It’s showtime! We’re excited for our 2021/22 theatre line-up

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It’s showtime! We can’t wait to open the doors to our theatre again. There’s plenty to enjoy – with drama, music and our comedy festival (see suggested reads below).

Adam Taylor, our Executive Director, said: “I’m so pleased to be welcoming people back into our theatre for our summer/autumn season. There are some cracking shows – as ever. 

“We all know that theatres have struggled during this pandemic, but we’ve learnt lots during the last 14 months that will shape our programme in the years to come. 

“From how to better reach audiences that will love our performances through to quality of the productions on our stages. This season is one that I’m relieved to present and very proud to share.” 

Frozen Light, who are based at The Garage, stage 2065 (14-18 September), a futuristic sensory extravaganza for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. 

Set in a world stifled by an oppressive regime made up of all-powerful corporations, can a group of rebels change things for the better?

The darkly comic Why The Child is Cooking in the Polenta (20-22 September) is Edith Alibec’s multi-award-winning adaptation of Aglaja Veteranyi’s autobiographical book. 

It follows a family of circus artists who flee the communist regime in Romania in the hope of establishing a better life in the west. A family always on the road and always the foreigners.

The Time Machine (23 September), by The Keeper’s Daughter, is full of puppetry, movement and a unique electronic soundtrack that brings HG Wells’ classic sci-fi story to the stage like never seen before.

Mustard Theatre Company present Wait Until Dark (28 September), written by the author of Dial M for Murder, Frederick Knott.  A conman visits the apartment of blind Susy who realises the mysterious doll he’s looking for could prove her husband innocent of murder. When darkness falls, the hunter becomes the prey.

The Roving (9 October) is a reading of a new coming of age play by Sarah Stephenson that considers the lengths we will go to protect what we love. 

Directed by Molly Farley and performed by the UEA Ensemble Lab, 16-year-old Mona arrives at the off-grid commune where her estranged father lives, determined to find her place in this community of drifters. But they are hiding something.

Catch of the Day (13 October) visits Norwich following an award-nominated run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it was shortlisted for best musical. Presented by Red Fox Theatre, it’s 1966 and an ordinary skipper sails into the sleepy Irish town of Dingle with a very unusual catch. 

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Chaos ensues involving the head of the Irish government, a publican who happens to be an amateur marine biologist, a magical dolphin, the actual Queen of England and a bunch of really confused nuns.

Wild Paths Festival at The Garage (16-17 October) is being held in association with Access Creative College and The Tilting Sky. Enjoy the best in live music from indie, hip-hop and neo-soul, to post-punk and new-wave jazz paired with themed after-parties, conferences, supper clubs, art fairs and a whole lot more.

Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions (19 October), is the latest production from Paines Plough, the touring company and national theatre of new writing, and Soho Theatre.

Exploring the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, it’s a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.

We welcome fEAST Theatre back with Brexit dark comedy Rosa Mendoza (20-21 October), set over four tumultuous years during which new fault lines begin to crack open the UK’s political landscape. Written by Rob John, the story plays out through the eyes of Rosa from Spain, who applies for a job as a chamber maid at a quintessentially English guest house in Cromer and its owners. 

They will be back next year with one for local history buffs. The Canada Boys (18-19 February, 2022) is based on the true story of a group of workers at J & J Colman who, in 1912, were given the chance for a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. 

Shamser Sinha’s Our White Skoda Octavia (30 October) is an Eastern Angles production in association with Derby Theatre and Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

Amjad has taken up taxi-driving. His dream? To support his family, make wife Rabia happy and be good role model to young Yasmin and Faisal. But when Rabia’s stifled ambitions become too much to bear, even the love songs of John Denver or the scent of a Chitral rose can’t sooth her. Inspired by conversations with residents in Peterborough and Ipswich.

Songwriter and guitarist Nick Harper (5 November) has been described as one of the UK’s best kept musical secrets. He’s the son of folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper who influenced the likes of Jimmy PageRobert PlantPete TownshendKate BushPink Floyd and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson to name a few. Nick grew up surrounded by some of the 1960s’ most revered songwriters and musicians.

Purple Dreams Productions return to The Garage a second time with The Last Crumb (12 November). Set in and around a cake shop, a case of mistaken identity turns lives upside down. Hearts will flutter, tears will roll as this comedy tests relationships.

Lolly Heinl-Rimmer, our Technical Supervisor, said:  Watching audiences’ reactions is one of my favourite parts of the job. Making magic is what I love to do and although the audiences will be small, the excitement is huge. The stage has been empty for far too long.”

Katie Snell, our General Manager, added: “We’re talking to performers, we’re constantly monitoring current government guidelines and reassessing our protocols to ensure all our shows are Covid-secure. If anybody has any concerns or questions, you can find our current Covid policy on our website.”

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