New season: Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre's autum brochure will hit the streets in mid August - here is a taster of what to expect. Once again the St Benedict's Street venue offers a diverse and fantastic season of events straddling art forms and genres, including music, live literature and performance art, comedy, exhibitions and creative courses.

Norwich Arts Centre's autum brochure will hit the streets in mid August - here is a taster of what to expect. Once again the St Benedict's Street venue offers a diverse and fantastic season of events straddling art forms and genres, including music, live literature and performance art, comedy, exhibitions and creative courses.

t Booking or information on events, call 01603 660352.

t You can also book for many events online via, or buy tickets in person from NAC, plus selected events from UEA and Soundclash.

t For all event listings and creative course details, please visit


Four contemporary artists based in Norwich feature what is described as “exciting and strange” work in a new exhibition called Peripheral Vision (September 18 to November 1; Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm; free entry).

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Gemma Correll is an illustrator using line drawings, cut paper and fabric to create odd characters in familiar, child-like situations.

Her work has recently been published in Plan B magazine.

Mark Jennings is a painter using thick layers and marker pen lines, whose drawn characters are based on emotional states.

Dave Prosser is illustrator, printmaker and animator, who works with dark monoprints and morphing lines to create strange cityscapes, and imagined musical instruments.

Anthony Zinonos is an artist making reinterpretations of collected images, using collages of drawings, found materials, recycled and vintage paper and photographs.


The centre will be featuring some of the finest live lit performers around, with both The Broken Piano Show and The Monday Night Alternative returning to NAC for the autumn.

On September 10, the Broken Piano Show returns with the outstanding and beautiful music of Girl in a Thunderbolt, guileless Essex-based poet Jo Overfield, spoken word's Domestic Goddess Yanny Mac and the musical talents of Dic York.

The Monday Night Alternative's offerings this season include stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall (September 29), Radio 3 show The Verb regular Rhian Edwards (October 27) and multiple slam winner Excentral Tempest (November 24) who appeals to hip hop heads and literati alike.


As well as all the latest up-and-coming indie bands (think Forward Russia, October 13; The Kabeedies, October 24; Johnny Flynn, October 26), Norwich Arts Centre also has an array of musics from around the world and some more 'out there' experimental work.

As part of Norfolk Black History Month, get set for a stunning evening of Zimbabwean performances in Zimba 2008 (October 11) featuring Edimbira, Anna Mudeka and more; the musical melting pot of Moussu T e Lei Jovents (October 13), who mix Provençal songs, black music of the 1930s and sea shanties; the haunting voices of Etran Finatawa (October 22), as well as the BHM Finale (October 31) featuring a heady mix of reggae, hip hop, comedy and dance!

In addition, look out for Shichiseikai ( October 12) - a group of Japanese Monks carrying on the tradition of shomyo (Buddhist sutra chanting). The group's voices resonate in beautiful unison to create a rich variety of harmonic overtones.

Also with a world music bent is young London-based Israeli singer Mor Karbasi (October 16) - a purveyor of “spine-tingling gipsy music” who sings in Spanish, Hebrew, Ladino and English.


If you're looking for something a bit more unusual and experimental, there's plenty to choose from this season, including four events as part of the Aurora Festival - an international festival based in Norwich which focuses on the manipulated moving image.

First off is Roger Eno ( November 13), renowned for his rare appearances and spacious solo piano pieces; next we have an audio-visual performance project initiated by New York-based electronic musician and photographer Aki Onda (November 14).

Warp Records signing Mira Calix (November 15) will perform live as part of the festival with cellist Oliver Coates, mixing her distinctive style of organic electronics with classical instruments, with visual accompaniment by Flat -e.

And finally, genre-trashing British percussionist Joby Burgess performs as Powerplant (November 16), exploring hi-octane percussion-led music with an electronic sound and strong visual performance.

On top of the Aurora events, there's also the experimentalism of Hauschka (September 19), who uses a prepared piano, opening up his instrument and playfully performing public operations on its innards using guitar strings, gaffer tape and other bits of junk.

Plus, on November 21, there's a double bill of Murcof and Oren Marshall - this is a dream opportunity to hear Murcof's distinctive hybrid of brooding electronics and classical sound sources enriched by live strings, brass and wind, plus a synchronised visual environment concocted by Italian artists xx+xy.

Also expect an amazing display of tuba virtuosity by the incredible solo performer Oren Marshall. Using electronic effects, he is able to twist the tuba's sound into new and wonderful shapes.


There's plenty more music, with blues (Preston Reed, October 8; Albert Cooper, November 8; Charlie Musselwhite, November 20), country (Hey Negrita, September 22; Tom Russell, October 20; The Sadies, October 30), folk (Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, September 9; Spiers & Boden, September 17; Michael McGoldrick and friends, October 9; Grada, November 17), jazz (Stan Tracey Trio, October 21; experimentalists Polar Bear, November 4) soul (Bryn Christopher, September 6; James Hunter, October 25) and much much more!


The centre has become famous for its mix of comedy, and the new season won't disappoint.

First up are 4 Poofs And A Piano (September 24), catapulted to fame from Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. The boys promise an eclectic mix of song and dance, from jaunty re-workings of classic covers to their own comic observations of life in the noughties.

Rhod Gilbert (October 2) returns to NAC with Rhod Gilbert and The Award Winning Mince Pie - an amusing take on pressures of living in a tedious, pointless and absurd world surrounded by idiots have finally taken their toll.

It is the slightly ridiculous story of how one Mince Pie broke the camel's back.

Fresh from their Edinburgh Festival shows, four of Britain's finest comic talents come together for the must-see tour of the year - Edinburgh & Beyond 2008 (November 6). This year's headliner is none other than Chortle Best Headliner nominee and star of 8 out of 10 Cats, Glenn Wool; plus Isy Suttie, Joe Wilkinson and Dan Atkinson.


There are plenty of creative and digital courses ranging from website design to digital photography to traditional black and white darkroom courses.