The Next Six Weeks

Sat 21 May

14:30

Burke & Hare

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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BURKE AND HARE

A new version by Tom Wentworth.
Directed by Abigail Pickard Price.
Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions.
This production of 'Burke & Hare' was premiered at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

The 1830s - and in Edinburgh’s back streets and alleys, there’s an absolute killing to be made. Scientific research Hares on at great speed; the surgeons are crying out for fresh bodies to dissect and you’d need to be a right Burke not to spot a gap in the market!

But it’s only a small step from robbing graves to helping people into them…

Three versatile actors, supplied with an array of hats, a variety of disguises and an extraordinary collection of accents play the entire cast of this notorious story – living and (soon to be) dead. Music, murder and mayhem combine in Tom Wentworth’s fast-paced take on the notorious grave-robbing duo. Playing fast and loose with the facts, he creates an evening’s entertainment that’s more hysterical than historical.

‘A gleeful mash up of history and penny dreadful scandal, fast funny and ever so slightly sick’
The Times

‘Pitch black and wickedly funny’
The Stage

‘Gleefully macabre’
Broadway World

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14:30

Burke & Hare - Livestream

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BURKE AND HARE

A new version by Tom Wentworth.
Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions.
This production of 'Burke & Hare' was premiered at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

The 1830s - and in Edinburgh’s back streets and alleys, there’s an absolute killing to be made. Scientific research Hares on at great speed; the surgeons are crying out for fresh bodies to dissect and you’d need to be a right Burke not to spot a gap in the market!

But it’s only a small step from robbing graves to helping people into them…

Three versatile actors, supplied with an array of hats, a variety of disguises and an extraordinary collection of accents play the entire cast of this notorious story – living and (soon to be) dead. Music, murder and mayhem combine in Tom Wentworth’s fast-paced take on the notorious grave-robbing duo. Playing fast and loose with the facts, he creates an evening’s entertainment that’s more hysterical than historical.

‘A gleeful mash up of history and penny dreadful scandal, fast funny and ever so slightly sick’
The Times

‘Pitch black and wickedly funny’
The Stage

‘Gleefully macabre’
Broadway World

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19:45

Burke & Hare

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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BURKE AND HARE

A new version by Tom Wentworth.
Directed by Abigail Pickard Price.
Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions.
This production of 'Burke & Hare' was premiered at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

The 1830s - and in Edinburgh’s back streets and alleys, there’s an absolute killing to be made. Scientific research Hares on at great speed; the surgeons are crying out for fresh bodies to dissect and you’d need to be a right Burke not to spot a gap in the market!

But it’s only a small step from robbing graves to helping people into them…

Three versatile actors, supplied with an array of hats, a variety of disguises and an extraordinary collection of accents play the entire cast of this notorious story – living and (soon to be) dead. Music, murder and mayhem combine in Tom Wentworth’s fast-paced take on the notorious grave-robbing duo. Playing fast and loose with the facts, he creates an evening’s entertainment that’s more hysterical than historical.

‘A gleeful mash up of history and penny dreadful scandal, fast funny and ever so slightly sick’
The Times

‘Pitch black and wickedly funny’
The Stage

‘Gleefully macabre’
Broadway World

Full performance details

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19:45

Burke & Hare - Livestream

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PLEASE NOTE: The tickets bookable on this page are for the livestream so you can watch from home.

BURKE AND HARE

A new version by Tom Wentworth.
Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions.
This production of 'Burke & Hare' was premiered at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

The 1830s - and in Edinburgh’s back streets and alleys, there’s an absolute killing to be made. Scientific research Hares on at great speed; the surgeons are crying out for fresh bodies to dissect and you’d need to be a right Burke not to spot a gap in the market!

But it’s only a small step from robbing graves to helping people into them…

Three versatile actors, supplied with an array of hats, a variety of disguises and an extraordinary collection of accents play the entire cast of this notorious story – living and (soon to be) dead. Music, murder and mayhem combine in Tom Wentworth’s fast-paced take on the notorious grave-robbing duo. Playing fast and loose with the facts, he creates an evening’s entertainment that’s more hysterical than historical.

