing different states of the same subject. Additionally, he was perpetually experimenting, often employing different acids and using hatching lines of varying thickness, bitten to depths of various degrees, in his attempts to achieve


greater tonal effects. Different papers, European and Oriental as well as oatmeal and vellum, were also a means to create further gradations in texture and contrast. Rembrandt treated print-making - which was to him a constantly-evolving art - as an artistic medium in its own right rather than merely a means of the mass reproduction of existing works. ‘Rembrandt paints more movingly than possibly any other painter who has ever lived.’ (Maggi Hambling, BBC Radio 4, 2014) The exhibition - accompanied by a richly-illustrated publication, Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness, written by Dr Vanke and Dr Bottinelli, the first to be devoted to the Norwich Castle Rembrandt etching collection (Norfolk Museums Service, £12.99) - also includes a print-room to guide visitors through the printmaking process while original copper-etching plates from the Norwich School of Artists drawn from the Norwich Castle collections will also illuminate this fascinating process. Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: ‘Visitors from the area and further afield will relish this beautiful exhibition by one of the most important and best-loved artists in European history and enjoy observing the minute and intense detail of Rembrandt’s prints. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view at close range this outstanding but until now little-known collection. This is another example of the cultural riches Norwich has to offer.’ Jonathan Agar, chief executive officer of Birketts, commented: ‘As passionate supporters of the Norfolk community and having a strong Anglo-Dutch legal practice, Birketts is immensely proud and absolutely delighted to support the Rembrandt exhibition which explores the extraordinary collection of one of the world’s greatest printmakers.’

The exhibition has also been supported by the John Jarrold Trust and the East Anglia Art Fund. Established in 1965, the John Jarrold Trust has the object of promoting, supporting and advancing charitable purposes of all kinds with a focus on the arts, education and community projects while the East Anglia Art Fund is dedicated to enriching cultural life in East Anglia by supporting the best in exhibitions and art education. / Visitors to the Rembrandt exhibition will also have the opportunity to view another new show, We Came Here to Conquer, bringing together eleven locally-based contemporary artists working in the field of print and printmaking comprising Charlie Barkus, Matthew Benington, Adam Bridgland, Alec Game, Aaron Scott Griffin, Reece Jones, Jade Jamean Lees, Flora Parrott, Sophie Purchase, Carl Rowe and Gabrielle Walker. Their specially-commissioned work has been produced in response to the modern and contemporary print collection at Norwich Castle and will be shown alongside the prints that have influenced or shaped the direction of the commissions. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, Norwich NR1 3JU | Tel: 01603 495897

Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10.00am-4.30pm; Sunday 1.00pm-4.30pm The exhibition will run until Sunday 7th January 2018

Admissions: Castle Ticket (including Special Exhibitions): adult £9.15; concs £8.70; child (4-18) £7.30; Family: 2 adults plus all children £31.10; Family: 1 adult plus all children £23.30. Special Exhibitions Ticket only Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness: adult £6.00; concs £5.70; child (4-18 years) £4.80



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Christmas is coming

and the goose is getting fat, and thoughts turn to getting those dusty Christmas decorations out of the loft ready to dress your home for another year of festive cheer. Whether you like a fully coordinated look, or prefer to buy a few extra pieces for the tree each year, this Christmas there is a style to suit you. Five trends dominate decorations for 2017 – Country Living: Natural wood, moss, pine, antique metals… it’s a look that brings the outside in this winter. Boutique Hotel – think ice and sparkle for a highly contemporary look. Christmas Fun – brings colour, festive slogans, Father Christmas and novelty items to the forefront, perfect for kids. Nordic – the Scandinavian look is similar to Country Living but with a more minimalist feel, think stars, lots of blue and silver. Retro – Colourful, metallic and reminiscent of your childhood if you were a child in the 70s or 80s. Of course at Christmas anything goes, so who says you cannot mix up the trends to get your own individual look?

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December Gardening Our gardening writer Ellen Mary brings Places&Faces® readers more useful tips

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he sparkle of Christmas is upon us as we delight in the season of mistletoe, holly and roasting chestnuts on a roaring fire. Collecting foliage, twigs and pine cones to make your own, unique Christmas wreath or table decoration is a joy and adding to the festivities with some natural decorations from the garden can help to bring the outside in, even during the chilly month of December.


