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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.

The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return to Thetford Forest next summer.

Members of the Parachute Regiment Band dropped by Christchurch Park to get Ipswich School’s Festival of Music under way.

Purple Rain - A Celebration of Prince plays Ipswich Corn Exchange tonight and Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion on November 8. I spoke to the nine-piece band’s frontman and founder Jimi Love who was born in Harlow and grew up near Ipswich.

Gary Barlow is heading to Thetford Forest next year.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton will reprise her star role in Flashdance - The Musical when it comes to the Ipswich Regent next April.

Christina Johnston’s the newest star of the classical world, but she still sees herself as just a girl from Framlingham. The singer spoke about 
how tragedy early in her life shaped her present.

Comedian Daniel Sloss doesn’t think he’s a sociopath, but he’s called one a lot. Latest show NOW is basically him asking if people are right.

We chat to two of the stars of Grease, visiting Ipswich Regent this week - The Wanted’s Tom Parker and ex EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton.

The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook has just unveiled it’s concert programme, including a festive visit from Emmerdale and Doctor Who star Frazer Hines.

Nobody could’ve predicted the events of 2016. Who knows what’s still to come. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas aims to find out and maybe make a few quid on the side with his latest show.

Two of the stars of the new musical Son of a Preacher man have been revealed.

Comedian Dara O’Briain returns to the Ipswich Regent next year with his new show Voice of Reason.

Belinda Carlisle talks about quitting the States, the 30th anniversary of Heaven on Earth, new album Wilder Shores and shares some yoga advice.

Talks are taking place about a big football project at Portman Road, the club teased today.

Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone, at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, sees actor Chris Ellison back in policeman mode.

Trouser malfunctions, rat phobias, bee allergies, fire-throwing golf carts - entertainment writer Wayne Savage spoke to T-Money and Green Mile of Storage Hunters ahead of their stand-up tour.

A digital product consultant from Chelmsford is among the candidates battling for Lord Sugar’s investment when The Apprentice returns on Wednesday.

Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac is coming to Ipswich.

Graham Seed talks about his role in the stage version of Ealing Studios classic The Ladykillers, currently on at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, and being dropped (literally) from The Archers. Spoilers ahead.

Red Rose Chain’s revamped community theatre group gets off to a great start today, performing for HighTide Festival launch audiences.

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich the Rt Rev Martin Seeley talks about inheriting his love of the sea from his naval father, the challenges of rural parishes and his admiration for the region’s farmers.

A new show based on the Oscar winning movie An Officer and a Gentleman is one of several musicals heading to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Adventurer Ray Mears wonders whether wildlife documentaries are working when it comes to inspiring the next generation of conservationists and how Lyme Disease threatened to end his career ahead of his East Anglian shows.

Griff Rhys Jones talks about his new tour, his enduring partnership with the late Mel Smith and their unaired BBC sitcom.

TV presenter and self-confessed plant geek Michael Perry shares how the seeds of his successful career were sown in East Anglian.

The Great British Bake Off returns Tuesday night on its new home Channel 4. Sophie Faldo is one of three East Anglian hopefuls looking to rise to the top this year.

The latest Ipswich Regent and Corn Exchange brochure is out now, with a new season of shows to look forward to.

Oh Happy Day, the Sister Act Live Choir is coming to Ipswich with a special cinema screening of the hit Whoopi Goldberg movie.

Dancer Gary Avis has travelled the world with the Royal Ballet Company, but his favourite adventures come from exploring his home region.

One of the Guardian’s top festival picks, FolkEast returns to Glemham Hall today. We sat down with organisers Becky and John Marshall-Potter.

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