This year we have a whole month of events throughout July! Keep checking this page for updates as events are being added all the time.
Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July: Pride Schools Week
Schools across the county will be having Pride celebrations of their own. We have created resources you can use for assemblies etc. Email: email@example.com
Mondays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd July, 7-9pm: Playwriting with Pride
Local queer scriptwriter James McDermott takes us through a series of writing exercises, group discussions and scene readings, to learn tools and techniques to help us create queer characters, stories, forms and structures in plays. Workshops at Stage Two and Showcase at the Norwich Playhouse on 22nd July. For enquiries contact Stage Two reception on 01603 598600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd July, 7.30- 10pm: Samba with Pride
If you would like to join the Samba Band at the front of the Pride March, then come along to the open rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at The Talk, Oak Street, Norwich. Beginners are always welcome, no experience necessary and all instruments are provided. First rehearsal free. Cost: £6 (£4 concs) per session. www.norwichsamba.org
Wednesday 3rd July, 7.30pm: Riot Act
Norwich Theatre Royal’s Stage Two are hosting this powerful solo verbatim piece created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors, a 1970’s London radical- drag artist and a prominent 1990’s AIDS activist. Join us on a journey through six decades of queer history. It’s going to be a riot! Tickets £12 www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Thursday 4th July, 10.30am Bohemian Rhapsody
Special screening at Cinema City for Pride Schools Week. Tickets £4 per student. https://pheducation.wixsite.com/pheducation/ bohemian-rhapsody-norwich-pride
Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th July, 7-9pm: Sing with Pride
If you love singing in the shower, you will love singing with the Pride choir. Rehearsals are held at the Elms on Unthank Rd. Costs £6/£4 concessions; first rehearsal free. www.singwithpride.org.uk
Friday 5th July, 6pm: Before Stonewall
A special fundraising screening of the documentary ‘Before Stonewall’ at the Reindeer Pub on Dereham Rd. A fundraising event for Norwich Pride in association with Norfolk LGBT+ Meet Up. Tickets £6. BBQ also available (not included in the ticket price).
Book tickets (in advance only) online here.
Read more about Norfolk LGBT Meet Up.
Saturday 6th July, 3-4pm: David Shenton Knitting coming out Story
Join David Shenton as he performs “His Story of Knitting in Sixty-Three Stanzas” – a male knitting activism poetic play. The event will take place on the ground floor of the library in the Forum. www.norwichmillenniumlibrary.eventbrite.com
Tuesday 9th July, 2-4pm, Creative writing workshop
Paul Burston and Sophia Blackwell from the Polari Literary Lounge are offering a workshop for writers at the Maddermarket Theatre who want to share their work with an audience.The two-hour workshop will focus on flash fiction; or how to write a short, short story! Tickets are £5. To book your place email email@example.com
Tuesday 9th July, 7.30pm: Polari Literary Salon
London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to Norwich for our Stonewall 50 celebrations.
Hosted by author Paul Burston, Polari showcases the best in established and emerging LGBT+ literary talent.
For the rest of the line-up, including poet Sophia Blackwell and V.C. Lancaster, check out our website for up-to-date news. Tickets: £9 from the Maddermarket Theatre box office on 01603 620917 or online via www.norwichpride.org.uk/polari
Wednesday 10th July, 7pm: Jonathan Harvey in conversation
Join acclaimed writer Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing) in conversation with our own Writing Champion, writer James McDermott (Rubber Ring) at the Maddermarket Theatre. Jonathan Harvey is the multi-award-winning writer of the play and film Beautiful Thing, the BAFTA-nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People. Tickets: £9 Tickets available direct from the The Maddermarket Theatre box office on 01603 620917 or online via our website www.norwichpride.org.uk/jonathanharvey
Wednesday 10th July, 7.30pm: #DragQuiz
Fundraising for the education group Know Your Pride, David Mills’ part Drag Show and part Quiz is at the Birdcage Pub, Pottergate. Costs £3
11th-13th & 17th-20th July, 7.30pm (matinee at 2.30pm on 20th July) Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward
The Wings is a charity home for retired actresses. Memories, feuds and point-scoring span decades; old age is greeted with humour and lived with courage.Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB. Tickets £10/£9 www.sewellbarn.org
Thursday 11th and 18th July, 11-1pm: Mapping Norwich’s LGBT+ past
Help Norfolk Heritage Centre to create an interactive map of Norfolk’s LGBT+ history by sharing your stories. View maps from the collection and add your own LGBT landmarks. Norwich Millennium Library – Ground Floor Express
Friday 12th July, 8pm: It’s Miss Hope Springs
Live at the piano, join me, Miss Hope Springs, celebrated comedy cabaret chanteuse at
