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Ghostly Goings On at Gippeswyk Hall 

The award-winning film and theatre company Red Rose Chain is delighted to announce the premiere of their latest short film, Understanding Edward.

Written and directed by the company’s Artistic Director Joanna Carrick, Understanding Edward is a celebration of the heritage of Gippeswyk Hall, the grade 2* listed Tudor hall at the foot of Birkfield Drive in Ipswich.

Understanding Edward tells the fictional tale of Emily, a young historian who visits Gippeswyk Hall to research its past. In her quest to discover more about the hall, she is aided by the ghostly appearance of Edward Sulyard, a character based on the real historical facts of a man who lived at Gippeswyk Hall in the sixteenth century.

Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich

The research and production of Understanding Edward engaged many of the company’s participants and volunteers, who helped to develop the story of the film in partnership with the company’s creative team. They also worked alongside professional film-makers during the film shoot, assisting with sound, lighting, camera operation and costume.

Joanna Carrick said; “The film was a really collaborative project involving the creative team here at Red Rose Chain, together with volunteers and participants who initially join the company through creative drama workshops which we run in the community throughout the year. Many of the volunteers and participants that we engage are from socially marginalised groups, so to be able to connect these people with the history and importance of a building such as Gippeswyk Hall is of huge significance to their sense of belonging.”

The film supports Red Rose Chain’s Stage Two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the proposed re-development of Gippeswyk Hall, which will see the creation of a new arts and heritage venue for the town and surrounding areas.

On Thursday 24th November 2011, Understanding Edward will be premiered at Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich. Red Rose Chain is offering a limited number of free tickets to the premiere to members of the public (7pm-8.30pm). To find out more, contact Assistant Producer Michael Linge on 01473 603388 or email michael@redrosechain.com.

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