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WELCOME Creative Learning your way to get the most OUT of the New Wolsey Theatre. What is Creative Learning? Creative Learning uses the arts to develop creativity, unlock potential, explore diversity and celebrate identity. Clear? If you’ve taken part, bought or commissioned work, or seen what we do that statement probably makes sense, but if you haven’t it might take some explaining. So here goes… We use the productions, artists, skills and resources of the New Wolsey Theatre to increase your understanding of how theatre works, to develop your own creativity, to broaden your knowledge about a subject or the world around you, or to give you a better understanding about yourself. We even apply the techniques we use in a rehearsal room to give people the opportunity to see what motivates their own behaviour. We deliver a service to schools and colleges, a programme of projects and events for children, young people and the community, and a platform for students, arts educators and teachers to gain new skills and share good practice.

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AND we provide over 20,000 opportunities to participate every year – so get in touch and get involved! Rob Salmon Associate Director

Schools, Colleges & Youth Groups




It’s just £8.50 per ticket for everyone in the group (yes, teachers included). We will offer one complimentary ticket to a supervising adult with every ten students, and find the best seats for you too. Call our group booking line: t 01473 295 902 e

UNDER 26 If we’ve got tickets left on the day they are yours for £5 – give us a call or go online to check availability. Call our box office: t 01473 295 900 e

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Photo: Mike Kwasniak

Photo: Shana Yarnell



Industry Days are a brilliant way to introduce a group of students to the theatre industry and theatre professionals.

Discover what motivates the central characters, analyse the key scenes and give participants the opportunity to stage their own version of the story.

These half day workshops include a backstage tour of the theatre, a practical workshop and the opportunity to meet the team. NEW WOLSEY THEATRE/ STUDIO: 2 Hours, £100+VAT, 10 to 25 participants KS1/2/3/4 and Post 16

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This popular workshop uses the language and energy of the play to engage students with Shakespeare on their own terms. IN School Hall/ Drama Studio: Lesson length, £100+VAT, 10 to 25 participants KS1/2/3/4 and Post 16

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Times are hard in the tiny village of Much-Piddlingin-the-Marsh, there’s a giant around and Jack’s sold Bessie the cow for just a handful of beans! This practical storytelling workshop is a perfect Christmas treat for a group before or after they’ve seen the show. IN School Hall/ Drama Studio: Lesson length, £100+VAT, 10 to 25 participants, KS1/2/3

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VISITING COMPANY WORKSHOPS Follow the links below to find out more or to book directly!


Reveal Theatre Company is offering 3 free* workshops before or after the performance at the New Wolsey Studio to schools bringing 20 or more students to see Deborah McAndrew’s challenging new play that paints a compelling portrait of a gifted and charismatic young man through a haunting blend of music, prose and verse. Ideal for English or Drama Students at KS3/4 looking for the real Macbeth. *Subject to availability

Mon 27 September at 1.30pm and 7.00pm Tue 28 September at 10.30pm and 1.30pm Tickets: £12.50 [First 50 £8.50] New Wolsey Studio


There are 5 free* workshops available to schools bringing more than 20 students to see the production. Students will work with expert workshop leaders from the internationally renowned theatre company Graeae to explore songs that provide a social commentary, and find their individual and collective voices. It’s perfect for Drama, Music and English Students at KS4. *Subject to availability Thu 14 to Sat 16 October at 7.45pm Tickets: £8.50 – £14.50 New Wolsey Theatre

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CREATIVE LEARNING LOUNGE Do you use creativity to teach? Do you make theatre with children, young people or adults in the community? If you’ve answered yes to either of the above then you need to come to the creative learning lounge. You’ll also need a sit down and a cup of tea. It’s easy! See a performance, have a drink, enjoy a bite to eat, and tell us what we can do for you. No pressure, no sales pitches, just a great way to spend an evening and find out more about what’s going on at the New Wolsey Theatre. It’s fun and it’s free. Honestly, all that and all you have to do is book a place and turn up! Amazing. Did we mention it’s FREE! 9th LOUNGE: Thursday 23 September at 6.15pm before The Importance of Being Earnest 10th EVENT Thursday 9 December at 6.00pm before Jack and the Beanstalk For more information or to reserve a place contact: Creative Learning t 01473 295 930 e

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FOR SCHOOLS SWITCHED ON The Switched On programme is designed to support schools to raise aspiration, reduce the risk of exclusion and develop students understanding of the choices available to them.

Photo: Laura Norman

Photo: Laura Norman




Using games designed to develop social and life skills students will gain an understanding of their talents. This half day workshop takes the participants on a journey through life from that very day in school to their dream job for the future, and connects them with a vocabulary for aspiration, employment and success along the way.

This 6 week programme leads students through a series of milestones designed to re-connect them with their educational journey.

