The Garage launches NEW Introduction to the Creative Industries programme

The Garage is excited to announce the launch of a new training programme for 18-25 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative Industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work.

Over the course of 12 weeks, learners will take part in training sessions which explore the range of skills needed in different areas of the sector. Throughout the programme there will be “industry expert” talks where leaners will listen to and meet local professionals who have creative careers, gaining an insight into the path they have taken and the skills needed for the work that they do.

During the programme learners will visit creative organisations to get a feel for the workplace and the jobs people do within the local sector. Each learner will also be allocated a mentor for the duration of the programme, who they will meet weekly for individual, bespoke advice and guidance.

Carrie Mansfield, The Garage’s Executive Producer, said:

“We are incredibly pleased to receive this grant from the European Social Fund and Norfolk County Council to deliver this programme for young adults. Now more than ever it is vital we train and encourage people to develop their creativity, confidence and entrepreneurial skills.

“This programme will help learners to understand how they can make something happen, how they can plan and deliver projects and what skills they need to help them succeed. It will also help learners identify interesting creative careers paths that are accessible and achievable.

“Like most sectors the creative industries have been affected by Covid-19, but in many ways it is thriving – people are still making music, designing, writing, dancing, playing, singing, sewing, filming, recording, painting, sculpting, drawing, creating. There is a huge appetite for games and entertainment. We need to help people to become really good at creative thinking and use creative approaches not only in this sector, but also to overcome the challenges we face.”

The programme starts in January 2021. The commitment is approximately 10 hours per week. There are no fees for leaners to take part, if needed support with travel costs can be arranged.

Adam Yaxley, The Garage’s Inclusion Manager, said:

“This programme is about helping people make the next step on their journey, to help them identify the training they need to move forward or to give them the confidence to enter the creative workforce. Sometimes we lack the knowledge of what is out there and if we do not know it’s there, we don’t know how to get to it. Sometimes all it takes is that one bit of advice or guidance to set us on the next path.”

The programme is funded by The European Social Fund and granted by Norfolk County Council. It is for people aged 18-25 years old who are not currently in education/training and who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in Norfolk or Suffolk. They must also have permission to live in the UK and to work in an EU Country.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in this programme please email or call The Garage on 01603 283382, leaving your name and number so an interview can be arranged. Please quote Introduction to Creative Industries programme.

For more information about the programme please visit

Christmas shows at The Garage in Norwich and The Workshop in King’s Lynn

Little Red Riding Hood by Andi Sapey

The Garage in Norwich and The Workshop in King’s Lynn will reteam with Norwich-based All-In Productions for two new Covid-19 secure My First shows for ages seven and under this Christmas.

My First Panto: Goldilocks and The Three Bears runs 27 November 2020 to 10 January 2021 at The Garage in Chapel Field North. My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks runs 16 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 at The Workshop in New Conduit Street.

The decision follows the success of The Garage and All-In Productions’ Covid-19 secure production of My First Show: Little Bo Peep and Her Missing Sheep which was part of the recent INTERLUDE festival in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens.

Adam Taylor, The Garage’s executive director and head of centre, said all venues and All-In Productions are applying everything learnt from Bo Peep to the Christmas shows. Both will feel different from pre-Covid productions while still being full of the interactive family fun the My First series is known for.

“There’ll be smaller audiences, two-metre distancing, face masks where appropriate. At the moment the shows will be end on. But this is a process, not a destination. When we made Bo Peep in August, the rules around singing changed. So we will be focusing on additional guidance over the coming months and going above and beyond to make sure our audiences feel safe and comfortable while still having fun.” 

