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East news in brief

  • Date: 17 February 2010
  • Area: South East
Jo Servi as Ace in It's A Wonderful Life

Jo Servi as Ace in It's A Wonderful Life. Credit: The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Job opportunities with Arts Council East

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New Wolsey nominated for Best Regional Production

The New Wolsey Theatre's world premiere production of It's a Wonderful Life has been nominated as Best Regional Production in the annual Awards. The musical version of Frank Capra's classic film, which ran from 10 September to 3 October in 2009, featured Paul Thornley, Michael Fenton Stevens and Kerry Washington. The production played to standing ovations every night and received rave reviews in local and national press. Director Peter Rowe said: 'This is incredibly exciting for everyone involved. The nomination is a credit to the cast, the creative team, the entire crew and all the staff at the New Wolsey who invested so much skill and energy in this wonderful new musical. I am very grateful to everyone who nominated the production.' This year's shortlist was based on nominations submitted by nearly 6,500 theatregoers.

Lost and Found at King's Lynn Arts Centre

King's Lynn Arts Centre is inviting members of the public to bring in items for its Lost and Found exhibition. Items that been found or words to represent items that were lost will be ceremoniously received on a red velvet cushion held by a white gloved bureau clerk, before being photographed, listed and displayed. Lost and Found is part of Aspire, an Arts Council England funded project involving nationally acclaimed and local artists, creative apprentices, young people and the community. The Lost and Found bureau is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, until 20 February.

Britten-Pears Easter Festival

Over the Easter weekend, 2-4 April, Aldeburgh Music will be presenting a programme of sacred vocal music spanning nearly three centuries - for its annual Britten-Pears Easter Festival. The festival features performances from vocal group The Sixteen; Ensemble Diderot and tenor Fernando Guimarães; and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Visit for more details.

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at firstsite

firstsite in Colchester recently presented the UK's Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef; a collaborative artwork which is part of worldwide project to highlight the plight of coral reef. Between 9 January and 10 February, people were encouraged to contribute to the reef, which has been touring the UK over the last year - supported by the Crafts Council. The project, which was created and developed by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, uses the same mathematical technique created by a Cornell University professor who realised the first physical model of a hyperbolic plane using crocheted wool.

The Clore Leadership Programme: Board Development

Applications for The Clore Leadership Programme's Board Away Days 2010/11 are now open. Held in partnership with the Cultural Leadership Programme, these one-day sessions enable the boards of cultural organisations to focus on how they are operating, how their relationship with the executive is working and how they are tackling issues. This development opportunity is available to 15 organisations, which will be selected to ensure a balance of artforms, size and location. The sessions will be held between May 2010 and March 2011. Applications close Friday 5 March 2010. Please note organisations directly run by local authorities are not eligible to apply. For further information including fees and the online application form visit the Board Development section at