Youth Theatre

If you’re under 25 and you want to work in the Performing Arts Industry, there are all sorts of ways to develop as an actor, director, writer, communicator or technician at the New Wolsey Theatre. Every January we hold workshop auditions for children and young people to select up to 200 participants to take part in weekly skills and development sessions as well as presenting a number of productions at the New Wolsey Studio and beyond all year round.

Youth Theatre 1 (7-9 yrs)
When: Saturday mornings during term time, 10.30am – 11.30am
Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

Youth Theatre 2 (9-11 yrs)
When: Saturday mornings during term time, 12.00pm – 1.15pm
Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

 

Youth Theatre 3 (11-13 yrs)
For ages 11 – 13 who want to develop their abilities as performers.
When: Tuesdays during term time, 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

Youth Theatre 4 (13-15 yrs)
For ages 13 – 15 who want to develop their abilities as performers.
When: Tuesdays during term time, 7.00pm – 8.45pm
Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

Youth Theatre 5 (15-18 yrs)
For ages 15 – 18 who want to develop their abilities as performers.
When: Wednesdays during term time, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

Youth Theatre Squared
For young people with a disability or additional needs aged 11-15 yrs and 16-20 yrs who want to explore theatre making and develop their creativity.
When: Mondays during term time.

Group 1 (11-15yrs guide age range): 6.00pm – 7.15pm

Group 2 (6-20yrs guide age range): 7.45pm – 9.00pm

Youth Theatre Cost: £150 a year, £120 for a second child, £90 if you are in receipt of means tested benefits. Bursaries are available

 

Young Company

Ages 16-25
Wednesday evening workshops, 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Rehearsals on Sundays.
3 annual productions
Yearly cost: £50 or £25 if you’re living independently

If you’re serious about a career as a professional theatre maker the acclaimed New Wolsey Young Company is an ideal stepping stone onto University, Drama School or even as a direct route into employment in the performing arts.

Every year there’s 20 places for young theatre makers to work together as a performance company to present 3 major productions, to develop their skills and understanding of theatre practice through weekly workshops, and to use theatre to change the world for the better!

We make a mixture of existing and original work that’s presented at both New Wolsey Studio, New Wolsey Theatre, and beyond.

Previous productions include; Yellow Moon, The Dice House, The Dumb Waiter, Woyzeck, Our Town, Spring Awakening, Passion, Vernon God Little, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Punk Rock, The Elephant Man, Four Nights in Knaresborough, The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw.

Previous collaborations include; Doug Rintoul/Transport, Punchdrunk, Daniel Bye, Gecko, Rich Rusk, Analogue, Nigel & Louise/Shunt, Emma Frankland, Laura Mugridge, Danusia Iwaszko, Company of Angels, and Slung Low.

‘Each performance is astonishing in its detail…’ ***** Whatsonstage.com ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

‘The next generation has arrived and are determined to make their mark immediately.’ The Reviews Hub ****½ ‘The Elephant Man’

‘Performances are pitched perfectly…’ ***** Whatsonstage.com on ‘Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!’

The Young Company is led by Rob Salmon, Associate Director, as well as other visiting practitioners such as Mark Curtis, an actor, director and practitioner.

Youth Theatre Squared

Group 1 (11-15yrs guide age range): 6.00pm – 7.15pm

Group 2 (6-20yrs guide age range): 7.45pm – 9.00pm

Monday evenings during term time
Termly cost: £50/ £40 for a second child / £30 if you’re in receipt of means tested benefits

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. There will be the opportunity to take part in games and techniques, which allow participants to explore the world around them, build their confidence and develop their theatre making skills. The group takes part in our Youth Perform! Festival in June and works towards a presentation to friends and family in the Autumn term.

The group is led by Kirsty Tallent & Liam Gregory and assisted by Lorna Garside, Sophy Annison and Jack Lang.

There is no audition for this group, and new members are welcome to attend a taster session and meet the team at the start of each term. Please contact us for more information on 01473 295930 or at CreativeLearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Short Courses

Ages 16-25
Cost: Places are free but limited
Every year we run a free course each term for young people age 16-25, who want to develop their knowledge, skills and employability as young directors, writers or technicians. No audition – just register your interest by emailing creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk

 

Young Technicians

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

Learn about sound, lighting, set design, prop making and stage management and technical theatre roles.

Introductory session: Thursday 26th September 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Followed by weekly sessions: Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm;  3, 10, 17, 31 October and 7, 14th November 2019

Register your interest by emailing us at  creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295930

 

Young Technicians Intensive project
Advanced – you’ll need to have taken part in a previous Young Technicians Introductory Short Course, have some experience of technical theatre, and be ready to be challenged!
You’ll work with participants on this year’s Youth Theatre production, Fantastic Mr. Fox, to develop technical elements for the show alongside industry professionals.

There are very limited places for this course, and places will be given on a first come first served basis to those that meet the criteria.
DATES 21st-26th October 2019

Register your interest by emailing us at  creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295930

 

Taster Sessions

 

There are open access sessions every season for anyone who wants to see what we do and try it out.

Dates for 2019:

Junior Youth Theatres (school years 3 – 6) taster session: 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 7 September

Senior Youth Theatres (school years 7 – 12) taster session: 3.30pm – 5pm on Saturday 7 September

At High Street Exhibition Gallery, High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QH

To register your place at any of these sessions, get in touch here

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