10.30 Sunday 24th Oct 

Venue: New Wolsey Auditorium

Ticket price: FREE

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Duration: 1 hour

We invite you to a morning of workshops, discussions and projects made with and for you and your local community. Through these projects, we want to enable our communities to respond to the ideas raised in our shows and to tell their own stories in response.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been producing work in person, online and within the community, but Inventing the Future is a chance to welcome the community in person. This day marks a significant return to the live work that’s so important to us, a collection of stories that reflect the community in the East of England and will help audiences understand the world around them. 

Leading the day will be a sound installation piece Lullaby created by Ipswich-based writers and developed with the New Wolsey. Alongside this, there will be a chance to work and chat with industry-leading creatives, about the work that matters and to discuss the stories you would like to see onstage. There will be a series of workshops, discussions as well as plenty of food, music and creative spaces for drawing, writing and listening. 

Cast & Creatives

  • Louise Yule Writer
    Louise Yule is a drama teacher, performer and artistic director for her company ‘Yule Shine’ established in 2000 and Theatretrain Ipswich. Her early years with The Ipswich Co-op Juniors saw a passion ignite for Musical Theatre and character acting which led to decades of performing in large scale productions and musicals at The Ipswich Regent, Wolsey and Wolsey studios. Her theatrical and teaching career has led to many opportunities both directing and performing at Sadlers Wells, The Royal Albert Hall, Disneyland Paris, The O2 and Loughborough open air theatre with Opera North. She writes a wide range of scripts for young children which are performed at Seckford Theatre and the prestigious Royal Hospital school Theatre in Holbrook for the International Theatretrain Summer school. More recently Louise has returned to The Co-op Juniors Theatre company as drama tutor for The Creative Warehouse Project and LAMDA acting classes.She is excited to see the results of the creative team's inspirational writing collaboration with High Tide.
  • Kate Carr Writer
    Kate Carr sometimes known by fellow birdwatchers as Little Owl is a retired teacher with a severe hearing loss and she accesses the theatre through captioning. Until Covid struck she hadn’t written anything for publication but she decided to write a diary early in the pandemic and had pieces of her writing accepted by Radio 4 and The British Museum, and another by The Mass Observation Project.
  • Hannah Aria Writer
    Hannah Aria is a working class, neuro-divergent, mixed media Artist with a heart for social justice. As the creator of a troop of milk bottle elephants (Herd Community), Hannah embraces the beyond the box approach to life and has earned the title ‘Mother of Elephants’ aka ‘Elesie’.  Hannah is also a Trustee for NPO Unlimited, championing disabled Artists. She is a 'Mercury Creative' (professional development programme, Mercury Theatre). In the last year, Hannah has secured funding from the British Council to develop live art with Estela Laponni, (Brazilian Performance Artist). Hannah has recently been awarded a 'Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant from Arts Council England and is exploring play writing, improv theatre and neurodivergent creative perspectives in portraiture and performance. She will be undertaking a play writing course with Ink Festival this month and will then join the ‘Let Me Be’ cohort with Graeae Theatre Company in February 2022. Hannah is also learning BSL level 1.
  • Lesley Smith Writer
    Lesley lives in Ipswich and is a retired English teacher. Most of her writing so far has been confined to lesson plans and limericks.
  • Virginia Betts Writer
    Virginia has a degree in Literature, and a postgraduate degree in teaching English. She taught secondary education in school for 15 years and she now runs a tuition business, Results Tutoring. She has had poems, articles and stories published in print and online, and broadcast on BBC Radio. Her debut collection of short stories, The Camera Obscure, will be released shortly, and she is currently working on a collection of poetry, Tourist to the Sun. Virginia is married with one son, and her other passions, apart from words, are swimming and playing the violin. She is also an autism and neurodiversity ambassador.
  • Helena Snider Resident Assistant Director
    Helena Snider is on a placement as Resident Assistant Director at HighTide. She is training in Theatre Directing on the Birkbeck College MFA. Directing credits include: GRAN and Bedlam before the Burnout (Headlong and HighTide, Signal Fires), Reunion (Theatre 503), White Lies (The Brockley Jack, also writer) and The Events (The Curve, Leicester, NSDF)