Tutors talk cats, creative fatigue and camaraderie

Tutors

With classes continuing online for now, we spoke to The Garage tutors Victoria Taylor, Grace Durbin and The Workshop’s Freddie Main about what it’s like teaching remotely. Just because this is our third term of online teaching doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges – good and bad. But we’ve come a long way since term one […]

Online teaching is a steep learning curve

Online teaching

We’ve had to get creative when it comes to online teaching. Delivering our classes and our HNC and GCSE courses online has been a steep learning curve, as our participation and accredited courses teams explain. Gabrielle Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, says for the tutors, the switch was about adapting their processes and learning to […]

Free Facebook activities for children this February half-term

Online teaching

Keeping kids entertained over half-term is hard at the best of times. With national restrictions still in place and home schooling on hold for a week we’ve planned a short timetable of free online challenges and activities this half-term based on our class programme that runs via Zoom in term-time. Our Participation Programme Manager Hannah […]

Happy Christmas NR2 Foodbank Norwich

Foodbank

Instead of playing Santa to each other, this year everyone at The Garage has teamed up with the NR2 Foodbank to spread some Christmas cheer. Our staff and board members have donated £700 to the foodbank, which is distributing boxes to 70 families in need throughout the NR2 area. The £700 will help provide Langleys […]

Read the great reviews of My First Panto Goldilocks and the Three Bears online 2020

Reviews

My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been called “an innovative online experience” that created “an authentic panto feel right at home” in reviews. The Lynn News also said the interactive element, with the actors letting the audience choose the way the story goes via onscreen options was a “a novel twist to the […]

My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears streaming online

Panto

Our popular introduction to theatre for young theatregoers is going digital this Christmas. My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears will provide a magical adventure for the under-sevens and any adults who want to join them too. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the team behind the popular annual festive production have opted to move it online […]

Bursaries campaign launched in honour of incredible chair of board Maggie

Bursaries

We’re honouring our chair Maggie Wheeler, who is retiring from the board of trustees after seven years at the helm. We’ve launched a fundraising campaign which will fund thousands of bursaries for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and challenging circumstances wanting to taking part in dance, music or theatre classes and courses at either The […]

Thanks for helping classes smoothly switch from studios to Zoom

Tutors

We want to say thank you to our team, tutors and participants for making the switch back to online classes run so smoothly in the wake of the second Covid-19 lockdown. Planning began in the summer for a tightening of restrictions. Following last Saturday’s announcement, the learning and participation programme teams and venue supervisor spent […]

Youth Forum honoured to design official Children in Need 2020 T-shirt

Youth Forum

In the last three weeks before the first Covid-19 lockdown, Rhia was among The Garage Youth Forum members presented with an amazing opportunity – they had been selected to design the official Children in Need T-shirt 2020. She picks up the story. Luckily for us, we finished the designing process the week before lockdown, allowing […]

Free creative industries training for 18-25s

Training

We’re 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 […]

Music: You need others to develop and grow says Unsigned 2020/21’s Blux J

music

Blux J found peace from the playground bullies by hiding in his school’s music block. There’s been plenty of ups and downs since then, including spending a year-and-a-half homeless. Music was always the thing that made him think he had something to build on. He told us how Unsigned was too good a chance to […]

Music: Unsigned 2020/21’s Ella excited to debut original songs

music

Teenager Ella Massingham is tired of singing other people’s songs. She told us how Unsigned is helping her express herself through music her way. How do you feel your music/skills have improved since starting the course last September? I feel my music skills have improved by having a better view of the industry, but most […]

Music: Unsigned 2020/21 is helping Amelia find who she is as an artist

Picture of Amelia (artist)

Amelia Stephanides is a little confused where she fits in genre-wise, just one of the things the Unsigned course is helping with says the NUA drama student and The Garage team member. How do you feel your music / skills have improved so far since starting the course last September? I’ve learnt lots more about […]

Excited to reopen studios for classes on 14 September

Breakdance class

Although it’s been fantastic to carry on with our classes via Zoom during lockdown, we know many of our participants have missed learning in a studio and missed the social and friendship aspect of visiting The Garage. That’s why we’ve been busy behind the scenes, getting ready to open our studios from 14 September in […]

How taking GCSE Drama at The Garage helped me

Online teaching

Ricky Moss loved drama at school but brought the curtain down on performing when it came to picking his A-Level subjects in the late 1990s. “I wanted to take history and geography so had to. My drama teacher tried to persuade me not to and I did um and aah about it a lot. At […]

New Summer Activities in Performing Arts

Street Dance Class

PERFORMING ARTS WEEK MONDAY 17 – FRIDAY 21 AUGUST, VARIOUS TIMES Keep your performance skills alive during the summer by taking part in our programme of acting, dance and musical theatre. Work with professional performance practitioners to develop your skills, with bespoke one to one and group sessions on offer. The week has been designed […]

The Garage to Offer 8 Scholarships in HE

Scholarships for HE students

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 could receive the full cost of their […]

Lockdown Lounge

Lockdown Lounge The Garage

The Garage is proud to announce Lockdown Lounge, a season of free online performances airingon Facebook on Friday and Saturday nights starting from Friday 22  May. In the current climate, theatres and venues across the country have closed their doors but artistsand performers are continuing to explore ways to express their creativity. The Garage, usually hometo a 113-seat […]

CORONAVIRUS LATEST

Front of The Garage building

SPRING TERM UPDATE Following latest lockdown guidance, our spring term will now begin online from Monday 18 January. We have adapted our online class programme to offer something for everyone. While many of our adult sessions will remain the same there are some new developments to children’s classes and exciting options for everyone to engage […]