FROGMAN, Theatre Royal Norwich, Tues 24 – Sat 28 April
A coming-of-age thriller exploring motherhood and the fragility of the childhood imagination. FROGMAN is billed as a world-first for theatre, combining three story-telling techniques: Virtual Reality headsets with binaural sound. Now honestly, I struggle a little with 3D glasses at the cinema, but I won’t let this put me off, the story sounds intriguing and it’s only an hour!
Summer, 1995. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Meera is 11. It’s her first sleepover with Lily and Shaun. The three friends record songs from the radio onto cassette, play games on SEGA Mega Drive and swap fragments of coral. Outside, police divers hover over the moonlit Great Barrier Reef, searching for a missing girl, Ashleigh Richardson.
Winter, 2018. Sydney, Australia. 23 years later, following the emergence of new evidence, the investigation into the disappearance of Ashleigh Richardson is reopened. Meera is a coral reef scientist. A detective interrupts her research and forces her to excavate her past.
Book tickets £12 – £14
WOW – Women of the World Festival, Open and Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 28 – Sun 29 April
WOW Norwich 2018 is part of Southbank Centre’s expansion of its global WOW network of festivals, celebrating and recognising the achievements of women and girls. The festival takes a frank look at the issues that are preventing them reaching their potential and discusses possible solutions. Each WOW festival is made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and shows. A few Muddy highlights include DollyWould by Sh!t Theatre, Poet Holly McNish and Guilty Feminist & comedian Deborah Frances-White. Just far too much to mention so take a look at the full programme of events for the weekend.Book tickets – weekend and day tickets £8 – £20
Vegan Supper Club, The Old Green Door, Norwich, Sat 28 April
Nania & Kirsty of The Old Green Door promise to inspire the taste buds with their new Vegan Supper Club. Live music and BYO (no corkage) this is definitely worth a look if you’re wanting to eat less meat but need a little veggie inspiration.
£30 for 3+ course, to book email email@example.com
fEast Theatre: SALT, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 28 April
Sheringham Little Theatre is a hidden gem of a venue with a wide programme of events, including film, art exhibitions, dance, drama, music and comedy. This April fEast theatre presents an adaptation of Jeremy Page’s novel Salt – a gritty and funny story spanning four decades of blood, smoke, tears, love, mud and survival set across North Norfolk’s salt marsh coast to the Fens and back again. A mix of storytelling, live music, puppetry and song with lots of Norfolk reference and imagery, the story follows Pip Langore attempts to piece together his family’s troublesome history. What happened to the man found in the mud? Will Pip untangle the past or lose himself between the creeks and the samphire?
Book tickets £12.50
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Euston Estate, Sat 28 – Sun 29 April
Here’s one for you ultimate stiletto wearing Muddy’s – The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is back in the grounds of the beautiful Euston Estate. Live music, food, kids activities, shopping, equestrian, falconry & dog events and of course dancing diggers – all the usual stuff you expect to see at a country fair!
Book tickets £6 – £15 for day tickets, £15-£35 for weekend add from £50 for camping/glamping pitches.
Blue Festival, Blickling Hall Estate, Thurs 19 April – Sat 26 May
To celebrate the return of the bluebells, Blickling Hall will be lit up blue for a whole month. There’s lots of other great bluebell themed activities through out the month, including the 4 mile circular-walk to the Great Wood where you will see the incredible ‘blue carpet’ of bluebells. Learn more about the flowers on the guided bluebell walks – 26, 27 and 28 April from 10am. The Blue Festival will culminate with an afternoon of music in the garden on Sat 26 May, 3pm – 7pm. Music from Zingaro Blue, Hot Cold Ground and Bass Tree String Band.
Book tickets £6 – £12
Anthony Gormley: 3X Another Time, UEA Campus, Sun 22 April – April 2022
No need to rush for this one – the three life-sized cast iron sculptures will be hanging around until 2022. This is part of Gormley’s ongoing series Another Time (1999–2013) which has been presented in locations across the world. The artist describes the works as “still moments of lived time placed in place”. Confused or is that just me? Anyway huge kudos to the UEA whose marmite architecture attracted Gormley as a location. Already boasting a sculpture trail which includes works by Henry Moore, Ian Tyson, Liliane Lijn and John Hoskin plus the Sainsbury Centre and now a bit of Anthony Gormley, it’s definitely worth a trip.
Dual Jet Control Exhibition, The Fairhurst Gallery, 10 April – 6 May
The Fairhurst Gallery presents Dual Jet Control, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by renowned photographer Harry Cory Wright. The exhibition will include a selection of the artists lesser known works on paper which explore the North Norfolk salt marshes.
Damien Hirst Exhibition, Houghton Hall, until 15 July
Maybe best avoided after a night out as you’ll be seeing spots everywhere! Only kidding, what an exciting opener for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 and what better backdrop to Damien Hurst’s iconic spot paintings than the opulent Houghton Hall. This is the first public viewing of the new series of 46 paintings entitled ‘Colour Space’. Take a walk around the beautiful 18th Century house and grounds to see some of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures including the celebrated Virgin Mother, Charity, Anatomy of an Angel and two from the levitation series featuring air blowers and table tennis balls.
Added Muddy bonus – until the end of July the Houghton Hall Stable blocks is home to pop up art gallery Norfolk by Design – featuring a selection of Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople. Book tickets £18.00 and under 17’s are free!
I spy … Circus! Norwich, Sun 1 – Sat 28 April
Easter egg hunt overload? Here’s a variation on the theme, the I Spy Circus trail. Hidden around Norwich’s Historic Churches are 10 letters, rearrange them to spell the name of Norwich’s famous Circus Proprietor and be in with a chance of winning a course of circus classes or one-off taster sessions. Maps can be downloaded HERE or collected from The Oak Circus Centre and Tourist Information Centre at the Forum. Winners will be announced at The Oak Circus Centre Community Cabaret Open Day on Sat 28 April.
Superstructures: The new Architecture 1960-1990, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich – from 24 Mar – 2 Sept
Marking 40 years since the opening of this fantastic arts centre by Lord Norman Foster, this exhibition shines a light on architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s, including how the Sainsbury Centre – and other famous buildings around the world – were made. SUPERSTRUCTURES tells the story of architecture’s fascination in the post-World War Two decades with new technology, lightweight structures, pioneering building techniques and innovative engineering solutions.
Book tickets, £10.50 – £12.
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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Various Venues across Norfolk, Fri 11 – Sun 27 May
Well worth planning ahead for this one, as tickets sell out fast, especially for events in the Speigal Tent. Lots of lovely free family events such as the opening Garden Party. For more information – Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018.