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Music, Fri 27 Oct 2017, £12-£24

Britten Weekend

Britten Weekend

Contact

Box Office

01728 687110

Address

Snape,
Saxmundham,
Suffolk,
IP17 1SR

Details

This performance takes place at Orford Church.

An iconic radio play broadcast live by the BBC in 1946, The Dark Tower is widely acknowledged to be the finest of MacNeice’s many works for radio and one of the most critically acclaimed radio plays of the 20th century. The verse drama – set in the world of myth, but with strong allegorical, autobiographical and even satirical elements – has at its core music by Britten to whom MacNeice dedicated the published script.

As the centrepiece of this Britten Weekend, we recreate that original broadcast under the tower of Orford’s medieval church in front of a live audience. The 12-strong cast act to the microphone in this most imposing and atmospheric of radio studios with Britten’s music and his musical sound-effects played ‘live’. Combining period touches with an entirely fresh approach, this production brings this momentous radio drama collaboration up to date for a contemporary audience.

A radio play by Louis MacNeice
Music by Benjamin Britten

Robin Brooks director
BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler conductor

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast this new production of The Dark Tower on Sunday 29 October at 9pm.

The performance will last approximately 105 minutes with an interval of 15 minutes.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 27 Oct 2017 19:30

Prices

Tickets £24, £18, £12
21 and under half price

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Location

Directions

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Map reference: TM 393574  Lat: 52.16348 Long: 1.49776

By Road:
Snape Maltings is on the B1069 just south of Snape village and well signposted from the A12.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Saxmundham station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu