Autumn arts extravaganza returns to Norwich for a fourth year

Jo Reil as Mrs Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. Photo: Robin Watson. Jo Reil as Mrs Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. Photo: Robin Watson.

Emma Knights emma.knights@archant.co.uk
Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:41 AM

An autumn celebration of the arts is returning to Norwich for the fourth year with a packed programme of shows and events.

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Total Ensemble Theatre Company is creating a new show called In Love And War for the 2014 Hansells Hostry Festival. Photo: Matthew Dartford.Total Ensemble Theatre Company is creating a new show called In Love And War for the 2014 Hansells Hostry Festival. Photo: Matthew Dartford.

The Hostry Festival, with new principal sponsor Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, will run from October 22 to November 2 and is offering an eclectic mix of all things cultural.

This year’s main house play will be Restoration comedy The Country Wife, and the festival also features an array of other events spanning theatre, music, dance, visual arts and radio.

Artistic director Stash Kirkbride said: “There are 20 events, all newly commissioned from Norfolk, with entertainment across the board for all ages over the two weeks. The festival is growing in a great way and we are looking forward to sharing it with everybody.”

With regards to The Country Wife, directed by Peter Beck, Mr Kirkbride said: “It’s a bawdy Restoration romp with lots of wigs, lots of make-up, and lots of fun. It’s a must-see.”

Hansells Hostry Festival 2014Hansells Hostry Festival 2014

The Hansells Hostry Festival will start on October 22 with Paint Out Norwich, a Plein Air visual arts event which will see artists out and about painting Norwich landmarks over two days and culminating in an exhibition.

Other highlights include the return of the Norfolk Arts Awards, a new production by inclusive theatre company Total Ensemble called In Love and War, a celebration of the county’s writers with Norfolk Authors in Profile, and Charles Clarke in conversation with BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad.

Debut will showcase the talents of Norfolk teenagers in music and the spoken word, while homage will be paid to those who fought in the First World War with a Chamber Orchestra Anglia concert, the play Between the Lines and musical excerpts from David Banks’ Elegy For The Great War. There will also be a double bill of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice, performed as a play in English and sung as an opera in French. The issue of dementia will be explored with the performance Disappearing Friends.

Keith Skipper will be a special guest star in A Norfolk Home Companion, a Norfolk version of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Events for the Hansells Hostry Festival, for which the EDP is a media partner, take place at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry and other city venues.

For a full list of events, including dates and ticket prices, visit www.hostryfestival.org

Artists can apply for Paint Out Norwich until September 1 – www.paintoutnorwich.org

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