Month: January 2017

Coppélia and La Fille Mal Gardée – The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

An earlier production of Coppélia by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia – photo supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal   Coppélia Every visit to Norwich by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia is eagerly anticipated and plays to packed houses at the Theatre Royal. Thursday night’s production of the gentle classic Coppélia was no exception. Léo Delibes music for Coppélia is amongst the most delicate and delightful of ballet scores and it enhances a simple romantic tale. Set in Nineteenth Century Galicia the story is straightforward: boy has already met girl, they are in love and happy with each other but...

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Home Office selects Norfolk Constabulary as a Local Alcohol Action Area

Norwich has today (Friday 27 January 2017) been confirmed as one of the areas to be given the opportunity to be a Local Alcohol Action Area by the Home Office. The initiative, first launched in 2014, was set up to support local areas in implementing their own plans to reduce alcohol-related crime and health harms, and to diversify the night time economy. Norwich has been allocated a Home Office support manager and will be given access to expert advice from elsewhere in government, plus mentors who are able to assist with insight and expertise. Inspector Ed Brown, of Community...

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Chloe Smith interrupting maternity leave to vote for Article 50

Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich North, will interrupt her maternity leave to support the Government in passing a Bill to invoke Article 50 and leave the EU. While she has been on leave, Chloe has ensured that her constituents are served by her Norwich office with the help of neighbouring MP Keith Simpson, but has not normally been attending debates in Parliament. She has closely followed Brexit and welcomed constituents’ correspondence on the topic. She spoke in Parliament on post-Brexit priorities in Norwich, before beginning leave. She and her husband Sandy are using Shared Parental Leave, introduced by...

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Nathan Carter at The Theatre Royal – a Norwich Eye review

  “Ok, Mr Grumpy Reviewer. Tell us what you don’t like” ‘Not a lot. I always like a good show, and I like a bit of variety and innovation’. “Yeah, but there must be things you don’t like – what really gets you wound up?” ‘Well, since you ask, I have a few pet hates. Not a big fan of middle-of-the-road music. Not that keen on big stagey showbands. I can’t stand flashy light shows either. Oh, and those bands that play medleys because they expect their audience to have such a short attention span. That really gets my...

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Luke Wright, The Toll – A Norwich Eye review

  These are dark days to live in, so when a little relief from the gloom appears we need to seize the moment. Luke Wright can be depended on to brighten up a day. After his triumphant tour with ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ Luke has now embarked on a new tour – The Toll – which sees him return to a simpler style of staging and delivery with a stunning new set of poems. Yes, poems. The world of spoken poetry might conjure up an image of a dusty old aesthete mumbling verses from his latest slim...

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