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

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?! - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed Luisa Omielan ponders sex, love and body issues in her latest show, theatre at Southwold Arts Festival, classical steel guitar, jazz, a family show and where to spot art stars of the future, SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.


Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!

Norwich Playhouse, July 1, 8pm, £12.50, 01603 598598,

Not many female comedians make as big a splash with their first show as Luisa Omielan. She secured a best newcomer nomination at the Edinburgh comedy awards for her wildly acclaimed debut show, What Would Beyoncé Do?. When it transferred to London's Soho Theatre it was a word-of-mouth sell-out smash, prompting glowing reviews and a blizzard of five-stars from critics; it was dubbed 'one of the top UK comedy shows of the last decade' by the Guardian. Here she brings her follow-up, Am I Right Ladies?!, equally candid about her sex life and love life, and body issues, and equally acclaimed. It continues in the same style, but it's 'more of a manifesto' and encompasses vignettes about her love life, housing situation and career prospects as well as moving ponderings on self-worth.


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Seven Ages

St Edmunds Hall, Southwold, June 30, 7.30pm, £10, 01502 722572,

Fresh from a sell out tour to 10 different countries, Kepow Theatre bring their comedy to the Southwold Arts Festival. Created and starring Kevin Tomlinson (winner of the Sunday Times Playwright Award) and Abi Hood, who is originally from Bury St Edmunds, it is told through a series of short scenes tackling a variety of topics; from childhood adventures, falling in love, attempting to find a rewarding purpose in life and enjoying new hobbies in retirement. Praised for its playful combination of comedy, drama and pathos, Seven Ages aims to explore two of the most important questions one can ever ask oneself: why am I here and what's important in my life?


BJ Cole

Wymondham Abbey, July 1, 7.30pm, £12, £3 under-18s, 01953 333500,

The pedal steel guitarist, whose career took off after he played on Elton John's Tiny Dancer and has worked with countless rock luminaries, from Marc Bolan to Bjork, to Tom Jones to Robbie Williams, has never performed at Wymondham Abbey. For Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight he explores his classical side. 'I began experimenting with classical repertoire in the 1980s,' he explains, 'and have performed with Emily Burridge, who is a classically trained cellist, for 12 years.' The concert will feature BJ and Emily's interpretations of Henry Purcell's Dido, Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring, Debussy's Claire de Lune and much more.


Puss in Boots

Bury Theatre Royal, June 30, 4.30pm, £7.50, 01284 769505,

Would you trust a talking cat? In Lyngo Theatre's production of the popular story you never know what might happen, he might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story, brought to vivid life on an incredible sloping stage by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies, who has adapted it and performs. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trap doors he'll show how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to put his master at the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail; it's the cat's whiskers! Ages 4+



Fisher Theatre, Bungay, July 1, 7.30pm, £12 adv, £15 door, 01986 897130,

London-based trio (Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert and Eric Ford) have maintained a feverish live schedule during the past few years and is heralded as a significant new band on the European jazz scene. Their latest album, String Theory, their third, sees them pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four respected string players of the UK scene, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the textures of a string quartet to create music that showcases an array of unique soundscapes. Here they will be joined by special guest violinist Benet McLean.


Degree Shows 2015

The Gallery, Norwich University of Arts, July 1-7, 10am-7pm (last entry 6pm), admission free,

The Degree Shows at Norwich University of Arts are an annual event that provides an opportunity for the public to see the work of over 500 new graduates. Works on display will include paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, architectural drawings and models, sculptures, photographs, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos. Work will be on sale throughout the exhibition and the Gallery will become the Sale Room with multiples, prints and editions available to buy. It's an opportunity to do a Charles Saatchi and spot and buy future stars.

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