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Wayne Savage

Entertainment and general feature writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Also writes pieces for Suffolk magazine, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

If you haven’t sent Santa your Christmas list yet, pop tickets for this festive-fuelled fairytale on it first.

It’s not Christmas without a visit to Red Rose Chain’s The Avenue Theatre. We spoke to writer and director Joanna Carrick and actors Emma Swan, Darren Latham and Ryan Penny about The Elves and The Shoemaker.

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‘Tis the season of giving - or regiving according to new reseach by online retailer Amazon, which has launched a gift finder option to spare Santa’s blushes this Christmas. We unwrap the thorny issue of seasonal shopping.

Ex-MP Ann Widdecombe has much to say, as ever, about the state of the nation, but she also showed a softer side as she talked about her Christmas panto turn in the region.

It was a faultless performance by Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey who helped define the 1980s. So why do I feel underwhelmed?

It’s All About Joanna Lumley next year, as her first ever live tour visits the Ipswich Regent.

The cast’s family and friends are guaranteed bums on seats; but it’s still a big venue to fill. So is the show worth seeing if you’re neither?

Award-winning stand-up Chris Ramsey brings his new tour to East Anglia next year.

Hollywood star Kathleen Turner brings her debut cabaret show to Bury St Edmunds next year.

The Script return to Thetford Forest next summer.

There’s no place like home. No matter where life leads Helen Johnston, the Norfolk-Suffolk borderlands girl can’t resist returning to her roots. She spoke about stepping off the treadmill of modern life and running Hales Hall and The Great Barn.

Hazel O’Connor was a trailblazer for female performers during the 1980s. She reminisces about the friends she made and the battles she’s fought.

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company invite you to follow them down the Yellow Brick Road to Snape Maltings for their 13th Christmas Spectacular.

Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley’s impromptu jam session at Sun Records in 1956 was a seminal moment for rock and roll. It inspired the Tony award-winning Broadway and West End smash Million Dollar Quartet, in Ipswich this week. We spoke to its star Martin Kemp.

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace will serve up some behind the scenes stories and more when he visits Ipswich Corn Exchange next year.

Wildlife film-maker Saba Douglas-Hamilton talks about how motherhood reinvigorated her conservation passion and the challenges the planet’s facing ahead of talks in the region.

British chart-toppers The Vamps will headline Summer Saturday Live at Newmarket Racecourses next year.

He’s hailed as the patron saint of poetry and is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children and adults alike. We spoke to poet, performer, broadcaster, author and playwright Roger McGough, who’s just turned 80.

Comedian John Bishop has extended his Winging it tour, including three nights at the Ipswich Regent.

Broadcasting legend Danny Baker brings his farewell tour, Good Time Charlie’s Back, to the Ipswich Regent next spring.

Lee Nelson - aka world famous prankster Simon Brodkin - has stolen the spotlight from Kanye West and British Prime Minister Theresa May among others. The only stage he’s invading this time is his own with new stand-up tour Serious Joker.

One of the fastest thinking comics around, Jason Byrne is revealing the method behind his madness with new show The Man With Three Brains.

A revival of the classic thriller Wait Until Dark is currently running at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre. We spoke to one of its stars, Bad Girls actor Jack Ellis.

James and Ola Jordan have nothing but respect for Strictly Come Dancing’s pro dancers, but the show needs to get back to basics says the plain-speaking couple.

East Anglia is changing says local food writer Tessa Allingham, but it shouldn’t change too much she tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are back with their 13th studio album, The Punishment of Luxury. We caught up with Andy McCluskey ahead of their Southend, Ipswich and Cambridge gigs.

Success has never smelled so sweet for Suffolk’s Sophie Faldo, whose ode to the honey bee showstopper saw her crowned winner of this year’s The Great British Bake Off.

Body-shamed by a national paper, Blue’s Antony Costa was determined to turn it into a positive experience; and recently got help from a clinic in Bury St Edmunds.

When Ed Hughes’ mum sent him to speech classes to help the shy six-year-old with his confidence, little did she know she it would be the start of a successful stage and screen career.

We speak to the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, Lance Ellington, who brings Broadway glamour to Colchester tonight.

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