Six of the Best: Norfolk cultural highlights not to miss this week

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Monday, March 17, 2014
9:22 AM

Robin Cousins brings his spectacular ice extravangza, frighteningly precocious comic Seann Walsh returns and there is a true reggae legend. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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THEATRE

Twelfth Night

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, March 18-22, £20-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

Two worlds collide in Filter’s explosive new rock’n’roll take on Shakespeare’s lyrical Twelfth Night. Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby’s insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion. This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets the Bard.

COMEDY

Seann Walsh

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, March 19, 8pm, £13, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com

With frighteningly precocious talents, Seann Walsh is a comedian with his star on the rise. Within two years of his first comedy performance Seann became Chortle’s Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011. Charming and charismatic, he is an observational livewire and a casual yet potent force for laughs when he riffs on the generic habits and quirks that characterise our lives in his latest show, The Lie-In King. His material isn’t groundbreaking - covering everyday annoyances and observations; but he was a winning charm. His recent TV appearances have included Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

ART

Spring Exhibition

Gallery Plus, Warham Road, Wells-next-the-sea, March 19–May 31, Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, free admission, www.gallery-plus.co.uk

Running throughout spring this seasonal show at the award-winning Gallery Plus features works by regulars and introduces Mitchell House and Brian George, two artists new to the gallery. Wind swept trees are one of the most curious beauties of Norfolk. Mitchell House has been fascinated by the gnarled and battered trunks and branches of these resilient trees and, as a resident of north Norfolk, he is often to be seen observing and sketching his sculptural subject matter. He has been creating this type of sculpture for over 30 years using a hot metal modelling process which he keeps secret. Brian George has spent most of his life in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area and has exhibited his paintings and ceramics throughout the UK and Europe.

MUSIC

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

The Aquarium, Claremont Pier, Lowesoft, March 19, 7.30pm, £17.50, 08444 771000, www.aquariumlive.com

Jamaican legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry returns as his amazing international career continues. The 77-year-old, who is credited with inventing reggae and dub since starting out 60 years ago, has never limited himself in his productions. Apart from bringing together Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer with a certain Bob Marley, Lee has worked with everyone from the Clash to the Beastie Boys and The Orb. Also known as the Upsetter, the name of his record label in the late 60s and band, Lee won a Grammy for his album Jamaican ET in 2003. Despite his age, he continues to knock out albums and tour on a regular basis. A true original.

SHOW

Robin Cousins’ Ice

Norwich Theatre Royal, March 19-23, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Mar 19-18/22-23, £35-£6.50, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

The last time Robin Cousins was at the Theatre Royal in Norwich he was starring in Grease as Teen Angel — more recently, however, he has been seen in his role as head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, which finished its eight-year run recently. Robin’s current passion is his sparkling new ice spectacular, currently touring the country and sliding into the Theatre Royal for five nights from next Wednesday. Robin Cousins’ Ice features top skaters from across the globe. “This show is really quite unlike any other — it is certainly very different from anything I have ever done before,” says Robin, who has both directed and choreographed the production. “I wanted challenge people’s expectations and to offer them something unique, something that ticked all the boxes but also left them feeling amazed.”

SHOW

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Diss Corn Hall, March 20, 7.30pm, £12 (£10 cons), £40 family, 01379 652241, www.disscornhall.co.uk

On a future Earth whose ice caps have melted, rooftops barely provide escape from the rising waters. Lonely hero Alvin, heartbroken after the loss of his beloved wife, hears a TV plea from Earth HQ seeking a daring soul willing to find a lost oasis at the bottom of the sea that might just save humanity. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a multi award-winning one-man show from Australian master storyteller Tim Watts that uses a beguiling and quirky blend of live action, puppetry, animation, music and film to tell the tale of this deep sea explorer and his search for his lost love in the seemingly endless depths of the ocean. Since premiering in Australia in 2009, the show has won five-star reviews having charmed audiences worldwide for its pocket masterpiece of invention, staging and performance. Now after sell out seasons in New York and Sydney, it comes to this region as part of a short UK tour.

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