Lots to look forward to at Norwich Arts Centre in 2017

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Luke Wright's The Toll. Photo: Idil Sukan.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Luke Wright's The Toll. Photo: Idil Sukan. - Credit: Idil Sukan

Audiences can look forward to a packed programme of music, theatre, comedy and more at Norwich Arts Centre in the New Year.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Badac Theatre's The Box. Photo: Badac Theatre.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Badac Theatre's The Box. Photo: Badac Theatre. - Credit: Badac Theatre

The new January and February programme at the St Benedict's Street venue features cutting edge acts from across the arts spectrum.

Norwich Arts Centre director Pasco-Q Kevlin said there was lots of thought-provoking theatre in the line-up.

'In terms of some of the theatre, I have been a little bit political in some of my curatorial decisions,' he said.

'Badac Theatre is doing a show called The Box on January 11 - if people are looking for something politically engaged and to do with exploring the human condition and really immersing yourself in a powerful, meaningful piece of theatre, they are at the top of the game.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Franko Fraize. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre.

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Franko Fraize. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre


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'Steve Waters, a playwright based at the UEA, has a play called The Play About Calais on February 8, which is looking at migration, one of the hot topics, and it's important that theatre and the arts are exploring these issues.

'On February 15 there is also Border Control by Michelle Sewell, who based in Norwich. I am intrigued to see where she is taking this [the play]. I am really pleased to absolutely be at the forefront of local artists' work, it's very important.'

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He added: 'I am really chuffed we are the first date on the tour for Luke Wright's The Toll on January 24.

'We have supported him for a long time and were co-commissioners for his show What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, and I think people can expect something quite special from The Toll.'

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Broadside Ballads. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centr

Norwich Arts Centre new season. Pictured is Broadside Ballads. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

In terms of music, Mr Kevlin said there was everything from electronica to folk.

He said: 'On January 21 we have a local heroes night with three local acts including Franko Fraize - I think he's doing something really interesting and is speaking from the heart and is engaging and talented.'

'There's also electronica music from Plaid on January 13 plus local act Broads who I saw for the first time at Norwich Sound and Vision.'

For folk music fans Mr Kevlin highlighted Martin Carthy on January 17, who he described as 'one of the most impressive folk artists ever to have come out of Britain,' and Broadside Ballads on February 27 who he said are 'at the top of the contemporary folk scene,' meanwhile he said there would be some 'cool Americana' from The Handsome Family on February 21.

One of his top picks for comedy is Shazia Mirza on February 9.

'Her show is called The Kardashians Made Me Do It. She's always hugely entertaining and very much on point,' he said.

For more about Norwich Arts Centre events and to book tickets, call 01603 660352 or visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Norwich Arts Centre is holding an arts funding workshop for musicians and performers on January 18. For more details, email boxoffice@norwichartscentre.co.uk

People can also support Norwich Arts Centre by buying an annual supporter's pack - visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk/supporter/

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