Shows go live in your own home

Just Regional
May 15, 2020 3 mins read

As concerts and shows and festivals are all being cancelled, The Garage, in Norwich, is launching a season of free online performances via Facebook.

Lockdown Lounge will be aired on Friday and Saturday nights, starting on Friday, May 22, to bring the best local live music and comedy into homes.

While theatres and other venues across the country have closed their doors, artists and performers are continuing to explore ways to express their creativity and The Garage, usually home to a 113-seat studio theatre in the heart of Norwich, is providing a platform for those artists to reach new audiences.

Following recent sell-out performances at The Garage, the first season, which runs until June 12, is proud to present highly acclaimed actor David Gant, hilarious and thought-provoking comedy songstress Edalia Day and mesmerising performer Katie-Anna Whiting. Also included in the original line-up is esteemed spoken word artist Molly Naylor, poet and performer Lewis Buxton, musician Finn Doherty, with comedian Tom Clutterbuck perfectly completing the line-up.

David Gant’s Blue Swede Shoes (top), Katie Anna-Whiting (photo: Corrine Appia Ayme), and Lewis Buxton are among the performances in the Lockdown Lounge events.

The Garage’s executive producer, Carrie Mansfield said: “It is incredibly important for us to be able support performers and artists during these times. After successfully launching our online class programme on the 20th of April we turned our attention to providing a platform for performance work. The result is Lockdown Lounge. The performances have been pre-recorded, so we have been able to add captioning and a BSL Interpreter to make them more accessible. I’m so excited to be working with these fantastic artists and hope our audiences enjoy their work – and as we all know, your own sofa will always be comfier than seats in any theatre!”

The season kicks off on May 22 at 7pm with David Gant performing his chosen selection of poetry, monologues and original writing.

Saturday May 23  sees Edalia Day take to the screen. Fresh from touring around the UK, join Edalia for a 30-minute set of comedy songs and poetry. Playing banjo, ukulele, and guitar, Edalia tackles videogame violence, fighting off marriage proposals, and the tragedy of being a teenage classical guitarist at a house party.

Performances are free to watch and will last up to 30 minutes – lounge back on your sofa and enjoy!

The Garage Trust said it would like to thank Arts Council England for their support to the organisation and the Lockdown Lounge Programme during these challenging times.

The first season of Lockdown Lounge events are as follows:

David Gant – Friday, May 22, at 7pm

Edalia Day – Saturday, May 23, at 9pm

Lewis Buxton – Friday, May 29, at 9pm

Tom Clutterbuck – Saturday, May 30, at 9pm

Molly Naylor – Friday, June 5, at 9pm

Finn Doherty – Saturday, June 6, at 7pm

Katie-Anna Whiting – Friday, June 12, at 7pm

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