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ARTSeast October 2015

Hostry Festival 2015: Norfolk’s Autumn Celebrations of the Arts

Interview: The Proclaimers Local Arts Scene: Southwold

WIN Tickets and a meal

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What’s On

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e theatre will be closed at the end of 2015 until spring of 2016 whilst undergoing renovations as part of the Wells Maltings Project

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4th December ‘Something Happened at Christmas’. A festive celebration of music and laughter- with a difference! In the season to be jolly, there's no better way to get in the mood than with a funny, toe- tapping celebration of Christmas past and present with Something Happened - the trio whose shows are a joyful mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the surprising. Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9, Friends of Granary £8.

10th December Baroque eatre present ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol’. Baroque eatre present the poignant, humorous and atmospheric Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol', by John Longenbough. Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizens & Friends £8.

18th December Swann & Dyer Winter Warmers’. A festive celebration of Christmas Carols and Music Hall. Swan & Dyer’s Winter Warmer is a fun-filled festive evening of well-known sing along Christmas carols interspersed with famous of Music Hall numbers. Numbers such as “Daisy, Daisy”, “e Man on the Flying Trapeze”, “Waiting at the Church” are mixed in with all-time favourites such as “Silent Night”, “Jingle Bells” and even the virtuosic “eme and Variations on the Carnival of Venice” (better known as “My Hat it Has ree Corners”). Performed in Victorian costume. Tickets: £10, Concessions £9, Friends £8.

23rd December Blast from the Past present ‘A Brief History of Christmas’. Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and stories. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old. Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizens & Friends £8

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Theatre & Film News

36 Coast


Suffolk Libraries/Eastern Angles

37 North Pole Christmas Festival

Cover Story


New Wolsey Theatre Competition

38 Herring Festival/Aldeburgh Poetry



Norwich Theatre Royal

39 What’s On Listings

Editor’s Letter

Hostry Festival

Visual Arts

Local Arts Scene

8-9 Visual Arts News

40 Southwold Photos


Artists On View

41 Southwold Introduction


Artist Profile – Martin Sexton

42 Mascot Media Competition


Paint Out Norwich

43 Ways With Words


Samuel Thomas

44 Spotlight on Julie Carpenter


Waveney Watercolourists


Norwich Art Supplies


Kid’s Corner – Krafty Kids Klub

24-25 Coffee & a Chat – The Proclaimers


Diss Coverings


Dance East


Stephen Mole at Fairhaven


Co-op Juniors Alice in Wonderland


Build Your Own Exhibition



45 Sutherland House Competition

Education 28-29 Woodbridge School




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Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society


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Vauxhall Holiday Park Competition

46 Subscriptions/Competition Winners 47 Directory

Arts Council 34-35 Culture Matters

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Editor’s Letter

Editorial: Sarah Veness 01379 773348 Sales: Gary Enderby

Welcome to the October edition of ARTSeast Magazine.

Our local arts scene this month takes us to

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the beautiful coastal town of Southwold which will soon play host to the Ways with


Fresh from an exciting

Words Literature Festival in November.

night at the Norfolk

We were thrilled to have the chance to

Arts Awards, I'd firstly

speak to Scottish icons The Proclaimers in

like to say a big thank

this month's coffee and a chat interview

you to everyone

who are bringing their latest tour to the

involved in this fantastic event at The

region soon.


Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Although

There are some great prizes up for grabs

Isobel Demangeat-Ransome

we didn't win on the night, we are so

this month including tickets to see Paper

thrilled to have been nominated for the

Dolls at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, a

Broadcast and Press Award and would like

weekend for two at the Soul and Motown

to congratulate the winner - BBC Voices -

Gold Weekender at Vauxhall Holiday Park,

on their well-deserved success.

a meal for two at Sutherland House,

This month our cover focuses on the

Southwold, the chance to win a copy of

brilliant Hostry Festival taking place at

Drawn to Southwold containing the work of

Norwich Cathedral. The programme is

artist Mary Gundry and even a ukulele,

packed with exciting performances and

courtesy of DCR Music, Attleborough.

we're looking forward to seeing as many

But for now, grab a coffee and sit back and

as possible.

enjoy our latest issue‌.

Sarah Veness Editor

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Cover Story Total Ensemble Theatre Company

Autumn Festival of the Arts in Norfolk The Hansells Hostry Festival, now in it’s 5th year, runs from

features prodigies who wrote works of the highest quality at a

October 19th-31st and celebrates local talent with Music,

tender age, transforming the way music was perceived.

Dance, Theatre, Radio and Visual Art.

Other events from the festival

Based at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, the core projects

this year include Lady MacBeth

include Paint Out Norwich, Chamber Orchestra Anglia, Total

– the premier of a stunning new

Ensemble Theatre Company and the main Hostry Play, Mahler’s

opera, with music by Kenneth

Conversion by Ronald Harwood which runs from October 27th-

Ian Hytch and performed by Lisa

31st and is directed by Chris Bealey. In this late 19th century

Cassidy with Will Fergusson on

Vienna setting, a time of change is beckoning and a new

piano and Elizabeth Marjoram

artistic movement is emerging, where Gustav Klimt shocks the arts world. Rebecca Chapman’s Total Ensemble Theatre Company perform Chorus Mysticus and The Rule of Three on Saturday October 24th and Saturday October 31st at 2pm at the Weston room in the Hostry. Total Ensemble Theatre Company – Inclusion, in action, with integrity - aims to provide access to professional quality drama and theatre processes, working with a diverse

on the violin, Laura White at the Adrian Wright

Refrectory dinner with Jazz,

Adrian Wright spreading a little happiness as well as a live radio show with BBC Radio Norfolk, book readings as well as Paint Out Norwich, a plein air visual art event. Box Office: 01603 598676

cast that is passionate about ensemble theatre. Chamber Orchestra Anglia present Youthful Genius: Mendlessohn, Mozart and Korngold on Saturday October 24th at 8pm at the Hostry. This specially commissioned concert

Cover image: Simon Smith from Chamber Orchestra Anglia

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Visual Arts News

Chris Packham prints at WLT art gallery 6 – 30 October As part of an eclectic display, World Land Trust (WLT) Art Gallery in Halesworth, are proud to present a powerful selection of wildlife

Beautiful Poppy to be Auctioned

photographs featuring the elephant by television presenter and

A Suffolk glassmaker is

WLT patron Chris Packham. The display, which runs from October

on a mission to raise

6th-30th coincides with Controversial Conservation, WLT’s annual

money for the Royal

debate hosted by Chris Packham. This year’s topic ‘Does burning

British Legion (RBL),

ivory save elephants?’ addresses the subject of burning ivory

which supports war

stockpiles. Controversial Conservation takes place on Thursday 8

veterans. When

October at The Great Hall on the Strand, King’s College London.

Laura Hart from

Tickets are available by calling 01986 874422 or visiting WLT’s

Sudbury raffled a


glass poppy at Art in

conservation-does-burning-ivory-save-elephants Other pictures on

Action in Oxford over the summer she raised

show from Chris Packham include Lion, Zebra and Wolf prints.

more than £900 for the charity. She has only made three such

The October display also features new paintings by Steve Cale

poppies and plans to auction them before Remembrance

and a selection of complimentary paintings and prints from the

Sunday on November 8th. 'The reason I chose the RBL is I made

Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham.

the poppies in honour of my grandfather who was twice

mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in the field during WW1,' says Laura. 'One poppy will be auctioned at the Poppy Ball in Norwich on November 7th. I am hoping to raise quite a bit more.' Inspired by her love of flowers, particularly orchids, Laura Hart's sculptural flower collections combine several glass fusion techniques.

Star Wars Art Director donates work for charity sale Star Wars Art Director Alan Tomkins is the latest celebrity to donate an amazing work of art for the Art for Action sale in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research. Stars including Anneka Rice, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Maggi Hambling CBE are among those creating 5” x 8” artworks to be sold on Thursday, October 15th. Pieces by writer Esther Freud, journalist Libby Purves and best-selling crime writer Peter James will also be displayed at Copdock Hall in Ipswich, each priced at £30, and collectors can snap up as many works of art as they like: each card will be signed on the reverse so buyers will not know whose work they have bought until they have made their purchase. Tomkins, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on The Empire Strikes Back, has given organisers a signed print of the original designs for his snowspeeder which featured in the hit 1980 movie. Tickets priced at £20 are selling fast for the Art for Action sale, which takes place from 6.30pm until 9pm. Fizz and canapés will be served, and a donations bar will offer beers and wine. 8 |

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Be part of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2016 One of the most successful Open Studio schemes in the country will take place next year between May 28th and June 12th. During 16 days each year, hundreds of artists across Norfolk invite the public into their studios to reveal where and how they work. This scheme is a great opportunity for artists to promote their art and for visitors to see how work is created, away from traditional gallery spaces. Applications for Norfolk artists to take part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2016 will open on Tuesday October 27th 2015. Apply online or request an application form by email. Deadline for applications is Friday December 4th 2015. or call Ros Dixon for further information on 01603 877762.

Autumn Exhibition for Holt Gallery On October 10th, Bircham Gallery's Autumn show kicks off with a wonderful exhibition of gestural landscape paintings, studio glass and bronze animal and figure sculpture. Chris Prout paints bold expressive landscapes, seascapes rich in colour, texture and representational or semi abstract in nature. He enjoys the outdoors, walking

Stalpeford Charity Art Exhibition

the gentle hills of the Midlands or the soaring coastal footpaths of Wales, Norfolk and beyond.

‘Stuff of Life’, a Charity Art Exhibition is taking place at Stapleford

These experienced impressions energise his

Granary, Stapleford, Cambridge on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th

imagination and frequently appear in his work.

November,10.30am-4pm. It offers a fantastic opportunity to

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artists from across the

Kate Jones and they have been making

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clay or wax and casts his sculptures into bronze

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himself, using the lost wax process. He works from

charity art centre in

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Cambridge enriching the

human in front of him, preferring natural, unforced

lives of learning disabled

and sometimes quickly observed poses. The

people through creativity

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Artist Profile: Martin Sexton Sheringham-based artist Martin Sexton has just finished a large landscape painting of the harvest at Gressenhall. As he talks about his work, you can feel his passion for what he does. 'I really enjoyed painting the horses and each blade of straw,' he smiles. 'The painting has a warm summery feel to it that reminds me of harvest time as a child.' Growing up, Martin discovered early on that he loved to draw. 'I used pen or pencil and spent hours sketching the countryside or creating pictures of cowboys, indians and horses,' recalls Martin.

'I decided to focus on watercolour because I felt that if I could manage that, I could paint in anything,' says Martin. 'It wasn't long before I fell in love with the medium and my paintings went from strength to strength. There's nothing better than the feeling you get when you sit down with a clean sheet of paper and you pick up your paintbrush for the first time.' At first Martin struggled to find inspiration but it wasn't long before he began to spot potential all around him. 'Now everything I see inspires me,' laughs Martin. 'I love the Norfolk landscape - the salt marshes, the open skies, the reflections you find in muddy creeks. Martin has a studio at home in Sheringham which doubles up

He was often joined by local lad John Jackson who went on to became a prestigious artists whose linocuts are legendary. 'John and I met at school in Briston, Norfolk where we grew up,' says Martin. 'I can remember the two of us getting together to make and decorate a crown for the local village beauty queen competition.' As the years passed, Martin was to follow John - who is two years his senior - to Norwich School of Art where the two men shared ideas and swapped advice. 'After college we even ended up working together as graphic designers at Boulton & Paul in Norwich,' says Martin. After leaving Boulton & Paul, Martin worked at Eastern Counties Newspapers before finally becoming senior designer at Jarrold's. But as the years passed, Martin began to miss painting. Eventually he decided to dip his toe in the water of traditional painting while also becoming freelance as a designer for Jarrold's to ensure the bills would still be paid.

as a gallery. Visitors are encouraged to come and view his paintings and also watch him work. 'I'm more than happy for people to watch and learn from me,' says Martin. 'I often wish I could have sat and looked over someone's shoulder when I was younger and I'm happy to pass on what I've learnt.' Martin also gives talks at various art groups and tutors small groups of two or three artists.'I like to teach small classes and have the time to focus on each individual artist,' says Martin. 'Sometimes I teach in my studio or we go out and about painting what we see.' Martin is available for commissions. His gallery includes original paintings, prints, cards and calendars and is well worth a visit. October 2015 | 11

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Bringing the City Alive Paint Out Norwich, returns to the streets of Norwich as the opening event for the 2015 Hansells Hostry Festival. This year promises an exciting array of events that include the two day core event with up to 40 selected artists creating an original work of art in just 3 hours repeated over 4 sessions on October 20th-21st, using the Maddermarket Theatre as the meeting hub. There will be a Nocturne event, where artists will attempt to capture the city at night as well as a mass Paint Out which will take place on Mousehold Heath on Thursday October 22nd where members of the public are invited to join participants in tackling the famous views of the city. This will culminate in a ticketed gala preview and auction on Friday 23rd, with a public exhibition at The Cathedral Hostry from October 24th-30th.  The exhibition will then move to the Maddermarket Theatre from November 2nd-28th for the rest of the month. For all details see

‘Paint Out’ is a multi-faceted event aiming to redefine en plein airr art practice. Our core event is the premier juried en plein airr competition in tthe United Kingdom, celebrating the talents of national and international artists to a wide and growing audience in the heart of Medieval Norwich. Event Event Dates Dates October October 20 - 22 Competition Competition October Exhibition Preview, October 23 Gala Gala E xhibition P review, A uction and A wards: 6:00pm at the Auction Awards: N orwich C athedral H ostry Norwich Cathedral Hostry O ctober 2 4 - 30 E xhibition at the October 24 Exhibition N orwich C athedral H ostry Norwich Cathedral Hostry N ovember 2 - 28 E xhibition at the November Exhibition M addermarket T heatre G allery Maddermarket Theatre Gallery

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Norfolk artist Samuel Thomas opens his last oneman exhibition of 2015. See unusual techniques, materials and imaginative pop-art inspired scenes that celebrate Norfolk.

