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Macbeth to Waiting For Godot: theatre not to miss this week in Norfolk and beyond

PUBLISHED: 12:24 17 March 2017

The eerie wreckage of an upturned ship provides the atmospheric backdrop to the Maddermarket's new supernatural take on Macbeth. Picture: Maddermarket/Reflective Arts

The eerie wreckage of an upturned ship provides the atmospheric backdrop to the Maddermarket's new supernatural take on Macbeth. Picture: Maddermarket/Reflective Arts

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Maddermarket Theatre bring the supernatural to Shakespeare, Westacre Theatre tackle Beckett’s ground-breaking masterwork, plus a part folk-gig, part folk tale.

Eastern Angles' The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is on tour. Picture: Mike KwasniakEastern Angles' The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is on tour. Picture: Mike Kwasniak

Macbeth

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, until March 25, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Mar 18/25, £10-£8, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk

The eerie wreckage of an upturned ship provides the atmospheric backdrop to this new supernatural take on Macbeth. It is one of the Maddermarket Theatre’s most ambitious sets to date and has been created by the show’s director Chris Bealey, who used to be a carpenter by trade, and the theatre’s carpenter James Utting. Mr Bealey said: “I wanted to take very much the supernatural view of Macbeth, the witches in the first scene say they are going to create a shipwreck. It is really difficult for a modern audience to understand how people really did fear witches. Shakespeare’s audiences would have really feared them and thought they were dreadful, so I wanted people to feel their presence throughout the play.”

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, March 17, 7.30pm, 01502 589726/Downham Market Town Hall, March 21, 7.30pm, 01473 211498, all tickets £12.50 (£11.50 cons), £10 student/under-25, easternangles.co.uk

Acclaimed regional theatre company Eastern Angles are back on the road with this life-affirming story of self-discovery. Prudencia Hart sets off for a folk music conference in the Scottish borders. As the snow descends her journey becomes more magical and the characters more devilish. Part live folk-gig, part folk tale, part barn-storming comedy, this production of David Greig’s play is a vibrant mix of theatre and live music. The strange and beautiful Scottish tale is told by four mischievous storytellers. Also at Beccles Hungate Church (April 7) and Norwich Trinity Hall (April 12).

As The Crow Flies

Ketteringham Village Hall, Wymondham, Norfolk, March 22, 7.30pm, £7, 01603 504400/Cley Marshes, Norfolk, March 23, 7.30pm, £18, 01263 740008, creativeartseast.co.uk

Based on a true story of a woman who struck up an unlikely friendship with a wounded crow, this new play from Hattie Naylor, award-winning playwright and adapter of The Night Watch for the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Diary of Samuel Pepys for BBC Radio 4, features live music, original songs, great drama - and a crow called Alfie. He keeps hiding Beth’s gardening gloves. She’s got lots to do and it’s just not funny anymore. Why won’t he realise that gardening is helping her forget everything? Why can’t he see she’s still not over her divorce? Why can’t he just be nice?

Give Me Your Love

Norwich Playhouse, March 23, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with this funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies. Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in west Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery - in the form of a capsule containing methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress. Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment in a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping.

Waiting For Godot

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, March 24-25/March 31-April 1, 7.30pm, £16, 01760 755800, www.westacretheatre.com

Two washed-up drifters wait by the road for a man they’ve never met, hoping against all proof that now, as night closes in and their patter runs dry, they may finally catch a break. Over the bare horizon, a figure leads another on a leash. Can this be what they are waiting for? Why are we here, that is the question. We are waiting for Godot to come. Samuel Beckett’s ground-breaking masterwork of 20th century drama, a tragi-comedy in two acts, is the latest production at the Westacre Theatre.

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