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Level up! Norwich Theatre teams up with Norwich Games Festival

We’re teaming up with Norwich Games Festival to bring you some awesome drop-in activities this Spring!


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In just over a “Fortnite” Norwich Theatre will team up with Norwich Games Festival to host every level of game fun. Let yourself be “Tekken” to the fun, where every pixelated moment awaits. Grab your Power-Up Pass and let the game begin! 

The highlight for families will no doubt be The Game Lounge (31 May—1 Jun). Taking over the Long Bar between 10am and 8pm each day, come and play on retro and modern game consoles, from the original NES to the Xbox One and many in between. Get your hands on the controllers and challenge your family and friends to a game or two. There is no need to book; just drop in and play, don’t “Fallout” there will be enough consoles for everyone! 

James MacDonald, Head of Visitor Services at Norwich Theatre, said: “Play, creativity and stories are universal, and it is fantastic to celebrate all things games with our neighbours at The Norwich Games Festival. It’s the perfect reason to come into Norwich Theatre Royal if you haven’t been before, or to explore our building in a different way… Mario Kart, anyone?”  

Norwich Games Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event that celebrates games of all kinds and invites people of all ages to discover the creativity, art, and fun in games.  

Ellie Buchan, Norwich Games Festival Producer, said: “I am thrilled to be working on this fantastic festival, which brings together all the fun of playing games whilst also focusing on the creative and technical aspects of creating them.” 

Norwich Theatre Stage Two will host several in-depth events exploring the games industry, creativity and welcoming a gaming legend.  

In The Challenges for Startups (30 May), Melissa Phillips, Director of the Games and Leadership Academy and Patron of the Norwich Games Festival, explores the unique challenges facing startups in the games industry. All participants will receive exclusive access to a comprehensive Games Leadership Startup Checklist designed to equip them with the tools they need for success. 

The Importance of Diversity in Games—Panel Discussion (30 May) will explore why diversity and inclusion in the workplace are essential for successful businesses and projects and how they can be achieved. The speakers will use their experience and expertise to explain how you can support staff, regardless of your position in a company. 

Join recording artist The Great and Powerful Bentley Jones (30 May) who will discuss his journey from the start of his music career to his transition into games music. Bentley has amassed more than 60 million streams and downloads and gathered remix credits for the likes of Madonna, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. He has also composed for some of the world’s best-known video-game franchises like The X-Files, Tekken, Sonic the Hedgehog, Titan Wars and Contra. 

Does your career in games need tech support? Don’t worry—Russ Blackney and friends will provide advice and guidance on everything from CVs to social media in Professional Development 1:1s (30 May—1 Jun).  

Events are either free or pay what you can. Full details of events on 

All bookable events can be booked via the Norwich Games Festival website here.