If your containers are looking a bit sparse there is still time to create something pretty and colourful so take a look around your local nursery for some seasonal bedding plants. Add in some trailing Ivy and a little sparkle and hey presto you have a festive container to enjoy. Cyclamen are very popular at this time of year but plants with different foliage and berries can make an equally stunning festive display.

It’s a great tradition to have a Poinsettia on the Christmas table. Keep them away from cold areas and don’t overwater. But, if you fancy breaking tradition why not have a Cactus as your festive centrepiece? There are many different types to choose from but an Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus) with some festive tape or tinsel around the pot will make an eye catching decoration. If you have the desire to get outside as much as I do, no matter what the weather, one job that really must be done, is ensuring any fallen leaves are raked off the lawn. This helps to keep pests and diseases away and by raking them off pathways it will save any accidental slips and trips after a Christmas Sherry! FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

If it is a particularly wet or cold month, instead of leaving Leeks and Parsnips in the ground, you can lift them to store in buckets or containers of soil in a shed.


Or, you can use straw to cover the ground which can sometimes be easier for harvesting in bad weather and if the ground is frozen. It’s all about the seed catalogues! Take a break during the rush of Christmas to sit down with a hot chocolate and reflect on your allotment or kitchen garden over the past year. Make plans for what you will grow during the next year and delight in all of the options the catalogues provide. Think about crop rotation and sketch out your plans. One of my favourite Winter jobs! With a shortage of daylight hours during December, get outside as much as you can and harvest the vegetables available. Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cabbages will be ready for your Christmas lunch, as will Christmas potatoes, perfect for roasting. Harvest Sprouts from the bottom of the plant upwards by giving them a gentle twist away from the stalk. Make sure they are harvested before they blow open.


Whilst many of the trees are bare at this time of year and not so fruitful for garden birds, it does give us the opportunity to get a great glimpse of many species hopping from branch to branch. Providing them a home, supplementary food and shelter is so important and Winter is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and new hedging as long as the weather is mild. When planning what to plant in your garden, always have wildlife in mind. There are many beautiful shrubs with fragrance, even during the Winter months that are great for garden wildlife. Christmas box (Sarcococca hookeriana) has a beautiful scent and Rosa rugosa provides superbly big hips. Hedgehogs and small creatures will be looking for somewhere warm. Often this can be under a pile of leaves, or wood and in the compost heap. Try not to turn the compost until next Spring to ensure anything hiding amongst it is kept safe and snug without disturbance.


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PROPERTY Those buyers who are actively looking could use this in their favour by trying to negotiate a lower price Some homeowners may forget about the Christmas decorations - your home may be more cluttered than usual with a tree, cards and presents. Clutter is a real put off and a pet hate for viewers. Stick with decorations which complement your existing colour scheme - it will help them imagine themselves in your home. It’s a hectic time of year so when the pressure of selling your home is added it can be more stressful than normal. Try to take this on board. WHAT ARE THE FOR’S AND AGAINST’S FOR BUYERS? FOR’S

The seasonally cold weather and party period may put people off house hunting so there will be less people booking viewings, meaning less competition and less likelihood of open houses, so you’ll have more time in the property on your own. Many vendors carry out their own viewings and we find that our buyers prefer this as you get a better idea of what it’s actually like to live there

WITH THE FESTIVE FEELING IN THE AIR, IS IT A GOOD TIME TO GET INTO THE PARTY MOOD AND BUY OR SELL A NEW HOME, OR IS EVERYONE JUST TOO BUSY ENTERTAINING? Many estate agents perhaps discourage homeowners from selling in December, but for some people this is an ideal time to move as they have availability for viewings to take place. Opinions differ about this and it really comes down to individual circumstances, so it’s well worth considering all your options. FOR’S AND AGAINST FOR SELLERS? FOR’S

In general less properties are on the market at this time of year meaning shorter supply thus creating a higher cost which is great for you sellers as buyers have less choice Most buyers looking during the festive season are serious about securing a home so they may be willing to pay a bit more to secure it before the new year and will also want the process to move quickly - win win. Portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla have made it a lot easier for people to look for their new home, so buyers can continue to search whilst watching their favourite Christmas movie When it comes to arranging a time for a viewing, people are typically more freely available this month than during their normal work schedules, so can come at more sociable hours AGAINST’S

