There’s plenty happening this week, so we’ve selected seven highlights (in no particular order):
Building on the success of previous year’s UEA Live events, Writers’ Centre Norwich and UEA once again present a great line-up of free public literature events. UEA Live allows UEA students the chance to read their work in the beautiful setting of Dragon Hall, right alongside published authors. This time they’ll be in the great company of Julianna Pachico, a writer who grew up in Columbia and now lives here in Norwich, with a collection of short stories to be published this year. UEA Live events are all free entry with no need to book – just turn up!
Thursday 23 February, 6.30pm, Dragon Hall. Free entry. Find out more here.
The Red Shoes is coming to the Theatre Royal stage in a new adaptation by renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne. With a new score by Terry Davies and incredible set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, this is a show you won’t want to miss!
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February, various times, Norwich Theatre Royal. Tickets £8 - £40.50. Find out more here.
For anyone interested in photography (or new technology, or the media…), Body of Work is well worth attending. Norwich University of the Arts’ Dean of Arts & Media, Professor Richard Sawdon Smith explores not only his own career as a photographer but also the way the industry is changing, with the advancement of new technology into our everyday lives. This lecture is free and open to all!
Thursday 23 February, 6pm, NUA Lecture Theatre on Duke Street. Free entry. Find out more.
Image: The Halls, where the Winter Ale Festival will take place in Norwich
Celebrate all things ale without having to wait until CAMRA’s Beer Festival in Autumn; their Winter Ales Festival opens to the public on Wednesday 22 February, kicking off 4 days of unusual and locally-brewed beers and live music to keep you entertained! Find out more in our blog post here.
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 February, various opening times, The Halls. Check their website for admission prices and further information.
It may be winter, but there’s no need to feel blue – join The Loddon Swan for their tropical summer party! There’ll be live music to dance to, summer games, and cocktails to make you feel like you’re in Copacabana (well, sort of)… so make sure you come in your best ‘beach’ outfits!
Friday 24 February, 6.30 - 11.30pm, The Loddon Swan. Find out more here.
Performed by The Norwich Players, in Skylight a school teacher called Kyra has a blast from the past – a former love, to be exact – and has the difficult decision to make on whether they can rekindle their once-passionate relationship. Recently produced by The National Theatre to great reviews, this is a chance to see David Hare’s play performed in the wonderful venue that is the Maddermarket Theatre, right here in Norwich.
Friday 17 – Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee on 25 February), tickets from £8. Find out more here.
This Saturday Norwich Castle presents a fun day for families all about archaeology, with a 17th century theme – expect talks, activities and experts on hand to show off some of the amazing ‘finds’ in the Castle collection (including some of the stranger items!). There’ll also be a talk at 11.30am from Dr Adrian Marsden entitled “How Many Herrings for a Ha’penny - Seventeenth Century Small Change”, where he will discuss the value of 17th Century coins.
Saturday 25 February, 10.30am – 4pm, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Activities included in museum admission: Adults £8.80, Conc £7.90, Child (4-16) £7.80, Family (2 adults) £29.90, Family (1 adult) £22.40.
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