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Suffolk Day Shop 2018

Theatre news

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Miss Saigon star Ashley Gilmour - who plays American GI Chris - looks forward to playing every new venue on the musical’s mega tour - but Norfolk will be particularly special: it’s the place he calls home.

When the creator of smash 1970s sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em comes to see you bring it to life on the stage 13 times, you know you’re doing something right says Joe Pasquale.

It’s been 45 or so years since Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em blessed us with the complete daftness and hilarity of Michael Crawford’s Frank Spencer. He played a uniquely disastrous individual character that cannot be forgotten. Now imagine that today... on a live stage.

Suffolk’s Royal Ballet star Gary Avis receives an MBE “for services to Dance, and to charity in Suffolk”.

A two night stop at the Regent Theatre may not be the most rock ‘n’ roll sounding affair, but Bill Bailey brought the house down with his raucous brand of music-infused comedy.

Audiences will be going wild as X Factor winner Matt Terry will be starring in Madagascar the Musical, which comes to the Ipswich Regent from October 16-20.

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Strictly Come Dancing stars, Kevin and Karen Clifton, to the Ipswich Regent for their live show and goodness me, they were in for a treat.

Art & books

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rising young Suffolk artist Ania Hobson has been declared The BP Young Artist of the Year as part of the prestigious annual BP Portrait Award which is staged at the National Portrait Gallery.

If you want to see art of the very highest quality then there’s no need to travel all the way to London as Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh has created its very own summer exhibition. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to co-curator Graham Simper

The end of year art show is the perfect opportunity to take a look at some of the rising talent that will be making an impression on the world of creative arts in the near future. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s exhibition.

One of the UK’s most respected literary figures, Liz Calder, who lives in Halesworth, has been honoured with a CBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list as co-founder of Bloomsbury Publishing and for services to literature

The East Anglian Book Awards are back for an 11th year, celebrating the region’s writing talent. Trevor Heaton reports.

TV & films

Saturday, June 16, 2018

As Poldark grabs headlines for its chest-baring return to our screens, Arts Editor Andrew Clarke worries that traditional TV is in danger of becoming left behind by its more ambitious US rivals. He looks at the changing face of modern TV drama and the rise of cinematic television

Suffolk film company Picture Perfect has found Suffolk to be a wonderful production base. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to producer Lucinda Thakrar about turning RAF Bentwaters into a Russian prison compound

Comedy royalty spent two nights under canvas at a luxury camping site in Norfolk while they filmed their new BBC comedy about angling. On which note, two parrots were sitting on a perch. One said to the other ‘Can you smell fish?’

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

Music

Yesterday, 17:43

These days I often forget why I’ve come into the kitchen, but take me to a Steps concert and I can remember every word from my teens.

Le Concert Spirituel was founded in 1987 by the current conductor, Herve Niquet, with the aim of performing music from the court of Versailles on period instruments. Since then their repertory has expanded and they are widely praised for the dynamism and authenticity of their performances of vocal and instrumental music.

An operatic premiere is always something of an event and the Aldeburgh Festival commissioned a new work from the Manchester based composer Emily Howard.

Travis play their classic album The Man Who in full at the Ipswich Regent next Thursday and Cambridge Corn Exchange December 13. Bassist Dougie Payne recalls the “brutal mugging” the band got on its release.

After the latest series of shows to be put on in Thetford Forest as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live series, Sunday was Kasabian’s time on the High Lodge stage, bringing a mix of new and old songs that have brought the band so much success throughout the years.

Days Out

Yesterday, 13:08

Mini partygoers can take to the dancefloor this month at a family friendly rave in Ipswich.

The Crufts for trucks rolls into Ipswich just in time for Father’s Day, with literally tonnes of fun for the whole family.

Take a look at the interactive map which has been created to show you what events are happening on Suffolk Day and where you can find them.

TV’s toughest obstacle course, Ninja Warrior UK, is on the look out for new contestants for series five of the show. Find out how you can apply here.

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