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

Susan Calman who is appearing at Norwich Playhouse

Susan Calman who is appearing at Norwich Playhouse - Credit: Archant

Scottish comedian Susan Calman brings her debut solo show proper Lady Like, Yarmouth's Hippodrome launches its Christmas Spectacular, King's Lynn Festival Chorus perform their special festive concert, Moyse's Hall Museum's Gothika is not for the fainthearted, while Jonathan Wyatt Big Band put the swing into the season with their Big Bubba's Christmas Boogie Blowout. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Susan Calman

Norwich Playhouse, December 12-13, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 598598,

Award-winning Scottish comedian Susan Calman swaps appearance on The News Quiz, QI and Have I Got News For You for her first ever UK tour. Though she has previously appeared at Norwich Playhouse as part of the Lady Ha Ha female comedy showcase, here she brings her debut solo show proper Lady Like, which is partly about her trying to enjoy the company and personality of one particular person: herself. While it does touch on dark moments from her distant and more recent past, a wide-eyed joyfulness runs through the show from a romantic gesture gone awry in Paris to trying to realise her dreams of being a ballerina and a hilarious TV escapade in Iceland with Phil Tufnell. 'This show is saying you can learn to like yourself more,' she says.


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Christmas Spectacular Circus and Water Show

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, December 13-January 11, £21-£18 (£16.50-£15 cons), £13-£10 children, discounts for families, 01493 844172,

This year's show has the Amazing Globe Bikers from Brazil plus dare devil double Wheel of Death the 'Eremia Brothers', amazing flying trapeze from Canadian Eric McGill, incredible Diablo, hilarious comedy from Jack Jay and Pip Randell, acrobatics and a huge team of swimmers, dancers and the children from Dance Estelle, plus students from the Chermond Gymnastics School in Norwich.


King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Norwich Arts Centre, December 13, 7.30pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01603 660352,

To those who say that rockabilly is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This lot are an institution — and they're British. In a career that has spanned 10 albums and over 7,000 performances throughout Europe and the US, they certainly must be doing something right. This welcome return visit is sure to be another sure-fire night of rockabilly mayhem. Rough, tough and always rocking, the band's zany stage show sometimes belies the fact that they are among the finest, most authentic rhythm and blues bands around.


KLFC Christmas Concert

King's Lynn Minster, December 13, 5pm, £15 (£10 cons), £5 children, 01553 764864,

Once again the King's Lynn Festival Chorus perform an uplifting festive evening in the Minster, the highlight of which will be some moving and joyous pieces from Bach's Christmas Oratorio which tells the Christmas story and contains many instantly recognisable chorals and choruses. Bach will be followed by a new piece written for the chorus by local composer Lewis Wolstanholme. There will also be well-known carols and plenty of opportunities for you to join us in singing them.



Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, until December 15, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm), Sun 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm), £4 (£2 cons), £2 children, £10 family, 01284 758000,

An exhibition that is definitely not for the faint of heart! Moyse's Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years. Its first ever Gothika exhibition offers the chance to see current and new exhibits in a very different, and even unearthly, light, including everything from a sinister gibbet cage to vintage pictures of strange spectacles and 'human oddities' from the Georgian Bury Fair. Exhibits take in genuine artefacts of historical criminalia, characters from chillers, both real and fiction, including Dracula, Frankenstein and prop replicas from classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu, witches 'poppet' (voodoo) doll and ritual depositions, weapons dating back to the 1600s rapiers.


Big Bubba's Christmas Boogie Blowout

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, December 13, 7.30pm, £16, 01493 331484,

A party night of foot tapping swing music, fun and frolics with the 18-piece Jonathan Wyatt Big Band, who have 25 years of performing behind them, fronted by local vocalist Gary Winter. In addition to the Christmas tunes on offer there are a few surprises such as Wonderwall by Oasis and even a Queen number. The band are also to be supported by Hayley Moss, a soprano who is making a huge impression on the scene with her mix of classical and Celtic styles. There are also a few surprise guests to really set the mood for Christmas plus a special guest familiar to many in the east.

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