2024 will be an exciting year for our new Inclusive Music band EngPol M4

Our Inclusive Music EngPol M4 band members outside The Cat House

We believe in the physical, mental, emotional, and developmental benefits of engaging with the creative arts. So do many health agencies – from the Cultural Learning Alliance to the Arts Council, both cited below. Community-based approaches and social prescribing are part of NHS England’s long-term plan too.  We also believe those who would benefit most, […]

Strictly stars’ surprise visit has participants dancing for joy

Strictly Come Dancing professionals and Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two presenters pictured with some of our inclusive participants

Our inclusive dance, music, and drama participants were dancing on cloud nine after a surprise visit from some of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.  Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenters Janette Manrara and Fleur East were joined by professional dancers Karen Hauer, Gorka Marquez, Neil Jones, Nancy Xu, Nadiya Bychkova, Jowita Przystal, and […]

Strictly Come Dancing star Layton Williams brings some FAB to The Garage

Fab

We knew Strictly Come Dancing 2023 star Layton Williams was going to slay it as one of our new patrons. The West End performer, who is partnered with Nikita Kuzmin in this year’s competition, said of his involvement with the Trust: “I’m honoured to be asked and will 100% bring some FAB to Norfolk. It’s a […]

Without Peter Wilson, we wouldn’t be here

Michael Launchbury and Adam Taylor at The Garage Trust's AGM where tributes were paid to Peter Wilson

Tributes were paid to theatre producer Peter Wilson MBE DL at The Garage Trust’s recent Annual General Meeting. As CEO of Norwich Theatre Royal, Mr Wilson (pictured below), who died last week, was one of the founding partners of the Trust and more recently served as one of its patrons.  Adam Taylor, the Trust’s CEO, […]

It’s performance companies auditions week 2023!

Portrait photos of Unsigned artists Ansu Njai, Ruby Sue, Cara Knox and Amber Green for a blog about auditions at The Garage

We’re holding auditions for our Breakin’ Crew, FleX, Fusion, Theatre, and Unsigned performance companies all next week. There’ll also be a free workshop for our Contemporary 50+ members to try out our newest group – Forward.  Each is perfect for performers with a bit of experience under their belt who are ready to push themselves […]

The Garage is a place where Daisy-May can do what “normal” children do

Daisy-May

Daisy-May Webster’s love for dance is every bit as infectious as mum Gail says. The 12-year-old has barely finished her street dance class but excitedly tells me how she can’t wait to get home and practice even more. It doesn’t matter it’s been a long day for the duo, who take four hours out of […]

Our dancers lock in Breakin’ Convention 2023 performance

Breakin'

Members of our Friday night breakdance class and our Breakin’ Crew performance company are getting ready for one of the biggest events in the hip hop dance theatre calendar.  Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention UK Tour takes over Norwich’s Theatre Royal tomorrow. For the past 20 years, the ground-breaking, award-winning festival has shared jaw-dropping performances from […]

Happy Mother’s Day from The Garage

Happy Mother's Day. Gabby Meadows and her mum Lorna Meadows; Beth Norman and her mum Gill Whinney.

Happy Mother’s Day: Gabby Meadows and her mum Lorna Meadows; Beth Norman and her mum Gill Whinney. We like to think of our participants as family. In some cases, that’s literally true. This Mother’s Day we spoke to Lorna Meadows, Gill Whinney and Mandy Stanley, whose daughters also teach here.  “I feel, for the first […]

Meet the 2022 / 23 casts of My First: Into The Snow Globe and Operation: Save Santa

My First

Our windows are decorated. Our children’s shows casts revealed. Now it’s starting to feel more like Christmas.  The fantastic CiM Signs and Graphics were here earlier in the week, transforming the front of our Chapel Field North site.  How great do our My First: Into The Snow Globe andOperation: Save Santa decals look? They’re even better […]

Shows – enjoy live theatre, comedy and music with us in 2022

Shows

* Updated 22 August* Checked out our what’s on pages yet? We’ve shows that’ll make you think, laugh and cry. Enjoy internationally acclaimed writers, homegrown talent, the theatre-makers of tomorrow and TV’s brightest comedians. Jason Raper, our venue supervisor, said: “It’s great to see the theatre so busy. We’ve already announced some fantastic theatre, comedy and […]