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The Garage is a lively performing arts centre in Norwich and home to The Garage Trust, a charity providing support and development opportunities for children,young people and families from all backgrounds. 

At The Garage you will find a jam packed programme of performing arts from performances to classes and professional training. There are literally hundreds of different activities every season for people of all ages and abilities.

Check out the WHAT'S ON? page for listings of current performances and classes. You can also download our most recent brochure from the website or pick a copy up by calling in at the venue.

Our NEWS section will keep you up to date with exciting ‘hot-off-the-press' opportunities such as auditions and recruitment opportunities.

Whatever you do, make sure you sign up for our E-NEWS so that we can tell you about all the exciting things on offer. We quite like trees so we prefer to email you if possible!

Below are some of the activities you can enjoy at The Garage:

  • LIVE PERFORMANCES - The Garage boasts a beautiful and intimate studio theatre. This is home to ‘Curtain Up!' our programme of professional theatre by some of the UK's hottest up-and-coming theatre companies. >More...
  • EMERGING ARTISTS ACADEMY - We help support and develop emerging artists through our Emerging Artists Academy. 
  • CREATIVE CLASSES - Our classes are for a wide range of ages and cover many different styles. Each class is lead by experienced artists, each fully trained and safety checked. >More...
  • SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - We run holiday activities including all day workshops, courses, performances and family fun days. >More...
  • TRAINING - If you are thinking about working in the arts or already do, we offer a range of professional CPD and training opportunities. >More... 
  • PARTIES - Whether its a childs birthday or a wedding anniversary, our dance party packages are a great choice >More...


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Well done to Daniel, our #experimental #sonicart young musician and the #Bleep team for an entrancing performance at #NorwichArtsCentre ! Funded by our #YouthMusic programme.
Want to get involved with events created by and for young people in Norfolk? The Young Norfolk Arts Festival are looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers and Arts Award participants to join the 2015 Festival team. See how you can get involved this summer on their website, http://ow.ly/Mk9hA


Opportunities at Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2015 | Arts Award Voice
Want to get involved with events created by and for young people in Norfolk? We are looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers and Arts Award participants to join the 2015 Festival team. See how you can get involved this summer on our website,
Come and build an app and website at BBC Radio 1's Academy with Freeformers.

The workshops are for 16-25 year olds and are #free!

PLUS YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TO THE BIG WEEKEND (and maybe see some famous faces....)

Places are limited, book here! http://bit.ly/1dA0CaK

Make It Digital Live - Freeformers
You are invited to a FREE ‘Build an App in a Day’ Workshop BBC Radio 1’s Academy have teamed up with Freeformers for 3 days in May as part of the Radio 1’s Academy in Norwich. In this FREE workshop you will walk away with: Your own webpage Your own mobile app You’ll learn how to be a social media…
Want to tailor your approach to creative evaluation for youth arts? Great @ArtsworkLtd training taking place here on 25 June, 10am - 4.15pm

This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts. http://ow.ly/LGnEP

Event - Artswork

National Theatre Connections Festival continues today with 4 great performances from local youth theatre companies:

At The Garage:
Key Youth Theatre presents The Crazy Sexy Cool Girls' Fan Club, by Sarah Solemani, 5pm

North Norfolk Partnership presents, The Boy Preference, by Elinor Cook, 8.30pm

At The Playhouse:
Kings Company presents The Accordion Shop, by Cush Jumbo, 3pm

Suffolk New College presents The Edelweiss Pirates by Ayub Khan-Din, 7pm

Check out the region's up-and-coming talent! Tickets are only £2.


The Garage
Every year ten brand new plays are written exclusively for connections by both established and talented young playwrights to be performed by young theatre companies all over the country. From Plymouth to Inverness and from Cardiff to Newcastle, Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage…
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY! Dancers or Singers needed for an intermission performance during a Fashion Show for Break Charity being held at Eaton Grove Hall on Tuesday 9th June. Please contact Gemma or Vicky on 01603 763009 or info@cottagesalon.co.uk.
The inspiration for Rhum and Clay's A Strange Wild Song is taken from Léon Gimpel's astounding photographs from the First World War.

