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09:42

No stranger to Ipswich, he brought his Funny Business tour back for a sell-out crowd at the theatre. Understanding on his last visit the crowd were in a non-heckling mood, I was intrigued to know if they would step up their game this time. With a heckle delivered after his first line, this set the tone for the evening nicely.

Yesterday, 13:30
The Suffolk Young Peoples Theatre who are staging Guys and Dolls at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds.

Clever sets and remarkably good Broadway accents have turned Bury’s Theatre Royal into the streets of 1950s New York this week as the Suffolk Young People’s Theatre put on their summer show: Guys and Dolls.

Wed, 18:16
Rikki Lawton & Amy Christina Murray in Suffolk Summer Theatre's production of Anybody for Murder.

This comic thriller from the writers of TV’s Avengers would probably have a hard time muscling its way into the programme of a West End or regional theatre but for holiday audiences it provides a tart and tasty summer confection.

Red Rose Chain Theatre in the Forest 2015, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Bill Jackson

It’s the fourth time the company have tackled this Shakespearean comedy and it’s my second time seeing them do it. It didn’t lessen my enjoyment.

Red Rose Chain's Theatre in the Forest show A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo Bill Jackson

Red Rose Chain venture back into the forest with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Director Joanna Carrick takes entertainment writer Wayne Savage behind the scenes

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Evelyn White and John Halifax as Maria and Tony in the ctc's production of West Side Story at the New Wolsey. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

A warning to other amateur, semi or professional groups - you don’t want to rumble with this cast.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Sharks are ready to rumble in Ipswich-based ctc's West Side Story

Bridie Rowe, artistic director of the Ipswich Children’s Theatre Company, is having trouble with the boys who make up rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Director Karen Simpson at work during rehearsals for A Labour of Love

It’s extraordinary how quickly fortunes can change. In 1892 the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal hosted the world premiere of one of the great plays of English theatre.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Mrs Warren's Profession, Cambridge

Amusing, entertaining and thought provoking, Mrs Warren’s Profession is an absolute treat.

Art & books

They will start popping up around Ipswich in summer next year – now celebrity farmer Jimmy Doherty has been announced as the patron for Pigs Gone Wild which is set to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Cornelia FitzRoy's work is going on display in Aldeburgh

Painters, sculptors and ceramicists will be among artists displaying work for a pop-up gallery at a Suffolk cinema next month.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Iranian artist Bahareh Taleshi chats with the Mayor of Ipswich Glen Chisholm at the launch of the Suffolk Refugee Week Art Exhibition at Endeavour House

An art student at Northgate High School Sixth Form who was unaware of her talents with a paintbrush has successfully exhibited her work, despite having painted for less than two years.

Left to right, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser and artist Liz Cooke, pictured with Willow the Wolf.

Security is being stepped up following the attempted theft of a wolf sculpture that is part of a new art trail in Bury St Edmunds.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Holywells House

If your knowledge about the Cobbold dynasty and its long-lost mansion has grown a bit hazy, Steven Russell has just the book for you.

TV & films

09:42

No stranger to Ipswich, he brought his Funny Business tour back for a sell-out crowd at the theatre. Understanding on his last visit the crowd were in a non-heckling mood, I was intrigued to know if they would step up their game this time. With a heckle delivered after his first line, this set the tone for the evening nicely.

Tue, 13:00
Ed Hawkins has been training celebrities for the new TV show 'Flock Stars'. Ed is pictured in Chelsworth.

He’s used to the challenges of a life outdoors – braving rain, wind and even snow to look after his sheep in bucolic rural Suffolk.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, at cinemas from July 30. Photo: © 2015 Paramount Pictures

We’ve teamed up with Cineworld Ipswich and Paramount Pictures to offer 10 pairs of tickets for Saturday’s Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation exclusive event IMAX screening at the Cardinal Park cinema.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan and her orphan charges in the new production of Annie, coming to the Ipswich Regent next year. Photo: Matt Crockett

Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph is heading to the Ipswich Regent next year in smash musical Annie.

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons, playing Colchester Arts Centre tonight. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Comedian Zoe Lyons is all for equal opportunities, but isn’t interested in being the token woman on TV panel shows. The Colchester-bound stand-up talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Music

Mon, 14:18

A bumper line-up is set to hit the stage for this year’s Brightlingsea Free Music Festival as the event celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Mon, 09:35
Kaiser Chiefs play Newmarket July 31. Photo: Danny North

Kaiser Chiefs play Newmarket Racecourse on July 31. The band’s Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix sat down for a Q&A

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Jimmy Doherty hosts another sausage and beer festival

Heading to Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival this weekend? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage sees what’s on offer and talks to music acts Toploader and Athlete plus chef Gennaro Contaldo.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Boyzone at Newmarket

It may have been a bit damp and miserable out on the racecourse at Newmarket but there was real warmth and a feel-good factor emanating from the stage set up in the stands.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Boyzone play Newmarket Racecourse this Friday

Boyzone’s Shane Lynch speaks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage ahead of the group’s visit to Newmarket.

Days Out

Tue, 15:53

Sadly, rainy days are not a rare thing when it comes to the Great British Summer, so when the heavens open we are well-stocked with things to do.

Red Rose Chain's Theatre in the Forest show A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo Bill Jackson

Red Rose Chain venture back into the forest with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Director Joanna Carrick takes entertainment writer Wayne Savage behind the scenes

Tue, 09:00
Maritime Festival at Ipswich Waterfront.

Details of activities and entertainment to be held as part of this year’s Maritime Ipswich Festival have been announced.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Jimmy Doherty hosts another sausage and beer festival

Heading to Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival this weekend? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage sees what’s on offer and talks to music acts Toploader and Athlete plus chef Gennaro Contaldo.

Friday, July 24, 2015
30 great days out in Essex

Essex has it all this summer - the UK’s second-highest rated zoo according to TripAdvisor, a stunning castle and a trampoline park in the form of Jump Street.

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