Lynn Arts Centre will be packed with talent this autumn after the launch of the venue’s July to December programme revealed a wealth of comedy, theatre and workshops.
Liz Falconbridge, director of The King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust, said: “We are now in our third year of independence and going from strength to strength. We are excited about our programme for the second half of 2014 as it has so much to offer for all tastes, with lots of opportunities to have a go and get involved.
“In the galleries, as usual, we will be relying on local and regional talent with the King’s Lynn Festival exhibition showcasing the West Norfolk Artists Association, a quartet of Heritage Open Day exhibitions and the popular Eastern Open – now in its 45th year!”
The area’s most prestigious open art competition sees around 300 artists from across the whole of the eastern region entering a range of works, with a final 150 pieces chosen for display. The final judging will take place in the galleries between October 11 and November 30, with a Best in Show prize of £2,000 and other cash prizes up for grabs.
Liz added: “Over in the Guildhall Theatre we have pulled out all the stops with classic plays from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, Edinburgh Festival 13 highlights and The Muddy Choir, commemorating the First World War.”
Theatre-lovers can snap up tickets to an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which has been specially designed for young audiences, while The Bridge That Tom Built will tell the story of Englishman Thomas Payne, who started the American War of Independence, and Charles Dickens’ marvellously macabre tale Captain Murderer will be brought to life among others.
For those who fancy something funny in plenty of time for Christmas, an unofficial sequel to the wonderful Christmas film, Love Actually, will be brought to the stage by Matt Panesh.
Liz said: “We all love sitting around the fireplace at Christmas with our feet up watching romantic comedy Love Actually. Well now the Arts Centre has put a spin on things and presents to you Love Hurts Actually.”
This wickedly funny one-man farce sees Matt Panesh taking on the film’s characters to illustrate the harsh reality of how true love never actually runs smoothly. With outstanding reviews, this one is not to be missed.
Liz said: “We are keen to develop our European links which have proved invaluable to our continuing sustainability and hope to be hosting visits by young people and interns, some travelling from Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean.”
Since 2012, the Arts Centre has been involved in the European Arts Cities and Landscapes Project, and now a second round of volunteers have had the chance to work with artists, designers and gardeners to create a new garden at the venue. An open day will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 1pm-5pm, when visitors can see their creation. The garden will be open from July 21-26, from 10am to 5pm.
Liz said: “And if you are a doer with artistic tendencies of your own, there are new drumming, drawing and sewing workshops on offer, not to mention a Handmade Xmas weekend for families making cards, decorations and presents with the personal touch.”
Find out more about the huge range of events and workshops on offer by going to www.kingslynnarts.co.uk or pick up a programme in the venue.