From the best in new touring theatre to the latest home-grown productions, our autumn season is now on sale.
Fringe First Award-winning Square Go (3 Oct), by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair, sees the myths of masculinity played out on the playground. When Max is called for a fight by the school gates, he must wrestle with his own demons first. Presented by Francesca Moody Productions in association with Seared, it was a sell-out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, earning five and four stars from everybody from The Stage to The Skinny. It had its off-Broadway premiere earlier in the summer. It is back in Edinburgh this year where it’s earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Crowded (13 Nov) was developed in direct response to the growing number of UK teenagers struggling with their mental health. It’s all smiles at the summer community festival, but underneath everything lies something that could spoil the party. It’s co-produced by Half Moon and Apples and Snakes.
I Wanna Be Yours (21 Nov) is the debut play from former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion Zia Ahmed. This Paines Plough and Tamasha production focuses on Ella from Yorkshire and Haseeb from London and is about finding love and holding on to it with everything you’ve got.
We’re excited to welcome Zest Theatre back to The Garage with Youthquake (8-9 Nov), part show, part TED Talk and part party. The award-winning company was here earlier in the year researching this new show about being young and changing the world. If you like supporting work-in-progress by local performance companies, try The Garage and All-In Productions’ next Scratch Night (4 Oct).
There’s also comedy with Dom Mackie’s Poor Life Choices (14 Nov), talking about some of the many stupid decisions he’s made.
Hays Ahoy present Right of Entitlement (10 Oct). Student Cleo, who’s been caught grafittiing, locks heads with educational psychologist Jacob in this look at where society is going under a government intent on expanding the grammar school system.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died (11 Oct), by Select Society, takes you back to 1544. King VIII recounts the events of his long reign with a chance to ask him questions too. The Vackees (16-19 Oct), presented by East Anglian company Norfolk YMT, doesn’t head back so far. It’s the story of the invasion of Darchett in Somerset by child evacuees from London.
Big Squirrel present Love, Cats and Bill Murray (26 Oct) comprised of two tales tinged with sadness, comedy and chaos – Lanky Olive by multi-award winning actress and writer Kattreya Scheurer-Smith and Broken Flowers by Soho Young Writers Matthew Squance.
Norwich Film Festival presents Short Film Screenings (16 Nov), showcasing films from the UK and around the world that haven’t been shown anywhere in Norwich before.
Adapted and directed by Mark Finbow, East Anglian company The Seagull Rep’s Hound of The Baskervilles (9 Oct) is a family show performed by an all-female cast of three which combines the traditional and the modern mythos of Holmes to re-imagine this classic tale.
Peterborough-based Lamphouse Theatre’s Wild Boy (24-25 Oct) is the true story of a feral child, found in the woods of Germany in 1726. Named Peter, he was taken to the court of King George I, where he lived as a pet. His story was lost to legend, until a fire broke out in a Norwich prison and he was discovered among the inmates. Speaking of people imprisoned, we’ve teamed up with Norwich-based All-In Productions for My First Play: Rapunzel (29 Nov – 12 Jan), the latest in our interactive, family-friendly shows.
East Anglian company Black Shuck presents Fever: As Not Seen on Drag Race (27 Sept), Fever Gets Freaky Halloween Edition (31 Oct) and Fever: Bigger and Better Than Before (15 Nov). Fever is Norwich’s only inclusive, immersive queer cabaret event hosted by Rhys’s Pieces with the goal of smashing gender boundaries and celebrating diversity.
There's music too from Sadie and Steven (23 Aug), Future Stars’ The Ultimate Movie Showcase (1 Sept) and Country Meets Motown (7 Sept). The Garage Youth Forum’s Plug-In Live (22 Oct) continues to celebrate local young musicians.
If that makes you feel like dancing, East Anglian group Strictly Flamenco presents Passion for Dance (12 Oct) showcasing everything from belly dancing to Argentine tango by local dance schools.
For more information about the autumn season and our new classes programme for three-month-olds to ages 50+ visit www.thegarage.org.uk and click either what's on or take part. Or you can call 01603 283382.