Shake off the lockdown blues with The Garage this Easter, with a range of online activities for the kids and the start of its summer term of classes.

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Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, sing, dance and more at Easter Storytime, for ages 1-5, 10am-10.45am, 2 April.

Play games and dance at Let’s Dance Together, for ages two upwards, . It’s a great way for multiple households to get together and get creative. 10am-10.45am, 5 April

Have an amazing adventure with spring chicks, Easter bunnies and leaping lambs at My First Dance: Spring Special, for ages two-five, 10am-10.45am, 7 April.

Our summer term of classes begins online on 19 April. From fitness and dance to music and theatre, we really do have something for everyone, of any age. We are planning to open the building from 7 June and can’t wait to see everybody face-to-face again.

You can book for the Easter activities and our usual classes at thegarage.org.uk/classes

The Garage is excited to reveal the line-up for its first ever GarageFest, featuring artists who have taught or attended the Norwich performing arts centre.

The event will be live-streamed via The Garage’s Facebook from 2.30pm-5.30pm, Saturday 20 March.

Organised by The Garage’s Venue Services Coordinator Amelia Stephanides, it’s being staged in aid of the Chair’s Bursary Fund campaign. The money raised will help thousands of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and challenging circumstances take classes or courses at The Garage or its sister venue The Workshop in King’s Lynn.

Foolhardy Circus Arts have a 35-year history of producing comedy and circus-based routines with slick slapstick, polished skits, tons of circus skills and a sprinkling of anarchy.

Singer-songwriter Finn Doherty attended The Garage’s Musicians Development Programme from 2014-2017 and was later appointed one of our patrons. He made a name for himself Norwich’s music scene with various DIY releases in 2017-2018. He is set to launch new music later this year. 

Red Wine Talk are an alternative indie rock band from Norwich with powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, rocking drums and the odd saxophone solo.

Jora the Fortuneteller are a four-piece alt-rock band based across East Anglia. Currently taking part in The Garage’s unsigned course, Jora have been crafting a whole new sound while in lockdown and are ready to explode into 2021! 

Headliner Millie Manders – of Millie Manders and The Shutup fame – is known for her electric live shows. The music press called her cross-genre punk “high-octane, fierce, bursting with attitude and almost obnoxiously addictive”. She also mentors The Garage’s Unsigned participants.

The Chair’s Bursary Fund was launched in honour of Maggie Wheeler, who recently retired from The Garage Trust’s board of trustees after seven years at the helm.

Adam Taylor, the trust’s executive director, said: “Our growth is a direct result of this incredible woman’s time, dedication, hard work and support. We can’t think of a better way to honour Maggie’s legacy than continuing to mentor and support young people to change their lives through the performing arts and these bursaries.”

Full details about the Chair’s Bursary Fund can be found here http://ow.ly/KN9B30rAJ52 

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 info@thegarage.org.uk 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 www.thegarage.org.uk

Who Are Norwich Nights LTD?

Norwich Nights Ltd is the company that runs Norwich nights Magazine which started in Norwich in February 2020 focusing on theatre, food, and gaming the magazine is designed to be a celebration of those industries within Norwich and now South Wales too.

The Magazine is run by Melissa Compton, the director at Norwich Nights and includes features from local writers, while Melissa is a new name to Norwich (or was in February 2020) she has more of a connection within Wales.

Melissa moved to Wales in 2011 to Risca in County Caerphilly before moving to Swansea 2 years later to settle. In 2017 she began studying English and Media at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2017 and the following year began writing entertainment reviews for Cardiff Times Magazine, and working in the office on the blog and social media posts. After completing over 30 reviews for Cardiff Times she started Cardiff Let’s Talk Theatre before relocating to Norwich to start running the magazine.

In July 2020 Melissa returned to Swansea, and the idea for the South Wales connection was born and began taking shape, after meeting many travellers and business owners in Norwich who had settled from Wales only to visit regularly, the connections between Norwich and Wales became clear, one conversation struck a cord with Melissa it was the one that revealed a person visiting Wales had no idea what was open, what there was to do, it became obvious there was a need to share information. Also with Businesses like Norfolk Gin distributing to both Norwich and Cardiff, the connections are many. The new section will celebrate food, theatre, and gaming within Wales and the magazine will be available in both locations.

Melissa hopes that you enjoy the new section and come along with the magazine as it gives South Wales the coverage it deserves and continues to serve the Norwich community including its Welsh residents.

http://www.norwichnightsmagazine.com

Introducing the South Wales Connection.

Part of Norwich Nights Magazine.

On my travels, locally and online I came across many people that have relocated from Wales mainly Cardiff and it’s surrounding valleys and Swansea, the one conversation that struck me was one where someone said to me “I don’t even know what’s open or what’s not – what will there be to do on my visit?” It was shortly after that I came up with the concept of ‘The South Wales Connection’ and as I split my time between Swansea and Norwich am in the perfect position to launch this section. The new section of the magazine will cover the food, theatre, and gaming – maybe some rugby (it is Wales after all). The new section will have it own social media channels as my experience of running Cardiff Let’s Talk Theatre taught me, conversations can move quite fast, and I don’t want to overwhelm Norwich Nights current social media channels. The South Wales Connection will also contain advertising set at the same amount of Norwich Nights Magazine and limited to 1/4 of the content.

I hope that you enjoy the section, the distribution will also be expanded to free distribution in Swansea.

Click here to go straight to our The South Wales Connection page.

I will post more news as it happens.

Melissa Compton

Editor/Director at Norwich Nights Ltd

The Garage in Norwich is going coconuts over its latest co-production with All-In Productions with the chance to win a family ticket.

My First Play: After The Storm, A Retelling of The Tempest is set on a desert island. The Chapel Field North venue has hidden 10 cartoon coconuts around the city for its shipwrecked audiences to find.

The performing arts hub will be posting handy hints on its Instagram account over the next few days. Find six of the 10 to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to our summer show My First Circus: Lessons of The Jungle Book.

The competition runs from Friday 6 March to Friday 20 March.

When you find six coconuts, take a picture of each. Using the hashtags #letsgococonuts or #myfirstplay post the photos on Instagram and be sure to tag @thegaragenorwich.

Following the success of My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap, The Garage is setting sail on another Shakespearean journey. The crew of a sunken ship find themselves on a magical desert island. Also stranded there is the wizard Prospero and his daughter Ariel. Can the magical creature Ariel help get everybody home? 

A new interactive, musical play for ages up to seven and their families, it shows the importance of working together. It runs Wednesday 25 March to Thursday 9 April, with performances at 10.15AM, 1.15PM and 3.15PM most days. There are also BSL interpreted, audio-described and relaxed performances.

It lasts 50-60 minutes depending on how much everyone plays. Tickets are £12.50 adult/£7.50 child, under ones go free.

Visit http://www.thegarage.org.uk for more details or to book.

Buy your tickets to My First Circus: Lessons of The Jungle Book and My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and get your tickets for My First Play: After The Storm, A Retelling of The Tempest for free. See website for terms and conditions.