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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Theatre-going is currently out-of-bounds, but thanks to NT-Live plenty of contemporary shows are awaiting in the digital archives to be shared online. Here’s a round up of some of the special treats currently on offer

New technology has always helped theatre companies expand their horizons. The arrival of the Coronavirus lockdown has made companies become even more inventive. Producer Matthew Linley explains how one production left the stage and became an audio drama.

Smash hit show What’s Love Got To Do With It? has rescheduled its date at the Ipswich Regent.

As the effects of social distancing begin to bite, here is a simple but effective way audiences can make sure that their favourite theatres or arts venues will still be around when this current health crisis is over. By refusing a ticket refund, people can throw a much needed lifeline to a beleaguered arts community

With virtually all theatres dark because of the Coronavirus outbreak, one of Suffolk’s newest venues has come up with a novel idea to keep actors and performers employed and audiences entertained with a bit of help from modern technology.

Roy Hudd was a man who lived for the theatre. He was an actor, a writer, a stand-up comedian and one of the nation’s leading experts on the music hall. Here we look back at the best interviews he gave to the EADT

The swift rise of the Coronavirus outbreak, the ease of transmission and the potential harmful effects have left the theatre and arts industry reeling.

Art & books

Friday, April 3, 2020

Two important Suffolk arts venues are celebrating after scooping bumper grants to help them with major redevelopment projects.

Harry Potter fans are going to have a wizard time during lockdown thanks to author JK Rowling who has made Stephen Fry’s audio-book version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone available online free of charge.

The shortlist for the International Booker Prize has been announced - it’s the ideal reading list for while you’re in isolation.

Some of the nation’s leading artists join forces with Colchester gallery Firstsite to battle stay at home boredom and keep Britain creative during the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.

Self-isolating at home because of the coronavirus outbreak is the perfect excuse to burry your nose in a good book – but how well do you know these famous quotes?

TV & films

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Being trapped inside four walls for weeks on end can drive you a little stir crazy. If you can’t escape outside, perhaps you can escape into another age. The BFI’s free Britain on Film collection can allow you to experience the world inhabited by our parents and grandparents

These programmes will give tired mums and dads time to have a cup of tea and a breather while their little ones are entertained.

A MasterChef contestant from Bury St Edmunds has said she is “absolutely devastated” to leave the competition - but is “so unbelievably proud” of what she has accomplished.

MasterChef contestant Hannah Gregory from Bury St Edmunds is back on our TV screens tonight as she pushes her cooking to the limit to try and win a place in the semi-finals.

Music

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Aldeburgh Festival has been cancelled because of coronavirus, the first time in its 72 year history it has not gone ahead.

The swift arrival of the Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown has thrown the county’s festivals, theatres and arts events into total disarray. Here’s a run-down of what’s on and what’s off.

Music is very good for well-being, both physically and mentally. A good tune boosts feelings of happiness and a dance around the kitchen helps to keep you fit. We have compiled a list of feelgood songs to help make our weeks of confinement seem less torturous

Two Suffolk music festivals have had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

Forthcoming gigs at the Smokehouse venue in Ipswich have been cancelled, as the linked South Street Studios announces a temporary closure because of the coronavirus crisis.

Days Out

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Spring has sprung, and the beauty of nature in our home areas is more important than ever this year during the restrictions of lockdown. Readers and staff have shared their photos and thoughts.

Two highly-anticipated farmer-run summer events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Some of our favourite musicians, actors and directors are reaching that half century milestone this year.

Stuck indoors? EJaRt Creative of Suffolk’s ideas can be produced using everyday items you have around the house.

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