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New stage for entertainers in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 01:00 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

ASPIRING musicians, singers and comedians could soon find a new stage on which to perform … courtesy of a restaurant/bar set to open in Ipswich early next year.

ASPIRING musicians, singers and comedians could soon find a new stage on which to perform … courtesy of a restaurant/bar set to open in Ipswich early next year.

The former home of Café Rouge at Major's Corner is being transformed into The Stage Café with food, drink and top class entertainment on the menu.

While it will welcome a host of professional talent its owners, Hollywood Leisure, run by Ipswich businessmen Trevor Hollinsworth and Martin Hale, are also on the hunt for amateurs to add to the variety of live performances.

They are looking for single and double acts to try their hand at keeping its customers entertained when it opens its doors next year.

"We want good pianists, guitarists, singers and comedians," Mr Hollinsworth said.

"These are the sort of performers our customers will demand. They will be a more mature audience – strictly over 21 – who are looking to avoid the rowdy pub crowd and dance music during their evening out.

"There is no other venue like it around here. Customers will be able to eat good food in comfortable surroundings while enjoying quality live entertainment."

Although The Stage Café want professional and experienced performers to get in touch, Mr Hollinsworth and Mr Hale are also keen to give amateurs a chance.

Mr Hale said: "There's a lot of talent in the region but very little chance for many artistes to perform to a knowledgeable and appreciative audience and on the same stage as big names.

"Many famous acts were discovered at this sort of venue. We want The Stage to get a reputation for talent scouts to discover emerging acts. We'll be offering them that opportunity.

"If acts can show us they are good enough, then they'll have the chance to prove it to our customers."

A list of performers is already being worked out to ensure a wide variety of talent at the venue which will have a grand piano, good facilities for singers and musicians and host comic nights and a big name once a month.

Mr Hollinsworth added: "Once we have a good selection of artistes lined up it is clear The Stage Café will be able to offer a unique venue in which the more mature customer can enjoy a night out in a relaxed atmosphere."

Any musicians, singers and comedians, professional or amateur, who would like the chance to perform at The Stage Café are asked to ring Hollywood Leisure on 070 440 90000 and leave contact details and a description of their act.

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