The Norfolk & Norwich Festival is well and truly in full swing, and we've seen some amazing spectacle all over the city! So we've picked a few of our highlights so far to give you 'our festival experience'...
Image: Race Horse Company (Super Sunday)
The Museum of the Moon
Image: Museum of the Moon
You’ve got until this Sunday, 21st May to see the stunning Museum of the Moon by world renowned installation artist Luke Jerram. Created using NASA imagery of the lunar surface, Luke’s moon has to be the most photogenic installation of the Festival; day or night it’s beautiful, so grab a deckchair and moon bathe!
You’ll find the moon either inside the Forum or outside hanging above the amphitheatre set against the glorious backdrop of The Forum from one angle, and St Peter Mancroft from the other.
The final weekend is accompanied by a programme of free lunar inspired music and performance; see the website for timings and full details.
Image: Casus (Driftwood)
Headlining the iconic Adnams Spiegletent this year is the sublime Casus – an Australian contemporary circus troupe of five. Running until 28 May, Casus brings us Driftwood; a beautiful, melodic mix of mesmerising dance and acrobatics.
I’ve seen many contemporary circus acts over the years but this show stands apart in that individuals magically morph one person into two, two into three, three into four and finally four into five – right from the outset. The strength and ingenuity of their tricks and poses were beyond anything I have experienced; mirror images and connections, where bodies become ladders, swings, bridges and vessels for yet more daring structures. It’s an original show with simple props used for dramatic effect, injected with humour and seamless movement and energy. What a show - a highly recommended performance so catch it while you can.
There are still some tickets available, grab they while you can before word gets around!
Tickets £21, Wednesday 17 - Saturday 27 May (except Thursday 18 & Tuesday 23 May), 7.30pm, Sunday 28 May, 5pm. Sold out: 19 & 20th May, limited 22 – 27, good availability Sundays 21 and 28.
Image: Race Horse Company (Super Sunday)
Take five young Finnish dudes, let your imagination go wild and fear no amazing feat; Super Sunday was a colourful, chaotic show where you can visualise these guys talking - over a beer - about the next crazy trick they should attempt, which on paper couldn’t work… and yet it does!
Super Sunday is over in Norwich for now but goodness, if you had tickets you had a spectacular night! Previously at the Spiegletent in 2016, this year’s show moved to the Theatre Royal, where the performance was ‘super sized’ - a bigger stage, performed to a bigger audience, with even bigger death-defying acrobatic stunts.
Remember the name ‘Race Horse Company’ for the future – you won’t want to miss them.
Image: Eimear McBride (Art & Sexuality)
This year’s City of Literature programme, in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich, sees some incredible speakers and acts across the festival dates, including Sarah Perry, Anne Boleyn, Luke Wright, Richard Beard and many more.
We’ve written a blog post about our highlights from the City of Literature weekend in particular (26 – 28 May), but we also hugely enjoyed attending Art & Sexuality on Tuesday 23 May. Fnatastic authors Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall & Megan Bradbury discussed their work, sex in fiction and other writers who influenced them in some way. Chris Gribble led the conversation (wonderfully, as expected) and invited questions from the audience. Afterwards attendees had the opportunity to purchase the authors' books and have them signed!
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.