Well the good weather is (mostly) here at last – and there’s a lot coming up to enjoy in June.
Not strictly on stage – but from Saturday 3rd through to Sunday 25th from 11am – 5pm Suffolk Open Studios are holding the Felixstowe Art Trail 2017
As part of Suffolk Open Studios, ten artists in Felixstowe will be opening their studios during weekends in June. Visitors will be able to explore the Art Trail, see work in progress, talk to the artists and perhaps purchase a unique item or two.
Artists included in the Felixstowe trail : Naomi Brangwyn (glass artist); Verena Daniels (fused glass); Jim Nind (painter and photographer); Mary Wyatt (ceramics); Sheila Norris (painter) and the art hub ‘ART 5’ at 36 Tomline Road (Liz Hodgson: textiles; Maggi Rutterford: textiles; Glen Gerrard: mixed media; Liz Hennessy: textiles; and Beth Hendley: textiles).
Information about when the studios are open and their location can be found here http://www.suffolkopenstudios.org/artist-trails
Please note: some of the artists are not open every weekend
From Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th at 7.45pm Trimley Saints Players present Ray Cooney’s farce Out of Order at Trimley Memorial Hall
Junior minister Richard Willey tries to spend an evening with one of the opposition’s secretaries in a Westminster hotel, but things don’t go to plan when he discovers a body in the suite! The fun begins as he tries to cover up the evenings events…
All tickets £8.00. Pre-booking essential. Box office – 01394 671119.
On Friday 9th The Spa presents The All-Star Stand-Up Tour at 7.30pm
This year’s line-up includes Mike Gunn, Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’ Stewart Francis, and from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse.
Tickets £22.50. Concessions £20.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 10th Music in Felixstowe present a Brahms and Tchaikovsky Prom at 7.30pm in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Old Felixstowe.
Including Brahms Sextet in G major and Tchaikovsky “Souvenir de Florence”.
Featuring Clio Gould and Rebecca Scott (violins), Robert Smissen and Wendy Poulston (violas), Harriet Bennett and Chris Slatter (cellos).
Admission £12.00 (including wine). Children free. Advance booking recommended.
Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
Also on the 10th at 7.30pm in St Johns Church there is an Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society Concert organised by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe.
The concert will include a wide variety of musical styles, from baroque to pop.
In aid of worldwide polio eradication.
Tickets £10.00. Available on the door, or in advance from Russell Smith in Hamilton Road, or telephone 01394 670367.
On Sunday 11th Jazz East at The Alex present the Dank Banks Quintet featuring composer Dan on piano and keyboards, Roberto Manzin (saxophone), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Rob Palmer (double bass) and Joshua Law (drums). Admission free.
On Sunday 11th the Felixstowe Book Festival present an Early Preview Event with artist Maggi Hambling in conversation with novelist Nicola Upson from 3pm-4pm at The Orwell Hotel
One of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists, Maggi Hambling is renowned for a prolific corpus, best known for her portraits, paintings of the sea, and public sculpture – both celebrated and controversial. Less familiar but equally significant are her works on paper, dynamic and sensuous – condensing the themes of life and death which underscore her art. She forges an immediate and powerful connection with the subject being drawn, and it is this concept of ‘touch’ which pervades her work.
Hambling will be discussing her new book which was published to coincide with an important retrospective of her work on paper at the British Museum which opened in 2016. Most recently an exhibition of her new paintings and sculpture, EDGE, was shown at Marlborough Fine Art in London.
Adults £8.00, concessions £7.00.
Tickets can be purchased online from the New Wolsey Theatre at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk (01473 295900) or on the Festival website.
On Tuesday 13th at 7.30pm in St Marys Church, Walton The Orwell Connection Choir present their Summer Concert
A varied programme of popular choral works, together with readings by Janet Dann in aid of the Felixstowe Friends of St. Elizabeth Hospice.
Refreshments available. Admission free – retiring collection.
From Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th Russell’s International Circus will be at the Beachside Events Area
Enjoy the biggest and best show Russells have ever created, with a host of international stars, including acts from the famous Romanian State Circus and amazing acts from hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent.
Death defying skills – see the motor bikes in the Globe of Terror with The Cirque Berserk Riders, the Wheel of Death and the amazing foot archery star all the way from Spain.
Performances: Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 at 5pm and 7.45pm. Saturday 17 at 3pm and 6pm. Sunday 18 at 2pm.
Various ticket prices, depending on performance and seating area. Please visit the website below for full details and to buy tickets. https://live.advancedticketing.co.uk/k;jsessionid=71372A6DA8C4207061FC6DA18779C290.app01.lon0?option=1&action=options_list&state=ADDCHOICE&pageid=0
Or Phone 07752 218805.
From Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th at 7.30pm in FADOS House Walton, FADOS present ‘Whodidit’ by Neil Harrison
Enjoy hilarious spoof thriller ‘Whodidit’ by Neil Harrison plus fun quiz and refreshments (fruity punch and light buffet). £7.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. Tickets available on 01394 671306.
On Friday 16th Suffolk Libraries Presents: Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at 7pm in Felixstowe library starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in Vaudeville Theatre’s production.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets £7.50. Pre-booking essential. 01394 694880.
Also on Friday 16th The Spa presents The Manfreds – Makin’ Tracks Tour 2017 at 7.30pm
Following their much acclaimed show at The Spa in early 2016, Paul Jones and the band return, with his unique harmonica sound leading the way and joined by Mike Hugg on keyboards, Tom McGuinness on guitar, Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass, and Simon Currie on saxophone/flute.
Adults £22.00-£24.00. Concessions £20.00-£22.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 17th at 7.30pm at St Mary & St Martin Church, Kirton, The Dorian Singers present Encore! An hour of light music followed by a buffet supper.
Featuring Marina Korneva (piano) and Alan Loader (conductor).
Tickets £10.00 (including supper). In aid of The John Le Vay Cancer Information Centre at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.
Available from The Card Centre (Hamilton Road), on the door on the night or call 01394 283170.
On Sunday 18th Jazz East at The Alex present the Tori Freestone Trio with Dave Manington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums).
On Wednesday 21st at 11.30am in The Orwell Hotel, Music in Felixstowe present a Flute and Guitar Duo Concert with Alice Thompson (flute) and Antero Pellikka (guitar).
Featuring original compositions for flute and guitar spanning The Americas and Europe, from the fiery Argentinian Tango to traditional North American Folk melodies and from sunny Spain to snowy Finland.
Admission £10.00. Children free. Advance booking recommended.
Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
On Friday 23rd at 8pm Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club present Friday Night Music with A Saucerful of Floyd – a Pink Floyd tribute band.
Tickets £5.00. Pre-book in advance, or available on the door. 07921 567021.
On Saturday 24th at 2pm there is an Armed Forces Day Charity Fund Raising Event at The Mariners Freehouse in Trimley
BBQ, pizza’s, raffle and auction prizes. And live music with the Dangerous Bros from 4pm.
All profits go to Help for Heroes and SSAFA. Admission free.
From Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th there is the big Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe with a host of live events.
Marking both the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack (1667) on Landguard Fort and also celebrating the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women from the past until the present day. The event gives local people the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to our Armed Forces.
Please click here to go to the SAFW Official Event Guide: www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/suffolk-armed-forces-weekend
And finally on Sunday 25th Jazz East at The Alex present Draw By Four– featuring Jon Shendy (tenor saxophone), Sam Dunn (guitar), Will Bartlett (organ) and Chris Draper (drums).