You should consider many estate agents are closed over the Christmas period - so if you are leaving your home on the market between 22nd December - 2nd January make sure your agent is available - such as an out of hours contact number provided via an office answering machine service Also consider it’s not just estate agents who close - your solicitors and local council will be off too - ideally make sure your paperwork is in place before the start of the holidays Buyers are affected too - over Christmas people may take a welldeserved break from work and house hunting so be prepared for fewer buyers searching during this time

The seller may not have received much interest if their home is still available this late in the year which could give you a lot of flexibility in negotiating the price Also those sellers who are continuing to market their property at this time are motivated to move home so they will want to make sure things run quickly and smoothly and will be prepared for the sale to go through straight away If you’re buying to let, its the perfect time to get everything ready for the busiest rental period of the year - the month of January! AGAINST’S

When there are less properties on the market, those that are can be pricier if there is a lot of demand in that area. Fewer properties means less choice, which can create stiffer competition between buyers who don’t want to miss the boat so do your research on the area before visiting the property. If you have a clear idea of what kind of home you want and where you want to live, you may find it more difficult at this time of year One thing to note when buying at this time is that many of the companies you will use to conduct your property searches and surveys etc may have closed for Christmas. This is particularly important for your legal and financial matters - so make sure your solicitor is organised beforehand and you have your mortgage in principle ready to go before the start of the season otherwise your dream home may be snapped up by someone else who’s in a more advanced position Christmas will hopefully give you a warm, festive feeling about the home you’re visiting but beware - sometimes the decorations can distract you from the important factors. Try and visualise the home when it isn’t Christmas - if this means peeking behind the Christmas tree to get a view out of the garden then don’t be afraid to ask the seller Whether you’re buying or selling, what you choose to do will depend on how things have been going with your sale or home search so far. Sellers, remember you only need one buyer to sell your home and it’s a strong possibility the buyers will be more genuine at Christmas. Buyers if you don’t find your dream home by the end of the year, fear not, there will be the typical surge of new listings in the new year.

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Interest rates haven’t been great over the past few years so returns are limited but cash investments have one very specific quality: you will never get back less than your original investment as long as the bank or institution remains in business. However, it’s worth remembering that failing to keep pace with inflation is the one big risk of investing in cash, particularly over long periods of time. So, if you are looking for medium to long term growth in excess of inflation then a mix with other investment solutions is usually appropriate. So far so good, but what if we see a banking crisis and banks go out of business? The good news is that most banks and financial institutions are covered by the Bank Deposit Protection Scheme which means that your deposit up to £85,000 per person per bank/institution is protected. Losses would be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The cover applies to any bank or institution authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). You can check that any money you have on deposit is covered via the Bank of England/PRA website at http:// banksbuildingsocietieslist.aspx. There may be occasions when you have more than the Deposit Protection Scheme limit in cash accounts for a short period – during a property sale, for example, or when you receive compensation or an insurance policy payout. There are special provisions under the FSCS rules for anyone who is impacted by a bank failure under those circumstances. The rules for “temporary high balances” normally apply provided the deposit was made within the previous six months and is no more than £1 million. You’ll need evidence of when it was deposited and for what reason, so do make sure you keep careful records if you are putting large amounts on deposit for any reason. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change.

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“The latest suggestion is that buyers and sellers could use the same lawyer. This tends to happen on the continent, where often the buyer and seller use the same notary”


EVERY FEW YEARS THE GOVERNMENT gets itself heated about

the conveyancing process. Often this is coupled with a look at other countries’ process which they then argue is better, more efficient, quicker, and cheaper than ours. A few years ago they decided that because Denmark had Home Information Packs we should have them too. This thinking ignores the fact that transplanting one aspect of another country’s system is likely to have unintended consequences. That proved to be the case, with sellers resenting the large upfront cost they had to incur and possibly incur again if their property did not sell before the searches expired. The target this time is concern over gazumping. This is where a seller accepts a verbal offer to buy and then before contracts are exchanged agrees to sell to a higher bidder. A few years ago the solution to this was said to be the Scottish system, where contracts are exchanged on acceptance of a sealed bid. That system prevents gazumping, but involves prospective buyers in additional costs such as survey reports which are thrown away when their bid is not accepted. The latest suggestion is that buyers and sellers could use the same lawyer. This is what tends to happen on the continent, where often the buyer and seller use the same notary. In say France though, the notary (or notaire) is regarded as a public official whose primary duty is to the transaction and not to the parties. This is quite different from England, where a solicitor acts in the best interest of his client. It is true that for many years solicitors have in certain cases been permitted to act for both sides. This is normally where either the transaction is low value or where both clients are established clients of the firm (though then different solicitors in the firm should be acting for each). Each client has to consent and the risk is that if a conflict arises the firm may have to stop acting for both, causing cost and delay.

