I have just come back from seeing Go! by Polina Borisova at Norwich Puppet Theatre - it was brilliant. It was part of their visual theatre festival manipulate which they run each year as part of a collaboration with Puppet Animation in Edinburgh who they co-programme with. They bring a lot of international theatre - it is not all puppets but it tends not to have dialogue, which is why it is visual I guess. So there are roughly two shows a night this week until Saturday, plus some workshops and masterclasses (there is still time to book) so if you have not been to the Puppet Theatre before to an adult show, now is your chance. I can highly recommend it. Shows are short generally around an hour or less so you can get home at a reasonable time if you like an early night, or you can do two shows and make an evening of it - there's a bar. Have a look atwww.puppettheatre.co.uk and take advantage of the great work coming to your doorstep here in Norwich. I recommend Friday's Punch and Judy in Afghanistan by Neville Tranter, plus the Scratch Show beforehand at 7pm.
The same applies to Curtain Up! at The Garage. I know I have told you about both of these before but February really is the month for excellent professional touring theatre in Norwich. The next show is Blink, written by Phil Porter on 13/14th February which is selling fast so please book soon ('33' a show about Chilean miners this week is already sold out). Later on in the month there is Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest and Amateur Girl by Fifth Word (see an excellent review here) so the three shows together make an ideal choice for the 3 for 2 offer on phone bookings (01603 598646). So I really can't make it any easier for you to enjoy good theatre!
At half term both Norwich Puppet Theatre and The Garage have shows for children - at The Garage there is Blast Off! for ages 4-8. It is an innovative musical show for children and sounds like just the sort of boisterous fun that will wear them out - till the next day! There is alsoThe Pillow Maker for little children 1-4. The 10am show is already sold out but luckily there are two more at 12 and 2pm. So if you can work your youngster's sleep times around one of these, take them, grandkids included. The relatively small auditorium makes it an ideal way for young kids to get used to going to the theatre. These Curtain Up! shows are part of the Garage's Family Fun Days on 17/18 February.
At NPT they have the Frog and the Princess and several other shows so have a look at their site for all half-term events www.norwichpuppet.co.uk
Also this month is the Dragon Festival with lots of Dragon-related events happening around the city, you can find details on the HEART (Heritage and Regeneration Trust) website including the Dragon Spell Poetry Trail with a specially commissioned poem and poetic clues by George Szirtes which helps you to find the dragons of the city between 10 and 23 February - you can pick up a map at The Forum - culminates with a reading of the poem at The Assembly House on 18 February - details here on the Writers' Centre website
and here is a trailer video and some images
Jack Valentine returns to Norwich
And talking about Norwich traditions as we were, Jack Valentine has made a reappearance. I don't know much about him as he is a bit of a mystery character but as far as I know, he used to go around the streets of Norwich at dead of night on Valentine's eve and leave little presents on the doorsteps of shops and houses in the city. He has recently been caught on CCTVin the Norwich Lanes area and it is thought that he might be about to make a comeback.
Several restaurants and bars will be taking part in Valentine's eve activities. Raffles Restaurantsin St Benedict's will be giving away small gifts on the evening before Valentine's and the Birdcagehave speed-dating and other treats in store.
Tasmin Little in Norwich 28 February 7pm at John Innes Centre
And I must also tell you about a very special fundraising concert for Sistema in Norwich with soloist Tasmin Little. It is sponsored and organised by Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Group which is a great supporter of Sistema in Norwich, both financially and artistically. It is great that the children will benefit directly from working with Tasmin and also through the fundraising efforts of NNCMG and the Sistema team
Tasmin Little, who has worked with Sistema projects elsewhere, has kindly agreed to come to Norwich on 28 February before her recital with Martin Roscoe on 1 March (also at John Innes Centre), to work with the children during the day .
In the evening of 28 February she will be giving a special fundraising concert at the John Innes Centre (details below ).
