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Welcome! Join us on our podcast journey through the arts! The New Wolsey Theatre is an award-winning theatre and a vibrant cultural hub offering a diverse range of performances, community engagement and artist development.   

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Equity and equality for all!Philip Carter Goodyear, Social Justice Lead and Head of Suffolk Family Support at Ipswich Job Centre talks to Tony Casement, Head of Creative Communities at The New Wolsey Theatre.Philip talks about his belief and mission to re-engage families and individuals, who feel isolated through unemployment, with the community. Offering creative experiences for families is essential to well-being and a journey to feeling connected again.Philip collaborates with many organis...
Martha Loader is simply an awesome person! We talk to her about her love of writing and the steps she has taken to get to an award-winning playwright. Martha also talks about her brilliant play, Bindweed - soon to be on the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre and the Colchester Mercury.Bindweed is written by Martha Loader, as part of the Mercury Playwrights scheme, and won the Judges’ Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.A Mercury Original co-produced with HighTide and New Wols...
In this podcast episode we talk to James Yarker, Artistic Director at Stan's Café about their fantastic new play, full of live music and wit - 'Community Service'.James talks about the inception of Stan's Café, now in its 34th year of making theatre and explains the concept of devising theatre and how it differs from traditional theatre.He also talks about how Community Service began and the life of Trevor Prince.Community Service is currently on tour at the following venues:23 - 27 APR...
We rewind to the best bits from The Young Company (Youth Theatre Seniors) at the New Wolsey Theatre and listen to them talk about the phenomenally positive impact it has had on their lives and the change it has made to their outlook and confidence.Tony Casement, Head of Creative Communities starts with an overview of the Youth Theatre followed by The Young Company of 2023.Members: Kaycee Totten, Victoria Zietek, Leo Maynard, Jace Palmer, Fin Adams. Charlotte Cathcart and Joe Hullis.To f...
In this podcast episode we chat with Jack Parker (Marketing Officer at the New Wolsey Theatre) who has driven this wonderful campaign from an idea to a reality. He explains, that with the help of our audiences and anyone who would like to get involved, that we’re aiming to give 800 free tickets to children and adults who may otherwise not be able to experience the magic of panto this year.Our award-winning pantomime this year is SLEEPING BEAUTY - a full on Rock n Roll panto ...
Tony Casement (Head of Creative Communities at The New Wolsey Theatre) chats to Stephen Skeet – Head of Business Development and Impact for the social action charity Volunteering MattersStephen talks about his approach to working with young people and local communities. and about his life long relationship with the New Wolsey Theatre, as well as the similarities between theatre and football and his conviction that culture, in all its forms, is the key to building the connections that allow in...
We are backstage with the cast and find out a lot more about this year’s eagerly awaited Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto – Dick Whittington and his Cat.Featuring all of the cast - we chat about their hilarious characters, as well as what they love about this year’s panto . . AND, we get the inside scoop on some of the songs they’ll be playing live on stage!There’s also a good helping of festive fun – with some terrible jokes, some curious festive habits and a quiz – where the cast go head-to-head– ...
In this episode we get up close to the brilliant cast and director of a New Wolsey Theatre stage production of 'The Red Lion', written by Patrick Marber We explore deep into the story of 'The Red Lion', the characters and their relationship with one another, and the intense dynamism that's building between them on stage. As professional actors they also talk about preparation for these roles, their feelings about their characters and how, as a team, they are building an electrifyi...
In this podcast episode we talk to Tony Casement, Head of Creative Communities and some of our brilliant young people from the Senior Youth Theatre - Kaycee Totten, Victoria Zietek, Leo Maynard, Jace Palmer, Fin Adams. Charlotte Cathcart and Joe Hullis.The young company talk about why they first joined the youth theatre and what it means to them personally, the journey they have been on, and what they aspire to do in the future. They also reveal a couple of highlights from their forthcoming s...
Vikki Stone, British award-winning comedian, actor and musician, joins us to chat about how she wrote the New Wolsey Theatre's 2023/24 Rock 'n' Roll panto, Dick Whittington and his Cat!Vikki talks about the form of panto, including the beats and the joy of mixing tradition with contemporary. She also gives us an insight into how she prepares before she writes, and shares her absolute love of Rock 'n' Roll panto! We also ask her 'how do you know what you write is funny?' - listen out for her g...
