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

10:05 21 November 2014

The Trench which is being staged at Old Buckenham Airfield

The Trench which is being staged at Old Buckenham Airfield


The Trench, inspired by the true-life story of the men who tunnelled in the First World War, gets a special staging at Old Buckenham Airfield, rock‘n’roll stalwart Joe Brown returns, Luke Wright hosts another Stand-Up Poetry Club, Foggy, Clegg and Compo come to the stage in Last of the Summer Wine, three artists are featured in exhibition Silks, Sable & Silva. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


The Trench

Old Buckenham Airfield, Abbey Road, Old Buckenham, November 21, 8pm, returns only, and November 22, 3pm/8pm, £8, £5 under-25s, pre-book on 01953 713390,

A hangar at Old Buckenham Airfield is transformed into the venue for this special performance of The Trench, an acclaimed drama that tells a true story from the First World War. Internationally renowned theatre company Les Enfants Terribles’ site-specified experience will see the transformation of an aircraft hangar, setting the scene for the remarkable performance of a drama inspired by the true-life story of William Hackett, one of the brave men who tunnelled under the fields of France and Belgium during the First World War.


Joe Brown

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, November 22, 7.30pm, £25, 01502 533200, Apex, Bury St Edmunds, November 24, 7.30pm, £25, 01284 758000,’s Lynn Corn Exchange, November 25, 7.30pm, £25 (£24 cons), 01553 764864,

Three more dates by the rock‘n’roll stalwart who continues to go from strength to strength performing with Jools Holland, playing his part closing the show at the Concert For George Harrison as well as his critically acclaimed set at Glastonbury. A show packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s humorous reminiscences.


Stand-Up Poetry Club

Diss Corn Hall, November 21, 8pm, £8 (£6 students), 01379 652241,

Luke Wright, that verse-spitting, floppy-fringed tall chap, is back with some more of the country’s top poets and raconteurs. This time he will be introducing Katie Bonna whose poetry play Dirty Great Love Story, co-written with Richard Marsh, won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award. Her lyrical monologues and stories are captivating and often very funny. Meanwhile relative newcomer Jemima Foxtrot combines poetry with an incredible singing voice. She stole the show at this year’s Latitude and is currently up for the Arts Foundation’s Performance Poetry Award.


Last of the Summer Wine

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, November 20-29, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Nov 29, £12-£8, 01603 620917,

Foggy, Clegg and Compo go on one last adventure as the Norwich Players perfo4rm this stage version of Roy Clarke’s long-running, but no more BBC comedy. With the help of the ever suffering Clegg, Foggy tries to win the affections of Constance with a selection of crisps and some After Dinner Mints, but the evening doesn’t go quite to plan when Compo appears and is mistaken for a Flasher by the local Special Constable who just happens to be engaged to Constance. Farcical fun in an evening full of wheelbarrows, lost trousers and a bugle.



Sheringham Little Theatre on November 22, 7.30pm, £8, 01263 822347,

A Norfolk musical duo known for their blues and pop will this weekend be paring things back for a new acoustic sound. Ron Sayer and wife Charlotte, from North Walsham, have been performing together, and with their own bands, on the music circuit for more than 20 years.The last time they regularly worked as a duo was some 15 years as Spider Murphy doing rock cover songs. Now they have “unplugged”, will launch a new acoustic show with a difference at Sheringham Little Theatre. It will see Ron combining his acoustic guitar with a “looper” which drives rhythmic riffs and bass behind the melody, tapping the guitar body for snare sounds, and using an amplified foot block to beat out a bass drum. Charlotte provides vocals and extra percussion.


Silks, Sable & Silva

Greyfriars Art Space, St James Street, King’s Lynn, until November 22, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, free admission, 07517 147444,

An exhibition of constructed textiles by Margaret Kennedy, designs in wood by Keith Swainson and

graphic-orientated paintings by Alan Schmidt. Kennedy last exhibited her work in the highly successful 2013 ‘Fields of Vision’, here shows a series of quilts, runners and small framed artworks on perspectives in nature, especially influenced by my local North Norfolk landscape. Schmidt’s work is largely graphic-orientated paintings with an eclectic combination of hand-lettering, art-historical plunder and colourist illustration, inspired – amongst innumerable other things – by manuscript illumination, classic travel posters, tin toys and a bit of Dadaist subversion.


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