Red Lion Hotel, Cromer, Oct 24th - Nov 1st

Artworks on show will demonstrate the range of unusual materials Samuel uses – including sand, coffee and tea instead of paint – to replacing the traditional artist’s canvas with surfboards, life-rings and floorboards! The large exhibition will feature 20 original paintings with framed and unframed limited edition signed prints starting from £95 each. You will

Cromer-born Samuel Thomas opens his exhibition during the

see colourful Norfolk scenes captured in a pop-art style

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old artist will be unveiling six brand new original paintings alongside his extensive collection of artwork that will excite your imagination.

The informal exhibition welcomes everyone – so feel free to browse at your leisure or Samuel is happy to share some of his stories behind his paintings. All the artwork is available to

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Atmosphere (acrylics) by Annie Rice

Exciting Local Art Group The 8 members of 'Waveney Watercolourists' are Gill Carter, Moyra Byford, Jackie Knights, David Weight, Lenny and Francesca Townsend, Jean Bichara and Annie Rice. They are all experienced local artists with a diverse mix of styles and techniques, which they feel ensures an exciting exhibition of a very high standard. Starting as a group of friends who painted in waterbased

The River Stour (watercolour) by Francesca Townsend.

media and were serious about their art, they now meet monthly to inspire and motivate each other, talk about art events and exhibitions they've attended and share their experience and knowledge of famous artists. The group has

The group work in a variety of

been painting together for nearly 10 years and exhibiting as a

waterbased media including traditional watercolours creating

group for 7 years. They all live near the Suffolk coast and many

beautiful translucent images, or watercolour,acrylics, inks and

glean inspiration from the local sea, heathland, marshes,

collage to produce textured mixed media pieces. These can be

reedbeds and rivers. Others use flowers, seedheads, rocks and

subtle and delicate or vibrant, strong and colourful.

various still life for inspiration.

Waveney Watercolourists are holding their 5th annual Art Exhibition from Sat Oct 24 to Sun Nov 1 daily 10 til 5pm at the Cygnet Room, Swan Hotel, Southwold (through the arch beside the Hotel) Waveney Watercolourists are a group of 8 artists with a diverse mix of styles and techniques ensuring an exciting Exhibition of a very high standard New pieces will replace sold ones to constantly refresh the Show More Info: Moyra Byford 07712294938

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Restoring the Beautiful Diss-Coverings, previously Mary Gibson operating out of

using traditional or modern methods, or a combination of both,

DesignerMakers, is now a joint business with Rachel Roullier

depending upon the nature of the piece and the client’s

who has a college background in art and art history. Both


Rachel and Mary are obsessed with fabrics and antiques and are equally passionate about colour and texture. Mary has been successfully reupholstering for over six years and they’ve combined their talents to launch the Diss School of Upholstery, moving into their own larger premises in Hales Yard, Diss. The business officially opens on November 26th, but they are more than happy for anyone to come in whilst they’re preparing their workshop and showroom space. Diss-Coverings, aka the DISS School of Upholstery, focuses on upholstery courses; offering a range of courses both part-time week-day or weekends, or full-time weekends. When not teaching, Mary and Rachel take on upholstery commissions



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Norfolk's Beauty in all its Glory

Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Walk in 131 acres of ancient woodland and watergarden or take a boat trip on their idyllic private Broad. Next month it is also the home of a stunning photography exhibition by Norfolk's Stephen Mole. Depicting beautiful Norfolk

Born and bred in Norfolk, Stephen has always been inspired by

scenes, it runs from November 21st to 29th, 10am-4pm.

the wide open skies and wonderful light that makes this part of the world so 'special'. 'Brought up on the east coast of Norfolk, in Gorleston, and now living in Ormesby St. Margaret on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, many of the images I capture are influenced by the Norfolk Broads and the near 100 miles coastline of Norfolk,' says Stephen. Often just dismissed as 'flat' Norfolk has amazingly diverse areas ranging from the huge expanses of sand and little creeks of the North Norfolk Coast, the crumbling cliffs of the east coast





and the Norfolk Broads. 'All present wonderful subjects to capture through a lens,' says Stephen. 'On top of that, Norfolk has the wonderful and beautiful city of Norwich. I try to capture

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Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Rachel Rayns with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Neurotic Machins, 2015 Image: Brian Slater

What do a gardening robot, 3D printed prosthetic limbs, concrete fire places and street signs all have in common?”

include Norfolk-born Rachel Rayns whose project Neurotic

Find out the answer and discover much more at this exciting

Machines has been developed with the Raspberry Pi

exhibition. Build Your Own provides a fascinating insight into

Foundation. An interactive garden in the exhibition space has

today’s making revolution. It features neurotic robots that can

plants monitored by a robot, which controls and reports on

manage your garden, a global network producing prosthetic

light levels, temperature, humidity and soil moisture. The public

hands created by 3D printing, and explores new ways of

will be encouraged to help the robot do her job – she has

repairing city spaces, empowering communities and reflecting

become neurotic and needs our assistance and reassurance!

local craft traditions. Co-produced by FACT (Foundation for Art

Artist Will Shannon has worked with architecture collective

and Creative Technology), in collaboration with the Crafts

Assemble and the residents of the Granby Four Streets

Council and Norfolk Museums Service, the exhibition, which

Community Land Trust - a regeneration project in Liverpool.

debuted in Liverpool, will be on view at Norwich Castle

Shannon and Assemble turned a derelict house into a

Museum & Art Gallery from October 3rd 2015 to January 3rd

domestic workshop and using the aggregate building


materials from the site produced beautiful new fireplaces for the other houses on the street. Their ‘Yard Factory’ is re-

Will Shannon and Assemble, Homework, 2015 Image: Brian Slater

installed in the gallery space, alongside one of the finished fireplaces, highlighting the potential for us all to work with our neighbours and communities and utilise our domestic environments to change our living conditions.

Hannah Higham, curator at Norwich Castle Museum, said: 'Build Your Own is a dynamic exhibition that is constantly evolving. Crafts have underpinned our local communities for centuries but now the traditional tools are changing with the

DoES Liverpool, Desktop Prosthetics, 2015 Image: Brian Slater

A key element of the show is the exciting programme of

advent of modern technologies. Build Your Own is about

related events and workshops. A special ‘maker space’ in the

celebrating making and the use of both old and new tools.'

gallery will present demonstrations and workshops, variously

The exhibition features specially commissioned works by leading makers, creative technologists and collectives, all of whom embrace the ethos of co-creation. Artists exhibiting

showcasing the sound works of local artist Michael Ridge, and the exciting work of staff and students at Norwich University of the Arts. Visitors will also be encouraged to ‘build their own’.

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Theatre & Film News

King Charles III comes to Cambridge Re-Telling of a Classic in Bury

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre and a critically

In a new production that premiered to excellent reviews in London

acclaimed West End season, Mike Bartlett’s multi award-winning

last year, the magical story of Frank Capra’s iconic film It's a

new play King Charles III comes to Cambridge. The Queen is

Wonderful Life (starring James Stewart, it’s a must see every

dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A

Christmas!) is retold at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as a

future of power. But how to rule? Directed by the Almeida

radio play on October 21st. The evergreen film is a Christmas must,

Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, the play explores the

telling the tale of businessman George Bailey and Clarence the

people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our

angel…and ranks among the best loved films of all time. Recreated

democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

as a radio play, complete with sound effects created live on stage,

The cast includes Robert Powell as King Charles III, who perhaps

this is a loving tribute to the golden era of wireless and is a fresh

is best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth and

take on a timely classic.

as series regular Mark Williams in Holby City.

