About Us

Work With Us

“We’re looking for a dynamic person to make a difference in theatre”

Theatre Administrator – Marketing
Red Rose Chain is a great success story in Suffolk. Founded by Artistic Director Joanna Carrick in 1990, the company has grown to produce an incredible body of first-class theatre and life-changing community work. Red Rose Chain’s unique ethos puts a life changing community programme at the centre of the work of a professional theatre company.
Our participants, many of whom have disabilities and hugely disadvantaged backgrounds, take part, volunteer and help to run every aspect of the company.

The central part of the role is marketing our professional productions and promoting the community work. You will also contribute to the day-to-day smooth running of our busy office at Gippeswyk Hall and venue management at The Avenue Theatre and Theatre in the Forest.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team of this very popular, community-focused theatre company.

You will gain wide experience of theatre administration and marketing, supported by the Producer and Artistic Director and working alongside the rest of the team. The role will be dynamic and will change according to particular productions and projects.

You will have contact with participants and the creative teams working on the productions.

We are looking for someone who can help to take our well-regarded, established organisation to the next level and make a positive contribution to the theatre and community work. You will assist in the smooth running of the organisation and contributing to its future growth.

We are looking for someone to take on a broad range of marketing and administrative tasks including:

Delivery of our Marketing Strategy

Working to and co-ordinating our Marketing schedule

Increasing sales, marketing and our online presence

Digital marketing

Press and media liaison

Working with our volunteer marketing team

Reporting on ticket sales

Assisting with Press Nights

Distributing reviews

Receiving and managing calls

Box Office Management

Sponsor liaison

This is initially a 12 month fixed contract at £17,000 pa.

Normal office hours are 9am till 5pm. However, as a theatre company, many events and tasks take place outside of office hours and so flexibility is required. This is particularly likely during the opening of a new production.

To apply, please send a cv and covering email to David Newborn at info@redrosechain.com by 04/10/19


From volunteering as part of our marketing team, to freelance work or becoming a member of one of our weekly workshops, there’s a place for you at Red Rose Chain.

Starting out as a little known team of artists, we’ve now become a multi-skilled production company combining grass-roots community work with the highest artistic quality.

To find out more about how you can get involved with us and introduce yourself to the team, email info@redrosechain.com

Our mission is to enrich entire communities through high quality professional theatre


About Us

Red Rose Chain at The Avenue Theatre is a beacon in Ipswich for people needing a place to belong. It is a theatre company working from beneath the grass roots with the disadvantaged and the marginalised.

Many of our practitioners and volunteers are those whose lives have been turned around by Red Rose Chain. We believe in change and have created a finely balanced, welcoming and creative environment which nurtures our
participants, builds their self-esteem and radically improves their life.

“Red Rose Chain’s work is very brilliant, wonderfully unpatronising and rooted in a real vision for artistic excellence and humanitarian compassion.” – Emma Freud, OBE

Every week at Red Rose Chain we run inclusive, free at source workshops for disadvantaged young people, disabled young people and young people with mental health issues as well as adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties and struggling with addiction.

We partner with mental health charities to run creative workshops and volunteer programmes for service users and for older people with dementia. Parents and families meet here in a safe environment and support each other while celebrating the achievements and progress of their children and siblings.

“Feeling accepted, loved and supported by Red Rose Chain has been instrumental in my ongoing recovery. It feels like a family here.” – Leo, Project participant

We partner with pupil referral units and local schools to run projects with young people with behavioural problems and those at risk of committing crimes and we specialise in creating sensory theatre productions for disabled young people.

“We work day in, day out with these guys and they are so difficult to reach. And you have reached them today and brought them out of themselves. You gave them light. Words cannot express how grateful we are.” – Chris Benson, SEN Teacher

Using outreach work and highly discounted tickets offers we have been really successful in welcoming 100’s of people into The Avenue that were completely new to the arts. Everyone is made to feel welcome.

