Creative Communities


 

NWT recognises that culture plays a significant role in building and sustaining communities. We believe in the power of the creative potential in each of us, and strive to provide communities from every part of Ipswich with opportunities to participate in, make and enjoy culture.

Creative Communities is our programme of productions, projects, activities and opportunities for young people, local communities, and the education sector.

Some of our recent work includes:

  • A social prescribing project Tell Your Story delivered in collaboration with the NHS
  • A Warm Space offer in our Front of House that supported the most vulnerable members of our local community during the cost of living crisis
  • Let’s Play an early years project created in partnership with a local primary school
  • Get up and Go free summer activity for children in receipt of free school meals
  • The Big Afternoon a free, outdoor community festival
  • Metamorphoses a mainstage production of a new adaptation of Ovid’s epic poem by our Senior Youth Theatre
  • Hare & Tortoise a Primary schools production touring to 24 schools across Suffolk

 

Our Creative Communities work also includes supporting the education sector to engage with our produced work; offering creative careers focused opportunities to young people and community hires in our main auditorium.

We run seven term time Youth Theatre groups, including our new Young Company offer for 16-21 year olds who are emerging theatre makers. There are 150 spaces for young people to take part across the year which includes our Youth Theatre Plus and Squared offer for disabled and neurodivergent young people.

Alongside our own projects we regularly collaborate with other organisations and support the work of a wide range of local groups including Aspire Black Suffolk (advocacy), Volunteering Matters (social action), UnScene Suffolk (a community arts organisation for visually impaired adults), Ipswich Youth Steel Band and Suffolk Refugee Support, by hosting them in NW2. Having communities, staff, practitioners, and artists in the same space provides fertile ground for future creative collaborations ensuring NWT is truly representative of Ipswich.

NW Youth Theatre 1-4


Delivered by the Creative Communities team and working with professional artists, our Youth Theatres sit at the heart of the New Wolsey Theatres offer to young people in Suffolk. We currently provide opportunities to people aged 7-21 to join us for weekly sessions during term time to make friends, explore creativity, and develop theatre-making skills.

 

Who can join?

We’d love applications from people of all backgrounds, especially from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as deaf and disabled people, neurodivergent people, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. You do not have to have any drama or Youth Theatre experience – just a willingness to get involved and explore your creativity!

 

‘Youth theatre is the highlight of my week. I absolutely love unwinding and being challenged in an environment of passionate and committed people who all love to do the same thing. Youth theatre has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and has really improved my confidence’ – Current Youth Theatre member

 

Which Youth Theatre group should I apply for?

All Youth Theatre groups take place at NW2, The New Wolsey Theatre’s participation space and home to the Creative Communities Team. The building sits directly in front of the Theatre on Civic Drive and is fully accessible.

 

How much does Youth Theatre cost?

There are a range of payment options including bursary (free) places- please see the table below and contact us if you have any queries:

 

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Applications for Youth Theatre 2024-2025 will open on Monday 3rd June, please check back here after this date to apply online.

 

‘I have struggled in the past with confidence and sharing ideas, from doing these sessions before, my confidence has improved greatly and has made me feel accepted, I no longer feel worried about sharing my ideas.’– Current Youth Theatre member

 

What else do I need to know?

If you are invited to join Youth Theatre, you will be a member for the academic year (September 2024-July 2025). We ask for full commitment to your group so you will need to be available to attend weekly term-time sessions.

Whilst our aspiration is for you to stay with us and progress up through the Youth Theatre groups, our numbers are limited and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to invite you to join the following year.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions or would like to have a friendly chat with one of the Creative Communities team about any of our Youth Theatre groups, please get in touch:

Call us on:      01473 295930 Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm.

Email us on:   creativecommunities@wolseytheatre.co.uk.

Youth Theatre photography: Will Green Photography

 

 

 

 

 

NW Youth Theatre Plus & Squared


Delivered by the Creative Communities team and working with professional artists, our Youth Theatres sit at the heart of the New Wolsey Theatres offer to young people in Suffolk. We currently provide opportunities to people aged 7-25 to join us for weekly sessions during term time to make friends, explore creativity, and develop theatre-making skills.

What is Youth Theatre Plus?

Youth Theatre Plus is specifically for autistic young people aged 11-16 (School years 7+) who will benefit from a more supported environment, and with less people in the space than our other youth theatre groups. Sessions provide fun and engaging opportunities to explore creativity, build confidence, aid communication and raise aspirations in a relaxed environment. The group is led by professional theatre practitioners with experience in making inclusive theatre. Each session looks at different ways to explore creative theatre making, and we aim to provide opportunities throughout the year to share work made with friends and family.

 

‘Having autism means I sometimes struggle to make sense of life – Youth Theatre helps me to connect and understand. It gives me a space where I feel I belong.’ – current Youth Theatre member

 

What is Youth Theatre Squared?

Youth Theatre Squared is specifically for disabled or neurodivergent young people aged 16-25 who want to explore theatre making and develop their creativity. Sessions enable participants to explore the world around them, build their confidence and develop their theatre making skills all through fun and creatively engaging activity in a supportive environment. The group is led by professional theatre practitioners with experience in making inclusive theatre.

 

‘I have made many friends who I like seeing each week. Youth theatre makes me feel happy and it helps bring out my confidence and enthusiasm in myself.’- current Youth Theatre member

 

Which Youth Theatre group should I apply for?

Youth Theatre Plus and Squared take place at NW2, The New Wolsey Theatre’s participation space and home to the Creative Communities Team. The building sits directly in front of the Theatre on Civic Drive and is accessible.

 

How much does it cost?

There are a range of payment options including bursary (free) places- please see the table below and contact us if you have any queries:

What else do I need to know?

If you are invited to join New Wolsey Youth Theatre, you will be a member for the academic year (September 2024-July 2025) and you will need to be available to attend weekly sessions.

 

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Applications for Youth Theatre Plus & Squared 2024-2025 will open on Monday 3rd June, please check back after this date to apply online.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions, need assistance filling in the online form or would like to have a friendly chat with one of the Creative Communities team about Youth Theatre Plus or Youth Theatre Squared, please get in touch:

Call us on:      01473 295930 Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm.

Email us on:   creativecommunities@wolseytheatre.co.uk.

 

Photographs taken from across our Youth Theatre groups: Will Green Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

NW Young Company


What is Young Company?

We are excited to be launching the New Wolsey Theatre’s Young Company, a group for 16-21 year olds with a passion for theatre making and performance. You don’t need to have experience of being in a Youth Theatre – we are searching for people with the energy, drive, commitment, and ideas to create high-quality and challenging performance work in an innovative ensemble.

What will Young Company involve?

The company will work with industry professionals to explore a range of theatre skills and performance styles, and develop themselves as emerging artists and creatives. The Young Creatives Company will sit across our Youth Theatres and The New Wolsey Theatre’s Artist Relationship Programme. In addition to performance opportunities throughout the year ending with a mainstage production in August 2024, members will be invited to engage with selective moments of our broader Artist Relationship offer, such as networking events, Scratch Nights, R&D takeovers, and online masterclasses.

How do I apply for an audition?

Applications for Young Company 2023-2024 are now closed but if you would like to be put onto the mailing list, please follow the link below and be the first to know about applications opening for 2024-2025.

If you need any assistance with filling in the form, please email creativecommunities@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call on 01473 295 930.

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: Rebecca Hall, Creative Communities Producer, rhall@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295930

 

 

 

Artsmark

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 Rebecca Hall, Creative Communities Producer, by emailing rhall@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295930