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Norfolk Venue Offers Free Shows & Activities for All Ages this Summer

Before reopening its studios for classes in September, The Workshop has teamed up with Creative Arts East to bring live entertainment back to King’s Lynn this August.

Supported by Farnham Maltings’ house theatre, they have put together a free programme of children’s theatre and spoken word performances.

You’ll also be able to try some of the theatre classes on offer at The Workshop before the new term. These are open to youngsters, adults and those with special educational needs and disability. You can book for shows and classes now at theworkshop.org.uk. 

Adam Taylor is Executive Director of The Garage Trust, which operates The Workshop in King’s Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter. He said: “We can’t wait to celebrate the wonderful work happening in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk as life returns to something resembling normal following the easing of restrictions. We want to thank our partners for their help making this happen. We’ve lots happening at The Workshop and are excited to welcome everybody back when our studios reopen in September.”

The Workshop at The Walks event will be taking place inside and around their theatre tent, by the bandstand, from 5-7 August.

You’d be quackers to miss The Workshop and regular collaborators All-In Productions’ new My First Show: Henny Penny. Things couldn’t be better for her until suddenly she’s hit on the head by some falling sky. Join Henny as she travels the land warning all the other animals of the impending doom they face while on her mission to tell the Duke. Sing, dance like the Grand Old Duke of York and help Lucky Ducky find her five ducks in this latest musical adventure featuring My First favourites Joanna Brown and Lucy Wells. Catch it at 4.30pm on 5 August and 10.30am on 6-7 August.

Award-winning visual theatre company Half a String bring their innovative brand of breath-taking puppetry and performance to the outdoors without any compromises. The Puppet Van – The Lost Colour is an outdoor touring venue that stages socially distant performances two metres in the air. Suitable for ages five and up, catch it at 1.30pm on 6 August.

Part Cirque du Soleil, part Tom Jones with a little Swayze thrown in, the Bazazi Brothers invite young children and their families to join them for a comedy juggling adventure unlike any other with the funkiest soundtrack you’ve ever heard. Watch internationally renowned superstars Edward and Kaveh Bazazi dance, juggle and fall over each other for your viewing pleasure at 1.30pm on 7 August. Suitable for ages three and up, it’s being brought to The Workshop at The Walks by Nearly There Yet.

There’s plenty for the grown-ups too.

In Georgian times we got our news from poetry. Before papers, broadcasts or the internet, ballad sellers would hawk their doggerel on street corners for a penny. Scandalous affairs, grisly crimes and colourful characters were brought to life in rhyming verse long before the first tabloid was printed.

Winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2021 Luke Wright has rewritten the very best of these stories for the modern ear. Take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness, filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and escape the Bull Ring with Jemmy the Rockman. Expect scandal, excess, and beautiful flawed humanity. The Ballad Seller is at 7.30pm on 6 August.

Lusciously lyrical and sublimely subversive, Suki Silvertongue straddles the worlds of poetry and storytelling, serving up deliciously decadent versions of classic tales as you’ve never heard them before.

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a fantasy realm filled with kick-ass heroines, wondrous creatures, poetic justice and unexpected twists that is as timeless as it is bang up to date. With an a la carte menu featuring such tantalising treats as Titania’s Bottom and Lady Victoria Frankenstein you’ll be left hungry for more. A natural storyteller with a wickedly whimsical view of the world, join her at 7.30pm on 7 August.

Both these shows have been organised by INN CROWD. It’s a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring, Creative Arts East and National Centre for Writing, working with Pub is the Hub and national rural touring partners.

Creative Arts East’s Karen Jeremiah said: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to support a weekend of live entertainment back at The Walks. It is a pleasure to partner with The Workshop, who bring much-needed regular creative activities to the town.”

For more information visit theworkshop.org.uk.

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