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Issue 73 Summer 2018

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Summer Circus

Award-winning International Circus Shows in Norwich City celebrates Circus250 with big top in Chapelfield Gardens


ome of the best circus shows from around the world are coming to Norwich this summer to mark 250 years of circus.

Chapelfield Summer Circus big top will be in Chapelfield Gardens from 11 to 15 July. Norfolk based Lost in Translation Circus have hand picked a selection of international contemporary circus shows, all appearing in Norwich for the first time. All daytime and early evening shows are suitable for family audiences while late night cabaret on Friday and Saturday evenings will be for over 16’s only. Fauna (Thursday 12 July 8pm) is a multi-award winning show, by the company of the same name, that has thrilled audiences around the world. Five international performers balance, tumble, jump and fly, transforming their bodies into spiders, lemurs, tree frogs and birds of paradise to highlight the similarities between human movement and animal behaviour. Accompanied by live music, this unique presentation was described by London’s Evening Standard as ‘like David Attenborough in tights and leotards – great fun’. Amazingly, Lost in Translation’s world conquering The Hogwallops has never been performed in the company’s adopted home city. Now the ‘good old fashioned contemporary circus’ troupe bring their loud and funny dramatisation of the domestic adventures of a chaotic family to Norwich for the first time. Blending thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy and slapstick this is a fantastic family show. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Twits, the show includes thrills, gasps, laughs and drama aplenty for both adults and children to enjoy. See it at 7pm on Friday 13 July and 2.30pm Saturday 14 July. Leading Australian company Casus bring their breakthrough show Knee Deep (Saturday 14 July 7pm) for its Norwich debut. Now in its 7th wildly successful year, Knee Deep sees four performers explore the boundaries of strength and fragility. Bodies are pushed and pulled, eggs are weighed and tested, unlikely bonds are forged and acts of intimacy share space with thrilling physical feats.

Late nights on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July will find circus thrills strictly for adults. Circus Cabaret Lates will feature spectacular line-ups showcasing showmanship, circus, variety, humour and music from renowned and celebrated performers from around the world. The shows will be compered by Abigail Collins who has has guested in late-night cabaret sensation La Clique and performed as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Colombia and Japan. Over the weekend a programme of daytime outdoor circus fun will include drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages. The final performance on Sunday 15 July sees Norwich’s Oak Circus Centre present a Community Cabaret. Students alongside circus professionals will demonstrate their skills in thrills, spills, daring trapeze, juggling and more. Lost in Translation will also be presenting a work in progress version of new touring show Famished. There will be a number of FREE tickets for this show closer to the time. Chapelfield Summer Circus follows this year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration, which will lead Norwich’s Circus250 extravaganza. Prior to the circus themed Lord Mayor’s Procession on Saturday 7 July, there will be a parade on the evening of Friday 6 July featuring a herd of life size elephant puppets. Accompanied by troupes of acrobats, jugglers and other brightly costumed performers, the Elephant’s Parade will wind from Goal Hill through to the circus big top in Chapelfield Gardens. Here a thrilling world of side shows, a funfair and live music welcomes the circus to town. The parade will recreate the practice of years gone by when visiting circus companies would parade their animals and performers through the streets to announce their arrival. Circus250 is the year-long, countrywide celebration that marks the 250th anniversary of the first circus ever. All over the UK and Ireland contemporary and traditional circuses, museums, festivals, churches, theatres and archives will be celebrating the anniversary with performance, exhibitions, concerts and events. Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been jointly selected to be one of the six designated UK ‘Cities of Circus’ that will provide the main focus of the celebrations in Britain. www.circus250.com Helen Selleck, Norwich City Council’s Events and Culture Manager, said: ‘Chapelfield Summer Circus promises to be a real treat for the city, and will keep the feel good factor from our Lord Mayor’s Celebration going for even longer. We are delighted to have been one of the few cities selected to celebrate Circus250, and very pleased to be working with Lost in Translation on this spectacular event.’ National Circus250 director, Dea Birkett, said: ‘Norwich is perfectly placed to be one of our six Cities of Circus with its long tradition of circus. It’s the birthplace of famous 19th century black circus proprietor Pablo Fanque, PT Barnum paraded his elephants through Norwich and it’s currently home to the internationally renowned Lost in Translation Circus as well as The Oak Circus Centre.’ Massimiliano Rossetti Co-Director of Lost in Translation Circus and The Oak Circus Centre said ‘We are all so pleased that Norwich has been chosen as one of the UK Cities of Circus for 2018. We are looking forward to staging brilliant events that will really put the city on the international circus map. From our Norwich base we have travelled the world to perform and now we’re bringing the circus world to the city.’


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Tickets go on sale on World Circus Day 2018 (21 April) at Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660 352 www.norwichartscentre.co.uk www.circusnorwich.co.uk Chapelfield Summer Circus Listings info: Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 July Chapelfield Summer Circus Celebrating Circus250 Lost in Translation Circus present a Big Top style tent with a handpicked selection of international contemporary circus shows, all appearing in Norwich for the first time. Daytime and early evening shows are suitable for family audiences with late night cabaret for adults on Friday and Saturday evenings. Licensed bar available. Thursday 12 July 8pm Fauna (60 mins) Adult £12, Concession/child £7.50 Friday 13 July 7pm The Hogwallops – Lost in Translation Circus (60 mins) Adult £12, Concession/child £7.50 10pm Circus Cabaret Lates (90 mins incl 20 mins interval) Adult £12, Concession £7.50

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Saturday 14 July 11am – 2pm: Outdoor Circus Fun with drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages. Free 2.30pm: The Hogwallops – Lost in Translation Circus (60 mins) Adult £12, Concession/child £7.50 7pm: Knee Deep – Casus (60 mins) Adult £12, Concession/child £7.50 10.00pm: Circus Cabaret Lates (90mins incl 20 mins interval) Adult £12, Concession £7.50 Sunday 15 July 11am – 2.30pm: Outdoor Circus Fun with drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages. Free 3pm: The Oak Circus Community Cabaret (90 mins incl 20mins interval) Adult £5, Concession/child £3

This event has been made possible with funding from Norwich City Council, Arts Council England, Norwich Town Close Estate Charity, Geoffrey Watling Charity, Anguish’s Educational Foundation Trust, John Jarrold Trust, Goodman Trust, Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, Snelling Charitable Trust, Charles Littlewood Hill Trust and The Ranworth Trust. CIrcus250 is a year-long nationwide celebration of 250 years of circus. In 1768 showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus. All over the UK and Ireland there will be contemporary and traditional circuses, performances, exhibitions, concerts and events. The main focus will fall on six designated ‘Cities of Circus’ with their long and proud history of ‘the greatest show on earth’. Norwich (together with Great Yarmouth) is one of the six alongside Bristol, Blackpool, Newcastle-under-Lyme, London and Belfast

Advance tickets available online, by phone and in person from Norwich Arts Centre, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 01603 660 352, St Benedicts Street Norwich NR2 4PG All prices include an admin fee. www.circusnorwich.co.uk


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The Opera House Sunday 1st July (1.00pm). Encore showing: Monday 2nd July (6.00pm) The Opera House, a new film by awardwinning documentary filmmaker, Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich and colourful history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely-seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film also chronicles the creation of the Met’s glorious storied home of the last 50 years against the backdrop of the artists, architects and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Such notable figures in the film include the famed soprano, Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighbourhood to make room for the Lincoln Center and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realised. 12 | Summer 2018

The Devil’s Backbone (15) in association with UEA Philosophy department Sunday 1st July (2.45pm) As the Spanish Civil War draws to its close, ten-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is abandoned at a remote orphanage. Harassed by the boys there, Carlos starts to uncover the orphanage’s murky history and the shady connections between its members of staff. Favouring characterdriven, emotional investment over cheap shocks, The Devil’s Backbone is an unpredictable horror that builds towards a surprising and truly exciting conclusion. The Shining (15) / Stanley Kubrick season Sunday 1st July (5.00pm) Struggling author Jack (Jack Nicholson) is installed as a winter caretaker in an empty, snowbound hotel in the company of his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychically-gifted son Danny (Danny Lloyd). But the hotel has a grim history and as its dark soul begins to possess Jack, Danny, too, becomes enmeshed in its terrors. Based on the novel by Stephen King, Kubrick’s superb essay on fluorescentlit horror with its combination of bleak comedy, creepy atmosphere and

sumptuously horrible visuals, became an instant genre classic. Whitney Tuesday 3rd July (8.30pm) In sensitive and unshrinking style, Academy Award-winning director, Kevin Macdonald, shines new and piercing light on the rise and fall of one of the music industries’ most iconic superstars, Whitney Houston. His documentary deftly chronicles Houston’s stratospheric rise to stardom on the world stage and pieces together previously unseen home video, exclusive demo recordings, rare performance footage and interviews with those closest to the balladbelting diva. Underlying the starry story, though, is the darker side of Houston’s life: a turbulent marriage to American rapper, Bobby Brown - a possible catalyst to the singer’s self-destructive battle with drug addiction - and some oppressive family secrets. We witness a brilliant career turn to chaos, scandal and the death of woman that moved millions. Revisiting one of the most tragic stories in pop-music history, Whitney is a salient testament to incandescent talent and tragic finales. www.1Magazine.co.uk

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (12A) Thursday 5th July (7.20pm). Encore showing: Sunday 15th July (1pm) Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning, five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New - who’s 16 and lives on a council estate in Sheffield - doesn’t quite fit in and is terrified about the future. Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by his friends he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight. Winner of three WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for five Olivier Awards, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - starring John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol- will come ‘live’ from the Apollo Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue.

music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a nonstop parade of wildly-different styles and techniques.

The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine (U) Sunday 8th July with four showings at 11.00am, 1.30pm, 3.45pm and 6.00pm An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colourful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly-joyful cinematic experience for all ages filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play and glorious music. But beyond all the glorious

North by Northwest (PG) / Alfred Hitchcock season Sunday 8th July (5.00pm) This quintessentially-chase film, digitally restored, stars Cary Grant who gives one of his finest performances as the self-satisfied, suave ad exec who is mistaken for a spy and pursued across the country by enemy agents.


From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland to the tinted photography of the soot-covered roofs and smokestacks of Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic colour-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes and the triumphant euphony of the It’s All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy. All attendees will receive an exclusive 50th anniversary commemorative pack including four stunning limited edition collector’s cards and a Peppertastic sticker set.

Racer and the Jailbird Tuesday 10th July (6.00pm) Racer and the Jailbird is the latest breathlessly-stylish and sexy-crime epic from Oscar-nominated director, Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop), set against an electrifying backdrop of high-speed racing and high-stakes heists. As a member of a notorious Brussels gang renowned for their expertly-executed robberies, Gigi (frequent Roskam collaborator, Matthias Schoenaerts - The Danish Girl and Red Sparrow) tends to his front, a luxury automobile importexport business, in his downtime. Sparks fly when he meets glamorous and affluent racing-car driver Bibi (Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue is the Warmest Color). Despite their wildly-different backgrounds, the pair fall instantly and tragically in love but as Gigi attempts to break away from his illicit history, two things stand in the couple’s way to a happy life together: an unrelenting mob hungry for another heist and the cops that are closing in on them. Racer and the Jailbird is a triumph in on-screen chemistry and atmosphere. Muse: Drones World Tour Thursday 12th July (8.30pm) Muse, the world-renowned, multi-award2018 Summer | 13

Star violinist, André Rieu.

winning band, embarked on their ambitious Drones World Tour in 2015-16 and played over 130 shows across the globe. Known for pushing boundaries in terms of their stage production, the band performed ‘in the round’ from the middle of the arena with the stage design and configuration giving fans a 360-degree audio/visual sensory experience.

One of Hitchcock’s most celebrated and morally-complex films with the camera restrained as tightly as the incapacitated protagonist and aligned to his privileged and restricted point of view. Rear Window is full of mordant wit, nail-biting suspense and a gallery of superb performances not least from Raymond Burr as the victimised murderer across the way.

Central to the tour’s visuals were the Drones which flew autonomously above the stage and across the audience as well as giant projections that interacted with the band members on stage. This LED- and laser-laden spectacle perfectly complemented the band’s celebrated repertoire. Key songs performed on the tour included ‘Psycho’, ‘Madness’, ‘Uprising’, ‘Plug in Baby’, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and ‘Knights of Cydonia’. And constructed from footage shot at multiple shows, the concert movie includes never-before-seen special-effects along with exclusive insights from the band in the introduction. The New York Times described the Muse live experience as ‘an endless build-up, heading for one peak after another’. Praise, indeed!

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet (12A) Wednesday 18th July (7.00pm) Set in a world very much like our own, the RSC’s stunning and well-received production of Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Perhaps the most famous story of love at first sight Romeo and Juliet explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences.

