Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre.
St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG.
Tel: 01603 660352 (Box Office).
Norwich Arts Centre has a legacy of showcasing musicians and bands before they go on to bigger (and in the cases of Nirvana, Oasis and Coldplay – massive) things. Situated in the City Centre, it offers a superb opportunity to see such talents in refreshingly intimate surroundings.
An independently run venue that has entertained Norwich for more than 30 years, the Arts Centre was redeveloped in 1999 and has since gone on to establish itself as a major venue for live music in the region, popular with artists and audiences alike.
A packed annual events programme that covers everything from Blues to Big Band and Folk-Rock to Afro Pop makes Norwich Arts Centre a fabulous asset to the Norwich – and East Anglian – live music scene.
Don’t forget to visit also the relaxed and friendly Norwich Arts Centre café bar, which features free exhibitions and free Wi-Fi. Offering tasty snacks and hot drinks throughout the day, it’s a great place to meet friends and chill out. View the fully-veggie menu here.
NAC OPENING HOURS
General Telephone and In Person sales:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
Sundays / Bank Holidays – Closed (unless a performance has been booked).
(Tickets are available for evening performance sales up until 10pm).
Online booking available at www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk.
View the latest Norwich Arts Centre brochure.
May 2013 at Norwich Arts Centre.
LIVE ART CLUB EXHIBITION - N&NF 2013 exhibition - 20 APR–25 MAY
From 13th–18th May, Norwich Arts Centre will be hosting a week-long late night Live Art Club, in conjunction with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. This accompanying exhibition features performance photographs from selected artists. Artists were asked to consider how a live performance could be represented in a single still image, addressing the point where documentation meets narrative photography.
SAT 11 MAY PAPER-CUT WORKSHOPS
Contemporary Paper-cuts: learn how to craft a beautiful and visually stunning piece of artwork simply using paper and a scalpel blade with artist Su Owen. No experience necessary. ?10.30AM–3PM (INCLUDING LUNCH BREAK) : £25.00 PER SESSION : MATERIALS PROVIDED : FOR AGES 16+
SAT 11 MAY PLAY THE MUSIC ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE
Highlighting the best of the local acoustic music scene in the Café Bar. Featuring Phil Rayfield, Silver, David JR Jones, and Floorboy.
1- 4PM : FREE : CAFE BAR
LIVE ART CLUB (N&NF event)
MON 13 – SAT 18 MAY 9.30PM–1AM
Pay what you can
For one week, Norwich Arts Centre is THE late night venue for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. From 9.30pm–1am Monday to Friday the venue will be transformed into Live Art Club: a space for experiencing provocative new art and music. Norwich Arts Centre prides itself on being a hub for talent development, and in collaboration with NNF 2013 we are delighted to support a programme of new work from Norwich-based artists. Performances are cutting-edge, cross-genre, and take place in unconventional spaces throughout the building.
After midnight, there will be themed DJs in the café bar. Live Art Club will conclude with a performance by internationally-respected artist, Franko B on Saturday 18th May.
MON 13 MAY
22:00 Find Me Plant Me Bury Me – Kayla St Claire
22:00 A Young Person’s Guide to Musique Concrète – John Boursnell
23:15 Plaza – Sam Riviere & Jim Dunn
23:45 Matthew Hopkins and the Wormhole – Kevin Pearce
TUES 14 MAY
22:00 Installation – Dan Tombs
22:00 Reveries in a Dumb Stun – Hoofus
22:30 Would Be Nice Though… – Odd Comic (Holly Bodmer and Dot Howard)
23:00 Noise Experiments with Guitars – Maxie Gedge
23:45 This Bag – Elena Italia
WED 15 MAY
22:00 BLOW – Holly Bodmer
23:00 Bow/Rub/Pluck – Michael Ridge
23:15 Sukoshi’s Distorted horror vacui – Sukoshi (Mark Jennings)
23:40 Borth – BK & Dad
00:00 Wrap-ping (III) – Mandy Roberts
THU 16 MAY
22:00 How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself – Dot Howard
22:45 Pub Stuntman –Tim Clare
23:45 Wooden Arms – Wooden Arms
FRI 17 MAY
22:00 Shirk Ethic – Transept
22:30 Golden Shower Martial Arts Academy – Rapid Gambit (Tom Butterworth & Tom Francis)
22:30 Would Be Nice Though… – Odd Comic (Holly Bodmer and Dot Howard)
23:00 Passing Pluto – Holly Rumble
WED 15 MAY (N&NF event) YOUR NEW FAVOURITE POET with Luke Wright and CHOOSE YOUR OWN DOCUMENTARY with Nathan Penlington
See two of the hottest shows around for the price of one in an evening of high class performance and interaction. Luke Wright’s latest spoken word show ‘Your New Favourite Poet’ will introduce you to a cast of perfidious politicians, boozy ne’er-do-wells and tabloid bogeymen. Nathan Penlington’s ‘Choose Your Own Documentary’ will take you on an interactive experience recounting the true story of a long-forgotten diary and his attempts to unravel its mysteries in the manner of the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books. ?7.30PM : £12.00 : SEATED
THU 16 MAY (N&NF event)
I WISH I WAS LONELY with Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe
Make sure you leave your phone on before enjoying this interactive show of poetry, storytelling and live intervention as Hannah and Chris, from the 2011 Fringe First winning ‘The oh f*ck moment’, ask you what it really means to be ever available. The show might find itself distracted by a few forays onto Facebook or email, but will ultimately remain faithful in its quest to find out precisely what the consequences of our ‘always on’ culture might be. Ping the date into your electronic calendar and text your friends; this show needs to contact you. Co-commissioned by Writers’ Centre Norwich & ARC.?6PM & 8.30PM : £8.00 : SEATED
SAT 18 MAY (N&NF event) FRANKO B – BECAUSE OF LOVE
‘Because of Love’ marks a major departure in Franko B’s practice. It is a large-scale, stage based, full-length theatrical performance, combining dance, film, soundscore, and sculpture. The piece is concerned with the nostalgia of memory, its emotional and romantic charge, and draws upon influential and significant events from Franko B’s biography to explore themes of childhood, humanity, inhumanity, love and grief, rejection, isolation, and loneliness. The centrepiece of the work is a choreographed duet with Franko B and a life-sized, animatronic polar bear.
8PM : £10.00 : £8.00 CONCESSIONS : SEATED
THU 23 MAY (N&NF event)
A MOMENT OF MISHEARING performed by AMIT CHAUDHURI AND THE AMIT CHAUDHARI BAND
Amit Chaudhuri is one of the leading novelists today writing in English (‘one of his generation’s best writers,’ The Guardian). He is also an internationally acclaimed critic, Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Amit Chaudhuri’s project in contemporary music is one of the most unique and critically acclaimed projects to emerge out of India. ‘A Moment of Mishearing’ explores the provenance of, and the tensions that inform, his musical experimentation.
‘…explores the junctions between Indian classical and western popular traditions to frequently startling effect…’ – The Guardian
8PM : £12.00 : £10.00 CONCESSIONS : SEATED
MON 20 MAY WRITER’S BLOCK
A monthly night, offering the opportunity to write, share work and socialise with other writers. 5.45–7.15PM : £2.50 : CAFÉ BAR
SAT 25 MAY PAPER-CUT WORKSHOPS
Contemporary Paper-cuts: learn how to craft a beautiful and visually stunning piece of artwork simply using paper and a scalpel blade with artist Su Owen. No experience necessary. www.suowendesign.com/index.html 10.30AM–3PM (INCLUDING LUNCH BREAK) : £25.00 PER SESSION : MATERIALS PROVIDED : FOR AGES 16+
SAT 25 MAY ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA
8PM : £10.00 : SEATED
SUN 26 MAY HOZA AFRIKA – A Celebration of African Cultures in Norfolk
Tambai Community Projects hosts a day to celebrate all of the different African cultures now residing in Norfolk. There will be stalls selling African inspired goods and crafts, an African BBQ in the garden and live music in the cafe bar.
12PM- 5PM : FREE ENTRY
SUN 26 MAY ANNA MUDEKA BAND
Anna Mudeka is energetic and passionate about her music and cultural roots. Having grown up in a musical family in Zimbabwe her musical career has moved from strength to strength and she uses her profile to raise funds to help improve the education of disadvantaged children in her homeland. The band will be launching their EP (produced by John Vigar for Tontena Records) to coincide with the gig.
