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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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Sheringham Little Theatre is packing its suitcase for a summer holiday to remember, with the launch of its first full programme of events in two years. The return of its popular summer drama season includes a feel good musical harking back to a classic pop-filled road trip in the swinging 1960s. Summer Holiday saw Cliff Richard and the Shadows driving through Europe in their Routemaster London bus – singing hits such as In the Country, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, the Young Ones and On the Beach. A stage version, running from August 16-20, is one of the highlights of a newly-released brochure which shows the theatre is back in action after a long pandemic pause. 
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A theatre is putting fundraising in the spotlight as it plugs a funding gap in the wake of the pandemic. Sheringham Little Theatre is seeking help from its supporters and general public – to attend money-spinning shows and special events as well as weighing in with other fund-generating ideas and action to carry them out. Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Like many arts venues, we have had life-saving financial support from national and local government grants aiding Covid recovery. But even though we have had that funding, we are not out of the woods yet – and could be staring at a five figure deficit. So we are using our upcoming in-house productions as money spinners to help our coffers recover – and also appealing to the public for ideas,…
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Lady Walpole has taken over the presidency of Sheringham Little Theatre with the aim of seeing her famous family name reach a 50-year milestone as the figurehead of the arts venue. Her late husband Lord Walpole died in May 2021, aged 82, after 48 years in the role. Now his widow Laurel has succeeded him – ensuring the Walpoles, who have taken part in Norfolk public life since the time of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert 300 years ago, complete their half century leading and supporting the theatre. Lady Walpole, whose role was approved at the theatre’s recent annual meeting, has been visiting the venue since she married Robin in 1980 and is delighted to carry on where he left off, saying the role would be an honour and…
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