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

Montague or Capulet? The Keeper's Daughter's Romeo or Juliet Montague or Capulet? The Keeper's Daughter's Romeo or Juliet

Thursday, August 14, 2014
10:07 AM

Are you a Montague or a Capulet? The audience will join in imaginative immersive staging of Romeo & Juliet, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel in concert, acoustic guitar master Brook Williams, Breckland Artists hold their summer show and there is a musical treat with Sweet Charity. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

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THEATRE

Romeo or Juliet

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, August 15, 6.30pm/8.15pm, £10 (£5 cons), 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk/Fakenham Community Complex, Oak Street, Fakenham, August 16, 6pm/8pm, £10 (£7 cons), 01328 855172/Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, August 17, 1pm/3pm/5pm/7pm, £10, £5 student/children, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Are you a Montague or a Capulet? Take your pick and don your mask for what is set to be one of the most interesting and imaginative Shakespearean adaptations you’ll have seen. The Keeper’s Daughter’s Romeo or Juliet is an immersive promenade adaptation of the tragic Shakespearean romance, where the audience are involved in and part of the story. Diss-based theatre company The Keeper’s Daughter production’s is split into Romeo’s story thread and Juliet’s story thread. The audience have to pick their allegiance and follow one character or the other around the building as events unfold around them.

CONCERT

Louis Schwizgebel

St Mary’s Church, South Creake, August 16, 8pm, £15, 01328 730357, www.northnorfolkmusicfestival.com

Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as “a pianist with a profound gift” and an “insightful musician”. Just 17 he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2013 he was announced as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2013 to 2015. Here his programme comprises Hayden, Schubert and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, one of the most original, evocative and technically demanding pieces ever written for piano.

MUSIC

Brooks Williams

Granary Theatre, Wells, August 15, 7.30pm, £10, 01328 710193, www.granarytheatre.co.uk

Named one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, with over 17 recordings to his name and 23 years on the road, this native of Georgia, now living in Cambridge, is a stalwart on the roots and blues scene. Delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventive covers, alongside his own recent original compositions, his style features fiery guitar, a rich and silky voice, and hook-laden songs. It’s made him a favourite with fans of blues and Americana.

THEATRE

The Haunting of Hill House

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, August 14-15, 7.30pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01986 897130, www.fishertheatre.org

Baroque Theatre Company’s latest production is this thriller, adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel by Shirley Jackson A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of psychically receptive people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and contained ill will. Led by the learned Dr Montague, who is conducting research into supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and draw forth the mysterious powers which it is alleged to possess — powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past.

EXHIBITION

Breckland Artists Summer Show

Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, until August 21, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 766129, www.anteros.co.uk

Breckland Artists is a group of professional artists who live and work mainly in the south west of Norfolk. Currently 17 strong, it formed in 2002 following participation of the founder members in Norfolk Open Studios. The group has a reputation for work of the high standards while a major factor in its success is the wide diversity of influences, media and disciplines exhibited by the artists. Painting forms a large percentage of the exhibited work, but ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, photography and printmaking feature strongly. The Summer Show, this year being held at the Anteros Arts gallery, is the group’s main showcase. There is a ‘Meet The Artists’ tea part on August 16 (1pm-4pm) with homemade cakes and a chance to chat about this year’s selected artworks.

SHOW

Sweet Charity

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, August 15-16/20-23/27-30, 7.30pm, Fri/Sat £16, £12 under-21s, Wed-Thurs £12, £9 under-21s, 01760 755800, www.westacretheatre.com

Westacre Theatre’s brand new production of the Tony Award winning show — subtitled the Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to be Loved — which, with a book by Neil Simon and music by Cy Coleman, features timeless hits such as Big Spender, The Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now, I Always Cry at Weddings, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This and many more. If you believe in something hard enough, then eventually it has to come true, right?; Charity Hope Valentine is the eternal optimist - a worldview that puts her distinctly at odds with her co-workers in a seedy, run-down dance hall. Dancing with man after man to pay her rent, she dreams of finally being whisked out of there and rescued by love, but can love come true?

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