Looking for laughter, entertainment, drama and performance? New programmes are being added regularly to venues across Norfolk and Suffolk as we write this. Check our latest listings for updates. With Covid-19 safe guidelines in place, you can enjoy a worry-free day or night out and applaud together, in real life. Here’s a selection of this summer’s special events…
Image credit: Circus Cabaret Lates at INTERLUDE © Norwich Theatre
Running under the Norfolk Wonder banner and part of Norfolk County Council’s EXPERIENCE Project, Rider Spoke is an art project by Blast Theory, which mixes art, theatre, and location-based technologies. An audience favourite for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF) 2021, it invites you to cycle through the streets of the town. You will be guided by a smart phone attached to your bicycle, as you search for a hiding place and record a short message there. And then you search for the hiding places of others. Working in partnership with the GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn; The Little Theatre, Sheringham; and St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, the Festival will present Rider Spoke over six weekends in October and November 2021. Click here to find out more and book tickets for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2021.
(Across Norfolk; King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Sheringham – at weekends between 8 October and 14 November)
The Intergalactic Hanseatic League (IHL) is a fictional sci-fi, time-travel adventure with Kate Dickie of Game of Thrones and Star Wars featuring in a fun, sci-fi, time-travel adventure, which focuses on climate change. The town-scale arts project sees visitors from King’s Lynn’s future making contact with 21st century Lynn with an urgent request for help. It includes nightly large-scale projections, outdoor interactive game and sound installations, live-action film in local cinemas and on high street screens and more!
Take a look at the promo video ‘Transmission 1’ featuring the actor Kate Dickie, who will also be appearing on cinema screens directly addressing the town’s citizens!
(King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Runs from 1 to 17 October)
Future and Form explores what will writing look like in 50 years’ time? What role will authors play in the future? Six writers, six works produce six visions of a literary future … come on in and explore. To book your free experience click here.
(Future and Form online and in-person. Runs until 21 May till 31 December)
A number of Future and Form events are available to experience in person. The Living Book, Shifting Lines and Where Do Stories Come From? will all be forming part of the Norwich Science Festival during October. No need to book, just click and enjoy the show.
(Norwich Science Festival, various venues and online. Runs from 23 to 30 October)
Eastern Angles is back with an exciting new programme for the autumn and winter!
The highly acclaimed Ballad of Maria Marten has recently set out on a new national tour that will run through until next spring. This spine-tingling show is a thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery, rediscovering Maria Marten’s story is at the heart of this play and it is captivating audiences across the country. For dates and tickets click here
Eastern Angles are also showcasing new writing as Shamser Sinha’s Our White Skoda Octavia hits the road this autumn. This moving new play follows two generations of the Afridi family as they juggle bills, dreams and taxi-driving schemes. Inspired by conversations with taxi-drivers in Ipswich and Peterborough, Our White Skoda Octavia follows the ups and downs of contemporary life with a sense of authenticity and truth at its core. For dates and tickets click here
Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, presents The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A thrilling stage adaptation by Nick Lane of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy which immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn.
(For dates and tickets click here. Runs from 12 to 16 October)
Wild Paths Festival Described as ‘A new breed of music festival’, with the organisers priding themselves on hosting and delivering unique festivals and live events. Presenting the best in live music from indie and neo-soul, to post-punk and new-wave jazz – pairing it with themed after-parties, conferences at Epic Studios and Norwich Arts Centre, supper clubs at The Wallow and Artel, art fairs and a whole lot more. Confirmed headliners include Biig Piig, Emma-Jean Thackray, Flamingods, The Big Moon and many more. Watch the Wild Paths promo video below.
(Various venues across Norwich. Runs from 14 – 17 October)
Northern Ballet presents Merlin – Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom. Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s Merlin will take you on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic. For dates and tickets click here.
(Norwich Theatre Royal. Runs from 19 to 23 October)
Inventing The Future (theatre writing festival), Ipswich (22 – 24 October)
Leading UK theatre company, HighTide, presents a festival of new work celebrating new, diverse voices of theatre. Inventing the Future is made up of two elements; a live programme of rehearsed readings, workshops and industry events for theatre-makers in the East of England; and an online symposium in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).
Inventing the Future will showcase six new plays, drawn from HighTide’s wide-ranging programmes supporting new and diverse talent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The playwrights selected for the festival readings are Kelly Jones, Waleed Akhtar and John Webber – all from the East of England; Zain Dada and Nicole Latchana from London; and Kat Rose-Martin from Bradford. Their work is timely and urgent, exploring issues ranging from the climate crisis to the growing radicalisation of young, working class, white men.
(New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs from 22 to 24 October)
SPILL Festival of Performance Contemporary performance arts festival, SPILL, offers a packed festival programme of thrilling indoor and outdoor events, all taking place across Ipswich and themed around Memory. We are presenting works by artists from across the UK and from countries around the world, as well as projects that we have grown with people living locally. The SPILL OPEN returns and is full of surprises, and this year we have a strand of programming especially put together for the festival by a group of 17 and 18 year old SPILL Young Curators. There are some big treats in store!
(Various venues across Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs from 27 to 31 October)
Live at Snape Maltings – an exciting chance to hear young performers from the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme. Concerts will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performances by tenor Alessandro Fisher, Consone Quartet, pianist Alexander Gadjiev and duo Johan Dalene (violinist) and Nicola Eimer (pianist).
(Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Runs from 30 to 31 October)
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