Norwich young venue announces Peter Pan as its summer show

The Garage's 2012 summer show - a vintage-themed Cinderella.Picture: James Bass

The Garage's 2012 summer show - a vintage-themed Cinderella.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

Young performers are set for a summer in Never Never Land as a Norwich arts venue announces Peter Pan as its big show for the holidays.

Once again The Garage, in Chapel Field North, is running a programme of summer holiday activities for young people, and this year its big production will be a version of the JM Barrie classic Peter Pan.

Just as last year's production of Cinderella was given a different slant by being set in the Second World War, this summer's production will also be presented with an unusual twist.

'We'll be taking the energising beats and percussion style of the West End show Stomp as an influence for our Peter Pan,' said the show's director Carrie Mansfield.

'The high tempo, urban performance fits so well with the whole notion of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.


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'It's an exciting fortnight where the young people will create a show from start to finish, culminating in three performances.'

As well as the Peter Pan production, The Garage summer programme will also include a range of other arts and performance activities for young people aged seven to 18.

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The summer programme will run from Monday, July 29, to Saturday, August 24.

In recent years the venue's summer programme of workshops, summer schools and performance opportunities has proven a holiday highlight for many young people.

'I think the success is down to the fact there's something for everyone,' said The Garage's director, Darren Grice.

'You can come for a day and try your hand at stage make-up or street dance or sign up for our production company where you get to spend two weeks acting, singing and dancing and bringing a bright new slant to a classic story.'

Some of the summer programme highlights including The Garage's Slam, offering a number of music-making sessions, and summer mixer workshops offering daily sessions in everything from circus to singing.

The Garage will also host a summer school for their D4Dance programme, where people with learning disabilities get the chance to try out dance and choreography.

'In all, our summer programme provides lively, creative activities for around 150 young people, offering them the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and have loads of fun in the process,' said Mr Grice.

For more about The Garage's summer programme and how to get involved visit www.thegarage.org.uk or call 01603 283382.

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