Hopefully you get to hear about exciting events for your diary from this column first and I must draw your attention to the celebrations coming our way on Hanse Day, Saturday, May 21.
There will be plenty to celebrate of the ‘Hanseatic’ kind and to whet your appetite I start the ball rolling by including details of a performance taking place at The Hanse House.
But firstly, let’s just go back to last year’s Lynn Festival and a popular fringe event, “A Nice Guy: The Burning of William Sawtrey”. That was the morality play by Gareth Calway performed by Room at the Hanse Theatre Company in the courtyard of Hanse House.
Well, it was captured on film, with Hanse House and the actors and musicians looking good. Take a look for yourself by going to www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh6gni5CNvU&feature=youtu.be
“A Nice Guy” told the true story, from Lynn’s Hanseatic heyday, of a Lynn priest being charged with Lollardy under a new Statute of Heresies, for preaching, among other things, that the bread of the eucharist does not permamently change during the Mass into the Body of Christ. Sawtrey was the first man in England burned for his beliefs and was in effect England’s first Protestant martyr, a century before the Reformation.
His story is included in Gareth’s new book “Doin Different” (on sale at Waterstone’s, True’s Yard and Hanse House) and his ballad and an excerpt from the play will be performed during the forthcoming Hanse Day in the Regency Room of Hanse House, Lynn, on May 21, with performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
As readers may know, it is “Shakespeare Weekend”, being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death) and I notice that Westacre Theatre is showing the film Macbeth (15) starring Michael Fassbinder on Saturday, and the ticket price includes food. As Shakespeare will be the flavour of the weekend, why not go along and indulge? Call on 01760 755800 or visit www.westacretheatre.com for more information. During the year Westacre will feature more Shakespeare-themed events including live theatre screenings of Hamlet by the RSC in June, then Romeo and Juliet from the Branagh Theatre in July.
And so to art! If you are in the Holt area, a visit to Bircham Gallery could be well worth it. The Holt Market Place is the location and examples of the highly respected contemporary British potter Robin Welch is on display. Robin is celebrating his 80th birthday so, if you have a chance, do visit the gallery; the exhibition is on until May 1 and is open between 9am-5pm with free admission. Call on 01263 713312 now for details.
Heacham is our next destination. A spring art show is being held between April 30 and May 1, 10am until 4.30pm. Local artists’ work will be showcased and the venue is The Old Friends Hall, Sunnyside, Heacham. Refreshments will be available and if you need any further information then call 01485 572142. Go for it!
Don’t forget those popular local venues, the Princess Theatre at Hunstanton and Lynn’s Corn Exchange. I notice there is plenty of music and movement at both places and my female readers will find much that appeals! I hear, however, that Julian Clary’s show at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday, May 25, is a sell-out. Tickets were quickly snapped up for “The Joy of Mincing”, his celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian.
Lastly, another exciting event coming soon. It’s the 40th Stradsett Park Vintage Rally, being held on May 1 and 2, 10am-5pm. There will be more than 500 exhibits and much to enjoy and be entertained by, so get on that Stradsett website now!