A comedy spoof version of a classic Sherlock Holmes thriller is part of the summer drama season at Sheringham Little Theatre. And the play’s director Nick Earnshaw has been doing some sleuthing of his own - into the original play’s North Norfolk links.
The summer show will see a trio of actors give a new twist to the Hound of the Baskervilles, using multiple costume changes, slapstick humour, fun and clever effects.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s well-known dark murder mystery goes back 123 years when it was first printed in the Strand magazine. It was set on the murky moors of the West Country, but its inspiration came months earlier when Conan Doyle visited North Norfolk.
A tragedy-hit seaside family is trying to get life back on song through music in a new comedy drama premiering at Sheringham this summer.
Shanty is the story of a Cromer crab fisherman and his two daughters, all grieving after the sudden death of their wife and mum.
Their rebuilding journey, laced with music and humour born out of adversity, is explored by up-and-coming young playwright and poet James McDermott who lives near Holt.
“It is a drama drawing its comedy from the family’s attempts to form a band, the mess of grieving and being a young person clumsily trying to find a new way forward,” he explained.
There aren’t many shops where you can literally feel the waves crashing against the beach but you can in the little shop at Sheringham Lifeboat station and they are looking for volunteers.
Opening from the Easter holidays until October half term every year, the shop at RNLI Sheringham station is open 10:30am until 4:30pm and run entirely by volunteers. The role doesn’t require any previous experience with full training given but it’s not just how to work the till – the shop volunteers are often the face of Sheringham RNLI when people wander along the prom so you’ll also be given information about the lifeboat to help answer their questions!
Each volunteer does a 3 hour shift and volunteers can do as many or as few shifts as they like, based in the secure cabin at the lifeboat station with toilet & tea-making facilites on hand.
A free arts event celebrating two famous British characters will raise the curtain on a new fundraising appeal at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Prose, poetry and music will punctuate an afternoon of performance on Sunday April 23 which coincides with St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Entry is free during the event which runs from 3pm to 5pm, in the Hub which will be serving cream teas as well as cakes, savouries and drinks. But donations will be invited to help kick start a £5000 appeal to upgrade the venue’s curtains.
No More Heroes? looks to explore well known and unsung icons of British culture. Works will include a new version of the St George story, and the words, plus a parody, of the Bard, as well as music from British composers ancient and modern.
He’s a bus station busker, whose songs are just the ticket for travellers. But who is he and why does he do it?
They are the questions tackled in new one-man comedy drama penned and performed by a north Norfolk entertainer.
Greg Powles’ show The Busker takes a journey in song, stories and humour that delves into the mystery street performer. As well as singing his songs, he explains how they fit into his life.
It will be staged at three East Anglian venues in May – Pakefield, Sheringham and Norwich – ahead of plans to take the new work to the Edinburgh Festival next year.
Last week Sheringham Lifeboat station celebrated it’s first ever female tractor driver. Rachel Rickett passed her final assessment to drive the 10 tonne amphibious Talus MB-4H MKII lifeboat launching tractor and is one of four ladies now part of the crew at RNLI Sheringham.
Joining the Shore Crew in 2021, Rachel aspired to drive the tractor from day one, Rachel said “I’ve always admired the volunteers of the RNLI and when I finally moved to the coast from Essex I decided to join up at Sheringham. I love being part of the team and being able to give something back to the community is so rewarding”. The combined weight of the tractor, trailer & Atlantic 85 lifeboat is around 15 tonnes so launching the lifeboat with her four crew in all weathers is a huge responsibility.
A pair of prestigious premieres feature in the newly-announced summer season drama line-up at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Shanty is a brand new comedy, with live music, based on a Cromer sea shanty singing fishermen and his family. Running from August 8-12 it charts daughter Shanty’s creation of a band to tackle the family’s fishing business woes. It is penned by North Norfolk based playwright, poet and EastEnders scriptwriter James McDermott.
Run For Your Man (August 22-26), by farce master Ray Cooney, is a modern twist on his classic Run For Your Wife – putting cabbie Jackie into the main role, juggling two husbands in two different towns, before her life unravels.
Songs signalled the reopening of Sheringham Little Theatre’s Hub café after a month-long closure for a facelift.
The new-look Hub held its “premiere” with an opening ceremony on Saturday morning (Feb 11) that mixed music, mingling, poetry and performance.
BBC Look East presenter and reporter Jenny Kirk cut the ceremonial ribbon, praising the project and encouraging people to support the venue’s investment in its future.
She said it was the first time she had been back in town since another reopening – a street party in 2019 to mark the end of works to repair a high street sink hole, when she was also impressed by the town’s community spirit.
The volunteer crew at Sheringham have received a cheque for £1000 from the managers & owner of The Two Lifeboats.
On Sunday 29th January the managers of the Two Lifeboats public house Sheringham, Stephan & Anna Marriott, presented Sheringham lifeboat crew with a cheque for £1000.
Owner of the Two Lifeboats, Tim Joudrey said “We decided to choose the local RLNI as our main local charity as I and my recently deceased Uncle were regularly sailing together originally, on the solent and in the last 20 years on the Norfolk coast. It is a cause close to my heart and I wish to show our appreciation for the great work they do.”