Put Out The Lights

Final Weekend!!!



“Emotional, touching and meaningful piece of true historical theatre”
Ipswich Waterfront

“Ripe, rich material, skilfully laid out”
The Stage

“Very moving, hugely enjoyable slice of Suffolk history. Highly recommended.”

“Finely detailed
Anne at the Theatre

“Excellent, as we have come to expect of Red Rose Chain. The acting faultless.”
Grapevine Live


1538. Ipswich is a dangerous place of dark secrets and new whisperings. A preacher is dragged from his pulpit, arrested for protestant heresy, while Cromwell sends agents to dismantle the Town’s beloved Catholic Shrine and burn the statue of Our Lady. Trying to make sense of it all are Alice Driver, an ordinary Suffolk woman with an unshakable belief and her two best friends – the well-meaning Edward and loose cannon Alexander. A tragic love story, where beliefs, convictions and divided loyalties threaten to tear their world apart.

Following on from the huge success of Fallen In Love at The Tower of London which was hailed as “A real coup” by The Telegraph; and Progress which Libby Purves remarked made “Hairs stand up on your neck…An intimate, layered History-play” – Joanna Carrick’s exciting new History play Put Out The Lights is must-see drama for fans of Wolf Hall.

Age guidance: 11+

Date and time

At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
8 – 27 MAY
Tues – Sun
Evenings 7:30pm, Sat matinee 3pm, Sun matinee 4pm
Running time: 1hr 45 mins (inc. interval)

Full Price – £22
Over 60s – £17.50
Concession* – £10
*Concession tickets are for full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities

Audience Reviews

"Saw this last night. It’s fabulous, great acting from all concerned. Interesting and effective set design. Comfortable seats too.. Thanks for a wonderful play which made us think."
“Wow, what an amazing play, Put out the Lights. Incredibly powerful and moving.”
Audience Member
*5 stars "We watched the performance last night and were absolutely captivated! The acting was fantastic and the intimacy of the theatre really added to the experience. The story was so interesting that we went in search of the monument for the martyrs on Christchurch Park this morning. Thank you for such a wonderful evening!"
Audience Member

Special Events

*This event has happened*
THURS 17 MAY – after 7:30pm show
Directors Talk with Joanna Carrick
For ticket holders – FREE

Join us after the show for a chance to hear Jo talk about the fascinating research into Tudor Suffolk and Alice Driver’s life that went into developing the script. Jo will be joined by the actors to give behind the scenes insights on the process of creating the play.

*This event has happened*
SAT 19 MAY – after 7:30pm show
Cast Q&A
For ticket holders – FREE

Join us after the show for a chance to ask the cast anything your heart desires. Find out all about how they prepared for each role and what the story and people behind the characters mean to them.

24 & 25 MAY – after 7:30pm show
ACT presents Just A Girl
For ticket holders – FREE

ACT (Avenue Community Theatre) have been working hard with Jo to devise a complimentary piece about Alice’s life in Suffolk! Ticket holders on 24th and 25th May can see it for free after ‘Put Out The Lights’

Isabel Della-Porta
Alice Driver

Oliver Cudbill

Ricky Oakley

Ellie Allison
Young Alice Driver

Charlie Drane
Young Alexander

Ted Newborn
Young Edward

Joanna Carrick’s Other History Plays

Fallen In Love

“Fail to answer this summons to the Tower at your peril.
It’s a real coup.” 

The Telegraph | Read more…


“Hairs stand up on your neck… An intimate, layered History-play” 
Libby Purves, TheatreCat | Read more…


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