Rear Window (PG) / Alfred Hitchcock season Sunday 15th July (4.30pm) James Stewart stars in Rear Window as the photojournalist confined to his apartment with a broken leg in a sweltering New York summer and begins to observe constantly the lives of those around him. Passive activity evolves into voyeuristic obsession until he thinks he has witnessed a murder. 14 | Summer 2018

Strangers on a Train (PG) / Alfred Hitchcock season Sunday 22nd July (5.00pm) The scenario of this thrilling and nailbiting work by Hitchcock surrounds two strangers who start chatting on a train. One of them proposes that they commit two perfect murders by killing the individuals responsible for each other’s problems. As usual with Hitchcock, suspense and tension takes you to the final frame. Glyndebourne Opera: Saul Thursday 26th July (7.30pm) David has vanquished the giant Goliath

but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love thereby tearing both a family and a nation apart. The scenario is Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of their singers, exquisite arias and bold orchestration filled with unusual instruments, it creates a Biblical drama of truly Shakespearean scope. Barrie Kosky’s blazingly-original and visually-spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pair baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. Sung in English with English subtitles and recorded ‘live’ at Glyndebourne in 2015. Dementia Friendly Screening: The Greatest Showman (PG) Thursday 27th July (10.30am) Curtains up, hit the lights - it’s show time! Broadway veteran, Hugh Jackman, returns to his song-and-dance roots in a dazzling feel-good musical about taking risks and chasing your dreams. Inspired by the life of show-business pioneer, P T Barnum, The Greatest Showman charts


Glyndebourne Opera: Vanessa.

one man’s rise from nothing to create a circus spectacle that would become a worldwide sensation - ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’. Jackman stars as the down-onhis-luck Barnum who gathers a motley troupe of extraordinary performers and changes the face of entertainment for ever. Strutting their stuff alongside him in this rags-to-riches tale are the likes of Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and singer Zendaya performing catchy original music penned by La La Land duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film is open to all but especially for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits can be enjoyed 30 minutes before the showing from 10.00am) André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert (12A) Saturday 28th July (7.00pm). Encore showing: Sunday 29th July (3.00pm) ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’ is the renowned violinist’s tribute to his love for music and his love for both of his families his wife and children and, of course, for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, whom Maestro Rieu has performed with for over 30 years. The show follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year which featured his own versions of classic love songs from the world of popular and classical music. Rebecca (PG) / Alfred Hitchcock season Sunday 29th July (5.00pm) The scenario of Rebecca surrounds a timid young woman who meets and falls in love with a wealthy widower whilst on holiday www.1Magazine.co.uk

in Monte Carlo. After a whirlwind romance and wedding, she travels to her new English country estate but finds her joy short-lived when she discovers that Rebecca - her husband’s first wife - exerts a ghostly hold over everything there. Psycho (15) / Alfred Hitchcock season Sunday 5th August (5.45pm) Alfred Hitchcock’s stunningly-realised tale of a host of gruesome murders and sly-verbal sparring at the Bates Motel has become a ‘classic’ for cinema buffs round the world. And coupled with Bernard Herrman’s famed ‘all-strings’ score it enriches the film’s dialogue considerably providing some of the most famous music in cinema history especially with the innovative, nerve-jingling violent ‘screams’ which accompany the stabbing of Janet Leigh in the shower. The Night of the Hunter (12A) in association with UEA Philosophy department Sunday 5th August (3.30pm) In rural America in the Depression-ridden 1930s, two children are menaced by a psychotic preacher (Robert Mitchum) on the trail of money stolen by their desperate father. Part-expressionist thriller, part-magical fantasy of evil defeated by goodness and innocence, Charles Laughton’s only film as a director is one of the most influential and celebrated of cult movies. Vertigo (PG) / Alfred Hitchcock season Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s

greatest cinematic achievements, Vertigo is a dreamlike thriller from the Master of Suspense. Set in San Francisco, the film creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder after an acrophobic detective (James Stewart) rescues a mysterious blonde (Kim Novak) from the bay and must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future. Culture Shock: Heathers (30th anniversary / 15) Monday 13th August (8.30pm) Regular girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder) tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD (Christian Slater) her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate and unintentional murder as she exacts revenge on her enemies, aka her best friends. Dark, cynical and subversive, this cult classic gently applied a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie thereby changing the game for teen comedies to follow. Glyndebourne Opera (Live): Vanessa (12A) Tuesday 14th August (6.30pm) Abandoned by her lover, Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece, Erika, for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of 2018 Summer | 15

women. Past and present love collides and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all. An operatic thriller from the age of Hitchcock, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prizewinning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Richard Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy - one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire. Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama which will be sung in English with English subtitles and broadcast ‘live’ from Glyndebourne. Olivier Awardwinning director, Keith Warner, makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne début with this production, which promises to bring

is James P Sullivan, a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns, known as ‘Sulley’ to his friends. His Scare Assistant, best friend Toy Story (PG) / Pixar season and roommate is Mike Wazowski, a limeSunday 19th August (1.00pm) As six-year-old Andy’s favourite toy, Woody green, self-opinionated, feisty monster. And visiting from the human world is Boo, (Tom Hanks), a take-charge, pull-string a tiny girl who turns the monster world cowboy, is confident in his role as roomupside down and teaches Sulley and Mike leader. But after Andy’s birthday party, that laughter is more powerful than a newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), a scream. flashy space-ranger with laser action and pop-out wings, crash-lands into Woody’s Jonas Kaufmann: Under the Stars (U) world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration Thursday 30th August (6.30pm) of Andy’s other toys, igniting a rivalry that Regarded as one of the world’s greatest lands the duo inside the home of Sid - the tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid’s evil plans, Woody and Buzz must work audiences across the world with his together and realise they’ve got the perfect incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert friend: in each other! captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbuhne amphitheatre. Monsters Inc (PG) / Pixar season Sunday 26th August (1.00pm) Monsters, Inc. is the largest scare factory in The star tenor will perform a host of famous arias and timeless Italian songs the monster world and the top Kid-Scarer from his best-selling album ‘Dolce Vita’ in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars. out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work.

Dementia Friendly Screening: Mary Poppins (U) Friday 31st August (10.30am) Step in time with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke for this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious family favourite. What more can one say!



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FULL PROGRAMME FOR HOLT FESTIVAL 2018 REVEALED ‘One of the most important cultural events in Norfolk’ Peter Wilson, former Chief Executive, Norwich Theatre Royal The full tenth anniversary programme for Holt Festival 2018, North Norfolk’s award winning, international feast of the arts has been announced. The Festival brings outstanding theatre, music, comedy, literature, talks, children’s and visual art events to the picturesque Georgian town for eight days, from 21 to 29 July.


For the tenth anniversary year Stash Kirkbride has taken the helm as Artistic Director, and he has delivered a programme that combines the best of national and international talents with some of the cream of our own Norfolk performers. Introducing the programme Stash said ‘It is said that if a festival can make it to its 10th year then it has truly arrived, and having long admired the achievements of Holt Festival I am thrilled and honoured to be

Major new announcements include a Norfolk Day special appearance by the county’s best loved, most popular and rudest(!) comedy duo The Nimmo Twins. Making their first appearance at the festival the Nimmo’s outrageously hilarious and hugely popular Normal for Norfolk shows have entertained sell-out crowds for over 20 years. Two major exhibitions put Holt firmly on the international art map. A world-first exhibition of the paintings of one of Norfolk’s best loved adopted sons, Sir John Hurt, will show just how accomplished a painter he was. Another exclusive sees letters from George Orwell to his Southwold lover on public display for the first time ever. Jasper Carrott has made good his promise to reschedule the show heart surgery forced him to cancel last year and leading political figures will be in Holt to discuss their lives and careers with well known TV and radio presenters.

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Music Music has always been a mainstay of the festival and this year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint. Internationally renowned Italian concert pianist Gloria Campaner comes to Holt for two exclusive concerts. Shadows sees her dramatically interpreting Scriabin’s Vers la Flamme and she teams up with the Polish jazz pianist Leszek Możdżer for Two Pianos: Heart of Stone. For their only planned UK appearance of the year their programme of classics including Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin, alongside jazz improvisation and more, will be accompanied by live visuals from Italian video designer Luca Scarzella. Other classical highlights include a concert by one of the UK’s leading tenors James Gilchrist, accompanied by Matt Wadsworth; and Norwich soprano Lisa Cassidy appears in a one-off performance of La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc. This is presented in a double bill with actress Tracey Catchpole’s interpretation of Cocteau’s story, in English, as The Human Voice. A further theatre/music crossover sees pianist Lucy Parham chronicle the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff with narration from acclaimed stage, TV and film actor Alex Jennings. Music of a very different kind comes from chart topper Leo Sayer and the high energy showmanship rock, funk, blues and more of Tankus The Henge. Making a special appearance at Theatre in the Woods is the Tom Baxter Band. Tom is the writer of modern standard ‘Better’ and his popular songs have been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey, Take That, Boyzone and more. The musical tradition of Zimbabwe is celebrated in Music of Our Ancestors by the powerful vocals and instrumental prowess of Anna Mudeka. Described as ‘The Queen’ by Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee was considered the sultriest songstress of them all. Featuring some of the finest musicians on the London jazz scene the Jo Harrop Jazz Quintet, perform songs from the Lee canon with great style and swing. The Matt Wates’ Jazzband will also be appearing in Holt with their highly accessible modern style of jazz with the emphasis on melody and groove. Theatre & Talks Long-time collaborator with Steven Berkoff, Linda Marlowe is one of our finest actors with countless West End, TV and film credits to her name – she was even in Eastenders between 20142017 as Sylvie Carter! Now she brings Berkoff’s Women, her Josie Lawrence directed, acclaimed theatrical exploration


of sensuality, revenge, pathos, heartbreaking loneliness and riotous humour to Holt. Bob Kingdom brilliantly brings the trailblazing writer of classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood to life in The Truman Capote Talk Show. He also performs his other great characterisation, Dylan Thomas: Return Journey at Holt. Originally directed by Anthony Hopkins, the one-man show follows the Welsh playwright on his last great lecture tour. In another Norfolk Day event, one of Norfolk’s best-known theatre impresario’s makes a rare stage appearance. Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre Royal for 25 years, producer of West End hit The Woman in Black (theatreland’s longest running show after The Mousetrap) and many touring shows, Peter Wilson performs TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, the poet’s last great work. It will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Dame Margaret Hodge. Colin Cloud has

rapidly become the most acclaimed forensic mind reader in the country, his uncanny powers of deduction have caused him to be described as the ‘Sherlock Holmes of entertainment’. Following his 2017 Royal Variety Performance appearance he brings his show PSYCHO(Logical) to Holt prior to a month at the Edinburgh Festival. Former Home secretary and awardwinning author Alan Johnson will discuss his life and career with ITV broadcaster Becky Jago while Lord ‘Paddy’ Ashdown, leader of the Liberal Democrats for 11 years will be in conversation with BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad. The leading party political spectrum is completed by Anne Widdecombe, Conservative MP for

Maidstone from 1997-2010, who will be talking about her life and views with Nina Nannar, ITV News Arts Editor. Multi-award winning journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson has enjoyed an illustrious career in international journalism and will be in conversation with BBC TV’s Susie FowlerWatt. For the final talk of the Festival, BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner will be discussing the themes and ideas behind his second novel, ‘Ultimatum’ with Alex Dunlop, Defence Reporter, BBC TV News (East). Frank’s 2068 debut

novel, ‘Crisis’, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Comedy As well as the previously mentioned treat from Norfolk’s notorious Nimmo Twins there are laughs a plenty to be enjoyed. Australian cabaret sensation

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Pamela Shaw comes direct from New York. Her irreverent, sassy and funny new show features songs by Tim Minchin, Lennon/McCartney and Rickie Lee Jones, fused with pop, blues and contemporary Broadway hits. There’s a night of standup comedy featuring four of the top comics on the London circuit – Francis Foster, Helen Bauer, Phil Nichol and Paul F Taylor, as well as the much anticipated appearance from Jasper Carrott, following his enforced cancellation due to essential heart surgery last year. The legendary Brummie funnyman will present his show Stand Up and Rock

James Glennie has conjured up two amazing world exclusives, among a busy programme. John Hurt as Artist is the first exhibition anywhere in the world of the late screen legend’s paintings. Sir John Hurt painted all his life, at the age of 17 he attended The Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art and Design) and in 1959 won a scholarship to St. Martin’s School of Art (now Central Saint Martin’s) in London. Most of the paintings in the exhibition have been loaned by his wife, Lady Anwen Hurt who said ‘Whenever anyone referred to John’s painting as a ‘hobby’ he was quick to point out that a painting was not something he did for relaxation or a bit of fun, he took it every bit as seriously as he took his acting career’. Blithe Spirit features original artworks by Sir Stanley Spencer, Philip Wilson Steer, Margaret Mellis, John Piper, Sir George Clausen, Sir John Arnesby Brown and many others

blending comedy with an allstar band featuring ELO and The Move founder member Bev Bevan. Visual Art There has always been an exciting visual arts programme in the festival, but this year Festival Fine Art Director

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inspired by Walberswick, Southwold and The Blyth Estuary. The exhibition will also feature a group of unpublished love letters from George Orwell to his secret lover Eleanor Jacques of Southwold which have never before been seen in public. Head to Head exhibits the work of Dora Gordine, Jacob Epstein and contemporaries including Frank Dobson and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, illustrating the between the wars Picasso-led movement that led artists to explore more exotic influences. Holt is renowned for its galleries and many of them are taking part in the annual art-trail including Eileen Cooper

RA at the Bircham Gallery, Eileen was the first female Keeper of the Royal Academy in almost 250 years and among the many free art talks at the festival she is In Conversation with Anwen Hurt and Whitbread Biography Award winner D J Taylor will be talking about the George Orwell letters too. For the very first time the festival is running an Open Studios event. Artists and makers living or working within 15 miles of Holt are throwing their studio doors open to the public. The Holt Festival-Sir John Hurt Art Prize is also open for entries with £1,750 and exhibition at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art for the winning entry. Film To coincide with the exhibition of his paintings a short series of Sir John Hurt’s films will be screened, curated from his personal favourites by his wife Anwen. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anwen, in conversation with special guests including Richard Kwietniowski, writer, director and John’s long-time friend and collaborator. The films are The Hit directed by Stephen Frears (cert 18, 1984), The Field (cert 12, Jim Sheridan 1990) and Kwietniowski’s Love & Death on Long Island (cert 15, 1997) Children’s and Family Events There’s plenty for the kids and families. Norwich Puppet Theatre brings The Steadfast Tin Soldier, a playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s poetic story for 3-8 year olds. Light, projected animations and simple materials, skilfully transformed through puppetry, create a theatrical experience that will engage and touch young hearts and minds. Young people 8-16 are invited to join Sheringham Little Theatre’s day long workshop to create A Play In A Day, culminating in a showcase performance for family and friends. There’s also daily storytelling from Amy Finnegan for the under 7’s and Comedy Club 4 Kids is just what is says in the title. A hugely popular treat for ages 6+ and adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit’s best stand-ups and sketch acts. Chair of the Board of Trustees Adney Payne said ‘Stash has done us proud with a richly varied programme to mark our tenth anniversary. We all still greatly miss Sir John Hurt who was such a great supporter of the Festival and I’m thrilled that we are able to show his paintings for the first time anywhere in the world. I think everyone involved in the Festival past and present should feel justifiably proud of our achievements and would especially like to say a huge thank you to the many hundreds of able and enthusiastic volunteers who work so hard


every year to make the Festival a success. Gresham’s School, Holt Parish Church, the Community Centre and the Holt Book Shop have supported us from the very start and our gratitude also goes to our media partners Eastern Daily Press, North Norfolk News and Future Radio.’ Each year Holt Festival makes a substantial donation to the Holt Youth Project - one of England’s most imaginative, award winning youth schemes. Serving young people across north Norfolk, it prides itself on preventative programmes that allow young people to reach their full potential. Tickets are available via via 01603 598699 and www.holtfestival.org

