‘The Tale of Reynard the Fox’ comes to Ladybelt Country Park on Sunday 2nd July, in collaboration with Creative Arts East and as part of the park’s outdoor theatre and picnic celebrations.
Situated in East Carleton (on the former grounds of Ketteringham Hall on the outskirts of Norwich), the event on the 54-acre parkland includes woodland activities, bushcraft, archery, a beer tent, and a locally-sourced BBQ (alongside traditional tea and cakes) to complement attendees’ own picnics.
With performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, ‘The Tale of Reynard the Fox’ by theatre company The Faburarium follows the woodland’s most infamous scoundrel who prides himself on being the trickster of the forest. When the woodland court announces the theft of the King’s crown jewels, the animal kingdom immediately blames the fox. Reynard must do everything he can to prove his innocence and avoid certain death.
The production is a new and engaging piece of outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages, and uses The Fabularium’s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and traditional wooden cart. It features storytelling, puppetry, original live music and bespoke animal headpieces.
Highlighting its connection to local history, Ladybelt Country Park will also feature a display celebrating the colourful 18th century Irish actress Charlotte Atkyns (née Walpole), a distant relative of the first Prime Minster Robert Walpole. Famed for being Norfolk’s own Scarlet Pimpernel, Charlotte’s story features a backdrop of political intrigue, revolution and wars – paralleled with the frivolity of celebrity, opulence and social division.
Sunday 2nd July 2917
11am – 4pm, with performances of ‘The Tale of Reynard the Fox’ at 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Ladybelt Country Park, Hethersett Road, East Carleton NR18 9RT
Tickets available at gate, or available on 01603 504400 Adults: £3, Children: £1, Under-5s: Free, Family ticket: £8 www.facebook.com/ladybeltpark
Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity founded in 1994 with the focus of taking the arts into rural communities. Creative Arts East works throughout Norfolk, Suffolk & the East running Creative Arts East Live! & Village Screen – rural touring schemes for live performance and cinema; and a variety of projects concerned with creative learning, health & wellbeing and volunteer development.
Creative Arts East Live! is a rural touring scheme which aims to provide memorable, uplifting and enjoyable arts experiences that enrich community life and provides a focus for shared celebration. By working in partnership with local volunteers, the scheme brings high quality and affordable arts events, within easy travelling distance to the rural communities of Norfolk and Suffolk.