‘A gleeful mash up of history and penny dreadful scandal, fast funny and ever so slightly sick’
The Times

‘Pitch black and wickedly funny’
The Stage

‘Gleefully macabre’
Broadway World

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Wed 25 May

19:45

Rush - A Joyous Jamaican Journey

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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RUSH A Joyous Jamaican Journey

Join us as we tell the story of Reggae music and the Windrush Generation and hear how this music took the world by storm.

Narrated by comedian John Simmit and featuring ska, rock steady, calypso, gospel, lovers rock, dancehall and Reggae played live by the JA Reggae Band.

Get ready to enjoy the music of Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Millie Small and many more.

"This is a fantastic show, informative, hugely entertaining & the music - WOW!!! ........ the two vocalists were outstanding & gave me chills with their amazing voices.”

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Thu 26 May

19:45

An Evening Without Kate Bush

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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John Mackay presents

An Evening Without Kate Bush

The chaotic cabaret cult,

AN EVENING WITHOUT KATE BUSH is here!

Enter Strange Phenomena, howl with the The Hounds Of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights.

Kate's not there, but you are.

Acclaimed performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) has teamed up with theatremaker Russell Lucas (Warped at VAULT Festival) to explore the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music.

From releasing ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly forty years later, Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics.

Through it all her fans have stayed strong. Young invites you to celebrate her songs with this unique and mind-blowing show.

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Fri 27 May

19:45

Claire Martin & Ian Shaw Present A Century of British Song

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Claire Martin and the renowned piano-vocalist Ian Shaw, take to the stage to celebrate a sparkling selection of vocal numbers from some their favourite British songwriters in this intimate duo setting.

Expect stylish re-workings of much loved classics from Richard Rodney Bennett to David Bowie, and from Noel Coward to Elvis Costello - alongside classics including Ray Noble's 'The Very Thought of You' and Anthony Newley's 'Who Can I Turn To?'.

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Sat 28 May

10:30

PALAVER Party

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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We are bringing all their most glittery and colourful friends to throw a FABULOUS performance party for kids (and their grown-ups too!).

PALAVER PARTY is a space where everyone is free to be whoever they want to be. Join your host and a spectacular line-up of drag and cabaret performers for the most exciting family disco Ipswich has ever seen.

Get ready for music, performances, DIY costume-making, party games, sing-a-longs, glitter, and a rainbow disco for all the family.

Suitable for ages 3-8 (and fabulous for grown-ups too), bring the little ones, stick on a sequin or ten, and get ready for a boogie.

This performance has a relaxed environment.

PALAVER Party features optional audience participation and music throughout.
PALAVER Party was commissioned by Cambridge Junction with support from Arts Council England and Marlborough Productions

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12:30

The Big Picnic

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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New Wolsey Theatre in collaboration with Suffolk Refugee Support

Street theatre and glorious spreads of food combine in this summer’s great Big Picnic! With free performances and activities for all the family outside in Theatre Square, this is the summer event to bring everyone together again. Come and join us in celebrating the communities of Ipswich and tipping our hats to the Platinum Jubilee! Food and drinks will be provided – although you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic – and fun is guaranteed.


The Big Picnic runs from 12:30 – 2:30pm.

Throughout this event, there will be:
- face painting
- picnic bags of food with recipe cards
- a roaming magician
- a stall for Suffolk Refugee Sewing Group, with items for sale
- arts and crafts with Rock, Paper, Scissors
- recorded music

Plus:

12:45 – 1:15pm: Unscene Suffolk Choir

1:15 – 1:45pm: The Giant Balloon Show, by Dizzy O’Dare

The Giant Balloon Show will have the audience in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high-energy comic performance and of course the all-important giant balloon!

Take everything you know about balloons, add an award-winning entertainer and an 80s soundtrack, and twist that into a highly entertaining show for the whole family.
Audiences have said:
‘That was a master class in entertainment!’
‘Never laughed so much, my jaws are still aching!’
‘That was the greatest show I’ve seen!’
‘Quite simply brilliantly bonkers!’

1:45 – 2:15pm: Cellist/Flautist performing Handel and Croatian and Afghani music, followed by a workshop where participants will learn a Turkish lullaby and ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen.’

The New Wolsey Theatre Café Bar will be open as usual.

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Sun 29 May

14:00

Punk Alley

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Punk Alley is a loud, wild, and unapologetic joyride of live original punk music and high energy dance. But don’t leave your adults at home – this is a punk show for everyone.

