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Red Rose Chain: Different Buttons

Red Rose Chain, the team behind Theatre In The Forest, is delighted to reveal news of their latest production, Different Buttons.

Written by Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director Joanna Carrick, Different Buttons commemorates the history of St Clement’s Hospital in Ipswich, following its recent closure. The play follows on from the phenomenal success of “Fallen In Love”, Carrick’s historical drama about the life of Anne Boleyn.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Different Buttons explores St Clement’s Hospital’s significance to the local community through its 140 year history and will perform in the hospital building in May. This stunning new play brings to life characters from the hospital’s incredible history and offers a unique opportunity to see inside one of the last remaining Victorian asylums in the country.

Carrick said, “It is a great honour for Red Rose Chain to be able to create a new play about the history of St Clement’s Hospital. The hospital has had an impact on many people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas and has been a home for many of those people. The play aims to honour the experience of some of those people.

“In the development of Different Buttons we as a company have worked extensively with people who had been patients at St Clements Hospital, staff and former staff. We’ve undertaken a huge amount of research into the hospital’s history, from the building of the hospital, to the first patients that used it and right up to the present day. It has been hugely important for Red Rose Chain to allow those people whose lives have been touched by St Clement’s Hospital to have a voice.
“Different Buttons is set to bring to life the local history of our community, connecting audiences with the past in a way that is thought-provoking and emotionally charged.”

Different Buttons is part of a joint project with Red Rose Chain, Inside Out Community and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to mark the history of St Clement’s Hospital.

This new professional production is suitable for ages 13 and over. It runs from Tuesday 22nd May until Friday 1st June.
For more details and to book tickets, please visit www.redrosechain.com or call the Box Office on 01473 603388.

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