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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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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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