My First Panto: Goldilocks and The Three Bears invites you to head out to the Wild West where Mummy Bear, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear live quite happily. Life is sweeter than an enormous jar of honey. But a mischievous wind is blowing down the prairie and with it the famous bandit Goldilocks, who causes havoc while they are at Old Man Rogers’ annual rodeo. What will she eat? What will she break? Where will she sleep? Most importantly – who will the pig wrestle? Sing, dance and play along with Goldilocks and the Bears in the only pantomime in Norwich that isn’t too hot, isn’t too cold but is just right. Tickets are on sale now from Your carriage awaits for My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks. Poor Cinders dreams of being a rock star but instead she must clean and cook for her ugly sister. Until then she just plays her guitar in the cellar to an audience of mice. Her life is turned upside down by Velcro, her fairy godmother in training, who joins Cinderella’s band and helps her on her way to play the music at the royal party with just a little bit of magic sparkle. But Cinderella will have to show the world how amazing she is quickly, as the magic will run out at midnight Tickets are on sale now at

Rapunzel by Andi Sapey

HNC Scholarships at The Garage, Norwich!

Photography credit: The Garage, Norwich

Despite the Government’s recent £1.57billion lifeline, this is an extremely challenging time for the creative industry and the next generation of artists. Which is why The Garage is today offering scholarships to people looking to forge a career in this vital sector.

Successful HNC Performing Arts Programme applicants will get the full cost of their fees up to £6,000 and £200 to help them buy books and materials.

Beth Norman, Learning Manager, said: “The Garage recognises this has been an incredibly difficult time for the performing arts and for those wishing to forge a career in the industry.

“We hope by launching our scholarships we can boost the industry by giving vital support to the potential future workforce of this vital sector and at the same time support equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Scholarships are available for:

  • Those facing financial hardship
  • Those who are over 21
  • Those who have overcome significant barriers to learning
  • Dance excellence
  • Musicality excellence
  • The performing arts industry award for people already working in the creative section looking to further their career
  • The diversity scholarship. The aim being to encourage more local individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to consider a career in the performing arts
Photography credit: The Garage, Norwich

Adam Taylor, Executive Director and Head of Centre, said: “We know times are hard and that many families’ incomes have been slashed through cuts in wages or the looming of a potential redundancy. But aspirations remain high in the young people who take part in our dance and drama classes, so we knew we needed to do something to help.

“We are so very pleased to be announcing eight scholarships on our HNC programmes for accepted students on our September starting courses. It is crucial for us  to support those who face barriers to education and the performing arts sector whatever this may be.” 

Those interested can find out more about each award and download an application form at

The assessment panel will include a member of The Garage, a board trustee and an independent. Applications must be emailed to by 24 August.

Photography credit: The Garage, Norwich

Diccon Hogger, Accredited Courses Manager and Lead Lecturer, said The Garage prides itself on its accessibility to its activities and the scholarships are evidence of that vision.

He added: “Performing arts training is crucial for the continuance of the industry, especially in these changing times. Our scholarships allow for local talented artists to access high quality performing arts skills training in acting, dance and musical theatre right here in Norwich.

“The scholarships will effectively cover the course costs, enabling the students to fully focus on developing their skills and understanding of the performing arts industry and to plan their future as a potential professional artist.”

The Marxist In Heaven at The Garage: The Review.

Directed by Daniel Burgess The Marxist In Heaven is a fun, thought-provoking play that does exactly what it says on the label, performed by a dedicated and talented cast. This play is exactly what community theatre is created for the range of emotions displayed by the cast was varied and convincing. The Garage is an intimate setting, so the need for conviction in the acting is essential in this performance, the cast were excellent, and timing was flawless. A huge well done to all involved, fun was injected throughout the play with the 30 sec disco dance scenes.

The Play tells the story of what happens when Marxist Val is admitted to Heaven and challenges the hierarchy system asking all the right questions and challenges the status quo and championing equality.

The cleverness of The Marxist In Heaven is the way the stories of the supporting characters are intertwined into the overall plot to give the play its powerful thought-provoking effect. The youth cast further enhance this effect with their on-point delivery of emotion during the performance.

The Garage is Norwich’s performing arts centre conveniently situated on Chapel Field North. This community hub provides the perfect setting for The Marxist In Heaven as the strong sense of community, enhances not only the show but also the centre there is a café where you can wait pre-show while enjoying a drink or snack, and the announcement for the start of the show can be clearly heard from here.

The play  is both interesting and light and delivered in a manner that encourages warmth, compassion and teamwork.

For information on upcoming shows please see: