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.
Red Rose Chain at The Avenue Theatre is a beacon in Ipswich for people needing a place to belong. Our mission is to enrich entire communities through high quality professional theatre. 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-outcomes.
“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 create 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 into our theatre, 100’s of people completely new to the arts from the large area of economic deprivation where we are based. Most-importantly, everyone is made to feel welcome.