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Wayne Savage

Entertainment and general feature writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Also writes pieces for Suffolk magazine, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

Hazel O’Connor was a trailblazer for female performers during the 1980s. She reminisces about the friends she made and the battles she’s fought.

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company invite you to follow them down the Yellow Brick Road to Snape Maltings for their 13th Christmas Spectacular.

Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley’s impromptu jam session at Sun Records in 1956 was a seminal moment for rock and roll. It inspired the Tony award-winning Broadway and West End smash Million Dollar Quartet, in Ipswich this week. We spoke to its star Martin Kemp.

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace will serve up some behind the scenes stories and more when he visits Ipswich Corn Exchange next year.

Wildlife film-maker Saba Douglas-Hamilton talks about how motherhood reinvigorated her conservation passion and the challenges the planet’s facing ahead of talks in the region.

British chart-toppers The Vamps will headline Summer Saturday Live at Newmarket Racecourses next year.

He’s hailed as the patron saint of poetry and is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children and adults alike. We spoke to poet, performer, broadcaster, author and playwright Roger McGough, who’s just turned 80.

Comedian John Bishop has extended his Winging it tour, including three nights at the Ipswich Regent.

Broadcasting legend Danny Baker brings his farewell tour, Good Time Charlie’s Back, to the Ipswich Regent next spring.

Lee Nelson - aka world famous prankster Simon Brodkin - has stolen the spotlight from Kanye West and British Prime Minister Theresa May among others. The only stage he’s invading this time is his own with new stand-up tour Serious Joker.

One of the fastest thinking comics around, Jason Byrne is revealing the method behind his madness with new show The Man With Three Brains.

A revival of the classic thriller Wait Until Dark is currently running at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre. We spoke to one of its stars, Bad Girls actor Jack Ellis.

James and Ola Jordan have nothing but respect for Strictly Come Dancing’s pro dancers, but the show needs to get back to basics says the plain-speaking couple.

East Anglia is changing says local food writer Tessa Allingham, but it shouldn’t change too much she tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are back with their 13th studio album, The Punishment of Luxury. We caught up with Andy McCluskey ahead of their Southend, Ipswich and Cambridge gigs.

Success has never smelled so sweet for Suffolk’s Sophie Faldo, whose ode to the honey bee showstopper saw her crowned winner of this year’s The Great British Bake Off.

Body-shamed by a national paper, Blue’s Antony Costa was determined to turn it into a positive experience; and recently got help from a clinic in Bury St Edmunds.

When Ed Hughes’ mum sent him to speech classes to help the shy six-year-old with his confidence, little did she know she it would be the start of a successful stage and screen career.

We speak to the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, Lance Ellington, who brings Broadway glamour to Colchester tonight.

Deathtrap - by award-winning playwright and autor Ira Levin, writer of Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives and Critics Choice - still holds the record as the longest running thriller in Broadway history.

Into Africa, out of India and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen, comedian, actor and presenter Griff Rhys Jones shares stories, anecdotes, reminisces and outright lies from 40 years of travelling in new show Where Was I?

Sofie Hagen’s back and she’s angry. Perhaps for the very first time.

Fee fi fo fum, the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk are up for some pantomime fun.

Chart-toppers Level 42 bring their Eternity Tour to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Ex Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan bring Uncensored, their first ever tour, to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Eighties pop icon Kim Wilde is bringing her first full UK tour in three decades to Ipswich.

Pascal Canevet, chef patron of award-winning restaurant Maison Bleue, sings the praises of East Anglia’s produce and the two women who inspire him every day

Phill Jupitus, who attended Woolverstone Hall School, in Suffolk, as a youngster, has trod many paths during his career. New tour Juplicity sees him return to his poetry and stand-up roots.

Where is home to you? How a diary has inspired a new play looking at life growing up inside the care system.

Chris Difford of Squeeze on writing, touring and why record sales have never mattered.

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