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Rêve d’Herbert

Compagnie des Quidams

This spectacular outdoor celebration of the senses transformed Cathedral Close into a luminous dreamscape where performers became giant lanterns.


The Kindness of Strangers

curious directive

World Premiere

The Kindness of Strangers, a once in a lifetime theatre experience for the adventurous, set in the back of an ambulance.

★★★★ ‘Superb…a show with brains and a heart.’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘I watched a real ambulance on call with renewed admiration’ Financial Times

A curious directive and Norfolk and Norwich Festival co-production.

Ideas of Flight

The Voice Project

Ideas of Flight

World Premiere

The hundred-strong Voice Project were joined by Andy Sheppard and Trio Zéphyr for a choral song-cycle inspired by bird in flight in Norwich Cathedral and at St Benet’s Abbey.

‘This 100-voice choir are amazing, creating such soaring harmonies, so many variations of the most versatile instrument of all, the voice.’ Eastern Daily Press

Commissioned by The Voice Project and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Les Enfants Perdus

World Premiere

A fusion of the rib-tickling, the awe-inspiring, the sensational and the downright surreal, Les Enfants Perdus was a modern day variety show featuring contortionism, acrobatics, comedy and burlesque.

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival Production.

All 2013 companies & artists


  • Aurora Orchestra & Little Angel Theatre
  • Commotion Dance
  • Fevered Sleep
  • Monski Mouse
  • Travelling Lights


Presented in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

  • Ali Smith
  • Amit Chaudhuri
  • Chris Thorpe
  • Don Paterson
  • Eduardo Halfon
  • Eletronic Voice Phenomena
  • Hannah Lowe
  • Hannah Walker
  • Luke Wright
  • Nathan Penlington
  • Sophie Hannah
  • Will Self


  • Bluemouth inc.
  • Circa/I Fagiolini
  • Compagnie Galapiat
  • Curious directive
  • Franko B
  • Les 7 doigts de la main
  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
  • Still House

Visual Arts

  • Brian Griffiths
  • Caroline McCarthy
  • Funki Porcini
  • Houghton Revisited
  • Lynda Morris
  • Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
  • Rhona Byrne
  • Sven Werner

Free Outdoor

  • Bad Taste Company
  • Compagnie des Quidams
  • Inspector Sands
  • Ljud Group
  • OCM
  • Rag and Bone
  • Superhallo
  • Tilted Productions


  • Alasdair Roberts
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Bang On A Can All-Stars
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Clarinet Trio
  • Emily Portman
  • Festival Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • James Boyd
  • John Grant
  • Kayhan Kalhor
  • Khyam Allami & Vasilis Sarikis
  • Kristine Balanas & Reinis Zarins
  • Leporello Quartet
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Mariza
  • Oliver Coates
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Rokia Traoré
  • Sam Furness & Matthew Fletcher
  • Sam Lee & Friends
  • Steven Osbourne
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Bartholdy Quartet & Kei Takumi
  • The Soul Rebels
  • The Voice Project Quintet & Trio Zéphyr
  • Woodkid

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Arthur Jeffes
  • Circa
  • Les Enfants Perdus
  • Meow Meow
  • Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen
  • Ragroof Theatre
  • The Bo Nanafana Social Club
  • The Tiger Lillies