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th 21 Mar

Rough Cast present Top GirlsNew to us Top Girls one of the 10 greatest plays of the 20th century includes an hilarious dinner party and a Norfolk kitchen sibling confrontation.  Comedy and tragedyRough Cast finish a seven date tour around near the coast this weekend at the Diss Corn Hall Friday and the Wingfield Barns Saturday and Sunday.

we 15 Nov

Comedy and tragedyLast chance this weekend to see Roughcast Theatre's production of Journey's End at either the Halesworth Cut or Wingfield Barns.

we 26 Jul

Comedy and tragedyThe Hellgate ClubCommon Ground's autumn tour gothic murder mystery The Hellgate Club is set in 1905 Paris.  Dates set near the coast include Halesworth, Woodbridge and Wingfield.

su 25 Jun

Boot Sale, d'you get it?A boot sale in aid of the MS Society today in Vicarage Road Wingfield, catering by The Good, The Bad and The Hungry, £5 per boot and entry by donation.

mo 22 May

The Suffolk Miracle by Beverley BarnettStarting this Thursday in Wingfield Open Space Theatre are touring around near the coast The Suffolk Miracle a story of forbidden love .. blimey!  The performance includes folk band Syzewell Gap, don't think we've seen them since an early manifestation of Hachfest. ♫

sa 25 Mar

Roughcast's production of LovesongLast night at the Halesworth Cut Lovesong uses the conceit that the young and more senior couples appearing together on stage are the same people.  Slightly period with an iPod figuring and four! dentists in the town the play intriguingly wafts about in time.  Would be last chance to see Roughcast's production tonight at the Wingfield Barns except it's SOLD OUT.

tu 22 Nov
St Cecilia's Day patron saint of music

Two final chances this week, one near the coast and one in Norfolk, to seeTheatrical masks of comedy and tragedy Roughcast Theatre's highly popular production of comedy Arsenic and Old Lace though Saturday at Wingfield may be Sold Out.

th 6 Oct

Common Ground Theatre's The RavenThis autumn Common Ground Theatre are substantially touring Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven around near the coast and not near the coast.  We're looking at the wonderfully intimate Syleham and Wingfield village hall on the 12th or perhaps the Halesworth Cut on the 28th.

su 20 Jun
Father's Day - pic contributed by R Magritte

RoughCast Theatre start their summer tour of The Tempest tomorrow night at the Brockdish Old King's Head.  Brockdish and the Wingfield shows are already sold out but Saturday they are at the stunning Thorington Outdoor Theatre.

fr 4 Dec

Nice to see the world starting up again.  Roughcast Theatre (of the very excellent Midsummer Night's Dream) present a rehearsed reading of A Christmas Carol at the Fisher Theatre Bungay tomorrow night and Wingfield Barns the weekend after.

we 6 Nov

Cary Grant in Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old LaceWe saw RoughCast Theatre's very excellent A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer and not least of all it looked brilliant.  Their next show is the black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace with an open read through/informal casting at the Barns 7:30pm Wednesday 20 November.

sa 1 Jun

A Sidecar Named Despair!Very sorry to hear that Common Ground Theatre have cancelled their spring/summer tour of The Hound Within The Heart.  One of the not large cast has withdrawn because of a family health crisis.  We were planning to see Hound at Barns:(  The company's autumn show will be A Sidecar Named Despair!

th 14 Feb
Valentine's Day

Roughcast Theatre present Hobson's ChoiceStarting Monday Roughcast Theatre have an eight date Suffolk tour of the comedy Hobson's Choicenear the coast venues are Hoxne, Wingfield (nearly SOLD OUT) and the Halesworth Cut.

mo 4 Feb

An actress in the Keeper's Daughter's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Barns last summer has been added to Ladies in Suffolk.

th 8 Nov

Common Ground Theatre - The MarinerCommon Ground Theatre's tour of The Mariner around East Anglia ends this weekend, Saturday they are in the Syleham and Wingfield village hall.  For this tour East Anglia takes in Chipping Ongar once one end of the Central Line.  CG follow on with The Scarlet Pipistrelle for Christmas.

tu 24 Jul

Capulets outnumbering MontaguesIn the manner of the school playground as the audience arrives at Romeo or Juliet they are asked to pick sides and wear the appropriate tie, red for Capulet (Juliet) and blue for Montague (Romeo).  Sunday in the Barns by sheer weight of numbers the Capulets would have easily won a punch up.

mo 23 Jul

Romeo and Juliet at the Wingfield BarnsWe first saw the Keeper's Daughter's Romeo and Juliet crikey seven years ago at Hartismere School Eye.  Like Dr Who it keeps regenerating and yesterday's afternoon show at the Barns had a confident young cast who often played with the expectation of what a play should be, we particularly liked the audience joining in with the dancing.  No doubt R&J will regenerate somewhere near you soonish ... on our way home the Stradbroke Spar had shelves that need to be filled.

