Those who like theatre or music in an intimate setting with plenty of character should check out Studio 188 when they’re in Ipswich. Situated in the heritage-listed old Baptist Church in the Ipswich CBD – built in 1877 and given an Art Deco update in 1938 – Studio 188 is a popular licensed entertainment venue, function centre and meeting place.
Studio 188 has seating for 100, with patrons raving about the quality of the productions and music on offer. Theatre company in residence, THAT Production Company, stage exciting theatrical works as well as rehearsed play readings, and there are free poetry and music nights where punters bring your own food and drinks. Live at 188! has Band Nights on Saturdays featuring independent musicians, while jazz aficionados shouldn’t miss Jazz on Friday Night, where you can enjoy wine, cheese and cabaret-style seating.
Wednesdays at Studio 188 offer lunchtime concerts where a light meal can be bought to eat while you take some well-earned mid-week time out. Add to that a monthly stand-up comedy night, arthouse cinema screenings, audience arts discussions and more, and you can see why Studio 188 is the place to be for culture vultures in the know.