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Yesterday, 17:21

There was an Emile Zola quote on the front of the programme for West Suffolk College’s production of 60s musical, A Slice of Saturday Night: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Wed, 13:15
Sunset Boulevard Publicity Photos
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Sunset Boulevard is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest pieces of musical theatre.

Wed, 11:36
The Business of Murder by Richard Harris at the New Wolsey Theatre Joanna Higson and Paul Opacic as Dee and Detective Superintendent Hallett with Robert Gwilym as the strange and creepy Mr Stone.

Set in a London bedsit during the early eighties Richard Harris’s psychological thriller gets off to a slow and somewhat plodding start.

Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society stage Sunset Boulevard at the Ipswich Regent this week. Photos: Lucy Taylor

Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society turned 60 this year. Unlike the subject of its latest production, Sunset Boulevard, its star shows no sign of fading. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to director and choreographer Mark Connell.

Frozen Light, in association with The New Wolsey Theatre, present The Forest - a multi-sensory adventure for teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their companions. 
Al Watts, Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland. Photos: Lucy Taylor

Theatre company Frozen Light invites teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities to join them on a mythical quest, with a bit of an unusual romance thrown in. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to co-artistic director Amber Onat Gregory and even gets serenaded.

Mon, 17:52
Bromance, a circus-skills performnace that opens this year's Pulse theatre festival at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Pulse, the New Wolsey Theatre’s annual celebration of inventive fringe theatre, is launched onto the world at the end of the month in a blur of limbs and inspired thoughts – some of which may have escaped from wartime codebreaking HQ Bletchley Park.

Mon, 12:00
George Monbiot will be appearing at the Suffolk Festival of Ideas.

The inaugural Suffolk Festival of Ideas is set to launch in Bury St Edmunds tonight ahead of a weekend of performances, talks, debates and film screenings.

Friday, May 15, 2015
NRG Theatres’ artist director, Vince Rayner, with Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, NRG Theatres’ chief executive, Ray Anderson, and Suffolk Coastal’s Leader, Cllr Ray Herring.

Community leaders have explained the rationale behind the decision to sell a seaside theatre for £1.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Threepenny Opera  -  a Graeae Theatre Company. co production with  the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Directed by Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe. This collaboration paved the way for the New Wolsey's latest grant as a pioneer in promoting disability in theatre.

Ipswich-based New Wolsey Theatre has been awarded a record £2.3 million by Arts Council England to pioneer a nationwide touring project that looks to change the way that disability arts provision is viewed.

Art & books

Tue, 08:05

An exhibition of photography with a hint of the surreal and abstract goes on show in a Suffolk village from tomorrow.

Mon, 10:47
Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

A novelist’s appearance in Woodbridge will be bookended by the sounds of rhythm and blues, jazz, folk and soul.

Mon, 10:00
Bury Busk, part of the Bury St Edmunds Festival. Pictured is Alicia Ann-Mills.

The first “amazing” weekend of the Bury St Edmunds Festival saw a range of performers and artists appear at venues across the town.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
An archive photograph of Julia Blackburn and Herman Makkink

Julia Blackburn doesn’t want this to come across as mawkish or overblown, and I hope it doesn’t. But it is a very sweet love story that I think is happy and life-affirming. And we don’t talk enough about death. We should.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
'I am particularly interested in how we have moved from post-war society, where we were looking to build a better Britain, to the solipsism of the 21st century and ‘how can I be famous?’, says James Runcie

‘I am interested in what Englishness means − in old-fashioned things like decency. How does one lead a good moral life without compromise?’ says the son of the late Archbishop of Canterbury

TV & films

Yesterday, 11:15

Sky Sports must be hugely grateful for Newcastle United’s monumental collapse in the past couple of months.

Mon, 17:31
The science fiction classic Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. Director Ridley Scott has released a new director's cut which is not only shorter than the original film, it also clarifies the story.

The director’s cut is thriving. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says it will stay as long as cinema ignores the art of storytelling

Mon, 09:59
(left to right) Claire Taylor, Visit Colchester Information Centre, Cllr Tim Young, Cllr Annie Feltham and Steve Dorrington, from Colchester Film Festival, plus Shaun the Sheep from WolyBuly in Brightlingsea.

World-class tennis and films for all the family are coming to Colchester’s Castle Park this summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Pictured: (l-r) Toby Jones as Neil Baldwin with the real Neil Baldwin, as seen in Marvellous. Pic: BBC

The headlines of course went to the predictable news that Ant and Dec won their 93rd and 94th Bafta awards last weekend and that the “luvvies of the left” had been given a platform to air their post-election woes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Celebrity couple Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan are believed to be holding their wedding at a Tudor manor house near Bury St Edmunds on May 24.

Music

Yesterday, 10:15

A free open air concert returns to the Suffolk coast in July, showcasing hits from the last 50 years.

Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine come to Ipswich Corn Exchange this October

Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine hit Ipswich this autumn, reinvented and ready to take on the world according to front-man Matt Tuck.

Tue, 14:51
Belcea Quartet; Snape Maltings

The Belcea’s cycle concluded on Friday with a changed programme that grew, in all senses, to a stunning performance of one of the peaks of the second Viennese School, Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht.

Tue, 12:29
Clubbers enjoying a night out at one of Luminar's venues.

Nightclub and late bar operator Luminar today reported a third consecutive year of growth – and a change of name.

Days Out

Thu, 17:00

For those looking for inspiration this half term, Natalie Sadler shares her experience of a rainy day out at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, just outside Diss.

Thu, 15:01
Vintage food truck My Kitchen Your Place with owner Phoebe Cripps.

As well as the chance to buy loads of food to take home, the Suffolk Show presents plenty of opportunities to eat out.

Thu, 14:50
Suffolk Show Day 1. Suffolk Horses. Mr B Atkins.

Suffolk’s premier event showcases everything that’s truly great about living in this part of the world.

Thu, 12:05
Don't miss the top 101 things to see and do at the Suffolk Show 2015

There are now only six days left until the Suffolk Show - will you be at Trinity Park next Wednesday and Thursday?

Wed, 11:16
The Museum of East Anglian Life.

A Suffolk museum is holding events for children during the summer half-term next week.

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