Community & Learning

Community Work

Our community work is at the heart of Red Rose Chain, we strive to keep it free at source to make our community theatre and inclusive youth theatre as accessible as possible.

The Avenue has allowed our vital community work to continue to grow and develop and has given our members their own space to feel proud of. The theatre has showcased some amazing things already such as Parallel People, by our community theatre, and The Green Children – which was researched with members of our inclusive youth theatre, as well as the youth theatre’s take on The Red Shoes and the Suffolk myth of Black Shuck.

"A wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for the grandchildren, we all loved it and now look forward to the Christmas play."
Audience Member
"We went last night! Absolutely LOVED it! Best show we've seen at Theatre in the Forest, and we've been to quite a few!"
Audience Member
"This is absolutely brilliant! Great for all ages. My 11yo boy really enjoyed it and can't wait for next year's show. I loved it too. Well done all of you!"
Audience Member

Community theatre company

Our Community Theatre Company is for vulnerable adults who would like to be a part of a sociable and creative activity. The group aims to improve individual’s well-being through immersive drama workshops.

The group meets weekly and encourages people to regain their sense of self-belief and belonging whilst challenging pre-conceptions through powerful performance.

The group runs every Tuesday afternoon term time. Workshops are held at our studio at Gippeswyk Hall (Ipswich IP2 9AF).

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please get in touch either by phone on 01473 603388 or by emailing info AT

Youth theatre

Our inclusive youth theatre is for 9 – 21 year olds who are developing a passion for drama and is a great place to build confidence and aspirations alongside gaining experience in the creative arts.

The group meets weekly in term time, a larger group on Wednesdays and a smaller low pressure session on Thursdays for young people with more complex disabilities or additional needs.

The youth theatre is led by a Theatre Practitioner who directs the group towards performing a small piece of high quality work for an audience each year.


Education partner

St. Jo’s are the perfect fit for us as our education partner, case in point – they proudly state “St Joseph’s feels different. And that’s the way we like it.”

Here’s what they have to say!

“St Joseph’s College is delighted to be the official Education Partner of Red Rose Chain and The Avenue Theatre. This partnership provides a close, creative and mutually supportive partnership which enables our students to benefit from a professional Arts link, to work within a brand new and professional Arts environment and alongside dynamic Drama and Theatre practitioners.”

What teachers have to say about our productions:

“I thought the whole thing was brilliant. Exceptional actors that performed skilfully. My students were speaking about it all week.”
on Sammy’s Room

Stupendously constructed, cleverly & outstandingly performed”
on Shattered

What pupils have to say about our productions:

“It was a really inspiring performance. A truly talented cast”

It was stunning to see the actors perform”

“It was amazing! I really loved the show thank you.”

If you would like to find out more about booking a workshop, schools showing or ordering from our PSHE DVD catalogue, please email

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