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Bluebells at Alde Valley Spring Festival

Virtual events to visit from your sofa

We cannot leave our houses and be entertained, so we have decided to bring some of the virtual events taking place in Suffolk to you.

We'll keep these blogs coming, for starters we have punk musicals and exhibitions.


Oxy and the Morons musicalOxy and the Morons Musical at the New Wolsey Theatre


Take your seat on the sofa ready for the theatre to come to you.
The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich has teamed up with punk band The Alarm to produce an evening of virtual theatre featuring a digital version of their hit 2018 musical Oxy and the Morons. 
The evening, dubbed Big Night In, will feature pre-recorded interviews with the members of the cast, the writers and the show’s director and New Wolsey Artistic Director, Peter Rowe. The Big Night In with The Alarm has been broadcasting throughout the lockdown and attracting upwards of 100,000 viewers each week.
Tune in to The Alarm’s Big Night In on their official Facebook page on Saturday 25th April from 7pm to hear all of the pre-show chat and settle down as the show begins at 7.30pm - The show will also be available on YouTube.

The musical, written by The Alarm front man, Mike Peters, Paul Sirett, and Steve Allan Jones (Reasons to be Cheerful and Mods and Rox) tells the tale of Andy who, after a routine check up and startling health diagnosis decides to change his life and get his punk band back together.

Cleverly switching between his past as ‘Oxy’, lead singer with the band and his life now, forty years later, audiences will ride the rollercoaster of not only the ups and downs of the group but how their relationships have altered through the intervening decades. The cast includes some familiar faces from TV and New Wolsey Theatre productions including, Robbie Jarvis, Janet Fullerlove, Sean Kingsley, David Rubin, Mark Newnham, Matthew Durkan, Molly Grace Cutler, Adam Langstaff and John Hasler.

This funny, furious and fast musical is packed with an enticing playlist of original songs and a powerful life-affirming message. It’s a chance for audiences to get dressed up and enjoy an unmissable evening of theatre all from the comfort of their home. So why not crank up the amps and party like its 1978 again. This uplifting and inspiring musical will resonate with audiences across the country right now. The show will be captioned for deaf and hearing-impaired audiences.

Alde Valley Spring Festival - On a Turning Wing

The Alde Valley Spring Festival is now on until 11th June and has moved online.  It is usually based at a small farm in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley on the Suffolk Coast.
For this year, the theme of the Festival is 'On a Turning Wing - a Celebration of Birds, Flight and Migration'.  It is with amazing adaptation, much of the festival programme is now online.  This has enabled the festival to bring the importance of celebratring food, farming, landscape and the arts to you to enjoy in the safety of your homes.

The exhibition features works by 12 Guest Artists that explore the theme of “On a Turning Wing” – including a magnificent new painting “Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020” by Maggi Hambling.  Maggi Hambling is one of Suffolk's famous artists, one of her most notable pieces being The Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach.

 Other areas of the festival to enjoy include the Open Studios where you can view artisan makers.  These makers would normally be in residence throughout the Festival demonstrating and having workshops.  You can browse their 'stalls' and a selection of their work is also for sale.

 Definitely not to missed are the beautiful poems, sharing the theme of the Festival and the current crisis.

Sit back and enjoy the Festival as often as you like.  

Maggi Hambling. Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020 (C) Maggi Hambling. Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020

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