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Wayne Savage

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

What surprised me most was how funny this was. I’d expected something, I don’t know, heavier?

Unscene Suffolk, a community theatre company for adults with visual impairment, has been a life saver for founder member Pam Rivers.

Family-run business Glasswells is inviting you to join in the celebrations as its modern Ipswich store marks its 10th birthday this year.

Sat at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich, the last thing I expected to hear as this poignant play ended was my 102-year-old great aunt singing the traditional Lowestoft May Day song Climbing Up the Walls.

With Strictly Come Dancing back tonight, we spoke to champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith MBE and people’s champion Aston Merrygold who have teamed up for the jukebox theatre show Rip It Up, touring the region next month.

Is Suffolk at the heart of an alien conspiracy? We infiltrated a secret Saxmundham military base to find out.

Nicholas Parsons has had many starring roles during his long career. He spoke about not giving in to old age, always learning and a little quiz show broadcast from Norwich.

One of this company’s strengths is its willingness to take risks, shining a spotlight on shows that never got the recognition they deserved first time around.

Actor Kai Owen talks about returning to the role of Dave in the UK tour of The Full Monty, walking on the dark side for Hollyoaks and whether we’ll ever see the return of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.

Just Jay Dance, the team behind Poptastic and Pop Goes Christmas, want you dancing in the aisles of Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre with their latest show next month - Pop Goes Decades.

Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre with three of the playwright’s most popular plays – The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night from August 29 to September 1. And you get to choose which they perform. I spoke to director Brendan O’Hea.

Backstage, there’s a whole other story going on at the same time as the one you’re watching on stage. I got an extended peek behind the curtain, well in this case a plywood Nissen hut, of Red Rose Chain’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Simple Minds come to Colchester next weekend. We spoke to the band’s Charlie Burchill.

Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones talks about why he was happy to hang up his Radio 2 Blues Show mic, why he turned down the Rolling Stones and touring again.

Review: Much Ado About Nothing, Red Rose Chain, Theatre in the Forest, Jimmy’s Farm, to August 26

Earning standing ovations across the country, Bobby Ball’s The Dressing Room stops by Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion this Friday.

TV impressionist Alistair McGowan brings his new show, mixing his two loves of comedy and classical piano music, to Holt this August. He talks about it, his career and ex-England manager Graham Taylor?

Harry Potter star Oliver Phelps has swapped his wand for a warrant card, making his stage debut as a policeman caught up in a murder mystery.

Critically acclaimed director, actor and musical maverick Ben Drew – aka Plan B – is back. Wayne Savage spoke to the BRIT Award winner ahead of his Newmarket Nights gig tomorrow.

Death defying stunts, breath-taking tricks, cars from some of your favourite films - Festival of Wheels roars into Ipswich for the first time next weekend.

I’m not a fan of Les Mis, it’s a bit of a downer. Or sung through musicals. Or musicals in general. So why watch this a second time? Because CTC are just so good.

Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Paul Young released his debut album No Parlez? The 80s icon chats about the album and his career ahead of his latest tour.

Five years after last staging Les Misérables, the Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich return with the French-set drama, this time at the Corn Exchange.

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack and Tim Goodacre have joined the Sunday line-up of Jimmy’s Festival.

Live music returns to Audley End House and Gardens this weekend with a series of concerts. Performers include Britain’s Got Talent winner and piano sensation Tokio Myers and Croatian cellists 2Cellos, aka Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic.

It looks like 2018’s going to be another great year for Suffolk singer-songwriter Bessie Turner, who’s released debut EP 22:22.

James Acaster is one of several standout stand-ups appearing at this year’s Latitude Festival, returning to Henham Park, July 12-15.

Recently adding the title of one of the hottest festivals of 2018 to its list of accolades, the first and some say finest festival to celebrate Americana music returns to Easton Farm Park this week.

The Orchard Players are back at Capel St Mary Community Centre from tonight, taking on one of their biggest shows so far - Oliver.

Considered the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains why he’s not ready to pack it in just yet and why, when it comes to cleaning out the gutters at home, it’s his wife who rises to the occassion.

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