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Yesterday, 08:22

Kevin Kennedy will forever be best known as Coronation Street’s loveable loser Curly Watts, but he is also a stage star. His latest role is an all-star musical version of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, which allows him to rekindle his love of this region.

Fresh from being ravaged by hunger and sand-flies on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, Shazia Mirza returns with a show about lies and truth - or are they the same thing these days?

The 80s are officially back, with Fame The Musical coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

The cast of new musical An Officer and a Gentleman has been revealed, featuring top West End talent.

Taj Mahal chef Sayid swaps the kitchen for the stage in The Chef Show, part of PULSE presents.

Crazy for You at the Ipswich Regent, all week until Saturday.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

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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

Wed, 08:11

Lin Bensley tells the story of one of East Anglia’s greatest novelists - Harold W ‘Jack’ Freeman - and why we should rediscover his work.

Sculptor Paul Richardson is best known for his quirky, figurative steel sculptures – over-sized East End geezers, a Roy Rogers-style cowboy, a native American chief on the warpath, Pegasus, a flying horse, a Day of the Dead Mariachi and a earnest looking butler, among many others.

Sir Cedric Morris was one of East Anglia’s great artists, famous for his flower paintings, a new exhibition aims to reveal that he was a painter with a far greater palette. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to his pupil Maggi Hambling about her aspirations for the exhibition.

As this year marks the centenary of the Suffragette movement securing the vote for women, we enlisted the help of our friends at Ipswich Waterstones to select some of the finest books by female authors. Here’s what they came up with.

Top children’s author Jessica Townsend is topping off a bumper Half Term for Waterstones in Ipswich, as two Children’s Book Prize authors meet youngsters and sign books.

TV & films

Yesterday, 08:50

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

Film award shows seem to be losing favour with audiences. Arts editor Andrew Clarke wonders whether its because the audience for movies is changing and the Oscars and BAFTAs are reacting by rewarding the wrong films.

Marcella the TV show - like Marcella the character - is complicated and confusing but occasionally there are flashes of brilliance. Who is scarier: the baddies or Marcella? The jury is out.

Altered Carbon’s author Richard K Morgan is from Norfolk which is just one (OK, two) of the 10 reasons we put forward as to why you should watch the Netflix series that everyone is talking about

Music

Yesterday, 09:00

A bid by Mid Suffolk District Council to buy the vacant former NatWest bank next to the John Peel Centre has been accepted, the council has confirmed.

Talented students at Suffolk New College organised and filmed their own Jools Holland-style show showcasing some of Suffolk’s brightest talent.

The Bury Festival is one of the cornerstones of Suffolk’s cultural calendar. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to festival director Nick Wells and takes a look at the treats in store during this year’s 10 day extravaganza.

Weighing in at more than 60 dates between October and this June, The Sensational 60s Experience is just about the biggest show dedicated to the music of that decade. This time, the line-up is colossal, with six artists – three groups and three solo acts.

The Proclaimers are coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

Days Out

Wed, 16:54

How to have a go at Winter Olympics sports in East Anglia

Fill your weekend with things to do in Ipswich - here are the events taking place on February 24-25.

Four guys under a street light in New Jersey many Blue Moons ago created a sound so unique that some sixty years later people still crave it.

The popular boxing legend gave an insightful, informative, humourous and honest appraisal of his glittering career (warts and all).

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