Welcome to the Tweet Seats!
Norwich venue, The Garage has today announced an unusual competition that it hopes will make theatre more accessible to today’s young audiences.
The venue, whose programme of theatre, Curtain Up!, specialises in presenting new work aimed at younger audiences, has designated a section in the gallery of its theatre as ‘Tweet Seats’. These special seats will be made available free throughout the season to those who promise to live tweet a review of a show.
“The Tweet Seats are part of a range of things we are experimenting with this season,” explains The Garage’s Director, Darren Grice. “We hope to try several ideas to encourage young people to engage with, and discover new theatre and performance.”
The shows in Curtain Up! are all selected from some of the best small-scale theatre companies across the country. To encourage younger audiences, the venue already has a competitive pricing policy, which sees all the shows available at £5 to under 25s.
“We want the experience of seeing a CurtainUp! show to be as easy and natural to young people as going to the cinema” said Mr Grice. “We therefore started a debate on Twitter this week about whether we should sell popcorn at some shows.”
The popcorn debate lead to one follower tweeting in the idea for the Tweet Seats.
“We were sent an article about Providence Performing Arts Centre in Rhode Island who have been trialling Tweet Seats for a while. It really seemed to fit what we are trying to achieve so we’ve decided to give it a go! We want ‘tweeters’ to share their experience with their followers so that they may also come along and try out a play.”
Avid Twitter reviewers who would like to apply for the free ‘Tweet Seats’ should tweet @_TheGarage or email email@example.com to request their free ticket.
The Garage’s new season of Curtain Up! begins this Friday (Friday 8 February) with the riotous comedy Party Piece by the New Wolsey Theatre Young Associates. The season continues through the Spring. For full details and to purchase a ticket for any Curtain Up! show, click here.