Working with a group of students identified as being at risk of exclusion this 8 week programme allows students to consider their anxieties and voice their frustrations in a supportive and creative environment. Participants recognise the causes and the impact of their behaviour and are provided with positive solutions and mechanisms to re-focus their energy.

SCHOOL HALL/ DRAMA STUDIO: Half Day, £275+VAT 15 to 30 participants KS2/3

Using a series of creative exercises students will discover their passion, share their skills, and most importantly begin to recognise their potential as learners. CLASSROOM/ DRAMA STUDIO: Lesson Length, £425+VAT 6 to 8 participants KS3/4 and Post 16

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CLASSROOM/ Drama Studio: Lesson length, £625+VAT, 6 to 8 participants, KS3/4

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Youth Theatre/ Young Company Auditions



For primary school students aged 7-11 who want to learn more about theatre, make new friends and learn new skills; GROUP 1: SCHOOL YEARS 3 + 4 SATURDAY 10.30am – 11.30am GROUP 2: SCHOOL YEARS 5 + 6 SATURDAY 12.00noon – 1.15pm

For young people aged 16-25 who are really serious about making theatre and want to meet regularly to develop their skills as actors, performers, directors and theatre makers; SCHOOL YEARS 11 and above Weds 6.30pm – 9.00pm Plus Sunday Rehearsals and Holiday Projects



For secondary school students aged 11 – 16 who want to develop their abilities as performers and gain new skills in all aspects of theatre making; GROUP 3: SCHOOL YEARS 7 + 8 Tues 5.00pm – 6.30pm GROUP 4: SCHOOL YEARS 9 + 10 Tues 7.00pm – 8.45pm GROUP 5: SCHOOL YEARS 10 + 11 Weds 6.30pm – 9.00pm

MEMBERSHIP FEES It’s only £120 a year, £90 for a second child, and £60 if you are in receipt of Means Tested Benefits. Fees can be paid at the start of the year or can be paid in instalments. Bursaries are available.

For physically disabled and sensory impaired young people aged 14-25 who want to develop their skills as performers, make theatre, and explore their potential. Contact us here to find out how to audition for Young Company 2; SCHOOL YEARS 10 and above Mon 6.30pm – 9.00pm

AUDITIONS SUNDAY 9 JAN 2010 10.30am – 12.00noon Group 1 + 2 1.30pm – 3.00pm Group 3 + 4 4.30pm – 6.30pm Group 5 + YC New Wolsey Studio, St Georges Street Places are limited, so make sure you reserve yours by contacting: Creative Learning t 01473 295 930 e

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The New Wolsey Youth Theatre presents

The New Wolsey Young Company presents



Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Follow a very modern Alice down a forgotten alleyway, and through the dusty old door of Wonderland and Sons – purveyors of curiosity, amazement and surprises… In this strange world with even stranger characters Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute, but is Alice’s adventure real or is it all just a dream? The New Wolsey Senior Youth Theatre brings their energy and imagination to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of adventure and discovery. Performances: The New Wolsey Studio, St Georges St Tues 19 to Sat 23 October at 7.45pm Tickets: £7/£5 (concs)

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By Thornton Wilder

‘This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying’ Finding the theatre of the 1920s lacking in bite and conviction, Thornton Wilder set out to introduce realism and celebrate simplicity. Our Town stirs the imagination and the senses and leaves you deeply moved. The New Wolsey Young Company is a vibrant group of young adults aged 16-25 who meet regularly to develop their skills and experience as theatre makers. Performances: The New Wolsey Studio, St Georges St Tues 2 to Sat 6 November at 7.45pm Matinée: Sat 6 November at 2.30pm Tickets: £7/£5 (concs)

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS There’s so much to see at the New Wolsey Theatre and Studio, here’s just a few things the Creative Learning Team think you might really enjoy…



JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Thurs 2 December 2010 to Fri 4 February 2011

WONDERLAND AND SONS Tues 19 to Sat 23 October at 7.45pm

3 LITTLE PIGS Thurs 7 to Fri 31 December

OUR TOWN Tues 2 to Sat 6 November at 7.45pm



THE OVERCOAT Thurs 28 to Sat 30 October at 7.45pm

THE REBEL CELL Tues 2 November and Wed 3 November at 7.45pm

KING MACBETH Mon 27 September at 1.30pm and 7.00pm Tues 28 September at 10.30am and 1.30pm

THE MEETING Thurs 4 and Fri 5 November at 7.45pm

If there’s anything you want to know more about, an enquiry about prices, or an idea for something else you think we could offer then get in touch: ENQUIRIES: 01473 295 930


BOX OFFICE: 01473 295 900 ONLINE: EMAIL: ADDRESS: Civic Drive / Ipswich / IP1 2AS Registered in England 03982202 Registered charity number 1082016

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Creative Learning brochure Autumn/Winter 2010  

Creative Learning. The way to get the most out of the New Wolsey Theatre

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