Photo gallery: Festival audiences enjoy a mix of literature, theatre, art and more

Norwich School students rehearsing for their Big Night Out gala show at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich School students rehearsing for their Big Night Out gala show at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill Smith

Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Festival audiences have been enjoying a mix of literature, theatre, art and more in a special celebration of culture being created by and for young people.

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Norwich School students rehearsing for their Big Night Out gala show at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill SmithNorwich School students rehearsing for their Big Night Out gala show at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill Smith

The second Young Norfolk Arts Festival, in association with Eastern Daily Press, is now well and truly in full swing and runs until Sunday.

Yesterday the Monument Schools’ Exhibition was launched at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry and features work by pupils from the Hewett School, Sewell Park College, Open Academy and Norwich School.

Pupils from each of the schools have been working with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and created art work inspired by the centre’s current exhibition Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict. Their work will be on show until July 12.

Last night Norwich School pupils also took to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage for A Big Night Out: The Norwich School Gala.

Starring more than 250 pupils, the show included music, drama, and song performed by all years at the school. The programme included everything from a medley from the musical Sweet Charity to music from the First Orchestra to dance numbers ranging from classical ballroom and contemporary ballet to street dance.

A few days earlier, on Sunday and Monday, Norwich School’s senior company also performed Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale - a story exploring the mystery of time and the triumph of goodness over jealousy - in the beautiful surrounds of Norwich Cathedral’s cloister.

Meanwhile yesterday about 600 pupils aged 10 to 13 and from an array of Norfolk schools took part in the day-long Norfolk Children’s Book Festival at Norwich School.

Authors Simon Mayo, Catherine MacPhail, Paul Dowswell and Marcus Sedgwick spoke to the young people about their books at the event which aimed to inspire a love of reading and writing.

The schools involved were Archbishop Sancroft High, Brundall, Cavell Primary, City Academy, Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Costessey Junior, Dereham Neatherd High, Downham Market Academy, Falcon Junior, Forncett CEVA Primary, Freethorpe, Hemblington Primary, Hethersett Academy, Mattishall Primary, Norwich School, Notre Dame, Ormiston Venture Academy, Poringland Primary School, Reepham High, Sheringham High, Sprowston High, St Mary’s Junior (Long Stratton), St Nicholas Priory Junior, The Hewett School, Thetford Academy, Thorpe St Andrew High, West Earlham Junior and Wymondham College.

• The Young Norfolk Arts Festival runs until Sunday. For more information about festival events visit www.ynaf.org.uk or follow @YN_AF on Twitter.

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