Although from time to time (for variety), I recommend readers get on the train to be entertained outside West Norfolk, this week there is more than enough good things (as usual) to keep us firmly within the borders and not be tempted elsewhere.
My “Panto of the Week” is Downham Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Cinderella. Fun for all the family, no doubt, and being held at Downham Town Hall. Performances are at 7.30pm tonight, 2.30 and 7.30pm Saturday and 2.30pm Sunday. Ticket prices are reasonable and can be obtained by calling 01366 383762. The show is written by Peter Webster and directed by Robert Hornett. The website to visit is www.dadsdrama.org.uk and I am sure you will enjoy the show.
Staying in Downham for a while, I must not forget to mention a very civilised invitation presented to us by the excellent female choir Coro Stellante. This musical event, taking place at Downham’s Methodist Church, is entitled Teatime Serenade and , yes, between 4pm and 5pm, before the concert starts, superb tea and cakes will be available! Sunday, February, 1 is the date to put in your diary. Favourite songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s will be performed and tickets are £10 including the refreshments. They are available on the door but advance purchase is advisable by phoning 01485 579100. Readers can also book by contacting: email@example.com What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, as we are also in the safe and spectacular hands of musical director Michael Kibblewhite, and pianist John Byron.
Once again you don’t have to get over to The West End to see a production of The 39 Steps (excellent though the show is in London), as our very own King’s Lynn Players are presenting the “comedic thriller” at Springwood High School studio on the evenings of February 4, 5 and 6, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5; call 01553 674124, or collect from Kevin Player, St.James Street, Lynn. The Players support Breast Cancer Charity and the show is written by John Buchan and adapted by Patrick Barlow.
If classical music is to your taste then the next Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert is on February 1. We move over to Vienna (musically) for an ambitious programme including Mozart’s famous 40th Symphony and Mahler’s amazing 5th. As usual, Lynn’s Corn Exchange is the venue and it starts at 3.30pm. The popular Philip Hesketh directs and the Orchestra always comes up with fine performances. Why not become a friend? Visit www.nso-uk.co.uk for all details or call the box office on 01553 764864 for tickets.
I have been contacted by The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club, as they have an education event next Thursday at 7.30pm. Sue Burge, the resident film buff and expert, will lead a session on “Fairytale on Film”, exploring the world of fairy tales via a variety of films. The sessions are friendly and informal and Thoresby College is the venue. You can get tickets at the door but please book your place in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Sue on 01553 692798. Tickets are £5 for members of the club and £6 for non-members.
Finally, look out for a series of events entitled Zeppelin Week (between January 19-25) organised by West Norfolk And King’s Lynn Archaeological Society and worthy partners! Visit http: //greyhawk.org.uk/ww1/main.php for details.