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New Online Adult Theatre Workshops!

Posted on: 8th January, 2021

Two Brand New Online Theatre Workshops from Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Beyond Walls

We are delighted to be in a position to continue with our adult theatre groups online, facilitated by professional actors and theatre makers. Participants will work on a project during their weekly zoom sessions culminating in the creation of a brand-new audio performance at the end of the programme.

The Quarter Sessions

Are you age 55+ and interested in writing, acting, recording, getting shot (only with a camera) and generally having a lot of fun while making a new audio performance? If so, then Theatre Royal’s Act Your Age creative zoom workshops may be for you.

The Quarter Sessions project will delve into Bury St Edmunds’ underworld – where mystery, intrigue and colourful local characters blend in the melting pot of crime and punishment. With the help of our friends at Suffolk Records Office we will uncover crimes deemed worthy of a court appearance including the infamous trial of … who stole the turnips … and why?

Working with theatre makers including actors, directors, and musicians you will create a short audio performance bringing to it your creativity and opinion along with any existing creative skills whilst having the opportunity to learn some new ones.

What Act Your Age participants say about the workshops, ‘My enforced stay at home since January has been made bearable due to your zoom contact and projects. The ability to interact with others online has been brilliant.’

  • Every Tuesday for 11 weeks starting 19 January 2021 on Zoom
  • 30pm to 3pm
  • 11 sessions just £33
  • 16 spaces available – first come first served
  • Age 55+
  • No experience necessary


The Moral Steam Engine

If you are over 18, have an interest in theatre making, visual arts, history or would just like to start the new year with a new project then this new Adult Participation project could be what you’re looking for.

The Moral Steam Engine project will be a creative exploration of Thomas Clarkson and his relationship to Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk through his marriage to Catherine Buck. This creative project will culminate in an audio and visual performance exploring Clarkson’s calling as an abolitionist. You will look at his place in Bury St Edmunds’ history and his friendships with artists, Quakers and other non-conformists including: Josiah Wedgewood; William Wordsworth; William Wilberforce and Samuel Taylor Coleridge whose phrase the ‘Moral Steam Engine’ is used to describe Clarkson to this day.

Work with writers, theatre makers and visual artists to bring Clarkson’s world to life today. Bring your creativity imagination and desire to tell a story to this create theatre making project.

  • Every Tuesday for 11 weeks starting 19 January 2021 on Zoom
  • 30pm to 9pm
  • 11 sessions just £33
  • 16 spaces available – first come first served
  • Age 18+
  • No experience necessary


If you have any questions about the groups – what’s involved, whether it’s right for you or concerns about using Zoom, email engagement@theatreroyal.org

If you would like to go ahead and book, click here!

Our adult participation groups are part of our Beyond Walls project funded by Arts Council England and Awards for All – The National Lottery Community Fund, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, West Suffolk Council, West Suffolk Council Community Chest, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Community Foundation & Theatre Royal Supporters Group.


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