Mumford Theatre: Adolf and Winston Two Actors. Two World Leaders. One Black Dog London, 1939. Winston Churchill looks in the mirror, realises that only he can steer our great nation through its darkest hour and steels himself for the hard road ahead. Bristol, 2012. Howard Coggins looks in the mirror, shaves, realises he looks a bit like Winston Churchill and steels himself to break some bad news to his good friend, Stu. Bristol, 2013. Stu Mcloughlin looks in the mirror and realises that he’ll have to grow a little moustache. Buoyed by the success of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, and unafraid to tackle the big subjects in an essentially inconsequential way, Howard & Stu are back walking the tightrope of taste and decency with another slice of poorly-researched history at The Mumford Theatre, Cambridge on October 17th. But will either of them escape from this war alive…?

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Suffolk Libraries

presents... Events Cinema

eatre & Film

Exciting Touring Theatre Eastern Angles will visit Brandeston, Woodbridge, Sudbury, Bradfield and Garboldisham in October with a new Out Of Joint production.

Suffolk Libraries, in partnership with Creative Arts East, has announced new events as part of the innovative new project which is bringing quality theatre and exhibition events to Suffolk communities using the latest digital screening equipment.‘Suffolk Libraries Presents...’ is an Arts Council England funded project being run in seven of the county’s libraries with the aim of bringing more Suffolk residents into contact with the arts in a familiar and accessible local venue. Nationally and internationally acclaimed performance and exhibition events, will be screened in Stradbroke, Felixstowe, Ixworth, Gainsborough, Hadleigh, Lowestoft and Capel St Mary

Jane Wenham – the Witch of Walkern is written by Baftawinner Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Hertfordshire, the story is inspired by events during the 1700s. Local woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death and accused of witchcraft. The play deals frankly with female sexuality and the expectations on women in society. Artistic Director Ivan Cutting said: 'This really is a fantastically gripping and exciting piece of theatre, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the production to our local audiences.'

Booking: 01473 211498 or

libraries. Examples of the performances expected to be on offer between October 2015 and April 2017 include the Globe Theatre’s productions of Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors; well-known ballets such as Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake; and unique, commentated tours of exhibitions featuring artists such as Matisse, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.


THE WITCH OF WALKERN by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

The following screenings are now available to book (please note the Hadleigh event has had to change from October to November: • Swan Lake - Hadleigh Library on Wednesday November 11th, 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm). Tickets £7.50 per person, refreshments available. For more information or to book please contact Hadleigh Library on 01473

• The Duchess of Malfi – Felixstowe Library on Friday November 13th, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

A gripping and haunting new play about sex, fear, religion and magic, from a BAFTA-winning writer

Artwork: Alice Lenkiewicz


Performance recorded at the Globe Theatre. Ticket £7.50. For more information or to book please contact Felixstowe Library on 01394 694880.

Touring East Anglia Oct Oct 6th – 17th 2015 A co-pro duction by O ut of JJooint, W Waatford P Pala alace Theat re and A rcola Theat re in a s so ciation wit h Ea ster n A ngles

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The Paper Dolls

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich - December 1st - January 2nd. When a little girl cuts out a string of paper dolls she takes them by the hand and together they go on a fantastical


adventure whirling through their home and garden. Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow fly through time and tear across worlds of fun and


excitement. They face the jurassic clutches of a toy dinosaur

To be in with a chance of winning one of 5 family

and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, and then

tickets to see the show this Christmas, just answer

a very real boy with very real scissors threatens to snip their adventure short…

the following question: What threatens to cut The Paper Doll’s adventure short?

Adapted from the acclaimed book by The Gruffalo author Julia

a)      Very real rocks

Donaldson, this magical tale is brought to life through puppetry

b)      Very real paper

and music and is a co-production between Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre. Suitable for ages 3-7. “As magical a theatrical experience for children as one could wish for” Julia Donaldson on The Paper Dolls 22 |

c)      Very real scissors Email your answers to including your name, full address and telephone number. Closing date: October 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply

Top-Class Cast for Jesus Christ Superstar Norwich Theatre Royal, October 19th-24th The hit show which changed the face of musical theatre and

when she plays Mary Magdalene, fresh from appearances in

became a global smash hit is on its way to Norwich Theatre

the tour of Thriller Live.


When the show, penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd

Taking on the lead role is Glenn Carter who will be reprising a

Webber, was first performed in 1971, it became a sensation.

part he has played to critical acclaim in the West End, on

The rock opera follows the last seven days of Jesus’s life told

Broadway and on film. He will star opposite Australian

through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The compelling events

performer Tim Rogers, who takes on the role of Judas after

coupled with a host of legendary songs including I Don’t

tackling many leading roles in the West End. X Factor finalist

Know How To Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar have

Rachel Adedeji swaps prime-time TV stardom for the stage

made it a must-see show.

OCTOBER BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Tues 29 Sept - Sat 3 Oct HETTY FEATHER Jacqueline Wilson’s plucky heroine in Victorian family adventure £7 - £20.50

Sun 11 Oct BROADLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE Young local talent £7 - £13

Thur 8 - Fri 9 Oct RAMBERT World class contemporary dance £7 - £24

Mon 19 -Sat 24 Oct JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Legendary musical £8 - £36.50

Sat 10 Oct ROBERT CRAY Best of the blues guitar £8 - £29.50

Mon 26 - Sat 31 Oct THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Ian Kelsey, Patrick Robinson star in adaptation of classic movie £8 - £27

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tues 13 - Sat 17 Oct DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Michael Praed, Noel Sullivan, Carley Stenson, Gary Wilmot star in hit musical £8 - £44

Sun 4 Oct ALICE IN WONDERLAND Michala Jane School of Dance £7 - £17.50

Book online: T H E AT R E ST R E E T, N O RW I C H N R 2 1 R L October 2015 | 23

With the most famous Scottish music duo The Proclaimers coming to our region, we caught up with one half of the duo, Charlie Reid, about their latest tour.

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Coffee & aChat

Coee & a Chat

With an incredible 30 festivals under their belt this summer alone, The Proclaimers are working as hard as they ever have. 'There are so many festivals now,' says Charlie. 'We love playing them as it gives us a chance to perform to people who may not know many of our songs and we have to try to win them over. It's a chance to find new fans and replenish the amazing fan base we've already got. There's a strong sing-along element to what we do and that works really well at festivals. One such festival was this year's Cambridge Folk Festival. 'Cambridge is one of my favourite folk festivals that we've played anywhere in the world,' says Charlie.'I love the integrity of the people who run it and the audience are fantastic.' But with the festival season behind them, The Proclaimers are now embarking on a nationwide theatre tour and will be playing at Ipswich Regent, Cambridge Corn Exchange and King's Lynn Corn Exchange in November. It's a chance for dedicated fans up and down the country to see them play live. The tour also ties in with the release of their 10th studio album Let's Hear it for the Dogs.

