The Interlude big top tent in Chapelfield Gardens – photo © Julian Swainson 2020



Norwich Theatre and Lost in Translation Circus are thrilled to announce that, once INTERLUDE completes its successful six-week run in Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich on 20th September, a second phase of this nationally-unique and collaborative project will be launched in partnership with the University of East Anglia on their Campus.

INTERLUDE@UEA will open on the weekend of 25th September and run until 10th October. It will act as a focal point for UEA to welcome new students to Norwich and to welcome back those students who are returning to resume their studies on campus following an elongated break caused by COVID-19. It will be a COVID-secure venue for UEA activities during the day alongside staging professional live performances at night with a lineup of shows to be announced in the coming days.

This announcement comes on the day that INTERLUDE in Chapelfield Gardens, made possible with the support or Norwich City Council and Norwich BID and in association with Aspall, welcomes its 10,000th visitor.

Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre, said: “It was a dream come true to be able to provide a platform for a fantastic range of artists and bring audiences back together for live performances through INTERLUDE in Chapelfield Gardens. I have been absolutely bowled over by the response from everyone involved. To have this opportunity to continue and extend this through INTERLUDE@UEA is just incredible and I am thrilled to be able to work with our partners at UEA to help welcome students as they arrive in or return to Norwich, a city that has culture at its very heart.”

Professor David Richardson, Vice Chancellor of UEA, said: “We are delighted that Norwich Theatre’s Interlude will come to campus as we begin the new academic year and welcome new and returning students. The creative arts and entertainment have a hugely important role to play in human wellbeing in these unprecedented times and we are determined that students and staff can enjoy themselves and engage with the arts on campus in a covid-secure way. UEA has a really strong partnership with Norwich Theatre and we are very pleased to have this opportunity to grow our relationship with such an important arts organisation in our region.”

All INTERLUDE@UEA performances and activities will be conducted in strict adherence with social distancing rules and latest Government regulations.

Norwich Theatre and UEA will work together to undertake thorough risk assessments for all activities to ensure INTERLUDE@UEA operates as a COVID-secure space at all times.

Norwich Theatre launched a formal partnership with the University of East Anglia in November 2019 focussed on developing new opportunities for creative collaborations and working together to support the ongoing development of Norwich as a destination for culture and cultural education. INTERLUDE@UEA is the first major project delivered as part of this partnership.

INTERLUDE@UEA is the next instalment of Norwich Theatre’s During the Interval programme, a series of truly unique and different events, programmes and interventions bridging the gap between closing its doors in March until its venues are able to properly re-open again. The series now includes:-

· the re-opening of the Playhouse Bar with a creative conversion of the much-loved stage at the Playhouse into a relaxed new lounge area;
· the hugely popular INTERLUDE which is seeing sell-out live performances in a temporary outdoor venue across six weeks in Chapelfield Gardens;
· Norwich Free Market now being held in the Theatre Royal Car Park on a monthly basis.

The announcement of INTERLUDE@UEA also follows hot on the heels of the announcement of a special season of festive shows for 2020, A RIGHT ROYAL CHRISTMAS, which will see the Theatre Royal temporarily re-open to audiences during December.

Norwich Theatre is the largest arts organisation in the East of England, welcoming more than 450,000 visitors across its venues every year.

Made up of three venues, Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two, Norwich Theatre presents a rich and diverse artistic programme spanning the whole spectrum of the performing arts. It works in close partnership with a range of world-class artists and partner companies including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, National Theatre, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler’s Wells, Britten Sinfonia, and Glyndebourne.

Alongside its award-winning Christmas pantomime, Norwich Theatre’s expanding portfolio of co-productions includes work with Curious Directive, Lost in Translation Circus and Acosta Danza. The organisation also delivers an extensive Take Part programme of events and activities which sees more than 5,000 participants of all ages and backgrounds every year.

As a registered charity with no regular public funding, Norwich Theatre relies upon ticket sales, one-off grants, donations and memberships schemes, as well as its commercial activities from bars and restaurant.

Lost in Translation Circus is one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies. Its blend of high-level, dynamic circus skills within a character driven theatrical context and trademark warm humour has audiences howling in appreciation.
The Company creates indoor, outdoor and site specific ensemble-based performances, working with a tight-knit group of performers from England, Italy, Ireland and Australia. This results in extraordinary, multi-layered performances told through physical language.
With a commitment to create work accessible to everyone, the organisation actively works to engage and develop new audiences and offers high quality outreach and educational activities in collaboration with its presenting partners.
Lost in Translation Circus was founded in 2011 with a desire to bring circus, theatre and music together in order to give deeper meaning and human connection to the visceral experience of circus performance. It creates work that aims to give an emotional journey, as well as amaze, excite and entertain audiences of all ages.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a UK Top 25 university and is ranked in the top 50 globally for research citations. Known for its world-leading research and good student experience, it was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is a leading member of Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

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