Interesting things to do across East Anglia over the next seven days

Comedian John Bishop's latest tour, Winging It, is running at the Ipswich Regent from January 23-25.

Comedian John Bishop's latest tour, Winging It, is running at the Ipswich Regent from January 23-25. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Comedy, talks, theatre and art suggestions to suit all tastes across the region over the next seven days

What: Winging It - John Bishop

Where: Ipswich Regent / Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

When: January 23-25 / March 8

Selling more than 250,000 tickets for the 2017 leg, the comedian has had to add extra dates. Lucky for us.

“You have to come up with a title for every tour. I was in my promoter’s office one day and he said to me ‘we need a title so we can start selling this tour. What are you talking about in the new show?’ And I replied ‘nothing. I’m just winging it’. ‘That’ll do’.”

He’s delighted by the reaction to the show.

“After a three-year break since my last live tour, it’s a great feeling to be back out on the road and performing in front of a live audience again,” John added.

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“I’ve had nightly standing ovations and the audience reaction has been incredible. I’m really looking forward to continuing the tour into 2018.”

The comedian, presenter and actor is known for shows including A League of Their Own, John Bishop’s Britain and most recently John Bishop: In Conversation With...

What: Photographing People - Howard Denner

Where: Burlington Baptist Church Centre, Ipswich

When: January 22, 7.30pm-10pm

Cost: Non-members £5

The Ipswich and District Photographic Society’s latest series of talks get under way.

Howard has been a dedicated people watcher all his life. An available light specialist who rarely uses flash, this talk comprises more than 100 20 by 16 silver prints made over 1970-2002 when he went digital.

The majority were taken when he was an amateur and cover a variety of situations from candid street photographs to portraits in natural light. There’s also a selection of jazz photographs which act as a trailer for the follow-up talk, Tales From The Pit.

Howard trained as a biochemist and, after a period in academic research, joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in London, where he became chief scientist (food).

During this time he was a keen amateur photographer and won many awards in national and international competitions; also judging competitions at all levels including International Salons of Photography. Aged 52, he too voluntary early retirement and began a new career as a freelance press photographer.

He specialised in live music and photographed at all the major venues like Wembley, the O2, Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court, Royal Festival Hall as well as at festivals such as Glastonbury and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He has photographed a range of legends from James Brown, BB King and Eric Clapton to Diana Ross, Madonna and Debbie Harry.

You might also be interested in:

• The Good Person of Szechwan, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, January 23–27; Bury Theatre Workshop’s version of Bertolt Brecht’s tale set in south-western China. The gods come to earth in search of a truly good person but find only Shen Te, a good-hearted but penniless prostitute. They make her a gift of money to set up her own business but her goodness brings ruin. She must disguise herself as a man, Shui Ta, in order to muster sufficient ruthlessness to survive. What will become of her?

• Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society return to Cambridge Arts Theatre from January 24-27 with a reinvention of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, set in Spain in the 1930s, performed by a large ensemble of actors and musicians.

• Cézanne - Portraits of Life, is a new documentary exploring the life, art and legacy of the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne. The latest Exhibition On Screen presentation is heavily based on his extensive correspondence plus interviews with curators, experts and the artist’s great-grandson, Philippe Cézanne. Released in cinemas nationwide from January 23, see it at Haverhill Arts Centre, Empire Ipswich and Firstsite Colchester on Wednesday plus Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds on January 29 and Bungay’s Fisher Theatre February 1.

• Showstopper The Improvised Musical returns to the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, at 7.30pm, January 20. With 10 years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see, a BBC Radio 4 series, critically acclaimed West Run and an Olivier Award to their name, watch a musical form in front of your eyes.

• Off The Cuff, It’s Showtime Stuff, The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, January 20; Tosh Ewins and friends return for their annual show. This year Tosh chats about and performs some of his favourite songs from theatre, TV and film. He’ll be joined by Ian Sainsbury, Eve Bridger, Sue Brooks, Mikki Wright, Patchwork Skies and more.

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