'At first when we heard that a Proclaimers musical has been suggested, we couldn't imagine how it would work and we were very sceptical,' says Charlie. 'But when we saw it, it made sense immediately and it was very moving. Stephen really understands what the band is about and the songs work brilliantly.' A critically-acclaimed film of the musical was also released in 2013. For now, you can catch The Proclaimers at a venue local to you in November. 'We're really looking forward to the shows,' says Charlie. 'We love performing and hearing the crowd singing our songs back to us.'

'This is actually one of the more straight-forward records we've ever made,' says Charlie. 'The band just set up and we played and it was done and dusted in about twelve days. There were hardly any changes to be made and roughly 80% of what you hear was done live.' Recent years has also seen the success of Sunshine on Leith - a Proclaimers musical - written by Stephen Greenhorn. It follows the stories of two men who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan. Songs by The Proclaimers form the soundtrack.

The Proclaimers are performing at Ipswich Regent (November 1st), Cambridge Corn Exchange (November 4th) and King's Lynn Corn Exchange (November 6th.)

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Dance Stars come to Ipswich

Chotto Desh by Richard Haughton

Under the artistic directorship of Brendan Keaney, Ipswich’s

the language of light and movement.

DanceEast is making a major contribution to the flourishing

On Friday October 16th, Grammy Award-winning composer and

cultural activity in the East of England. This autumn, DanceEast

percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Joss Arnott Dance join

has co-commissioned three thrilling world premieres, bringing

forces in 5 | 0, a triple bill of high octane dance from the all-

some of the world’s leading dance artists to his organisation’s

female company’s dancers. Dame Evelyn Glennie will perform

purpose-built performance space, Jerwood DanceHouse.

live for the world premiere of Wide Awakening. Akram Khan Company and MOKO Dance present the world

The season opens with a world premiere from Russell

premiere of Chotto Desh on Friday October 23rd. Khan has

Maliphant Company, on Friday October 2nd, marking the 20th

teamed up with Theatre-Rites director Sue Buckmaster to

anniversary of Maliphant’s collaboration with lighting designer

reimagine his worldwide hit Desh as his first-ever work for

Michael Hulls and celebrating their unparalleled command of

children and families.


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Curiouser and Curiouser… One of the nation’s best loved stories, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company has adapted Carroll’s flight of imagination into a Christmas Spectacular featuring a cast of over 100 young performers and a host of stage magic and illusions - all in a major new musical production at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk from December 4th to 13th. Projections, a huge stage lift and specially created stage sets are all planned to make this the most ambitious amateur production staged at the world-famous Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival and Proms.


Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, The White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat all appear in this new song and dance epic with soaring musical numbers and a generous sprinkling of eye-popping special effects. 'There are a number of new versions of Alice in Wonderland in this celebratory year,' says director Rebecca Darcy. 'We wanted to develop an exciting new musical version which plays to the strengths of the Co-op Juniors in music and dance yet stays faithful to the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s wonderful book and characters.' Full details at Book online or


Alice, The Mad

Celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Dec 4 - 13 Book now 01728 687110

telephone 01728 687110. Tickets from £12 - £24 with special discounts for groups and selected performances October 2015 | 27



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Arts at Woodbridge School: An Outstanding Performance

The Arts at Woodbridge School continue to thrive with pupils

The School has

continuing to excel in the creative field. The school has

delighted in the

recently seen their eleven Edinburgh Fringe performers return

success of its music

jubilant from the festival, having performed Father Time, a

pupils, with a strong

multi-layered and imaginative performance fusing live

record of Oxbridge

performance, music, song and puppetry. There is seldom a day

choral scholarships,

when the on-site Seckford Theatre is not resounding with a

and numerous pupils going on to perform in professional vocal

production in rehearsal, full performance or academic drama

ensembles, symphony orchestras and opera companies, A

studies. Pupils can enjoy many opportunities to perform, be

number of pupils have also gone on to very successful careers

that in Shakespeare performances performed outside in the

in the world of pop music.

School grounds, or in school musicals; 2016 will see pupils don sweatbands and legwarmers for the pop extravaganza “Back to the 80’s. Many pupils have gone on to achieve

The School also excels in the study of Art. Typically all the students studying A Level Fine Art at Woodbridge go on to study creative arts at Art School or University, choosing courses

tremendous success on screen and on stage, with Old

ranging from Fine

Woodbridgians appearing most recently in the major film “The

Art to Horticultural

Secret Service”, and on television in “Wolf Hall”.


The music department is


always lively, with over 350

Product Design or

lessons being provided for

Graphics. Students

students each week, and

leave Woodbridge

over 60 performances each

to study all over

year. Pupils can enjoy the

the country in some of the most prestigious institutions, such

teaching of modern and

as Glasgow, Camberwell, Central St Martins and Leeds School

contemporary music, as

of Art. Recently, the School has also taught students who have

well as the classical

gone on to study at the world renowned Courtauld Institute.

repertoire, Jazz, rock and swing. Music is not an elite

The School's Sixth Form Open Evening is on Tuesday November 3rd at 6.30pm.

activity at the School, anyone can take part in the wide range of choirs, orchestras and other ensembles on offer. October 2015 | 29


Music News Festival Music The Halesworth Arts Festival is in full swing this month, running from 10th to 25th at The Cut Arts Centre. The festival features some top music acts of all genres. Despite their boy band appearance, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet , appearing on October 20th, is one of the leading chamber music groups in the country with a really fine programme that includes a Bach Brandenberg Concerto and an original selection of guitar-based pieces. They are followed by The Swingles the following night. Photo: Katja Toivole

The seven stunning singers that make up today’s world class a capella group use their voices to conjure imaginative worlds. Above all, there is the primal power of voices raised together in harmony.

British Greats & New Orleans Swing On November 9th, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds is offering music lovers a rare opportunity to see legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones joined by jazz singer Ian Shaw and talented musician and singer Joe Stilgoe for a wonderful night of music. Expect to hear the swing of New Orleans, all with some fiery soul, bebop & tunes of their own thrown in. Leroy’s career, spanning over four decades, has seen him play with the likes of Harry Connick Jr, record with the likes of Dr John & appear on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman & Oprah Winfrey.

Join the Voice Project’s Red Shift Norfolk’s internationally renowned Voice Project Choir is recruiting singers for their Winter project concert – and absolutely everyone is welcome to join! Rehearsals start on October 20th with a no-obligation taster session on October 13th at Friends Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane Norwich. Unlike recent years when they have performed a seasonally themed show in December, this performance will be on Saturday January 23rd.

JMA Pho tograph y

Titled Red Shift, it will be held in St Andrews Hall Norwich and will make imaginative use of the space using staging and lighting to explore themes of the turning of the year, dark and light, hibernation. The music will be especially written for the piece by Voice Project co-director Jonathan Baker and other composers and the concert will feature guest musicians and solo singers. The choir is regularly commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival to create new work. Earlier this year the largest Voice Project Choir ever, featuring 150 voices, sang The Observatory at The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts.