For us, working with the community isn’t just an add-on thing we do to show we care. It’s the heart behind all of our work and fuels everything that we do, and we rely on your support to help us continue this vital work – which is arguably more important now more than ever. Buying a ticket, making a donation, offering to host a fundraiser for us…It all makes a HUGE difference!

Whether we’re performing Shakespeare or developing new writing, we are always finding ways of engaging and involving youth groups, schools and hard to reach audiences who might not normally have the chance to experience the arts.

We create new plays and films through a unique process that involves working with all sorts of people to develop candid and authentic stories. We’ve collaborated with prison inmates, young people in care, single parents and members of drug rehabilitation projects to name but a few.

Whatever we do, we aim to give these people a voice through original work and a chance to experience high quality art without barriers, without prejudice and without patronizing them.

Across the board our productions strive to challenge thinking, to encourage debate and to raise the expectations and ambitions that we have of ourselves and those around us.

Awards & Accolades

We’re not here to chase trophies of course, but nevertheless it is always nice to be recognised for our successes. Here is a selection of some of the honours Red Rose Chain have received for our work

‘Award in recognition and appreciation of the positive contribution Red Rose Chain has made in helping Ipswich become a Dementia Friendly Community’
Councilor Roger Fern
The Mayor of Ipswich, 2017

The High Sheriff’s Special Award for the Arts 2016
High Sheriff’s Awards, Suffolk, 2016

Highly Commended
Awarded to The Avenue Theatre
RICS 2016

Featured on ‘The Independent on Sunday’s Official Happy List 2014’
Highlighting the work of 100 amazing people who are working hard to make a positive difference.
Awarded to Joanna Carrick
The Independent on Sunday, 2014

‘Best Community Film’
(Walking Away)
Rob Knox Film Festival, 2011

‘Not For Profit Business of the Year’ ‘Youth Organisation of the Year’
Anglian Business Awards, 2009 & 2011 High Sheriff’s Awards, Suffolk, 2009

‘Bronze Award for Film Making’ ‘Gold Award ‘
BMA Film Award, 1998 (Cherry Picker)
Healthy Ambitions Suffolk, 2009

Best Marketing’ ‘Best Dramatic Short’
Anglian Business Awards, 2008 (Friday Night Shirt)
HD FEST, Los Angeles, 2008

‘Outstanding Achievement in Film Making’ ‘Award for ‘Improving the lives of Young People’
(Moving On Up)
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2002
NHS Health & Social Care Awards, 2001

Meet the Team

Joanna Carrick - Artistic DirectorArtistic Director

Joanna Carrick

Artistic Director and founder of the company, Jo has directed over 30 plays and films with Red Rose Chain. Her role also includes project management, leading workshops, script writing, directing and the evaluation of projects.

    Sarah Haskins - Marketing LeadMarketing Lead

    Sarah Haskins

    Sarah started working with us in the summer of 2013. Her roles include all aspects of marketing shows, managing online content and designing artwork for many of our productions. If you want something drawn - go to her!

      Luke Lancaster - Finance AssistantFinance Assistant

      Luke Lancaster

      Luke has recently come back to us after taking some time off to spend time with his newly born son, Luke specialises in finance and reporting with no excel sheet or report to big for him to deal with. He works very closely to David with the finances to make sure the company is in tip top shape for us to deliver all of our amazing work within budget.

        Ken - Dog/Mascot/Mans Best FriendDog/Mascot/Mans Best Friend


        Our resident receptionist and office mascot, Ken arrived at the company in the summer of 2010. He has since grown in stature - but not a lot! - and is considered a vital member of the team. He sleeps more than most of us though!

          David Newborn - ProducerProducer

          David Newborn

          David is Red Rose Chain's Producer, as well as an accomplished writer, cameraman and editor. He is closely involved in the project and financial management of our work and develops the company’s links with other organisations and funders

            Katy Frost - Assistant to the Artistic DirectorAssistant to the Artistic Director

            Katy Frost

            Katy is Jo's right-hand woman! Responsible for the brilliant costumes and jointly responsible for the design of 'Alice in Wonderland'.

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