fEAST Theatre reflects on life during lockdown

fEAST

It’s not been the easiest times for the theatre-makers. Happily, we’ve a fEAST of shows – see what I did there – coming over the summer, autumn and beyond. Robin McLoughlin, one of the theatre company’s associate directors, celebrates the return of live theatre. By the time this blog goes live we at fEAST Theatre will […]

Connections 2021 – theatre-makers of tomorrow take the stage

Theatre

Every year, the National Theatre commissions some of the UK’s most exciting writers to write ten plays for the theatre-makers of tomorrow. The Garage are proud to be partnering with the Connections Festival. We’re especially thrilled to be hosting three of the participating companies in our theatre from 22-23 June. Fisher Youth Theatre Group perform […]

5 ways the performing arts make young people and adults feel better

Better

We could all do with a pick-me-up right now. A little me time. Whatever your age, the link between the performing arts and feeling better physically and mentally is well documented. For example. Until becoming a dad, I didn’t know children learn quicker between birth and the age of eight than at any other point […]

Norwich summer holiday fun for ages two-16

Summer

It’s been a hard time for families. That’s why we can’t wait to be back in our studios this summer with some fantastic holiday activities for ages two-16 this August. Gabby Meadows, our Participation Programme Manager, said: “We know how much young people have to offer – we see it every week in our classes. […]

Inspirational students lead the way in 2020 – a year of online HNCs

Students

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, and potentially for good this time, our HNC Acting Lecturer Sam Webber took a look back at a year of online teaching at The Garage Just over a year ago, the day before the first national lockdown was announced, we were preparing for the final week of our HNC […]

Creative course helps aspiring playwright Juno set the scene for a bright future

Creative

When she lost her retail job because of Covid, drama graduate Juno Evans decided to sign up for our new, free Introduction to the Creative Industries course. It’s given her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a playwright. This is her story. I’ve been wanting to work in the creative industries for as […]

Excited we’re Walking4Norfolk 2021

Walking4Norfolk 2021

We’re putting our best feet forward and taking part in this year’s Walking4Norfolk challenge. Made up of members from The Garage and The Workshop, The Rapid Referral Network Ramblers, Scrambled Legs and the Red Hot Chilli Steppers – are “virtually” walking from Norwich to Notre-Dame in Paris –  a total of 375 miles. Each team member […]

Inclusion difficulties in the age of Covid-19

Inclusion

The continued health restrictions and lockdowns – essential as they’ve been to control the spread of Covid-19 – have presented the Inclusion Team and the young people The Garage works with with a number of new barriers to overcome. Youth Arts Worker Tom Francis explains more. The pandemic has presented major challenges for most people. As […]

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

Creative potential

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 […]