Cutting-edge treats on the menu at the [Live] Art Club
- Credit: David Monteith-Hodge
From breakfast performances while you eat your egg and bacon to an evening programme of cutting-edge acts, the Norwich Arts Centre is open all hours offering a mix of cultural treats.
It is the fourth year the centre's [Live] Art Club has been part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and the venue's director, Pasco-Q Kevlin, said there was lots to look forward to.
'We have got some of the best new music, some ground-breaking new theatre, and we are constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what a person's expectations of going out for a performance might be,' said Mr Kevlin.
'I think this is the strongest programme that we have delivered for the festival.'
The [Live] Art Club kicked off last night with new bands showcase Pony Up: Late Night Kicks and for the next two weeks it is presenting a mix of music and performance from the leftfield as well as hosting the quirky Egg Festival Café where you can start your day with entertainment while you eat your breakfast.
Mr Kevlin said: 'It's a proper café experience with a full breakfast menu and two fantastic performers taking the helm – great food and artists, comedians, musicians and poets doing turns at different points during the festival.'
Music highlights in the evening programme include the distinctive jazz of Mammal Hands and what is being described as 'a weekend of vocal adventures' by The Voice Project.
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Live art performances include everything from Odd Comic's Seen but not Heard, a theatrical experiment with a live link-up with a Norfolk residential home, to Made in China's one-woman show Tonight I'm Gonna Be The New Me, which looks at how relationships do not live up to what the movies promised.
Mr Kevlin encouraged people to take a risk and enjoy watching some of the innovative performances.
He said: 'It's not a safe programme but it is a fun programme and I genuinely think there is something for everybody there.
'It's risky and edgy. Bottom line from me, Norwich Arts Centre is doing what it does best, presenting brand new opportunities to experience what is going on in the contemporary art scene nationally in a small, intimate, up-close and personal venue.'
For more and to book, visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or call 01603 660352.
[Live] Art Club acts:
EGG FESTIVAL CAFÉ. Every day, except Sunday, until Saturday, May 28, 9am-12pm. Pop-up café offering breakfast and entertainment while you eat.
LAURA CANNELL. Tonight, 8pm. £7 (£5 concessions). Solitary minimalist chamber music, where one player makes all the harmonies.
ODD COMIC: Seen but not Heard. Tuesday, May 17, 8pm. Pay what you can. A theatrical experiment featuring a live-stream between the arts centre and a residential home, followed by Kayla
St Claire's Monologues of Motherhood.
CHRIS THORPE: Confirmation. Wednesday, May 18, 9.30pm. £12 (£10 concessions). A look at how we come to believe what we believe, and how we can end up so far apart.
CHRIS THORPE AND JON SPOONER: Am I Dead Yet? Thursday, May 19. 8pm. £12 (£10 concessions). Stories and
songs reflecting on how we think about dying.
THE VOICE PROJECT: Vocal Invention. Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22. Various performances and entry prices. A weekend of vocal adventures celebrating the human voice.
MADE IN CHINA: Tonight I'm Gonna Be The New Me. Monday, May 23, 8pm. £12 (£10 concessions). A one-woman show about how real-life relationships just don't live up to what the movies promised.
LUKE WRIGHT: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan. Tuesday, May 24. 8pm. £12 (£10 concessions). A politically-charged one-man show encompassing shattered friendships, class and social ceilings.
H2DANCE: Staging Ages. Wednesday, May 25. 8pm £12 (£10 concessions). A dance performance looking at generational dignity and pride, expectations, prejudices, norms and taboos.
MAMMAL HANDS. Friday, May 27, 8pm. £10 (£8 concessions). Distinctive jazz influenced by a love of electronica, contemporary classical and world music.
PRINCE RAMA. Saturday, May 28. 8pm. £9 in advance, £11 on the door. Raw, unrestrained, experimental psych-rock from Brooklyn.
[Live] Art Club at the park:
The [Live] Art Club is taking a trip to Chapelfield Gardens with a pedal-powered cinematic experience commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre.
Lawrence Bradby's Pedal-Powered Car Chase will be in the city park on May 21 and 22 from 9.30pm. Audience members will be able to watch a montage of car chases and other action movie scenes via a cinema that runs on cycle power.
Mr Kevlin said: 'I like the juxtaposition of something very environmentally friendly showing big car chases – there's an interesting thing at play there.'