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The Made in Dagenham cast with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis. Photo: Mark Sepple

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage, who met two of them as a new production of Made In Dagenham comes to the New Wolsey.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Cheeky Monkeys perform at Ipswich Has Talent

Suffolk’s finest talent had a date at the Ipswich Regent on Saturday night.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Made in Dagenham which opens next week at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. L-R Christian Kraus, Alex Tomkins, Paige Smith, Daniella Bowen

Based on the highly successful British film, which charted the struggle women workers had for equal pay, this colourful musical tackles some thought-provoking subjects with a mixture of passion, insight and a justifiable sense of indignation.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Made in Dagenham, now at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre. Photo: Mark Sepple

Acclaimed musical Made in Dagenham opens at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Mike McClean, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent

Love to dance? Then Enchanted Entertainment want to see you this weekend, writes Wayne Savage.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Made in Dagenham which opens next week at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. L-R Martina Isibor, Sarah Scowen, Daniella Bowen, Sioned Saunders, Angela Bain, Elizabeth Rowe, Sophie-May Feek

Made in Dagenham is a new musical based on the popular film. It combines great music, laughter and drama but, as arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out, director Douglas Rintoul is anxious to root the show in the real world

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The cast of All or Nothing recreating the look and the sound of 1960s Mod band The Small Faces at the New Wolsey Theatre

The Small Faces were, for four brief but shining years, one of Britain’s most creative, best loved bands. They, along with The Who, were the symbols of Mod culture in Britain. During their times together they had a string of catchy r’n’b-influenced hit singles before branching out into psychedelia in the late 60s and scored a number one hit album with their intriguingly packaged concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, which was designed to resemble a round tobacco tin.

Monday, September 12, 2016
Girls by Theresa Ikoko at the HighTide festival

The female experience is explored at this year’s HighTide Festival. All collectively present the personal as political, giving a strong, heart breaking, transgressive voice to universal truths and relative, urgent horror.

Monday, September 12, 2016
Pilgrims by Elinor Cook at the HighTide festival

Elinor Cook presents an intriguing line of enquiry in this play: In a world that celebrates the concept of adventure in men how can women reclaim the narrative beyond being the prize or the one who waits.

Art & books

Yesterday, 15:04
Three generations: June Jones, son Nicholas and daughter Julia, and Edith Maud and Jack Jones, at Christmas, 1958

My view, for what it’s worth, is that the Government should issue Julia Jones’s book to every household, so we all learn to understand dementia – the frustration, the exhaustion, the bewilderment and, yes, the tender moments to treasure, writes Steven Russell.

Tue, 15:00
Dick Kirby

Ex-detective Dick Kirby’s new book, Laid Bare, on the unsolved murders of eight women

Mon, 11:38
Elizabeth Jane Howard with first husband Sir Peter Scott.
 'I think they really were in love, but not at the same time...' says her biographer

She modelled for Vogue, endured painful times during marriages to well-known men, wrote novels that were turned into a TV series and finally found a kind of peace in Suffolk

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Philip Roberts as Thomas Seymour, at Sudeley Castle this month, with Katherine Parr, played by Rachel McNeil

This palace was more ‘bling’ than Versailles. So why don’t we all know about it?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Nineteenth-century arsenic bottles. Photo: Verity Holloway

Helen Barrell’s university dissertation was on Agatha Christie, so it was inevitable she’d be drawn to real-life allegations about poisoning for love or money

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Jilly Cooper holds her OBE, after being presented with it by the Prince of Wales, at Buckingham Palace this afternoon, Thursday November 4, 2004. The Riders, Polo and The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous author, 67, stuck up for her friend Camilla Parker Bowles. See PA Story ROYAL Investiture. PA Photo:John Stillwell.

The irrepressible Jilly Cooper is back in her beloved Newmarket today.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Blythburgh based artist Mary Gundry's painting

A Suffolk artist who has run two galleries in the county is holding an exhibition of her own work later this month.