Holt Festival 2018 Full listings: Saturday 21 – Monday 23 July 10am to 5pm FREE HOLT FESTIVAL OPEN STUDIOS (exhibition) The Festival’s inaugural open studios where artists living within a 15-mile radius of Holt open their doors to the public. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 July 11am to 7.30pm FREE JOHN HURT as Artist (exhibition) A rare opportunity to see paintings by actor Sir John Hurt who drew and painted throughout his life and brought the same creativity and brilliance to being an artist


as he did to being an actor. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer Mezzanine, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 July 11am to 5pm FREE BLITHE SPIRIT: The Blythe Estuary – A Creative Haven (exhibition) Unpublished love letters from George Orwell to Eleanor Jacques in Southwold, giving real insight into his character, are displayed alongside art work by Philip Wilson Steer, Sir Stanley Spencer, Margaret Mellis and other well-known artist connected to this part of Suffolk. Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS

Sunday 22 – Sunday 29 July 11am to 7.30pm FREE SIR JOHN HURT ART PRIZE EXHIBITION (exhibition) The winner and all the shortlisted entries from this prestigious art prize chosen by judges Eileen Cooper RA, Robert Upstone and Lady Hurt. The winner receives £1,500 and will be shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 July 11am to 5pm FREE HEAD TO HEAD: Dora Gordine, Jacob Epstein & Contemporaries (exhibition) Exhibition illustrating the Picasso led movement between the wars, away from traditional Roman and Greek influences, towards the exotic. Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

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Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 July 11am to 5pm FREE FESTIVAL ART TRAIL (exhibition) Discover an eclectic variety of historic, modern and contemporary art and photography at Holt’s many art galleries. Holt Festival at various galleries around Holt town centre Sunday 22 July 8pm £22/£5 ELÈGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile (classical music/theatre) A ‘Composer Portrait’ scripted by pianist Lucy Parham chronicling the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff, narrated and read by renowned TV, film and stage actor Alex Jennings. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

The music of Dowland, Britten and Purcell, sung by one of the UK’s leading tenors, accompanied by Matt Wadsworth on lute and theorbo. Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Monday 23 July 9pm £20/£5 PAMELA SHAW Naughty (comedy/ cabaret) Australian cabaret sensation Pamela Shaw comes direct to Holt from New York with her irreverent, sassy and funny new show. This musical mélange includes songs by

Monday 23 10am-10.30am, under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: Amy Finegan (childrens) Stories, games and songs to entertain under 7s. Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR

Monday 23 July 6pm £22/£5 ‘Shall I Strive with Words to Move’ Music of Dowland, Britten and Purcell JAMES GILCHRIST: Tenor with MATT WADSWORTH: Lute and theorbo Theres Nomusic) Business Like Show Business (classical

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Tuesday 24 July 4pm £18/£5 BOB KINGDOM: The Truman Capote Talk Show (theatre) Truman Capote, social butterfly, gossipmonger and faded novelist, is brought dramatically to life in Bob Kingdom’s brilliant award-winning one man show. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Tuesday 24 July 6pm £18/£5 THE HUMAN VOICE/LA VOIX HUMANE (theatre/ music) Jean Cocteau’s compelling exploration of human frailty and love with actress Tracey Catchpole and soprano Lisa Cassidy. The scenario is a woman’s phone call to her lover. The first half is The Human Voice, performed in English, and the second Francis Poulenc’s one act opera, performed in French. Holt Festival at the Britten Building, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Monday 23 July 2pm £18/£5 ALAN JOHNSON in conversation with Becky Jago (talk) Former politician and awardwinning author and broadcaster Alan Johnson talks to ITV News Anglia broadcaster Beck Jago about his life and career. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Monday 23 July 4pm £12/£5 ANNA MUDEKA: Music of our Ancestors (music) Anna Mudeka’s powerful vocals and instrumental artistry bring alive the rich musical tradition of Zimbabwe. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Tuesday 24 July 2pm £20/£5 LINDA MARLOW Berkoff’s Women (theatre) Linda Marlow, long-time collaborator of Stephen Berkoff, explores sensuality, revenge, pathos, heart-breaking loneliness and riotous humour through a compilation of some of the most rewarding and exciting female roles. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Tim Minchin, Lennon/McCartney and Rickie Lee Jones, fused with pop, blues and contemporary Broadway. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Tuesday 24 10am-10.30am, under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: Amy Finegan (childrens) Stories, games and songs to entertain under 7s. Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR

Tuesday 24 July 8.15pm £25/£5 COLIN CLOUD (theatre) Acclaimed stage mentalist/mind reader likened to the Sherlock Holmes of entertainment performs his new PSYCHO (Logical) show. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 25 10am-10.30am, under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: Amy Finegan (childrens) Stories, games and songs to entertain under 7s.Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR


Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity, Tankus the Henge’s sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms. Support band Skyhook’s guitar driven rock ‘n’ roll moves from soaring anthems to fragile ballads. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Thursday 26 10am-10.30am, under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: Amy Finegan (childrens) Stories, games and songs to entertain under 7s. Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR

Wednesday 25 July 11am-12noon, ages 3 - 8 FREE NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE: The Steadfast Tin Soldier (childrens) A playful retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s poetic story, using light, projected animations and simple materials to create a magical theatrical experience. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Wednesday 25 July 2pm £18/£5 LORD ASHDOWN (talk) Former Liberal Democrats leader in conversation with BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad about his varied career and more. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 25 July 4pm £8 SIR JOHN HURT FILM: The Hit (18) & Q+A with Anwen Hurt (film) A mini season of the late Sir John Hurt’s favourite films curated by his wife Anwen. Ex-gangster Willie Parker betrayed his former colleagues and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance. Ten years later he is kidnapped and escorted to Paris to stand trial. Holt Festival at Britten Building, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 25 July 6pm £18/£5 DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY by BOB KINGDOM (theatre) Critically acclaimed one man show (originally directed by Anthony Hopkins) following Dylan Thomas on his last great lecture tour en route to the White Horse Tavern. Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Wednesday 25 July 7.30pm £18/£5 TANKUS THE HENGE + SKYHOOK (music)


Thursday 26 July 10am-4pm, ages 8 to 16 FREE PLAY IN A DAY with Sheringham Little Theatre (childrens) Drama workshop for young people to create an original piece of theatre to share with friends and family at the end of the day. Holt Festival at Gresham’s Pre-Prep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB Thursday 26 July 2pm £18/£5 ANNE WIDDECOMB in conversation with Nina Nannar, ITV News (talk) The outspoken and controversial former politician and Strictly Come Dancing contestant talks to Nina Nannar about her life. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Thursday 26 July 4pm £8 SIR JOHN HURT FILM: The Field (12) & Q+A with Anwen Hurt (film) A mini season of the late Sir John Hurt’s favourite films curated by his wife Anwen. Bill McCabe is determined to buy the field

that his family has farmed for generations, but that means taking on the American stranger who is bidding against him. Holt Festival at Britten Building, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Thursday 26 July 6pm £15/£5 MATT WATES JAZZBAND with LIZ FLETCHER (music) Highly accessible modern jazz with an emphasis on melody, groove and tight ensemble work, with guest singer Liz Fletcher. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Thursday 26 July 8pm £16/£5 STAND UP COMEDY (comedy) An evening of top-notch stand up with MC Francis Foster, Helen Bauer, Phil Nichol and Paul F Taylor. Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW Thursday 26 July 8.15pm £20/£5 JO HARROP JAZZ QUINTET (music) A celebration of Peggy Lee, the sultriest songstress of them all from a brilliant singer and a very accomplished band. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 27 10am-10.30am, under 7s FREE CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: Amy Finegan (childrens) Stories, games and songs to entertain under 7s. Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR Friday 27 July 11am- 12noon FREE COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS (childrens) Comedy club for kids, and adults who enjoy a swear-free hour, with the international circuit’s best stand ups and sketch acts. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Friday 27 July 12noon £15/£5 GLORIA CAMPANER: Shadows (classical music) Internationally renowned Italian concert pianist Gloria Campaner dramatically illuminates Scriabin’s Vers la Flamme, followed by Q&A. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 27 July 4pm £15/£5 TS ELIOT’S FOUR QUARTETS: PETER WILSON (poetry/spoken word) A rare performance of four poems by TS Eliot that offer a meditation on the mysteries of life, the perplexities of loss and longing, and the place of hope in the human heart. Performed by Peter Wilson and followed by a Q&A chaired by Dame Margaret Hodge, DBE.

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Chart topping singer, songwriter and entertainer romps through a high energy greatest hits set including favourites like Thunder in My Heart, Moonlighting and When I Need You. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 29 July 4pm £18/£5 FRANK GARDNER in conversation with Alex Dunlop, BBC TV News East (talk) BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner discusses the themes and ideas behind his second novel Ultimatum, the challenges of writing fiction versus non-fiction and his life as a broadcast journalist. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Only planned UK duet concert this year for top international pianists. Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin to Lutoslawski’s Friday 27 July 6pm £20/£5 Variations on a Theme by Paganini taking THE NIMMO TWINS (comedy) in jazz and more along the way with live Norwich comedy legends Owen Evans and visuals/projections. Karl Minns perform their award-winning Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, sketch show The Country Members for Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA their first ever Holt Festival show. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Saturday 28 July 8.15 pm £30/£5 Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA LEO SAYER (music)

Sunday 29 July 7.30pm £30/£5 JASPER CARROTT: STAND UP AND ROCK (comedy) A unique show that sees the legendary comedian perform his new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots - an all-star band featuring ELO and The Move’s Bev Bevan that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Box office: 01603 598699 or online at www.holtfestival.org

Friday 27 July 8.15pm £20/£5 TOM BAXTER BAND (music) Co-writer of modern classic ‘Better’ whose songs have been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey, Take That, Boyzone and more. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 28 July 2.30pm £20/£5 JOHN SIMPSON CBE in conversation with Susie Fowler-Watt (talk) Multi award winning journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson talks to Susie Fowler-Watt about his illustrious career in international journalism. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 28 July 4pm £8 SIR JOHN HURT FILM: Love and Death on Long Island (15) & Q+A with Anwen Hurt (film) A mini season of the late Sir John Hurt’s favourite films curated by his wife Anwen. A reclusive writer becomes obsessed with an American teen idol and eventually pursues him to his Long Island home. Holt Festival at Britten Building, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 28 July 6pm £25/£5 TWO PIANOS - HEART OF STONE: Gloria Campaner (Italy) and Leszek Możdżer (Poland) (classical music) www.1Magazine.co.uk

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Dereham Blues Festival 2018

Georgie Fame

Legendary Norwich-born bluesman, Albert Cooper, on Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich

The Dereham Blues Festival goes from strength to strength. Jazz and Blues aficionado, Tony Cooper, reports


naugurated in 2013, the Dereham Blues Festival - founded by Doreen and Stewart Aitken (founders of the Norwich Blues Society) and Mark Gregory - attracted around 500 blues-loving fans to this well-loved mid-Norfolk town. Now in its sixth year, the festival (running from Thursday to Sunday, 12th-15th July) now numbers some 3000 visitors over the four days. Headlining this year’s event is none other than the popular R&B singer, Georgie Fame, whose opening gig on Thursday 12th July (the only ticketed event in the festival) at the Dereham Memorial Hall sold out as soon as it was announced. ‘It’s a fabulous response to sell out so quickly,’ said Tim Cara, Chairman of the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall. ‘We had enquiries for tickets from all over the country ranging from Scotland to the south coast. It promises a great start to the festival.’ On the same evening and over the next three days the town will be ablaze with the raw sound of the blues coming from twelve well-appointed town-centre venues while on the festival’s last day (Sunday 15th July) the traditional Norfolk Blues Society’s afternoon outdoor super-jam sessions will, no doubt, set the place alight while barbecues at selected venues will create a different sort of flame - perhaps a Blue Flame! ‘Since the festival started in 2013, the Dereham Blues Festival [which I liken to a rolling stone constantly changing and constantly gaining momentum] has matured into one of Norfolk’s leading musical events attracting more and more fans each year,’ enthused Festival Chairman, Harry Collins. ‘This year’s festival is no exception and promises another tremendous event.’ One person who knows the festival extremely well is Norfolkbased blues singer, Dominic Coleman, who jammed at the first

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festival to great success that it inspired him to form his own band, namely the DC Wilson Band, a six-piece outfit which played at the second festival in 2014. So far, the band has appeared at all of the festivals and this year will be performing at The Main Event in Quebec Street on Friday 13th July at 9pm. Lucky for some, eh! Incidentally, Dominic named his band after Wilson Pickett and became commonly known round town as ‘The White Wilson Pickett’ after giving so many renditions of the star’s big number, ‘In the Midnight Hour’. Inevitably, though, there has been changes to DC Wilson’s line-up and style before it settled into a groove with the exotic sounds of percussionist Nick Stevenson. Over the past year the band has received a further boost to its ranks by the arrival of lead guitarist Simon Sales and Hammond organist, Henry Gee. Featuring two of the original members, Paul Borley (drums) and Peter Thompson (bass), DC Wilson - who regularly appear at key music festivals and other prime stage events - have garnered a trusted following both at their gigs and on social media therefore their gig at the Dereham Blues Festival promises a great night. Without a shadow of doubt, Dominic is passionate about the music of the blues whose roots are deeply-etched, of course, in African-American history and he feels deeply about the pain, agony and intensity of the genre’s subject-matter when performing. ‘Blues often speak of personal adversity,’ he exclaimed, ‘but the blues speak loudly and clearly to me about overcoming bad luck. And I’ve had my fair share of that. No other form of music, I feel, communicates more genuine emotion than the blues and when you think of the blues, misfortune often rears its ugly head and the subjects of betrayal and regret are not that far behind either.’ www.1Magazine.co.uk

Picture taken at the first year’s festival - 2013. Doreen and Stewart with Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, headline act for the 2014 festival.

