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Hall to host a tribute to ‘the Queen of Pop’

Audiences at Beccles Public Hall are being encouraged to 'Get into the Groove' with the UK's leading Madonna tribute artist.


Tasha Leaper will be at the theatre on Saturday, November 23, to perform a catalogue of the American icon's hits throughout the decades.


Joined by two backing dancers, Tasha is hoping to have everyone dancing during the show, which starts at 8.15pm.


She began her career as a professional dancer and worked at various high-profile events supporting the likes of Take That, before she began impersonating Madonna 13 years ago.


She said: "I start with her songs from about 2005 in the first half, such as Music and Ray of Light, through to Vogue and Express Yourself, and then I work backwards to all the favourites of the 80s in the second half.


“People will recognise all her famous dance routines and iconic costumes and I hope that everyone will get up and dance. I've been doing it for such a long time, but I still get a buzz from performing her songs."


Tickets are £14.50.


Tasha’s performance will round off a busy week at the Hall, with a popular film on the big screen and a piano bar open for business.


On Thursday, November 21, British film Fisherman’s Friends, starring Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton will be shown at 2pm.


It tells the true story of 10 fishermen from Cornwall who are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of sea shanties.


And popular entertainer Ian Sainsbury returns for his last pop-up piano bar of the year on Friday, November 22, at 7.30pm.


Audiences can relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the Hall’s bar while listening to his wide repertoire and witty banter. Requests welcome.


Looking ahead, Christmas Brass with Great Yarmouth Brass will get the festive season at Beccles Public Hall underway with a concert of festive favourites for all the family on Friday, December 13.


To book, pop into the box office, Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 3pm, or call 01502 770060 between these times.


Alternatively visit www.becclespublichall.co.uk

Band set to celebrate the 60s era on Beccles stage

An award-winning band will bring the stage alive at Beccles Public Hall with the sounds of the 60s.

The Zoots, who were named International Cover Band of the Year in 2018, have sold more than one million downloads, played over 1000 shows and have wowed audiences across 30 countries.


But for lead singer Jamie Goddard, performing in Beccles on Saturday, November 9, will be especially nostalgic because it is where he and backing singer Harriet Lowther have visited several times on their travels - but never performed.


Jamie said: “The Zoots have played in front of audiences on four continents, from Israel to Italy, Havana to Venice and Barcelona to Montego Bay, but there’s something especially nerve-wracking about playing to a crowd where you spend your holidays.”


Harriet added: “It’s our first time and it will be really special to play to some old friends and some new ones too.”


The two-hour show is an energetic, non-stop performance, which will take audiences on a journey back in time with 50 hit songs from the 1960s.


The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Small Faces are just some of the bands The Zoots will celebrate.


Formed in 2009, The Zoots hail from Berkshire and initially operated as a 1960s tribute act only. They have since progressed and expanded their repertoire to include the 70s, 80s and 90s.


Now based in Wiltshire, the band consists of five young musicians, which also includes guitarist Adam Woodhouse, drummer Ian Bostic and bassist Tommy Lloyd.


Lesley Cox, Event Coordinator at Beccles Public Hall said: “We are really excited to have secured The Zoots as part of our autumn programme. They are world renowned and highly talented. If you can think of a well-known 60s song, you can almost guarantee they will perform it - we fully expect them to raise the roof!”

Tickets for The Zoots, ‘Sounds of the 60s’ are £17 (concessions £15) and are available by popping into the Box Office, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm, or by calling 01502 770060 between these times.

Alternatively visit www.becclespublichall.co.uk


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Media Contact: Produced and distributed on behalf of Beccles Public Hall by Louisa Lay. For more information call Lesley Cox, 01502 770060, or Louisa Lay 07779609037.


Picture Caption: The Zoots will be performing at Beccles Public Hall on November 9.

Credit The Zoots.

Bumper autumn programme kicks off

Beccles theatre goers can look forward to a month of huge variety thanks to the latest shows booked at the town’s Public Hall.
Films, music, dancing, a quiz and even a murder mystery are part of the packed line-up for September.

Popular Norfolk entertainer heads across the border for theatre show

Journalist, author and broadcaster Keith Skipper is taking the leap from Norfolk into Suffolk next month to entertain audiences with his unique take on local life. 


The popular personality will make a welcome return to Beccles Public Hall for a Sunday afternoon mardle, with a huge helping of squit and wit thrown in for good measure. 


Keith, who has both spoken and written about Norfolk since 1962, began his career at Eastern Counties Newspapers and now presents regular stints on Radio Norfolk.


He was the ‘ringleader’ of The Press Gang, a group of Norfolk entertainers who travelled around the county for 25 years, providing laughter to thousands of people, while raising money for charity.  


He will be on the Hall stage from 2.30pm on Sunday, September 8.

