Norwich venue The Garage announces its latest Curtain Up! shows
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A taste of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is coming to Norwich as part of The Garage's latest line-up of shows.
The youth arts venue's new Curtain Up! season includes an eclectic mix of entertainment for January and February, and builds on The Garage's growing reputation for presenting exciting professional touring theatre for young people.
Darren Grice, The Garage's director, said they were welcoming back touring companies such as The Wardrobe Ensemble and Fifth Word, and were particularly excited to present Kate Tempest's new show Hopelessly Devoted.
He added: 'We are also very excited to introduce some new companies to our programme that we think Norwich audiences will love. For example, Nabakov will be presenting Phil Porter's Blink which I saw in Edinburgh and knew I had to bring to Norwich.
'What's been amazing, over the last few years of programming this kind of theatre in Norwich, is the amazing feedback we get from each company about the fantastic welcome they receive from Norwich audiences. We are getting more and more companies contacting us to bring their shows here so word is obviously getting out!'
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The show Hopelessly Devoted, by writer Kate Tempest, tells the story of prison inmate Chess who finds hope when a music producer discovers her talent but she must also deal with her past.
Fifth Word's Amateur Girl, which features former Eastenders actress Lucy Speed, is a one woman show taking an amusing but cautionary look at the amateur fantasy business, meanwhile Blackout is a one-man story about violence, loss and heroism.
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In The Novice Detective, Sophie Willan tells a heart-warming and heart-breaking tale based around the theme of abandonment, while choreographer Colin Poole and dance company State of Emergency will be presenting the contemporary dance performance Love and Sex.
The Wardrobe Ensemble's drama 33 delves into the story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground in 2012, while Blink is described as a dysfunctional love story.
Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals are also bringing their anarchic, rock-out wizardry to The Garage with Blast Off!, which is aimed at ages four and over, and the Pillow Maker is a gentle interactive tale for children aged one and above.
The Curtain Up season is supported by Arts Council East.
• For more information about the shows and to book tickets visit www.thegarage.org.uk or call the box office on 01603 598646.