And they did - dance groups proliferated and there were a number of real successes - Passion Productions, a street dance group led by Scott 'Scooby' Atkins started in his aunt's garage and was nurtured by the Garage team. The group is still very busy and productive and are seen everywhere, and Scott has pursued a professional career in dance.
But The Garage is much more than a place for dance workshops. It is a venue and theatre in its own right and each year has season's of programmed shows, specialising in new writing and adventurous theatre which appeals to all audiences, including young people - though it is probably fair to say it is not aimed at those who 'like what they like'. I have been to many shows at The Garage and there have been many surprises in both direction. Normally the shows are about an hour long and it is well worth taking the risk of something that defies easy description - they are normally the most interesting.
Anyway, coming up is a whole new season, kicking off with this show by nabokov who brought BLINK to Norwich last year - a Valentine love story
This year, they have brought Symphony. This time, the cast are members of a rock band who play as they tell stories about life as they see it. Tickets can be booked at
SYMPHONY by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells
Theatre meets live gig and stand-up comedy as three of the UK's hottest writers collaborate with Fringe First winning new writing company nabokov to present a hilarious and eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music and spoken word.
Symphony was first commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude
The New Current
"touchingly beautiful and powerfully frank... an unmissable gem"
The Public Reviews
" treads a blurred line between theatre and gig…one of the highlights of the programme"
“Three plays about growing-up, relationships and romance are belted out by an incredibly versatile five piece that not only act their socks off but sing and accompany each other on a variety of instruments.”
"Overflowed with witty heartfelt lyrics and dialogue. A cross between a gig, a musical and a spoken-word event"
"Perfectly pitched, funny and at times strangely emotional, the detail and observational wit is flawless."