And a ‘first-timer’ to the festival - whom, I think, would wholeheartedly agree with Dominic’s viewpoint - is none other than the legendary and much-loved Norwich-born jazz-and-blues singer, Albert Cooper, who’s now in his 85th year and playing an afternoon gig with his Blues and Boogie Band at the George Hotel on Saturday, 14th July, from 2pm to 4pm. Nowadays, Albert’s gigs are few and far between but his first gig was at the legendary Jolly Butchers pub in Ber Street, Norwich, in the mid-1950s. After singing that great jazz classic, ‘Hello Central, Gimme Doctor Jazz’, it cemented a long and lasting friendship with the pub’s blues-singing landlady, Anne, who later became known as ‘Black Anna’. Her real name, though, was Antoinette Hannent. She sang in the style of Sophie Tucker with a dash of Bessie Smith, a brilliant exponent of the blues who was a big influence on Albert and so many other singers, too, such as Albert’s old pal, George Melly. But one singer that Albert holds so dearly is the music and craftsmanship of bluesman Albert King while Great Yarmouth-born, New Orleans revivalist, Ken Colyer, shaped Albert’s early musical career through the genre of skiffle (a fusion of jazz, folk and blues) that inspired him to form the Jolly Butcher’s Skiffle Group in the 1960s - one of the first of its kind in Norwich. Over the years Albert has enjoyed a great variety of groups but his Blues and Boogie Band, formed in 1972, is one of his best and the band - featuring Graham McGrotty (lead guitar), Owen Morgan (bass), Robert Masters (drums) and Christopher Cooper, Albert’s youngest son, on keyboard - still perform with the same ethic of providing individual sounds and re-workings of folk-rock and blues crossovers. All of the numbers in the Boogie Band’s repertoire are www.1Magazine.co.uk

given a coat of the unique Boogie Band wash creating a genre of R&B that has made its sound distinctly original despite the eclectic mix of covers. Albert has also enjoyed the company of many famed jazz and blues musicians and he’s immensely proud of the fact that he made a guest appearance at Buddy Guy’s Club in Chicago in the mid-1990s at the personal invitation of Phil Guy (Buddy’s brother) in which he met Lonnie Brooks and Koko Taylor. And in the same decade when flying Stateside to Atlanta he spent a good hour chatting to Fats Waller who signed and inscribed over a five-pound note the prophetic words: ‘Hi Albert! Be Lucky, always. Yours! Fats Waller.’ Be lucky, too! Take in one of Albert’s rare gigs and, indeed, lap up and cherish the 6th Dereham Blues Festival. There’s a lot to lap up over the course of the festival with over 40 bands on offer and, to boot, entry to all of the gigs is free admission. What are you waiting for? For the full performance schedule, check out www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/timetable-of-events-18.html More information: www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk www.norfolkbluessociety.org.uk dcwilsonband.blogspot.co.uk www.thelegendaryalbertcooper.com

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Wednesday 15 August - Saturday 15 September Tickets: £8 - £60 Box Office: (01603) 63 00 00 Book online: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk T H E AT R E ST R E E T, N O RW I C H N R 2 1 R L

Miss Saigon Theatre Royal

August 15th - September 15th

Amid the tragic love story at the heart of Miss Saigon is the charming but slightly sinister Engineer who runs the bar where the couple involved in the love story first meet.


head of the epic production’s summer arrival at Norwich Theatre Royal, Red Concepciớn who plays The Engineer talks about his dream part, the passion of Miss Saigon and how he is falling in love with the UK.

It is moving, epic and is wowing the country on its latest UK tour. Miss Saigon is proving to be a huge stage hit with its tragic and emotional story of the passionate affair between an American GI and the girl he meets in the sordid Dreamland bar amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Arguably the role at the core of the piece is The Engineer, the suave but slightly menacing bar owner whose story runs in parallel to that of the lovers Kim and Chris. For Red Concepciớn, it is an exciting and challenging part to play.

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He explained: “He is not nice but charming and charismatic. He has been described as magnetic. I find a lot of unsavoury people actually are. That is how they have got there. It is one of the tools in their arsenal. I am sure we have all known people like that who are very charming and very charismatic and yet underneath that, they have a darker personality but that is how they get what they want. “More than that at his core, he is very driven and he is a survivor. I like to describe him as a cockroach. He will survive everyone. If that means he has to kow tow to others or debase himself to get what he wants, that is survival. That is exactly what the show is about.” www.1Magazine.co.uk

And just as The Engineer is a vital cog in the show, it also focuses on the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how it affects those three key characters. Red explained: “You have got Chris who has basically got PTSD, Kim who has a number of struggles that you will see in the show, and The Engineer who is trying to get to the US which he sees as the place of milk and honey and this land of dreams where he thinks he is going to get what he wants.” One of the exciting things with Miss Saigon is that it also shows the audience every side of these three characters, good and bad. “Everybody’s life changes and I think that is why the show needs to be done because it reminds us what happens to people when they go through war. I think the human race has a very short www.1Magazine.co.uk

memory and so it important to keep doing things like this. Yes it is entertaining and epic and beautiful and a master work but it also makes you think.” The show’s arrival at Norwich Theatre Royal from August 15 to September 15 marks the end of a long journey for Red from a dream of starring in the show to winning one of the best parts. The producers go to his home of The Philippines to audition case and it was a case of third time lucky after missing out on a role on two previous occasions. Red recalled: “I found out I got the part on Christmas Eve. It was wonderful and amazing. My agent tried calling me. In the Philippines at Christmas, communication just gets bogged down and he had been trying to call me all day. 2018 Summer | 33

I finally saw the email when I was in the grocery store doing some last minute shopping for food. I wanted to jump around but there was no room.” It was a show he had grown up with as his parents, who were both actors, had a tape recording of a previous production which he played from a young age and really enjoyed the songs. Despite that early love of the show, he did not realise how important his role was until he started rehearsals. “It is a mammoth role and an epic show which is why we have to give 100 per cent every show otherwise you collapse under the epic music and the epic story. That is the challenge every night but so far people seem to like it so I guess we are doing something right,” said Red. But the tour is going well and Red is enjoying his first visit to the UK. “I am definitely getting a crash course in this country. A month performing in all these major cities has been wonderful. The people are very nice and I like how much culture people have. There is a really big theatre culture. People come to the theatre a lot which is heart- warming to see,” he said. In terms of the show itself, he has a couple of favourite songs. “American Dream is my favourite part of the show to do. It is a fun but beautiful song and a big fantastic number but it is also the one number where you see my character relax into his dream. I think my favourite part to watch is I Still Believe. Sooha Kim and Elana Martin knock that song out of the park. I have to refrain from watching it so I don’t come on in tears for my next number,” admitted Red.

than 10 nationalities represented in the cast and the crew so it is nice to do a show like this. This is how it could work with all these people from different parts of the world blending, working together like clockwork and enjoying themselves. This is a microcosm of how a world should be.” A profound comment from a musical theatre star who is set to show his much more sinister side (only on stage!) when Miss Saigon comes to the city. Listing Miss Saigon, Wed 15 August-Sat 15 September 2018 at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Please note there are no Sunday performances. Tickets £8-£60. Discounts for Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. Audio-described and signed performance on Wed 29 August at 2.30pm. Captioned performance on Wed 5 Sept at 2.30pm. Book now at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000

One of the other great positives for Red is working for a theatrical impresario like Cameron Mackintosh who is producing this tour and ensures every single element of the show is absolutely perfect. Red explained: “No expense is spared to put this on the road. It is exactly what you would see in the West End and Broadway. Some of the GI uniforms were actually worn during the Vietnam War. We have a wonderful creative team with us who make sure the show is on tip top shape. They come in and make sure the show is taken care of. “I have met Cameron too and had tea with him which is the tradition for everyone who plays The Engineer. He was in all the previews up until the opening night of the tour. I am amazed at his passion about the show even down to the costumes. At any given time, he has shows out all over the world and a lot of things on his plate but the amount of passion and focus he has is incredible. You can understand why he is so successful because of the amount of focus and energy he puts into everything.” For the foreseeable future, Red’s focus is on Miss Saigon but he does have some musical theatre parts that appeal to him. He said: “My dream role is Sweeney Todd and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Maybe Fagin too in Oliver! They are all quite smarmy aren’t they? They are all a type. They are really good character parts. Those are the roles that are great. They are really nice to do because they are all conflicted and all shades of black and white. That is what I like about being a character actor because you get to have a lot more fun than the romantic leads. They get all the girls but I get a lot more fun on stage.” Coupled with that, he enjoys the camaraderie of the cast even though he is working a long way from home. Red said: “This tour is the farthest away I have been from home. I did a few years in Singapore when I was studying musical theatre but Singapore is just a couple of hours from Manila on the plane. Luckily there are a lot of Filipinos and a lot of Asians in the cast so it does feel like home. “I was told that the cast of Miss Saigon ends up like a family and it really does. It is kind of like a United Nations. There are more 34 | Summer 2018



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Sir Malcolm Sargent looking dapper on the rostrum at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tony Cooper, BBC Radio Norfolk’s culture vulture, reports on this year’s BBC Proms - the world’s largest classical-music festival


t is now ninety-one years since the BBC took over the Proms and from the first broadcast concert of 1927 the UK (and countries beyond) has enjoyed a wide range of music across many disciplines. However, revisiting Proms history, the first concert in the series took place on 10th August 1895, the brainchild of the impresario, Robert Newman, manager of the newly-built Queen’s Hall in London. Newman had previously organised orchestral concerts at this venue but his aim with the Promenade concerts - running this year from Friday 13th July to Saturday 8th September - was to reach a wider and more diverse audience by offering a whole season of popular and entertaining programmes whilst adopting a promenade-style arrangement and keeping ticket prices as low as possible. When Newman met with Henry Joseph Wood (who was bestowed a knighthood in 1911 and affectionately known as ‘Old Timber’) at the Queen’s Hall in 1894, it proved a significant turning-point in their respective careers forging a harmonious and long-lasting friendship between them. ‘I’m going to run nightly concerts to train the public in easy stages,’ he explained to Wood. ‘Popular at first, gradually raising the standard until I have created a public for classical and contemporary music.’ Less than one year after their meeting, Newman offered Wood the conductorship of a permanent orchestra at the Queen’s Hall and, indeed, of the first Proms season. Wood - born in 1869 in modest circumstances to parents who encouraged his musical talent - proved the right man for the job. His career, however, started out as an organist but during his studies at the Royal Academy of Music he came under the influence of the voice teacher Manuel Garcia and became his accompanist. After similar work for Richard D’Oyly Carte’s opera companies, Wood became the conductor of a small operatic touring company and was soon engaged by the larger Carl Rosa Opera Company, who, by the way, were regular visitors to Norwich Theatre Royal. One notable event worth mentioning in Wood’s operatic career was to the fact that he conducted the British première of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 17th October 1892 at London’s Olympic Theatre which stood near to Drury Lane. Interestingly, the performance was sung in English to a text translated by H S Edwards. Unbelievably, Wood declined the chief conductorships of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestras believing it was his duty to serve music in the United Kingdom. In addition to the Proms, he conducted concerts and festivals throughout


the country and also trained the student orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music. He had an enormous influence on the musical life of Britain over his long career and with Newman they greatly improved access to classical music with Wood raising the standard of orchestral playing and nurturing the taste of the public by presenting a vast and challenging repertoire of music. Wood was no stranger to Norwich and was always in the city in his role as artistic director and conductor of the Norfolk & Norwich Triennial Festival, a post he held from 1908 to 1930 while the current director of the Proms, David Pickard, who has now entered his third season in charge, often visited Norwich in his role as general director of Glyndebourne Opera whose touring company comes to Norwich Theatre Royal every year. Their visit this year comes round in November crowning fifty glorious years of touring. They’ll present Verdi’s La traviata and Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella), the first time that the opera has been seen in Norwich. However, in the early days of the Proms the series was simply known as ‘Mr Robert Newman’s Promenade Concerts’ and the programmes were perhaps over generous by today’s standards. They lasted around three hours. Amazing! The informal atmosphere, however, was encouraged by cheap promenade tickets: one shilling for a single concert; a guinea for a season ticket. Amazingly, too, eating, drinking and smoking were permissible during the concerts though patrons were asked not to strike any matches during vocal numbers. The more ‘serious’ items were confined to the first half and a major attraction of the shorter second half was the orchestral Grand Fantasia comprising choice pieces extracted from popular and well-loved operas. Wood and Newman were keen to introduce audiences to a broader range of music and, therefore, in the early seasons a tradition was established of presenting a Wagner night on Mondays and a Beethoven night on Fridays. However, with the onset of the First World War it brought a public dislike for all things Germanic but Wood and Newman - almost alone among the cultural establishment at the time - insisted that ‘the greatest examples of Music and Art are world possessions and unassailable even by the prejudices of the hour’. Over the years, though, Wood had introduced to the Proms many of the leading composers of the day including the likes of Richard Strauss, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Ravel as well as Vaughan Williams, another regular visitor to the Norfolk & Norwich Triennial Festival.

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The Queen’s Hall, Langham Place, London, opened in 1893 and designed by Thomas Knightley. Unfortunately, in 1915, Newman ran into financial difficulties and the well-known London-based publishers, Chappell & Co, stepped in to save the day. They already owned the lease of the Queen’s Hall but decided to take over the orchestra as well which they renamed the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra. However, within a few years of their stewardship the Proms were found running at a loss and in 1927 Chappell’s announced its withdrawal of financial support. Coincidentally, in the same year, the BBC had established its status as a Corporation with a mandate ‘to inform, educate and entertain’ - a vision that Wood clearly held for the Proms.

other venue available in London for orchestral concerts was the Royal Albert Hall and the Proms found a new home here while the following year (1942) the BBC returned as a knight in shining armour to support the Proms. Anniversaries are important in any organisation but the year 1944 was extra special for the Proms as it marked two significant anniversaries: the Proms 50th and Henry Wood’s 75th birthday. By now Wood’s phenomenal energies were beginning to wane and he passed away a whisker short of his half-century of conducting the Proms. What an innings! Many an English cricketer would like to knock up that score. And over that lengthy time-span he introduced hundreds of new works to British audiences. After his death, the concerts were officially renamed in his honour as the ‘Henry Wood Promenade Concerts’ but nowadays they’re known as the BBC Proms but more often than not they are simply referred to as ‘The Proms’.

