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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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A double decker dose of music and fun from the swinging 1960s is one of the highlights of Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer season. A touring stage version of Sir Cliff Richard’s 1963 Summer Holiday movie will transport audiences back to a carefree road trip through Europe brimming with singalong hit songs. It runs from August 16-20 as part of a regional tour by Theatre on the Coast. Show producer Matthew Townshend said: “Summer Holiday is approaching its 60th anniversary – it was a huge hit at the time and remains incredibly popular today. It is remembered with enormous affection. If you mention four young lads and a double decker bus, most people – even those much younger – will start singing ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday!”
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What is lined-up at your local community theatre this summer? Westacre Theatre is returning to its roots by embracing the very latest in technical design. Over 30 years ago, Andy Naylor and Issy Huckle originally founded the Theatre by successfully staging Shakespeare and other classic drama in the wonderful outdoors on glorious summer evenings. Those joyous performances in such an idyllic setting are still recalled fondly by older members of the current audience. Since then, the Westacre Theatre Company has migrated across the road to a more permanent home. There they have presented countless productions on the intimate Studio stage in the village’s converted Methodist chapel. But now, for many venues including in London, the pandemic hastened the attractive proposition to return outdoors where improved ventilation has a marked advantage…
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This is a deeply moving, modern classic at Westacre Theatre which reflects on three periods in time – before the outbreak of World War Two, the War itself and the post-War era. Set in the three cities of Hamburg, Manchester and London, it primarily follows three mothers and the vitally important decisions that a parent has to take in the best interests of their child. There is German Jewish Helga who, in 1938, is faced with the unbelievably distressing choice of whether to keep her beloved 9-year old daughter Eva in Germany or prepare her for the rail journey to Britain all on her own by Kindertransport. This was well before mass travel so neither mother nor child knew what Eva should expect. Arriving in England, feeling completely abandoned and…
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Discount retailer Lathams of Potter Heigham, is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a garden party in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, in partnership with The Museum of the Broads and Stalham Town Council. On Thursday 2nd June, Lathams is sponsoring a free shuttle bus, which will transport passengers between Stalham town centre, Sutton Staithe, Potter Heigham and the Museum of the Broads to enjoy a fantastic day out in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. The Museum of the Broads will be offering free admission from 11am – 5.30pm, giving people the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories of the Broads, including the new exhibition ‘From Sails to Blades’, which explains how wind power has shaped the Broads. Boat rides will also…
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A brand-new café at South Norfolk Council’s Wymondham Leisure Centre is proving popular, with their coffee hailed by customers as ‘the best they’ve ever tasted’.Coffee with Flo opened its door on 1 April selling a variety of light lunches, cakes, snacks and drinks. The food is fresh and locally sourced, and everything is cooked from scratch. There’s also lots of healthy choices and plenty of vegan options to choose from, as well as a children’s menu.Manager Florin Stoian, who has over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry said: “All our customers have been fantastic, giving us such great feedback, we have really been overwhelmed by their praise, particularly for our coffee and giant scones.”
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The Maids Head Hotel has partnered with Blowers this year to offer some special events to cricketing enthusiasts in Norfolk. Working with Norfolk County Cricket Club and Norfolk Cricket there are several events planned with Blowers.
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Reunions with old friends are always good, aren’t they? In a strikingly simple two-act play in a single setting with six characters sitting around and talking, prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn made Absent Friends one of his most significant dramas of the 1970s. Best performed in a cosy venue where you cannot help but eavesdrop on the captivating conversation on-stage means the Westacre Theatre Studio provides the perfect auditorium. Directors Andy Naylor and Issy Huckle certainly ensure that after all these years this challenging work continues to maintain its considerable charm, while at the same time losing none of its amazing ability to disconcert us through its emotional truths. We watch in real time as the innocent and well-meaning intentions of recently-bereaved bank worker Colin simply enlarge the emerging gulfs between…
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They are married in reality, as well as on stage – and both blissfully wedded to a shared lifelong love of amateur dramatics. Peter and Amanda Howell play pompous councillor Albert Parker, and his downtrodden wife Annie, in a production of the classic comedy When We Are Married by the Sheringham Little Theatre Players which opens on March 31. Since they first met in 1989 when Peter played Henry Higgins and Amanda Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, the Coltishall pair have portrayed hundreds of roles mainly for the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society and the Maddermarket in Norwich. They were wed 30 years ago, but have only played a married couple on stage less than a handful of times. That includes as King Arthur and Guinevere in…
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