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

Goerdie comic Chris Ramsey returns to Norwich

Goerdie comic Chris Ramsey returns to Norwich - Credit: Archant

Geordie funnyman Chris Ramsey relives his infamous TV moment, acclaimed blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor plus in, North Walsham stages its No/Where Cabaret, there is a celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, a family fairytale show and five masters of magic baffle King's Lynn. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Chris Ramsey

Norwich Playhouse, October 31, 8pm, £16.50, 01603 598598,

The now infamous moment when this Geordie comic was ejected from the Soccer AM's studio for using obscene language is the story that forms both the narrative and the title of his latest tour, The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television, which he'll perform at Norwich Playhouse tomorrow as part of an extended autumn tour following a five-moth sell-out success earlier this year and a previous visit to Norwich. Since 2011 Foster's Comedy Award Nomination, Chris has become more recognised on TV after appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Russell Howard's Good News and as Jack in the second series of critically-acclaimed BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, co-starring Vic Reeves.

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Joanne Shaw Taylor

Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, November 1, 7.30pm, £17.50, 01603 727727,

British blues star, a former Best British Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards, first picked up a guitar aged 13 and started rifling her father's record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. Her latest studio album The Dirty Truth reunited her with White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines, and recorded in Memphis it is a return to Joanne's original sound that mixes rock riffs with blues influences.


Famous No/Where Cabaret

The Atrium, North Walsham, November 1, 8pm, £11, 01692 400080,

Following on from its sell-out success last year, the cabaret and ultimate finale to North Walsham's No/Where Fringe festival is back. This time they will be whisking us back to 1960s Soho, with decadent performances amongst song, comedy and mindreading. The line-up includes mindreading and psychological illusion from extraordinaire Robert Wildfell, vocalist Krissi Jae Kitson and a special guest performer, a headline international songstress wishes to be identified as Miss TT.


Topsy Turveydom

Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, November 1, 7.30pm, £10, £5 children, 01493 662832,

In their diamond jubilee year, Great Yarmouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society present this compilation show. The evening - which will be directed by John Hawkes - will highlight many of the well known and best loved of all the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas including Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, Sorcerer to name just a few. The evening will feature many of the operas in costume - with soloists - chorus numbers and dance routines.


The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

Norwich Puppet Theatre, November 1, 11am/2.30pm, £9 (£7.50 cons), £7 children, £27 family, 01603 629921,

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit! On the menu at this show from Theatre of Widdershins is a trio of traditional and tasty tales. For starters the magic pot which won't stop producing porridge. The main course is a delicious soup made from the scrummiest stone in the world and for pudding (if you can catch it) there is the walking talking Gingerbread Man, who is just asking to be munched! Served with puppets, pop-up sets and original music, its perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners aged 3+


Champions of Magic

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, November 2, 7.30pm, £21, £17 under-16s, £68-£54 family, 01553 764864,

Award winning team of tricksters, swindlers and cheats promise a night of mystery you'll be trying to work out for a very long time to come. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost performers in magic including illusionists Young & Strange, Queen of close up magic Fay Presto, master mindreader Alex McAleer and magic's latest sensation Edward Hilsum.

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