Therefore, the BBC took over the running of the Proms and for three years the concerts were given by ‘Sir Henry Wood and his Symphony Orchestra’ until the BBC Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1930. The Proms now reached a far wider audience although some feared that by broadcasting the concerts it would reduce audience numbers. Wood, though, emphasised its role in achieving his aim ‘of truly democratising the message of music and After the war, the traditional Wagner nights became unfashionable. Thankfully, Wagner’s back in fashion with the musical cognoscenti making its beneficent effect universal’. of today. And from 1953, Viennese evenings became popular and composer anniversaries were well catered for, too. For instance, in Three days after Britain declared war on Germany in 1939, the 1957 and 1958, the deaths of Sibelius and Vaughan Williams were BBC decentralised its music department and announced that marked by performances of their complete symphonic cycles. it was unable to support the Proms. But with characteristic determination Wood found private sponsorship for the 1940 and When Malcolm Sargent (affectionately known as ‘Flash Harry’- the 1941 seasons and replaced the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the nickname emanating, perhaps, from his impeccable style or the brisk speeds at which he conducted pieces early in his career) London Symphony Orchestra. became chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1950 (taking over from Henry Wood) he presided over most of As air-raids intensified on London in 1940 that year’s season the performances up to 1967. And with just two assistants they lasted a mere four weeks as on 10th May 1941 a Luftwaffe conducted the two-month season between them. By the time bombardment gutted the Queen’s Hall beyond repair. The only

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Sargent died he was assisted by a large roster of international guest conductors. The 1950s also saw a gradual increase in the number of orchestras taking part. Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, under Sir John Barbirolli, became the first non-London orchestra to perform at the Proms and over the next few years concerts were given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Basil Cameron featured prominently alongside Sargent but other influential figures also began to appear such as Colin Davis, Charles Groves, Charles Mackerras and Norman Del Mar, the latter-named acted as artistic director of the Norfolk & Norwich Triennial Festival for the 1979 and 1982 festivals while at the 1976 Triennial he conducted a masterful performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom. With the arrival of William Glock as BBC Controller, Music, in 1959, the identity of the Proms began to change rapidly. The core orchestral repertoire, a mainstay of the Proms, was reduced to accommodate a more experimental style of programming, one which carried bold juxtapositions and reflected current musical trends from around the world. Therefore, between 1959 and 1964 the number of new works heard at the Proms had more than doubled.

Every Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and, for the second year running, the entire festival will be presented as a binaural audio stream, enabling radio listeners to experience the concerts as if they were present in the Royal Albert Hall / bbc. co.uk/proms There are regular television broadcasts every weekend (Friday and Sunday) across the summer on BBC Four reflecting the full breadth of the season. Proms Extra - the weekly magazine show hosted by Katie Derham - returns for its sixth season every Saturday evening on BBC Two. The First Night of the Proms (Friday 13th July) will be live on BBC Two and the Last Night (Saturday 8th September) on BBC Two and BBC One. Tickets are available via bbc.co.uk/proms or 020 7070 4441 and in person at the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC Proms season runs from Friday 14th July to Saturday 9th September.

Travel to London and the BBC Proms by train: Greater Anglia run regular services every half hour from Norwich to London Liverpool Street. For the return journey the last two trains leave London Liverpool Street at 22.30 and 23.30 and these trains International figures arrived on the scene for the 1963 season also serve Ipswich for those travelling back to Suffolk. Regular with such widely-acclaimed conductors as Georg Solti, Leopold services from Norwich to London Liverpool Street have fares Stokowski and Carlo Maria Giulini while in 1966 the first foreign ensemble, the Moscow Radio Orchestra, appeared followed by the starting from £10 (one way) but need to be booked in advance. Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia log on to www.greateranglia.co.uk Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. It was during this glorious period that witnessed the transformation of the Proms from a successful but relatively conservative enterprise into a major international festival. Other major innovations during the decade of the 1960s were the introduction of complete opera performances beginning with Glyndebourne Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1961, concerts by ensembles from non-Western cultures (which included ensembles from India, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan), music for percussion, jazz, gospel and electro-acoustic music as well as concerts devised especially for children. And in the 1970s, the Proms added other new features to its agenda by employing a series of Late-Night Concerts and Pre-Prom Talks. New work is vital to any musical organisation and the BBC is well ahead of the game in this respect and commissions a number of works each season offering Proms’ audiences a chance to hear the latest in musical trends and creating a unique platform for dozens of contemporary composers. The Proms - whose centenary fell in 1995 - will include in this year’s festival a total of ninety concerts as well as ninety début artists while welcoming a host of leading international orchestras to Kensington Gore but, really, it is the BBC orchestras and choirs that are the backbone to the whole affair. Although the scope of the Proms - celebrating its 123rd season this year - has increased enormously over the years, Henry Wood’s concept for the Proms remains largely unchanged: to present the widest range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences paying a reasonable price for their tickets. And, of course, promenading in the Royal Albert Hall’s famous arena continues to be a central feature of each and every concert lending the Proms its unique, informal and welcoming atmosphere. The BBC Proms run this year from Friday 13th July to Saturday 8th September. Check out the full programme by visiting www. bbc.co.uk/proms

Sir Henry Wood at the Royal Albert Hall.




Norwich-based travel writer, Tony Cooper, takes to the French TGV hi-speed rail network travelling to south-west France on a glamorous Mediterranean tour


he train standing at Platform 3 is the 11.30am Greater Anglia service to London Liverpool Street calling at . . . The start of another European rail adventure from Norwich nicely interrupted by an overnight stop in London to catch the critically-acclaimed Broadway-produced show ‘Motown The Musical’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre. A marvellous show and, indeed, a marvellous start to what turned out to be a marvellous three-week trip to France and Spain. The early-morning call for the Eurostar service from London (St Pancras) to Paris (Gard de Nord) was more than offset by a leisurely on-board breakfast washed down by a nice chilled glass of champagne. After a glance at the papers and a quick nap you soon find yourself in the tunnel where you’re submerged for only 20 minutes before France greets you at the other end. As always, my travelling companion was the ever-so-patient and unruffled Miss X. We both reminisced at being guests on the first Eurostar service out of Waterloo after the grand ceremonial opening of the Channel Tunnel presided over by President Mitterrand and Prime Minister Thatcher in 1994. That was 24 years ago. Phew! How time flies! On that momentous day we decided to travel to Brussels (Paris was, of course, the other option) and what a day we had. Since then we’ve travelled on Eurostar more times than we can remember but such is our love of rail travel. The next stretch of our journey from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Barcelona (Sants) took about six-and-a-half hours but ensconced in first-class luxury travelling on the hi-speed French TGV network yet another initiative of President Mitterrand - the time flashed by. On arrival in the Catalan capital - where we spent six hectic and 40 | Summer 2018

fulfilling days culminating in attending the Spanish Grand Prix - we checked into our spacious apartment in Barcelonetta (Barcelona’s Old Town) and headed for Can Paixano situated on Reina Cristina, one of the city’s many cava bars but probably the most famous of them all. Such is Can Paixano’s popularity, customers spill out on to the pavement to enjoy a glass or two of cava which, to Catalans, compares with champagne for the French. As such, it provides a carnivalesque atmosphere to the bar that’s a magnet for locals and tourists alike. The next stage of our Mediterranean tour took us to Narbonne in the Occitanie region of France. Here we were met by Bill McLean and his charming wife, Colette, whom Miss X shared her halcyon student days with at Warwick University studying for a French language degree. They were nicely on hand to drive us the relatively short distance to their idyllic old winery country retreat at Serviès-en-Val, lying deep in the Corbières Hills, but not before enjoying, let me add, a delicious lunch in Les Halles de Narbonne, a wonderfully-designed 19th-century covered market constructed in wrought iron, glass and stone. We enjoyed a good fulsome lunch at Chez Fourmi - a family-run business headed by Rosie Garcia and her lovely daughter, Victoria - in the beating heart of the market. The place was buzzing with traders, diners and shoppers all jostling to get a piece of the action. We certainly got ours. And if you’re wondering where the name of the restaurant (which translates as ‘ant’) comes from it originates from Aesop’s well-loved fable ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ which describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant in winter but is refused. Oh, how the grasshopper would have loved Chez Fourmi.


A wild, woolly and inviting area of southwest France the small villages in the Corbières Hills are shrines to Nature with a host of artists, writers and singers making their home there. And in the neighbouring village of Lagrasse, British blues guitarist, Dave Kelly - a wellloved member of The Blues Band and, indeed, no stranger to Norwich often in the city playing the Maddermarket Theatre - gives an annual acoustic gig here which over the years has become a regular and much-anticipated date in the village’s social calendar. Colette has local connections, too, as for several years she lived at Wells-next-the-Sea while teaching French at Fakenham Grammar. Now she’s teaching her mothertongue from her home in Servièsen-Val, which boasts gracious (and spacious) accommodation for guests, whether it be language students or just itinerant travellers wanting a peaceful break in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside to be found in the whole of southwest France. Bill and Colette’s place is simply divine and perfect for a quiet relaxing stay with the Corbières Hills mesmerising at any time of the day while the changing colours of the hills - a panoramic landscape of immeasurable beauty - unmask themselves in so many ways that it is so hard to describe the scene. And breakfast on the balcony, constructed by Bill - who has done wonders converting the old winery to domesticity - is indelibly printed in my mind. With the help of Bill at the wheel we fully explored the area and the cuisine it had to offer, A wonderful supper, for instance, was served at Le Moulin de Trèbes situated by the side of the Canal du Midi and a memorable day unfolded on our trip to Carcassonne whose market (open to the elements) proved a winner especially when we came across the local accordionist turning out one of our favourite songs ‘La Mer’ written by that great French singer/songwriter, Charles Trenet, who was born in Narbonne not too distant from Carcassone. He died in 2001 aged 87. Narbonne, in fact, was the next leg of our Mediterranean tour and it was in this former Roman town that Trenet wrote ‘La Mer’ whilst travelling by train to Sète, a town close to Montpellier. In an era in which it was exceptional for a singer to write his or her own material, Trenet - most famous for his recordings from the late-1930s to the mid-1950s - wrote prolifically and declined to record any but his own material. Apart from ‘La Mer’ his best-known songs include such delights as ‘Boum!’, ‘Y’a d’la joie’ and ‘Que reste-t-il de nos amours?’ Every summer Narbonne hosts a festival devoted to Trenet and one of the highlights is a competition to find the best ‘Trenet’ voice. By coincidence, I was in Narbonne on the anniversary of Trenet’s 105th birthday (18th May) and, really, couldn’t believe my luck. I www.1Magazine.co.uk

visited his birthplace (La maison natale de Charles Trenet - now a museum) not that far from the railwaystation. How lovely it would be to see the station renamed ‘Gare Narbonne Trenet’ in his honour and, likewise, Sète’s railway-station renamed ‘Gare Sète Brassens’ in honour of their most-famous son, the singer/songwriter, Georges Brassens, who died in 1981, aged 60. He’s widely recognised as one of France’s most accomplished post-war poets and now revered as an iconic figure in France. Brassens’ songs (the text and music more abrasive than those penned by Trenet) are tinged with black humour and often anarchist-minded. Between 1952 and 1976, he recorded 14 albums that included several popular French songs such as ‘Les copains d’abord’, ‘Chanson pour l’Auvergnat’, ‘La mauvaise réputation’ and ‘Mourir pour des idées’. He also set to music poems by well-known and relatively obscure French-born poets, too, such as Louis Aragon (Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux), Victor Hugo (La Légende de la Nonne, Gastibelza), François Villon (La Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis) and Antoine Pol (Les Passantes). Such was the enjoyment of Sète it was, simply, hard to leave but our ultimate destination was the medieval port of Villefranche-sur-

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Image of Sète.

Mer, a couple of stops from Nice and five to Monaco and our base for attending the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s a place we know well. We’re often there. And here living, let me tell you, is as relaxing as one can possibly get stretched out under soft cerulean skies with the Med beckoning. En route, however, we stopped off at Marseilles for lunch and arrived at Villefranche in time for supper. We soon turned ourselves around and headed for our favourite restaurant, La Grignotiere, which regularly receives five-star reviews, attracts a cross-section of customers who, like Miss X and myself, enjoy their kitchen which specialises in Provençal cuisine duly complemented by that refreshing Provençal rosé wine - chilled, of course. What could be better? Homeward bound, we made an overnight stop in Paris where we romantically dined alfresco at our favourite restaurant on the Left Bank, La Luge. The restaurant - originally called Le Menhir- is renowned for its raclette dishes indigenous to parts of Switzerland and the Savoie region of France. The word ‘raclette’ derives from the French word ‘racler’ which means ‘to scrape’ - and that’s what you do at La Luge. You cook the raclette cheese at your table (a culinary performance of high art, let me assure you) and then scrape the cooked cheese on to your plate. It’s quite a performance and there’s normally a diner or two looking over their shoulder witnessing the ‘ceremony’ in readiness for their turn.

Tony Cooper and Miss X travelled to London with Greater Anglia from Norwich Thorpe Station. Regular services from Norwich to London Liverpool Street have fares starting from £10 (one way) but need to be booked in advance. For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia log on to www. greateranglia.co.uk OUI.sncf looked after all of their ticketing arrangements for their Mediterranean rail tour starting from London St Pancras with Eurostar. Check out their website at www.OUI.sncf or call 0844 848 5848 while personal callers are welcome at OUI.sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EU. Check out, too, Colette’s French-language courses or vacation lets on www.colettescourses.com and www. theoldchai@123bemyhost.com or email her at info@ colettescourses.com



Bon voyage!

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Old Buckenham Airshow 2018


he Buckenham Airshow on the 28th and 29th July will be, by some margin, the largest Airshow ever held at the former WWII USAAF Base.

