Arts Council England fund The Gold Chainers show The Nightingale

About The Project

Red Rose Chain Theatre Company’s inclusive youth theatre, The Gold Chainers, will perform in their ground-breaking play ‘The Nightingale at The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich in March 2020.

After the immense success of their last project ‘Midas’, which was screened at the Big Trouble Little Pictures Festival in 2018, the Gold Chainers new play will bring together music, dance and sensory storytelling in this piece that has been specifically designed for audiences of young people with disabilities and their families.

This company of inspiring young actors have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities and are extraordinary in the diversity of their talents, as well as their compassion and sensitivity towards their peers.

“My favourite thing about the Gold Chainers is that it makes me  feel  happy,  I  make  new  friends  and  I  just  have  fun. Since  starting  here,  everything  has  changed.  I feel  much  more  confident  and  it’s  made  me  want  to  get  a  job in theatre in the future. I think Red Rose Chain is fabulous!” – Matthew, Gold Chainers

Arts Council England

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, which uses public funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants. The programme is catered for young people with additional needs to engage with a high-quality arts programme and perform at a professional level. It is hoped that this project will challenge the barriers for disabled young people to access the arts and preconceptions of what they can achieve.

 “The Nightingale is one of my favourite ever projects. Arts Council England support is enabling us to take our amazing young people to the next level and develop their talents in a professional environment. They need to be seen to be believed.”  – Joanna Carrick, Artistic Director

“Opportunity and inclusivity are both fundamental to Let’s Create, the Arts Council’s vision for arts, culture and creativity in England for 2020-30. These are brilliantly embodied by Red Rose Chain and we’re proud to invest in their work to break down barriers and transform perceptions of what young disabled artists can and do achieve.”  – Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England

Performance Details

Dates, Times & Tickets

Thursday 19th March – 6:30pm

Saturday  21st March – 2:30pm

Thursday 26th March – 6:30pm

Saturday 28th March – 2:30pm

(Duration: Approx. 30 mins)

Adult – £12

Concession (under 16s) – £5

Press Night

If you would be interested in attending our press night on Saturday 21st March at 2:30pm, and would like to write a review or news story, please contact for further details.


The Avenue Theatre, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9AF

Call or box office to book 01473 306688 OR click the button below.


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