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

Tim Fitzhigham: In The Bath – Unplugged

Tim Fitzhigham: In The Bath – Unplugged - Credit: Archant

Comedian-author-adventurer Tim FitzHigham has a special anniversary show of his escapade to row the English Channel in a bath tub, plus cabaret, comedy, theatre and music. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Tim Fitzhigham: In The Bath – Unplugged

Norwich Playhouse, June 12, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 598598,

In 2005, award-winning Norfolk comedian-author-adventurer Tim FitzHigham became the first and only person to row the English Channel in a bath tub. He raised a load of cash for a charity and made a multi-award winning show about it. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this typically daft, yet incredible act of adventure, Tim is staging a special one-off update of his original 'bath' show at Norwich Playhouse. It offers the full story in his own words; from advice from Olympic rowers Pinsent and Cracknell to Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dave Gorman, to the famous bath launch by Thomas Crapper are all told in this blended mixture of stand up and stories.


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Gossamer Thread's Kubla Khan Cabaret

Norwich Arts Centre, June 12, 7.30pm, £12.50 adv/£15 door, 01603 660352,

Everything is not as it seems as Gossamer Thread's Vaudeville Co return with a night of otherworldly cabaret and circus inspired by Coleridge's opium-induced poem Kubla Khan — think lucid dreams, gardens of unearthly delights and hazy opium-dens. The cabaret talent will include formidable femme-fatale and international siren Missy Fatale, Gossamer Thread's Daisy Black and Alex McAleer, sideshow wonder Bendini, Ruby Truelove, Hocus Pocus Theatre, with suitable woozy music from DJ Jazzlord.


Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion

Norwich Playhouse, June 13, 1.30pm, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 598598,

Is anyone a free thinker ponders the award-winning stand-up and presenter of Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage in his latest show. In a fast follow up to previous show, In (and out of) His Mind, the science-minded comic continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have. Basically, it's another night of shouting, gesticulating, gurning and an enquiring curious mind. He is planning to take a long (possibly permanent) break from stand up after this, so this could be the last time he comes to Norwich.


The Fortuna Project

Great Yarmouth Minster, June 13, 7.30pm, £12 adv/£14 door, under-16s free, 01502 573733,

South African born baritone Njabulo Madlala joins the Pakefield Singers this performance of Off's Carmina Burana, one of most iconic choral works of the 20th century. Njabulo won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier prize in 2010, since when his 'rich velvet, plush, fearless voice', as the Times describes it, has been heard in a variety of classic operatic roles. Earlier this year, he visited Norwich Theatre Royal to perform leading roles in La Boheme and The Wild Man of the West Indies with the English Touring Opera. Also on the programme are Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals, a poignant reminder of social injustice and the plight of the deprived and the downtrodden.


The Siege

The Cut, Halesworth, June 13, 7.30pm, £12, 0845 6732123,

Inspired by the real stories of the Israeli army's 39-day siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during the height of the second Intifada. While the dramatic scenes of the 2002 siege made headlines worldwide, those trapped inside the church were not heard. With The Siege, The Freedom Theatre tells the story from the perspective of fighters, clergy and civilians who lived through those fateful 39 days. In a highly pressurised situation where choices become about life and death, the characters are forced to reflect on the moral and ethical implications of their actions and decisions. The play uses both theatre and visual arts to portray an event that with time has taken on almost mythical proportions.


Only Men Aloud

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, June 14, 7.30pm, £26.50 (£24.50 cons), 01502 533200,

The Classical Brit Award winning vocal ensemble return as part of their On the Road Tour. With songs such as Mr Blue Sky, Here Comes the Sun, Ticket to Ride and many more given the unique OMA twist, this show promises to showcase the versatility of this unique group. Since winning BBC's Last Choir Standing in 2008, the Welsh eight-piece ensemble have toured the UK and America as well as making appearances at prestigious events such as the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and two Royal Variety Performances.

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