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Family fun, talks, exhibitions, comedy and theatre in Suffolk and Essex over the next seven days

Matt Pang hosts the Chinese New Year Show at The New Wolsey. Picture: JOE CLARKE

Matt Pang hosts the Chinese New Year Show at The New Wolsey. Picture: JOE CLARKE

Celebrate the Year of the Dog, enjoy some ringside mayhem or listen to people’s coming out stories.

Chinese New Year Show, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, February 3, 7pm

The Suffolk Chinese Family Welfare Association celebrates the Year of the Dog.

The variety show features traditional and western style dance, singing and music performed by members of the community alongside professional acts. The line-up includes BBC Young Musician of the Year Yuanfan Yang, juggler extraordinaire Matt Pang, who also hosts; Chinese classic dancer Susie Lu, Chinese traditional instrumentalist Dr Cheng Yu, hypnotic hulahooper Philosokitty and Zhao Jin from the world famous Beijin Opera.

RSPB Woodbridge Local Group Illustrated Talk, The Community Hall, Woodbridge, February 1, 7.30pm

The topic of this month’s meeting is Save Our Suffolk (SOS) Swifts by Edward Jackson, who organises the group which is jointly managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Ornithologists Group. Suffolk has only half the swifts it had 25 years ago, mainly through loss of nest sites in modernised buildings. The talk will explore the birds’ lifestyle and natural history, the reasons for their decline and how we can turn things around. All welcome.

Ipswich and District Photographic Society talk, Burlington Baptist Church Centre, Ipswich, February 5, 7.30pm

David Murton and Mike O’ Mahony’s talk is entitled Astrophotography Options Using A Digital Camera. Both have been imaging the night skies for around five years and aim to show it needn’t be as difficult as you may think. All welcome.

Design Icons, Chelmsford Museum, to March 4, 10am-5pm, Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 1pm-4pm, Sunday

This new exhibiton showcases some of the most celebrated designs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. It features everything from Mary Quant’s mini-skirts and hot pants to Chopper bikes and Nintendo’s Game Boy.

WAW Wrestling, Beccles Public Hall, February 3, 7.30pm

Expect another great night of wrestling says World Association of Wrestling owner Ricky “Rowdy” Knight, as his team of internationally-renowned competitors return to Beccles Public Hall for more ring-based madness from 7.30pm tonight.

CMP Comedy Club, St Judes Brewery Tavern, Ipswich, 7.30pm, February 7

Gráinne Maguire with support from Simone Belshaw, Tom Mayhew, Sam Smedley and host Carl Denham.

Up ‘n’ Under, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, February 7-10

The New Wolsey Theatre and fingersmiths co-produce John Godber’s award-winning comedy. Arthur has to coach The Wheatsheaf Arms; bottom of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League who have never won a game, don’t have seven players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. They are deaf, he doesn’t sign and he only has five weeks to get his team into shape or he loses his house in the bet to arch rival Reg.

The Response, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, February 2, 7pm

The preview of a new play by John Hales based in the wake of the London bombings of 7/7, which on the surface is a thriller but digs a lot deeper. One of the first people to get involved was Dan Biddle, who was injured in the attack. He will be attending today’s performance and be part of a question and answer session.

Stories from Across The Kitchen Table, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, February 3, 7.30pm

BLAH LGBT Youth Project present the coming out stories of local everyday people.

Pressure, Cambridge Arts Theatre, to February 10

Written by and starring David Haig, this real-life thriller cronocles how, 72 hours prior to the D-Day landings, Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, advises General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord. With Stagg predicting severe storms and Irving P Krick – Hollywood’s meteorological movie consultant – predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on a single forecast.

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