So please come and support Sistema whilst enjoying great music from one of the UK's most talented violinists, bring friends if possible, and enjoy a glass of wine and violin playing by one of the foremost artists of our generation. And please pass this opportunity around your network of friends and contacts - it would be great to sell out.
Friday 28th February 2014, 7 pm
Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Tasmin Little - Naked Violin
in support of Norwich Sistema
Patterson: Luslawice Variations Op 50
J S Bach: Partita No 3 in E maj BWV1006
Loure, Gavotte & Gigue
Ysaye: Sonata No 3 'Ballade'
Programme approx 90 mins without interval
to include a glass of wine (￡1 0
if you already have or intend to buy tickets for the 1st March concert. Box office; Prelude 25b St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JN Tel 01603 628319
The fabulous NORWICH FLEAMARKET Established 1975 – the city’s favourite fair and Winner 'Best Vintage Fair' 2013 Vintage Norwich Awards has asked me to give you their dates for 2014 for their antiques and collectables fairs at The Halls, Norwich (St Andrew's to you). They are:
February 15 , March 8, April 12 , May 10 , September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13
8.30 - 9.30 £4.00 9.30 - 4.30 £2.00
under 18s free
St. Andrews and Blackfriars Halls
St. Andrews Street Norwich NR3 1AU
And in the evening, spread some love for our twin city El Viejo
This will be a great gig and I wish I could go! But I am already booked up on 15 February otherwise I would definitely be there. Go if you can - it's at the Norwich Arts centre in St Benedicts Street - it's called...
Spread some love! An eclectic mix of great Norwich musicians will come together on the Saturday night after Valentines Day, in support of the Norwich-El Viejo Link, a charity supporting primary education in our Nicaraguan twin city. This evening features the rare opportunity to dance the night away to ...
the euphoric afro-beat sounds of legendary Norwich band the Ouagadougous;
the thunderous yet tender tones of indie nu-folk favourites Crumbs For Comfort;
Americana-tinged, soulful, alt-rock grooves from the excellent Halfcut Heroes;
An exciting range of soloists and small ensembles will provide entertainment in the bar ...
Starbuck - covers and originals ranging from catchy pop to intelligent introspection, her voice and guitar being both delicate and bold in all the right places
Himazas - 20s/30s style ukulele duo
Moxy - eastern European folk/Klezmer group
The Hoolahans -acoustic roots music - Cajun! Klezmer! Jump Jazz! Songs by the likes of Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits and Talking Heads!
This fundraiser promises to be a multicultural feast for the senses and soul, and some real feel-good vibes- most definitely a night to remember!
Tickets: £8 in advance/£10 on the door
Ages 14+ (unless accompanied by an adult)
Norwich Arts Centre
St. Benedicts Street, NR2 4PG Norwich, Norfolk
View map · Get directions
Message from Hilary Stanton, Norwich Poetry at Olives
The next Poetry at Olive's first event in 2014 will be on Tuesday 18 February 8 - 10 pm
with readings by Merle Colborne and Hilary Stanton.
The evening will be hosted by Pete Goodrum
- Open Mic
- Raffle with hand-bound books and poetry books as prizes.
- Bar Available.
Administrator for The Voice Project, Norwich - Feb - July 2014
8 hours per week for 6 months from mid - February 2014.
The Voice Project are based in Norwich and specialise in creating new vocal music performances for festivals, galleries, museums and special events. We have been creating projects for large scale, open -access community choirs since 2003 and work with composers and poets, instrumentalists and singers, professional artists and community participants .
We are looking for someone with previous experience in the arts, knowledge and experience of spreadsheet and word processing software and an aptitude for working within the community. For further details and to apply for the post, please email your C.V .
and covering letter, plus two referees to email@example.com by 5 pm 11th Feb 2014.
I think that's enough for now! of course there is always more to tell you about for our venues and organisations plus lots of smaller self-organised gigs and events at places like the Bicycle Shop, Cinema City bar, The Birdcage in Pottergate, Ten Bells, Plasterers - I'll let you know about as many of them as I can, have a good weekend!