Children say so much without speaking says writer of new 2024 show Hermit

Children's show Hermit is about the tall man pictured inside the small box her calls home

Talking is just one of the hundred ways young children communicate. Their non-verbal reactions are often worth a thousand words. Hermit, the latest show by the Dutch Simone de Jong Company, explores that. Aimed at ages two-six, it’s a silly, funny, and intriguing show about a quiet, tall man who lives alone in a teeny […]

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 […]

Working for The Garage is my self care says support worker Michelle

Support worker Michelle Bartram working at a desk

“Joining The Garage helped save me,” says Michelle Bartram, one of our newest support workers. Now she’s on a mission to do the same for others.  When the former nanny lost her leg in a freak accident resulting from undiagnosed joint hypermobility, she thought she’d never be able to work with children again. “I thought […]

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 […]