Creative Learning Newsletter November 2019

23 Oct 2019 News

Hello from the New Wolsey Theatre!

We hope you are feeling refreshed after half term… now what better than to look at the creative treats you might like to indulge yourselves and your students in during 2020! There are loads of activities that you can get involved in as teachers, as well as book for your students…have a read of some of the fantastic opportunities coming up soon!

Forthcoming Productions…



We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production of Macbeth in March 2020!

There will be a teacher resource pack, post show talks and workshops available to book, details of which will be announced soon.

To register your interest for the production, get in touch with Sian at (link to or call 01473 295930


Oliver Twist

To register your interest in schools workshops, get in touch with Sian at (link to or call 01473 295930


Short Courses: Young Technicians

We’ll be running our popular FREE short course Young Technicians again in the Spring Term, for young people aged 16-25. Please see all the info below and do forward to any students who may be interested. Places are limited, so will be allocated on a first come first served basis!

Young Technicians

Ages 16-25
Cost: Places are free but limited

Introductory Short Course

For beginners – You don’t need any previous experience, just come along ready to get stuck in!
Learn about sound, lighting, set design, prop making, stage management and technical theatre roles.
Weekly sessions: Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm
DATES 23rd Jan (initial meeting 6.30pm-7.30pm), then 30th January, 6th, 13th, 27th February and 5th, 12th March


Join us in January for our next Creative Learning Lounge!

Come and join us on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at the New Wolsey Theatre. You’ll get to meet Anna Mercer, Senior Collections and Learning Curator for Colchester and Ipswich Museums, and Melissa Matthews, Art Programmes Co-ordinator for Suffolk Libraries. Melissa and Anna will be talking about the education offers that the museums and libraries have for schools, and are also keen to hear from you about what your needs are.

You can also enjoy drinks, eats and chats…and tickets to see Aladdin that evening!

Our team will be available to discuss how you can get your students and colleagues involved in activity both at the theatre and in school – whether you’re interested in our core workshops or creating a bespoke project that is just right for you.

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 23rd January 2020 at the New Wolsey Theatre from 6pm for drinks, eats and chats!

The performance of Aladdin is at 7.30pm 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



Are you associated with NEACO? If so, you might be able to receive funded visits to the theatre and workshops for your students!

We have been working with Nicola Garratt from NEACO since 2018, to give schools and students the opportunity to engage with us through visiting the theatre to have tours, meet the staff, see shows as well as have workshops delivered at school. NEACO is able to fund opportunities for students in years 9-13.

Below is a link to our Creative Learning brochure, which gives you an idea of the kind of activities that might be free to you and your students – delivered by us, funded by NEACO.

Additionally, if there is a production that we have programmed that you think may be suitable for your students, do get in touch as it might be possible to fund this through NEACO too.

A bit of info about NEACO…

NEACO is the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, and aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. They work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education. At the centre is their Take Your Place programme of activities. This programme includes several strands, each addressing our students’ identified needs and aims to increase progression to higher education. These identified needs include improving their understanding and preparedness towards applying for higher education and improving their passion and ambition towards the idea of higher education. 

Interested in learning more? Please contact Nicola at


Youth Theatre 5 & Young Company Auditions 2020

Do you have students in years 11 to 13 or beyond who are interested in joining our Youth Theatre or Young Company?

In order to give participants the best possible experience, we have made the decision to change our Youth Theatres from a January-January cycle to a September – September cycle, to align with the academic year.

To break the current cycle we will not be holding auditions in January 2020 but at the start of September 2020, for Youth Theatre 1-4 groups (school years 3 to 10).

For participants old enough to join our Young Company (16-25 years) or Youth Theatre 5 (15-18 years), we will be auditioning these groups on Sunday 12th January, and registration will open soon.

If you would like more information on our Youth Theatre & Young Company or would like some more information about the auditions you can click here

Youth Theatre  –

Young Company –


Don’t forget that you can book our core activity at any time during the academic year. This includes…

Careers Strategy Opportunities

We know how integral it is for schools to be thinking about employability, career pathways and future options for students. We can offer a range of ways to find out the many different roles that keep a busy theatre going, as well as develop the essential interpersonal skills that will benefit students in their next steps…


Backstage tours

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a busy producing theatre?

Our extensive tour will take you from stage door to fly floor and everywhere in between. You’ll get to see what is involved in getting a show ready for an audience, and we’ll even reveal some of the tricks of the trade.

Cost: £2.50 per student plus VAT


Industry Days

Bring your students to the theatre to find out first hand how a professional theatre operates.

A half day visit includes a backstage tour and the opportunity to meet some staff, find out what they do and how they got to where they are now. Our full day offer includes an additional two hour theatre making workshop. A brilliant way to explore career pathways in the arts with your students!

Cost: £250 full day, £120 half day plus VAT


Employability and Futures

For young people who are about to leave school or college and may be thinking about further education or employment options.

This practical workshop will use theatrical games and exercises to develop participants’ employability and presentation skills, preparing them for interviews and the world of work.

Cost: £80 plus VAT


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: £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