the Norwich Playhouse, playing and singing original musical numbers from my self-penned vintage Vegas repertoire going back to the early sixt… I mean seventies. Tickets £17.50. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/detail/ its-miss-hope-springs
Saturday 13th July, 10.30am: Storytime with Auntie Titania
Inspired by the drag story times of New York, Titania Trust will be telling stories and singing songs that open up the world, inspiring imagination and acceptance. Please arrive up to 30 minutes before the event to collect a sticker. FREE. Early Years Library, Ground Floor. www.titaniatrust.com/storytime
Saturday 13th July, 8pm: NOCTURNAL Suzi Ruffell
If you don’t have anxiety, I don’t think you’re concentrating! Star of Live At The Apollo, Live From The BBC, Mock The Week, Roast Battle and Live From The Comedy Store, Suzi Ruffell brings her critically-acclaimed show to the Norwich Playhouse. Tickets £12. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/detail/ suzi-ruffell
Sunday 14th July, 10.30am: Hopster Toddler Time
Cinema City invite you to discover a range
of heart-warming stories featuring positive LGBT+ characters. These short animated films encourage children to celebrate diversity and dare to be who they want to be. www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City/ film/hopster-showtime-pride
Tuesday 16th July, 1pm – 2pm, A Queer history of Norfolk
Join Jo Foster-Murdoch, Queer History MA student, as she takes us on a tour through Norfolk’s LGBT+ histories and shares her research on the topic. Free event, first come first seated. Norwich Millennium Library – Second floor, Vernon Castle Room www.norwichmillenniumlibrary.eventbrite.com
Thursday 18th July – Wednesday 7th August: Mann up
Mann Up is a showcase exhibition featuring ceramics, textiles and fine art pieces by artist, designer and lecturer Mark Mann at Gallery
in the Lanes, 25 Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1AG.A celebration of the domestic interiors created by homosexual men in a time when homosexuality was illegal. The work often uses coded imagery to convey queer meaning. www.galleryinthelanes.co.uk
Friday 19th July, 8.30pm: Steve Nice Pride Quiz Show
Steve Nice invites you out of the closet and into the Bowling House for a fun-filled quiz night celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. Take a jump to the left, and a step to the right as we time warp through fifty years of queer history. Incredible prizes including £50 cash and some sandwiches prepared by Sandi Toksvig. www.bowlinghouse.co.uk
Saturday 20th July, 4pm, Guerilla Knitting Workshop
Join local artist and illustrator David Shenton for a guerilla knitting workshop for men (and everyone else!). The event will take place on the ground floor of the library in the Forum. www.norwichmillenniumlibrary.eventbrite.com
Saturday 20 July, tours at 11.30am and 3pm: LGBT+ at the Castle Tour
To celebrate Norwich Pride 2019, Norwich Castle is exploring LGBT+ stories through our historic and art collections. From non-normative gender and sexuality across history to the celebration of same-sex marriage today, join us for this wonderful tour across the museum, putting LGBT+ narratives at the heart of the Castle itself. Included with museum admission.
Saturday 20th July, 11-5pm: Stonewalls Roller Derby Sevens tournament
Norfolk Roller Derby will be welcoming skaters from across the country to Sewell Park Academy to raise money for Norwich Pride. Queer and Trans skaters are well represented at all levels of the sport, from beginner to world champions. Sparkly outfits and high speed fun GUARANTEED. Spectator tickets available on the door or in advance at £8. www.facebook.com/events/436686596894892/
Monday 22 July – Saturday 3rd August. Pimp my Unicorn!
A brand new 2 week festival of art poetry performance and politics celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riot. FREE! St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July, 10am to 4pm, Pride of the People: helping history out of the closet exhibition. Curated by Ancient House Teenage History Club this exhibition explores what it was like to be an LGBTQ+ or queer person in the past. Includes the stories of Princess Catherine Duleep Singh and Lina Schafer, Robert Carlton, and Justin Fashanu. Millennium Library in the Forum.
Monday 22nd July, 6pm: A history of Pride with Matthew Todd
Waterstones Norwich are delighted to welcome author of the Elton John- acclaimed memoir/ polemic “Straight Jacket” to talk about his latest publication, “Pride”, documenting the milestones in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. Matt is being interviewed by author Simon James Green. Tickets are £3, available from www.waterstones.com and are redeemable against the book on the night.
Tuesday 23rd July, 7.30pm: An Evening with Sue Lane and friends
Join singer/songwriter Sue Lane and friends at the Theatre Royal Norwich’s Stage Two to celebrate Norwich Pride by performing a whole host of songs, including a couple of marvellous OUT140s. Tickets £10/£7 www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Wednesday 24th July, 4-6pm: Mind Rainbow Garden Party
Relax with us in our lovely gardens at 50 Sale Rd and find out about our new pilot project exploring the wellbeing and mental health needs of the LGBTQ+ community. We’d love to hear your ideas about what the project could offer. Email email@example.com for more information.
