Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this week

PUBLISHED: 08:51 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:51 08 December 2014

Lisa Redford

Lisa Redford


Lisa Redford makes a long-awaited return to her home city of Norwich, there is more outrageous pop-based comedy from Frisky and Mannish, the Chorus of St Cecilia returns for three five music nights in Great Yarmouth, Brüer Tidman exhibits in Lowestoft and the Jay Singers give the traditional Christmas themes an invigorating twist. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


Frisky and Mannish

Norwich Playhouse, December 11, 8pm, £15 (£13 cons), 01603 598598,

Frisky & Mannish return with a brand new show packed tighter than Robin Thicke’s crotchal region. The cabaret comedy creation of Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones, since bursting onto the scene in 2008, they have become they have played highly acclaimed show everywhere from London’s West End to the Sydney Opera House and cemented their reputation as one of the most sought-after acts on the circuit. The latest show, Just Too Much, is a study of pop excess, applying F&M’s signature serio-comic infotainment style to the rises and falls of many a pop darling, from Clean Bandit to Bette Midler. It’s another comedy-show come pop-party.


Chorus of St Cecilia Festive Concert

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, December 9-11, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01493 331484,

After their sell out show last year at St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, the Chorus of St Cecilia return this year to perform their Christmas concert for a three-night run. There will be popular and favourite Christmas music of John Rutter, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, The Snowman, White Christmas and many more. There will be a chance for the audience to join in with the performers as well. The choir and junior choir will be joined by well known guest soloists Sam Street, Charlotte Bullen and Suzanne Long.



Various cinemas, December 9, 8pm, various prices,

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre’s powerful new production John is an unusual choice as the latest live to cinemas production from the National Theatre. The production authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s artistic director, interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. It is being screened at Norwich Odeon, Vue and Cinema City; Fisher Theatre, Bungay; St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth; Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds; Cromer Regal; Hollywood Fakenham; Westacre Theatre; The Cut, Halesworth; Majestic, King’s Lynn; The Luxe, Wisbech; and The Light, Wisbech.


Lisa Redford

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, December 10, 7.30pm, £8, 01603 625777,

Lisa Redford makes a long-awaited return to her home city of Norwich. The singer-songwriter has had a busy year promoting her latest release The Sweetest Dream, a compilation of acoustic Americana tinged love songs. Earlier this year, she was also selected to perform at one of highly sought after showcases at the Country to Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena. In recent years she has been splitting her time between Norwich and New York after enjoying particular success in America and following a publishing deal she has been road testing new material. But this extra special gig at The Bicycle Shop on St Benedict’s Street coincides with her new original Christmas single titled — St Benedict’s Christmas Fair, the video for which was filmed on the self same Norwich street.


Brüer Tidman

Merchant House Gallery, High Street, Lowestoft, until January 3, Tues, Thurs-Sat 11am-4pm, free admission, 07944 656314,

Mini retrospective exhibition of Norfolk artist Brüer Tidman’s work from the 1980s to the present. Tidman’s emotive paintings, grounded in his excellence as a draughtsman and printmaker, are inspired by his life-long interest in the human figure. Since his earliest days at the Royal College of Art, he has attacked his canvases with a passion that has sustained him and his circle of collectors throughout his career. A vivid colour sense, combined with his easy grasp of draughtsmanship and a ready willingness to embrace new methods, informs a series of personal, passionate confrontations with his subjects. On display are fine drawings, sketches and innovative paintings.


French Noël

St Lawrence’s Arts Centre, South Walsham, December 13, 7pm/St Matthew’s Church, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, December 14, 3pm, both £10, £5 under-16s, 01692 538916,

Showcasing a rich mix of the unfamiliar and the usual suspects, the Jay Singers give the traditional Christmas themes an invigorating twist. Their seasonal programme will span music from the 16th century to the present day – from William Byrd to Richard Rodney Bennett, Tchaikovsky to John Tavener – with additional contributions by Britten, Holst and Whitacre. There’ll be well-known carols in arrangements by Kodaly, Poston, Rutter and Willcocks, and Poulenc’s atmospheric Four Christmas Motets will add French flavour. Poetry and prose extracts from Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy and U A Fanthorpe will also feature.

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