Looking back over 2020 we finished a successful run of The Famous Four and a Half, delivered a mid-scale national tour of The Ballad of Maria Marten which played to sold out houses in Scarborough, Stoke and Ipswich at The New Wolsey Theatre. We were in full swing rehearsing for Red Skies, our 50 date Spring tour when the announcement came to close theatre - we managed to open and close the show on the same night and paid our creatives and actors in full.
Since lockdown in March we’ve delivered online workshops, run R&Ds for future shows, taken part in national initiatives including Paines Plough’s: Come To Where I Am, and more recently Signal Fires. And we’re delighted to say that we’ve just taken over the building adjacent to the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich to create The Eastern Angles Centre, an arts and heritage hub. We’re launching the new centre with a project called Local Legends which sees us working with Colombian born, Ipswich based, artist and illustrator Catalina Carvajal as well as members of our community.
We’re now looking forward to 2021 and we know many of you are asking about our Christmas show. We’re thrilled to say it will be returning! But not at its usual time or in its usual form. Julian Harries returns to the writers chair with Sam Snape & The Mystery of the Chillesford Chough– a film noir parody. There will be live performances, there will be live streamed live performances (things could get interesting), there will be socially distanced seating and of course there will be the absolute mayhem on stage that you all love. Dates will be announced in the new year and tickets will go on sale shortly after, with 2 weeks priority booking for our Copperfield Members, but with capacity reduced by 60% they’re going to sell fast.
We're extremely thankful for our brilliant staff, patrons and supporters for the tremendous support you've shown us through what has been a very different 2020.
Happy New Year and here's to 2021!