Enter the world of the Lazurr Tuts, a world-famous, guitar wielding, foot stomping punk band made up of misfits and outcasts. They are in the business of making music and speaking out, and you have been invited into an exclusive rehearsal.

Dance, sing, shout, whisper, stomp, spin, sign and shake with the Lazurr Tuts on a journey of self-expression. No matter how loud or soft, the Lazurr Tuts want you to know, that what you have to say is important. Set your inner anarchist free and celebrate the joys of being you in a safe, caring environment in which everyone is equal.

Punk Alley is a show full of heart that asks big questions, creating a vibrant and fun space for young people to explore what they want to use their voice to fight for. The show is fully BSL interpreted and everyone is invited to participate in creating songs, writing placards, and playing music. It’s electric, live and anything could happen. We’re in this together. Let’s make some noise!

VIVA LA PUNK!

The performance is suitable for D/deaf audiences – it will be BSL interpreted and lyrics to songs will be visible on screens.

Suitable for ages 5+.


Access Notes & What to Expect

The show will be 45 minutes long. There is no interval, but as it’s a relaxed performance, you can get up, go to the loo, stim, make noise, whatever you need to do.

There will be BSL interpretation throughout the show.

If you would like a Touch Tour 1 hour before the show begins, please let us know and we can arrange it for you.

We are Lazurr Tuts - a punk band! So, in the show, we’ll be playing live music. There will be loud noises from guitars, drums, singing and speakers. There will be ear defenders available for anyone who needs them.

At times there will be bright lights, and sometimes the stage will go dark (but not completely). In the beginning of the show, we will show you how loud we go, and how bright and dark it will be. There will also be water-based haze on stage. Towards the end of the show, lots of paper will be printed quickly and scattered about on stage.

Everyone is invited to participate in creating songs, writing placards, and playing music. But you can participate, or not participate, in any way you choose. There is no pressure.

We’re so happy to have you here with us! We hope you enjoy the show.

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19:45

Comedy Store Stand Up

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The world-famous Comedy Store is once again releasing four of its best and brightest stand-up comedians into the English Countryside, ready to give the New Wolsey Theatre a night it won’t easily forget. Expect 2 hours of belly-laughing comedy from this specially chosen line-up. No subject will be safe, and no one will be left behind. This is comedy for grown-ups so bring your sense of humour, but not your kids – this is not for the faint-hearted. Sunday nights have never been funnier.

Strictly 18+.

The line-up is: Funmbi Omotayo, Glenn Wool, Karen Bayley and Markus Birdman.

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Tue 31 May

10:30

Sound Symphony

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Sound Symphony: A sensory show for Autistic young people

A co-production between Oily Cart Theatre and Independent Arts Projects

Sound Symphony is a highly interactive, sensory performance by Ellie Griffiths made especially for Autistic young people.

The performance is a playful journey through music, sound and silence. The show provides a sensory rich environment, where you feel music through your whole body. It celebrates making music your own way, weaving together live classical instruments, singing and a wide range of weird and wonderful sounds.

The performance is low capacity to be able to accommodate and engage young people who experience the most barriers to access, who may find even a relaxed performance artistically inaccessible.

Originally produced by Independent Arts Projects in association with Capital Theatres, Edinburgh with support from Creative Scotland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Please note: this event is not bookable via our website. Places are limited to 8 young people and their companions, with a few spaces for guests. Please give us a call on 01473 295900 or email us at tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk if you would like to book tickets.

This is a relaxed performance, aimed at ages 8+.

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13:30

Sound Symphony

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Sound Symphony: A sensory show for Autistic young people

A co-production between Oily Cart Theatre and Independent Arts Projects

Sound Symphony is a highly interactive, sensory performance by Ellie Griffiths made especially for Autistic young people.

The performance is a playful journey through music, sound and silence. The show provides a sensory rich environment, where you feel music through your whole body. It celebrates making music your own way, weaving together live classical instruments, singing and a wide range of weird and wonderful sounds.

The performance is low capacity to be able to accommodate and engage young people who experience the most barriers to access, who may find even a relaxed performance artistically inaccessible.

Originally produced by Independent Arts Projects in association with Capital Theatres, Edinburgh with support from Creative Scotland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Please note: this event is not bookable via our website. Places are limited to 8 young people and their companions, with a few spaces for guests. Please give us a call on 01473 295900 or email us at tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk if you would like to book tickets.

