Programme announced for 2013 Hostry Festival in Norwich

08:00 12 July 2013

An autumn arts extravaganza celebrating Norfolk talent is back this year with a packed programme full of drama, music, art and more, and with a headline production of a theatrical classic.

The programme for this year’s Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral has today been revealed, and artistic director Stash Kirkbride said this year’s event is bigger than ever and building on the success of the previous two years.

The festival will run from October 24 to November 3, and this year’s headline show will be a production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the well known drama that looks at the unfolding story of the untruthfulness of married couple Nora and Torvald’s life together.

The Norfolk Arts Awards will also return for the second year to highlight some of the county’s creative champions, and people will once again have the chance to nominate and vote for their heroes of the arts world with the EDP People’s Choice Award.

“For 2013 we have increased the festival events from 12 to 22, and the number of days from nine to 11,” said Mr Kirkbride.

“The landscape is really, really exciting. Every project has a strong Norfolk connection. Throughout the whole festival it is all about Norfolk, with Norfolk projects and events being commissioned.

“Last year was all about new work and writing. This year we have returned to classic stories being told.

“A Doll’s House is an all time classic about family life, and we have a strong cast for the show including some of our regular actors that people will recognise and also some new faces.

“We have also commissioned in association with Jarrold and the UEA a new piece of writing called Starling on the Green by Hamilton Wilson which is based on the themes of Ibsen’s play.”

He said this year was about expanding and building new partnerships, and offering audiences the chance to see more.

“Total Ensemble Theatre Company is back and doing some new devised work called Dignity (The Right To Move) which is in four parts. They are also presenting a workshop for people to get involved with.

“We are delighted Jarrold has come on board for the Norfolk authors event which includes Rose Tremain and Louis de Bernières among the guests.

“BBC Radio Norfolk will be broadcasting live from the festival on one of the days. Our My Norfolk art exhibition has also come together well and it’s great to be able to have visual arts in this year’s festival. We also have a great musical line-up too.

“We are pleased to have Bo Nanafana as part of the 2013 Hostry Festival with the It’s A Wrap Party. They are such a cult event programmer and won one of the Norfolk Arts Awards last year, so it’s great to have them on board.

“We also have the new Hostry Festival satellite events at other venues in Norwich, and we are working with The Garage, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Bam Bam.”

Peter Barrow, Hostry Festival founder and executive producer, said: “Away we go again! And this year our brochure really is bigger and better than ever. This is due to the sheer number of events that we’re presenting in 2013, and to the sheer imagination and good work put into this year’s brochure by Esther Lemmens, our designer, by Stash Kirkbride, and by all the other contributors. I’m very grateful to them for the excellent result.”

The EDP is media partner for the festival which is in association with Fosters Solicitors.

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• More details about this year’s Norfolk Arts Awards and how to nominate people for the EDP’s People’s Choice Award will be published in the coming weeks.


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