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

Action Transport Theatre's STATIk, part of the Children's Arts Festival. Photo: Jonathan Clover

Action Transport Theatre's STATIk, part of the Children's Arts Festival. Photo: Jonathan Clover - Credit: Archant

Part Chaplin, part Pixar's Wall-E, STATIk helps launch the Children's Arts Festival, plus theatre, comedy, music and an illuminating exhibition by James Turrell. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.



The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 24, 4.30pm, £7.50,

There will be a chance to let young imaginations run riot during two weeks of children's entertainment and theatre in Bury St Edmunds which will be like a 'mini Edinburgh Festival' for children. Bury Theatre Royal is spearheading the first ever Children's Arts Festival, which launches this week and runs until July 6. Featuring unique clowning style and a soundtrack inspired by children's answers to life's big questions, Action Transport Theatre's virtually dialogue-free production invokes everything from Chaplin's Modern Times to Pixar's Wall-E. Ages 5+


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The Arsonists

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, June 25-27/July 2-4, 7.30pm, £16 (£12 cons), 01760 755800,

An explosive comedy by Max Frisch in a new translation by Alistair Beaton, here directed in this latest production at the Westacre Theatre by Andy Naylor. Frisch's classic absurdist play is a cautionary tale in which apathy, greed and weakness allow evil to flourish. The play is set in a nameless country, in a nameless city, at an unidentified time. It is, however, a time of civil unrest. Arsonists roam the streets setting fire to numerous, yet seemingly arbitrarily chosen, buildings. It is a satire about the rise of Fascism is as relevant today as it ever was.


Gaz Brookfield

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, June 22, 7.30pm, £6, 01603 625777,

Since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Gaz Brookfield has spent his time on the road with the likes of Levellers, Frank Turner and Newton Faulkner. With four studio albums, the latest being his just released Truth and Fast, he is something of a south-west hero, selling out venues in Bristol and beyond Playing – or assaulting - his acoustic guitar his music is folk/rock about his everyday life. Support from Jake Martin.


LightScape: James Turrell

Houghton Hall, until October 24, Wed-Sun, hall, entry to grounds and exhibition £14, £10 children/student, £35 family/illumination only entry £10, £30 family, 01603 598640,

Enlightening exhibition devoted to the work of James Turrell, acknowledged as one of the most important artists working today, featuring light pieces, many collected by the Marquess of Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, who has long been an admirer of his work. This show is centred around works from the Houghton collection, complemented by further loans of Turrell's work and, most excitingly, a new site specific installation created especially for Houghton – The Illumination - seen on Friday and Saturday evenings.


Charlotte Rowan.

King's Lynn Minster, June 23, 12.30pm, admission free,

Recognised for her dazzling artistry and electrifying performances, rising-star violinist Charlotte Rowan has been wowing audiences with her spectacular displays of violin virtuosity. She will be giving a free lunchtime recital performing an exciting variety of sparkling showpieces and spell-binding lyricism including works by Wieniawski, Elgar, Bazzini, Bartok and Vitali's Chaconne.


Red Card Comedy Club

Carrow Road, Norwich, June 25, 8.45pm, £12, 0844 8261902,

The latest Red Card night features instantly likeable Londoner Jimmy McGhie, whose charming freewheeling comedy has been seen on Russell Howard's Good News. Black Country comic Sean Percival's comedy steers clear of the surreal and confronts realism in an explosively funny way. A sharp and crafty gagsmith, Ben Van der Velde will offer an air of mischievous mayhem. And MC for the night Windsor originally honed his skills as a street performer before becoming a comedy club favourite.

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