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Yesterday, 16:40

The Railway Children remains one of the nation’s most beloved children’s books and now it is being transferred to the stage. David Henshall talks to David Vince about a new production at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre

Rural touring theatre company Wonderful Beast loves telling a good story and winning the hearts of the community. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to artistic director Alys Kihl about their discovery of a new audience.

The timeless re-telling of the classic story Peter Pan has had a burst of new life injected into it by the team of Daniel Buckroyd and Matthew Cullum. Barrie’s wonderful story about the boy who never grew up started life as a stage play before being turned into a best-selling novel, so it is fitting that Buckroyd and Cullum have returned this tale of children and their fears of the adult world to the stage for this innovative adaptation.

Top comedian Rob Brydon has lined up a date at the Ipswich Regent this year for his first stand-up tour since 2009.

Bringing together some of his favourite work, there were unicorns, dragons... okay, that’s a lie. In fact, he asked the whole audience to lie about what we’d seen so we didn’t spoil it for others.

A new community arts centre serving Felixstowe, Trimley and Kirton is being unveiled this weekend.

“Best of” - two words that often signal the winding down of a career. Not in the case of psychological illusionist Derren Brown, heading to Ipswich next week.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Each Saturday in the East Anglian Daily Times’ heaven section, we pose a question about something that’s happening in the news - from is it right to ban your kids from using social media to the new line-up of The Great British Bake-off. We’d love to hear your views on the topic of the week, tweeted every Monday by @WhatsonWayne. To get involved, email me your thoughts and a small head and shoulders photo.

Stephen Foster and Wayne Savage’s must-see gigs and concerts across the region

Art & books

Mon, 08:37

A tattoo artist who plans to set up the first parlour in Ed Sheeran’s home town said he hoped the singer might “pop in to say hello”.

A retired agricultural engineer has discovered his inner artist at the age of 88.

A sculptor’s ceremonial farewell to the Suffolk landscape that “fed his imagination for 15 years” has come back to haunt him – after it was mistaken for a body in the water.

A summer holiday craze has brought visitors flocking to the Suffolk seaside, transforming beaches into a huge collaborative art exhibition.

A Suffolk artist’s “love for the absurd beauty of the nude form” has given a revealing perspective on some of the county’s best loved towns.

TV & films

Yesterday, 17:36

Cinema used to thrive on originality. New films, entertaining stories, interesting characters but 25 years all that changed as the studios became fixated on formula and franchise. Arts editor Andrew Clarke argues that its time for a change and a return to smaller, one-off movies

Movies that tell a good story and have engaging characters provide that all-important re-watch value necessary for a great film. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies which may entertain if you are in the mood for something different.

They have travelled through time, chased bad guys and entertained millions of viewers – now they are coming to Suffolk.

Marilyn Monroe retains a special place not only in the hearts of film fans but also with the public at large. She still has one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke asks what makes her a true Hollywood great?

Music

One of the most popular folk festivals in the country got under way yesterday as people started to pour in for three days of relaxed fun and excellent music.

One of the Guardian’s top festival picks, FolkEast returns to Glemham Hall today. We sat down with organisers Becky and John Marshall-Potter.

Singer-songwriter Tony James Shevlin has just recorded a new album which details a three month tour of the back roads of the USA. Arts editor Andrew Clarke met up with the musician who has a taste for Americana

Don’t let travelling to the festival cause you stress, check out our how to get there guide so your journey goes smoothly.

Elisabeth Leonskaja first played in public at the age of eleven and was a protégé of the Russian pianist Svjatoslav Richter.

Days Out

13:33

More than 1,700 people will be running through Ipswich this evening – here are the key details for those taking part and going along to cheer them on.

One of the Guardian’s top festival picks, FolkEast returns to Glemham Hall today. We sat down with organisers Becky and John Marshall-Potter.

Health bosses are warning people to stay healthy and look after themselves during this year’s V Festival.

Don’t let travelling to the festival cause you stress, check out our how to get there guide so your journey goes smoothly.

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