11 unmissable Fringe Festival highlights

Laurene Hop in Love Conquers All.

Laurene Hop in Love Conquers All. - Credit: Archant

Norwich Fringe Festival returns this weekend with a diverse programme of talents from art to cabaret, theatre to music.

Norwich Fringe Festival is upon us again, bringing a selection of new work from home-grown artists and one or two visitors from elsewhere.

For 2014, which runs from October 11-25, the main Fringe venue is the Undercroft, the hidden space under the Memorial Gardens in front of Norwich City Hall, which, as well as hosting a series of events, will have a visual art exhibition throughout, with six artists presenting a range of work, including augmented reality and sound installations.

The festival also has more visual art at STEW on Fishergate, The Birdcage and Franks Bar, and performances in the Wharf Academy, The Birdcage, The Garage, The Mash Tun and the Waterfront.

The Fringe Twilight Hour (6-7pm) will find short performances in the Undercroft, so drop in. Many events are free or welcome donations, but for ticketed events, you can book online.


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• Expect The Unexpected

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 19, 2pm/4.15pm, £5 adv or on door A comedy show for the whole family. Exploding light bulbs, unexpected chickens, a daring escape from chains, stunning card tricks, slapstick danger and crayzeeeness!


• Bound

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 11, 12pm-5pm, free admission Interactive installation by Andrew Logie who has hacked an X-Box to create a gadget that will reflect the impression that our bodies make into a darkened room. The artist will be present on October 11 to explain how his work is made.

• Nick Ball: Rover

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 11-25, 12pm-5pm, free admission Local artist uses his phenomenal collection of 'stuff' to make a piece from welded bicycle wheels that brings to mind the TV show The Prisoner.

• Wat Blift Er Over

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 11-25, 12pm-5pm, free admission Installation by sound artist Roger Eno who has invented the Bell Piano, the strings struck by falling stones. Make your own sounds.


• Mutant Vinyl

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 11, 5pm-6pm, free admission Mutant Vinyl is a sax, vocals and beats musical journey through John Coltrane, Massive Attack, and Prince via Dave Grohl, wrapped up in big rhythms and addictive hooks. • Stromm

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 11, 6pm-7pm, free admission Twilight hour gig featuring this well-loved local band who will working with quirky acoustics in the Undercroft.

• Terence Blacker & Something Happened

The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich, October 21, 7.30pm, £6 adv/£7.50 door, 016903 630000, www.thegarage.org.uk Norfolk-based Terence Blacker will perform solo then with Derek Hewitson and Tracey Baldwin who make up the trio, Something Happened.


• Tina Bradshaw

The Birdcage, Pottergate, October 22, 8pm, £5 door, 01603 633534, thebirdcagenorwich.co.uk Tina Bradshaw (aka Bev Bishop) started her performing life at The Birdcage. This lovable comedy character makes her return. Expect glamour, giggles and some guests.


• Phoney

The Undercroft, Norwich, October 23, 6.30pm, free admission Two muggers hide in the Undercroft. They start to receive texts that become increasingly unnerving. This two-handed play makes full use of the atmosphere of the Undercroft after dark. • Love Conquers All

Wharf Academy, Oak Street, Norwich, October 24, 7.30pm/October 25, 3pm/7.30pm, £6 Singer Laurene Hope in abridged version of this tribute to Edith Piaf which sold out at Edinburgh this year. Presented in the atmospheric 'pop-up' theatre.


• Headlights Comedy

Norwich Puppet Theatre, October 23, 7.30pm, £5 on door, £3 student on campus, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk UEA Headlights Comedy Society returns to Norwich Fringe with an hour of sketch based comedy. Expect spoofs, silliness and laughs.

• Full details of events at www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk

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