Sat 30th June 11am-12pm
Mark Cocker – naturalist, broadcaster, prize- winning author and inspiring speaker – shares his passion for rivers and their wild inhabitants. Otters, water voles and king shers, herons and water-dwelling spiders may all make an appearance. Complemented by extracts from Translated by Reeds, an evocative song cycle commissioned by Waveney & Blyth Arts in 2012 from composer Karen Wimhurst and poet Joanna Guthrie, performed by Halesworth Community Choir. Part of Southwold Arts Festival.
Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmund’s Hall, Cumberland Road, Southwold IP18 6JP
Born in Devon and brought up in Cornwall, Laina moved to Suffolk from Kent, and has become increasingly absorbed in painting the surrounding countryside and sea. She has always loved painting and drawing and is continually looking at new techniques and mediums. She is also making the time to study and research artists who particularly inspire her, and is a particular fan of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson.
She exhibits regularly and opens her studio to visitors in June as part of Southwold Arts Festival’s Open Studio Trail. She has work at the Ferini Gallery, Pakefield , and in 2018 will be exhibiting at Beccles Society of Artists and Southwold Art Circle annual exhibitions, and at Southwold Arts Centre
Laina works mainly in mixed media and pastel, but also enjoys oils and watercolour. All work is for sale and commissions are very welcome. She can be contacted via her website at www.lainawest.co.uk
On Friday 20 April at 7.30pm Brian Friel’s classic play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa comes to the Seagull. Five sisters and their frail, elderly brother live out their lives in rural Ireland in the 1930s, hoping beyond hope for events which will free them from their domestic solitude. This beautiful tales is both magical and tragic as the sisters aspire to a happiness they may not ever achieve. Tickets £11/£9
The play takes place around the Celtic festival of Lughnasa which marks a bitter harvest for the sisters and their frail elder brother who has returned from life as a missionary in Africa.
On Saturday 21 April at 3pm Professor Kaos and his Science Mania show presents ‘Meet the Scientists!’ . This is your chance to meet the world’s greatest scientific brains on stage in a truly explosive yet craftily informative show. Tickets £5/£3.
On Sunday 22 April from 7pm Andy Davis hosts the every popular, family friendly Seagull Karaoke Night in the foyer bar. A great supportive atmosphere, good music, wholesome fun ….. what’s not tyo like? Admission free.
From Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April at 7.30pm the Quaysiders present, ‘The Crucible’, by Arthur Miller. This classic tale of hysteria, fear and revenge is set in an early New England community where it turns out that all too familiar contaminants, ignorance and prejudice, have travelled with the settlers across the Atlantic from ‘the Old Country’. Tickets £10/£9.
For more details of events and opportunities at the Seagull Theatre please contact the box office on 01502 589726, or visit the website www.theseagull.co.uk. Call in to pick up a copy of the January to April 2018 brochure.
Concert by Suffolk’s Seraphim set to celebrate unsung achievements of mothers & more.
For centuries, society kept mum about the work and creative achievements of inspiring people, simply because they weren’t men. Now, in the centenary year of the enfranchisement of millions of women, Suffolk’s highly acclaimed, all-female vocal group, Seraphim, will sing out in their honour.
The concert featuring a specially devised programme of words and music by, about and for, unique and talented women, past and present is to take place at St Peter’s Church, Westleton at 5 pm on Sunday 18th March – just a week after Mother’s Day itself.
“Virginia Woolf observed that women were anonymous for most of history,” shares Seraphim’s director, Vetta Wise, who has hand-picked the works to be performed from eminent composers throughout the world. “It is a gift that we have the opportunity to share the wonderful works composed or arranged by women, from medieval nuns to modern day independent voices, and it is an honour to give them the due acknowledgement and presence they deserve.”
“So many of these women played important roles in families, religious orders or their own social circles, but ownership of their talent was seemingly denied and suppressed. It is truly surprising how so many absolutely amazing works have been ‘dumbed down’ or got ‘lost’ under the radar over the centuries merely because their creators were not permitted a real voice in society.“
The Seraphim concert will include works by Fanny Mendelssohn, who in her lifetime and beyond, went by the name of Fanny Hensel, so that her impressive compositions did not overshadow those of her husband. ‘Hidden’ French writer – also in her centenary year – Lili Boulanger, is to be featured alongside Emily Bronte, plus exciting living composers like Carlotta Ferrari, Ana Fernandez and Suffolk composer, Bridget Cousins.
As well as the unique a cappella sound of Seraphim’s nine incredible voices, the celebration will include accompaniment and solo performances by renowned local pianist, Karen Smith.
Tickets (£13.50 including post-concert refreshments) are available now from Westleton Stores and the box office 07763 527239/ [email protected]
We see ourselves not as participants in the natural world but observers as from afar. It is ‘just over there.’ The landscape is majestic or domesticated.
We need a different approach. We need to acknowledge that our connection with nature is complex – politically, socially and economically. My work is about responses to the landscape – its history and its present. My website contains films, photos and stories about where we are now, how we got here and where we go from here.
website : www.thelayoftheland.org.uk
Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre is a Centre for Outdoor Learning and Nature Connection. Our core aim is ‘reconnection’: with ourselves, with others, and the planet we’re part of. Our core focus is on children, young people and families. Creative expression is a key part of reconnecting.