Bungay theatre stages first Suffolk Day celebration

The Fisher Theatre in Bungay. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The Fisher Theatre in Bungay. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Residents are being encouraged to celebrate all that's great about the area with the first ever Suffolk Day at Bungay's Fisher Theatre.

Storyteller Harvey Salmon will be at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay for Suffolk Day. Picture: Courtesy

Storyteller Harvey Salmon will be at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay for Suffolk Day. Picture: Courtesy of Dramatic Impact. - Credit: Archant

Held on Wednesday, June 21, the event will see local primary school children invited to take part in free storytelling and drama workshop sessions at the theatre on the theme of 'The Stories of Suffolk'.

In the evening, from 6pm to 8pm, the theatre will open its doors to 'Celebrate Your Suffolk' - a ticketed family event featuring singing, dancing, folk music, storytelling, short theatre performances, talks and a children's treasure hunt.

Local creative partnership Dramatic Impact is the driving force behind the Suffolk Day events. The husband-and-wife team are working closely with the theatre and have secured the support of three local businesses to make the day possible.

They said: 'We love living in Suffolk and Suffolk Day is such a fabulous idea we just had to do something to celebrate it. We wanted to involve the whole community and felt it was a chance to celebrate some of our amazing local businesses too.

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'We were over the moon when Lickety Ice, Fen Farm Dairy and The Fleece Inn all pledged their support so enthusiastically and we're privileged to have them all on board.'

The school storytelling and drama workshops will be run by Dramatic Impact who work to engage children through hands-on activities.

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The line-up for the evening's entertainment includes the Waveney Youth Choir, Liz Lee Dance Studio, Fisher Youth Theatre Group, Dramatic Impact's Harvey Salmon, Upshoot Theatre Company, talks by Terry Reeve and Chris Reeve plus performances by local musicians. There's also the chance to add your handprint to a 'Become Your Suffolk' mural while children can take part in a 'Know Your Suffolk' treasure trail. The grand finale will be a 'Message from Suffolk' balloon race, to be launched at 8pm, and the first 20 children to arrive will receive a free ice lolly, handmade in Suffolk by Lickety Ice.

Bex Spillings from the company said: 'Suffolk Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful ingredients on our doorstep

and we are very proud to support it.'

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