The Garage is a hub for performing arts located in Norwich which supports the creative journeys of artists, participants and audiences. It is managed by The Garage Trust, a registered charity and limited liability company.
The venue is an important creative hub for the communities of Norfolk and beyond, working with local and national partners to provide high quality theatre programming, participation, education and training for all ages. It is a place for everyone but has a particular focus on young people from all backgrounds.
The year round programme includes open access performing arts classes, projects, live performances and support for the development of new creative work. Local delivery is complimented by national partnerships and delivery of strategic initiatives which develop the sector. Each year its team produce a wide range of Productions both young people and professional for partners, stakeholders and commissioners.
The charity has a strong emphasis on engaging those with least access to the arts, particularly young people. The Outreach team works with funders, local authorities, schools, statutory agencies and referral partners to deliver year-round access, inclusion and development initiatives based both at The Garage and beyond.
In addition to the work delivered by the trust, the facilities are hired by community, education and arts groups in order for them to deliver their own activities.
Our Artistic Policy
The performance programme, supported by Arts Council England and our Local Authority funders, aims to engage teenagers and young adults in theatre, although people of all ages enjoy our presentations. We present work which is ‘small in scale and big in creative ambition’, often described as ‘Fringe style’. It includes dance, spoken word and music and is often by new and emerging artists, writers or companies. Alongside our professional presentations, we showcase local companies, youth and student groups each season, and present family shows in school holidays and at weekends.
The Garage offers unparalleled opportunities for local, regional and national professional artists and companies, due to the quality of our facilities and expertise of staff and partners. We help artists to secure investment, develop and tour new shows and have excellent facilities for rehearsal and performance. Our experienced management team and our partners offer high level support with production, fundraising or marketing and we have a large groundswell of participants, audiences and young artists with which to collaborate or test new work.
We actively co-commission and produce in house, new work engaging with children, young people and families with producing partners across the UK. Artists tell us that our approach to connecting activities provides an appealing opportunity for them to create new work through collaborations with audiences, artists and participants.
Our ambition is that through the creation of high quality creative work, we will be able to reflect and tell the stories of those we work with. For example, we have found that work for and with young people is often biased towards more urban experiences whereas our participants, and many more like them, grow up and live in predominantly rural environments. We want to give voice to their untold stories, perspectives and viewpoints and share that work, both here and across our touring partnerships.
“The Garage is a leading venue programming work for, by and with chidren and young people…proof that if a venue has a thorough programming strategy then audiences can be attracted, developed and sustained. Your initiatives, for example tweetseats, have been an inspiration to your peers" Mark Makin, Programme Manager, House