Nelson Gombakomba

Panto antidotes are on offer at Norwich’s Playhouse venue this week, with shows focusing on folk music and comedy – each with a festive twist.

Home Stage bring A Festive Folk Journey to the St George’s Street venue on Monday, December 12, with four acts – Leap of Hare, the East Angles Brass Band, the ESChoir (Emergency Services Choir) and The Folk Club – offering contemporary carol performances.

A range of styles including shanties, spookies, drinking songs, Czech gypsy jazz, Bossa novas, the spoken word, singalong tunes and more is promised, with traditional Christmas songs and stories as well as a original pieces from Home Stage’s very own band led by trio Maddy Leedham, Florrie Crass, and Mark Fawcett.

The charity event will see profits from the £14 tickets go to support the North Norfolk Wheelyboat, North Norfolk respite breaks, and Home Stage’s creative writing support groups for isolated people.

On Thursday, December 15, the stage will feature six comedians and spoken word artists delivering some Christmas Cheer.

The line up features stand-up Tom Alban, local comedian Nelson Gombakomba, award-winning performer and writer Molly Naylor, Norwich-based writer and poet John Osborne, comedian Lauren Smith and resident MC of Norfolk based Hooma Comedy Club Martin Westgate.

Tickets for the show are £20.