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

Tweedy the clown in Cirque Berserk! Photo: Piet-Hein Out

Tweedy the clown in Cirque Berserk! Photo: Piet-Hein Out - Credit: Copyright Piet-Hein Out

Spectacular showcase of circus skills Cirque Berserk!, old-time roots music, a play based on life in the RAF and a clebartion of Handel's music. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Cirque Berserk!

Norwich Theatre Royal, February 25, 7.30pm/February 26-27, 2.30pm, 7.30pm/February 28, 2pm, 5pm, £28.50-£8, 01603 630000,

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, this show brings it bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.

The show also features the world's most hair raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle 'Globe of Terror'.

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The Shakespeare Delusion

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, February 26, 7.30pm, £8 (£6 cons), 01502 589726,

As part of Milk Bottle's Shakespeare Trilogy – three plays on a theme of Shakespeare to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th birthday – multi award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton presents his mock lecture. Professor Ashborn invites you to share in his latest discoveries and lead you through the terrible secrets behind the man people call Shakespeare. Did he really write the plays? 'It's the worst of all conspiracy theories because there is literally no evidence at all to suggest Shakespeare didn't write the plays and vast amounts of evidence to say that he did,' says Robert.


Gordie MacKeeman

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 26, 8pm, £15 (£13 cons), 01284 758000,

Hailing from Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast, the multi-award-winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys band serve up old-time roots music. If ever someone was deserving of the nickname 'Crazy Legs', it is Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style, while simultaneously playing the violin, mixes with great close-harmony bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann's blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes.


Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, February 27, 7.30pm, £15 (£12 cons), 01986 897130,

After its highly-acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Rebecca Crookshank's one-woman play Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is back in the region as part of a 2016 tour, following an amazing four nominations in the Broadway World Awards. Based on Rebecca's time in the Royal Air Force, it charts her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands. From feeling low to flying high (literally, in a Tornado F3), this is a deeply moving, hilarious and heart-warming adventure. Her autobiographical production, which she wrote and is also the sole performer, highlights the challenges women face in being defined by their gender and celebrates the wonderful women who forged a path for others.


Brook Street Band

The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich, February 27, 7pm, £12 on door,

Margherita Durastanti's connection with Handel extended for 30 years, in Italy and London. This concert — titled Handel's Italian Muse — explores Handel's music, first sung by Durastanti in Rome and later in London, alongside instrumental works from the same period. The programme spans the period from Handel's formative early years in Rome to the height of his fame in 1730s London. Since its formation in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo, the award-winning Brook Street Band has established itself as one of the country's foremost interpreters of Handel's music. Here they will be joined by soprano Nicky Kennedy.



The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, until February 27, 9.30am-4.30pm, admission free,

Miserere is a sound installation by Phil Archer and Alex Sanders, two-thirds of Norwich-based noise-synth/drone trio Transept, the idea of which is to create a solemn, reflective, ever-changing piece of music that is unique to the specific moment and location in which it is heard. It uses the sounds and characteristics of the room to generate musical tones that are pitched according to an algorithm based on Allegri's Miserere, a piece of choral music for two distributed choirs, written in 1638 to celebrate Lent. Visitors are encouraged to directly intervene by clapping, singing and talking, or simply to sit peacefully.

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