On sale from Saturday 30 March at 10am

The doors to the New Wolsey stages are unlocked for another year for OPEN SEASON 2013. This annual showcase has brought many surprises and much excitement to the New Wolsey Theatre and Studio over recent years, and this year is no exception. With a range of musicals, plays, work from young people, original work and new ideas, this year’s season, starting on Fri 14 Jun to Sat 27 July, looks set to be full of energy and ambition.

Starting the season off on Fri 14 June in the New Wolsey Theatre, Playing ON presents HEARING THINGS – a devised piece of theatre they have been working on for the last two years in collaboration with NHS clinicians and service users. Drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care, Playing ON look to focus on the lives of people with a mental illness who often fear the stigma and mistreatment from mental health workers.

On Sat 15 June, SUFFOLK SOUL SINGERS bring their blend of enthusiasm and passion for one night only. Supported by professional musicians, they create unique sound which includes soul classics, reggae and gospel music. Created in 2009, this 30 strong community choir based in Ipswich present real music that will get you out of your seats!

Appeal Theatre is back with LITTLE WOMEN – THE BROADWAY MUSCIAL. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, this timeless and beloved story of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March is brought to life as an exhilarating new musical. Filled with glorious music, dancing and heart, Little Women guarantees a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit, from Wed 19 to Sat 22 June.

The multi award-winning musical INTO THE WOODS is presented the Gallery Players from Wed 26 to Sat 29 June – a fairy tale with a difference that will appeal to all! Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s iconic musical combines the well-known fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood to create a story of quests, the pursuit of happiness and the fulfilment of dreams.

Don’t miss the Jellicle Ball as the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company makes their debut at the New Wolsey Theatre presenting a major feline musical. This all singing, all dancing musical spectacular from one of the region’s top amateur companies features a live orchestra and stunning staging from Wed 3 to Sat 6 July.

Over in the New Wolsey Studio from Wed 3 to Sat 6 July, Black & White Productions present IN HEALTH AND IN SICKNESS – THE HISTORY OF THE BARTLET – a new play by Suzanne Hawkes. Tracing the history of The Bartlet Convalescent Home - a much loved heart of community convalescent care for the East Suffolk Area - this play is explored through the eyes of those who were part of its life.
Every year the New Wolsey presents the Youth Perform! Festival, a celebration of work produced by children and young people from schools and community groups and directed by the New Wolsey’s Associate Director Rob Salmon. In 2013, Youth Perform! Runs from Tue 9 to Fri 12 July and this year’s title is THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Dame Sheila Shufflebottom is due to make one final appearance for her adoring fans! But behind the scenes its chaos and nothing’s ready. The director has locked himself in the loo, the stage hasn't been swept and the dancing girls are revolting. Really revolting! Can children and young people from all over Suffolk save the show?! 
When Deb loses her most precious possession - the notes to her graduate thesis - she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and Vignettes, ORDINARY DAYSis an original musical about growing up and enjoying the view. Presented by 4 friends who have come together to make this show, see this in the New Wolsey Studio on Sat 13 July.
The New Wolsey Theatre is proud to support Unscene Suffolk - a ground-breaking new community theatre company for adults with visual impairment. They have been working together since February 2013 and ACT ONE marks their first public performance. The company aims to produce work which explores and challenges notions of visually impaired performance, and is accessible to both blind and sighted audiences. They will be presenting performances between Thu 18 to Sat 20 July at the New Wolsey Studio.
The Children’s Theatre Company presents LES MISÉRABLES - SCHOOL EDITION performed entirely by students. Now the longest running musical in the world as it enters its 27th year, it tells an more »enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. 
To bring the season to a close, critically acclaimed theatre makers Slung Low have just 5 days to work with the New Wolsey Young Company to create MOBY DICK for Sat 27 July.  One of the greatest books ever written, Moby Dick is the story of a man driven mad and finally to a watery grave in pursuit of revenge upon a whale. Slung Low have commissioned award winning playwright James Phillips to write a new adaptation, which is being developed with and for the celebrated performer and improviser Oliver Senton. Slung Low will work with young artists from the New Wolsey Young Company to develop the script and staging ideas of this ambitious piece before it premieres in Leeds. 
Tickets are on sale from Sat 30 March and are available to book by calling the Box Office on 01473 295900 and online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk.




Saturday May 25th, 2013,7:30pm

'The Ministry of Angels' - The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Clara Sanabras - voice, oud, guitars

Clare Salaman - hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa

Joy Smith - harps, dulcimer, percussion

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments was founded in 2010 to explore repertoire ranging from folk songs and earthy dances to high art music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as newly composed pieces. Its members are leaders in the field of historical performance with many years experience of enchanting audiences with unexpected sights and sounds. ‘The Ministry of Angels’ explores music associated with angels, the maverick and fallen as well as the divine and perfect. The Society presents traditional tunes, dances and songs, as well as refined instrumental music in celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.

Coasters of Southwold are offering a special pre-concert meal for this event. Call them on 01502 724734 for reservations.


Please visit www.southwoldconcertseries.co.uk for full information on all the 4th season’s concerts.