Creative Communities

A Creative Community is one where everyone is given the opportunity to participate in, engage with, and discover the arts. Our work seeks to blur the lines between professional and community practice, and we produce activities that nurture creativity, develop skills, broaden horizons, and explore diversity.



Youth Theatres

Our Youth Theatres are a great place to make friends, explore your creativity, and develop theatre-making skills with professional practitioners and artists.

We are currently operating waiting lists for all groups apart from Youth Theatre Squared.

To join our waiting list please fill in this form.

If you have any questions about our Youth Theatres please contact us at:



Week commencing Monday 13th September  – week ending Saturday 11th December. (no sessions in half term,  Monday 25th – Friday 29th October).



Youth Theatre 1 (school years 3&4 / age 7-9yrs): Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm, venue: NW2

Youth Theatre 2 (school years 5&6 / age 9-11yrs): Tuesdays, 6.45 – 7.45pm, venue: NW2

Youth Theatre 3 (school years 7&8 / age 11-13yrs): Mondays, 5 – 6.30pm, venue: HEG

Youth Theatre 4 (school years 9&10 / age 13 – 15yrs): Mondays, 7.15 – 8.45pm, venue: HEG

Senior Youth Theatre (school years 11 + (ages 15-20yrs)): Wednesdays, 6.30/7 – 9pm, venue: NW2 and HEG (our 2 senior youth theatre groups will swap between 2 practitioners with different specialisms, and will attend one half of term 6.30pm – 9pm, and one half of term 7pm – 9pm).  




Prices given on a full term basis.

Standard Plus: £75  (For those who can and wish to pay a little more per term, this rate will help us to provide bursary places for young people who would otherwise be unable to access a weekly group.)

Standard: £60 

Second child: £40 

Means-tested (Universal credit or a young person living independently): £30 

Bursary (free) places are also available. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a Bursary place or have any questions or queries about Youth Theatre:



Youth Theatre Squared (ages 11-15yrs and 16-25yrs)

If you’re a young person with additional needs who wants to explore theatre making and develop your creativity, come and join us at these weekly sessions. Sessions will allow participants to explore the world around them, build their confidence and develop their theatre making skills.

Monday evenings during term time

Group 1 (11-15yrs or higher level of need): 5.45pm – 7pm

Group 2 (16-25yrs or lower level of need): 7.45pm – 9.00pm

NW2, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS. This venue includes a changing places facility. 

Groups are allocated loosely by age, but also take into consideration the level of need. We will have a conversation with each family/carer and place each participant in the group we feel they will benefit from the most.

Fees (see above).

If you’d like to join or if you have any questions, please contact us:








It’s important for us to say that the safety of our participants and staff remains our number one priority. No-one knows what autumn term will bring, but our Youth Theatres will be delivered in a safe environment, in line with the most current government guidance. We will continue to provide updates as and when government guidance changes.

Short Courses

Young Technicians


Level: Introductory – you don’t need any previous experience, just come along and get stuck in!
Ages 16-25 yrs
Cost: Places are free but limited.

This short course is suitable for 16-25 year olds who are curious about or want to develop their knowledge, skills and employability in technical or theatre-making roles. Learn about sound, lighting, set design, digital theatre, prop making, stage management and more. Sessions are delivered by our professional Production Team on-site at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Our next course will run in Spring term 2022:
Weekly sessions: Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm;  3rd, 10th & 17th February, HALF TERM BREAK, 3rd, 10th & 17th March 2022.

To apply for a place for Spring 2022 please fill in this application form. Deadline is 3rd January 2022. We will be in touch after the deadline to let you know whether we can offer you a place.

If you have any queries about the course you can contact us at: or call 01473 295930



Wolsey Writers


Do you have a story to tell? A touch of the poet? Are plays your scene?

Or are you struggling to find your voice…?

Wolsey Writers is a creative writing group that offers space to let your imagination wander; tips on how to improve; and encouragement to achieve your goals.

Wolsey Writers WORKSHOPS are facilitated creative writing classes led by Katie Ward, an award-winning Suffolk author, published in the UK and US.

We are also offering Wolsey Writers CAFÉ, a free, informal drop-in opportunity led by Katie Ward to meet other writers, share drafts and get feedback.

Running on selected dates from Saturday 2nd October – Saturday 18th December 2021 at the New Wolsey Theatre. 


Wolsey Writers Workshops and Café are suitable for adults & young people age 16+ with a commitment to creative writing.

Places for all Wolsey Writers events are limited to 20 participants per event and booking is necessary.

For further information and to book please visit:

Wolsey Writers Workshops

Wolsey Writers Café

‘It was brilliant – I can’t remember a better writing class.’




Spotlight on Skills is a program of activity in which the New Wolsey Theatre, its staff, resources, auditorium, rehearsal room and participation space will all be available for schools to take part in a new and exciting active learning project with specific curriculum based content.

Working with professionals from the theatre, young people will explore elements of the National Curriculum; discover career pathways in the creative industries; develop essential life skills, and use their creativity to reflect upon their experiences, all in a safe, fun, supportive environment.

As one of the arts organisations that has worked with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on their Teacher Development programme, we have been a part of a wide-ranging project that has successfully evidenced that young people’s learning can be dramatically enhanced by a practical, art-based approach to animating elements of the National Curriculum.

An ‘active learning’ approach has been shown to be especially effective at eroding disadvantage and supporting young people who might not have thrived in a conventional school environment to reach their potential.

Regardless of where your school is in its delivery plan for Science, Computing or Mental Wellbeing, our programme could recap, introduce or support the teaching of these elements of the National Curriculum.


For more information on our Schools offer please contact Sian Thomas, Creative Communities Producer:


Dark Sky Reserves




Dark Sky Reserves – a digital project for young people in Spring 2021

This digital project ran online in Spring 2021. An audio drama based on ideas from the project will be created and released in Summer 2021.

About the project

Dark sky reserves are protected spaces in the night sky, free of artificial light pollution, designed to allow human beings to enjoy, reflect upon and explore our nocturnal environment. 

This digital project will bring young people together to creatively explore themes including, the night-time, dreams, sleep and the cosmos. Participants will work with our practitioners and professional playwright and poet, James McDermott, to develop their ideas, which James will then turn into a piece of audio drama which the young people will record for a sound installation, in the summer of 2021.

Arts Award and Artsmark

Arts Award Support

Arts Award is a range of unique nationally recognised qualifications for anyone up to the age of 25. It encourages the growth of artists and arts leaders, and inspires participants to connect with the wider arts world.

We are an Arts Award Supporter – meaning that we don’t run the Arts Award ourselves, but support schools and other organisations who are registered as centres, taking young people through their Arts Award.

Many of the workshops we offer could be part of building your students’ Arts Award portfolios. Get in touch to find out more: Sian Thomas, Creative Communities Producer, or call 01473 295930





The New Wolsey Theatre is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Find out more about Artsmark here

To find out how the New Wolsey Theatre can support your Artsmark journey, contact Sian Thomas, Creative Communities Producer, by emailing or call 01473 295930


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