The Law Society agrees that caution is needed with this proposal. At the same time it seems to be common ground amongst all parties that some things can be done to speed the process, by providing certain information up front to prospective buyers. This is in fact what happens with auctions, when standard enquiries and searches are pre-prepared to be viewed by potential bidders. Despite these possible improvements, it will be no surprise that various potential conflicts can and will arise. The problem is that until contracts are exchanged, there is no legally binding commitment to buy. A solicitor acting for both sides can be conflicted where say a buyer wants to stall or re-negotiate the price or where the seller discloses things he doesn’t want passed on to the buyer. Again, contrasting this with the French position, a buyer there signs an “avant-contrat”, i.e. a preliminary contract, with the estate agent. That contains a number of conditions to be met by the buyer before the purchase proceeds. The most common are conditions relating to the buyer’s finance, which is arranged after signing, unlike here where the buyer puts his mortgage in place before exchanging contracts. The French also reduce the need for enquiries by requiring the seller to make declarations about things like asbestos, dry rot and termites, to name but a few! They also have to have a comprehensive condition report on the property, with various certificates in place for things like the gas and electrics. The seller cannot therefore rely on “buyers beware” as he does here. Therefore, any change in representation needs to be accompanied by a change in procedures and even in the legal structure surrounding a conveyancing transaction. In fact putting in place a “protocol” for conveyancing similar to the French model would not be difficult, though to be effective the buyer would probably need to incur some on going costs to maintain certificates of various sorts. Beyond this is something the government and the profession don’t seem to have considered, namely the position of the lender and that of the solicitor’s own insurance. In most conveyances the buyer’s solicitor also acts for the lender and has to confirm that the property is good security. The solicitor therefore acts as a lender’s guarantor, which very much suits them and has in part resulted in the very high insurance premiums solicitors have to pay for doing conveyancing. Acting for both sides may well increase the risk and therefore the cost of insurance and drive the lenders to instruct their own solicitors, at a cost to the buyer. No change is ever without cost to someone and these proposals are no exception.

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LOUISE HAMILTON CENTRE CHARITY BALL 2017 A sold out black tie Charity Ball for the Louise Hamilton Centre was held on 28th October at The Ocean Rooms. The guests enjoyed a three course dinner and then they  were then entertained by the tribute band The West End Jersey Boys, and then a further set by Take This. The group  were kindly sponsored by Heatrae Sadia and were spectacular on both appearances and the dance floor was full all evening. It was a fantastic atmosphere all night.  The funds raised on the evening for the centre exceeded £5000.



GREAT YARMOUTH LIONS CLUB 64TH CHARTER NIGHT GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN HALL Great Yarmouth Lions Club celebrated their 64th Charter and the Centenary of Lions Club International with a ‘Downton’ themed dinner and dance at the Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth Town Hall. The evening was hosted by Lions President Lyn Thomas-East and was attended by Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Kerry Robinson-Payne and District Governor Mr. Derek Prior. Photography by MALCOLM HIRST



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MACMILLAN YARMOUTH STADIUM A fun packed evening was held at the Great Yarmouth Stadium in aid of MaCmillan Cancer Support, with the excitement of the races and even a few winners!! Photography by STEVEDAVISPHOTOGRAPHER.COM


NORFOLK LORD’S TAVERNERS BRASTED’S A night at Brasted’s with English Comedian

and Actor, Miles Jupp with a drinks reception with canapes on arrival, four course dinner in aid of fundraising to help disabled and

disadvantaged young people take part in

recreation and sport and have supported nine local special needs schools.



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GREAT YARMOUTH The Palmers Great Yarmouth Christmas party night was held on the 1st of November and was a great success. There was an extra-special celebration to commemorate the 180 year anniversary of the store. Paul Carter from Beach Radio hosted the evening, Customers were treated to drinks and nibbles and a Fashion show in the restaurant. One lucky customer won a £500 voucher in the free prize draw on the night.



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What do you see are the main challenges facing the theatre and how are you tackling them?

There’s the perennial challenge of balancing the needs and expectations of existing and new customers and connecting them with existing and new parts of our programme; working as efficiently as we can with limited resources; and striking the right balance between our commercial objectives and our charitable objectives. We’ve recently restructured our senior management team and have created some new job roles which will help us act more strategically and increase our capacity to plan ahead. But the most significant development is working in partnership more with local authorities, other arts and cultural organisations, local businesses and individuals to help make Norfolk and its people more successful. Looking ahead to 2018 there are some wonderful shows and plays booked to perform at the theatre – if you could recommend just one that is a “must see” show what would it be?


Marketing Director at Norwich Theatre Royal

What do you like most about living in Norfolk?

The quality of life, the proximity of beautiful countryside and coastline, architecture, pubs, history an array of arts and cultural activities. Is there anything you dislike?

Not having a football team in the Premiership, poor communications and transport infrastructure. Can you tell us about your life and interests outside of the theatre?

I live in Norwich with my wife Emma, children Lily (16) and Wilf (12), and our dog Buster. I’m a big rugby union fan, so spend too much time watching that, a keen photographer, though not particularly skilled, and enjoy cooking – my roast potatoes are renowned – well, within the family anyway! Where do you like to eat and drink?

For drinking (and watching rugby, and occasional pub quizzing) The Rose Tavern in Norwich. For eating, Bishop’s or Benedict’s (both Norwich) – luxurious treats. Tell us about the main aspects of your role as marketing director at the Norwich Theatre Royal?


Primarily it’s about generating sales, and that means trying to gain a deeper understanding of our customers, how they behave and what motivates them. Increasingly, we’re marketing our expanding Learning & Participation programmes for schools, young people, families, adults and community groups, plus the communications with existing and potential donors and supporters of our work as an educational charity. Our main challenge is turning data about what people do into insights which will help us reach and engage more people. Which of those aspects do you enjoy the most?

The biggest buzz is always seeing audiences of all ages having an entertaining and stimulating time watching the shows. How has technology impacted on how you market the theatre to the local community?

Like most businesses with a broad customer base, we have to use digital technology and marketing strategies alongside more traditional methods of marketing and communication. More and more of our business is done online and via mobile devices, so we have to make sure our technology is flexible and up to date. It’s a constantly-changing picture, and it’s a challenge keeping up with it. Stage Two was an exciting new development for the theatre, what are the future plans for Stage Two?

To carry on working with children and young people, and to expand the work we do with adults, families and community groups, particularly concentrating on engaging people who historically have thought theatre and the arts wasn’t for them. Overall, to help make a positive difference to people’s lives.

I love good drama, so I’m picking out This House, a National Theatre production on 8 – 12 May. It’s set in the hung Parliament of 1974-79 and focuses on the Whips’ Offices in the House of Commons. What might sound like a dry and dusty political thesis is actually a thrilling drama about the emotional intensity of relationships and characters in the corridors of power, and how these flawed, complex people influence the way we all live. Interspersed through the show are performances by the cast of songs from the 1970s, adding a layer of nostalgic enjoyment. Have you had any amusing incidents you can tell us about since you have been at the theatre?

There a few I can’t tell you about, as they’re unsuitable for publication, and would probably result in a libel action. But one of the strangest experiences I’ve had was showing the DVD of the show Jerry Springer The Opera to a room full of Anglican and Catholic priests. The show was extremely controversial and protestors objected to it coming to Norwich on the grounds of blasphemy, so we organised a screening to let local clergy make up their own minds about it. The show was full of bad language and some fairly shocking behaviour, which they didn’t seem to mind that much, luckily. The Anglicans wanted to discuss the moral relativism of today’s society, and the Catholics wanted to know about the lighting design and the costumes. A bizarre and slightly surreal experience. Can you sum up Norwich Theatre Royal in five words?

Historic, friendly, entertaining, challenging, resourceful. Can you sum up Stage Two in five words?

Inclusive, inquisitive, collaborative, enthusiastic, new.

Can you sum yourself up in five words?

Loyal, passionate, curious, easily distracted.

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Places&Faces 93 December 2017  

Places & Faces 93 December 2017

Places&Faces 93 December 2017  

Places & Faces 93 December 2017