Review of Two Sisters Arts Centre launch

27 April 2019

Three years after a brainwave struck local playwright Suzanne Hawkes, and after two years of battling with bureaucracy, and all the relevant paperwork was correct, and comfort, health and safety was ensured, a new community arts venue for the Felixstowe peninsular was opening, and I have been asked to be their Patron!

The Two Sisters Arts Centre, in the redundant St Mary’s church at Trimley St Mary, was ready and bookings for plays. concerts and art workshops are already coming in.


Review of Cinderella, Rock 'n' Roll Panto at the New Wolsey Theatre

I often think that the annual pantomime at the New Wolsey Theatre, in Ipswich, should come with a warning: Once experienced, this show will spoil every other pantomime for you! Once you have seen one of the Rock 'n' Roll Panto's, a fast-moving riot of colour, laughter and pop, everything else will seem a little, well, old-fashioned. Peter Rowe and his team take a traditional story but bring it bang up to date with talented actor-musicians who are each on stage almost all the time.


Review of “Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere”. Black & White Productions

Review of “Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere” by Suzanne Hawkes. Black & White Productions, October 2018

Last year Suzanne Hawkes wrote and produced a play about the first British-trained woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, from Aldeburgh. This autumn she has turned her attention to Elizabeth’s sister, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, who led the campaign for women’s suffrage. Millicent has a statue opposite Parliament that was unveiled in this, the 100th anniversary of some British women getting the vote.


Review of Once, at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The cast of Once. Photographer: Mike Kwasniak

Once – New Wolsey 6-22 September 2018

Once started life as a very successful film, a love story set in Dublin, of two musicians, one about to give up on his singer-songwriting dreams, and the other, a Czech flower-seller, mother of one. Calling them “Guy” and “Girl” was supposed to signify that they could be any couple, in any city.


Following the plaques

When wandering the streets of our towns it is amazing what you discover if you just look up. Often modern shop plate-glass windows and automatic doors are topped by Georgian roof lines or Tudor windows, giving us clues to the history and previous incarnations of the buildings. Sometimes a plaque on a wall reveals that someone of eminence lived, died or worked there. You can see plaques on buildings across Suffolk and Norfolk, in Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Kings Lynn, Gt.

Gardens and Gardeners

Michael Perry on GVC shopping channel

“March winds, April showers, brings forth May flowers” is a familiar saying. With so many professional gardeners around Norfolk and Suffolk, let’s find out from two of them how we can get the best out of our gardens, large or small….

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, in Norfolk began in 1953 when nursery owner and plantsman Alan Bloom planted a garden of island beds in front of the family home, Bressingham Hall. Now known as the Dell Garden it covers six acres and has nearly 5,000 different species and varieties.


What's in a Church?

From the organ to the mouse traps, it is the job of volunteer Church Recorders, to record everything in the building and provide an inventory of the church. This is a unique look at the changing history of what is often the oldest building in a community,

A Lifetime in Libraries

How often does someone know, at the age of ten, what their destiny will be?

Alison Wheeler retires as the Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk Libraries this month, after 39 years as a librarian.
“I arrived in Suffolk in August 1979 as a newly qualified librarian, filled with excitement about being at Felixstowe library, and in my first professional job,” she remembered.

And it started at a young age…..


Review of Unseen Enemy, RADAR and the Cold Way.

Felixstowe playwright, Suzanne Hawkes latest local history play has achieved what would seem impossible, a story of the Cold War, radar, and threatened nuclear attack, that is also funny.

With even more intriguing venues to come, Unseen History, Radar and the Cold War opened to a sell-out audience comprising regular Black and White Productions supporters, those interested in local history, and a few who were intrigued to see inside one of Felixstowe’s iconic landmarks, Harvest House. None should have been disappointed.



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