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Oddsocks Productions stage the Jungle Book. Photo: Contributed

Rudyard Kipling’s book was given the Oddsocks Treatment and it was fantastic to see what they could do with some instruments, small jungle set and five people; transporting the audience into the heat of the Indian jungle for fun and laughter.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical the Olivier-winning comedy is staging both an evening version and a family matinee version of the show at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.   CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical, the Olivier-winning show which wowed both London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe, is arriving at the New Wolsey Theatre this weekend and is looking for lots of audience participation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ged McKenna as Sigmund Freud; Moray Treadwell as Dr Abraham Yahuda in Terry Johnson's classic farce Hysteria which is playing at Bury Theatre Royal and the Colchester Mercury

The Olivier-winning farce Hysteria about the meeting of Sigmund Freud and surreal artist Salvador Dali in Hampstead in 1938 is being staged at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and the Colchester Mercury as part of a nationwide tour.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
John Cleese and Andrew Sachs in Fawlty Towers

John Cleese is a comedy god. A founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, creator of Basil Fawlty and an integral part of such groundbreaking comedy series as I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and The Frost Report, you would expect him to be basking in the sun on some comedy equivalent of Mount Olympus consuming ambrosia off the belly of a woodland nymph.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The team behind the Who to Follow project. Picture: Suffolk County Council

A new interactive drama production is to be toured around Ipswich schools this autumn in a bid to empower young people to make positive choices around illegal drugs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Comedian Russell Howard. Photo: David Venni

Honestly, I’m a bit confused. I thought this gig was a work in progress, a warm-up for Round The World, his largest tour yet. It felt more like the tour had already started.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Comedian Russell Brand returns to the Ipswich Regent on June 8 with new tour Re:Birth, as well as adding a date in December. Photo: Matt Crockett Photography

Top comedy star Russell Brand has booked a second show in Ipswich later this year, after tickets for his June appearance sold out in just days.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The MGM Stiory at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

There are show tunes galore in this wonderfully entertaining show, a love letter to the musicals made at MGM, the most glamorous of all the studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Lord of the Dance rehearsals before the opening night at Ipswich Regent.

Tap dancing robots, flamboyant costumes, daring aerobatics and a battle of good against evil – what is there not to enjoy?

Art & books

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Pupils performing in the Woodbridge School Dance Show. Picture: BIG FISH PHOTOGRAPHY

Young dancers at an independent Suffolk school have been praised for their “incredible display of grace and passion” in a performance encompassing ballet, hip hop and more.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The popular Bury St Edmunds Festival is back in May, bringing a broad range of music and arts to audiences.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Eliza Grimwood is murdered - from the New Newgate Chronicle, 1863

Has a lecturer solved the case of a Suffolk woman involved in a mysterious 19th century murder?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Novels, short stories, poetry, biography… all powerful and all in the running for the 2017 New Angle Prize, which celebrates and rewards literature associated with or influenced by East Anglia.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Lads from Great Barton Boys' School in 1913

If I had the money, I’d present every new MP with a copy of Sue Spiller’s book and urge them to let schools settle down. Thirty years should do it...

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Baby John and his mother

Ex-Colchester Royal Grammar School boy and ex-MI6 man John de St Jorre’s has written a book Darling Baby Mine: A Son’s Extraordinary Search for his Mother. Here he tells more.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

A former journalist and teacher, whose debut novel was among Simon Mayo’s Radio Two Book Club titles last year, will be visiting Woodbridge later this month.

TV & films

Homegrown East Anglian talent: L-R Cary Grant, Ed Sheeran and Myleene Klass.

The stars weren’t always stars, and our region has played its part in shaping the careers of some of the most famous performers in this country and internationally. Take a look at 10 of the stars who began their road to fame in East Anglia.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Who will be taking home the Oscar statues in 2017? Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Has La La Land got it in the bag or will a lesser fancied film scoop it to the big prize of the best picture Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards?

Friday, February 17, 2017
Puppets from the satirical ITV series Spitting Image on exhibition at Norwich Art School in 1985. Photo: Archant

The week marks 21 years since satirical puppet show Spitting Image ended and satire is all the worse for it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The One cheerleading team preparing to perform at Portman Road in Ipswich

A cheerleading team from One sixth form in Ipswich are eyeing a TV performance later this year having made waves in the first auditions for a well-known TV show.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Set of the Channel 4 show Naked Attraction. Picture: Studio Lambert

Casting agents are looking for brave singletons from Suffolk who are willing to bare all on national television in the name of love.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Could this be a portrait of two Doctors? David Tennant and Olivia Colman at the 2015 National Television Awards. Could Olivia Colman become the new Doctor Who?

As any Doctor Who fan knows, time is fluid. Events can be shaped or changed. History can be given a nudge in the right direction. But, there are some momentous events which are fixed moments in time, events that cannot be changed.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Warwick Davis at The Athenaeum. Photographer: Steven Perry

A historic Suffolk venue will feature on Who Do You Think You Are? as the actor Warwick Davis traces his roots.


The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

When Alexander O’Neal hit the Ipswich Regent last night it was definitely Hearsay - in fact, 30 years of Hearsay.

Frederic Gershom Parkington is being honoured by the BBC

BBC Radio Suffolk has launched a campaign to find a local music hero in the county to honour with a special blue plaque for this year’s BBC Music Day.

Singer Anastacia shares the story of what really happened behind the scenes of Strictly Come Dancing the night she ended up in the dreaded dance-off. Photo: Contributed

Singer Anastacia heads to Ipswich this June. She talks about almost quitting Strictly Come Dancing and how the show helped make her feel like a woman again after breast cancer surgery.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Music student Albert Dela Cerna, who has taken on the mantle of organising a live music event for local bands in Ipswich after reading about the complaints of the young Labour group about lack of music in town. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A 16-year-old music student at Suffolk New College has been inspired to organise a music event for young bands in Ipswich in response to a petition for new modern venues in the town – and is urging others to “just get up and do it”.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

When Alexander O’Neal hit the Ipswich Regent last night it was definitely Hearsay - in fact, 30 years of Hearsay.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ed Sheeran is performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: GREG WILLIAMS

A secondary ticket seller has been accused of “profiteering at the expense of teenage cancer sufferers” after tickets for an Ed Sheeran charity concert were listed on its site for more than £5,000.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The popular Bury St Edmunds Festival is back in May, bringing a broad range of music and arts to audiences.

Days Out

Letters to Windsor House. Photo: Contributed

From political comedy, gothic horror and open gardens to classic thrillers, music and fairs there’s lots on in Suffolk and Essex over the weekend.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood at West Stow's Ring Quest. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

School children in Suffolk return to class on Monday but before they do there is still time to enjoy a theatre show, cinema treat or museum trip in this weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lipstick on Your Collar

From music, theatre and comedy to kung fu, dancing and geology there’s lots on in Suffolk and Essex over the weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Real animals at Ipswich Museum. Children get up close to fluffy, scaly or creepy crawly creatures in this family-friendly show. Pictured is Niamh Sparrow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Museum was transformed into a marvellous menagerie of creatures on today, as the animal invasion event returned for half term.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The night sky provides hours of free entertainment. 
Picture: James Hilder/PA

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Try go karting for an adrenaline thrill

Sometimes what you want from a day off is to just lounge around, chill out or at the very most do something calm and relaxing – but other days you’ll want completely the opposite.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
An elephant at Colchester Zoo. By Paul Burns.

With half-term fast approaching it’s time to start planning how to keep your children occupied during the week-long break.

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