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London Mozart Players at Cromer Parish Church On Saturday November 28th 2015 Sheringham and Cromer

opportunity to sing with a leading orchestra. Last year

Choral Society, a community choir based in north Norfolk, join

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society commissioned Patrick

forces with the renowned London Mozart Players to perform

Hawes to compose Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) as a

Richard Allain’s Vespers in Cromer Parish Church. The chance to bring one of the UK's finest chamber orchestras to Orchestras Live north Norfolk 2015 is thanks to a collaboration between Orchestras Live and North Norfolk District Council and a grant for the arts from Arts Council England. Originally scored for a small orchestra and handbell ringers, Richard Allain, Director of Music at Norwich School, is revising

tribute to Norfolk’s great First World War heroine. The work was premiered in Norwich Cathedral in July 2014 to mark the centenary of WW1 with the English Chamber Orchestra and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. The Cromer concert programme will also include two pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams: the choir will sing his Benedicite whilst the orchestra will play Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis.

and re-orchestrating the work especially for the London Mozart

Catch this rare opportunity to hear fine choral and orchestral

Players with choir and soloists.

music – Box Office 01263 822347

This concert presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of a local composer and gives the choir another

Email Full details

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Review: Maui Waul Festival Billed as the full on Electro Swing experience, the Maui Waui Festival in Theberton, Suffolk offers up three days of music, cabaret, circus and much much more. Despite its relatively small size, the festival is quickly gaining a reputation as one not to be missed and it's clear to see why. From the quality and variety of the acts booked, the extravagant decor, the exciting circus and street performers, the range and

The Flavour als e Norm Scare th

Parlour stage was

cosy, sumptuous and lovely with hip-hop collective Scare the Normals providing a real stand-out performance for me.

quality of the food on offer and the actual setting itself‌

Alongside these main stages was a

everything is perfect.

Crime Scene tent where I witnessed some top-class music and

It's clear that months of creative work go into Maui Waui and it

Djiing and a fantastic pop up tent complete with sand and palm trees for that Ibiza feeling.

definitely paid off. The main stage was particularly impressive with a huge inflatable man and woman luxuriating on its roof, blowing gently in the breeze. And inside, the quality of the music was top class with Rock'n'Electro band Bomba Titinka being my personal favourite.

All in all, Maui Waui is a true feel-good festival with an authentic Suffolk flavour mixing many genres of music into an electro swing, gypsy swing, reggae, hip hop, folk mash-up that keeps both young and old, party animal or quiet meditator happy.


Musical Instruments Accessories Tuition & Repairs

WIN A UKULELE DCR Music in Attleborough has teamed up with ARTSEast to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Laka - Soprano Ukulele worth ÂŁ42.99. With a solid Sapele top, this ukulele also comes with a carry bag. DCR Music offers a wide range of musical equipment and accessories, from guitars, amplifiers and drum kits to plectrums, guitar strings, drum sticks and music books, for both learners and experienced musicians alike

01953 458039 16 Queens Road, Attleborough info@dcrm 32 |

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, just email your name, address and telephone number to Closing date: October 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply.


Audley Anderson

rk a P y a d i l o all H h x u a V t a Get funky Geno Washington

If you fancy getting funky to the sweet sounds of Soul Music

In addition to the music, you can enjoy the park's impressive

then Vauxhall Holiday Park's Soul & Motown's Gold

facilities including an Indoor Tropical Water World.

Weekender is for you.

Prices for the November Soul and Motown Weekender start

From November 13th-16th the 5-star holiday park, based in

from £131 per person for accommodation, based on two

Great Yarmouth, will be grooving to the sounds of Motown and

sharing a Sandpiper accommodation.  

70s disco performed by a whole host of stars including Geno Washington, The Real Thing, Audley Anderson and Still Drifting featuring Ray Lewis. There are also a wide range of tribute acts including Celebrate Kool and the Gang and Tameka Jackson as


Diana Ross. For over 18s only, this weekend is a great opportunity to get away and enjoy a few days of live music, fun and relaxation.

WIN A WEEKEND BREAK ARTSeast has teamed up with Vauxhall Holiday Park to offer one lucky reader the chance to win tickets for two people to the Soul & Motown Weekender, including accommodation in a glamping mega pod! Prize details: Glamping pod for two people from 1316th Nov 2015 at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1TB. Accommodation and two wristbands to enjoy the acts over the weekend.  Selfcatering break.  No cash alternative.  Over 18 only, with Vauxhall Holiday Park terms and conditions apply (see website for full details). Email with your name, address and phone number. Closing date October 23rd.

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Frozen Light – ‘The Forest’ Image: JMA Photography

Culture matters; this is something that is central to our work

film that celebrates arts and culture in England. It covers a

at the Arts Council. We believe that public life in this country

wide range of art forms, artists, musicians, venues and

without the arts and culture would be much poorer. The arts

locations across England. You can watch the film here:

bring happiness, and the arts make things happen. and also share it online

The arts are integral to all our lives; our theatres, concert halls,

through Facebook and Twitter using #culturematters.

venues, libraries, museums and galleries, and the arts in our

People are different; they enjoy different things, which is why

schools, universities, hospitals and old people’s homes. It’s

we support so many projects, organisations and individuals.

these things that give us the pleasure and opportunity for self-

The breadth and depth of work isn’t just reflected in the variety

expression, and bring social and economic benefits to our

of art forms that we fund – although that is important – it is


also demonstrated through the audiences that they engage

Every week our funding supports organisations and individuals across the country to make arts and culture happen. This

with, the artists that they work with and the topics that they address.

comes in a wide variety of forms, from SeaChange Arts’ Out

Underlying all of this is a sense of inclusivity; the arts and

There Festival in Great Yarmouth – which features outstanding

culture are for everyone, no matter where they live, their

circus and street arts – through to bringing art to library

background or their situation. So we wanted to highlight a

audiences across Suffolk using digital technology.

couple of exciting projects in the East of England that are

To help showcase the work that we fund we’ve created a short

doing just that, harnessing the arts to build a greater sense of inclusivity.

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Arts Council

Image: JMA Photography

In Norfolk we have been working with an organisation called

culture from the local Bangladeshi, Polish, Chinese, India,

Frozen Light, a high quality company based in Norfolk that

Portuguese, Afro Caribbean, Kurdish, British, Spanish. It offers

regularly tours multi-sensory work for people with Profound

the increasingly diverse communities of Ipswich and Suffolk

and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). The Arts Council

the opportunity to come together and to enjoy each other’s

has funded a number of projects developed by Frozen Light,

cultures, not just as artists, but also as audiences from across

including ‘Tunnels’, which mixed live music, sign and sensory

the local communities.

experiences to create a unique, exciting and original piece of theatre specifically for young adults with PMLD. Another project supported by the Arts Council is ‘The Forest’, an intriguing

For more information about Frozen Light’s current tour ‘The Forest’, please visit:

multi-sensory tale that immerses audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations.

To check out more information about the One Big Multicultural Festival, please visit:

In Suffolk we have funded the Bangladeshi Support Centre, a community organisation working towards community

If you would like to read more about how you can apply for

development and social inclusion, to create an exciting music

funding from the Arts Council, please visit our website:

and dance programme for the One Big Multicultural Festival

in Alexandra Park, Ipswich. The event aims to bring together communities of Ipswich and Suffolk, showcasing music and

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What’s On

A Celebration of The ARTS

Since starting in 2010, the annual COAST Arts Festival has

This year COAST are thrilled to welcome the best selling author

been celebrating the variety and quality of art produced in the

Lynne Truss to Coast; in the middle of the week she will set the

Cromer and Sheringham area; creating a vision to share –

standard for others to follow.

giving local communities and visitors the opportunity to experience local, regional and national creativity.

In September they also launched #NNGT – the new talent show for North Norfolk; heats ran throughout September, with semi-

COAST incorporates a wide range of art forms including:

finals in October and the Grand Final in the famous Cromer Pier

painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, literature, film, poetry, music,

Pavilion Theatre in festival week. Ivor Novella award-winning

photography, installations, workshops and many other diverse

David Mackay will be one of the judges at the final. As well as

events. Over 40 events are run each festival.

offering people in North Norfolk the chance to aspire to bigger

The 2015 festival, across the October half term, (October 23rd-31st 2015) contains the usual eclectic mix of events and exhibitions such as: • Performing arts: circus workshops; african dance and music ; talent competition (#nngt) • 2D art: photography competition; art exhibitions (eg Samuel Thomas); art workshops • 3D art: sea art exhibition; ceramic workshops; contemporary glass • Storytelling: african storytelling in 4 libraries; selkies and fishermen stories • Literature: a literary lunch; katrina mountfort on her experiences of getting published; Lynne Truss • Other: a history day; a celebration of walking 36 |

things, the competition will give them the real opportunity to be noticed by people who can help them realise their dreams.

Get into the Christmas Spirit! November 20th – January 4th 2016 The North Pole Cambridge Christmas Festival is back in style,

is made for all to enjoy so no matter what, there’s something for

giving you the opportunity to get into the spirit of Christmas

everyone. Enjoy the new undercover Alpine Bar kitted out with

throughout the festive season. Featuring an icy extravaganza in

heated seats and themed drinks. To explore The North Pole

the heart of the city, this annual festival is centred around the

Cambridge Christmas Festival head to

stunning 600m open-air ice rink. Great for a fun-filled day out for tickets now. There's a 20%

with family and friends, let us bring out the big kid in you with our

early bird discount to visitors who book ice-skating before

traditional fair. The festival, on Parker's Piece, Parkside, Cambridge,

November 19th 2015.

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What’s On

Herring Festival

Poetry at its Finest

Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1 November from

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival is the UK’s pre-eminent annual

10-4pm at The Cut in Halesworth.

celebration of contemporary poetry, internationally renowned

For two days The Cut will champion the herring as a vibrant part of the Suffolk heritage. Suffolk has had a long historical association with the herring. In the first half of the 20th century fortunes were made as the fleet fished its way from the east coast of Scotland.

for the range and quality of its programme. With the Festival’s trademark mix of well known or international names – lesserknown voices and exceptional newcomers, the weekend features a fresh line-up of 30 poets from thirteen countries. They’ll take part in 66 interconnecting events, 21 free, across twelve venues in Aldeburgh and at Snape Maltings. There's

The festival includes music, workshops, crafts, theatre, film,

book launches, readings, competitions, Q &As, talks,

lectures and a lot of herring in various guises.

workshops and much more.

Also on offer will be maatjes haring from Holland & other

Booking is not required for free events (with the exception of


The Poetry Trust Social - Meet the Poets). Entry is on a first

Head to Halesworth to celebrate those silver darlings.

come, first served basis and access is subject to venue

The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY 01986 873285

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER & SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER 10am-4pm THE CUT, Halesworth 38 |

capacity. If you don’t think poetry is for you, this is the Festival which will change your mind.

THE ULTIMATE POETRY WEEKEND READINGS, PERFORMANCES, NEW VOICES, THE LECTURE DISCUSSION, DEBATE, Q&A, MASTERCLASS, CRAFT TALKS CLOSE READINGS, SHORT TAKES, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS The 2015 line-up includes John Burnside, Kei Miller, Joanne Limburg, Hollie McNish, Kim Addonizio and Tony Hoagland (US) Choman Hardi (Kurdistan), Valérie Rouzeau (France) Dorothea Smartt, Zaffar Kunial, and Pedro Serrano (Mexico) 66 events, 21 FREE 13 venues in Aldeburgh & Snape FREE shuttle bus TO BOOK

Box Office 01728 687110 and follow the link to Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

What’s On

What’s On – Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up in our region. If you’d

October 24th-30th – Wayland Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

like an event, show, exhibition, performing arts class, festival,

Work by talented members of art and photography groups from

talk or anything else arts-related included in our listings section,

all around the Wayland area. Many items will be for sale,

please get in touch. Each listing costs just £15 (no VAT) and you

refreshments served.

can pay by cheque to Falcon Publications or by PayPal to If you’d prefer to pay by BACS online, call


01379 773347 for account details. To submit a listing, email details to We need details 8 weeks before the date of the event to guarantee inclusion.

October 6th-10th – Dereham Theatre Company Presents Jesus Christ Superstar. Classic, multi-award winning rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Dereham Memorial Hall., tel: 01362 690969


October 16th - Only Fools and 3 Course Comedy Dinner.

October 11th – Kingfisher Sinfonietta Orchestral Concert at

Evening of comedy and dinner, Only Fools and Horses style.

Framlingham College Theatre. Led by Beth Spendlove and

Friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy

conducted by Elgar Howarth. 6.30pm.

actors. Waldringfield Golf Club, tickets £30. Tel: 01473


October 13th – The Colin Mason Jazz Quartet with guest

October 31st – Missy Malone and Friends' Burlesque Revue.

guitarist. Swafham Jazz Club, upstairs at The King's Arms

Scottish burlesque princess returns with a Halloween special,

Coaching Inn from 8pm. Food and drink downstairs from 7pm.

widely regarded as the best of its kind currently touring the UK. Norwich Playhouse.

October 16th – The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral make a rare visit outside of London to perform at Snape Maltings Concert


Hall, near Aldeburgh. The concert is jointly in aid of EACH and The Red Cross and has a varied repertoire. 7.30pm.

October 2nd-5th – Flipside Festival. A celebration of all things Brazilian including literature, music and the arts. Fantastic children's events and tasty Brazilian street food.


October 8th-9th – An Introduction to Paper Marbling. Two day

October 8th-11th – Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival. A

workshop aimed at serious bookbinders and book conservators

fun-filled weekend of delicious riverside feasting. Music and a

with internationally-known expert Victoria Hall. Held at The

range of tasty food.

Studio at Burlingham Hall, Norwich. October 10th-25th – Halesworth Arts Festival. In its 14 year, October 14th-November 1st – Norfolk Craft Guild's Autumn

this popular festival offers up a varied programme of comedy,

Exhibition. Talented designer and makers from all around

poetry, music, art, theatre and much more. 22 evening and

Norfolk. Woodturning, jewellery, sculpture, paper craft, textiles,

daytime events.

fused glass and more. Hobart Gallery at Blickling Hall.

