NO REST FOR MY FIRST PANTO: RAPUNZEL’S STEWART MCCHEYNE

11/01/2020 Stewart McCheyne has toured pretty much every city in the UK with children’s band Andy and The Odd Socks, but this was his first visit to Norwich. “That’s it,” he said when we suggest he was saving the best for last. Anybody with a young child of CBeebies age will recognise the actor / […]

YOUNGSTERS PUT THEIR ART AND SOUL INTO MY FIRST PANTO: RAPUNZEL COLOURING COMPETITION

16/12/2019 A huge thanks to young artists from The Clare School in Norwich for their nearly life-size portrait of My First Panto‘s Rapunzel in her tower. We teamed-up with The Evening News to ask for children’s help to give her hair some extra flair ahead of the show’s opening. Ten Key Stage 3 students from the school, which caters for […]

INCLUSION TEAM INSPIRED BY YOUNG PEOPLE’S SUCCESS

09/12/2019 As the year draws to a close, our inclusion lead Adam Yaxley and his team have taken the time to reflect. What a year it has been for The Garage. Hundreds of young people have been supported through our Foundation courses. The successful outcomes are a credit to the tutors and support team who work so […]

FIRST REACTIONS TO MY FIRST PANTO: RAPUNZEL

04/12/2019 The first reviews are in for My First Panto: Rapunzel, our latest interactive family show for sevens and under. High in her tower, Rapunzel sits by the hour, waiting for the day she can explore the world below. Is she just being kept safe by her overbearing mother Dame Gothel or is she a prisoner? […]

IT’LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT… MOST TIMES

03/12/2019 You know your lines. You know your marks. You’ve practised with your props. Your costume fits like a glove. You’ve got this, right? Well… My First Panto: Rapunzel actor Stewart McCheyne, whom many will know from Andy and The Oddsocks, recalled his last panto appearance in Peter Pan in Glasgow. “It involved lots of very complicated flying routines – […]

JACK’S LIVING THE HIGH LIFE AFTER HIS BEANSPROUT ADVENTURE

03/12/2019 A simple trip to the market changed Jack’s life forever. Now one of panto-land’s most famous residents, we found out how he and family are coping with their new-found fame after their adventures up the beansprout. Can you take me back to that business with the giant and what that was like? Oh it […]

THINGS GET A BIT WILD FOR LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD IN KING’S LYNN THIS CHRISTMAS

28/11/2019 Red and her sister Violet have been spending most of their time looking after their ill grandma who lives in the enchanted woods. She doesn’t seem herself so they’re on their way to cheer her up but they need help carrying all these tasty treats, which she’s been wolfing down lately. Red and Violet […]

OUR SISTER VENUE THE WORKSHOP TO OPEN IN KING’S LYNN

26/11/2019 We’re excited to be supporting the opening of a new performing arts venue in King’s Lynn. Our sister venue The Workshop is based in the former RBS bank in New Conduit Street, in the town’s Vancouver Quarter. Its work will focus on children and young people and there will be dance, drama and music activities for […]

RAPUNZEL LOVED HER JOHN OLIVERS PAMPERING (HER MUM DAME GOTHEL HOWEVER…)

22/11/2019 Rapunzel’s mother, the witch Dame Gothel wasn’t thrilled about her daughter’s trip to John Olivers hair studio in Red Lion Street. “I’m not thrilled but we made a deal after some issues about her leaving the tower and I agreed to let her have her hair done. She looks lovely,” she said through gritted teeth as graduate stylist […]

I DON’T WANT TO MAKE THE SONGS TOO KIDDY. I JUST TRY TO MAKE THEM FUN – MY FIRST COMPOSER LLOYD GORMAN

14/11/2019 Leading actor-musician Lloyd Gorman has appeared in Sunny Afternoon in the West End, UK tours of Our House and Treasure Island and a number of productions for Bolton’s Octagon Theatre. But his career began here in Norwich. My First Panto: Rapunzelruns from 29 November to 12 January . It’s the seventh My First show the songwriter and composer has written for. We caught up with him […]

GIVING UNSIGNED YOUNG MUSICIANS THE STAGE TO SHINE

Unsigned is a night of music from up-and-coming young artists. It’s part of our Musicians Development Programme and is funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Norfolk Music Hub. The project was created to provide young musicians the opportunity to take their music, performance and professional skills to the next level with […]