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Summer theatre is an important part of Suffolk’s cultural offering but this year was always going to be a challenge. However, technology has come to the rescue

Suffolk-based physical theatre company Gecko have just completed a new feature film for the BBC exploring our need to care for everyone as society becomes more complex

Chelmsford’s Car Park Comedy party, staged in association with The Comedy Store, have announced their line-up for their night of drive-in laughs on July 31.

The government has unveiled a rescue package for the creative industries but despite this support, the fate of panto is still uncertain

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds has a new artistic director. Owen Calvert-Lyons unveils his wide-ranging plans to take the Regency theatre out into the community.

All the Co-op Juniors productions have been rescheduled due to the ongoing restrictions facing theatres during the Coronavirus lockdown. But, the young performers are investing in further training during their enforced downtime and launching an appeal

Suffolk’s theatres are hoping to reopen to audiences soon but need financial support to keep staff on the payroll and a time scale to enable them to plan. Here’s what they need to keep the lights burning

Art & books

Tue, 18:43

Two East Anglian arts and heritage centres have been thrown a lifeline by the Arts Council to see them through the current Covid-19 crisis.

A Suffolk charity that supports families in crisis has put together a unique auction of East Anglian art and collectables to raise funds for the coming year. Here’s how you can gain access to the online gallery and bidding site

Felixstowe Book Festival goes online this weekend with a programme of author interviews, recordings and activities for children.

East Anglia’s award-winning museums are preparing to reopen as the government eases lockdown and reduces the social distancing measures from two metres to one metre plus.

Artists from across Britain have created their own unique hand-carved tributes to key workers as part of a Suffolk charity’s drive to support the mental health of frontline staff.

TV & films

Thu, 14:54

Suffolk-based physical theatre company Gecko have just completed a new feature film for the BBC exploring our need to care for everyone as society becomes more complex

Are you brave enough to bare it all on a daring TV dating series?

A cinema in Bury St Edmunds is introducing a concierge to greet customers, a dedicated hand wash point and distanced allocated seating among measures to prepare for reopening.

The comedy sci-fi romance Back to the Future was the utilmate ‘80s movie. It was fast, fun and made you feel that it was good to be alive. So why was it so good and what did the cast do next?

Music

Organisers behind a new music festival and industry summit aiming to promote Ipswich as a destination for touring bands have been forced to cancel this year’s event.

An independent Ipswich music venue kept afloat by loyal supporters has announced a live-streaming all day music festival this week – its first gig in four months.

Author and biographer Craig Brown talks about his latest book about the daily lives of The Beatles with fellow writer Dean Parkin to raise funds for the Halesworth Cut. The pair are inviting people to join them on Zoom.

Arts and live entertainment are still hard to come by as theatres cannot come out of lockdown but drive-ins could provide that live experience

Live music is coming back to Suffolk this summer and Newmarket is playing to host to big-name stars like Tony Hadley, The Lightning Seeds, Beverley Knight,and Dizzee Rascal but the shows are being staged in a revolutionary fashion

Days Out

Tue, 18:43

Two East Anglian arts and heritage centres have been thrown a lifeline by the Arts Council to see them through the current Covid-19 crisis.

A popular farm attraction business saw its turnover plummet by two thirds overnight after lockdown was imposed.

A major Suffolk farm attraction estimates it will take the business at least a year or two to recover from the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown.

People have been urged to have their say on the planned £8million refurbishment of Ipswich Museum.

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