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Synergy Theatre Project announces Write Now, its third national prison scriptwriting competition, open to all prisoners and ex-prisoners in England and Wales.
Entrants are invited to submit an original stage play on any subject and of any length. The winners will be announced at a prize giving ceremony and rehearsed reading in December at the Royal Court Theatre.
Alongside the competition Synergy will be running playwriting courses and workshops in prisons to generate entries and develop the writing skills of prisoners. The company has already delivered a course for ex-prisoners at the Royal Court Theatre.
The deadline for submissions is 31st August 2012.
NWT Partners With RSC Open Stages 2012 2 May 2012
OPEN AUDITIONS FOR ROMEO & JULIET - SUNDAY 17 JUNE
The New Wolsey Theatre is delighted to be one of the regional partner theatres in RSC Open Stages and is holding open auditions for an ambitious production of Romeo & Juliet to be performed at Ipswich Town Hall in September.
Open Stages is a project that embraces, develops and celebrates amateur theatre. Over 260 amateur companies have signed up to produce RSC Open Stages productions across the UK from the Isle of Skye to the Isle of Wight, with over 7200 people taking part. Productions are due to be performed everywhere from castles to village halls, from beaches to ball rooms, with many being performed in the hundreds of successful amateur run theatres around the country.
SNC & NWT Work Together 8 May 2012
Suffolk New College and the New Wolsey Theatre are delighted to be working in partnership to deliver an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 course in Production Arts.
The new course will be available to students from September 2012 and will be based in the professional environment of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. However, students will have access to the excellent facilities and support available at Suffolk New College. There are only a few colleges in the country that offer this course, the nearest being in Thurrock or Lincoln.
AUTUMN 2012 AT THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE 1 June 2012
Opens with World Premiere of Mods and Rox by Paul Sirett
Tickets for the Autumn 2012 Season at the New Wolsey Theatre are on sale from 10am on Friday 1 June.
Cast Announced for Mods and Rox 9 July 2012
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich opens its autumn season with Mods and Rox, the world premiere of a new musical by Paul Sirett (Reasons to be Cheerful). Mods and Rox is a new take on Cyrano de Bergerac and is the latest in the New Wolsey's line of actor-musician musicals.
With a series of classic period songs including - Substitute, Keep on Runnin', Itchycoo Park, She's Not There, The Kids are Alright and many more - this evergreen romantic story is given an electric score. As the story reaches its climax and the Mods and Rockers face off in the battle of Brighton Beach, will Rox discover the true writer of the song that stole her heart before it's too late?
Mods and Rox Goes Into Rehearsal 14 August 2012
Rehearsals for the New Wolsey Theatre world premiere production of Mods and Rox start this week. The productions opens on 7 September and the cast of nine will work with Director Peter Rowe, Musical Director Ben Goddard and Choreographer Francesca Jaynes to realise Paul Sirett's new take on Cyrano de Bergerac set in 1960's London.
New Wolsey Scooter Display 4 September 2012
Mods and Rox by Paul Sirett opens this week at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (7 to 29 Sept) and scooter clubs from across the region have scheduled ‘ride-outs' to see the show
New Wolsey Extends Run Of Mods and Rox 19 September 2012
The New Wolsey Theatre is pleased to announce an extended run of its world premiere production, Mods and Rox, which will now run to Sat 6 October.
The show opened on 7 September and was scheduled to run to Saturday 29 September. Interest in the show has exceeded expectations so eight additional performances have been added:
Mon 1 Oct - 7.45pm
Tue 2 Oct - 7pm
Wed 3 Oct - 7.45pm
Thu 4 Oct - 7.45pm
Fri 5 Oct - 5.30pm & 9pm
Sat 6 Oct - 2.30pm & 7.45pm
NWT & Graeae Receive FOUR TMA Nominations 27 September 2012
- REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL SHORTLISTED FOR BEST TOURING PRODUCTION
- GRAEAE AND THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE, SHORTLISTED FOR THE RENEE STEPHAM AWARD FOR BEST PRESENTATION OF TOURING THEATRE
- GRAEAE NOMINATED FOR PROMOTION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY
- NEW WOLSEY THEATRE NOMINATED AS MOST WELCOMING THEATRE
Cast Announced For Sleeping Beauty 6 October 2012
The cast for Sleeping Beauty, this year's rock 'n' roll panto at the New Wolsey Theatre, has been announced with a number of very popular faces included.