sa 5 May

Alfie the LabradorAt the second attempt (the Beast from the East knacked the preceding attempt) Alfie the Labrador pursues a theatrical career in Once Upon a Labrador at the the Barns tonight.  Next Saturday it's Richard Digance with some chap called Eric. ♫

fr 2 Mar

Slice of Life Comedy NightNot surprisingly with this weather tomorrow's farmer's market at the Snape Maltings cancelled and Once Upon a Labrador at the Wingfield Barns postponed to Saturday 5 May.  But as of Tuesday Slice of Life's four person Comedy Night tomorrow is still happening unlike when the Framlingham Crown attempted a comedy night.

th 2 Nov

Sunddenly Last Summer - graphic by Bridget MorleyTonight at the Barns Open Space Theatre start a tour around near the coast of Tennessee William's Suddenly Last Summer.  Performance this Saturday at the Huntingfield Hub and the Saturday after at the Halesworth Cut.

fr 27 Jan

Radio StradbrokeRadio Stradbroke fund raiser tomorrow night in Syleham and Wingfield village hall (a new venue to us) with rock/indie/covers band Red Glass and a cheap bar ... sounds brilliant.

sa 17 Dec

Bloody Christmas ... eh?Next weekend's farmers' market at the Snape Maltings is on the Friday not Saturday and tonight's performance of Christmas Carol at Wingfield Barns is Roughcast Theatre's last of the season.

we 16 Nov

Bloody Christmas ... eh?Around near the coast theatre companies are putting their ChristmasChristmas Carol being rehearsed in Fressingfield shows together.  In Fressingfield Sunday Roughcast Theatre were rehearsing a Christmas Carol with an impressive Marley's ghost and a live choir.  The show goes on the road next month with visits to Huntingfield, Stowmarket, Hoxne, Southwold and Wingfield.

tu 8 Nov

Friday night the Open Space Theatre Company will be performing Ibsen's A Doll's House in the Barns but regrettably we'll be in the Fisher Theatre Bungay snapping the Noel Coward comedy Hay Fever.

fr 11 Mar

Roughcast Theatre start a tour tonight of the farce Charley's Aunt at the Seagull Theatre Lowestoft.  Upcoming venues include Halesworth, Wingfield and the Diss Corn Hall.

we 22 Apr

Election hustings at Wingfield BarnsWe attended our first election hustings yesterday, it was in the Barns and organised by the Country Landowners Association.  There was pretty much one of each flavour candidate but only Labour's Jack Abbot and the Green's Rhodri Griffiths (he lives in Parham) standing in Central Suffolk.  To be honest we didn't stay long and during that time the audience neither booed or cheered but it was nice to see some election activity.

mo 27 Aug

Private view ~ pic contributed

The show at the College including work by artist siblings Thom and Ania Hobson continues until Sunday week.

fr 29 Oct

Mark FinbowLast night of The Gatekeeper's Daughter's Dracula tour in Debenham tonight but thankfully it's likely to go out on the road around nearStefan Drury and Alice Grace Mottram the coast again ... they do do a fine job they do.  It was a slightly unsettling experience in the dressing room after the show in Wingfield last night seeing the cast out of make up, they're all younger than you think.

mo 6 Sep

Russell Coulson far rightBritish artist Russell Coulson (on the far right) has lived in Australia and this certainly shows in the colours at his first UK exhibition running until Saturday 18th September at the Barns.  Perhaps most immediately engaging of his work are portraits of the great and the good ... well the famous at least.  He told us he tries to just do it creating like a child does.  Russell is giving workshops this week explaining his techniques, contact 01379 384505  More pix on Facebook.

Portraits of the famous

sa 26 Jun

Artist Bryony Graham making bricks for Culture of the Countryside ~ pic contributedThe Hacheston flower festival runs today and tomorrow, Culture of the Countryside starts today at the Barns (Daisy Cooper's mum is showing there next month) and it's the FESPA summer fete in Walberswick tomorrow which we much enjoyed last year.

tu 16 Jan

Wingfield de le Pole Arms  des' dinners 59

Wingfield de le Pole ArmsNot particularly cold but one those winter days when it rains all day and is dark at three for The Brewer and NaTCH to visit this somewhat remote and recently reopened pub.  It has been made over in gastro pub style but still has public/saloon bars, a surprisingly large restaurant at the rear, friendly staff and draught Adnams, Adnams Explorer and slightly over chilled Adnams Old which we still enjoyed ... soon to have ESB beer.  When we said we'd sit in the armchairs the barman (landlord?) volunteered Comfortable just like homeNot at all like my house The Brewer replied except neither of us have carpetAfAR s from Hugh (in Dublin drinking that filthy Guinness stuff), Spadge (collecting Lotus élan from Biggin Hill) and John B (who won his case).  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

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