Norwich community theatre collective Crude Apache celebrate their twentieth anniversary this summer, with a show that combines everything that this dynamic group does best – open air theatre, broad comedy, a sense of history, and a “louche disregard for convention”, as one reviewer once put it.
Gammer Gurton’s Needle is one of the first English comedies, a hilarious knockabout tale of misunderstandings between larger-than-life clownish characters. “Expect physical comedy, music, song, dance, a fast pace and some memorable moments,” says director Jo Swan.
The show contains some moderate medieval oaths and frequent references to bottoms.
In true Crude Apache style, entry to all shows will be free of charge – although donations will be welcomed.
The tour kicks off at 7.30pm on the 1st of July in the Tudor garden at Stranger’s Hall, and later visits Grapes Hill Community Garden (3 July),The Whiffler at Castle Gardens (6,11, 12 July), the hidden gem which is the Gothic-Italian Plantation Garden (9 July) and a number of city parks.
Full list of tour dates and locations below.
1 July – Stranger’s Hall Garden 7.30pm (no wheelchair access);
2 July – Wensum Park 7.30pm;
3 July – Grapes Hill Community Garden 7.30pm;
4 July – Heigham Park 7.30pm;
6 July – The Whiffler, Castle Gardens (matinee)3pm;
8 July – Waterloo Park 7.30pm;
9 July – Plantation Garden 7.30pm;
10 July – Cow Tower 7.30pm;
11 July – The Whiffler, Castle Gardens 7.30pm;
12 July – The Whiffler, Castle Gardens 7.30pm.
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