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 Michael Bublé Tribute

November 2017

Kai McKenzie returned to Freckenham for his fourth tribute session to Michael Bublé.

Kai is the UK's most authentic representation of Michael and he wowed the Freckenham audience in the same way that he continues to wow clients with his near identical vocals.

 Salsa Verde

October 2017

Salsa VerdeBadapple dons its Salsa Verde dancing shoes

Badapple Theatre Company is back with a brand new comedy, and this time the dancing shoes are going on! ‘Salsa Verde’, or Green Sauce as they say in Yorkshire, begins touring on 21st September in Marton-cum-Grafton and follows two different generations of characters where a romantic love-triangle seems destined to be repeated down the years. A wartime Bevan Boy and a navy recruit clash at the dance hall, as do another thoroughly modern duo fighting over the instructor at the local village hall Salsa night.
Artistic Director and playwright Kate Bramley notes, “As Badapple’s 20-year anniversary of touring approaches, I wanted to capture the imagination of younger, non-traditional theatregoers! Hopefully the prospect of top-quality dancing, music and comedy all on your doorstep will appeal to anyone of any age who is up for a great local night out.”
Well-known for her plays which blend historical resonance with contemporary issues, Bramley’s ‘Salsa Verde’ deals with the stresses of the modern world, from changes to the rural landscape to immigration and the financial stress of recession, whilst retaining the customary humour and originality of all Badapple shows.
Bramley says, ‘Salsa Verde’ is “all about joy”. Set in late 1999- reflecting a time anticipating the new Millenium when joy was promised, expected and deserved- local villagers are hoping for completion of the troubled Millennium Bridge that will join two rival ex-colliery villages for the first time in a hundred years. Sallie returns from New York to bring dance to her childhood haunts through the Grand Opening Salsa Spectacular. Meanwhile out of work Verde, finds himself embroiled in a Cyrano de Bergerac style love triangle with Sallie, identical to the experience of his Grandad as a wartime collier.
We want our audiences to laugh and be entertained – a night away from divided Brexit Britain- and celebrate the diverse & pro-active communities around them. Salsa’s historical origins are political, of the working people, fusing styles that transcend ethnicity & poverty, and that social power and visual vibrancy makes it a best fit for this piece.”
Badapple Theatre Company is one of the most prolific and original rural touring companies in the UK. Its mission is to take productions to the smallest of rural venues, and in doing so find the best of new theatre in the most unexpected of places. With high production values & multi-arts storytelling this innovative show will, once more, push the boundaries of what can be achieved in rural theatre touring.
‘Salsa Verde’ stars Jack Alexander (from our hit show Eddie and The Gold Tops), alongside actor/dancers Hadley Smith and Alexandra Daszewski with original songs and music by SONY award-winning singer songwriter Jez Lowe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee.

Embraceable Ella

October 2017

EllaJoanna Eden presents a 'labour of love' show celebrating the music of her vocal hero Ella Fitzgerald.  From the throw-away A Tisket A Tasket which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to  later songbook album classics like Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye and Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me , Eden mines the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald's unrivalled canon with humility, style and obvious deep affection.  Joanna launched Embraceable Ella to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and will be touring this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes around jazz clubs and live music venues.

 Village Summer Party

August 2017

Second Village Summer Party - and it is a Free Event!

Come and enjoy Tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes, a chat  and/or play  “outdoor games” giant jenga, bowling, tin can alley, croquet, boules etc.

Following on from the Tea Party then there is a change of mood from 7.00pm to music when the cash bar will be open (although there might be a few free drinks available at 7.00pm ish!). Bring a plate of food to share. 

 

Morgan and West's

Spectacular Magic Show

April 2017

Fun for ages 5 to 105.MorganWestCutOut

Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility. Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. (Sadly there are no actual mountains or trucks on stage during the show, Mr West simply would not have them.) Mixing brain busting illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound!

As The Crow Flies

March 2017

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Creative Arts East brought the Pentabus Theatre Company with As The Crow Flies by Hattie Naylor. Based on a true story of a woman who struck up an unlikely relationship with a wounded crow, this new play features live music, original songs, great drama - and a crow called Alfie.  The crow keeps hiding Beth’s gardening gloves. She’s got lots to do and it’s just not funny anymore. Why can’t he realise that gardening is helping her to forget everything? Why can’t he see she’s still not over her divorce? Why can’t he just be nice? A heart-warming story of friendship, healing and kindness from Hattie Naylor, award-winning playwright and adapter of The Night Watch for the Royal Exchange and The Diary of Samuel Pepys for BBC Radio 4.

 Wanderlust

February 2017

 

Creative Arts East brought Gramophone Theatre back to Freckenham (their previous visit in 2013 with End to End had the audience spellbound with their true tale of John O’Groats to Lands End trip) with Wanderlust.  This show brings together a touching assortment of remarkable stories collected in Norfolk and Suffolk.  Each armed with a Dictaphone and a pair of wellies, three women began a search to satisfy their lust for adventure.  Hunting in forgotten corners of the country they each hoped to bring back the most exciting tale.  What they found instead was something better.  We hear about a lady with twinkling eyes and her heroic journey of survival, an adventurer lost on Ben Nevis battling against the snow and a man in a wicker chair remembering his dancing days with fondness.

Wanderlust weaves stories together using humour, verbatim and beautiful live music to take the audience on an uplifting journey.

Macmillan Mammouth Quiz

February 2017

Like the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning, the quiz was held at locations all round the country to raise lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support as well as being lots of fun for those taking part.

There was no need to book. Participants came either as a team, or individually.

No entry fee but a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support was requested.

[The evening raised £650 for Macmillan]

Quiz Night

November 2016

A Quiz Night in aid of St Andrew's Church, Freckenham was an enourmous sucess with over 90 people attending.