"Possibly one of the most important untold stories in history!" West End Best FriendFive star hit show 'Family Tree' was written by actor, playwright, director and producer Mojisola Adebayo and directed by theatre-maker and Olivier Award winner Matthew Xia (Actors Touring Company Theatre).Actors Keziah Joseph and Mofetoluwa Akande give us a deep insight into this beautifully poetic and layered play, talking us through the storylines and reflecting on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks,&nb...
In this podcast episode David talks to Ellis Northrop and Lucy Mellamphy (Relationship Team at NWT) about why having a membership with the New Wolsey Theatre is so important to him.David talks about his favourite moments, why he supports the theatre and what being a Director Circle member means to him personally.Listen to David talk about his passion for theatre and why he will continue being a member for years to come.Thank you David for a wonderful chat and we look forward to seeing you at ...
We're joined by Robert Hazle (Cultural Development Officer) and Ella Radley (Digital Marketing Officer) from The Noël Coward Foundation to chat about Coward and one of the best British Films ever made in the history of the big screen - Brief Encounter We start with the world of Coward glimpsing at his life and work. Robert and Ella are full of fascinating facts and passion as they chat in depth about Coward and how his Brief Encounter, originally adapted from short play 'Still Life', emerged ...
Paulus, AKA The Cabaret Geek joins us for a chat about his fabulous new show - Looking For Me Friend.The show, with 5 star reviews, is dedicated to legendary Victoria Wood with more than 20 of her songs from her incredible repertoire.Paulus talks about his life long adoration for Vic, as he calls her. He never met her, although nearly did, and - well,... you can listen to the story - he tells it better than us!Chatting from his home in London, and in the company of his cat, Paulus...
In this podcast episode we plunge into the literary world of PG Wodehouse with well-known actor, Robert Daws. Robert appeared in the TV series of Jeeves and Wooster as Tuppy Glossop and played Dr. Gordon Ormerod in the long-running ITV drama series The Royal– to name just two from a long, successful and highly acclaimed career.Robert is an expert on the works of PG Wodehouse – and he tells the story of how he came to be touring with the show and what an incredible success the tour has been so...
In this episode we managed to grab the hilarious Dave Hearn for a chat during rehearsals for The Time Machine!We speak about his beginnings in comedy, specifically learning about improvisation, and of course about the world-famous theatre company he co-founded, Mischief Theatre, who are known for shows like The Play that Goes Wrong (West End/Broadway) and The Goes Wrong Show (BBC1).Dave lets us in on some inside secrets of filming The Goes Wrong Show and how performing in a theatre compares t...
Douglas Rintoul talks about the black comedy with a dark heart - DNA (written by Dennis Kelly) - or as The Guardian quotes "sharp shocker of a play cleverly piles on the twists, as guilt and madness work their poison on group dynamics". Listen to Doug's fascinating views on this explosive play and how he is about to create a gripping show which hits the New Wolsey Stage from 2 - 9 Feb 2023.He says:“DNA is a special project for the New Wolsey Theatre, it’s my first production as Chief Ex...
It's episode 24 of the New Wolsey Theatre Podcast and this time, we sit down and chat with different members of staff from all across the theatre about some of their standout moments of 2022!We speak to people from various different teams, including Marketing, Relationships, Technical, Café & Bar and many more!From specific one-nighters to our three-week run of Kinky Boots, learning about accessibility to winning awards and even staff coming into work during a snowstorm (the show really m...
In this episode, six of our lovely Goldilocks and the Three Bears cast came back to have another chat with us!!We caught up with them in the middle of a double show day to find out how the show has been going so far, some secrets from backstage, and their favourite things about being in a panto!We've got more (dreadful) Christmas cracker jokes too, as well as a little Christmas themed quiz for each of them - they definitely do not get competitive...Thanks again to the cast for giving us their...
In this podcast episode we talk to the incredible cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as sneaking in a quick chat with writer and director Pete Rowe!The cast give us a little insight into who they are and the characters they're playing, as well as how rehearsals have been going!We caught them at the very start of tech week as they begun prepping for the big opening later in the week - some of them had just seen the wonderful set by the incredibly talented Cleo Pettit for the first ...
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