Norfolk Theatre to Re-Open in November

Norfolk born actor Sam Clemmett has been bagged by the Maddermarket Theatre to star in the forthcoming ‘Norfolk Voices’ festival. Clemmett, who starred as Albus Potter in The Cursed Child in London and New York, appears in a week long line up celebrating Norfolk arts talent. The inaugural fundraising festival sees the city based theatre re open following an eight month pandemic enforced closure.

Our aim is to tell important stories through this diverse festival of Norfolk Voices. Celebrating writers, poets, actors and musicians, this exciting line up of artforms even includes a live link up with an audio theatre company in Washington DC. We offer something for new and existing audiences.

Festival director Miche Montague.

Norfolk Voices opens on November 14 and promises to celebrate some of the most exciting creative talents living and working in the County.

Clemmett will appear in the discussion based session ‘Sam Clemmett In Conversation’ on Saturday 21st November.

Sam Clemmett | Image © Joseph Sinclair

I am honoured and excited to be a part of this incredibly special festival at the Maddermarket Theatre. Norfolk is my hometown and will forever hold a special place in my heart. To get the opportunity to support local theatre, focusing on the youth, to give them creative hope and an outlet during the pandemic is vital for the community. I hope the week’s variety of work inspires the next generation of artists Norfolk has to offer.

Sam Clements

Norfolk based actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry is also supporting the new festival by allowing the Maddermarket to stage a specially commissioned monologue of his first memoir Moab Is My Washpot, performed by MOCO Theatre.

Other Festival highlights include an original comedy by local playwright and author Antoinette Moses, a monologue by acclaimed playwright Steve Waters, a production of the popular play Rubber Ring by James McDermott, new poems from Molly Naylor and Luke Wright, a reading and conversation with award winning authors Tessa McWatt and Rebecca Stott plus a chilling encounter with Edgar Allan Poe. There will also be two music events from up and coming acoustic singer songwriters Tom Cox and duo Tommy Lynwood and Harry Lake.

The Maddermarket Theatre, closed since March, has successfully removed 200 seats from its auditorium creating a Covid–secure socially–distanced auditorium.

According to Montague the new seating arrangement creates a unique atmosphere:

“The new–look auditorium is incredible. There will be such an intimate feel to the festival, we are all very excited!”

‘Norfolk Voices’ opens on Saturday 14th November and runs until Saturday 21st at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Tickets are on sale via www.maddermarket.co.uk