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Oh to be a child again, when the only limit to how much fun you could have was your imagination. That’s the theme of the New Wolsey’s alternative Christmas show The Paper Dolls.

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company's Christmas Spectacular this year in Alice is Wonderland. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company invite you to take a tumble down the rabbit hole this Christmas, as they stage Alice in Wonderland. Curiouser and curiouser, thinks entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

The close-knit Smith family in 2006: Matt, Wendy, Nikki and Barry

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

The release of the John Lewis advert has become an much-anticipated event in recent years. Picture: John Lewis/PA

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

Flarepath, part of the Colchester Mercury's 2016 spring and summer season

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

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.

Ipswich Orchestral Society is changing its name to Ipswich Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Phil Morley

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

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.

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.

Video: New Wolsey Young Company wants you

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.

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!

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.

Sudbury Christmas Light switch on

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?

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.

Lavenham Christmas fair

The clocks are set to be turned back 200 years as Christmas ‘Dickensian style’ comes to west Suffolk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Comedian Mitch Benn, in Ipswich this week

Mitch Benn is a sceptic, but don’t take his word for it or indeed anybody’s about anything says the comedian.

13th Ipswich Sea Scouts Group annual art exhibition 2015. Canopy by Sarah Johnson

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

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.

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.

I'm a Celebrity camp mates

It is like being back in pre-season training, said Kieron Dyer tonight as he reacted to Tony Hadley and Chris Eubank acting as camp leaders.

Jimmy Bullard celebrates with team mates at ITFC

Jimmy Bullard was back at Ipswich Town’s training ground on Thursday to film a regular feature for Soccer AM called You Know the Drill – and the former Blues midfielder has given his backing to Kieron Dyer to become King of the Jungle.

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