This is a relaxed performance, aimed at ages 8+.

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Sun 12 Jun

12:00

Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company Present Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

Disney's award-winning musical takes us on a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends! In a magical underwater kingdom, a beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

This production is a Junior version featuring our younger cast and lasts one hour.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film Music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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14:30

Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

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The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company Present Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

Disney's award-winning musical takes us on a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends! In a magical underwater kingdom, a beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

This production is a Junior version featuring our younger cast and lasts one hour.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film Music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

PLEASE NOTE: The New Wolsey Theatre is acting as a ticketing agency for this event. Please check the venue and event details carefully.

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Mon 20 Jun

19:45

Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afganistan

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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BRIXTON HOUSE and HIGHTIDE present KABUL GOES POP - Music Television Afghanistan, in association with Mercury Colchester

The world premiere production of the debut play by East of England playwright Waleed Akhtar, Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan explores the devastating effects when two young friends take on the political landscape while trying to build a new Afghanistan. Inspired by the true story of the hosts of Afghanistan's first pop music station, this bold new play combines a hard-hitting examination of the complex, contradictory political events of the early 2000s with an irreverent, playful love of the pop bangers of the period - expect Britney, Christina and more!

First presented to huge acclaim as a rehearsed reading at the New Wolsey as part of HighTide's "Inventing The Future" Festival in Autumn 2021, this fully staged production is directed by rising star of British theatre Anna Himali Howard, previously Associate Director on the legendary theatre production FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Creative Team
Writer – Waleed Akhtar
Director – Anna Himali Howard

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Thu 23 Jun

19:45

UoS Scriptwriting Award

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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The New Wolsey Theatre makes an extraordinary contribution to the English courses at the University of Suffolk by offering the annual New Wolsey Theatre Scriptwriting Award.

The prize began in 2015 and is presented to a winning student for an outstanding original short script, produced on the third-year undergraduate module, Writing for Performance: Film, Theatre, Television.

Each year, professionals from the theatre’s artistic team work in partnership with course lecturers to choose shortlisted entries and the winning script. This year, students will see their scripts performed at the theatre and members of the audience will be invited to choose the winning script.

Join us to see the newest writers in the region and vote for your favourite script!

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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Fri 24 Jun

19:45

Wolsey Writers - Late Night Cafe

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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An after-dark version of the popular Wolsey Writers Café with all the usual networking opportunities, peer support and insider tips from industry professionals, but with added wine and snacks. The Wolsey Writers will be sharing their flash fiction, spoken word and short stories on the theme of ‘Ephemeral’, in the salubrious surroundings of the New Wolsey Lounge.

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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Sat 25 Jun

12:30

Ephemeral - Writers Week

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Do we notice the content we are consuming every day? After we’ve watched, read or listened to a piece of ephemera – do we give it a second thought? If it has a short shelf life, we probably don’t take it seriously. But perhaps we should. A song lyric, for example. A ticket. Or the events of a single day... Some ephemeral things last longer, and mean much more, than they were ever supposed to.

The Wolsey Writers invite you to join them for a unique event that celebrates local talent and the power of things that don’t last forever: Wolsey Writers Take the Stage!

Four short pieces of work selected as part of the ‘Ephemeral’ project will be performed as a book-in-hand reading by the New Wolsey’s resident Writers' Week Company of professional actors. See some of the best of local writing here first!

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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14:30

HighTide Firstlight Readings - Writers Week

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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HighTide Theatre present a sharing of work-in-progress by writers from the East of England. Join us for a sneak peek at some of the new work that HighTide is developing, fresh from their premieres at Lowestoft’s First Light Festival, and directed by Chloe France and HighTide Literary Associate, Sarah Jane Schostack.

Sadie Clark’s as-yet untitled piece explores Queer identity in rural communities, farming and climate anxiety. Luke Wright’s Letter From The Future, commissioned by HighTide, is a snapshot from twenty years’ time, as a son questions his father as to why he was brought into a world of Boris, Brexit and the global pandemic. Yaz Zadeh - HighTide Associate Artist - and Mary Malone present Two Figures - part movement, part new writing - in a new work-in-progress sharing exploring rituals, bacon and humanising trans bodies.

