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Creative Learning uses the arts to develop creativity, unlock potential, explore diversity and celebrate identity.

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Latest Information on Corona Virus

We are very pleased to say that we are offering Schools activity and a Youth Theatre digital project in the Autumn term of 2020. Please see below for details.
We have taken this time to redesign our Creative Learning offer and will have more information soon about the new creative opportunities we will have for our local community. Watch this space!


In the meantime, if you have any questions you can contact us at:
Rachel Fitzgerald, Creative Learning Manager: RFitzgerald@wolseytheatre.co.uk
Sian Thomas, Creative Learning Producer: SThomas@wolseytheatre.co.uk


We are still doing everything we can to keep our staff, community, and participants safe and we look forward to getting creative with everyone again soon.

Tony, Sian and Rachel

Creative Learning Team



Youth Theatre

Covid-19 Update

Unfortunately, our Youth Theatres are unable to go ahead in person this term.

We know that creative engagement and interaction are of vital importance to young people’s mental and emotional health, therefore we will be delivering a Digital Project between now and Xmas as an alternative offer for our youth theatre members to access if they want to.

This free project will be different to our usual in-the-room activity, but it will provide our participants with an opportunity to connect with our professional practitioners, get creative and have some much needed fun before the year ends.

We will contact our members with more information about this project soon.


Please note, Youth Theatres 2, 3 & 4 and our two Senior Youth Theatres are FULL. To apply for a place in Youth Theatre 1 please contact us at: creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk

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



Autumn: NA

Spring 2021: Week commencing 11th Jan – week ending 26th March (full term)



Youth Theatre 1 (school years 3&4 / age 7-9yrs): Tuesdays, 4.45 – 5.45pm, venue: NW2

Youth Theatre 2 (school years 5&6 / age 9-11yrs): Tuesdays, 6.30 – 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, 7 – 9pm, venues: HEG & NW2



Prices given on a full term / half term basis. (The 6 weeks from Nov – Dec is the half term price. Please note: under normal circumstances, all Youth Theatre fees are paid on a full term basis).

Standard Plus: £75 / £40 (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 / £30

Second child: £40 / £20

Means-tested (Universal credit or a young person living independently): £30 / £15

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: RFitzgerald@wolseytheatre.co.uk



We know that some young people and some adults are anxious about taking part in any non-essential activity at the moment, so it’s important for us to say that the safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority.

The New Wolsey Theatre is operating as a Covid-secure venue and our Youth Theatres will be delivered in line with the most current government guidance. Our Covid-secure in brief can be found beneath the signature of this email. If you would like further information, you can view our policies and risk assessments for participatory work here.

New Wolsey Theatre Covid Secure in brief

New Wolsey Theatre (NWT), like all professional companies, has to have covid-19 policies in place to protect its staff and visitors. The government has put in guidelines to allow NWT to welcome audiences and participants back to its spaces. Our full Covid-19 protocol is available on request; however here are the steps we are putting in place to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit to NWT.


  • Full compliance with test and trace requirements – holding visitor data for 21 days in case required.
  • All of our spaces are check in venues on the new test and trace smartphone app.
  • Audiences and Participants will have a symptoms check, their temperatures checked and asked to sanitise their hands before entering the NWT site.
  • All public and participation spaces within NWT will be deep cleaned daily and between different groups. Multi touch surfaces will be sanitised regularly throughout the day.
  • Our workshops will be designed in line with the latest government guidance on out of school and performing arts activity, including social distancing and, where appropriate the use of  face coverings.

Rule of 6:

Professionally run training, education and out of school activities for young people are exempt from the government’s ‘rule of 6 law’.  This is due to those organisations having to have verifiable covid-secure processes in place.


Youth Theatre 1 (School years 3 & 4 / ages 7-9yrs)


Youth Theatre 2 (School years 5 & 6 / ages 9-11yrs)

If you want to make new friends and learn about theatre by playing games and telling stories these weekly groups are a great place to start. Throughout the year, participants develop theatre making skills through imaginative play, and begin to find their own creative language.


Youth Theatre 2 is currently full.


To apply for a place in  Youth Theatre 1 please email us at creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk.

If you are applying for a bursary (free) place, please email us at: RFitzgerald@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Youth Theatre 3 (School years 7 & 8)


Youth Theatre 4 (School years 9 & 10)

If you want to explore your creativity and continue to develop your abilities as a performer, this weekly group gives you the chance to work with industry professionals to develop your skills and understanding as young theatre makers.

These groups are currently full.



Senior Youth Theatres (School years 11+ (ages 15-20yrs))

If you want to explore your creativity and continue to develop your abilities as a performer, this weekly group gives you the chance to work with industry professionals to develop your skills and understanding as young theatre makers.

These groups are currently full.



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

If you’re a young person with a disability or additional need 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.

Autumn: Week commencing 9th Nov – week ending 18th Dec

Spring: Week commencing 11th Jan – week ending 26th March


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.
Termly cost: £50 /  £30 if you’re in receipt of means-tested benefits / Assisted (£free) places are available, contact us to find out if you are eligible.

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.

There is no audition for this group, if you’d like to join please contact us: creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk


Schools: Spotlight on Skills

In the autumn of 2020, 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 reconnect with learning and the National Curriculum; discover career pathways in the creative industries; develop essential life skills, and use their creativity to reflect upon their experience of lockdown, all in a safe, fun, supportive environment that is Covid-19 secure.

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.

Click here to find out more about this exciting new offer.

We understand this is a period of uncertainty for the education sector, and we’d be happy to have a conversation about how we can be flexible with this work to engage with your school. Please contact either:

Rachel Fitzgerald, Creative Learning Manager: RFitzgerald@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Sian Thomas, Creative Learning Producer: SThomas@wolseytheatre.co.uk

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