Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry - Credit: Archant

Lafta funniest stand-up award winner Paul Chowdhry's initials may be PC, but his latest show certainly isn't, Daisy Age hip hop pioneers De La Soul pay a rare live visit, Patrick Prior's thought-provoking play about the sinking of the Titanic and the Gould Piano Trio performing at Holkham. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Paul Chowdhry

Guildhall, King's Lynn, May 9, £14 (£12 cons), 01553 764864,

The Lafta funniest stand-up award winner of 2013's initials may be PC, but the relentless world he lives in definitely isn't. Why has tackling the preconceptions of political correctness become so offensive? In his show PC's World, which comes to King's Lynn as part of his biggest tour to date, Paul, who has become a familiar face thanks to a stint hosting Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week and several appearances on BBC1's Live at the Apollo, will tackle areas with hard-hitting subjects. His comedy, charged, dry, observational humour, taps into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain.


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De La Soul

Aquarium, Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, May 9, 7.30pm, £27.50, 01603 805050,

Hip hop pioneers who, with their classic 3 Feet High and Rising album, were a quirky Daisy Age alternative to 1980s gangster rap. Formed in 1987, Posdnuos, Dave & Maseo used eclectic samples and quirky lyrics to create their signature style. The trio played a huge part of rap music's crossover to the pop-and-rock-crowd. More recently they won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the track Feel Good Inc. They have only been playing sporadic shows recently, so this is a rare opportunity to catch them live.


Omid Djalili

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, May 9, 7.30pm, £22, 01493 331484,

Following a sell-out four week West End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival — not to mention numerous roles in films and those annoying TV adverts — Omid Djalili returns to live touring stand-up and this Yarmouth date is one of the first on his packed 2014 schedule. It's a return to his roots and where he's best with a string of legendary performances that have previously garnered him a Time Out Award - for Best Stand Up, a South Bank Award as well as being a Perrier Award nominee. Catch him here because the next chance to see him in the region will at Norwich Theatre Royal next March.


The Man Who Left The Titanic

Angles Theatre, Wisbech, May 10, 7.30pm, £11 (£9 cons), 01945 474447,

Isosceles Theatre Company presents the thought-provoking play by Patrick Prior, conceived as a duologue between conscience and dismissal of responsibility. It tells the story of J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line, who, on April 15, 1912, left the sinking Titanic in a lifeboat, sailing away from the stricken ship. The production evokes that terrible voyage and asks searching questions about Ismay's behaviour. How terrible is it to follow the human instinct for survival?


Gould Piano Trio

Holkham Hall, May 10, 7pm, £25, 01328 713111,

For over 20 years the Gould Piano Trio has remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene. They perform at major festivals and venues in the UK and abroad. Together with Robert Plane, soloist and principal clarinet of the BBC Orchestra of Wales, for this latest concert in Holkham's Marble Hall they will be performing a programme that includes works by Frank Bridge and Gerald Finzi, Beethoven's early and spirited Clarinet Trio and one of the best-loved works in all chamber music and Dvorák's darkly brooding and irresistibly light-hearted 'Dumky' Piano Trio; a six movement, Bohemian fantasy.


Glenn Miller Orchestra

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, May 11, 5pm, £20.50 (£18.50 cons), 01553 764864,

Hear the music that got us through the war — including the song that became pop history's first gold disc, Chattanooga Choo Choo! This orchestra is one of the few officially licensed by the Glenn Miller Estate. Fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders, vocals of Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony as well as Ray Wordsworth with the swinging jazz band. There is something about the sound that means you can't help but be thrilled. A perfect night out for both first timers and aficionados.

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