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Rural touring champions Common Ground theatre company love to give Dickens a new spin. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to writer-actor-directors Julian Harries and Pat Whymark about the joy of bringing their favourite author to the stage

Ipswich dancer Harry Clark returns home this weekend to perform with Scottish dance Theatre at the Jerwood DanceHouse. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to him

Suffolk legends and folklore always make great theatre. Wonderful Beast are staging a new production of Return of the Wildman and taking it out on tour. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Alys Kihl and writer Thea Smiley about this innovative play.

The Crucible, by playwright Arthur Miller, is one of the great masterworks on modern theatre. As David Henshall discovers, The Crucible is more than a historical drama it’s a perceptive examination of how communities function and how petty jealousies can tear them apart.

The Autumn festivities kick off the half term week this weekend, as the annual Holywells Apple Day and the season’s beer festival get underway.

In an adaption by acclaimed playwright Jessica Swale, who has had huge recent West End success with Nell Gwyn starring Gemma Arterton, Gallery Players present Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian novel of love, pride and class with a charismatic, flawed female character at its centre.

Chris Difford of Squeeze on writing, touring and why record sales have never mattered.

Oxy and the Morons, by Paul Sirett, Mike Peters and Steve Allan Jones, New Wolsey Theatre, until October 21

As the leaves have started falling and the autumn half term edges closer, be one step ahead with your plans and check out our list of things to do on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

Two Lullaby Concerts will be performed at the United Reformed Church, in Stowmarket, by the City of London Sinfonia, on Friday, October 27.

From Co-Op Juniors productions and Linda Shipton’s School of Dancing to the Royal Ballet the professional dancer has come a long way. Now she is back with the latest tour by Rambert Dance Company.

The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return to Thetford Forest next summer.

The New Wolsey Theatre has a reputation for putting lots of great music in their shows. But, as Arts editor Andrew Clarke, discovers with Oxy and the Morons they are looking at whether the punk spirit can survive into middle age.

Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman, adapted from the Jo Nesbo novel of the same name, is the latest Scandinavian noir thriller to land in cinemas.

An aspiring Scorsese who is working towards a media diploma at college has made his first steps into the filmmaking industry after gaining a work placement as an assistant director on a new film production.

Popstar Marc Almond performed at Ipswich’s Regent on Saturday and lost his temper with two chatty audience members - we ask people in Ipswich what they thought about his behaviour.

Prince never made it up the A12 to perform in Ipswich but on Friday night Suffolk born Jimi Love did, bringing his show ‘A Celebration of Prince’ to the Corn Exchange Grand Hall.

Wantisden Valley has teamed up with the Folk at the Froize monthly food and gig night to organise a special Folk on the Farm event.

Sumptuous strings heralded pop icon Marc Almond’s arrival onto the stage at the Regent on Saturday night.

When foreign language plays are translated for the stage they usually end up as starchy period pieces with cut-glass accents. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to writer Blake Morrison about making the classics much more egalitarian.

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.

Far From The Madding Crowd is a Victorian classic but as David Henshall finds out a new stage version written by Olivier-award-winng Jessica Swale reveals it to be a story filled with surprisingly contemporary characters

Cardinal Wolsey, advisor to Henry VIII was one of the most influential figures to emerge from Suffolk. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at a major new exhibition which brings four bronze angels from Wolsey’s tomb back to his birth-place.

Members of the Parachute Regiment Band dropped by Christchurch Park to get Ipswich School’s Festival of Music under way.

Purple Rain - A Celebration of Prince plays Ipswich Corn Exchange tonight and Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion on November 8. I spoke to the nine-piece band’s frontman and founder Jimi Love who was born in Harlow and grew up near Ipswich.

Win The LEGO Ninjago Movie merchandise

Friday, October 13, 2017

To celebrate the release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Warner Bros Pictures and What’s on offer you the chance to win some goodies from the film.

Is your diary empty for this weekend? Check out our guide for inspiration on what to do on October 14-15.

Friends of a music-lover and aspiring filmmaker from Shotley who died aged 19 in August have paid tribute to the “biggest character” with a gig organised in his honour.

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