The Di­ary

This month’s mu­sic, theatre and com­edy dates

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SEPTEM­BER 29, OC­TO­BER 4 & 5 FOOT­STEPS: THE STORY OF THE IP­SWICH SUF­FRAGETTES

Free prom­e­nade street theatre that un­earths the sto­ries be­hind peo­ple and places. A cir­cu­lar walk start­ing at Ar­ras Square. Part os the Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes 100 Years On Fes­ti­val at Univer­sity of Suf­folk Oc­to­ber 6. No need to book. Writ­ten by Martha Loader, di­rected by Natalie Songer, re­searched by Joy Bounds, pro­duced by Karen God­dard. Sup­ported by Eastern An­gles and Tusk Theatre. wom­ensvoic­eswom­ensvotes.word­press.com

OC­TO­BER 1-6 THE RE­TURN OF THE SOLDIER

The Re­turn of the Soldier, by Charles Miller and Tim San­ders, is a mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Re­becca West’s remarkable novella writ­ten at the end of World War One. Set in Har­row dur­ing the sum­mer of 1916, The Re­turn of the Soldier is an in­tensely bit­ter-sweet tale, dis­sect­ing the very dif­fer­ent love of three women for one man. When Christo­pher re­turns from the front, shell-shocked and with me­mory loss, there are pro­found con­se­quences for all three women and their love. In the end, only an ex­tra­or­di­nary sac­ri­fice will re­store the frag­ile sta­tus quo. New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 3 JOANNE SHAW TAY­LOR

Fol­low­ing per­for­mances on Later With Jools Hol­land, BBC’s Glas­ton­bury cov­er­age and out­stand­ing re­views for her lat­est al­bum Wild, JST has es­tab­lished her­self as a star of the blues rock world. The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 6 SUF­FOLK SINGERS: A HAR­VEST OF SONG

Di­rected by Claire We­ston St Michael’s Church, Fram­ling­ham, 7.30pm. Tick­ets £10. we­gottick­ets.com or rjr­col­neis@aol.com or 01394 279907

OC­TO­BER 7 WIS­DOM OF A FOOL

Star of 1950s Bri­tish stage and screen, the le­gendary Nor­man Wis­dom packed houses across the UK, won the hearts of mil­lions and re­mains one of the UK’s com­edy icons. The world of post-war Mu­sic Hall and Va­ri­ety em­braced his trade­mark manic slap­stick rou­tine and cat­a­pulted him to star­dom. Over the years he per­fected an act that would go on to shape his unique style; his cloth cap, ill-fit­ting suit and clas­sic un­der­dog char­ac­ter lead­ing Char­lie Chap­lin to de­scribe him as his ‘favourite clown’. New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 7 LINDISFARNE

Al­though the orig­i­nal band fi­nally called it a day in 2003, Lindisfarne are back with a clas­sic six-piece line up of long-time mem­bers, fronted by orig­i­nal founder-mem­ber Rod Clements and Alan Hull’s son-in­law Dave Hull-Den­holm, and a reper­toire of much-loved songs like Meet Me On The Cor­ner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home. The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 8-13 THE HABIT OF ART

Alan Ben­nett is one our great­est and most cel­e­brated play­wrights,

with a cav­al­cade of stage and screen block­busters in­clud­ing The His­tory Boys, The Mad­ness of King Ge­orge and Talk­ing Heads. In The Habit of Art, Ben­nett gives us a play about a meet­ing be­tween the poet WH Au­den and the com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten. Ex­plor­ing friend­ship, ri­valry and heartache this multi lay­ered mas­ter­piece ex­am­ines the joy, pain and emo­tional cost of cre­ativ­ity. This pro­duc­tion di­rected by Philip Franks marks the first ever re­vival of the play and stars the Olivier Award win­ning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prej­u­dice) and David Yel­land (Char­i­ots of Fire and The Crown). New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 10 RALPH MCTELL

Known for his vir­tu­oso gui­tar style, Ralph is a pro­lific and gifted song­writer who in­vites you into a unique world with a nar­ra­tive that is both sig­nif­i­cant and poignant. The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 16-20 BE MY BABY

The New Wolsey Young Com­pany Mother and baby Home. 1964. Mary Adams, aged 19, un­mar­ried and seven months preg­nant. Forcibly sent there by a mother in­tent on keep­ing up ap­pear­ances, Mary, along with the other girls in the home, has to cope with the shame and with the dawn­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that she will have to give the baby up for adop­tion whether she likes it or not. De­spite this – and an over­bear­ing ma­tron – the girls’ youth­ful ef­fer­ves­cence will keep break­ing through as they sing along to the girl group songs of the pe­riod. New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 18-20 THE GOON SHOW

From the pro­duc­ers of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed 50th An­niver­sary Tour of Round the Horne comes an­other ra­dio com­edy clas­sic live on stage. In 1951 the land­scape of Bri­tish com­edy changed dra­mat­i­cally when The Goon Show burst onto the air­waves of the BBC Home Ser­vice. Spike Mil­li­gan, Peter Sell­ers, Harry Se­combe and co. brought a brand of sur­real chaotic hu­mour un­like any­thing that had been heard be­fore and rev­o­lu­tionised the way ra­dio com­edy was pro­duced. With its bizarre char­ac­ters, fan­tas­ti­cal plots and hi­lar­i­ous run­ning jokes, The Goon Show cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the Bri­tish pub­lic and made house­hold names of its three main stars, all of whom would go on to achieve fame across the globe. The show’s in­flu­ence is still felt

to­day with co­me­di­ans like Ed­die Iz­zard cit­ing the show as a ma­jor in­flu­ence. Theatre Royal, Bury St Ed­munds the­atreroyal.org

