Shakespeare With The Handlebards

Last Friday I saw my first ( and sadly probably only) outdoor theatre of the summer.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed by brilliant company – The Handlebards.

The Handlebards started their journey in 2013 and are currently two troupes of cycling actors who carry all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform Shakespeare plays around the world.

On beautiful Pashely bicycles.

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Rear View – IOU

I couldn’t have got more lucky with the weather for my last trip to this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Glorious sunshine turning into a stunning sunset totally enhanced this innovative outdoor performance.

IOU have designed a vehicle and created a show called Rear View– who’s world premiere took place here at the NNF. I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the production although with the fluidity of the piece you’d never know.

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Driftwood- Casus Circus

Last night I went on my first trip of the week to The Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This time I was walking up to The Spiegeltent in Chapelfield Gardens. It was another beautiful day so once I collected my ticket it was all about a pint of cider.

I was at the Adnams Spiegeltent to see Casus Circus‘ production Driftwood.

Casus are an Australian ensemble from Brisbane who are recognised as leaders in contemporary circus on the international stage. They have performed all over the world and have become so in demand that there are now two sets of performers on tour. Right now one team is in Norwich and the other is at The Udderbelly Festival on  the Southbank in London. So if any of my London friends are reading this I highly recommend this show. I am sure each individual performer brings their own special skills to each show but the heart and soul of the piece will remain.

At the Spiegeltent it was unallocated seating, but due to it’s unique design there was not a bad seat in the house. It’s such a small intimate space I did start to wonder how they would use the space, but I needn’t have worried, the show fit perfectly.

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Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.

My first trip to this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival was to see Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. A seven hour production about life, death and the passing of time.

As you can see I wasn’t going to ease myself into the festival slowly- I was going in headfirst with no idea what I was about to see. It’s so rare for me to go and see a production where I know nothing about what is going to happen, and that is what made me so excited for the day.

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. was created by Quarantine, who formed in 1998. They devise original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people in it. An incarnation of this show has been performed before, but as they use people from the local area and the stories they bring- no show is ever the same.

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Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. consisted of three live performances and one film. And that is all I knew going in.

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The Pure Scent Candles.

For me, candles are normally a winter thing. In the summer I love to have the windows open and let the breeze through the house ( and the spiders too eeeek!) so burning a candle would seem a bit like a waste of money.

But there are some times when its a typical British summer, raining and miserable and just WET when you need to just relax, read a book and maybe burn a candle.

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#Ihidbehindmyscarf: Crimson Peak Edition.

I don’t do horror films.

Mainly because of two reasons. I honestly think they are sometimes actually just bad films, and two – I am easily scared. Like, I can’t watch the trailer for the new Paranormal Activity film because it freaks me out too much, scared!

So what better an idea than to start a new series where I go to the cinema, scare myself sh*tless and then tell you all about it. (Luckily I am a Cineworld card holder so it’s not going to cost me the earth)

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Review – Memphis – Shaftesbury Theatre- London.

Memphis

Memphis has been in London’s West End since last September, and even though I am a frequent theatre-goer, I’ve just not had the chance to see it. It was on the list with War Horse, Made in Dagenham (which I missed) and Beautiful – the Carole King Musical.

But I can now cross it off!

On Monday, I took a walk in the sunshine to the Shaftesbury Theatre, took my seat in the stalls and waited for the show to start. It’s not often that I see a musical that I don’t know at least one song from. It was so nice to be going in to see a show with nothing to base my opinion on and no other performances to compare the actors with. A Tony Award winning Broadway transfer too!

I was very excited!

“Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break”.

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