The Airshow, winner of the EDP Hoseasons Tourism Award of ‘Family Event of the Year’ in 2016, will feature 24 air displays across both afternoons. Amongst the highlights is the news that the iconic Sally B, the only B-17 Flying Fortress flying in Europe and star of the movie “Memphis Belle” will visit the airshow on BOTH days. This 25 tonne, four engined masterpiece flies as a remarkably evocative tribute to the men of the USAAF 8th Air Force who died fighting from airbases all over the East of England in WWII (of which Old Buckenham was one). WWII icons like Sally B are much in evidence and the Airshow will feature the sought after ‘Trinity’ of fighters; Spitfire, Mustang and Hurricane. Of these, the Spitfire in question, MH434 is regarded by many as being the most famous single-engined aircraft in the World, having followed an illustrious wartime career with an enviable starring role in movies such as Battle of Britain and The Longest Day, amongst dozens of credits. MH434 will appear on Airshow Sunday.

paid a truly vital and considerable part in the Battle of Britain. They are also a rare sight in the skies, less common than Spitfires, and it’s therefore a coup that the Hurricane will display on both days. More WWII icons, but in truly large form will appear in the form of the first visit by a Douglas DC3 to Old Buckenham since WWII. An example of this twin engined, 9 tonne legend which created the modern airline industry and is still in service (after 81 years) will land if conditions allow. Two very significant centenaries are being celebrated in 2018 and both are marked by the Airshow. The Great War ended a century ago; to mark this milestone on Airshow Sunday the unique Great War Display Team will be bringing some of their century-old English and German Triplanes, recreating a dog fight from the beginning of aerial combat as they do so. The second centenary directly stems from WWI and is the creation of the World’s greatest air force, the R. A. F. For the first time in five years the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take part with their Douglas Dakota. On both days the Airshow crowd will be able to pay their tribute to the RAF personnel aboard (one waving from parachute doors at the rear) and in turn over 100,000 who have served in the Air Force since its creation in 1918.

The P-51 Mustang, a remarkably powerful US fighter, which shares the same Rolls Royce Merlin engine as the Spitfire, will display both days. Power is increased, thanks to the addition of a massive supercharger, giving the aircraft the extremely evocative high pitched noise which accompanies extreme manoeuvres.

As read and seen all over the news, the World’s only Wingwalker who’s scared of heights will be exhibiting considerable bravery on Airshow Saturday, being strapped on top of a WWII biplane; a sight seldom seen. Apparently the climb up the initial 15’ to get on the aircraft is the worst bit for her, even more so than being at 500 feet.

The Hawker Hurricane completes the set. Responsible for more kills in action than the Spitfire, Hurricanes can lay claim to having

Kids and adults will fall in love with the antics of the Turbulent Team on Saturday. Turbulents are tiny planes capable of flour

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bombing, balloon bombing and flying under a limbo. Everything you probably need to know can be neatly explained with one piece of information; they fly ‘under the colours of the Early Learning Centre’. Airshows are also, of course, the preserve of the finest displays of Aerobatics. On both days the very best pilots will be on hand demonstrating unbelievable skills aboard everything from a Russian trainer to a state of the art carbon fibre built Extra. The Extra, flown by Chris Burkett, will perform some of the most extreme aerobatics, all whilst being chased around the sky by a 41% scale model of the aircraft, flown by multiple remote control champion Mike Williams. The result has been the most talked about act on the Airshow circuit for years. It’s not just in the air where the Airshow has earned it’s enviable reputation and award. Old favourites such as the Food Village, where only quality food from local vendors is available will reappear, along with the Airshow’s highly distinctive Attack & Destroy Bar, a mix of a pub with a beer festival; this year serving some one-off beers from Lacon’s. Combined with literally acres of military displays (including a Normandy Barn) classic cars, two museums, a funfair and more the Airshow offers as much on the ground as it does in the air. However, those wishing to take to the sky can do so in a range of aircraft, including Saxon Air’s multi million pound executive helicopter. Buy online and save with prices from £12. Go to oldbuckenhamairshow.com. Full price tickets will be available on the gate.

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Norfolk Coast in the Great War Stephen Browning talks about his latest book


alk in vernon castle room, millenium library, tuesday 10th july. Join me in a talk about the communities around the Norfolk Coast 1914-18, and the sometimes top-secret war effort, from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth. The talk is based upon the following book: ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ by Stephen Browning. Pen and Sword, paperback, £12.99. Available in good bookshops, including Jarrold, Waterstones, leading independents and online at Amazon, Blackwells, Foyles, WH Smith and all usual suspects from 24 July 2017 ‘Norwich in the Great War’ I have previously written ‘Norwich in the Great War’ published by Pen and Sword in January 2016. I am thrilled to say that it has received a great review from Dr Giovanni Timmermans of the Western Defence Association, especially about the research undertaken for the book. Also, national review site Books Monthly calls it ‘Superb’ and the Army Rumour Service ‘Excellent’. Features of the new book The new release, ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’, has the following features: 1. It is the first ever study of its kind, ie a ‘sweep’ around the Norfolk Coast during the years of conflict 1914-18 2. It uses material from original sources never published in book form or at all. 3. While covering important events overseas – particularly with relation to Norfolk men – it also describes the joys and disappointments, highs and lows, subjects of everyday conversations, entertainments and general life of those who lived on the vulnerable coastline. 4. There are some wonderful tales to tell: Kings Lynn, cordite and conkers; the pioneering work on the cliffs of Hunstanton that had a crucial bearing on the outcome of the war; the bravery of the greatest of the life boatmen, Henry Blogg of Cromer and his crew; the incredible war service of the Rector of Stiffkey, Harold Davidson, sometimes known as the ‘Prostitutes’ Padre’, who ended his life being mauled to death by a lion; the story of Tom Crisp, VC, who, despite having the bottom part of his body shot away by the guns of a U-boat, kept command of his fishing skip; the antics of the Red Baron off the coast (until he lost his life following a battle with a Sopwith Camel aircraft which was probably made by Boulton and Paul in Norwich); the pioneering work of ‘the first woman war photographer’, Olive Edis, from her studio in Sheringham; and a great many other stories. 5. The text covers places previously comparatively or completely neglected, those discussed including: Norwich, Kings Lynn, Sandringham, Hunstanton, the Burnhams, Holkham, Wells-nextthe-Sea, Stiffkey, Cley, Holt, Weybourne, Sheringham, Beeston Regis, The Runtons, Cromer, Happisburgh, Caister, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea and Harwich. 6. For each section of the coast, the details of a few men who lost their lives are given. It is intended in giving details of the few to honour the many who never made it home or to the history books. 7. There are over 180 photographs, many of them archive and rare. Of particular interest to many will be the ‘then and now’ photos, eg of Sheringham High Street in 1914 contrasting with one taken today. 8. The book concludes with an itinerary for a 46 mile walk along the Norfolk Coast from Hunstanton to Cromer, in sections or all at once. In great parts of this walk, the vista has not changed at all in 100 years.


Please do not hesitate to contact the author for more details, interviews or a signed copy of the book: Stephen Browning www.facebook.com/stevebrowningbooks www.stephenbrowningbooks.co.uk 01603 630 663 Some Reviews So Far It is early days but some reviews have come in. Here are three extracts – firstly, from the Fire Project: The publisher produces a number of fine series that provide valuable insights into history…This new title is a delight and representative of the high standard achieved by the series. The text is built on thorough research and is very ably supported by a host of illustration – Very Highly Recommended. The next three are from Amazon – all five stars out of five: Altogether this is a fascinating book which has resulted from endless hours of research, research and yet even more research. The final result is well worth all that effort and provides an extra chapter to the history of this corner of Norfolk to add to that which we thought we already knew. Ned Middleton. Wonderful. A delightful book crammed full of pictures and insights. The Great War should have ended all wars. Stephen Browning yet again has researched heavily bringing to life what life would have been like in Norfolk during those years. Whilst it centres on the Norfolk coast no historical library would be complete without its presence. An excellent read. Mr Mikawber. This book is Amazing bought it has a gift my husband loved it so much he kept it. Now I have to buy another one but I can’t get one bummer. Maureen Canty

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1MAGAZINE arts correspondent, Tony Cooper, highlights some of the outstanding acts appearing at Latitude this month


elebrating its 13th edition, Latitude - recently awarded Best Major Festival by UK Festival Awards - runs from Thursday 12th July to Sunday 15th July held in the stunning and idyllic grounds of the vast rolling Suffolk estate of the Earl of Stradbroke, Henham Park, just north of the village of Blythburgh at the intersection of the A12 and A145. Over the years the festival has hosted a plethora of top acts and this year is no exception as one of the highlights is none other than the fabulous American rock band, Killers, coming fresh from the success of their chart-topping comeback album, Wonderful Wonderful. Led by their charismatic frontman, Brandon Flowers, The Killers - formed in Las Vegas in 2001 and headlining Latitude for the first time - are sure to bring something very special to this year’s line-up delivering a host of their much-loved hits including ‘The Man’ and ‘When You Were Young’ not forgetting, of course, ‘Mr Brightside’ - one of their biggest hits. And performing her first-ever festival headline slot at Latitude in a UK exclusive is another American superstar, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Solange, who was greatly influenced in her younger days by Motown female groups. She arrives in Suffolk a year after the release of her critically-acclaimed album ‘A Seat at the Table’ which she called ‘a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing’. It was widely acclaimed by music critics and public alike and became her first No.1 album on Billboard 200. Without a shadow of doubt, Solange - a bold, exciting and innovative singer powered by creative energy crosses and combines artistic genres in a way that most artists wouldn’t even attempt.

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Latitude loves a success story and is famed for breaking new talent and nurturing artists so it’s truly thrilling to see Alt-J return to Henham Park as headliners once more. From performing on the Lake Stage in 2012 as an up-and-coming act they revisited the festival in 2013 headlining the BBC Music Stage and closed the Friday night of Latitude’s 10th anniversary in 2015. Therefore, their show promises an exciting and unmissable event hopefully offering fans a wealth of new material framed by the ‘best’ of the last six years. But Latitude has never been just about the music as the event is a culturally-enriching experience, too. For instance, this year’s comedy, theatre and arts roster is set to be the festival’s most diverse and forward-thinking yet. And for the first time, a couple of exciting comedy headliners are performing at Latitude: awardwinning stand-up and star of BBC Radio 4’s Utopia, Bridget Christie, and national treasure, Harry Hill, who’ll bring a career’s worth of comedy gold to the stage. Elsewhere on the bill one can catch the only comedian co-signed by Drake and Stormzy, Mo Gilligan; Tim Key’s new blend of poeticals, talking, spotlights, cables and Old School wistfulness all entwined in his riotous show, Megadate; viral-video star and news satirist, Jonathan Pie; a brand-new BBC Radio 4 panel show, Where’s the ‘F’ in News; Mock The Week regular, James Acaster, plus rising star, Lauren Pattison. Gaining momentum year upon year is Latitude’s ground-breaking dance programme and returning to Henham Park this year is the all-male dance company, BalletBoyz, premièring an intriguing work entitled Fourteen Days choreographed by a team of acclaimed


choreographers such as Craig Revel-Horwood and Christopher Wheeldon within a 14-day period and danced to a lively score by a team of world-renowned composers. New Adventures also return presenting Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake which has been given a fresh look for the present century whilst retaining all the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions round the world. And in a timely new contemporary show, Phoenix Dance Theatre will explore the Caribbean immigrant experience in Windrush: Movement of the People where audiences will get a glimpse into what first-generation Caribbean immigrants experienced when they first set foot on British soil 70 years ago. Sadler’s Wells also returns for the 11th year running presenting a diverse and entertaining programme of world-class dance in all its forms. For instance, Lost Dog’s new show reveals through dance, theatre and comedy, the real story of Juliet and Romeo and how the starcrossed lovers didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding and Crxss Platfxrm will introduce a new wave of streetculture artists bringing fresh perspectives to dance, music and live performance curated by Ivan Blackstock featuring Denzel Himself, Godson, Rawheed Collective et al. And for those festival goers who want to dance and cavort about from day to night, they’ll be able to do just that in the Comedy Arena which will be stormed by Late Night DJs. Alternatively, one can sing one’s heart out during Rave Karaoke and Massaoke or join in on one of London’s biggest and best indie dance parties hosted by Buttoned Down Disco. And the world’s first and only all-girl Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The She Street Band‫‏‬, promises one the best nights of your life while over in Pandora’s Playground, The Disco Shed will be rocking loud in an alfresco session of dancing, too, late into the night. Maintaining Latitude’s tradition of exciting, diverse, dynamic and cutting-edge programming, the theatre line-up gets even bigger and better. Gate Theatre and English National Opera’s Effigies of Wickedness forms a cabaret of riotous songs banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre will première Anna Jordan’s new play, Pop Music, produced in association with Latitude Festival. Master-puppeteers, Blind Summit Theatre, offers the UK première of Henry while Three Sisters by RashDash (after Chekhov) sees the award-winning feminist theatre and music-making group take on Anton Chekhov’s revered play and reimagine it with electric guitars in a festival 54 | Summer 2018

