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

Matthew Bourne New Adventures production of Lord of the Flies. Image: Helen Maybanks

Matthew Bourne New Adventures production of Lord of the Flies. Image: Helen Maybanks - Credit: Helen Maybanks

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures exciting new dance version of William Golding's classic novel Lord of the Flies, featuring young local dancers, Tom Wrigglesworth finds comedy in taped memories of his granddad, alt-folk singer-songwriter Kevin Pearce returns, Norfolk Craft Guild exhibit and there is a production of Little Voice. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


Lord of the Flies

Norwich Theatre Royal, November 19-22, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Nov 20/22, £28-£6.50, 01603 630000,

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance theatre productions of recent times: the likes of Sleeping Beauty, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray, Nutcracker!, and most famously his all-male Swan Lake. This exciting new dance version of William Golding's classic novel was choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated Scott Ambler. Offering a slightly modern take on the story, the action is transferred from a desert island to deserted theatre. And when the group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation. The production is as much a community arts project. In each theatre where it is being staged, the cast will be entirely new, consisting of boys from the local area who have been auditioned, trained and rehearsed alongside the core professional dancers.


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Tom Wrigglesworth

Norwich Arts Centre, November 18, 8pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01603 660352,

Yorkshire comedian Tom Wrigglesworth is now firmly established as one of the UK's most distinctive and sought after talents. Since his Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2009, he's continued to gain momentum as a phenomenal live performer, accomplished TV presenter and these days you can barely turn on Radio 4 without hearing his bluff Sheffield accent. Here he brings his latest show Utterly at Odds with the Universe, based around the rediscovery of a trove of interview tapes of him and his grandfather. At turns, poignant and hilarious, the show takes us an emotional journey exploring the relationship between the pair as he comes to fully understand the influence his grandfather had on his life.


Kevin Pearce

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, November 18, 7.30pm, £5, 01603 625777,

Following his extensive touring with Turin Brakes and shows with Beth Orton, alt-folk singer-songwriter Kevin Pearce returns following the releasing his new album, Dynamite, which also includes a graphic novel of the same name alongside the release that Pearce has written. The lyrics to the album are embedded in the story of the graphic novel, which features a character 'Dynamite' who's vengeance is fuelled by his reaction to the unbalanced society. How this multi-media release works live remains to be seen. Support from Keith Sadler.


Norfolk Craft Guild

Wymondham Arts Centre, November 18-30, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, free admission,

Having just finished their major show at Blickling, this extra end-of-season craft exhition by Norfolk Craft Guild is this year curated by Hazel Millington. Members of the Guild and friends are showing an array of high quality crafts and art in a range of disciplines. The Guild was founded in 1952 as the Norfolk Rural Craftsmen's Guild to promote traditional craftsmen such as blacksmiths, thatchers, weavers and potters. Today members work in a wide varity of styles and media. The exhibition is always popular with vistors, especially thse lookiing for hand-made seasonal gifts.


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, November 19, 7.30pm, £8, 01986 897130,

Mustard Theatre Company presents Jim Cartwright's much loved play telling the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice who spends her time perfecting impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. When her domineering mother starts dating small time club agent Ray Say, he hears her faultless impersonations of various famous singers, and recognises the gold in her voice and determines to exploit it. The production tours the region with future dates including Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (Nov 27) and The Cut in Halesworth (Dec 5).


Swan Lake

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, November 17-19, 7.30pm, 2pm Nov 18-19, £26-£8.50, 01284 769505,

Celebrating their 10th new production, Ballet Theatre UK perform this timeless masterpiece featuring their international cast of highly talented dancers, new glittering costumes and stunning stage sets. With its fantastic plot filled with romance, sorcery and betrayal, Swan Lake remains one of the most enduring and moving classical ballets. This immortal tale tells of a Princess held captive as a swan by the spell of an evil magician, a spell that only can be broken if the Prince swears true love to her. Featuring new choreography by artistic director Christopher Moore and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets this production promises romance, sorcery and betrayal.

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