As the, well, house band for the community theatre show, At the Turning of the Tide, by Crude Apache, the Punch House Band are playing outdoors around the broads, riverways and waterways of Norfolk through July. I am doing some of the shows—great fun! Lovely audiences, terrific songs. And we also get to play a few numbers from the Punch House repertoire before the show starts. Here are some photos from the first shows I’ve one, at the Lion Inn, Thurne on Saturday, and the Whiffler Theatre in the Castle Gardens as part of the Lord Mayor’s Procession weekend events in Norwich in Sunday. I’m doing three more of the shows (weather … phew … permitting) next weekend, in some special locations:
- Thursday 12 July, Whitlingham Broad visitors’ centre
- Friday 13, Heigham Park, Norwich
- Saturday 14, Geldeston Locks Inn.
Al these shows are at 7.30, but do come earlier if you want to hear the band! The show continues for another weekend after that.
Looking forward to playing some of the shows in community theatre company Crude Apache’s latest free summer touring production of original play and songs, with the music supplied by most of the Punch House Band. It’s called At the Turning of the Tide, and the play takes as its starting point one of Tim Lane’s songs, a crowd favourite as played regularly by the Punch House Band, ‘Wherryman’s wife’. It’s in some great locations, across the Broads and rivers, pubs and parks, and in Norwich. It’s
a high energy show full of music, tears and laughter. The show tells the story of the Norfolk Wherries, the great trading vessels of the Broads, which reached their heyday in the mid-nineteenth century before suffering a terminal decline with the arrival of the steam railways.
Set in the second half of the nineteenth century and told through the lives of one family, the tale follows the heartaches, triumphs, losses and disasters of the river folk of Norwich and Norfolk.
Accompanied by music from The Punch House band, the sixty minute show is suitable for all the family – bring a blanket or something to sit on, a picnic and a drink and enjoy a trip back in time to witness some of our most poignant and fascinating heritage.
Alas I can’t do all the shows but the ones with the extra bass booming around the trees and broads hopefully will be as follows (if you can’t make one of these there are plenty of others—see the poster):
- Saturday 7th July, 7.00, Lion Inn, Thurne (hoping to do this one; not sure yet)
- Sunday 8th, 2.30, Whiffler Theatre, Norwich
- Thursday 12th, 7.30, Whitlingham Broad visitor centre
- Friday 13th, 7.30, Heigham Park, Norwich
- Saturday 14th, 7.30, Geldeston Locks.
This is the life / This is the life / This is the life / Of a wherryman’s wife!