Hostry festival organisers unveil a sophisticated line-up
Date: 6 August 2012
New work and staged readings predominate in the second Hostry festival, centred on Norwich Cathedral and under the artistic direction of Stash Kirkbride.
It runs from 26 October to 4 November and opens with a black-tie reception followed by the announcement of the inaugural Norfolk Arts Awards. The John Whitehead Jazz Quartet accompanies the social side of the evening.
Saturday, 27 October sees a double-bill presentation of A Visit to the Villa Edouard VII by Julian Maclaren-Ross and Adrian Drew’s Voices: Moments from the Lives of Others. From Tuesday, 30 October to Saturday, 3 November Rebecca Chapman’s Total Ensemble Theatre Company offers a movement-based Prologue and Hamlet: The Undiscovered Country with David Banks, Peter Barrow, and Tom Harper.
Wednesday 31 October is a gala evening, complete with after-show reception. The afternoon of Friday, 2 November is taken up with a Norfolk Authors’ Day, organised by the Book Hive & Writers’ Centre. It profiles six local authors in interview with a question-and-answer session to follow. Norwich Puppet Theatre is staging Thumbelina for younger children on the afternoon of Saturday, 3 November.
The final afternoon, on Sunday, 4 November, has a rehearsed and staged reading of Five Marys Waiting by David Banks, followed by an after-show panel discussion. The evening is taken up by a talk by Yvonne Tasker on film versions of Hamlet followed by a screening of the 1948 film, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier.
Festival co-founder Barrow explains that: “I founded the Hostry Festival with Stash after inheriting a sizable legacy. I could either sit on the money and not do much of anything, or I could do something that actually inspired me. I knew Stash was quietly keen to put on certain plays, so I combined my money and inspiration with his keenness, experience and inspiration, and we put on The Night of the Iguana at the Hostry in 2010 before staging a larger programme at the new Hostry Festival the following year.
“I am always pleased when we are able to include one-time actors such as myself who are coming back to performing, as well as first-timers who’ve never really acted before and are getting their first chance in our productions. This year has a number of examples of both the above. Inspiration is probably the key to mounting the Hostry Festival; we want all the festival participants, actors and all audiences to be inspired by the results of our efforts. That’s where the satisfaction lies”.
- by Anne Morley-Priestman
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