Six of the Best: Norfolk cultural highlights not to miss this weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:42 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:20 24 April 2014
Country comes to the city as the ever popular annual two-day East Anglian Game & Country Fair returns, likeable comedian Patrick Monahan finds fun in his love of cakes, award-winning klezmer ensemble She’Koyokh perform, and it’s bluebell season with a special event at Foxley Wood. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.
East Anglian Game & Country Fair
Norfolk Showground, April 26-27, from 8am, £15 on gate, £5 children, under-5s free, £40 family, 08712 301102, www.ukgamefair.co.uk
The ever popular annual two day family countryside event held at the Norfolk Showground, returns. Its heritage may be rooted in rural tradition — but the fair aims to prove there’s much more fun to be had in the modern countryside than hunting, fishing and shooting. Main Arena attractions include flying Frenchman Christian Moullec, as seen on BBC’s Earth Flight, who will be taking to the Norfolk skies in his microlight flying with his flock of geese and swans, The Savage Skills cycle stunt team, shooting champion John Bidwell and top equestrian events, allied to the hundreds of shopping stalls, displays and “have-a-go” experiences.
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, April 24-May 3, 7.30pm, 2.30pm May 3, £12-£8, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk
First seen in 2001, Charlotte Jones’s award-winning play — the National Theatre production won both the Critics’ Circle and the People’s Choice New Play Awards — is an English country Hamlet featuring the melancholic figure of Felix Humble, an ill-adjusted astrophysicist who returns to his late father’s Cotswold garden to find his beloved bees have disappeared and his mother preparing to remarry a man he despises. Blending Ayckbourn’s comedy of family relationships with Stoppard’s wit, Humble Boy rings with Shakespearean echoes as Humble seeks a unified theory of everything whilst avoiding the black holes of failure, love and grief. Tony Fullwood directs this Maddermarket production.
Norwich Arts Centre, April 25, 8pm, £10 adv/£12 door, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
London’s award-winning klezmer ensemble She’Koyokh perform Ashkenazi Jewish, Eastern European, Balkan and Turkish folk music. From humble origins busking in East London, they’ve gone on to perform in the famous concert halls including London’s Southbank Centre, as well as live sessions on BBC Radio 3. Nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards, the band’s albums have been praised for their sophisticated, multi-lingual modern take on klezmer.
Granary Theatre, Wells, April 25, 7.30pm, £10 (£9 cons), 01328 710193, www.granarytheatre.co.uk
Likeable comedian Patrick Monahan is certainly up for a challenge. Since his last appearance in Norfolk, he has followed up strutting his stuff on BBC1’s Let’s Dance with celebrity diving show Splash! under the tutelage of Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley. The loveable Teessider, who likes hugging and eating cake — but not simultaneously — will be hoping for belly laughs, rather than bellyflops, when he makes a welcome return to the Granary Theatre in Wells this weekend with his latest show, Cake Charmer. Brought up in Middlesbrough by his Iranian mother and Irish father, Patrick has more than a few hilarious and engaging stories about his heritage.
Raphael Wallfisch & John York
Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt, April 25, 8pm, £15, 01263 713444, www.greshams.com
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch. He has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument. His extensive discography on EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus explores both the mainstream concerto repertoire and countless lesser-known works by Dohnanyi, Respighi, Barber, Hindemith and Martinu, as well as Richard Strauss, Dvorak, Kabalevsky and Khachaturian. He featured in the film about Benjamin Britten, filmed at the School in 2012 and here with pianist John York will perform Beethoven, Debussy and Brahms, plus Rebecca Clarke’s Cello Concerto.
Fantastic Foxley Weekends
NWT Foxley Wood, April 26-27/May 3-4, 11am-3pm, £3.50, www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
It’s bluebell season and these two weekend events at Foxley Wood, the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk a mile north-east of Foxley village on the A1067, will see Norfolk Wildlife Trust staff on hand all day to point you in the best direction for viewing the blue carpet in the tranquil setting of Norfolk’s largest ancient wood. They will also have all the necessary equipment to marvel at the mini-beasts which live in woods’ undergrowth. In the past couple of decades, NWT has been busy removing the conifers and replanting with native deciduous trees and bluebells have come back in their droves.