Shakespearian theatre company returning to Beccles

A company that has delighted audiences for two decades with productions of classic and Shakespearian plays will return to Beccles on Thursday.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be Roughcast’s 15th  Shakespeare play and ninth summer tour.


And the cast will be stopping at Beccles Public Hall for one night only on July 11 before they set off on the second leg of their third European tour. 


With a focus on fast-paced and clear story-telling, Roughcast's summer Shakespeare comedies have become a regular fixture in many a theatre-lover's diary.

Exciting times ahead

There’s so much going on at the Hall at the moment. 

  • Ian Sainsbury is back at the Hall with popup pianobar this Friday 21 June.

  • The What’s On Brochure July – October 2019 is out now so please do pop down to the Hall for your copy or you can download the pdf here.

  • There are lots of exciting things to come including:

  • A welcome visit from Norfolk’s very own Keith Skipper,

  • Bungay Theatre Group present their Murder Mystery Supper - a first for the Hall

  • Songbird – the music of Fleetwood Mac,

  • A wonderful toe tapping Ceilidh with music by the ever popular Skiphire

  • And, in October, we are very excited to be able to welcome James Bolam and Susan Jameson to the Hall to give us a musical celebration of English Eccentrics

2020 Beccles Calendar is now available

The 2020 Beccles Calendar is now available and costs just £5. After lots of feedback we’ve changed the size to A4 so postage to friends abroad should be cheaper. Enormous thanks go to the Beccles Camera Club for taking and selecting the photos – it looks great and will make a lovely Christmas present. I’ve bought two already. Available NOW from the Box Office

We’re Recruiting

We’re Recruiting – Beccles Public Hall is looking for a new part-time Events Coordinator.  We’re looking for someone with a passion for entertainment who can organise and deliver an enticing programme of events to appeal to all. So if theatre is your scene, visit our jobs page for more details.

Closing date for applications is June 28th 2019

Fans of Motown and northern soul music are in for a special treat this weekend

Fans of Motown and northern soul music are in for a special treat this weekend at Beccles Public Hall.

Soul Galore will see DJ’s Garry Emms, Steve Copeman and Alan Monsey entertaining party goers with the best-loved hits from the era on Saturday, June 15, from 8pm-midnight.

Celebration will be the theme of the evening as it coincides with Garry’s birthday.

He said: “I discovered this type of sound when I was 15 and I have been DJ’ing on and off ever since. It will be a really enjoyable evening and I hope that lots of people will come down to the Hall and support it.

“In the past we have had some brilliant nights in Beccles and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday.”

Tickets are available from the box office, open 10am-3pm, Monday to Saturday, by calling 01502 770060 or by visiting www.becclespublichall.org.uk

Norfolk duo to bring a bit of ‘squit’ to town theatre

A popular Norfolk double act will be crossing the border later this month to perform their latest show at a Beccles theatre.
If It’s Laughter Your After with Olly Day and Nigel ‘boy’ Syer takes place at the town’s Public Hall and Theatre on Saturday, May 25.
With decades of experience between them, the seasoned professionals have built up a huge following across East Anglia, with their latest variety show featuring the usual much-loved mix of comedy, music, magic and some good ole Norfolk yarn.
“We are really excited to come back to Beccles,” said Olly. “For 17 years I did a variety show at the Public Hall for the local police, so it will be nice to get a chance to do a show in the town again.
“Nigel and I actually grew up in the same road in Norwich, although we didn’t know each other until we started working together at the same Norfolk functions - the rest is history really.”
Olly and Nigel have been performing to full houses in the longest running summer season show at Gorleston, while Olly has spent the past eight years starring in the End of the Pier Christmas Show at Cromer.
“The Beccles audience can expect some music from Nigel on his accordion, as well as some local jokes, while I’ll be doing magic with audience participation,” said Olly.
“During the second half we will unite for The Fisherman, which is an affectionate look at the east coast fishing industry.”
The pair will be joined by special guest Rachel King, who will entertain on a variety of instruments, including the pan pipes.

Hire the hall. We are here for everyone.

We have two types of events at the Hall – the fundraisers and the private hires.


The Hall is a community venue so everyone is welcome to hire it during the day or evening throughout the week for meetings, events, classes, parties, anniversaries, fundraisers and performances.

If you’d like to find out more about hiring the Hall do contact us or click on “Hire the Hall“.
We have a packed wide ranging programme of events from the drama of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” to comedy

with Olly Day and Nigel “boy” Syer.

There’s music to tempt you including tributes to Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd and
AC/DC and the ever-popular Jazz Unlimited are back in May, if

you love Queen, then do come to our Friday film night to see “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

As this is our first Friday film night, book 6 or more tickets in advance and get a small glass of wine each ….

a perfect start to a weekend :)