6 Jul 2019 News

Hello from the New Wolsey Theatre!

Welcome back! As we hurtle towards the end of the academic year and into the summer sun, we wanted to let you know about some brilliant autumn term opportunities that you might like to book soon!

Opportunities to Get Involved

One Man Two Guvnors

Booked this show? Workshops are available

Meet The Creatives

Throughout the academic year there are opportunities for your students to meet leading industry creatives who are connected to our productions. This really is not to be missed!

One Man Two Guvnors: Physical Comedy and Clowning with Ian Nicholson

Meet Physical Comedy Director Ian Nicholson to discover his role in creating the laughs in our production of One Man Two Guvnors. Your students will get to explore physical comedy and clowning; find their funny sides and discovering the playful, silly and ridiculous in performance and in themselves. A wonderful opportunity to laugh, look at why we laugh and do more of it – all in connection with text from the show.

There are matinee and evening shows on this day to enable your students to connect the dots between the process and the finished product.

Ian Nicholson trained as a clown at École Philippe Gaulier, and as a director at the National Theatre studio. He has worked with the National Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Birmingham Rep, Royal and Derngate Northampton and The Unicorn Theatre among others. 

Date: Wednesday 18th September 2019

Times: Three workshops available:





Location: Workshops will take place at New Wolsey Theatre Studio, St. George’s Street, Ipswich IP1 3NF

Workshop Cost: £120 plus VAT

For: A class sized group from KS2-5

Show: Matinee at 2.30pm and evening performance at 7.45pm (schools tickets £10)


Join us for our next Creative Learning Lounge

Come and join us on Thursday 12 September 2019 at the New Wolsey Theatre from 5.30pm. You’ll get to meet Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, as well as enjoy drinks, eats and chats…and tickets to see One Man Two Guvnors!

This season we are excited to offer a Creative Learning Lounge with Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch who will be with us to talk about his forthcoming production of Macbeth.

Douglas will be able to give us insight into the production, talk about rehearsal processes and how schools will be able to connect to the production. You’ll also hear from us about other creative opportunities available for schools, and you’ll get to see our production of One Man Two Guvnors!

Our Lounges give you the chance to chat to our team, share creative practice and ideas, build relationships and see a production…all for free!

Here’s what people thought so far…

“A great CPD for Drama!”

“A really inspirational evening”

“Incredibly interesting with a lovely atmosphere”

“The wealth of opportunities sounds wonderful for our pupils”

“Excellent resources…love it!”

“Very relevant and understanding to the needs of teachers”

“Good delivery, clearly explained”

Come and join us on Thursday 19th September 2019 at the New Wolsey Theatre from 5.30pm for drinks, eats and chats!

The performance of One Man Two Guvnors is at 7.45pm and will finish approx. 10pm

Places are free but limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place, email or call 01473 295930


Have your say!

Fancy a cuppa and a biscuit with us to tell us what you think? We’re constantly looking to make sure that our offer to schools is up to date, relevant, and most importantly that we’re able to give your students inspiring experiences that build their skills, creativity and may even inform their future life choices.

Over the next couple of months, we’re meeting teachers from across Suffolk to find out what you need for your students. There may be opportunities around life skills, aspiration, employability, wellbeing, developing creativity and of course making theatre. It’s up to you to tell us what you want…so get in touch now!

We can come to you or you’re welcome to meet us here (we have good coffee!).

To book a meeting, email Sian  or call 01473 295930


Don’t forget that you can book our core workshops at any time during the academic year. These include…

Drama Club or Play in a Day

Workshops develop students’ theatrical awareness and skills and can be aimed at primary or secondary students, either in school with curriculum links or as an after-hours club. Brilliant for developing literacy, confidence and soft skills!

  • Drama Club – £350 plus VAT for 6 workshops or bespoke costs for ongoing workshops available
  • Play in a Day – £10 plus VAT per student for a whole day activity


We can run a CPD in Your School!

We offer a range of CPD opportunities in school settings. We can come to you during one of your regular staff meetings to run a fun and practical CPD to give you the tools to both create theatre and embed theatrical games and exercises into everyday teaching methods.

Activities may include games and exercises to:

  • Build confidence
  • Develop team working and negotiation
  • Develop presentation skills
  • Introduce theatre making
  • Integrate creativity into the classroom everyday

Cost: Just £80 plus VAT!

You can find our current core offer in our brochure here or get in touch to discuss a bespoke offer.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sian Thomas

Creative Learning Producer

01473 295930