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

16:31 05 June 2014

Doug Segal

Doug Segal


Doug Segal pushes the boundaries of comedy mind reading by turning a random audience member into a mentalist, slow-stirring, delectable jazz tunes from Grammy-nominated Stacey Kent, Louise Jameson stars as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie whodunit, there is the fun-filled Fair on the Yare and Ricky Grover comes to the Fat Cat Comedy Club. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.



Doug Segal

Norwich Playhouse, June 7, 8pm, £15 (£12 cons), 01603 598598,

Doug Segal knows exactly what you’re thinking, probably because he put the idea in your head to begin with.

Now the acclaimed “mind magician” who likes to open his show with an uncanny glimpse of the National Lottery numbers and who predicted Britain’s precise Olympic medal tally, is prepared to let you in on his secrets.

Suffolk-based Doug’s latest show — the self-explanatory titled I Can Make You a Mentalist — will see him turn the audience into mindreading mentalists. Pushing the boundaries of comedy mind reading, Doug will find a random audience member and turn them into a mind reading mentalist with Doug simply acting as guide, a feat that has never been done before.


Stacey Kent

Norwich Playhouse, June 6, 7.30pm, £20 (£18 cons), 01603 598598,

Slow-stirring, delectable jazz tunes from Grammy-nominated American crooner, whose crystalline voice has gleaned comparisons to classics like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She returns to Norwich Playhouse promoting her new album, The Changing Lights, which places Kent’s love for Brazilian music centre-stage, featuring Bossa Nova classics like How Insensitive alongside originals by the songwriting team of Jim Tomlinson and acclaimed UEA trained novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro. Her repertoire and audience have expanded with every album.


Mozart Concert

Great Yarmouth Minster, June 7, 7.30pm, £10, free to students, 01493 843816,

The magnificent Minster Church of St Nicholas resounds with some of Mozart’s glorious music as Lowestoft based Pakefield Singers and Great Yarmouth Choral Society unite to present an all-Mozart concert. The programme includes the iconic, and much loved, Requiem as well as the less frequently performed, but sublime, Regina Coeli and the cheerful Spatzen-Messe or “Sparrow Mass”, as it is sometimes known because of the bird-like chirruping in the accompaniment.


A Murder Is Announced

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, June 6-7, 7.30pm, 2.30pm June 7, £19.50 (£17.50 cons), 01502 533200,

The ‘announcement’ is in the local paper, stating time and place for a murder in Miss Blacklock’s house, however, the victim is not one of the several occupants but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, with Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution – at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation scene just before the final curtain. Louise Jameson stars as Miss Marple, Jennifer Biddall as Phillipa Haymes.


Fair on the Yare

Claxton Manor Estate, Claxton, June 8, 12-4pm, £2, £1 children, £5 family, 01508 480540,

Nestled within the Broads, Claxton Manor Estate, which lies eight miles from Norwich, adjoining the River Yare, hosts a family day celebrating the southern Broads with this traditional country fair with live music. The day will include countryside, conservation and environmental pursuits, wildlife, farming displays, Broads rangers, a hands-on hawking experience, ferret demonstration, fun dog show, crafts, children’s entertainment, stalls, sideshows, teas, bar, barbecue and a spectacular air show finale.


Fat Cat Comedy Club

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 8, 8pm, £12, 01284 758000,

Multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover has an impressive list of TV and film credits — including a spell in EastEnders — but he first came to prominence as hugely popular explosive act on the comedy circuit with his comic character ‘Bulla’ (gangster and social commentator), who also appeared as a regular guest on The 11 O’Clock Show. Here ge returns to stand-up alongside New York-based comedian Alex Edelman who will be performing warming up for his much anticipated first Edinburgh show Millennial, and Charlie Baker who juggles being and stand-up comedian and highly acclaimed jazz- singer and actor and whose critically acclaimed show Baker’s Dozen had a sell-out run at Edinburgh last summer and went on to tour the UK.



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