What’s on in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

Lipstick on Your Collar

Lipstick on Your Collar - Credit: Archant

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

Richard Digance

Richard Digance - Credit: Archant

Here we bring you our round up of thetare shows, days out, live comedy and workshops.

And if you are a parent or grandparent looking for half-term activities in Suffolk see here, or see our Essex guide here.

Live music: Lipstick on Your Collar, The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, Suffolk, 7.30pm, February 10

Men's Singing Day

Men's Singing Day - Credit: Archant

The show includes hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Sandi Shaw.

“Our band contains some of the country’s top musicians and singers, all of whom are massive fans of the era, so we’re extremely proud of the show,” said lead singer Nicola Seeking-Smith. “The 1950s and 1960s is such an iconic time and we hope that our portrayal of this fantastic music will have people singing along and dancing in the aisles.”

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Live comedy and music: Richard Digance, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk, 7.30pm, February 10

Singer Paolo Morena

Singer Paolo Morena - Credit: Archant

The musician and observer of life has been in the biz 50 years now. He’ll be supported by The Broadside Boys.

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Day out: Essex Rocks, Chelmsford Museum, Essex, 10am-4pm, February 11

Essex Rock and Mineral Society explore the pre-history of Essex via the geology of the county.

Coquin Migale

Coquin Migale - Credit: Archant

The geological deposits in the county go back millions of years, to a period when there were ancient oceans, volcanoes, deserts and glaciers. Learn about the Jurassic island 350m beneath Chelmsford and the dinosaurs that once lived on it, plus why the River Thames once flowed past Chelmsford.

Workshop: Men’s singing day, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, Suffolk, 10.30am-4.30pm, February 11

No musical or singing experience is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear and nobody will be asked to sing solo.

Ricky Cool and The In Crowd

Ricky Cool and The In Crowd - Credit: Archant

Choirmaster Chris Rowbury has 30 years’ experience as a teacher. He regularly runs singing days in Suffolk and beyond as well as running The OK Chorale, Woodbridge’s community choir and the twice a year Singing Safari in Ipswich. Click here for more details.

Live music: Paolo Morena, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich, Suffolk, 9pm, February 11

With a reputation as a unique performer, debut solo album TheMightySmall won praise from the likes of BBC Introducing and Huey Morgan on 6Music.

Singer Sara Dowling

Singer Sara Dowling - Credit: Archant

All The Wires Lead To Flesh is the first track to come from his new album 38, set for release this year.

Live music: Fierce Panda, John Peel Centre For Creative Arts, Stowmarket, Suffolk, 7.30pm, February 11

It’s a little known local fact, but the London-based independent label has a satellite office in Stowmarket. Since 1994 this tiny record company has been responsible for early and pivotal releases by acts with names like Coldplay, Keane, Placebo, The Maccabees, Idlewild, Death Cab For Cutie and dozens more.

Sifu Norm Willis. Photo: Christopher Morris PR Ltd.

Sifu Norm Willis. Photo: Christopher Morris PR Ltd. - Credit: Archant

A host of acts will help it celebrate its 23rd birthday party including alt rock quartet Coquin Migale, gothpop outfit Desperate Journalist, Colchester trio Animal Noise who mix grunge, psycrock and folkrock; Beccles’ Leaone, described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray; and Bury St Edmunds’ DJ Seymour aka Washing Machine.

Dancing: Dance Night at The Flamingo, Beccles Public Hall, Suffolk, 8pm, February 11

Ricky Cool and the In Crowd perform, with The Muffin Man of Jivebunnies as DJ. Take a shuffle and a shimmy back in time to the early 1960s and the music of Soho’s most legendary venue; with red hot rhythm and blues and a side order of classic early Jamaican grooves.


Fara - Credit: Archant

Ricky has toured with the likes of Billy Connolly, shared a stage with George Harrison and played alongside Robert Plant. Not to mention fronting one of Birmingham’s most popular combos, the legendary Ricky Cool and the Icebergs. Now with his six-piece band, The In Crowd, is set to deliver his own take on 1960s rhythm and blues and ska to a whole new audience.

Jazz music: Sara Dowling, Hadleigh Jazz Club, Hadleigh Town Hall, Suffolk, 8pm, February 11

One of the most exciting new singers to emerge on the British jazz scene, she will be joined by Italian saxophone virtuoso Tommaso Starace, and the Chris Ingham trio.

Black Magic - The Little Mix Show

Black Magic - The Little Mix Show - Credit: Archant

Together they will be revisit the 1961 album Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley, as well as music from her acclaimed debut album From Shadows Into Light.

Theatre: Alice in Wonderland, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, times vary, February 12-13

You’d be mad to miss Immersion Theatre’s most bonkers show to date. Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy musical adventure for the whole family.

Geology exhibits at Chelmsford Museum

Geology exhibits at Chelmsford Museum - Credit: Archant

Martial arts: Sifu Norm Willis, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 6pm, February 13

The Kung Fu expert will open The Apex’s special screening of the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon.

Willis, who runs Centreline Academy of Fighting Arts in the town, was taught by a student of one of Lee’s own pupils. He and his 12-strong team of senior martial arts practitioners will demonstrate and explain a range of fighting techniques used by Lee in the genre defying 1973 movie.

It’s being screened at The Apex as part of the ongoing Bruce Lee Exhibition which features both world exclusive art work and a selection of rare exhibits, including Lee’s famous Vale Todo Gloves, which have never been seen before in the UK. The exhibition is open daily until March 5 and is free to view.

Folk music: Fara, Colchester Folk Club, Colchester Arts Centre, Essex, 7.45pm, February 13

The young Scottish folk group produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Expect energetic fiddle playing and driving piano from Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price who have known each other since they were children. Support comes from traditional music singer Moose.

Live comedy: Miles Jupp, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 7.30pm, February 15

Whether he’s making the nation laugh on TV’s Rev or bringing his waspish humour to bear on radio panel show The News Quiz, Jupp is consistent when it comes to sharing his spiky but honest observations on the world.

He describes new show Songs of Freedom as “a rant about me, you, domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the government, bad balance, housing, ill health, the ageing process, navigation and other people’s pants”.

Family show: Black Magic – The Little Mix Show, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, Suffolk, 7pm, February 15

The biggest hits from the X-Factor and award-winning girl band from Wings to Black Magic and Love Me Like You sung by Nicola, Emily, Victoria and Rebecca.

The show also includes covers previously performed by Little Mix of songs by the likes of Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Other family shows coming to the Spa include Oddsocks Theatre Company’s take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Les Petits’ version of David Walliams and Tony Ross’ The First Hippo on the Moon.

Film: Casting call, University of Suffolk, Waterfront building, Ipswich, Suffolk, 2pm-9pm, February 16

Digital film production students are looking for anyone who wants to act in student films and build their portfolio.

Musicians, singers and anyone with a talent, hobby or business that could be covered by students making documentary films are also welcome.

Currently, around 10 films are in pre-production exploring a range of styles and genres from romantic comedies to suspenseful thrillers.

Don’t miss our weekly What’s On guide, in the paper every Thursday and follow me on Twitter @WhatsonWayne for the latest what’s on and entertainment news.

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