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A new high street project by Breckland Council aims to help new local businesses open up shops on the district’s high streets. Through its new “Meanwhile - Enterprise Grant Scheme”, the district council will offer business support and up to £10,000 to help local businesses take on shops that are currently empty in and around Breckland market towns. The council hopes that this will give fledgling businesses a leg-up, giving the owners of businesses that are just starting out the ability to secure a spot on the high street. The scheme is also open to retailers looking to relocate a business to a Breckland market town. The project will help to reduce the number of empty shops in local towns and villages, ensuring Breckland high streets continue to thrive.
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What is the hot topic of the day on everyone’s lips? Well, the cost-of-living crisis and spiralling inflation is exactly what the next fast and furious farce at Westacre Theatre is all about. And to reflect the theme of the story, there are lots of free tickets to be had – please read on to see how that might work for you… A provocative production, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! presents a pertinent political play depicting the plight of the working class trying to make ends meet. Housewives feeling the full force of the economic problems are simply unable to afford the ever-rising prices in their local supermarket. A spontaneous protest brings a totally fresh meaning to ‘self-service’ groceries. Two friends have nowhere to hide their ‘half-ton’ of ‘half-inched’ food from…
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If you write a play from pieces of conversation you overhear around the length and breadth of Britain, what perception of 21st century life might you produce? Using a whole showcase of sketches, Westacre Theatre will present a portrait of all kinds of people during the course of a couple of hours, capturing the state we’re in by revealing open windows into the young and old, happy and sad, rich and poor. So, there aren’t actually a million tiny plays about Britain. But there are several dozen vignettes and you’ll probably lose count of them. Because each lasts for such a short period of time, you won’t have a chance to get bored. But, come on, we all like to eavesdrop sometimes. If you don’t like one, we’ve already flicked…
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A whole world of stage and screen comes right to West Norfolk. The programme at Westacre Theatre really is bursting with treats for all tastes. So your serious dilemma is simply deciding which shows to see. Through the Autumn there are three new productions by the in-house Theatre Company. The first of those in October is One Million Tiny Plays about Britain. Matt Grist directs a variety of miniature insights into other people’s lives. For truly festive entertainment this Christmas, Peter Pan will whisk you away with the lost boys to magical Neverland for a memorable musical adventure. Follow them running away from the crocodile and escaping to Mermaid Lagoon. Sandwiched between those two delights in November is Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! - a topical farce directed by Andy Naylor…
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A charity-run seaside theatre is facing a new drama. How to pay for its surging power bill. Bosses at Sheringham Little Theatre face a staggering rise in the cost of their electricity from the current £10,000 a year to a breathtaking £70,000. The seven-fold hike is much higher than the 500pc increases being reported by many regional businesses who are asking for government help to survive. The soaring cost of living also affects audience spending, seeing people questioning whether to have a trip to the theatre when they have their own food and power pressures at home. The double whammy is even putting the future of the community arts venue, which has just finished its summer season, in jeopardy in the longer term. 
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Panto, poetry, music, comedy, family shows and new drama are in the wings at Sheringham Little Theatre which has just announced its autumn and winter line-up. Snow White is this year’s pantomime has plenty of local flavour, including seven friendly Norfolk locals and scenes set in Sheringham Woods. And there is a welcome return of local youngsters to join the professional cast for the first time since Covid in a season running from December 10 to 31. Other highlights from September to December include a new comic LGBT drama Time and Tide penned by north Norfolk-based EastEnders scriptwriter James McDermott, and amateur dramas about the life of codebreaker Alan Turing, and 1970s women’s “libber” Margot Mason. Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “There’s a huge variety of entertainment in our latest…
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An absolute all-time classic mystery, Hound of the Baskervilles was a sell-out success from the very outset with all its readers rejoicing at the return of Sherlock Holmes. Such was its massive triumph that this most famous exploit guaranteed the Holmes character was revived permanently. Many of Conan Doyle’s ardent fans see this as being his best book out of the 60 gripping adventures with Holmes and his loyal friend Dr John Watson. Over 130 years after Holmes first appeared in print, he amazingly continues to be the most popular fictional detective ever. Westacre Theatre Company make the most of their new outdoors stage to bring the plot’s many twists and turns to life in this side-splitting spoof. Retelling the entire plot in a single evening means you are in…
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It has not been an easy road for independent agencies over the past 20 years, with uncertainties such as a recession and the more recent Covid-19 pandemic. Coming out stronger than ever is All Things Norfolk business member Naked Marketing, proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary this July 2022. With a purpose of helping organisations be the very best they can be by exposing their greatness through on and offline, branding, design, and marketing, Naked, a creative marketing agency, has transitioned with the developments in technology to incorporate the rise of social media and digital platforms. Proud advocates of Norfolk businesses, Naked have built up an impressive client roster over their 20-year history including Midwich, Hadley & Ottaway, and Allen & Page, and, more recently, AF Group, Gasway and Roarr! Dinosaur…
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Why do leaders around the world, once elevated to a position of authority, abuse their power often by rewriting the rules to suit their own agenda? So is it that power corrupts? Must some animals always be more equal than others? George Orwell’s Animal Farm is the next in-house production from the Westacre Theatre Company. Presented in-the-round on the Summer House outdoors stage, this lively version of the satirical tale is very full of vim and verve and follows many memorable adaptations for stage (including for National Theatre), television, film and radio. Once Orwell’s book was published in 1945 after considerable delays, it received the huge critical acclaim and wide recognition that it so rightly deserves. Among many accolades, it is listed in the Top 100 of Best English Language…
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A summer drama set in a 1970s nightclub will break new ground by teaming up young performers from two theatres 180 miles apart. Stags and Hens will open Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer season in August, bringing together soon-to-be married Dave and Linda, and their friends, when their pre-wedding party nights turn out to be at the same venue. The action, set in the night club toilets, will see a 12-strong cast provided by young actors from the Little Theatre and the West Midlands county town of Stafford, where play director Nick Earnshaw also runs youth drama groups at Gatehouse Youth Theatre and Rooftop Studios. In a trio of “firsts, it is the first time the two venues have collaborated, the first time the Stafford team has “toured”, and the first…
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