Film Friday

We can’t wait to re-open the doors to this magnificent Tudor building and welcome back our amazing audiences and our community. But this crisis has had a huge impact on non-for-profit organisations like us and now more than ever, we need your support to help us survive. Every penny that you can donate will go towards delivering our life-changing community arts programme which is providing a creative lifeline to some of the most vulnerable in our community right now. 

Friday 22nd April - Pericles by The Chainers Youth Theatre

Check out what our community groups have been up to!

The Avenue Theatre is home to our amazing and inspiring community companies for young people and adults with disabilities and mental health diagnoses. But in these strange times, they have been getting creative in their own homes and making some extraordinary work for current and future theatre projects

We are so excited to share with you a short film that has been created entirely by our incredible young people from the Chainer Youth Theatre!

The Chainers have been busy in lock down, working remotely on scenes from Shakespeare’s Pericles! They filmed and edited these short scenes from the play together for our online youth theatre sessions whilst we are unable to meet at The Avenue Theatre. Ted who is part of the youth theatre edited them the scene together to make this short film for you to enjoy!

In these difficult times, we are continuing to support our community and our participants with an online programme of drama workshops, creative activities and resources. We will continue to do so with the amazing support and donations from our wonderful audiences! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our community programme and engaged with the work we are busy producing in lock down!

This video will be available on YouTube for a month (until  22nd June 2020)

Friday 15th April - Fallen in Love: In conversation with Libby Purves

Join us on the 19th May at 7pm for the live play reading of Joanna Carrick’s Fallen in Love. For more information head to

This video will be available on YouTube for a month (until 15th June 2020)

To celebrate our upcoming special live play reading of Joanna Carrick’s Fallen in Love on the 19th May, we are releasing one of the interviews from our series of behind the scenes content from Fallen in Love exclusive to ticket holders for today’s #FilmFriday

Broadcasting legend and theatre critic, Libby Purves, interviewed writer of Fallen in Love, Joanna Carrick to discuss the history of Anne and George Boleyn that inspired Jo’s writing and Fallen in Love’s place in her Tudor Trilogy, exploring the 16th century through the eyes of three extraordinary women who shaped it: Anne Boleyn (Fallen in Love), Suffolk Martyr Alice Driver (Put Out The Lights) and Queen Elizabeth I (Progress).


Friday 8th April - Understanding Edward

This light-hearted film not only makes the heritage of Gippeswyk Hall accessible, but it also celebrates the incredible and inspiring participants who are a huge part of Red Rose Chain’s story and the inclusive community programme that we have now created at Gippeswyk Hall and The Avenue Theatre.

Following on from last week’s film from our very first day moving into our beautiful HQ, Gippeswyk hall, Understanding Edward was created with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of a programme of community work based around discovering the history of Gippeswyk Hall.

With participants from our community companies, we researched the Tudor heritage of the hall and the life of Edward Sulyard who had once lived in Gippeswyk Hall as a devoted Catholic and supporter of Mary I. With this research, we created a short film starring many of our community participants, telling the story of a young historian who travels to Ipswich to research the building and discovers the ghost of Edward who helps her to understand Gippeswyk Hall’s place in Tudor history.

This video will be available on YouTube for a month (until 8th June 2020)

Friday 1st April - Moving in to Gippeswyk Hall

Ten years ago today, we moved into our beautiful Gippeswyk Hall!

In celebration, this week’s Film Friday shows our amazing volunteers getting to grips with the building which had been standing empty for years. With a lot of hard work and a huge investment from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, our dream for this Grade II* listed building came true. Gippeswyk Hall and The Avenue Theatre is an accessible, welcoming and creative environment that is home to our amazing community groups for disadvantaged young people and young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as offering the best quality theatre, new writing, music and comedy.

We can’t wait to re-open the doors to this magnificent Tudor building and welcome back our amazing audiences and our community!

This video will be available on YouTube for a month (until 1st June 2020)


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