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Vintage Norwich Pops On Some Leg Warmers!

Want some romance? Some comedy? A frizzy perm? The Wedding Singer is showing this week at The Playhouse. This performance will tickle your 80s fancy and tick off all your rom com needs. And you won’t be the one sporting the gigantic perm- unless you want to that is…

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We were lucky enough to see the opening night of this laugh a minute performance on Wednesday night. It was everything we hoped! We were dazzled by popping neons, big BIG hair, a variety of incredible 80s costumes- not forgetting an array of merengue wedding dresses!

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Hats off –or maybe leg warmers- to the hardworking cast. Each character was 100% believable, even fake Elvis had me wondering if The King had actually returned! It was clear that a great amount of effort, energy, and time had been put into this heart-warming performance. It was very well rehearsed and polished to sparkling, glittering perfection.

The leading couple were the perfect pick for these roles. Both doing musical justice to the many solos they had to perform throughout the show. The professional ability displayed by them, and indeed the whole cast, was really impressive. These guys can really rock out a tune!

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Each scene had us hooked, and each song had us tapping our toes. We can’t quite get over some of the amazing choreography in the show: 80s boogying, nanny bopping, awesome gymnastic displays- even a cheeky little pole dance!

The Playhouse and it’s cosy intimate atmosphere makes the perfect setting for this popular romantic comedy.  The Wedding Singer is a must see vintage performance that closes on Saturday.

Our final thoughts? A bright, bouncy, and downright brilliant performance from the cast of The Wedding Singer. Well done guys! Go see it. Go see it today!

The Wedding Singer is showing at the Playhouse till Saturday the 1st June.

Vintage Shopping : Shade of Pale


Magdalen Street has become a bit of  ‘must go to’ destination in Norwich. One of the newest additions is the shop Shade of Pale (near Lloyds TSB bank) which opened in April 2012. Owner Bren Tuttle is no rookie on the vintage scene, having sold at Aladdin’s cave both in the shop itself and at the Saturday fleamarket.

With a lovely big shop front, walking past is a bit like walking by a sweet  shop, with lots of things to draw the eye. The shop itself has several sellers, which makes for an eclectic mix of china, furniture and collectables.


The shop was full browsers and shoppers, and with treasures dotted everywhere it’s a great place to look for inspiration for your home. The great thing about a vintage inspired home is that you can create something eclectic or stick to a decade, use an array of vintage items or just dot a few items like an old camera on a bookshelf or something pretty on your dressing table to add interest. However you choose to style your home, buying vintage items adds a uniqueness that’s special.


Anyone looking to recreate a kitchen like your gran had, or build a dinner service that’s either for everyday or a special occasion should take a look in this shop. The great thing about shops like this, is that you never know what you’ll find and sometimes that’s something that you didn’t even know you wanted! It’s always fun to see how people react to items that bring back a memory for them too. One shopper picked up some bowls then  recalled to her friend how her mum used to have these same bowls and how they were brought out at Christmas for the prawn cocktails, another shopper cooed at some vintage Sindy and Barbie furniture.



As well all these lovely items from the past, Bren is also a supporter of local designers too. Displayed in one of the several cabinets was a collection bangles and necklaces which had been cleverly created by up-cycling cutlery. All created by Tom Green of Filby Fayre Creative Crafts, like many things in this shop, these really would make a great gift.


This shop is a fabulous little gem, it’s one to put on your list of shops to explore if you haven’t already. You can find Shade of Pale at 67-69 Magdalen Street. The opening hours are Tues-Fri 10:30am-4pm and Sat 10am-4pm.

Visit the Shade of Pale Facebook page



The Waterfront, Norwich

14th June 7:30pm

Buster and the boys are back for a Summertime knees up! Bad Manners have always been a non stop party band & continue to hold that high accolade to this date, touring extensively both here & abroad. For an evening of aggressive and highly danceable good-time ska look no further than Bad Manners!

Between 1980 & 1983 Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the pop charts & had 15 hit singles including Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew, Lorraine, Just a Feelin’, Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, Can Can & Walking In The Sunshine to name but a few.


80s Night + Hit Parade

The Waterfront, Norwich

1st June 10pm

Price: £3.50 – £4.50

Main Room – Get into the Groove with all your 80s favourites

In the Studio – 60s / 70s hits with DJ Flob

Drink promos; Carlsberg Cans & VKs £1.50 plus any 2 bombs for £5 all night!!

Check out our Facebook page for extra offers & promotions!

Buy tickets for Pout At The Devil for only £5adv (6.30pm-10pm) and get into the club for free!!

Please note: This event is for over 18’s only