Out & About
The Time Machine
BOOK NOW – From 14 September, various locations
Norwich Theatre Company The Keeper’s Daughter has used the recent lockdowns to create a brand new show which will embark on an East Anglian tour this autumn. Based upon H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, this dynamic, new, one-person production is a family show featuring puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary gadgets and electronic soundscapes, and has been designed to play community spaces such as village halls, churches and pubs, as well as theatres and arts centres. The show will open at The Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on Tuesday 14 September and a full list of venues can be found at:
14-18 September, The Garage, Norwich
2065 is a futuristic sensory extravaganza for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Frozen Light are specialists in making sensory theatre for adult audiences with PMLD and this is their fifth touring production. This is a vital reminder that live theatre can accommodate and entertain everyone.
On tour from 1 October
After three sell-out shows in North Norfolk, local actor/writer Mark Kitto is taking his solo play Chinese Boxing on tour. A lecture about the 1900 Chinese Boxer Rebellion to a branch of the Royal Asiatic Society morphs into a piece of theatre that takes the audience to Peking and back, with hard-hitting resonance for modern relations between China and the West. The tour starts on 1 October at Southwold Arts Centre, then on to Holkham Hall, Maddermarket and Fisher Theatre Bungay, check out the individual websites for times and dates.
First Tuesday of every month (until December), 10am-12noon
Do you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone? Would you like to be sociable while enjoying the spectacular Holkham Estate? If so, come and join one of the monthly walks covering Holkham park and beach as well as the beautiful beach at Wells. All walks are free of charge and will last approximately 1.5 hours.
Two Rivers Book Festival
September’s Two Rivers Book Festival features topics as diverse as hauntings and crime fiction, and as important as the climate crisis and the legacy of war. The third annual festival from Waveney and Blyth Arts appears in venues from Diss to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, with a full day of events in Halesworth.
Throughout the weekend, comic, film and TV fans will be able to enjoy a fantastic mix of exhibits, celebrity appearances, stage talks and demonstrations, photo opportunities and a multitude of traders selling memorabilia and merchandise from every corner of the galaxy.
Among the line-up of celebrity guests for 2021 are Pirates of the Caribbean star Kevin McNally (Mr Gibbs), who is also a character in latest gaming sensation Sea of Thieves, Harry Potter Deatheater Jon Campling who will be running a wand training workshop, Doctor Who stars Katy Manning (Doctor’s assistant, Saturday only) and Terry Malloy (Davros, Sunday only), plus The Red Power Ranger Steve Cardenas. More guests are yet to be announced. Also appearing at NORCON for the first time this year is manga and anime artist Sonia Leong, who will be hosting drawing workshops on the main stage, the Silver Sabers will offer Jedi training including lightsaber skills and the Norwich Pops Orchestra (Sunday only). A host of amazing exhibits will be on show too, with photo opportunities with some of TV and film’s famous and best loved vehicles including Tow-Mater and Lightning McQueen from Cars and the Batmobile (Michael Keaton 1989 era).
For more information or to buy tickets visit: nor-con.co.uk
Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana
24 September, Epic Studios
Hailed as the finest Elvis fronted Nirvana tribute in the world Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of the king of rock and rolls finest moments, culminating in a whopper mash up of overdrive and old school Rockabilly. It smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o!
Harleston & Waveney Art Trail
From 4 September
Members of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will throw open their studio doors across fourteen locations in September. The free event will be accompanied by a taster exhibition at The Old Harnessmakers Gallery in Harleston, acting as a hub for visitors to get a taste of the work on offer throughout the open studios event. With warm weather forecast, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore how and where artists work in the stunning landscapes of south Norfolk and north Suffolk.
The fourteen artists participating in the Trail are Kath Wallace, Caryl Challis, Bobbie Watchorn, Carolyn Moulton, Sara Johnson, Noelle Francis, Barbara Bernard, Paul Zawadzki, Tim Summerson, Lin Patterson, Ingrid Duffy, Nell Close, Rosemary Elliott and Andrew Vessey.
The artist’s studios are dotted around the valley, in Harleston, Redenhall, Topcroft, Earsham, Ditchingham, Hedenham, Bungay, Flixton, St Cross South Elmham, Homersfield, Wortwell, Wingfield and Fressingfield.
The studios will be open over the weekends of 4th-5th, 11th-12th and 18th-19th September while the gallery will host the exhibition between 27th August and 26th September.
Norfolk Open Studios
25 September-10 October
This autumn will see the return of the 16 day event celebrating the counties artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work. 2020 saw the event cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and instead ran as an online event. Having established itself as one of the largest and most successful open studios schemes in the country Norfolk Open Studios looks to build on its success with its new autumnal dates, where more than 320 artists will be taking part across 267 venues to share and sell their work. Artists will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community spaces and schools sharing how they work.
We can’t wait to be back in the studios, smelling the paint and kilns, getting to ask those questions we’ve always wanted to know from the artists themselves and maybe even having a go at creating something ourselves. And the chance to buy art direct from the artist is very special.” Artists at all stages of their careers take part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional artists
Visitors will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, jewellery makers and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk. Alongside opening their studios, many artists will be offering events, demonstrations and workshops to share their skills and practice. This year the scheme will welcome 23 schools to the event as well as 13 Art Trails, allowing visitors to enjoy several studios in one day.