Life after The Garage for Bluey’s Big Play actor Sophie

The Garage

We’re looking forward to welcoming Sophie Blythe, one of our first HNC Programme in Performing Arts students, back to Norwich this year.  She’s playing Chilli Heeler in the UK premiere of Bluey’s Big Play, coming to Norwich Theatre Royal 22-25 July. For those of you who don’t have young children, Bluey is an Emmy award-winning […]

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


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 […]

Our dancers lock in Breakin’ Convention 2023 performance


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 […]

The Garage given £462,500 Youth Investment Fund grant


We’re delighted to announce we’ve received a £462,500 Youth Investment Fund grant.  We were of 43 youth services in England to benefit from the first wave. It was announced by the funder, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the charity Social Investment Business, who is delivering the grant programme in partnership with Key […]

£20k Theatres Trust sustainability grant brightens our day


The Theatres Trust, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, have brightened our day (and evenings) – awarding us £20,000.  We were one of just seven theatres across the UK who got grants for vital environmental sustainability projects as venues around the country respond to the climate crisis and seek to make sustainable improvements to their […]

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 […]

National award for our fabulous Taverham Community Ambassadors


Congratulations to our Taverham Community Ambassador Programme members Anya Bond, Hattie Lynchy, Edith Yau, Juliette Van Minden and Lilly Barton-Bullman. They just won the Campaigning Award at this year’s Clarion Futures Annual Power Youth Event and Awards 2021-22.  CAP is part-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Clarion Futures. It’s supported by the DCMS, National […]

Delighted to receive Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award


We’ve over the moon to have been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award in recognition of our work to identify and support carers. A panel of young carers assessed each application on behalf of Caring Together, a charity which supports people caring for family members or friends in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It provides […]