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Another talk coming up on Fanny Burney

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler looks at upcoming events...

My interest in the Burney family began long before moving to Lynn from Buckinghamshire some years ago, so I’m delighted that local organisations regularly celebrate Burney family members living and working here. Last week Alison Gifford gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the novelist Fanny Burney, who was born in Lynn on June 13, 1752, and next Thursday, March 7, Dr Francesca Saggini will give a talk organised by The Civic Society in the Great Hall at Thoresby College, also about the 18th Century novelist. Do go along if interested, tickets for non-members only £2.50.

As a follow-up to my mentioning forthcoming events at Westacre Theatre last week, I’m reminded the Theatre’s Spring 2024 brochure is just out, and details exciting events being presented between now and late June. Pick up a copy locally or visit www.westacretheatre.com to find out more.

Fanny Burney
Fanny Burney

We are lucky in West Norfolk being able to enjoy many excellent local amateur theatre productions, and I mention, in passing, this week The KLODS forthcoming production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (mid-April), The Watlington Players are presenting Legally Blonde The Musical (late May) and, as mentioned last week, The King’s Lynn Players perform Agatha Christie’s first play: Black Coffee, later this month. I’ll feature details of more live local theatre in coming weeks.

An American in Paris The Musical is showing at the Alive Corn Exchange Cinema in April. The dates for your diary are Thursday 18 and Sunday 21. Tickets can be booked by contacting the box office at 01553 764864.

The Downham Amateur Dramatic Society will be entertaining us with an evening of Disney related music; the talented performers will be accompanied by a live band. Should be a fun evening with the chance to come over all nostalgic at times. The venue is Downham Town Hall, and the dates: May 10 and 11. The evening performances start at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2pm on the Saturday.

Released this very day is my film recommendation of the week, Dune 2, a must for all sci-fI fans, and yes, there will be a Dune 3, apparently.

My book recommendation this week is topical as the award winning film: Poor Things is based on Alisdair Gray’s book of the same name. Gray’s novel is original and intriguing, describing the life and loves of a young girl’s mind implanted into a woman’s body. Difficult to describe exactly, but well worth a read. The book is published by Bloomsbury. Suitable for a book club discussion.

I do wish BBC Radio Norfolk’s presenter Jill Bennett all the very best in her retirement. We will all miss her first class reporting and broadcasting skills. Thanks so much, Jill.

There’s plenty taking place at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood so I recommend a visit to the Spring Fair being held on the afternoon of Saturday, March 16, between 2pm and 4pm. Admission is free and there will be a wide variety of stalls, a raffle and tombola. Items for donation to the stalls can be left at the church office from Monday, March 11. All proceeds go towards the general running costs of the church.

Don’t forget those King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concerts and Spring events. There’s a cello and piano recital this morning starting at 11am, and a violin and piano recital, same time on March 22. Coffee and cakes are served from 10.30am at the venue, Lynn’s historic Town Hall.

This Sunday the Festival will show a film exploring Noel Coward’s successful and varied career. Unique home movie excerpts are included in this wide ranging and entertaining documentary. The film will be shown at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange Cinema from 2.30pm.

Lastly, don’t forget when free, to visit our local libraries, churches and art galleries, there’s almost always something to admire and enjoy.

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