Will Kenning is back to play the dame for the third year running. This time he becomes Dame Taffeta Trott and he's very keen to don his oversized bosom and outrageous dresses. "It's the highlight of my year. I simply can't wait. I love New Wolsey audiences because they get really into in and every show is different" says Will.
Applications Open For 2013 Pulse Fringe Festival 26 October 2012
Applications are now open for PULSE Fringe Festival 2013 which the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, will present from Thursday 30 May to Saturday 8 June. The application deadline is 8 January 2013.
The 10-day festival is a unique opportunity to see a wide range of top quality, engaging, emotionally charged, relevant, entertaining work and innovative thinking. PULSE offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre and performance: finished shows, work in progress and new ideas. Join us at the end of May to laugh, shed a tear or two, be challenged and maybe have a bit of a think. See the work, meet the artists, put your finger on the pulse.
New Wolsey Spring 2013 Season Announced 26 October 2012
Features the world premiere of AND THEN THE DARK by Michael Lesslie
On sale from 10am on Friday 9 November.
New Wolsey Patrons can book from 26 October and New Wolsey Friends, Group Bookers and schools can book from Friday 2 November.
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich has announced its spring 2013 season which runs from 30 January to 25 May.
NWT Wins Most Welcoming Theatre Award 29 October 2012
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich received the MOST WELCOMING THEATRE Award at the annual TMA (Theatrical Management Association) Theatre Awards UK at the awards ceremony on 28th October at London's historic Guildhall.
Theatre Project For Visually Impaired People 29 November 2012
NEW WOLSEY THEATRE WORKING TO CREATE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE AND DISABLED ARTISTS
• UNSCENE SUFFOLK - THEATRE PROJECT FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
• AGENT FOR CHANGE - NEW ROLE CREATED TO PROVIDE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED ARTISTS (application deadline 29 Nov)
Casting Announced for Yes, Prime Minister 11 December 2012
Principal casting has now been announced for the third UK tour of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's hit stage version of Yes, Prime Minister. Michael Fenton Stevens (recognisable as Sir Henry in ITV's Benidorm) will take on the role of beleaguered PM Jim Hacker, while opposite him Crispin Redman (known as Judge Richards in Law & Order: UK) will play Sir Humphrey Appleby and West End star Michael Matus (Taboo, Lend Me A Tenor) will perform the role of Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley.
Festivals Join Forces 20 December 2012
ANNOUNCING: PULSE, Mayfest, Sampled and Sprint Festivals joining forces to commission new work
REMINDER: The New Wolsey launches a brand new PULSE Initiative - £1,000 Suitcase Prize for environmentally sustainable new work
REMINDER: Applications for PULSE general submission deadline: 8 January 2013
Casting Announced For And Then The Dark 20 December 2012
Casting has now been announced for the Mike Lesslie thriller And Then The Dark which has its world premiere at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in February 2013.
And Then The Dark is a gripping psychological thriller set in a Georgian town house in present day London. It is seven years since Edward's wife and son died in suspicious circumstances in a fire in the attic. For seven years Edward has been tormented by their ghosts but still refuses to accept they are gone. If indeed they are!
Ali Briggs Appointed As Agent For Change 20 December 2012
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, has appointed Ali Briggs as Agent for Change with a remit to create better opportunities for disabled artists and disabled people in the eastern region.
Access is one of the New Wolsey Theatre's core principles and in recent years this has been evidenced in a number of collaborations and co-productions with Graeae, programming work by disabled artists and in the provision of participatory opportunities within its Creative Learning offer. Earlier this year, The New Wolsey and Graeae toured the UK with Reasons to be Cheerful, a high-energy coming of age tale that celebrates the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. This new musical was first performed in autumn 2010 at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East. The revival was nominated for two TMA awards; The Best Touring Production Award and also for The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre.