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Friday, November 27, 2015

Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at the Colchester Mercury’s spring and summer season.

Friday, November 27, 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is on stage at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, in April

Drama, ballet, comedy, opera, music, plus a magic sprinkling of stars from stage and screen.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Digitopia, part of DanceEast's spring season

There’s one problem with having had a great autumn season, including three world premieres, says DanceEast’s artistic director Brendan Keaney.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
The New Wolsey Young Company's production of The Elephant Man. It's looking for performers to join the cast of next spring's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

The New Wolsey Young Company stages its first ever musical, Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, next spring and needs performers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Hairspray, at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Musical theatre fans have never had it so good. Over the next few months the Regent will play host to Sound of Music, Annie, Cats and Sister Act. Hairspray set the bar high.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Mark Burridge as Dr Astrov and Emma Martin (with blonde hair) as Yeliena

With its focus on the self-worth, the work ethic, and ecological disaster, Chekov’s Uncle Vanya has become spookily prescient. On the opening night of their tour, the cast of the Open Space Theatre jumped headlong into this maelstrom of ideas with their customary commitment, offering up a classic Chekov primer, done straight, with a genuine respect for the text.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
The cast of Hairspray, at the Ipswich Regent from Monday. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad - aka Benidorm star Tony Maudsley - talks man boobs, the trouble with high heels and why the musical is the perfect way to raise important issues with your kids.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Felixstowe Musical Theatre stage Dick Whittington and his Cat. Photo: Chris Carne

Pantomime season has arrived (oh yes it has). Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to two of the actors in Felixstowe Musical Theatre’s production Dick Whittington and His Cat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Cast of Aladdin, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 2015

Mad-cap fun, catchy songs and crazy costumes - the key ingredients to the perfect panto - but which one will you be seeing this Christmas?

Art & books

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It can be upsetting and lonely having a child with a disability, but Wendy Smith would rather shout about the many positives. Steven Russell hears how love and kindness trumps any anger and bitterness

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Reading champion Philip Daws, who has 'influenced the reading habits of a generation', at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds earlier this year with Louisa Ungureanu

A man once sworn at by Brian Clough is a Children’s Short Story Competition judge!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Firstsite in Colchester

Arts Council England has pledged more than £1.6million of funding to Colchester’s firstsite gallery over the next two years – securing its medium-term future.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Give a book this Christmas

Books are always an excellent Christmas gift, whether you’re buying for an imaginative child or a bookworm uncle.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
A baby Michael Hutchinson with his mother and his brother John, in 1946

Michael Hutchinson knew little of his mother’s life before she had him. When he found out, he was shocked by what he discovered

Monday, November 9, 2015
Mary-Jane Riley at home in north Suffolk. 'Something Ive learned is that you write what you write, and how you write it. Its so easy to look at other authors and say

Mary-Jane Riley was the first mid-morning presenter on BBC Radio Suffolk. Now she’s writing dark crime thrillers set in East Anglia.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Jayne Austin and Caleb Howgego from Suffolk and Colchester museums with works by Lucien Freud on loan from tate Britain to form part of a new exhibition:Constable and Freud: Legacy and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing is on display at Christchurch Mansion’s Wolsey Art Gallery

One is known mainly for nudes, the other, landscapes, so Lucian Freud and John Constable make rather unusual bedfellows. However, there are some rather surprising links between the two artists as Arts Editor Andrew Clarke discovered at a new exhibition in Ipswich.

TV & films

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas adverts have boomed in recent years with the likes of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Tesco leading the way.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m pleasure palace

Excitement is building as Ipswich prepares to welcome a string of big-name restaurants as part of the Buttermarket makeover.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Kieron Dyer who has been revealed as one of the contestants for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 10, 2015. Also among the 10-strong line-up is Diana Princess of Wales biographer Lady Colin Campbell, fashion guru Susannah Constantine, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, TV personality Yvette Fielding, X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman and Union J's George Shelley. See PA story SHOWBIZ Celebrity. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Kieron Dyer was given a rare night of luxury after winning a stay at the Jungle Boutique Hotel, but tensions are running high in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here camp.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Daniel Craig as James Bond. Should cinema trailers just give away a sense of atmosphere rather than reveal stunts and plot twists?

We live in a world that hates surprises even in fiction. Arts editor Andrew Clarke regrets this

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov in the BBC's upcoming adaptation of War and Peace - (C) BBC - Photographer: Laurie Sparham

Fear a not, all those preparing for a winter wallowing in Downton withdrawals (until the Crimbo grand finale), another big costume romp is on the way.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer conquered his fear of spiders in the jungle as he downed a blended Tarantula cocktail in this evening’s live Bushtucker Trial.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer had his Scrabble skills tested, jungle style, as he took part in this evening’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here inter-camp challenge.


Friday, November 27, 2015

It’s out with the old and in with the new as Ipswich Orchestral Society changes its name to Ipswich Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Vinyl Hunter

West Suffolk musicians have banded together to raise money for Bury Women’s Refuge.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Ex Fleetwood Mac Rick Vitto, who joined Rumours of Fleetwood Mac on-stage

The show started with a video endorsement from Mick Fleetwood and from the opening song intro you could tell why he was happy for this tribute band to be playing the Fleetwood Mac back catalogue.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Elio Pace performing live. Library image.

Elio Pace, along with his talented band, provided a rousing and accurate rendition of Billy Joel’s hits – and some lesser known album tracks – in a concert suitable for both die-hard fans of the Piano Man and those new to the American star’s music.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, at the Ipswich Regent November 21

There are rumours flying around that there is a superb tribute band to Fleetwood Mac doing the rounds. For once, these rumours are in fact – er – fact.

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Singer-songwriter Steve Harley plays the Ipswich Regent November 18. Photo: Mike Callow

It’s been 40 years since Steve Harley’s iconic The Best Years Of Our Lives was released. He talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Martin Newell on the double bass

Over the border to perform in Hadleigh, Suffolk. I last played here in the spring of 1973 when I was 20 years old. I was with The Mighty Plod,

Days Out

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The twinkling Christmas tree lights are a true sign that Santa is really on his way and Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds have already turned theirs on, but when will the rest of the county be lit up?

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Hundreds of runners took part in the Adnams 10K in Southwold on Sunday 22nd November.

Hundreds of hardy runners braved the wintry conditions this morning to take part in the annual Adnams Southwold 10K Run.

Friday, November 20, 2015
13th Ipswich Sea Scouts Group annual art exhibition 2015. Canopy by Sarah Johnson

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mayor Glen Chisholm switches on Ipswich's Christmas lights for 2015.

Ipswich was transformed into a winter wonderland tonight as thousands of people turned out to enjoy the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Rosanna Castrini's My Prairie Garden - a stunning entry in a past International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. It was the overall winner and took first prize in the Beauty of Plants category. The photograph can be seen at the Beth Chatto Gardens exhibition

Fancy trying to take glorious photographs like the ones currently on show near Colchester? Steven Russell asks an expert how to get started and impress

Friday, November 13, 2015
The Suffolk Punch Trust is opening Sundays over the winter

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas. For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Get your skates on this winter - open air ice rinks are coming to Suffolk and Essex

What better way to get ready for the festive season than taking your family ice skating? And this year you can choose bewteen Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds or Colchester.

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