Book tickets for a Strange Wild Song this Saturday 25 April, 7pm here > http://bit.ly/1PtTL01

War games: the strange story of Léon Gimpel and the Parisian street kids
In 1915, photographer Léon Gimpel directed a gang of street children and created surreal tableaux that mirrored the realities of war raging elsewhere on the continent, writes Sean O'Hagan
The stories from young singer-songwriters across Norfolk get an amazing platform at this year's Norfolk & Norwich Festival . We can't wait to see the full scratch performance! On here Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 May, 5pm

We're so proud to present WILD LIFEWith scratch performances this year, ready for its debut at 2016 Festival, Wild Life (working title) is an extraordinary collaboration between Pol Heyvaert of Belgium theatre company CAMPO, and young singer-songwriters from across Norfolk. But mostly young singer-songwriters from across Norfolk. Funny, beautiful, angry and honest, Wild Life explores the lives of young people in an irreverent take on a high school musical. Developed organically from the lives of the performers, all aged between 14 - 24 and devised by them Wild Life will be filled with stark truths and lies.Keep an eye on our website for details of scratch performances!
Tomorrow Globalcorp Theatre present Phoney, a darkly comic ghost story exploring the ways in which technology affects our choices and interpretations, 7.30pm.

Book online > http://ow.ly/LR0yg

Short film showing our wonderful dancers and choreographers preparing for Turnstyle Dance Platform last month. Thanks Will Whittam!

Top stuff! A Strange Wild Song has been featured in the Guardian Theatre picks for the week. You can see the rambunctious rascals from Rhum and Clay Theatre Company at The Garage on 25 April, 7pm > book here http://bit.ly/1IXnJWh


Rhum and Clay Theatre Company

Nice to see A Strange Wild Song featured in The Guardian's Theatre Tips for the week!The tour kicks off on Saturday in Didcot, then we're off all over the South East and South West until June. http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2015/apr/13/lyn-gardner-plan-week-theatre
Toddler dance classes start up again next week > http://bit.ly/1gIqUqk

Grab a cuppa and have a little browse of our summer brochure, including:

May Half Term fun
Summer Classes Programme
The BIG Summer Production: The Wizard of Oz
Dance Exchange with the Hip Hop Community of Rouen
Opportunities to get involved over the summer

And loads more!


Want to perform at Latitude Festival?! Great #Opportunity with Second Side who are looking for actors aged between 18-25 for a new play.

Check out their website for full information > http://www.secondside.co.uk/Home.html

new living theatre
Second Side Theatre is holding open auditions on Monday 20th April to find 3 young actors between the ages of 18 – 25 to work with them on a new play for young people to be performed in July 2015.
Suzanne Duncanson presents a Masterclass in Intelligent movement here on 21 May, for all ages and disciplines.

MASTERCLASS IN INTELLLIGENT MOVEMENT This masterclass aims to give insights into movement and spatial awareness to enhance the dynamic of moving through space and the three dimensionality of the experience. Suitable for dancers and performers of all disciplines and ages - an exciting class…
We’ll be chatting about music opportunities for young people at Bbc Norfolk Introducing Takeover Day on Radio Norfolk this afternoon from 2pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/radionorfolk Tune in!

Don't miss our next round of auditions to gain a place on our Musicians Development Programme. Saturday 11th April. Amazing opportunity to get involved in exciting performances coming up this year! Call reception on 01603 283382 to sign up. http://www.thegarage.org.uk/music-development-programme-aud
Proud of all our emerging artists, incl. the talented RianneCollinsMusic xx who is shown giving a moving performance in a new #youthmusic publication:

Over the past 6 weeks @chalkcircletheatrecompany have been devising a new piece of theatre in the studios. You can come and watch it next week > http://bit.ly/1ygrRka

Norwich production aims to challenge negative attitudes towards asylum-seeking and immigration
A production which aims to challenge negative attitudes towards asylum seeking and immigration is to take to the stage in Norwich.

Locomotion Coffee on Twitter
“Next week we start doing delicious summer smoothies! Come and give them a go! #healthy #smoothie”
Summer term class booking is now open > Check out our range of classes for adults (16yrs+) including Street commercial, Ballet and Contemporary http://ow.ly/KTcY5


This year The Garage and The Young Norfolk Arts Festival are partnering up to bring you 2 days of music by young people from across the county on The Garage/YNAF Stage.

If you, your band, school, youth group or organisation would like to perform at the Royal Norfolk Show on The Garage/YNAF stage please do get in touch. The Royal Norfolk Show takes place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of July there will be performance slots available throughout the two days between 10.30am and 5.00pm.

To perform on the stage email takepart@thegarage.org.uk. In your email please write ‘Royal Norfolk Show’ in the subject, then in the main body write who you are, what you want to do on the stage and a contact phone number which we can call you on to discuss possibilities and practicalities. The deadline for performance applications is Monday the 15th of June.

We are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and seeing lots of music performed on The Garage/YNAF stage at the Royal Norfolk Show.
Don't miss our next round of auditions to gain a place on our Musicians Development Programme. Saturday 11th April. Amazing opportunity to get involved in exciting performances coming up this year! Call reception on 01603 283382 to sign up. http://www.thegarage.org.uk/music-development-programme-aud
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