special gig-theatre edition. Action to the Word will also present the world première of The Theban Motherf**ker, taking on the most famous tragedy of all time, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Also in the Cabaret Theatre audiences can experience a vivid and violent new work entitled Just Like Real Life from theatre-makers, Emma Attwood and Nick Finegan, which uses virtual reality to immerse the audience in their world. And for another immersive experience, Dash Arts, can be seen in their compelling work, Euro-Squat, offering a provocative and compelling vision of Europe. As part of Royal Opera House’s exciting season of outdoor summer events, Mozart’s Don Giovanni will be beamed to the Theatre Arena live from Trafalgar Square in which the French conductor, Marc Minkowski, will conduct a star cast led by the Polish baritone, Mariusz Kwiecień, who had won great praise from the critics and the public alike for his portrayal of the opera’s titlerole which he has sung at such well-appointed houses as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera and now the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. An eclectic range of awardwinning writers, poets, podcasters and authors can be heard in Latitude’s legendary SpeakEasy including laureate of punk and reluctant national treasure John Cooper Clarke and nature writer, Patrick Barkham, while Travis Alabanza - a transfemme gender nonconforming performance artist - will perform work from his débutacclaimed chapbook, Before I Go Outside (You Love Me). Other spoken-word performances come from teacher-turned-battle rapper, Mark Grist, and poetryslam champion, Daniel Piper. A jam-packed comedy bill features comedian/presenter, Joel Dommett, who can be seen in the Comedy Arena as well as participating in the festival’s Modern Love panel. He’ll be joined by Rachel Parris, viral star of BBC2’s satirical show, The Mash Report, and Kat Bond, winner of Vault Festival Comedy Award 2017 while in the Cabaret Theatre, Soho Theatre will present a hand-picked selection of some of Soho’s finest acts including Nina Conti’s Monkey & Roy as well as Diane Chorley, Pecs, Tash & Ellie and Sophie Willan - also on the bill is the Irish stand-up comedian, Eleanor Tiernan. Over in the SpeakEasy, Sam Golin (as seen on GINX TV’s Console Yourself and Challenge TV’s Videogame Nation) and Bisha K Ali (BBC3) will deliver a geek-culture-themed comedy in their mind-blowing show, Cult Comics. The Cabaret Theatre will also host Johnny Woo’s offbeat, weird www.1Magazine.co.uk

and wonderful show, Gayzpacho, which features half-naked men wrestling in a tomato pit, go-go dancers and flamenco music and dancing while Duckie - a collective of performance artists describing itself as ‘a post-gay independent arts outfit’ - return to Latitude with their unique blend of pansy propaganda. And what promises a hit show is the immersive cabaret show, I Need Cher, totally dedicated to that iconic performer, Cher, who gained massive popularity on both sides of the Atlantic as one-half of the folk-rock, husband-wife duo, Sonny & Cher, after their hit number ‘I Got You Babe’ stormed the airways in 1965. Always ahead of the game, Latitude will become the first major UK festival to dump ‘fast food’ for ‘street food’ organised by London’s Street Feast. Therefore, one can relax and explore buzzing streetfood arenas across the site where festivalgoers can re-fuel, wind down and ‘eat the world’ without leaving Henham Park. Also new to Latitude this year is the Theatre of Food, a fully-immersive essential for any foodie with wild-cooking sessions, hilarious and inspiring food demos and, of course, the chance to sample the end product. Melvin Benn of Festival Republic (the organisers of Latitude) said: ‘I am incredibly pleased to welcome Street Feast to this year’s Latitude, adding to the already impressive line-up. Food has become a vital part of the festival experience and being the first major festival to offer some of Street Feast’s most exciting vendors is a true milestone. With the Theatre of Food making its début and BBC Radio 4 recording a special episode of The Kitchen Cabinet, Latitude is the perfect festival for those who have an appetite for both talent and food.’ The recording of The Kitchen Cabinet takes place on Thursday night presented by restaurant critic and Masterchef judge, Jay Rayner. The culinary panel show will be crammed full of tasty titbits that might change the way one thinks about food, cooking and eating and, hopefully, will encourage Latitude audiences to get www.1Magazine.co.uk

involved and ask the expert panel their questions. Get them ready! Families looking for quality time together can gather in the Enchanted Garden where they’ll get the chance to make some magic of their own including VR workshops with top industry creatives, screen-printing T-shirts, trapeze and circus skills and the brilliant family socials which pack weekend mornings with familyfriendly comedy, live music, dance and theatre. There’s also a parent pen for shattered parents who can’t keep up or sessions of yoga to help them to relax and unwind. Meanwhile, the Kids’ Area has a host of live shows including AnimAlphabet the Musical, West End Kids and Comedy4Kids alongside puppetry and live music sessions while award-winning children’s authors and illustrators will be on hand to inspire and fire talented youngsters. And teenagers who want to be among their own can head to the Inbetweeners Area with its music, digital, media and fashion workshops or visit the Access to Music Live Stage which will include industry Q&A’s, how-tos on gaming, coding and VR while daredevils can brave the Greenpeace treetop adventure trail kitted out with zip wires, climbing nets and all that paraphernalia. And what promises a major talking-point is the ground-breaking hip-hop musical, Suffrageddon (commissioned by Deborah FrancesWhite and produced by Guilty Feminist) which chronicles the story of Emmeline Pankhurst and her fight for votes for women in which she was joined in the struggle by such free-thinkers and reformists as Sylvia Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett and Sophia Duleep Singh, an Indian-British militant suffragette who has been described as a ‘rock star’ The work - created and composed by Rebecca Phillips (aka Omahrose) and Mark Hodge with writing and performances from Roxxxan, Oracy Chambers, Aminita Francis and Koko Brown - tells the story of British women then but told by British women now while, at the same time, offering an opportunity for women of 2018 Summer | 55

colour to reframe a narrative which often excluded them. You want more! There is more! There always is at Latitude. Therefore, check out the festival’s website www.latitudefestival.com to find out. TICKET INFO Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/latitude Adult Weekend tickets: £197.50 face value plus £8 booking fee per ticket Accompanied Teen Weekend tickets (13-15 years): £132.50 plus £8 booking fee per ticket Child Weekend tickets: £15 Adult Day tickets: £77.50 plus £7 booking fee per ticket Child Day tickets: £10 Disabled access requirements and Personal Assistant (PA) ticket applications please refer to the festival’s website or contact the access team on access@latitudefestival.co.uk for more information and guidance. Carlsberg - Latitude’s official beer partner - will offer a touch of Danishness to Henham (www.carlsberg.co.uk) and Somersby - Latitude’s official cider partner - will be serving refreshing coldfiltered cider (www.somersbycider.com) while Pepsi Max, Latitude’s official cola partner - Twitter @PepsiMaxUK - will offer the full Pepsi taste but without sugar.

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Norwich Theatre Royal Stephen Crocker To Help Shape Arts And Culture Across the South East


orwich Theatre Royal chief executive Stephen Crocker is set to take on a leading role in helping to shape and nurture the arts across 13 counties in England. He has been appointed to the South East Area Council of Arts Council England, the national body which plays a leading role in helping to boost, fund and support the arts across the country. Working with his colleagues from across the arts and culture sector and senior local government representatives, he will use his expertise and knowledge of issues locally, regionally and nationally to help support future strategies. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the South East Area Council and helping its work to support the arts across this incredible part of the UK. “I am absolutely passionate about developing the arts and cultural sector, particularly across the East of England and especially about ensuring it has the widest possible impact and resonance in terms of place, economy and society. “This is something we are very much focussed upon within Norwich Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two through our new and ambitious artistic strategy which focusses on dance, drama, classical music and the creation of extraordinary cultural experiences for the people of Norwich and Norfolk.


“Our learning and participation team are also working hard to engage with new audiences and provide even more opportunities to those of all ages and backgrounds. Stephen is also excited that his appointment comes at a key time for the Arts Council. “I am delighted to be playing a part in shaping and supporting its ten-year strategy to ensure great art and culture truly is there for everyone.” This appointment comes as Stephen celebrates 18 months as chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal. Michael Newey, Norwich Theatre Royal Trust Chair, commented: “Since Stephen joined us, he has led an impressive period of progress for the organisation. This has included the development and implementation of a bold new three-year strategy that will grow and develop our role as one of the country’s leading arts organisations rooted in Norwich, but having an impact regionally across Norfolk and East Anglia. I am delighted that Stephen will now begin to play a role in helping to shape arts and cultural policy more widely with the Arts Council.”

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The Jewels in our Crown For a city of its size, Norwich has an impressive array of architectural jewels. For many, the two cathedrals are the best loved. Stephen Browning takes a look at the similarities and differences of these awe-inspiring and fabulous places.


ngland and Wales have some 83 cathedrals, most of them in large cities. The Fine City boasts The Cathedral of St John the Baptist and The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. The history of each is fascinating, even dramatic, and yet they could hardly be more different. One has been a cathedral for less than forty years and the other for 900. One was born out of love, the other as an act of penance. One has been subject to terrible acts of natural and man-made destruction while the other has survived largely unscathed. And, of course, one is Roman Catholic and the other Anglican. Both, however, have certain people and characteristics in common. St Felix, who brought Christianity to East Anglia, is equally revered and the Pope has a critical role in the foundation of each. Below are just a few of their similarities and differences, presented in the form of two ‘tables’. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist BEGAN LIFE AS AN ACT OF Love. Henry Fitzalan Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, wished to build a church as an act of thanks following his marriage to Lady Flora Abney Hastings. COMPLETED IN 1910. HAS BEEN A CATHEDRAL SINCE 1976. For the first seven decades of its life it was a parish church. It became a cathedral in that year following the creation of the Diocese of East Anglia. DESIGNED BY George Gilbert Scott and completed, following his untimely death, by his brother, John Oldried Scott. It is generally seen as a prime example of ‘Victorian Gothic’ – very rich in (chaste, being Victorian ) imagery and quite dark. LOOK OUT FOR A fabulous feature, best seen inside, are the brown columns of Frosterly marble, each of which contain thousands of fossilized creatures. Some of the stained glass is breathtaking, particularly The Queens’ Window which features Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, with the Christ Child. In the left hand aisle you will see the image of Our Lady of Czestockowa, which commemorates the many Polish men and women who fled here in the Second World War. The cathedral was built on the highest land in the city. In the summer months, tours are organized during weekends to the top of the tower from where it is possible to see – with binoculars – sweeping vistas up to the lighthouse at Happisburgh. DESTRUCTIVE TIMES The Cathedral was built in a dark place, the site of a former grim prison, and some boys and girls did not want to venture here after it was completed. As in much of Norwich, underground caves proved a problem to the original constructors. There is a very famous picture taken in 1952 just outside of a bus disappearing down a huge hole that opened up out of the blue. Also, in the last war, it was seen by the German High Command as a symbol of hope but mercifully survived relatively unscathed. SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONS The Narthex, incorporating café, garden, information and toilets, was opened in 2010. The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity BEGAN LIFE AS AN ACT OF Penance. Herbert de Losinga sought forgiveness from the Pope for the sin of ‘simony’, having paid the huge sum of nineteen hundred pounds to have himself made 58 | Summer 2018

Bishop of Thetford. The Pope granted him absolution provided he moved his bishopric to Norwich and built a cathedral there. COMPLETED IN 1145. HAS BEEN A CATHEDRAL SINCE 1101. It was formally consecrated by Edward I in 1278. DESIGNED BY No-one is quite sure. The soaring majesty of the Nave may owe much to the basilica of the Imperial Palace of Trier in Germany. Money was certainly no problem as is evident from the fact that much of it is built of Caen stone which was imported from France and very costly. The thriving Jewish community may well have lent money. LOOK OUT FOR It is hard to know where to begin as the cathedral has been the centre of life for over 900 years. There are two main gates. The one on your left as you stand in front of the Cathedral Close is the Erpingham Gate. It was built by Sir Thomas Erpingham, a knight who led the victorious English archers at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. If you look up, there is a figure of him in prayer, thanking God for sparing his life during the campaign. The other is the Ethelbert Gate which was built as penance by the people of Norwich following riots between monks and citizens during a fair at Tombland in 1272. The Cathedral Close itself is wonderful – did you know that many of the exquisite houses are available for rent? In the Cathedral itself, The Presbytery is often seen as ‘The peoples church’ and the Choir as ‘ The monks’ church’ as there was a monastery here with sometimes as many as 60 souls getting up at 2 am to perform their many acts of worship. Take a look at the misericrods – these are little ‘tip-up’ ledges that would enable monks to appear to stand whilst gaining a small measure of support during many hours of worship. Also, in the main church and in the cloisters, too, are the worldrenowned ‘bosses’ – ie carvings in stone that tell the history of man from the beginning of time to the end of the world. It is noticeable that the Kingdom of Heaven as depicted bears an uncanny resemblance to Norwich Castle which, in these times of almost non-existent travel, would have been the grandest thing the master masons would ever have seen. Some of the bosses, and, indeed, the carving on the pews of the Choir, are quite saucy and funny – here is a row between husband and wife ( to tell the monks that married life is not all it is cracked up to be? ) and elsewhere a monk caning the naked rear end of a small boy! DESTRUCTIVE TIMES There are innumerable acts of villainy and heroism – and pure luck – associated with this cathedral. In 1643 hordes descended on the cathedral. They fired their muskets and hacked with their swords on anything visible. If you go to the tomb of Bishop Goldwell in the Nave it is possible to see a rusted musket ball still encased in the side of his tomb. His nose has been cut off and there are huge hack marks on his effigy. The lectern you see was buried to escape the mob and only recently discovered. Most incredibly of all, the priceless ‘Dispenser Reredos’ in St Lukes Chapel was rescued by a person unknown and turned into a workman’s table – ie reversed. It was only discovered fairly recently when someone dropped their pencil while decorating and looked up…… www.1Magazine.co.uk


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If you look carefully as you go around you will see some graffiti dating from 1643 - separately, a church and a galleon – and it is possible that these were carved by citizens ‘holed up’ in the cathedral to escape the Black Death. No-one knows for sure. SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONS The Hostry, with exhibition, educational and hosting space, was opened in 2009. It was designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and took 11 years to complete. A book in the PiXZ series,’ The Spirit of Norwich Cathedral’ (£4.99) , is available with text by Stephen Browning and photographs by Daniel Tink. The book is available from all good bookshops and Amazon, but, if you would like one, it would especially benefit the cathedral if you could kindly buy it from the Anglican Cathedral shop if possible. Thank you!

