Expect world premieres, thrilling circus, dramatic dance and much more when Norfolk and Norwich Festival returns from May 10-26

Great British Life: Mo danse nuit. Mo danse nuit. (Image: MC Monin)


Mo and the Red Ribbon

Friday May 10, 9pm

Norwich City Centre


A giant puppet will parade through the streets of Norwich as French company L’Homme Debout bring their playful and poetic story of Mo and The Red Ribbon as part of the opening Welcome Weekend on the city’s streets. The piece explores the experience of migration from a child’s perspective, offering an ultimately optimistic look at the world we inhabit and those we share it with.

Great British Life: Phoenix Dodo Butterfly. Phoenix Dodo Butterfly. (Image: George Payne and Lucy Farrant)


Phoenix Dodo Butterfly

Saturday May 11, 7.30pm, UEA Drama Studio

Saturday May 25, 7.30pm, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth

Tickets £20 (Norwich), £16 (Great Yarmouth) | U18/YoungNNF £7.50

What future do we want to live in? On a Norfolk farm, Martin and Becky seek to find their way through three futures: one of flood, one of fire, and one of drought. Does their estranged daughter Aimee hold the secret to survival? The show will be followed by a panel discussion on the climate crisis, including speakers acclaimed nature writer Patrick Barkham (UEA) and BBC Countryfile's Tom Heap (Drill House).

The performance on Saturday 11 May will be BSL interpreted.

Great British Life: Magdalene Odundo. Magdalene Odundo. (Image: Courtesy of the Gardiner Museum)


Sunday May 12 - Sunday September 29

Houghton Hall

For ticket information see houghtonhall.com

One of the world’s most revered ceramic artists, Dame Magdalene Odundo, presents an exhibition of sculptures made and sited in response to the state rooms at Houghton Hall.

Great British Life: Circolumbia. Circolumbia. (Image: Contributed by Norfolk and Norwich Festival)



Wednesday May 15 - Sunday May 26, 7.30pm (Sundays 5.30pm)

Adnams Spiegeltent

Weekdays £25, £22, Fri-Sat-Sun £27, £24, U18/YoungNNF £7.50

A brand new show all the way from South America and created especially for the Adnams Spiegeltent. Circolombia invites the audience into their home to experience Corazón (Heart). This world premiere, commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, is a fun-fuelled circus concert, packed with breathless circus feats and infectious music where you, the audience, are warmly invited right into the beating Latin heart.

Great British Life: Laura Cannell. Laura Cannell. (Image: Contributed by Norfolk and Norwich Festival)


Dark Tales from the Guildhall

Wednesday 15 May, 7pm

Norwich Guildhall

Tickets £10, U18/YoungNNF £7.50

In a wonderfully atmospheric setting, the Norfolk Folklore Society and performer Laura Cannell will join to create a magical night filled with tales of ghosts, witchcraft, secret tunnels and dreadful murders linked to Norwich’s Guildhall, a distinctive building which has been at the heart of the Fine City for centuries. Ages 16-plus.

Great British Life: Jonny Greenwood. Jonny Greenwood. (Image: Shin Katan)


Composed by Jonny Greenwood, performed by James McVinnie and Eliza McCarthy

Saturday May 18, 2pm

Octagon Chapel

Full eight hours £50 (on the day £60), 1 hour 50 minute time slots £20 (on the day £25), U18/YoungNNF £7.50 (available for 1 hour 50 minutes only)

268 years of reverb was written by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to summon all the music, voices and sounds that have ever filled the air and soaked into the walls of a room: to shake or coax them out of the fabric of the building, so they can be heard again - distilled and concentrated into eight hours.

Great British Life: King Creosote. King Creosote. (Image: Contributed by Norfolk and Norwich Festival)


Saturday May 18, 8pm

Norwich Cathedral

Tickets £27, £25, £17, £10, U18/YoungNNF £7.50

Kenny Anderson (AKA King Creosote) has developed a reputation for his goosebump-inducing brand of folk-pop. Lyrics both ethereal and everyday are plotted against kaleidoscopic musical terrain that explores everything from accordions to vibraphones.

Great British Life: Mark Brew and Sidi Laribi Cherkaoui. Mark Brew and Sidi Laribi Cherkaoui. (Image: Susan Hay)


an Accident / a Life

Friday May 24 & Saturday May 25, 7.30pm

Norwich Theatre Royal

Tickets £35, £32, £28, £24, £10

In this exciting new collaboration, Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui attempt to find new forms of movement and question socially standardised images of people with disabilities. They explore profound events and fraught memories using dance, storytelling, film and a car. Ages 14-plus

Great British Life: Luke Wright. Luke Wright. (Image: Contributed by Norfolk and Norwich Festival)


Friday May 24, 5pm

Adnams Spiegeltent

Tickets £16, U18/Young NNF £7.50

East Anglian spoken word star Luke Wright tries to celebrate 25 years of service on the literary frontline but ends up taking a deep dive into himself and the England that raised him. The show will feature glittering showpieces alongside tender tear-jerkers on class, excessive consumption, love and adoption.

This performance will be BSL interpreted.