Go behind the scenes to see theatre magic made

EVER wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a theatre or what it’s like to perform on stage?

You can find out this Saturday <June 26> as Ipswich’s New Wolsey throws open its doors from 10.30am-4.30pm for a day full of activities for all ages.

Watch stage fighting in action, learn about theatrical make-up, set building and take a back-stage tour.

The latter occurs every 15 minutes and you’ll be guided back stage, into the dressing rooms and on to the fly floor - optional if you are afraid of heights. Along the way there’ll be the chance to see the stage management and technical teams at work, view set models, costumes and meet the people who make the magic happen.

The open day takes place during the New Wolsey Open Season, a unique time of the year when the theatre showcases the talents of local amateur arts and community groups.

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“The open day provides a great opportunity to discover what it actually takes to put on a production at the theatre. Our aim is to offer a free event that helps satisfy the fascination with what happens behind the scenes, opening all the doors which are usually out of bounds. It’s a great family day out,” said associate director Rob Salmon.

Now in its sixth year, the 2010 New Wolsey Open Day promises to be the most informative and interactive yet.

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With a packed programme of displays and presentations, visitors will learn about everything that goes in to running a production at their local theatre.

You can even experience what it’s like to wear extravagant theatrical costumes by delving into a costume and prop box or dress up as a star and have your photo taken in the Digital Zone.

Activities throughout the day will include face painting, balloon modelling and special magic shows.

Back-stage tours are free but advance booking is advised. There will be BSL signed tours and wheelchair accessible tours at 2pm and 3pm.

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