Picture courtesy of Da niel Tink www.scenicnorfolk.co .uk

Picture courtesy of Daniel Tink www.scenicnorfolk.co.uk


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Priory Insurance A look at Home Insurance


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South Norfolk Mobility Keeping you mobile and able to get out when walkng long distances is not possible


ith the arrival of Spring, we hope for some finer weather! County shows and village fairs will be upon us. If your mobility is holding you back from being able to enjoy these events with your family and friends, then please come and see us. It can be a hard decision to make, that you may need some help with your mobility, but we strive to make you feel at ease. We would be delighted to demonstrate to you our range of aids, such as 3 and 4 wheeled walkers. They are light weight, fold to go into the car, and easy to use. Maybe you need just that extra boost to your confidence when walking, and these aids are ideal. We also sell a wide range of new and second hand mobility scooters. They give you back the independence you may be missing, due to difficulty in walking very far. We take great care in matching a scooter to you and your needs.Don’t forget we also stock rise and recliner arm chairs, wheelchairs and a host of daily living aids. We are here to help! www.southnorfolkmobilitycentre.co.uk

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Diss Museum Basil Abbott recalls the local footballing heroes of 40 years ago.


he feel-good factor could hardly be higher for a Suffolk audience than Our Blue Heaven, a memoir at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich of the FA Cup. 40 years ago Ipswich Town won it by beating Arsenal; and the glow of local pride has never gone away. In the presence of some of the 1978 heroes – Mick Mills, Alan Hunter, John Wark, Roger Osborne – those heady days were re-lived. Manager Bobby Robson was re-created with eerie brilliance by Peter Peverley - voice, look, posture, manner. A band thumped out the music of the day, while a young, mixed-gender troupe did balletic versions of the games. Writer-director Peter Rowe’s interpretation saw events from the point of view of families. So weddings and births vied with the more important fact of the Town being at Wembley. 14 year old Anna Kitching, played their most devoted fan with an ardour that they need today. When captain Mick Mills and goal scorer Roger Osborne came on at the end, the audience rose with a roar of acclaim. This really was people’s theatre. At lunchtime, before the match, I remember that both teams were interviewed as a group on television. I don’t remember who talked to the Ipswich players but they were bubbling. Arsenal, interviewed by Bob Wilson, seemed sullen and embarrassed. It was no surprise to me that Ipswich won the game. At the New Wolsey Theatre show it was fun to spot former players, although they were now middle-aged men. They were all polite and obliging when I asked them to sign my programme, something I had not done since boyhood. Someone who was not there, and who missed the final through injury, was Trevor Whymark. He is the only Diss Town player to represent England, coming on as a substitute against Luxembourg in 1977. (Matthew Upson, also capped, was a Diss boy but did not play for Diss Town.) Whymark was called the biggest aerial threat to Europe since the Spitfire. After devastating Lazio with four goals he received a plaque from their arch-rivals FC Roma saying: “To Whymark in memory of Ipswich 4 Lazio 0”. Trevor was from Burston and went to Diss Secondary Modern School. He worked with my Dad in Jewsons timber yard while playing for Diss and then being signed by Ipswich. When he was still at school my brother nicknamed me Whymark, as he thought I looked like the diminutive lad with a fringe. I interviewed him after he retired and he spoke intelligently about the beautiful game. But he never lost his local accent. Once, when asked by a television interviewer how he accounted for the intuition between himself and twin striker Paul Mariner, Trevor said, “Well, loike yew say, thass intuition.”


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Unlike some companies, you will always see the same fully qualified Hearing Aid Audiologist (and not an assistant) each time you visit, receiving continuity in your aftercare. This is important for patients and assures them they are getting the best from their hearing at all times. Sound Advice Hearing are a local family run business, and what makes them a leading provider in hearing healthcare is a combination of - an extensive range of products, many years of experience/ knowledge, continuity, in depth testing, attention to detail and aftercare that is second to none. And, this is all achieved through being dedicated 100% to hearing care alone. To book a FREE hearing consultation then contact Sound Advice Hearing on: Tel: 01603 667708; Email: info@soundadvicehearing.co.uk; Or visit: www.soundadvicehearing.co.uk or 13 St.John Maddermarket, Norwich NR2 1DN

Hear better in background noise assessment & management available

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Shooting & noise protection

aftercare service

Always seen by a fully qualified Hearing Aid Audiologist & not by an assistant

service and, in most cases, a more extensive range of hearing technology from the world’s leading manufacturers, than some of their larger competitors. This means they are able to offer the most suitable solution to meet a person’s particular hearing needs and more importantly – their lifestyle. Independent hearing healthcare centres like Sound Advice Hearing can offer impartial advice on all aspects of hearing. Hearing tests are carried out in a sound proof room and time and care is taken to provide advice, information and importantly, the correct solution.



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NEW INVISIBLE hearing aids, SPECTACLE hearing aids plus RECHARGEABLE hearing aids (no more fiddly batteries)

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13 St. John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN car parking nearby at St. Andrews Multi Storey, Duke Street NR3 3AT

Hearing Centre also at 101 High St, King's Lynn Day Centres also at Cromer & Holt * on selected products



We provide the following services: Regular Weekly or Fortnightly Cleans One off Sparkle Cleans and End of Tenancy Cleans

T: 01953 458447 www.brecklandhomeclean.co.uk Email: quality@brecklandhomeclean.co.uk Find us at: Queens House, Queens Square Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE

Wiltshire Farm Foods We believe food is the fuel of life.


t’s fuel for the mind, fuel for the body, and fuel for living and laughing. That’s why, for over 25 years, Wiltshire Farm Foods has been delivering delicious food throughout the UK for our thousands of customers to enjoy whenever they like.

However, like a comfy sitting room or homely kitchen, every now and then it’s nice to have a spruce up; so, this year we’re giving Wiltshire Farm Foods a fresh new look.

If our food doesn’t hit the spot, we’ll replace it for free with our satisfaction guarantee, because good food can put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. So, if you’d like to choose from our selection of over 300 tasty dishes, call 01362 699049 for a free copy of our new brochure.

You’ll spot some exciting new changes. We have a smart new uniform and van livery for our drivers, proudly displaying our heritage. There are 75 new and improved delicious meals ready to order from our brochure and website. Bright new labels, clearer and easier to read but still free from cardboard sleeves and unnecessary waste; and we’ve launched new television adverts, featuring our very own drivers, some of which you may recognise. Rest assured, while we’re very pleased with our new look, we would never dream of changing the things you hold so dear. That means you can continue to look forward to the same dedicated local team and the same strong values you have come to expect from Wiltshire Farm Foods.



With our delicious frozen meals and desserts, prepared by award-winning chefs and delivered free by your local team, you’ve more time to enjoy doing the things you love. For your free brochure visit wiltshirefarmfoods.com or call

01362 699049


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Tired? Sound Sleep


Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed.


Trying them out Give your self plenty of time and wear loose clothing, this helps you turn and get in and out of beds in store. Our Mattress Specialists will point you in the right direction. Try the advised mattresses for as long as possible to get a good ‘feel’ for them.

or most of us a third of our life is spent asleep, meaning the wear on our mattress over time is considerable, yet a staggering 25% of people wouldn’t consider changing their mattress – even after more than 10 years. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

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• Is your bed seven years old or more? • Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw it without the covers? • Does it make suspicious noises in the night? • Did you have your best recent nights sleep in a bed other than yours? • Are your waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching? • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally? • Are you too close to your partner to sleep comfortably? • Is it sagging? • Does it feel lumpy in the night? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it your bed has FAILED its MOT and a trip to Sound Sleep for some new bed or mattress advice is essential. The key with mattress buying is to try out as wide a variety of options as possible to find the most suitable mattress for you (and your partner).

Given the amount of time you spend in bed, it is important to spend a reasonable amount of time in store trying out new ones, especially if you have been experiencing pains that could come from your existing mattress. It this instance, it may be worth having a chat with your chiropractor for some advice on what they advise is suitable for your back. At Sound Sleep, we stock a variety of brands and different types of mattresses, for example pocket sprung, memory foam, latex and so on. Each manufacturer has different mattresses that offer different levels of support and comfort. When mattress shopping, it is essential to ask for help. Our Sound Sleep Dream Team are highly trained mattress specialists and are on hand to advise you, not to high pressure you in to buying something that may not be suitable. Following are just a few quick tips to consider when bed shopping. How do I know which one is right for me? A mattress that is supportive and comfortable is important, but remember, your requirement for support will differ depending on your weight and build. The best bed for your back is not always a firm one. You need a bed that will provide the right support and comfort for you. When laying on your side, ideally your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag down or bow up. Also remember as we age, our support requirements change. A very firm mattress when you were 35 may not be so suitable when you’re 45, comfort is important too! 66 | Summer 2018

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If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your partner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise!

Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed.

Size matters It is scientifically proven that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. The more space you have the freer you can move without disturbing your partner. This is also a good idea if one or both of you get hot in bed. If you are thinking about just a new mattress, before coming to visit us in store, check what kind of base you have and it’s condition, as some bases may be unsuitable for a new mattress. We will of course be on hand to give you the correct advice and information.

All of our divans and mattresses are sourced from National Bed Federation members, so what you are buying is exactly what it says it is, it’s made from new and clean materials and it meets the strict British Standard fire regulations. More information can be found at www.bedfed.org.uk Now that you have chosen a new bed and mattress, don’t forget that every mattress needs protection. At Sound Sleep, we want your new mattress to give you years of comfortable nights, to do this your mattress needs to be protected from us!

The average adult perspires approximately half a pint per night and sheds in the region of 20,000,000 skin cells a day, which without the correct protection can all go into your mattress.

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This severely decreases the life of your mattress and can also cause health concerns, especially with asthma and allergy sufferers. Our Dream Team will talk you through all the options to help prolong the life of your mattress.

soundsleepbeds.co.uk For more help and advice, visit our Dream Team who can talk you through all the pros and cons of various mattresses. We also pride ourselves on having the most up to date mattress technology (as well as the old fashioned technology too!). Sleep has never felt so good!! www.soundsleepbeds.co.uk



www.1Magazine.co.uk Mile Road, Winfarthing, IP22 2EZ

Questions you should ask any Bed Company? Do you offer FREE Delivery?


Will you assemble my bed for FREE?


Do you offer FREE Mattress Advice?


Will you take away my old bed?


Will I receive FREE Pillows when I spend over £499?


To receive your FREE PILLOWS worth £79.99 QUOTE “PILLOWOFFER” in store

offer ends Monday 6th August 2018

Mile Road - Winfarthing - IP22 2EZ 01953 861177 www.soundsleepbeds.co.uk Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 Saturday 10:00-4:00 Sunday 10:00-1:00 Look out for our purple Bed Jet on the main B1077 between Diss & Attleborough

Contemporary, classic or chic modern

Kitchens and Interiors The kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s why at Graham Torbitt Kitchens and Interiors we provide quality craftsmanship, contemporary design, unique and fresh ideas to bring you the kitchen you desire. With over 25 years experience, let us put the heart back into your home.

Bespoke design and budget Creative solutions Integrity and expert advice Professional service Free consultation Inhouse at Premier Marble 3 Dewings Road, Rackheath, Norwich NR13 6PS

01603 327727 | www.gtki.co.uk | graham@gtki.co.uk

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EACH East Anglian Children’s Hospices - Sponsor a brick and ‘invest in the future of children’s palliative care for years to come’


ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is asking supporters to help apply the finishing touches to its nook appeal and, in doing so, leave a lasting legacy at its new Norfolk hospice.

The nook appeal has recently surpassed the £8 million mark – the official total at the end of June was £8,050,000 – and EACH wants to generate a large part of the remaining funds through a new campaign called Pave the Path. Pave the Path is your chance to sponsor a red clay brick that will line the garden path and be laid once building of the nook is complete.

Bricks are 210x105x65mm and sponsors can have a name of their choice engraved over two lines – up to 15 characters on each line including spaces and punctuation. There are two sponsorship options. A brick with black lettering is £100 and a brick with gold lettering £150. Pave the Path will run until early 2019 or, as there are limited bricks available, until all have sponsors. For full details go to www.each.org.uk/pave-the-path.

Everyone who sponsors a brick will be invited to view the path once it is complete. Tal Williams, EACH Community Fundraiser for the nook, says: “Building of the nook is well under way and we need your support to finish! The nook will transform the care we can provide to families and by sponsoring a brick lining the garden path you will be investing in the future of children’s palliative care for years to come.”

Installation, Servicing & Repairs for Gas Appliances and LPG Specialist Powermax trained Tel: 0800 781 4014 Mob: 07940 876 081 2 Chapel Close, Pulham Market, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4SS “New and replacement boilers installed”. tony.twservices@btinternet.com


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for Permanent & Temporary Recruitment Quality People continue to provide a recruitment service for the towns of Attleborough, Dereham, Diss, Thetford, Watton & Wymondham plus the surrounding areas throughout Breckland & South Norfolk.

www.quality-people.co.uk Telephone: 01953 453644 | Email: results@quality-people.co.uk Find us at: Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE

Success Invest in your future

Have you ever though you are worth more than you are currently being paid, or perhaps you’re bored doing what you are currently doing, or you’re worried about pension plans, or you just want a ‘Plan B’? Well - In addition to my web development business I also spend an hour here & there, in the ‘nooks & grannies’ of the day, building an additional business and a great additional income. In the traditional World of work the ‘Boss’ may ask you to work the occasional overtime, which nine times out of ten we agree to do, and they pay you the average hourly rate of

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around £12.00 per hour. If you would like another £12.00 you work another hour. This is traditional and it’s how most people go through life. However, the smart people look for ‘Residual Income’ where they work an hour and then get paid for that hours work again and again and again. Song writers do this extremely well – they write a song and record it and they get paid every time their song is played. This is called ‘Residual Income’ and I really like this concept!

Of course it may not be for you, but at least you will have seen what I am doing and you can make that decision, rather than me denying you the opportunity and you might know someone who is looking so you can help them. How soon would you like to change your future, earn more money and have time freedom? Get in touch and I’ll help you every step of the way. www.SUCCESSpro.me.uk

I’d love to share with you what I am doing, as you may feel you’d like to do it too.


A family run company bringing an award winning designer, experienced craftsmen and quality materials to your project Garden Design Landscaping Pergolas & features Decking Planting schemes Raised beds Artificial turf Paving

Beautiful taylor made gardens built for you Call now for your free no obligation quotation 01692 535431

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Profile for Spider Creative Media

1 Magazine - Summer 2018  

The Summer Edition (July & August) of 1 Magazine, covering Norwich, Attleborough, Diss, Wymondham, Holt and all of North Norfolk

1 Magazine - Summer 2018  

The Summer Edition (July & August) of 1 Magazine, covering Norwich, Attleborough, Diss, Wymondham, Holt and all of North Norfolk