Ipswich: Night of chat with leading author de Bernieres

Louis de Bernieres will be at the Sir John Mills Theatre this Sunday. Picture: Niick Butcher

Louis de Bernieres will be at the Sir John Mills Theatre this Sunday. Picture: Niick Butcher

Eastern Angles’ artistic director Ivan Cutting will be quizzing acclaimed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres this Sunday.

The night of chat and song, which starts at 7.30pm, is part of the Ipswich-based theatre company’s three-year-campaign to raise £100,000 through public support.

Any money raised will be matched pound for pound as part of the Arts Council’s Catalyst scheme.

“We’re under pressure, some of the local authority funding is starting to disappear, we’ve had certain cuts within our arts council funding in the last year… it’s the nature of the times we live in,” said Ivan.

“We’re very lucky because we have a very loyal audience who seem willing to put their hands in their pockets to keep organisations like us alive.

“It’s about thriving, not just surviving… about making the work properly accessible to people and keeping up what we do best – taking work out to the far-flung spots of the region.”

The theatre is raising the money in a number of ways including special events, its regular Copperfield Programme, various campaigns plus applications to trusts and foundations.

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General manager Matthew Linley is doing a sponsored cycle ride this month, visiting many of the places featured in past Eastern Angles’ shows.

Eastern Angles is also holding a murder mystery evening on July 14, 7.30pm, written by Ivan. The audience will be split into groups and explore the Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, for clues and interrogate suspects.

To book tickets for either event call 01473 211498, 07789 933558 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk

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