TEN TOP PICKS FOR THE 10TH AN­NIVER­SARY HOLT FES­TI­VAL

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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.

6 RACH­MANI­NOFF

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.

8 PUP­PETS

The Stead­fast Tin Sol­dier is re­told for three to eight year-olds by Nor­wich Pup­pet The­atre. Wed­nes­day July 25 at Holt Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Free.

9 TALKS

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.

10 ELE­MEN­TARY

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.

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