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31 July 2004 1421 BST
Theatre In The Parks 2004
Picture: Period drama takes place in Norwich Castle gardens
Leighton Williams (left) and Richard Brook in The Street by Crude Apache | Review of The Street
The open-air Theatre In The Parks series has become a firm favourite with thousands of people in Norwich. Don't miss the 2004 season.

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Comedy, drama and action set against the tranquil backdrop of Norwich's varied parkland - the perfect way to experience some of the best open-air theatre you'll see in Norfolk.

Organised by Norwich City Council and local theatre companies, the series offers something for all the family with its mix of amateur and professional productions.

The programme for 2004 includes fairy tale fun with Baron Bolligrew and stories from the Caribbean, to The Street, the latest work by Crude Apache.

Jo Edye is the play's director.

"The Street was inspired by Crude Apache's previously successful local history shows," he said.

"We've already done Kett's Rebellion, Billie Bluelight and the Norman takeover of Anglo-Saxon Norwich. These proved popular with audiences.

"I always thought Argyle Street, Norwich's infamous squat of the early 80's, would make a great story and it is interesting telling a slightly more contemporary piece of history," he added.

Read review of The Street

Theatre in the Parks started in 1991 when the local university theatre group put on two plays in the city parks.

More than 10 years later, the event is now a highly successful outdoor theatre festival and an important cultural event in the city's summer events calendar.

Norwich City Council's Event Manager, Helen Selleck said: "It is a joint project between Norwich City Council and local theatre companies.

"Performances are free to allow greater access to live theatre. This approach has encouraged new and large audiences and a strong following has developed over the years," she added.

Programme of events

The Street
by Crude Apache

Inspired by the story of Argyle Street, Norwich's infamous squat of the early 80's, The Street is a tale of love, death and demolition
. The production is not suitable for young children.

Running time: 90 mins with a 10 minute interval

Date Time Venue
16 & 17 July 7.30pm Castle Gardens
18 July 3pm Cow Tower
22 July 7.30m Southgate Lane Park
23 July 7.30pm York Tavern, York Street
24 July 7.30pm The Cock PH, Barford
25 July 5pm Nelson Pub, Nelson St

The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew
by Something Wicked Theatre Company

Gallant knights, dragons and magical capers - can Sir Oblong defeat the dreaded Baron and will he look good in purple
? Fairy tale fun for all ages.

Running time: 60 mins

Date Time Venue
28 July 7.30pm Waterloo Park
29 July 7.30pm Heigham Park
30 & 31 July 7.30pm Castle Gardens
1 Aug 3pm Cow Tower

Men, Women, Life, Love
Storytelling by Jan Blake

Stories from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond

Running time: 60 mins not suitable for the under 12s

Date Time Venue
5 Aug 7.30pm Heigham Park
6 Aug 7.30pm Waterloo Park
7 Aug 7.30pm Cow Tower

In addition to the Theatre In The Parks series, the Marsh Children's Outdoor Theatre Festival will be providing free theatre for children through the summer holidays.

Wind In The Willows
by Rainbow Theatre

Share in the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger. Become part of the Riverbank in this show where you become the stars.

Suitable for ages 7+

Date Time Venue
24 July 3pm Castle Gardens
25 July 11am Eaton Park
25 July 3pm Heigham Park

Johnny Thunder & The Trousers of Destiny
by The New Wolsey Theatre

Johnny lives in a small street in a small town and is wearing some very important new trousers.

Suitable for ages 5+

Date Time Venue
31 July 3pm Castle Gardens
1 Aug 11am Eaton Park
1 Aug 3pm Heigham Park

Another Fine Mess
by Foolhardy Folk Clown Troupe

Off the wall, slapstick and comic antics from the 'Slappers of Mastik'.

Suitable for all ages

Date Time Venue
31 July 3pm Castle Gardens
1 Aug 11am Eaton Park
1 Aug 3pm Heigham Park

Cabin Fever
by Bell & Bullock Circus Theatre

Join Captain Bullock and Bosun Bell for maritime mayhem, mirth and magic.

Suitable for family audience

Date Time Venue
14 Aug 3pm Castle Gardens
15 Aug 11am Eaton Park
15 Aug 3pm Heigham Park

Magic Circus
by Magic Carpet Theatre Theatre

The magical ringmaster has planned a show, but the acts have disappeared and the clowns have taken over!

Suitable for ages 4-11 years

Date Time Venue
21 Aug 3pm Castle Gardens
22 Aug 11am Eaton Park
22 Aug 3pm Heigham Park

Three Billy Goats Gruff and other tales
by Theatre of Widdershins

Suitable for ages 3+

Date Time Venue
28 Aug 3pm Castle Gardens
29 Aug 11am Eaton Park
29 Aug 3pm Heigham Park

If you're looking for more ideas for the kid's over the summer holidays, visit our kids' section.


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