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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17:00

'heartfelt' by gobscure - Writers' Week

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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octopi have three hearts and produce their own ink yet humans call octopi violent for throwing seashells underwater! humans also medicate confined creatures for 'zoochosis' - that antipsychotic medication first tested on animals gave us our 2 heart-attacks as 'side-effects'. bleak humour is proven to aid survival. heartfelt is about reframing narratives & learning to grow. a game of competitive empathy will be played; psychiatry will be reduced to firewood; edible-love-poetry will be offered to all. have a heart, & come watch this wildly inventive disability-led solo theatre show!

'heartfelt' is backed by MGC futures bursary; Graeae beyond bursary; Level Centre Residency; Slung Low Leeds. Alex Kelly of Third Angel is outside eye director.

Quotes on previous shows:
‘dizzying and hypnotic, cutting edge social commentary, part creative resistance and part performance... spellbinding’ - Museum of Homelessness

'intelligent, unsettling & entertaining in equal measure' - Disability Arts Online

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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18:30

'Sea Changes' (reading) - Writers' Week

NW2, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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Writer Marina Jenkyns and Director Jill Patterson have come together with a commitment to making women's life experience more visible on stage. Their own generational difference has invited them to celebrate women at different stages of life.

In 'Sea Changes' we meet Sharon, Maeve and Mair, who offer the opportunity, through interwoven monologues, to identify with women’s experience of loss. Revealing how the telling of stories helps us to move on when tragedy strikes, less through the concept of 'closure' but rather through the healing power of integration which frees us to live with our losses and be more fully ourselves.

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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19:45

'Tough Love' (reading) - Writers' Week

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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'Tough Love' brings to life stories of resilience, and the dreams and hope-filled ambitions of women living in refuge.

Set in 2022, the character of the beloved Victorian comic and original pantomime dame Dan Leno hosts an evening of drama and songs as he casts his acerbic eye over the plight of women today. He asks: has anything changed in the hundred years since he trod the boards? And is the plight of women today just the tip of the iceberg of society’s historic disregard?

Playwright and lyricist Danusia Iwaszko.
Musical director and composer Phil Gostelow.
Directed by Roger Haines.

A script-in-hand rehearsed reading of a brand-new play with songs originally commissioned by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as part of their Arts Council funded ‘Beyond Walls’ programme.

Age Guidance 14+. The production contains sensitive material of a sexual and violent nature including scenes of rape and language that some may find offensive.

This event is part of Writers’ Week – an inspiring programme of readings and writing events, a true space for everyone interested in all things writing to come together and celebrate the power of words.

All the events are free of charge but we will be holding bucket collections throughout the week to raise money to support the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. So not only will you be getting involved in some thought-provoking and interesting events, but you’ll be supporting a humanitarian cause at the same time!

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Wed 29 Jun

19:30

Sweeney Todd

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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IODS Theatre Company are thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey Theatre this summer with their musical production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Originally arranged for 2020, they are itching to get their show on the stage! With a cast of 40, a 12-piece orchestra and an extremely talented production team, this is set to be one of their most exciting shows yet!

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded 8 Tony's for its Broadway premiere, one of them for Best Musical. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat with Sweeney Todd that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up for more! Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.

This is an amateur production presented as part of the New Wolsey’s Let's Celebrate: Summer '22 programme.

British Sign Language is available.

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Thu 30 Jun

19:30

Sweeney Todd

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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IODS Theatre Company are thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey Theatre this summer with their musical production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Originally arranged for 2020, they are itching to get their show on the stage! With a cast of 40, a 12-piece orchestra and an extremely talented production team, this is set to be one of their most exciting shows yet!

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded 8 Tony's for its Broadway premiere, one of them for Best Musical. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat with Sweeney Todd that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up for more! Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.

This is an amateur production presented as part of the New Wolsey’s Let's Celebrate: Summer '22 programme.

British Sign Language is available.

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Fri 1 Jul

19:30

Sweeney Todd

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

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IODS Theatre Company are thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey Theatre this summer with their musical production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Originally arranged for 2020, they are itching to get their show on the stage! With a cast of 40, a 12-piece orchestra and an extremely talented production team, this is set to be one of their most exciting shows yet!

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded 8 Tony's for its Broadway premiere, one of them for Best Musical. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat with Sweeney Todd that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up for more! Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.

This is an amateur production presented as part of the New Wolsey’s Let's Celebrate: Summer '22 programme.

British Sign Language is available.

Full performance details

Buy Tickets

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