A group of creative practitioners are on the verge of opening a new arts centre for Felixstowe – and the launch is to take place during an inaugural arts fest weekend that could be the start of an arts extravaganza for the area.
Felixstowe Creative Arts Trust (F-CAT) was formed a year ago with the express purpose of opening a much needed dedicated arts centre for the town. St Marys Church in Trimley became available and after a lot of work with the diocese the launch of Two Sisters Arts Centre is scheduled for 4th – 6th August during a weekend of arts events that the group hope will become a yearly fixture in the local calendar.
Two Sisters will host a number of events including drama, poetry, music and an Arts Exhibition – Time & Tides – featuring many of the best local artists.
The programme is as follows:
FRIDAY August 4th
2.30pm-4.30pm Poetry Workshop – Beth Soule ‘Of Legends & Angels’
Tickets: £5 includes entry to evening session
Spend a couple of hours with fellow poets exploring the myths and legends that abound through Suffolk and how this store of images can be mined for our poetry. From the Wild Man of Orford to the saintly King Edmund, from the restless spirits of Dunwich to the green children of Woolpit you will be chased by Black Shuck, get to hunt the Bures Dragon and learn to keep clear of the Fornham All Saints Mermaid. As light-hearted or creepy as you wish, such stories burrow deep into our human hopes and fears:- the very stuff of poetry.
6pm Early Evening Poetry Reading ‘Suffolk in Poetry’ plus open mic session Tickets: £5
8pm Horizon Theatre presents MAMIL by Gregory Cooper Tickets: £10
with Philip Steward as Bryan Cook Directed by John Hood Supported by The Pedal House, Hadleigh
Bryan Cook is a property developer who has accumulated a small fortune building leaking homes. He’s a stressed out, self-medicating, self-loathing arse, killing himself to increase his bank balance while decreasing his golf score. When his business and life fall apart thanks to the global financial crisis, he joins a men’s cycling group to relieve stress and get healthy. Ultimately faced with his own mortality, he makes a few startling discoveries in various cracks and crevices.
SATURDAY August 5th
10.30am Black & White Productions include Two Sisters on their Felixstory 2 route.
7pm Invitation only Launch Event for Two Sisters Arts Centre
SUNDAY August 6th
9am-12.30pm Rapscallion Theatre Youth Drama Workshop ‘A Musical in a Morning’
Suitable for students from 8yrs – 18yrs Tickets: £10
A musical in a morning?!! Crazy – but possible! Make friends, have fun and develop some great new skills at our fabulous Sunday morning workshop. No previous experience of singing or drama is necessary – just bags of enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go! With Helen Clarke and Wade Ablitt.
2.30pm Black&White Productions Felixstory 2
7pm Music in Felixstowe present ‘Show Songs Prom’ Tickets: £10 / Children Free
Concert of show songs with singers Joe Leat, Molly Scurrell and Emily Bennett.
Musical Director Martin Waddington.
Time & Tides will be open all weekend – with a chance to purchase the art work on display – and there will be a pop up coffee shop from 10am – 4pm each day.