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.


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!


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.

Autumn Silver Social events programme announced!

Internationally recognised artists, Edinburgh Fringe winners and vibrant local musical talent are at the heart of the new Silver Social programme of workshops and performances which is set tour Breckland this autumn.

Recent winners of the ‘Spirit of Edinburgh Fringe 2018’, Bowjangles - an all singing, dancing and comedy string quartet group, headline this pulsating new Autumn tour programme, which is set to visit multiple locations including Swaffham, Watton, East Harling, Dereham and Attleborough from October through to late November.

This highly anticipated programme starts with a series of soulful singing and African drumming workshops from the award winning Zimbabwean artist Anna Mudeka, who will be holding her free-to-attend workshops in Thetford Library on October 1, followed by workshops in Dereham and Swaffham on October 2, then Attleborough and Watton on October 3.  The wonderfully powerful singer will then return later in November for a series of highly acclaimed performances across Breckland, with tickets just £5.

Celebrated local musicians Joe Mace and Carl Cole will also be hosting a series for free creative music making workshops across Breckland in mid-November, which promises to offer a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment, but with also lots of cake and tea!  The workshops, which are free to attend, will be hosted in East Harling, Swaffham, Watton and Attleborough.

Bowjangles, the energetic string quartet, fresh from presenting their 2018 Edinburgh Festival award winning show, complete the Silver Social Autumn programme with ‘Excalibow’, a rollercoaster performance, full of music, comedy and with almost every musical genre you could imagine, including Abba! This wonderful show starts its Breckland tour on November 26th at Attleborough Methodist Church at 2p.m, then visits Swaffham (November 27th) Dereham (November 20th), East Harling (November 20th) and concludes at Watton Christian Community Church Centre on Friday 30th November at 2 p.m.

Visit our events page for more details on each of the activities, to reserve your tickets and arrange transport if needed.

Martin Figura: Anything but a Catastrophe

Martin Figura returned to Breckland with a tour of his performance Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, in which he contemplated love, loss & when to let go. 

Poetry lovers were enthralled with Martin's mesmerising performances that showcased his talent which audiences appreciated. 

Martin told the story of his adulthood, using sound, images, poetry, machinery and the moon to navigate through marriage, divorce, a father/son road trip and raising a headstrong daughter with Down’s Syndrome.

A Little Love is a Big Hit

Breckland audiences loved Spiltmilk Dance's show of fairytale romances, full-on obsessions, awkward break-ups and magnificent everyday acts of affection combine in a heart-warming, heart-breaking, and at times completely absurd cabaret 

Spiltmilk toured the Silver Social's community venue circuit in Ashill, Harling, Mattishall, Necton and Shipdham. 

A truly unique show which was something between a sketch show, a rom com, and a glitter bomb, Spiltmilk Dance had audiences singing, dancing and joining in the love revolution!