That’s Entertainment - December 28
This seems an appropriate time for me to pause and look back at some of my highlights entertainment-wise locally, over the last twelve months, reflect on them, and also feature some items I do not usually dwell on.
I have no doubt a few events coming up early next year will also make an appearance!
Mainstream cinema is not often covered by me, but we are lucky in West Norfolk to have many excellent cinemas and film clubs, both in our towns and also rurally, of course.
Last week, as I briefly mentioned, I was on my way to see the first part of the new Hobbit trilogy –The Unexpected Journey, at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema. The film, although a little over-long, was full of exciting special effects, mysterious plot-lines and some superb acting and character-work.
I am now re-reading Tolkien’s original novel which I had not picked up since I was a teenager.
Other movies I have enjoyed watching this year have been the latest Bond offering, Skyfall, and an interesting version of Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina (partly shot as a theatre production with minimal exterior scenes). In this Dickens anniversary year a new movie of Great Expectations was welcome, although most critics still prefer the classic David Lean version. A trip to your local cinema can still be an enjoyable and entertaining occasion!
One of my secret pleasures this year has been watching all those Scandinavian crime shows, my favourites being The Killing (bless Sarah Lund and her famous jumpers) and The Bridge. The combination of the exciting plot-lines and political intrigue is the perfect mix for me, and of course, local West Norfolk stores stock the DVDs. Now is the perfect time to pick up those bargain boxed sets!
Let’s now take a look at some current and future entertainment. The Westacre Theatre’s new brochure is due out soon and I notice some exciting drama workshops for young people are planned. Visit www.westacretheatre.com for further details.
For classical music fans the Rautio Piano Trio concert being held as part of The King’s Lynn Festival’s Three Seasons Concerts, taking place in early February should be a winner. The King’s Lynn Festival and Festival Too have, of course, contributed greatly to the excellence of our cultural life locally.
I should also like to praise the high standards and variety of events being put on at local venues throughout West Norfolk especially by our local theatrical and musical societies (going through tough times) and all the art groups and other organisations we enjoy visiting during the year. Good luck also to The King’s Lynn Arts Centre (now going it alone) and keep up the good work at such venues as Lynn’s Corn Exchange, Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre and Lynnsport.
I promote, with good reason I think, local libraries and museums, and, of course, the annual September Heritage Day, a superb occasion enjoyed by all the family.
At the Lynn Museum why not visit the exhibition bringing us down to earth for a moment entitled: Hard Times: Poverty in the early 20th Century. This runs until January 19.
With all the marvellous events held during the last 12 months in the area and those extra ones connected with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics and Paralympics (how could we forget all those torches!) I can safely say WOW, What a year!! Can we expect the Green Quay reopening in 2013? Fingers crossed! Happy New Year.
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