Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend
09:49 02 October 2014
Comic songwriter Mitch Benn heads a bill of autumn comedy in Loddon, Britten Sinfonia pays tribute to the late Sir John Tavener, Titus, one of the most success plays aimed at young adults is staged, garage rockers Jim Jones Revue play a farewell gig and Tyneside’s best-loved band Lindisfarne are celebrated. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.
Loddon Mill, Bridge Street, Loddon, October 3, £12.50, 01508 521800, www.loddonmillarts.co.uk
Mitch Benn, probably one of the best comic songsters in the UK and one of the stars of Radio 4′s award winning The Now Show, headlines a line up of comic stars to kick off Loddon Arts’ winter comedy schedule. Since winning the Comedian of the Year prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Mitch has also become a regular writer and performer on Radio 2’s It’s Been a Bad Week and appears regularly on The One Show. He will be joined by observational stand-up Peter Dobbing, darkly satirical improvised material from Iszi Lawrence, while the evening will be hosted by Dave Thompson – once famous for dressing up and ‘acting’ as a BBC Teletubby – and now grown up, a comedy tutor and fine joke writer.
Jim Jones Revue
Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, October 3, 9pm, £15, 01603 763111, www.open247.org.uk
Garage rock ‘n’ roll band who have spent seven years being just about the most thrilling band on the circuit are sadly calling it a day but aim to go out in a blaze of glory on their aptly titled Last Hurrah tour. The band, who have released three albums to critical acclaim, if not chart success, was formed after Jim Jones met Rupert Orton (the Norfolk-raised brother of folk singer Beth Orton) at a club night he ran in London. With Jones on guitar/vocals and Orton on guitar, the line-up was completed by Gavin Jay (bass), Nick Jones (drums) and Henri Herbert (piano). Their style takes in early rock‘n’roll, The Stooges, MC5 and Motörhead. Support from John J Presley.
The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich, October 3, 7pm, £10 (£5 students), £22.50 family, 016903 630000, www.thegarage.org.uk
The story of a 10 year-old boy on the edge – literally on the roof of his school – confronted by a situation that seems hopeless. He can either give up or fight. Titus, originally written by Belgian writer Jan Sobrie, is considered one of Europe’s most successful plays for young people. This new English version, written by Oliver Emanuel and directed by Lu Kemp, premiered in Edinburgh in 2012. A suicide attempt is no laughing matter. There is, however, an element of off-the-wall comedy in this character that lets you understand why he’s going to such extremes. It’s a beautifully structured, evocatively phrased monologue of memories, anecdotes, fantasies and tall tales.
St Andrews Hall, Norwich, October 4, 7.30pm, £13-£6, (£11-£5 student), 01603 628319, www.standrewshall.co.uk
The Mozart Orchestra was founded in Norwich in 1961 and its first concert was given at the Assembly House in April 1962. Its annual season runs from May to October, normally with two concerts in Norwich and others further afield. This season closer offers a chance to enjoy a fabulous evening of classical orchestral music with the orchestra joined by Chinese violin soloist Jiafeng Chen (pictured), a thoughtful, refined player studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire. On the programme Sibelius ‘Finlandia’; Bruch Violin Concerto No 2; Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5.
Britten Sinfonia: Kaleidoscopes
Norwich Theatre Royal, October 5, 7.30pm, £26-£6.50, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
In what would have been his 70th birthday year the late Sir John Tavener’s oboe concerto, Kaleidoscopes, is the centrepiece of the first concert of the new season from the Britten Sinfonia. Written for the orchestra and renowned oboist Nicholas Daniel in 2006, Kaleidoscopes places the soloist at the heart of four string quartets and percussion. It should make a fittingly dramatic tribute making use of staging and movement to enhance the music, with the oboist circling around the four quartets placed like attendant planets at the far edges of the stage. The rest of the concert programme has been chose to echo this piece. Mozart’s poignant Adagio, John Adam’s rippling Shaker Loops and Thomas Adès’s arrangement of Kurtag’s tribute to Hungarian composer András Mihály, which sees the musicians performing in different parts of the auditorium.
The Lindisfarne Story
Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, October 5, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01485 532252, www.princesshunstanton.co.uk/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 8, 8pm, £18.50, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk
Lindisfarne was Tyneside’s best-loved band for over 30 years, and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group’s music and achievements. Devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group, it features acoustic versions of the classic songs and tell the inside story of the group’s rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury.