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October at Norwich Teatre Royal begins with the highly acclaimed National Teatre tour of People on Oct 1-5. Set in a stately home whose future is under threat, its owners have to decide whether to trust its future custodianship to business interests or hand it over to the National Trust. It features a top-class cast including Siân Phillips (I Claudius, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Brigit Forsyth (Te Likely Lads and the stage adaptation of Carrie’s War), and Selina Cadell who starred in the play’s hit London run. Tere’s lots in October for fans of dance starting with Northern Ballet bring their popular production of A Christmas Carol back to Norwich on Oct 9-12. Featuring specially composed music by Carl Davis and stunning sets created by Lez Brotherston (Northern Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake), the dancers tell the classic Charles Dickens tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge who discovers the true meaning of the festive season. Te production tugs at the heartstrings and promises to be the perfect start to the festive season. Also returning this month are Rambert who take to the stage on October 17-18 with a programme including the world premiere of Barak Marshall’s Te Castaways and the all-male high-energy SUB created by A Linha Curva creator Itizi Galili. Te month ends with some classic Sixties style and sounds with the perfect retro night out with the city debut of musical Save Te Last Dance For Me from October 28 to November 2. It follows the story of two girls who head off on their first parent-free holiday and end up meeting some American GIs, in a production packed with Sixties hits and written by Birds of a Feather creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.


Much of the Norwich Arts Centre’s concentration this October will be on the tour de force that is Norwich Sound & Vision, which has its unofficial home inside the doors of the St Benedict St venue, but there are still some other notables that you’d do well to mark on your calendar. Early doors, there’s a daytime Jumble Up Sale on Saturday 5th Oct, from 11am-4pm. It’s a monthly bazaar of affordable second hand music, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and more. Buy, sell, browse or all three! Tere will also be tasty cakes on sale and a DJ playing your old time favourites in the café and entry is FREE. Just before NS&V kicks off, Rhiannon Giddens & Leyla McCalla, play at NAC on Tuesday 8th Oct. Te Carolina Chocolate Drops started creating a buzz in 2005 with their pursuit of American roots music with an African persuasion in the style of the jug band. Te ‘old-time string band’ from Durham, North Carolina, released their 2010 debut album, 'Genuine Negro Jig' drew in wider styles and won them a Grammy Award for ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ at the 53rd Annual Awards. Teir follow-up, 'Leaving Eden' relesed in 2012, took an even broader sweep of American roots, it was at this point, cello-playing Leyla McCalla joined founder member, Rhiannon Giddens, in the Drops. Taking a break from the full band line- up, Rhiannon and Leyla come back to the UK to tantalise us with their solo material as well as striped back versions of their work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tickets are priced at £13 on the door, or £10 in advance for seated tickets. For details on all NAC programming and tickets, go to

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SteamPunk is one of the most celebrated, most widely reference sub-genres of science fiction to ever have effect on the modern world of film, TV, and literature. If you’re unfamiliar with it, try to think loosely about the definite style of Te Wild Wild West, the 1965 TV series later made into the Will Smith blockbuster with Kevin Kline. It’s also referenced in the classic Back to the Future: Part III, when Emmett Brown fashions a time machine using a steam-powered engine. Tat’s the essential element of SteamPunk, that steam-powered machinery is used as an integral prop against a backdrop of usually kinda Victorian-era storytelling. If you didn’t know it before, your interest has almost certainly piqued now, and you can find out more as Wymondham gets its own Wymondham Dickensian Steampunk Fayre on November 30th, from 2pm-6pm in the Market Place. Having already held successful Dickensian Nights, they introduce this SteamPunk element to give worthy attention to this cult faction of entertainment. Te event’s Facebook explains, “Te programme is being put together by a committee of dedicated volunteers with assistance from South Norfolk Council, Wymondham Town Council and Wymondham Lions Club. All participants and visitors are requested to join in the festivities by dressing in appropriate Victorian style. Tere will be music, speciality acts, a fantastic steampunk element, Santa plus stalls with traditional Christmas Crafts and locally sourced food.” Search for the event on Facebook for more details.


Join with us as we take a firm grip on someone else’s instrument – steady on – and toot their horns for them. Yes, we must blow the trumpet of two very fine drinking establishments in our city who did splendidly at the recent Great British Pub Awards in London just last month. No stranger to awards, either of them, the accolades wereno surprise, but must be celebrated. Firstly, Te Gardeners Arms, better known to all as Te Murderers, won Best Regional Sports Pub of the Year, and landlord Philip Cutter told us, “We are delighted to have been selected as the region’s best Live Sports Venue at what is the 'Pub Oscars', the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards! Tis is the third consecutive year that we have achieved this great accolade, in what has become a fiercely competitive category in the competition.” Te other winners on the night have previously won the national prize, but were just as chuffed as ever to win the region’s Best Live Music Venue award – they were, of course, Te Brickmakers on Sprowston Rd. Teir dedication to programming music every day in both their main pub and secondary bar, B2, has been duly recognised both throughout the community, and beyond. Both emerging talent and regular favourites make the calendar a diverse one all-year long. Charley South, co-landlady says of the accolade, “It really is a testament to our customers, staff and all the amazing bands that grace our stage; they are the life and soul of Te Brickies.” I’m sure we’ll all join them all in a drink or seven at either establishment to celebrate!

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