Free touring theatre show celebrates Norwich’s history of welcoming people to our fine city

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Our fine city's 700 year history of welcoming incomers is being celebrated in a touring open-air variety show packed full of stories and song.

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Come Yew In! is the latest production by The Common Lot theatre company which opened on Friday at Heigham Park and was also performed at Kett's Heights and Cow Tower over the weekend.

People of all ages have been enjoying watching the free show which sees Professor Kirby Bedon take to the stage to give a lecture about the history of immigration in Norwich before The Common Lot's troupe of entertainers jump in to add some theatrical magic.

The show - which is directed by Simon Floyd - reflects on the many different types of people who have made Norwich their home over the centuries - from the Flemish weavers or 'Strangers' to the Huguenots to modern day migrants - and it looks at the great contributions they have made to the city.

The colourful production has been a real team effort with The Common Lot actors working with Anglia Ruskin University and joined on stage by participants from Norwich-based charity New Routes, which supports the integration of modern-day migrants to the city.

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Avenue Junior School, Bignold Primary, Lionwood Junior, West Earlham Infant and Nursery and Wensum Junior also all have pupils taking part in the show on different nights, and each group of children has created a song or drama sketch related to migration.

Mr Floyd said: 'I am delighted by how the shows have gone so far and the response we are getting. People seem to really like it and it's sounding the note that we want it to sound with people. We just want as many people to enjoy it as possible.'

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Come Yew In! is being performed throughout this week.

The remaining Come Yew In! dates and locations (and the schools taking part in each performance) are:

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

July 1 - Kett's Heights, 7.30pm (Lionwood Junior)

July 2 - Cow Tower, 2.30pm (Wensum Junior)

July 4 - Peterson Park, Mile Cross, 7.30pm (Wensum Junior)

July 5 - Cadge Road Community Centre, 7.30pm (West Earlham Infant and Nursery)

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

July 6 - Jubilee Park, 7.30pm (Bignold Primary)

July 7 - Whiffler Theatre, Castle Gardens, 7.30pm (Bignold Primary)

July 8 - Whiffler Theatre, 1pm (Avenue Junior)

July 9 - Whiffler Theatre, 2.30pm (Bignold Primary)

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The project's funders include Town Close Estate Charity, Norwich City Council, Norwich Arts Centre, The Common Lot and Anglia Ruskin University.

The show is raising funds for New Routes and The Common Lot.

The Common Lot have previously staged local history with productions based on, among other things, Boudicca and Kett's Rebellion. Last year they also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company on A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play For The Nation.

For more information about Come Yew In! visit www.thecommonlot.org

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Youngsters from Lionwood j

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Youngsters from Lionwood junior school perform. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Youngsters from Lionwood j

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Youngsters from Lionwood junior school perform. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Community theatre show 'Come Yew In' performed at Ketts Heights, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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