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Improbable to premiere new show as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme

Theatre company Improbable will premiere a new work exploring the impacts of fascism at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival, it has been announced.

The company, which is led by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, will present The Paper Man as part of the festival’s 2018 programme. The production is inspired by the unexplained death of Austrian football player and renowned Nazi decrier Matthias Sindelar in 1939.

The show is one of several world premieres in the festival’s performance programme, which also includes Shift by Barely Methodical Troupe, a new multi-sensory show by Frozen Light, called The Isle of Brimsker, and Provisional Figures, which is a new piece by Portuguese director Marco Martins and is inspired by the large number of Portuguese immigrants in Great Yarmouth.

Elsewhere, cabaret artist Le Gateau Chocolat will present a show inspired by his musical heroes, while the line-up also includes Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic, Grand Finale by Hofesh Shechter and Gandini Juggling’s Sigma.

The multi-arts festival also features a literature strand, music and visual art programmes and a selection of free outdoor work.

This includes large-scale works such as carnivalesque parade by Transe Express and a performance featuring illuminations and music that will take place on Wells Beach and is inspired by the Icknield Way, one of England’s oldest track ways that begins in Norfolk.

This year’s festival is the first under new director Daniel Brine [1], however the majority of the programme was put together by the festival’s team and his predecessor William Galinsky.