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Community Projects

Norwich Theatre is fiercely committed to working with the wide range of communities in the region. Our Learning and Participation team is involved in arranging and steering a host of cross-community initiatives.

Theatre Cares group throwing haysticks in the air

Theatre Cares

Theatre Cares is a participatory programme for those living with dementia, their family and carers. It provides a safe space for people to have fun through one-off activities led by experienced practitioners. Each one is very relaxed and set to a leisurely pace with a small number of participants. They take place at Stage Two.

Members of the Shakespeare Nation project at Norwich Market

Shakespeare Nation

Norwich Theatre is one of six venues nationwide working on this project in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The idea is to encourage more adults to connect to theatre through co-productions, workshops, subsidised tickets and trips to see productions. Initiatives that have already happened include a pop-up stall on Norwich Market to encourage people to find out more about the Bard (pictured), a play Palm To Palm created by refugees, asylum seekers and members of the LGBTQ community, and a music group.


The Children's Theatre Partnership team across several theatres posing for a photo

Children’s Theatre Partnership

Norwich Theatre Royal is thrilled to be working with the Children’s Theatre Partnership on producing bold, ambitious and imaginative theatre for the UK stage and young people in local communities. Supported for the next three years by Arts Council England, Holes is the first production in their three-year plan. Since 2010, the partnership has successfully produced and toured five shows – Goodnight Mister Tom, Swallows and Amazons, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Running Wild and The Jungle Book.


Members of RSC and The Common Lot on stage at the Theatre Royal

Theatre Makers

Theatre Makers is a network for adults involved in amateur dramatics throughout the region. Training and networking opportunities throughout the year will ensure strong communication on a host of topics and allow individuals and theatre groups to feel supported and learn together. In collaboration with other theatre makers in the region, the group will programme training and networking opportunities throughout the year.

If you are a theatre maker in the region and would like to become part of the Theatre Makers network, please register your interest by emailing so we can keep you updated with the latest announcements and planned events.

‘There is a lot to be celebrated about the excellent work which amateur theatre makers of Norfolk undertake.  We are excited to be able to offer them an opportunity to come together and share their skills and knowledge.’

Stephen Crocker CEO, Theatre Royal Norwich