Eleven things you won’t want to miss at Holt Festival

Holt Festival: Mark Watson, Nandana Dev Sen and Colin Cloud (L-R)

Holt Festival: Mark Watson, Nandana Dev Sen and Colin Cloud (L-R) - Credit: Archant

Kicking off this weekend, the Holt Festival will run until July 31 and each day will see a different attraction take place in the town. From Joanna Trollope OBE discussing her adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to Colin Cloud's world of deduction, there's a lot you won't want to miss at Holt Festival.

• Jacqui Dankworth and Friends, Auden Theatre, July 25, 2pm, Tickets £15

Multi-award winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth will be performing a unique concert at Holt Festival on July 25, singing a selection of songs, inspired by William Shakespeare, such as Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer's Day, taken from the album, Shakespeare and All that Jazz, composed by Sir John Dankworth.

• Dr Phil Hammond, Auden Theatre, July 26, 2pm, Tickets £15

Doctor, journalist, broadcaster and comedian, Phil Hammond, will be at the Auden Theatre on July 26 as part of his 2016 tour How to survive the NHS and help the NHS survive.


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• Colin Cloud, Auden Theatre, July 26, 8.15pm, Tickets £20

Forensic mind reader Colin Cloud, who has been described as 'the hipster Sherlock Holmes', mixes mind magic and science to work out everything about you and convince you he's the real deal. But is he? Find out for yourself on July 26.

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• Joanna Trollope OBE, Auden Theatre, July 28, 4pm, Tickets £15

Joanna Trollope OBE, has written seventeen bestselling novels, including A Village Affair, Balancing Act and a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as part of The Austen Project. On July 28, she will be in Holt to discuss the latter and whether Austen's views on love and marriage were right.

• Product, Auden Theatre, July 29, 6pm, Tickets £15

British actress Olivia Poulet (The Thick Of It) stars in Mark Ravenhill's play, Product, a romantic thriller which focuses on a relationship between a 9/11 widow and a terrorist. The production is directed by Robert Shaw and received rave reviews at both Edinburgh and the Arcola in London.

• The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Theatre in the Woods, July 29, 8.15pm, Tickets £18

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, a psychedelic rock band formed in the 60s are back with a new show which includes the legendary fire helmet and their traditional theatrics, such as pyrotechnics. Expect, soulful vocals, flamboyance and the unexpected.

• Mark Watson, Theatre in the Woods, July 30, 4pm, Tickets £18

Following the success of last year's stand-up tour, Flaws, Mark Watson, the multi-award winning star of numerous television programmes, including Have I Got News For You and Live At The Apollo, returns with his new show, I'm Not Here, at Holt Festival on July 30.

• Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time, Auden Theatre, July 30, 2pm, Tickets £12

Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time by Tap Tap Theatre, follows Captain Morgan and his First Mate Hammond as they embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of time-travel and is a play that the whole family will enjoy. Expect action, comedy, music, and monsters in this production that sees two actors portray a whopping fourty-four characters throughout the hour long performance.

• Jane Austen at Home, Holt Community Centre, 1.30pm, Tickets £14

Join Emerald O'Hanrahan as she performs her one-woman show, Jane Austen at Home, which celebrates the talent of one of the world's most beloved novelists. Comprised entirely of Austen's own words, the show captures the wit, variety and imagination of the writer and her life in the 19th century.

• Festival Fringe

Lots of other events will be taking place throughout the week, including a performance of Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium at Gresham's School Memorial Chapel, The Oldie Literary Lunch at Wiveton Hall Cafe hosted by Normal for Norfolk star Desmond MacCarthy, as well as various arts and craft activities such as a free knitting, dress-making and pompom making sessions at The Gallery in Lyles Court, Lees Yard.

• Children's Festival

A Children's Festival will be running alongside the main programme of events, with special workshops, sessions, and performances just for your little ones. These include a performance of Oddly by Norwich Puppet Theatre, a Play in a Day workshop by Sheringham Little Theatre, and Storytelling with Music by Paul Jackson. Indian actress, screenwriter and children's author Nandana Dev Sen will also be visiting the town to conduct a storytelling session, reading from her new book Kangaroo Kisses at Holt Bookshop.

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