As an actor I’ve had to travel quite a lot for work. I’ve stayed all over; Manchester, Madrid, Cape Town, Skegness. It’s a nomadic existence at times and being away for the Christmas period can be hard. I like to find out about a place before I move there and found that this book by one of Norwich’s favourite sons contained some lovely insights…


Norwich is a beautiful city and one of the most Christmasy, too. At first I found the lions outside City Hall a bit imposing but they seem friendlier now that they are wearing their festive scarves…

Norwich Festive Lions


I’ve found myself feeling at home very quickly. I start the day with a run around Eaton Park before heading to my new home from home to rehearse…

The Garage


The team at The Garage are all really friendly and have made us (that is me, Jo and Lisa) feel incredibly welcome. The view from the rehearsal room isn’t too bad either!

View from The Garage window


We have been playing lots of music in rehearsals and are learning our lines as fast as we can. We have also tried on our costumes and can confirm that we will all be looking both fabulously festive and extremely silly in the show. It’s tiring work so we have to make sure we eat and drink enough. A thermos, an egg and a bagel usually do the trick…

Lunch on the Windowsill

Preparation is key!

During lunch breaks I quite like to get out for some air and often find myself at Strangers for a cheeky little espresso…

Strangers Coffee, Norwich

They do some of the best coffee in the land!

I’ve been exploring the covered market and taking in all the lovely food on offer. I also found a nice man there named Andy who runs a bookshop. We are all bookworms in the cast so I’m sure we will be visiting regularly…

Norwich Market Book Stall

I’ve also been rooting around for stocking fillers in St Gregory’s Antiques on Pottergate. It’s such an interesting place, full to bursting with of all sorts of bits ’n’ bobs, knick-knacks and treasures…

St Gregory’s Antiques, Norwich

At the end of a long day of rehearsals I sometimes often treat myself to fish and chips. The Grosvenor Fish Bar is a local institution and rightly so; the food is second to none. I can see why there is always a queue!

Grosvenor Fish Bar, Norwich

The weather is starting to turn now and Christmas really is just around the corner. As the evening draws in it’s good to warm up in the Playhouse bar with a hot mulled cider before heading home to bed.

It’s sometimes nerve wracking moving to a new place and being away from family and friends for Christmas. However, when the place is so nice and the people so welcoming it really is a treat!

Looking forward to the next few week!


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