TV & films

Mon, 13:33
Strictly Come Dancing -  photographer: GUY LEVY

Strictly Come Dancing officially started at the weekend, with Daisy Lowe now at the top of the leaderboard and Ed Balls at the bottom.

The Made in Dagenham cast with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis. Photo: Mark Sepple

It’s been nearly 50 years since women workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant went on strike for equal rights, writes Wayne Savage, who met two of them as a new production of Made In Dagenham comes to the New Wolsey.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Gary Numan, playing Norwich tonight

Gary Numan, the Godfather of electronic music, plays at the LCR in Norwich tonight. Here he talks about the highs and lows of his life and career with our entertainment reporter Wayne Savage.

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Strictly 2016 line-up: Melvin Odoom, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, Ed Balls MP, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Tameka Empson, Will Young, Ore Oduba, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Robert Rinder, Lesley Joseph, Naga Munchetty - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jay Brooks

It’s back tonight – celebrities up to their eyeballs in spray tan and glitter as far as the eye can see.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Robin Windsor appearing in Burn The Floor with Kristina Rihanoff in London's West End.

Ipswich’s Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor has backed Louise Redknapp to be crowned this year’s Glitterball champion.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Paul Hollywood, who will judge The Great British Bake Off for the next three series when it moves to Channel 4, Love Productions has announced. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Mary Berry has announced she will not be moving with hit show the Great British Bake Off when it goes to Channel 4.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Aldeburgh Cinema

Cinemas across east Suffolk are aiming to attract younger audiences through a new year-long project incorporating art and filmmaking workshops, which will bring together music, visual and performing arts.

Music

Yesterday, 10:36
Ed Sheer-Ham is now owned by the real Ed Sheeran

A secret bidder last week paid £6,200 for the iconic Ed Sheer-Ham artwork from the Pigs Gone Wild trail and today we can reveal the real buyer was actually Suffolk singer and star of the new Bridget Jones movie, Ed Sheeran.

Yesterday, 09:48
Chief Inspector Russ Cole, Tendring district commander at Essex Police

Authorities have issued an alert over fears a group is trying to hold an illegal rave in Tendring this weekend.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes

PJ Proby has a refreshingly forthright view about how his life has changed since the heady days of the 1960, when he was one of the biggest - and most notorious - names in pop music.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Gary Numan, playing Norwich tonight

Gary Numan, the Godfather of electronic music, plays at the LCR in Norwich tonight. Here he talks about the highs and lows of his life and career with our entertainment reporter Wayne Savage.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Star Wars music was brought to life by the RPO at Ipswich Regent .

The Royal Philharmonic plays the work of John Williams at the Ipswich Regent on Wednesday evening

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Shakin Stevens' plays the Ipswich Regent next year. Photo: Graham Flack

Shakin’ Stevens is heading to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Days Out

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The skeleton of a Zeppelin that force-landed in Little Wigborough.

A Zeppelin airship crash-landed into an Essex village 100 years ago this weekend.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Ipswich Fireworks in Christchurch Park last year.

With the sunshine still blazing and temperatures sticking in the high 20s, Guy Fawkes Night seems a long way off.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Karate demonstrations during the Kesgrave birthday celebration for the Queen.

The Kesgrave Family Fun Day is set to return next year after the success of this summer’s inaugural event.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Trebuchet set for West Stow

A replica Medieval trebuchet is set wow the crowds at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village this weekend.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Thousands of runners took part in the Ipswich Half marathon  on Sunday.

There’s still time to sign up for the Ipswich Half Marathon, as hundreds of runners are set to take to the streets for the annual community event.

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Andy Kershaw who has had to cancel his appearance at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Niki Cornish

Broadcaster and more Andy Kershaw talks jam and Bob Dylan, failed blind dates and almost dying (twice) with entertainment writer Wayne Savage

Thursday, September 1, 2016
An Ipswich Transport Musem double decker bus at the launch of the Ipswich Society Heritage Day.

Ipswich is preparing for its biggest ever pair of Heritage Open Days this month, as a record 36 buildings have been lined up to open their doors.

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