OC­TO­BER 21 ALEX MENDHAM & HIS ORCHES­TRA: ON WITH THE SHOW IP­SWICH SCHOOL FES­TI­VAL

Step into the ex­cit­ing and glam­orous world of the 1930s and hear Gersh­win, Cole Porter, Irv­ing Ber­lin and more per­formed in the orches­tra’s im­mer­sive sil­ver screen spec­ta­cle. This young, vi­brant orches­tra will show­case hot rhythms and sweet melodies in an evening of un­for­get­table mu­sic with the Dun­lop Sis­ters, and charis­matic Alex Mendham, who will ser­e­nade you with the evoca­tive, haunt­ing and witty lyrics of th­ese time­less stan­dards. Re­dis­cover such songs as Dream A Lit­tle Dream of Me, Some­where Over the Rain­bow and Cheek to Cheek brought to life with imag­i­na­tion and flair. New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 22 FIND­ING JOY

Vamos Theatre. The funny, fear­less in­ter­na­tional sell-out mask pro­duc­tion from the UK’s lead­ing full mask com­pany. Joy is 83 to­day. She’s feisty, loves to dance, and is los­ing her me­mory. Her grand­son Danny is re­bel­lious, bright and al­ways get­ting into trou­ble. When Danny de­cides to look after Joy, they dis­cover a shared play­ful­ness and grow­ing love. But is that enough to face the chal­lenges ahead? Suit­able for 12 years and up­wards, Find­ing Joy is ac­ces­si­ble to hear­ing and D/deaf au­di­ences alike. Theatre Royal, Bury St Ed­munds the­atreroyal.org

OC­TO­BER 23 NEIL OLIVER: THE STORY OF THE BRI­TISH ISLES IN 100 PLACES

After twenty years trav­el­ling to ev­ery cor­ner of the UK and film­ing BBC2’s ‘Coast’, Neil has a unique view and un­der­stand­ing of Bri­tish his­tory. Hear in his amus­ing and en­ter­tain­ing way what it all means to him, and why we need to cher­ish and cel­e­brate our won­der­ful coun­tries.

The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 25 RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN

There has never been a bet­ter time to be an Amer­i­can co­me­dian in the UK. Hall’s pre­ci­sion dis­man­tling of the ten­u­ous re­la­tion­ship be­tween two coun­tries is as free­wheel­ing and deadly ac­cu­rate as ever.

The Hoedown be­gins as a with­er­ing dis­sec­tion of Trump’s Amer­ica, but ends up be­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­cana. There’s stand-up, im­pro­vised bal­lads, crack­ing good mu­si­cian­ship, and ul­ti­mately a hi­lar­i­ous, foot­stomp­ing, good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe. The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 30 OTHELLO

An English Tour­ing Theatre, Ox­ford Playhouse and Shake­speare at the To­bacco Fac­tory Pro­duc­tion. Venice: a western colo­nial power em­ploys the newly mar­ried Othello, a Mus­lim gen­eral, to lead their army against the im­pend­ing Turk­ish in­va­sion. The strain of fit­ting into a so­ci­ety riven by dis­crim­i­na­tion and fear soon take their toll. Ma­nip­u­lated by Iago, Othello’s life quickly un­rav­els as he turns on ev­ery­thing he holds dear. The pro­duc­tion of Othello in­cludes vi­o­lence and strong lan­guage, age guid­ance 12+ New Wolsey Theatre, Ip­swich, wolseythe­atre.co.uk

OC­TO­BER 30 - NOVEM­BER 3 HENRY V

Shake­speare at the To­bacco Fac­tory. Di­rected by Eliz­a­beth Free­stone. A di­vided na­tion. Trou­ble on the con­ti­nent. An am­bi­tious young prince. Emerg­ing from his wild youth with a sense of pur­pose and ad­ven­ture, Henry V wages war on France with dev­as­tat­ing ef­fi­ciency. But at what cost? How can he be a good leader and a good man? What com­pro­mises must be made in the name of vic­tory? Theatre Royal, Bury St Ed­munds the­atreroyal.org

OC­TO­BER 31 ANDY FAIR­WEATHER LOW & THE LOW RID­ERS

Andy came to promi­nence as the lead singer in Amen Cor­ner, with hits such as such as ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ and ‘(If Par­adise is) Half As Nice’. He has since worked with Eric Clap­ton, Ge­orge Har­ri­son, Bob Dy­lan, Jimi Hen­drix, El­ton John, Roger Wa­ters, Dave Gil­mour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Em­my­lou Har­ris, Joe Sa­tri­ani, Jeff Beck, Ge­orgie Fame, Van Mor­ri­son and hun­dreds more. This tour fea­tures the Hi Rid­ers Spe­cial Soul Re­view – an ex­tended brass sec­tion and Ham­mond or­gan through­out the show. The Apex, Bury St Ed­munds theapex.co.uk

ABOVE: Ralph McTell

BELOW: Othello, one of the key pro­duc­tions in the New Wolsey’s au­tumn sea­son

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