The New Wolsey Theatre have now opened registrations for their youth theatre groups for autumn term 2021. Please note that bursary places are available for young people who may not otherwise be able to access our activity.

New Wolsey Youth Theatre: Get Involved!

Our Youth Theatres are a great place to make friends, explore your creativity, and develop theatre-making skills with professional practitioners and artists. Our next start date is in September 2021 for Autumn Term.

We have a limited number of spaces, so we are running an application and selection process, which we will let people know the outcome of by Friday 6th August at the latest.

To apply for a place please fill in this form by Wednesday 28th July, 10am.

For ease I have included all of the group, dates and fee info below, but you can also pass the following link on to families for them to find this on our website:


Week commencing Monday 13th September  – week ending Saturday 11th December. (no sessions in half term,  Monday 25th – Friday 29th October).


Youth Theatre 1 (school years 3&4 / age 7-9yrs): Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm, venue: NW2

Youth Theatre 2 (school years 5&6 / age 9-11yrs): Tuesdays, 6.45 – 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, 6.30/7 – 9pm, venue: NW2 and HEG (our 2 senior youth theatre groups will swap between 2 practitioners with different specialisms, and will attend one half of term 6.30pm – 9pm, and one half of term 7pm – 9pm).


Prices given on a full term basis.

Standard Plus: £75  (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

Second child: £40

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

Fees (see above).

If you’d like to join or if you have any questions, please contact us:


It’s important for us to say that the safety of our participants and staff remains our number one priority. No-one knows what autumn term will bring, but our Youth Theatres will be delivered in a safe environment, in line with the most current government guidance. We will continue to provide updates as and when government guidance changes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sian Thomas

Creative Communities Producer

01473 295930

New Wolsey Theatre

Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS