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our pick of September events in West Suffolk
WALDEN: HAROLD PINTER THEATRE [TBC], Abbeygate Cinema; Wednesday 8th September, 7:30pm After returning from a year-long Moon mission, Cassie, a NASA botanist, finds herself in a remote cabin in the woods, where her estranged twin sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, has found a new life with climate activist Bryan. Old wounds resurface as the sisters attempt to pick up the pieces of the rivalry that broke them apart. A debut play by Amy Berryman, starring Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Fehinti Balogun (Juliet, Naked) and Lydia Wilson (The Duchess of Malfi).
MAYA THE BEE: THE GOLDEN ORB [U], Abbeygate Cinema;
Sunday 11th September, 10:30am
When Maya, a headstrong little bee, and her best friend Willi, rescue an ant princess they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them to strange new worlds and test their friendship to its limits.
DANGEROUS LIAISONS: THE NORTHERN BALLET [TBC], Cambridge Picturehouse; Thursday 14th September, 6:15pm
Sex. Power. Cruelty. Deceit. Two bored aristocrats spin a web of heartbreak in 18th century France. It may seem like a game, but lives will be ruined and love irrevocably lost. Northern Ballet’s bodice-ripping retelling of Dangerous Liaisons is performed and filmed by their incredible dancers in a cinema first that pulls you into their stage. Set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, you’ll feel every heartbeat of this scintillatingly scandalous ballet.
I’M YOUR MAN [15], Abbeygate Cinema; Tuesday 14th September, 7:30pm
Recently separated forty-something Alma (Maren Eggert, in her Berlinale award-winning performance) is a research scientist at Berlin’s magnificent Pergamon Museum, and entirely dedicated to her work. Needing research funds, she’s persuaded by her supervisor to participate in an extraordinary study: she must live with a human-like robot designed to be her ideal companion. Thus, Alma is introduced to the unflappably upbeat Tom (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), a handsome A.I. creation. In German with English subtitles.
ESCAPE FROM EXTINCTION [12A], Abbeygate Cinema; Friday 17th September, 5pm
This pioneering feature explores the critical efforts of zoos and aquariums across the globe as they race to protect and preserve animals from all seven of Earth’s continents. With the very web of life on the planet being threatened in what scientists are calling a ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’, such zoological organisations are nature’s last arks of hope in preserving the rich legacy of life on our world.
 A scene from The Ballad of Maria Marten
THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTEN, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal;
Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th September (see website for show times)
A thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery. It’s summer, 1827. In a red barn, Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her body is found under the floor of the barn in a grain sack, barely identifiable, and the manhunt begins. Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country, but in all this hysteria her own story gets lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s spine-tingling retelling rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life. Age Guidance: 13+. Tickets from £10.50
DAD’S ARMY RADIO SHOW, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal;
Tuesday 21st September, 7:30pm
Two actors, two microphones, over twenty-five characters – and lots of sound effects! Perry and Croft’s classic BBC sitcom brought gloriously to life by two
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal;
Sunday 5th September, 7:30pm
The Bury St Edmunds Concert Band return to the theatre for a memorable concert evening to celebrate the finale of the terrific summer season of The Proms, as they perform popular classics and patriotic anthems; featuring the incredible ‘Finlandia’, as well as music from Hairspray, Rocky, and a tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh.
There will of course be the opportunity for plenty of singing and flag-waving as they conclude with ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Tickets from £10.50
THE FRATELLIS, Cambridge Junction;
Saturday 18th September, 7pm
The Fratellis announce an intimate run of shows this September in support of their brand new album 'Half
master performers. David Benson (Goodnight Sweetheart and One Man, Two Guvnors) and Jack Lane (Wisdom of a Fool and 7 Days) transport the audience right back to Walmington, working from original radio scripts – complete with sound effects, vintage music and all of the beloved characters and catchphrases. Featuring three episodes newly adapted for stage; ‘When You’ve Got to Go’, ‘My Brother and I’ and ‘Never Too Old’. Tickets from £10:50
SUNNY SIDE UP, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal;
Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th September
The hilarious and moving account of a struggling Yorkshire coast B&B and the people who run it. Join down-to-earth proprietors Barney, Cath and Tina, as they share their stories of awkward clients, snooty relatives and eggs-over-easy, in this seaside feel-good rollercoaster which digs into what ‘staycations’ are all about. Godber’s latest play addresses the problems of levelling up, leaving home, and never forgetting where you come from. Age guidance 14+. Tickets from £10.50
Drunk Under A Full Moon', that’s out now. This new album follows their critically acclaimed release 'In Your Own Sweet Time', their first top 5 UK album in 10 years, and this new one very much continues on this upward trajectory and is likely to become a signature moment in the band's career. Tickets: £12.50 (adv)
NEWTON FAULKNER, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds;
Thursday 30th September, 8pm
Newton Faulkner makes soulful and heartfelt acoustic blues with a pop edge and a distinctively laid-back style. His music covers many genres, and throughout Newton's immensely successful career he has sold over 1.5 million records with 180 million streams, making him one of the UK’s most successful singer- songwriters this millennium. Tickets £26.50 (inc £1 booking fee)

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