A city arts organisation is celebrating being awarded more than £60,000 to develop its theatre work for young people.

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The new Curtain Up! season

The new autumn line-up for Curtain Up begins on October 11 with Gomito Productions’ The Alchemystorium, a supernatural tale of love in a coffee shop.

The Static, on October 16, is a coming-of-age story where teenager Sparky discovers he has supernatural powers.

Bones, on October 25, is a gritty and gripping show about a boy coming to terms with a life he didn’t ask for.

Paper Tom, on November 7, sees two soldiers separated by 100 years both returning to ‘civvy street’ from military life. On November 16 The Garage will host a double bill from French circus sensations LeFeuvre and Andre. The season concludes on November 22 with Superjohn, a fantastical tale of the power of imagination.

For tickets visit www.thegarage.org.uk or call 01603 630000.

The Garage, in Chapel Field North, has been given £61,000 from Arts Council England to support the venue’s ambition to be a regional centre for young people’s theatre and develop its professional performance programme Curtain Up! It follows an initial £49,000 grant to launch Curtain Up! in 2011.

Darren Grice, The Garage’s director, said: “At a time when arts funding is on the decline, the investment in expanding our programme is a tremendous endorsement of our work.”

Mr Grice said he was delighted by the success of the first year of Curtain Up! which he said brought innovative, emerging theatre companies to Norwich.

He added: “The Garage’s core work is about supporting young people creatively. Our theatre programming ethos is to deliver exciting work suitable for those audiences, but not exclusively. It’s frequently grown-up theatre, but that which young people can relate to. This enables us to enhance our core work, offering new opportunities to young people, but also broadening our audiences, showcasing everything else The Garage has to offer.”

Curtain Up! adds to a programme of creative education and training that takes place at The Garage, which is used by about 10,000 people each year.

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