00:00am January 1st 2017 – Happy New Year!
00:01am January 1st 2017 – I must start planning Royal Norfolk Show…
As the Production Manager here at The Garage, the highlight of my year is organising The Garage & The Young Norfolk Arts Trust stage in The Green at The Royal Norfolk Show. This was the 3rd year I have managed the event and every year I start planning it earlier and earlier.
Norfolk is a talent hot-spot for Performance Arts, whether you look at the singers we produce, the dancers or even the actors, our youngsters are committed, passionate and well-rounded individuals. We often forget this as they head off to universities across the country, but you can never mistake a performer who has had an East Anglian upbringing. Being able to host a safe performance space where all of these individuals and companies can come together and share their art, is ridiculously rewarding. Having the opportunity to invite back personal favourites, to see their progress over the last year, and also search for new acts is something I never wish to lose. We aim for The Green to become a “mini-Glastonbury”, where we can celebrate the gift and diversity of our youths. We want it to be on every visitor to the Norfolk Show’s mind, “I must go to The Green…”
Sadly this year, Wednesday was a wash-out. For the first year since I started running it, the elements were against us. Having to cancel 18 performances was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. We have a solution in place though and hopefully I will get to hear and see every act from the first day perform before the year is out. Thursday we resumed normal service and were stronger than ever. Accompanied by Garage staff, our technicians and the Youth Tech Team, we hosted a spectacle if ever there was one.
A personal mention must go out to every single student from Seething and Mundham Primary School. All 78 children were in attendance, ranging from 4 to 11 years. Their piece, which explored the decades from the 1940’s to today, was well rehearsed, entertaining and captivating! The confidence they all exuded was exemplary! This is what our stage is all about!
Lord Mayor’s, Lanes Fayre and Pride next… onwards and upwards!
Scott 'Scooby' Atkins