TEN TOP PICKS FOR THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY HOLT FESTIVAL
1 JASPER CARROTT: STAND UP AND ROCK
A new stand-up show from the Brummie funnyman, blends comedy with a band featuring ELO founder member Bev Bevan.
Jasper Carrott comes to Holt after heart surgery forced him to cancel last year’s show. Sunday July 29 at the Theatre in the Woods.
2 THE NIMMO TWINS
Norfolk’s legendary comedy duo The Nimmo Twins bring their outrageously hilarious sketch show The Country Members to Holt for the first time. Karl Minns and Owen Evans have been entertaining sell-out crowds in Norwich for more than 20 years, and are about to treat the Holt Festival to their frantically fast-paced and ridiculously clever show. Friday July 27, the Auden Theatre.
3 LEO SAYER
The chart topping singer and songwriter presents a greatest hits set including Thunder in My Heart, Moonlighting and When I Need You. Saturday July 28 at the Theatre in the Woods. 4 COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS Lots of laughs for children aged six and over (and adults who might enjoy a swear-free hour with some of the international circuit’s best standups and sketch acts.) Friday July 27, Holt Community Centre. Free.
5 BLITHE SPIRIT
See original artworks by Stanley Spencer, Philip Wilson Steer, Margaret Mellis, John Piper and many others inspired by Walberswick, Southwold and The Blyth Estuary. The exhibition also features unpublished love letters from George Orwell to his secret lover Eleanor Jacques of Southwold, which have never been seen in public July 21-19 at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt. Free.
Pianist Lucy Parham and actor Alex Jennings chronicle the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff in Elegie: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile. Sunday July 22 at the Auden Theatre.
7 TOM BAXTER BAND
Tom’s songs have been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey, Take That, Boyzone and more. Friday July 27, Theatre in the Woods.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier is retold for three to eight year-olds by Norwich Puppet Theatre. Wednesday July 25 at Holt Community Centre. Free.
Alan Johnson discuss his life and career with ITV’s Becky Jago. Monday 23 July at the Auden Theatre. Other talks during the festival include the chance to hear politicians Lord ‘Paddy’ Ashdown and Anne Widdecombe, plus BBC world affairs editor John Simpson being interviewed by our own columnist Susie Fowler-Watt and BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner talking to BBC Look East defence reporter Alex Dunlop.
Colin Cloud brings his uncanny powers of deduction, and his show PSYCHO(Logical), to Holt. Tuesday July 24, ahead of a month at the Edinburgh Festival. Auden Theatre.