Wednesday 24th July, 6.15pm: Are you Proud?
Join director Ashley Joiner at Cinema City for a screening of their film that brings together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of historical campaigns to celebrate the LGBTQ+ movement’s landmark achievements. https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_ City/film/are-you-proud-director-qanda
Thursday 25th – 28th July: Laugh in the Park This year’s festival of comedy features Stephen K Amos on Pride night! www.redcardcomedyclub.com
Thursday 25th July, 7.30pm: Algorithms (Sadie Clark & Laura Elmes Productions). A bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, this tragicomic one-woman play and its lovably hapless heroine is for anyone who’s wondered why they feel so lonely when connecting with others is meant to be easier than ever. “A brave, bold and brilliantly funny show” (Lisa Walters, Channel 4) Tickets £3, suitable for 14+. Read more and book online with Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Friday 26 July, 2.30pm to 3.30pm: Queer History Tour of Norwich Castle
Teenage History Club will reveal the queer stories and artefacts on display at Norwich Castle. Free but advanced booking essential. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leapinghare/tvkrvqkfbclid=IwAR2_1OkZus2BFPYSj4twB8msfJCYTRjw137n1qDQ5fshTkHC_RsIcFkMhks
Friday 26th July, 6pm: Tony Mann Petanque showcase
National Petanque champion and proud gay man Tony Mann will be sharing his skills and taking on challengers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday 26th July, 7pm: Writing Anne lister
Join feminist historian Dr Jill Liddington in the Library in the Forum as she tells the remarkable story of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall (1791-1840), the central character of BBC1’s new drama series Gentleman Jack. Anne was a scholar and traveller, a landowner and a lesbian. Her compelling diaries run to over four million words, one-sixth written in her own private code, recording in vivid detail her affairs with other women. Tickets £5 on the door (includes glass of wine)
Friday 26th July, from 9pm: Pre-Pride Karaoke
Join Billy for some Pre-Pride Karaoke at Lollards Pit Pub, 69-71 Riverside Rd, Norwich NR1 1SR. Open til Midnight.
SATURDAY 27TH JULY IS PRIDE DAY
Here are some of the events that have been organised to run alongside the main celebrations.
Saturday 27th July, 10.15-11.15: Queer history tour of the Museum of Norwich Teenage History Club will reveal the queer stories and artefacts on display at Museum of Norwich, Bridewell. Free but advanced booking essential. Book online here.
Saturday 27th July, from 5pm Spectrum at Revolution, Queens St.
With live music and DJs, Revolution will be transformed into a house of music, extravagance and love.
Saturday 27th July, 1.30-8.30pm, Pride on the Green
The Birdcage Pub, Pottergate will be creating a platform in which members of the LGBT+ community can express their stories, present poetry and performance focusing on issues relating to activism, queerness, intergenerational stories, trans rights and gender issues with a celebratory DJ set to finish.
Saturday 27th Jul, 2pm-4am, Drag with No Name and Eva Inglesias
The Castle Pub, BBQ from 5pm, www.thecastle-pub.com
Saturday 27th July: 12pm – 2am, Pride Party with Outside Bar
Lollards Pit, 69-71 Riverside Rd, Norwich NR1 1SR
Saturday 27th July: 10pm – 6.30am, 2 floors of music with DJs Sam Kelly and Phil Bond
Loft NR1, www.loftnr1.co.uk
Saturday 27th July: Candy Land Pride, 9pm – 5am
Fetch in association with Open, www.fetchnorwich.com
Special Guest DJ Lee Harris, Stage Shows, Drag Queen Hosts, Glitter Face Painter, Free Candy
Saturday 27th July: Pride Party – Peppermint from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, 7pm to 1am
OPEN Norwich, tickets from £15, opennorwich.org.uk
Prepare to lip sync for your life as Drag Race diva Peppermint is headlining the Norwich Pride after party.
Sunday 28th July, 11am: Pride Service
The Octagon Unitarian Chapel on Colegate has long been home to radical free-thinkers and is welcoming and inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. We warmly invite you to join us for a celebration of Pride. All are welcome. The Service is followed by tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation. www.octagonchapelnorwich.org.uk
Sunday 28th July, 6.30pm: True Stories Live, Breathless
Join us at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, King Street for a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories about their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience. www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
Sunday 28th July, from 6.30pm Pride Bingo
Win something rainbow related or cash at Lollard’s Pit Pub, Riverside Rd.