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HEAD EAST – Summer Season New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

From The Sound of Music, to outside performances of Ockham’s Razor and Associate Schools Playmaking Festival with Much Ado About Nothing, in between, summer at New Wolsey Theatre will be a roller coaster of activity.



The Sound of Music has won the hearts of audiences worldwide becoming one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The inspirational story based on the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of the Second World War, has touched the hearts of so many.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song – The Sound of Music.

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

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(Runs Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 July)


‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Abridged)

With dastardly plots, hilarious slapstick and some of Shakespeare’s wittiest dialogue, this story of matchmaking and manipulation is the perfect way to celebrate the joy of live theatre.

The RSC Associate Schools’ programme is the RSC’s long-term partnership programme with schools and regional theatres across England.
The Playmaking Festival is a celebration of the talent and voices of young people from our region. Each night, around a hundred students from across the East of England will collaborate to perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies.

This year’s festival marks the culmination of the fourth year of the Associate Schools programme in our region, showcasing the work and partnership of a cluster of primary and secondary schools, led by Ormiston Sudbury Academy, one of the RSC’s Lead Associate Schools.

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(Showing from Monday 18 till Tuesday 19 July)


Presented by the New Wolsey Senior Youth Theatre in collaboration with Ockham’s Razor.

Young people used to play in the streets, but now there’s a camera on every lamp post.

What happens when young people inhabit the public realm? Who gets to control our civic spaces? And if you’re a young person born and brought up in Ipswich, why does it sometimes feel like adults won’t make a space for you?

The New Wolsey’s Senior Youth Theatre have spent a week working with professional artists from Ockham’s Razor, sharing ideas, developing skills and creating a pop-up performance in response to Ockham’s show Public. Now, they’re bringing their powerful, playful, outdoor performance to somewhere near you… but who’s watching who?

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Outside Ipswich Town Hall. (Runs Friday 29 July)



PUBLIC is a new outdoor performance from ground-breaking circus company Ockham’s Razor about the ownership of public space. Urban space has become increasingly colonised by corporations with our malls, shopping centres and transport hubs being owned and policed by private interests. In this landscape there is less space for young people to take up public space – to experiment, play, rest together and build social bonds with their peers. Play has become a risky and subversive act.

For a taster click here

In PUBLIC ten young acrobats and dancers will create an image of a reality where they are able to be utterly without guard in a public arena. Incorporating acrobatics, parkour and dance they move through the architecture of the streets, lifting each other over and around walls, stairs, obstacles – dancing with the fabric of the world. The show is about support, freedom and tenderness and asks how and where we can be uninhibited and unbound.

To find out more about performance times for Ipswich Town Hall, click here
Outside Ipswich Town Hall. (Runs Saturday 30 July)

To find out more about performance times for Theatre Square, click here
Outside New Wolsey Theatre, Theatre Square. (Runs 31 July)

Please note: this event takes place in Theatre Square (the space outside the front of the New Wolsey Theatre, above the Spiral Car Park).

For more information about New Wolsey Theatre Autumn programme including Kinky Boots and The Importance of Being Earnest click here




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