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A Festival of Norfolk Inspired Drama, March 6-10, 2006. Have a look at the full listing!

Here's a new idea for shedding those unwanted winter pounds: why not laugh, cry and cheer it off at the Festival of Norfolk Inspired Drama - Norfolk Non-Stop?

Norfolk-Non-Stop (Beth)
Norfolk-Non-Stop (Beth)
Norfolk-Non-Stop (Beth)

A diet of dialect and drama is surely the most painless of all regimes, and in terms of cultural fayre, this isn't just carrot crunching. There really is something to appeal to every taste: and many of the events can even be washed down with a good pint of ale.

So, what's on offer? Events range from free lunchtime 'snacks' at the Forum, to evening shows giving a full portion of entertainment.

On Monday the 6th, for instance, you can pop into the library at lunch and sample readings from the work of Victorian Norfolk author, Mary Mann, a novelist whose humour and pathos rivals Thomas Hardy and then at supper time, you can sit down in the company of renowned Radio 4 voice, Patience Tomlinson in the Origins Cinema and recapture her excitement as the Norfolk born actress discovered Mann's life and work in a personal voyage of discovery. If you miss out on this, there's an exhibition of the author's manuscripts and personal trinkets upstairs in the Heritage section, which will run all week.

Tuesday night's collation is a real treat for all Shakespeare lovers, as Midsummer-Night's Dream gets a reworking, Norfolk style. This comedy of mistaken identity and daft doings in the woods, incorporates mardling and molly dancing as tragedy gets turned on its head and love wins the day. An hour and a bit of classical squit! The show takes place upstairs at the Unthank Arms, and although the cast is pro, it's only a fiver, so you couldn't get better value for money. Potential punters are encouraged to roll up early, however, if they want to eat as well, or risk missing some of their favourite lines!

As usual, even if you can't make it at supper time, you can get a sneak preview around the library at lunch.

Wednesday sees the festival stray beyond the city limits, as a new Pub legend stamps the sawdust at the Barford Cock Inn. Real life Norfolk tales get woven up with the Greek myth of Perseus (you remember him: the one who had to bring back the snaky locked head of the Gorgon) to create a brand new legend. The show's called Snake Bite! And promises to grab you from the very start.

Don't despair if you're tied to the city, however, because you can nip into the Express Section in the library at lunch for the bite sized version and polish up your own Norfolk dialect with a bit of audience participation while you're at it.

Thursday not only brings another chance to see Mardling the Bard, but also gives you an excuse for a bit of a work out, as you try your own hand at Norfolk storytelling in a half hour session which is guaranteed to free your mind to the Norfolk muse, and lastly, Friday is a whole day given to our very own folk music: with a brief talk in the library at lunch and a whole evening of kicking up the sawdust at The Shed.

Sounds interesting? Come along and be part of it!

Norfolk-Non-Stop is a festival to celebrate the drama of Norfolk culture on a local and national scale. "A packed and important week" - Keith Skipper.