Award-winning cabaret star - Mat Ricardo

Award-winning cabaret star Mat Ricardo entertained over 60 residents whilst touring Ashill, Necton, Harling, Attleborough, Shipdham and Necton from 4-8 Feb with the Silver Social.

The show opened with Mat Ricardo balancing a small table on his forehead, complete with a china cup and saucer on top! The gentleman juggler wowed us with his tricks which included juggling cigar boxes and ten-pin bowling balls! He also performed a daring spine-tingling trick called the neck crane.

We were on the edge of our seats whilst Mat balanced objects on a knifes-edge. At moments, we couldn't believe our eyes! At the end of the show Mat performed his famous ‘tablecloth trick’ removing a tablecloth (and putting it back) from a fully laid table, without any broken crockery in sight :)

We shared a wonderful week full of laughter and surprise. We would like to thank everyone who came along, despite the cold and wet weather. And also, thank you to Mat Ricardo for putting on such a brilliant show in Breckland’s community venues.

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A Hollywood Extravaganza with Glass House Dance

Last week residents took part in Glass House Dance’s ‘Dance & Social’ workshop at libraries throughout the district, singing and dancing along to some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals!

As a group we discussed our favourite musicals moments and then re-enacted them. We gently warmed up with a routine to Oklahoma’s ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’ followed by a hand-jiving game along to the Grease soundtrack. We found our feet and twirled along in pairs to the King and I’s ‘Shall we dance.’ By the end of the workshop, some were confident enough to don top hats, grab a cane and learn a simple Charleston step to Fred Astaire’s ‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.’

The Silver Social had a fantastic time sharing this experience with Breckland residents and would like to thank Glass House Dance for this wonderfully inclusive workshop and also to thank the libraries in Thetford, Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough and Watton for being part of the show!

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Silver Social shortlisted for the National Campaign for the Arts #HeartsForTheArts!

We're very excited to announce that the Silver Social has been shortlisted for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) #HeartsForTheArts Best Local Authority Arts Initiative.

Find out more here.

The winners of the "Hearts For The Arts" Awards 2019 will selected by a panel including writer and broadcaster, Samira Ahmed, actor Les Dennis and Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre. The winners will be announced on Thursday 14 February.

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NEW Silver Social Promotional Video 2018

We are delighted to present a brand new Silver Social promotional video, showcasing workshops with Anna Mudeka and Joe Mace & Carl Cole and a performance by Bowjangles, just some of the many workshops & activities that residents enjoyed during 2018, as part of the Silver Social Project. 

Thank you to everyone who has attended Silver Social events throughout the year and to all the fabulous artists we have worked with. We’re looking forward to seeing you again at events throughout 2019!

Produced by Eye Film 2018. 

Award-winning Cabaret Star - Mat Ricardo vs The World

In February 2019, the world-class juggling, magician and illusionist Mat Ricardo, will be touring rural venues in Breckland with the Silver Social project. His sleight of hand, knife throwing and stand-up comedy will certainly have audiences captivated and laughing in the aisles.

Mat will be showcasing his variety performance show in Ashill, East Harling, Attleborough, Shipham and Necton from 4th - 8th February 2019. Tickets for Mat’s wonderful show are just £5 and include refreshments.

Hollywood musical dance extravaganza

In January 2019 we welcome back Glass House Dance to Silver Social for their Hollywood musical extravaganza workshop!

Glasshouse Dance will be hosting a series of free, fun and uplifting musical and dance workshops featuring some of the world’s greatest musicals. Running from 21-23 January 2019 in Thetford, Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough and Watton, the Glass House Dance group urge participants “to come along for free, dress up for the workshops and enjoy a social dance with tea and cake!”

These sessions which are open to all ages, with particular focus towards the elderly and are dementia inclusive.

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Bowjangles bring the ‘Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe’ to Breckland

Earlier this year string-quartet Bowjangles won the ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award at the Edinburgh Festival and we were absolutely thrilled to bring their performance of ‘Excalibow’ to village halls and community venues throughout the Breckland District last week.

‘Excalibow’ was an action-packed energetic performance, with audience participation, tales of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and characters of pure fantasy. There were plenty of musical references for all to enjoy, from Abba to the Rolling Stones!

Across the week, the Silver Social saw their highest number of attendees to date and we were delighted to welcome back familiar faces and also to meet so many new people attending for the very first time.

The feedback from the audience was incredibly positive, some residents commenting on the fact that they had never seen a show like it before! Others mentioned how they loved the show, were entertained by the musicians’ talent and impressed by their ability to play instruments, sing and dance all at the same time!

The Silver Social would like to thank everyone who attended and also to thank Bowjangles for putting on such a fantastic show.

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Making some noise with Joe & Carl

From 12-14th November, talented musicians Joe Mace & Carl Cole took to venues in Dereham, Harling, Watton, Attleborough and Swaffham with their ‘Music Making’ workshops.

Joe & Carl filled each venue with instruments, some familiar and some of which we’d never seen before! This was a fantastic opportunity to be experimental and playful. Led by Joe & Carl, we played solo, as a group and even had some sing-alongs.

These workshops gave an opportunity for all to get involved, regardless of experience and ability, to feel the rhythm and make some noise!

Thank you to Joe & Carl for their expertise and encouragement and to all the residents who attended.

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Music of our Ancestors with Anna Mudeka

We all thoroughly enjoyed a week of performances by wonderful Zimbabwean musician Anna Mudeka. During the performance of 'Music of our Ancestors,' Anna played traditional instruments such as the Mbira whilst seamlessly weaving story with song, bringing the experience of southern African culture to audiences across Breckland.

As an audience we clapped along to begin with, after some motivation from Anna we found our rhythm and even joined in with the singing!

It was also lovely to see the familiar faces of residents who had already taken part in Anna Mudeka’s workshops in October.

Thank you to Anna Mudeka and to everyone who attended!

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Singing, Movement and African Drumming with Anna Mudeka

What a week we’ve had with the wonderful Anna Mudeka, and her Singing, Movement and African Drumming workshops in Breckland’s libraries.  Many of our venues have seen the highest number of people yet engaging with the Silver Social with the workshops attracting some of our youngest visitors yet, at less than 2 years old.  Participants used clapping, shakers and drums to create African beats that complimented the soulful singing of Anna and the participants.

Anna will be back with performances in Libraries across Breckland in November.  Tickets £5 – reserve yours now on our events page.