Theatre looks for new blood

IPSWICH'S New Wolsey Theatre is looking for young people aged 13 to 25 to join its Young Board, it was announced today.

IPSWICH'S New Wolsey Theatre is looking for young people aged 13 to 25 to join its Young Board, it was announced today.

The venue's Young Board is a group of ten to 15 youngsters who will come together to discuss what they want the theatre to offer people of their age.

New Wolsey Associate director Rob Salmon said: “The New Wolsey has a range of activities and initiatives designed to integrate young people into its decision making processes and to enable us to respond to their needs.

“The Young Board is a formal, but hopefully relaxed, environment in which young people can make a positive contribution and have a real impact on how we function”

The New Wolsey Young Board will be a non-governing advisory body to the fully constituted Board of Trustees and will meet for forty-five minutes before board meetings which take place every two months.

Mr Salmon added: “Information will flow between meetings and a member of the Young Board will attend board meetings to represent the interests of the Young Board and report back to fellow members.

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“Each meeting of the Young Board will be followed by an activity designed to enhance understanding of theatre and to build the board's identity.

“Activities may include seeing shows or an opportunity to engage with other organisations and art forms.”

Young Board members will receive informal training in interpreting, understanding and applying their responsibilities in order to maximise the contribution they make to the organisation.

The New Wolsey is keen to hear from young people who feel they can make a contribution. Initially membership is limited to one year and attendance is flexible with the option to attend one or many meetings.

The first meeting of the Young Board takes place at the New Wolsey Theatre on Monday February 9 at 6pm. If you are interested or simply want to know more please email

creativelearning@wolseytheatre.co.uk or call Laura Norman, Creative Learning Assistant, on 01473 295930.