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Local Arts Scene: Southwold

Southwold: Inspiration for the Arts Famous for its colourful beach huts, award-winning pier,

visual arts, family events, talks, discussions and literature.

imposing lighthouse and wealth of shops and galleries,

Each November, Ways with Words runs a literature festival in

Southwold is seen by many as the jewel in the crown of the

the town which attracts some of the most famous literary

Suffolk Heritage Coast. With numerous independently owned

names to the region. Southwold has a long history of hosting

shops, coffee shops and restaurants - and even its own

summer repertory theatre which is now held from July to

brewery - Southwold is a paradise for both holidaymakers and

September in St Edmund's Hall and offers a varied programme

locals alike.

to suit all tastes.

The town has long provided inspiration for artists, poets and

After a day on the beach or exploring the pier, why not take in a

authors and a great many people who work in the arts live

film at the beautiful Electric Picture Palace which perfectly

locally including author PD James who lived in the town until

recreates the magical atmosphere of the golden age of the

her death last year. George Orwell once lived and worked in the


town, writing his novel A Clergyman's Daughter from his parents' home after a severe bout of pneumonia.

Whether it's a beautiful summer's day or a wild winter's afternoon, Southwold is the perfect place for a day out.

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Local Arts Scene: Southwold

For the love of Southwold As well as being their favourite place, Southwold has played an important part in a number of books created by Alan and Marion Marshall of Norfolk-based Mascot Media. Their collaboration with local artist Mary Gundry to produce the extremely popular ‘Drawn to Southwold’ is the most obvious success, but the seaside town also stars in the earlier Glynn Thomas book ‘East Anglia – A Different Perspective’ and makes several appearances in the Margaret Glass collection ‘Light Through Glass’.


To be published shortly by the company is ‘Landmarks – The East Anglian Art of Robert Chaplin’. An entire section of the new book is devoted to Southwold’s pier, lighthouse, beach huts and other familiar subjects – interpreted in a very different way through the artist’s highly individual use of line and colour.

ARTSeast has teamed up with Mascot Media to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of their book Drawn to Southwold, Mary Gundry: Portrait of a Suffolk Artist. To enter, just email your name, address and telephone number to

Given the love affair between artists and this Suffolk coastal gem, Southwold seems certain to continue making its presence

Closing date: October 23rd, usual terms and conditions apply

in Mascot Media books, thus providing an excellent excuse for regular visits by the writing and editing team.




Local Arts Scene: Southwold

Literary Stars come to Southwold Running from November 5th-9th, the fantastic Ways With Words Literature Festival offers up its usual eclectic mix of fantastic speakers including Melvyn Bragg, Penelope Lively, Maggi Hambling, Michael Buerk, Paul Heiney, Giles Radice, Polly Toynbee, David Walker, Peter Hennessy and Terry Waite. With subjects ranging from writing fiction, trees, reality

Shirley Williams

television, Elizabeth 2nd, David Cameron and the Holocaust remember her and her affection for Southwold - a town, she

there’s something to interest all visitors.

commented, where '‌every street and every vista holds it own Most events take place in St Edmund’s Church Hall in Southwold

particular charm, delighting eye and mind.'

except for on Monday November 9th when Shirley Williams So whether you want to know more about wine or to discover

closes the festival in St Edmund’s Church itself at 10.30am.

how to make the most of your potential or hear about betrayal

Baroness Williams sits as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords and will talk about the Liberal Democrats severe defeat in

and Judas Iscariot, don’t miss the informed and inspiring speakers who come to Southwold for the Ways With Words

the General Election in May and the political scene today.

Literature Festival. One event focuses on the life and work of author P.D. James Tickets can be booked via phone or the website below and you

who owned a house locally and who passed away last


November aged 94. Her friends Penelope Lively and Peter Kemp

can also view a copy of the programme online.




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Local Arts Scene: Southwold

Spotlight on.... Julie Carpenter of CRAFTCO Q Please can you tell us a little bit about CRAFTCO? Craftco is a contemporary craft shop and gallery, run as a cooperative. It began 28 years ago, when the ceramicist Alice

Q. What different types of crafts or art are on display at CRAFTCO? Most of our stock is useful as well as beautiful. We sell

Palser invited a group of makers to work together, and open a

ceramics and pottery, blown glass, turned wood, chairs, hats

shop in Southwold High Street for Christmas. Everything went

and fascinators, scarves, jackets, bags and baskets, cushions,

so well that the shop has remained open until the present day.

sculpture, mobiles, jewellery, brooches, prints and cards.

Being a member of craftco is like having a second family. I am

Described as 'the best craft shop in the world', we welcome

incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and colleagues.

visitors or, if you're unable to visit, you can view photographs

As a collective we also have associate members who sell their

on our website or Facebook page. You can join our email list

work in the shop. We value and appreciate their essential

to be notified about the exhibitions and when you can meet

input and it's always nice to meet the makers when they

the artists at their Private Views. Also, most of our makers

deliver new work. We are always looking for new makers of

accept commissions, if there happens to be something you'd

high quality handmade contemporary crafts made in East

like in particular.

Anglia - at present, we particularly need silver jewellery. Our Upstairs Gallery is available to hire with exhibitions usually

Q. What, in your opinion, makes Southwold a special place?

lasting a month. You can read more about us on our new website,

Q. What is your position at CRAFTCO?

Southwold has a variety of sea and landscapes, and many places to visit, as well as an abundance of venues in which to eat drink and be merry. Here are a few things I might share

I am an artist and a co-director of Craftco. I work part time as

with a visitor friend of mine. We'd definitely relax and walk in

the exhibitions curator and shop manager. Much of my role is

the beauty of nature all around. We'd play Tim Hunkin's

keeping shop and helping things run smoothly. The customers

fabulous machines on The Pier and see his water clock in

are my priority and I always welcome them. There are many

action. Admire the Angels above us in St Edmunds Church.

wonderful people who have supported us over the years. I've

Check out the museums and learn something new. Visit the

seen quite a few children growing up as they play Ron Fuller's

Alfred Cory lifeboat shed and marvel at the bravery of those

circus automata. I enjoy being in the shop, surrounded by

lifeboat men. View the model boats and figureheads in The

beautiful craft work, that is imbued with creative energy. I also

Sailors Reading Room. Cycle down to the ferry and float over

contact makers for more stock and carry out the

to Walberswick to choose a snack from The Black Dog Delhi.

administration for the exhibitions. I design the posters and

We'd play the Juke box in Wow Vintage and be inspired by the

distribute them. If it's a quiet day I might pack some of my

art on show in the Serena Hall Gallery. After all that it must

musician cards into poly pockets, or think about other projects

surely be the moment to have a cuppa and chocolate roundie

I am part of, like designing decor for Folk East, graphic designs

at The Two Magpies cafe. If the time is right we could join the

for Suffolk Artlink, or being Artist in Residence at The William

musicians at The Traditional Music Night in the Harbour Inn, or

Alwyn festival this October.Â

listen to glorious classical music at The Southwold Concert Series. We must also remember to have fish and chips from Mrs T's along the Harbour!

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Artseast October 2015  

In October’s ARTSeast magazine we feature the Hansells Hostry Festival at the Maddermarket Theatre, and include outstanding violinist Simon...

Artseast October 2015  

In October’s ARTSeast magazine we feature the Hansells Hostry Festival at the Maddermarket Theatre, and include outstanding violinist Simon...