People could come as a team or on their own to make up a team on the evening.

Tea and Coffee was available but people brought their own drinks and nibbles. There was a Raffle. Pice was £2.50 per person.

Mystery Show

October 2016

Shoe Box Coffee Morning

October 2016

In aid of

Operation Christmas Child

The send-off service for the shoe boxes will be held in St. Andrew's Church on Sunday 6th November at 3.00 pm.

Michael Bublé Tribute

June 2016

Following previous sell out performances Kai Mckenzie returned for his third evening tribute to Michael Bublé.

Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations

June 2016

Somewhere in England

An Eastern Angles theatre production

April 2016

This production was "sold out"

A fascinating and moving new theatre production telling the wartime story of what happened when thousands of American GIs arrived in rural East Anglia.

In May 1942, the first Eighth U.S. Army Air Force aeroplanes arrived in East Anglia. With them came thousands of black and white American GIs who, in some places, outnumbered the local population by 50 to 1. This unique moment in history, often referred to as ‘the friendly invasion’, had a huge impact on social and cultural life in the Eastern region and it’s a story that’s in danger of being forgotten.

Nylons, Hershey bars and jitterbugging to Swing Bands in the local village hall all feature in Polly Wiseman’s new play, but there was another side to this shared history — a tale of segregation and of rural communities turned upside down. Kids being forced to grow up before their time, friendships forged and then blown apart, and outsiders learning to live amongst the locals.

Wicken Fen

Past Present and Future

 

January 2016

Volunteer Peter Green came to the Village Hall to give an illustrated talk about the wetland nature reserve, Wicken Fen. Many from this area will have enjoyed this fen, home to over 9,000 recorded species as well as herds of free roaming Konik ponies and highland cattle and some lovely walks, but may not know that it is The National Trust's oldest nature reserve, dating back to 1899 and England's most famous fen.

In his illustrated talk, Peter described the formation of the Fens, briefly covered drainage and how Wicken avoided this, the National Trust's involvement, how the fen is managed now and the plans for the future.

16th December 2015

A special Christmas Farmers Market with many extra stalls was extremely well attended.

With the run up to Christmas the monthly Farmers' Market was earlier in December and in the evening and in addition to many of the usual stalls there was Crafts and Christmas Gifts - some 20 stalls in all.

Many of the regular stalls were present such as Culford Flock (beef, lamb, pork and sausages);   Plantation Farm West Row (vegetables, fruit and eggs); Unusual Preserves and a new Deli range; Eggs (from the village); The Pie Kitchen (sweet, Savoury and mince pies); Honey; Home Produce including Christmas puddings (WI and village); Knitted children's Christmas jumpers other knitwear and Cards (in aid of St Nicholas Hospice) and in addition for this evening Mrs H's Cheese Stall (cheese and olives); the Ely Gin Company (flavoured gins);   hand made in Suffolk Cornucopia Candles; handcrafted boxes and pens; Mildenhall Museum with crafts, stockingfillers and stationery produced by a local artist; Dolly's Knits (knitted dog, cat, hen and guinea pig sweaters and jewellery); Needle Felting (pictures and broches); coconut ice and fudge; paintings; table runners, bags and silk elephants (in aid of an Indian Charity); Bee & Crow (pin boards, peg boards, aprons and cloth bags).

Refreshments included mulled wine and mince pies.

Rural Kora on Tour

October 2015

Spend a relaxing hour in the afternoon to hear the entrancing music of West Africa. Rural Kora on Tour, a series of world music concerts featuring Gambian virtuoso Sura Susso who stopped off in Freckenham as part of the world-renowned sound reaching rural communities in East Anglia. The Kora, a traditional harp, much like a lute with its complex arrangement of 21 strings, creates beautiful fluid rhythms across a range of styles from high-energy dance anthems to sacred lyrical ballads. The afternoon concert provided a unique and uplifting opportunity for everybody, particularly families and children, to become immersed in the vibrant music and folklore of a proud culture and enjoy the talents of one of Africa’s finest musicians.  

Nelson

A Sailors Story

May 2015

Amongst the shot, smoke and din of battle, a surgeon, a midshipman, a gunner and a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory strive to destroy the Combined Fleet of France and Spain. Their fate lies in the hands of one man - Horatio Nelson.  

For two hundred years, Vice Admiral, the Right Honourable, the Viscount Nelson KB has stood patiently on his column in Trafalgar Square watching the world and its many changes, good - and bad.

But what happened to the "tars" who served with him? Through their eyes we find out what it was really like at Trafalgar; and in Nelson's own words, the hero - and the rebel, then - and now.

Tribute to Michael Bublé

May 2015

Kai McKenzie returned to Freckenham for his second tribute session to Michael Bublé.

Kai is the UK's most authentic representation of Michael and he wowed the Freckenham audience in the same way that he continues to wow clients with his near identical vocals.

A sold out performance.

Games Night

April 2015

Great entertainment for all.

Teams of four competed in different games, such as giant jenga, guess the celebrity, identify the picture, build a giant pillar of sugar lumps and many more.

Prizes were awarded for first, second and third.

Oysters

March 2015

This powerful play combines historical fact and  contemporary fiction capturing the soul of an ancient local industry and putting its beating heart on stage.

Antarctic Talk

February 2015

The Hunt for the Oldest Ice on our Planet

An illustrated talk by Hugh Corr, a glacial geophysicist working for the British Antarctic Survey.

The Mice Who Ate Christmas

December 2014

A delightful upbeat Christmas story based on the classic story surrounding the writing of the modern carol Silent Night.

A Christmas comedy for adults to enjoy, even if they do not have children to bring. And for children to enjoy too!