July 25 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Weird and wonderful entertainment and all kinds of music delighted the crowds in Norwich city centre.
After all the fun of the Lord Mayor’s Procession in the early evening, the city went on to celebrate into the night with an array of performances filling the streets.
Setting the scene for the colourful carnivalesque occasion, a giant octopus was draped over the Guildhall while a huge inflatable King Neptune surveyed the market place and City Hall area where people gathered to watch music acts and eccentric theatrical shows.
Among the acts drawing lots of claps and cheers was Une Femme Exposée, a show which performer Abigail Collins’ described as “comedy, circus and a lot of audience participation.”
“It’s really about getting the public involved, and the public here have been amazing,” she said.
“I always love coming to Norwich because the audience is always so great.”
Meanwhile at the Haymarket, Garlic Theatre performed a watery-inspired show asking Can Fish Drink Tea? while in Brigg Street there were big crowds enjoying cabaret fun at the sassy retro Bo Nanafana Social Club Stage.
Millennium Plain was packed with people watching the programme of shows on The Forum Stage which included The Garage Emerging Artists Academy’s show-stopping Moulin Rouge spectacle.
Darren Grice, director of The Garage, said: “It was fantastic. There were so many people out in the city and the energy from the audience was brilliant. It was great to see people staying out late enjoying the city, celebrating Norwich.
“Our performers from The Garage Emerging Artists Academy have been working towards the show for a long time. It’s the highlight of their year.”
Also in the city was The Walk Stage, on Gentleman’s Walk, which saw Epic Studios and Norwich Arts Centre showcase talented acts from Norwich and beyond. Other musical delights included a lovely performance by Norwich City Concert Band outside the Guildhall.
All the fun of the fair continued throughout the evening in Chapelfield Gardens along with music and shows including Dream Engine’s Heliosphere which saw impressive aerial feats by an acrobat suspended from a floating balloon.
Among those out enjoying the Lord Mayor’s Celebration festivities were Tom Rockingham and Jimmy Wheeler, both 24 and from Norwich.
“There’s always a really nice buzz around the city with the Lord Mayor’s Celebration,” said Tom.
Amanda King, 25 and from Earlham, was there with her friend Hannah Turner, 20 and also from Earlham.
She said: “It’s madness. It’s all a bit crazy in a good way. It’s unusual and the performers are compelling to watch.”