Six of the Best: Norfolk cultural highlights not to miss this week

Jo Caulfield Jo Caulfield

Monday, April 7, 2014
9:42 AM

Jo Caulfield finds the funny side of getting angry, there’s an innovative mix of spoken word and break dancing, Motown legends Martha Reeves and The Vandellas visit and Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee star in family varity version of Alice in Wonderland. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

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DANCE

Shame

The Garage, Chapelfield North, Norwich, April 7-8, 7.30pm, £10, £5 students/under-25s, 01603 598646, www.thegarage.org.uk/Drill House, Great Yarmouth, April 10, 8pm, £3, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done? Everyone has something they are ashamed of. A bad choice, a wasted chance, that thing you wish you hadn’t done. That thing you will always regret. These moments add up and it is the mistakes of our past that make us who we are today. This is a new work of spoken word hip hop theatre by John Berkavitch who is joined by some of the country’s most innovative break-dancers as he explores the feeling of shame through a combination of narrative spoken-word, hip hop and contemporary horeography from Mickael “Marso” Riviere, animation and original music by Jamie Woon and Royce Wood Junior.

MUSIC

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, April 8, 7.30pm, £22.50, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk/Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, April 10, 7.30pm, £26, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

Soul diva Martha Reeves was lead singer of The Vandellas. During her time with the vocal group, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including Nowhere To Run, Dancing In The Street, Heatwave and Jimmy Mac. After leaving Motown, she went her own way, moving on to sing everything from jazz to country. For these dates in Bury and King’s Lynn, will be performing with Vandellas - Lois (Motown-era Vandella since 1967) and Delphine (since mid-1980s), backed by a nine piece band.

FAMILY

Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

Norwich Puppet Theatre, April 8-12, times vary, £8.50 (£7 cons), £6.50 children, £24 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of the story of Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm, conjures a dreamlike fantasy of palaces and forests, ogres and fairies, princes and babes. It tells the story of a King and Queen desperate for a child, and a fairy who grants their wish. The production uses puppetry, imaginative video projections, automata and live music to weave magical storytelling.

EXHIBITION

Sound Matters: Exploring Sound Through Forms

Smiths Row, The Market Cross, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, until May 24, Tues–Sat 10.30am–5pm, admission free, 01284 762081, www.smithsrow.org

This fascinating touring exhibition from the Crafts Council considers the connections between craft practice and sound art through seven contemporary works. Textile designer Ismini Samanidou has collaborated with sound artist Scanner to explore a shared interest in mapping, including textiles that visualise the artists’ own breath. Lucie Rie vs Grindcore features two potter’s wheels customized to become a set of turntables. The voices and sounds in Cathy Lane’s Tweed were recorded in the Outer Hebrides. Sounds of Making in East London is a 10″ vinyl record that celebrates the work of skilled makers in East London. Yuri Suzuki’s turntable allows music to be played by five tone arms with individual controls.

SHOW

Alice in Wonderland

Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, April 10, 7pm/April 11, 2pm, 7pm, £17.50, £14.50 children, £58 family, 01485 533352, www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee playing the King of Hearts and the White Rabbit in this family-friendly variety show retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic. Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist who shot to fame on ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent, plays Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, while panto star Ant Payne is the Mad Hatter and West End actress Jasette Amos the Cheshire Cat. Live music, comedy and mind blowing magic.

COMEDY

Jo Caulfield

Norwich Arts Centre, April 10, 8pm, £12 (£10 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Jo Caulfield has always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, cold callers, arrogant shop-assistants — surely having a good rant - is the only sensible reaction? Her latest show The Celebration of Anger sees her harnessing her angry frustrations and turning them into comedian gold. She came up with the title after a review of her previous show, Cruel To Be Kind, during which she got the audience to write down all the things that annoyed them which she then shared as a kind of group anger-management-through-laughter therapy.

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