8PM : £12.00 : £10.00 CONCESSIONS
MON 27 MAY DANIEL KITSON: After the Beginning. Before the End
‘This is a very specific point in time. I’ve been waiting to have the idea for this show for weeks, for months. A space held open in my head waiting for the idea. For months. I’ve done previews and I’ve booked the tour and I’ve stared at the internet and I’ve made chicken and I’ve tried not to worry. But the idea has not come and I have worried. I’ve worried and doubted and waited more and more and more. But then today, having dropped my dad off at the train station and met my friends for some coffee, whilst driving home to write this (very overdue) brochure copy – dreading the thought of heaving half lies and optimistic promises into something vaguely intriguing but not developmentally restrictive – half way home, it happened. Somewhere between East London and South London – It arrived. The Idea. Just like that. Like a child, late home from school, oblivious to the worry and the panic and the phone calls. It just walked in and sat down like it wasn’t even a big deal. So now I’m typing this in my bedroom because the boy who lives next door is playing the James Bond theme on what I assume to be a trumpet. And you have to trust me. Two hours ago I didn’t have the idea. Now I do. And it’s going to be good. Something like a stand up show’ – Daniel Kitson.
8PM : ALL TICKETS £10.00 : SEATED
TUE 28 MAY HANDSOME FAMILY + support
Their music has always been Americana in the truest sense— echoing everything from medieval ballad to Appalachian holler to Tin Pan Alley and punk rock. The husband and wife collaboration has produced songs that are full of an awed sense of emotion in the face of nature’s mysterious beauty and the wonders of everyday life. 8PM : £12.00 ADV : £14.00 DOOR
TUE 28 MAY DIGITAL ANIMATION FOR CHILDREN
A digital animation course for children 8–12 years old with an interest in computer technology and animation. The course is designed as a beginners course for children in drawing and animating a short digital film. All resources will be provided and no previous animating or graphics experience is required, although some experience with using a computer (either Mac or PC) is necessary.
10.30AM–3.30PM : £35.00 : AGES 8–12
WED 29 MAY DIGITAL ANIMATION WORKSHOP
A digital animation course for teenagers 13–16 years old with an interest in computer technology and animation. The course is designed as a beginners course for teenagers in digital drawing and animating a short digital film.10.30AM–3.30PM : £35.00 : AGES 13–16
WED 29 MAY CHILDREN’S WRITING WORKSHOP
Does your child have a talent for stories and a flair for language? This fun and dynamic workshop will introduce the basic structure of stories so they can turn the ramblings of fertile imagination into well-shaped narratives. Each child will take home a simple book made, written and illustrated by themselves.?10.30AM–3.30PM : £35.00 : AGES 7–9
WED 29 MAY TERRY REID
Reid, ‘Superlungs’ as he’s affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices this country has ever produced or is indeed likely to. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any self-respecting fan of the greats of British music. There is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter and 2013 looks set to be another successful year! ‘A triumph…Terry Reid’s voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction…’ – 4 Stars -The Times. ?8PM : £17.50 ADV : £20.00 DOOR : SEATED
THU 30 MAY Theatr na n’Og presents WE NEED BEES
Bertie Bee is at the bottom of the heap in a tightly run, busy little beehive, and spends his ?day pollinating boring old apples. But Bertie dreams of pollinating the wild flowers in the countryside like his highly respected friend, Bron Bee. So one day he rebels and flies away from the hive where he meets an Adonis Blue Butterfly and a tuneless song thrush and leads his poor friend Bron into the claws of a crabby old spider. But for the first time in his life Bertie is determined to make things right and save the day. But will he succeed, and save his best friend and the colony? For ages 3+. Approx 50 mins.?2PM : £8.00 : £6.00 CONCESSIONS : FAMILY TICKET £24.00 : SEATED
THU 30 MAY WOLF ALICE + support
‘Fluffy’, the band’s recent single, was received to rapturous acclaim, finding Wolf Alice touted as one of the finest acts around today. Founded on its gloriously twisted take on rock and backed by the touching ‘White Leather’ on its flipside, the band found themselves topping the Hype Machine charts, in BBC Radio One sessions with Huw Stephens and championed by magazines such as NME, The Fly and Clash as one of the ones to watch for 2013. With the release of ‘Bros’ and this new run of dates, soon the joyfully infectious nature of all things Wolf Alice will be impossible to ignore.
8PM : £6.00 ADV : £8.00 DOOR
FRI 31 MAY BEST BEFORE END
Best Before End is a shady Noir-esque performance that can only be exposed to light for an hour before the performer decomposes completely. A Curious production performed by Helen Paris and Claudia Barton with film by Leslie Hill, music by Graeme Miller and choreography by Ana Carlson. Commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and Escalator Live Art with support from Norwich Arts Centre. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Produced by Artsadmin.
8PM : £10.00 : £8.00 CONCESSIONS : SEATED