Heading for the big top – photo © Julian Swainson


An exciting collaboration between Norwich Theatre and Norwich Fringe, Interlude Fringe presents a unique opportunity for local artists and companies to come together for a day of performances on Sunday 13 September 2020. This fringe festival style day will take place at  INTERLUDE, the six-week long programme of live performance in a temporary outdoor venue in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, presented by Norwich Theatre and Lost in Translation Circus.


This new event comes at a time when, after a break from Norwich Fringe Festival activity for four years, Norwich Fringe has restarted with a new team behind it. The main aims of Norwich Fringe are to support local creatives and provide a platform for sharing and developing work, through supporting events and not just an annual festival. Norwich Theatre is delighted to be working in collaboration with Norwich Fringe to reconnect us all together in these changing times.


Interlude Fringe will showcase theatre performances from Amplify Theatre Company, Cruyff Turn Theatre Company and REDuck ProDUCKtions. In addition, Titania Trust will also form part of the programme.


Comedy will be presented by Pretty Funny led by Jenny Beake, along with a series of performance poets including Lewis Buxton, Poppy Stevens and James McDermott. The whole line-up will continue to grow and be updated daily via Norwich Theatre’s website and social media channels.


A second stage will be added to the INTERLUDE arena to platform a number of local musicians, with the line-up so far including Salman Toheed and Emily Parish.


Thanks to generous donations made as part of Norwich Theatre’s Crisis Appeal, all ticket sales will go directly to the artists performing and will fund the Acoustic Stage.


Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre, said: “Norwich is a city that has creativity embedded in its DNA like no other and this is what has made INTERLUDE possible. I am so excited that, in addition to the other wonderful local artists and companies who have featured throughout INTERLUDE, we are able to work in collaboration with Norwich Fringe, supporting their work to promote local creatives and bringing together this really special programme showcasing a further selection of our homegrown talent.”


Joseph Ballard, Director of Norwich Fringe, said: “Once again Norwich Theatre has risen to the challenge in these odd times, working in collaboration with us and sharing our ethos of Norwich Fringe to support local performers and profile their work. This is particularly important with the current challenges for the theatre and arts industry in mind. It would be great for the city to come out and support talent from Norwich and Norfolk in this proven safe and accessible way – all under canvas!”

INTERLUDE is presented by Norwich Theatre in partnership with Lost in Translation Circus and supported by Norwich City Council and Norwich BID in association with Aspall.


With most live performance venues currently on hold Interlude Fringe provides a truly unique region-wide cultural collaboration for local artists and performers to share an opportunity to come together.


All performances and activities will be conducted in strict adherence with social distancing rules and latest Government’s guidance, with the big top tent reducing its capacity by approximately two-thirds and audiences seated in ‘bubbles’.



Amplify Theatre & Film
‘Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them’

Maisie Dadswell in Bodily Functions

Amplify Theatre & Film presents their Edinburgh Festival Fringe smash hit, combining real life stories with comedy to explore our bodies and the stigma surrounding them. Having debuted at the Maddermarket Theatre and the fringe in 2019 to universal audience and critical acclaim, Amplify is thrilled to be bringing this play back to Norwich audiences. Read the Norwich Eye review of this show here: https://norwicheye.co.uk/whats-on/norwich-eye-reviews-bodily-functions-and-where-to-find-them-by-amplify-theatre/


Cruyff Turn Theatre Company ‘Train In Vain’

Train In Vain’ follows the story of Sofia, a struggling actress who misses the train that would take her to her most important audition yet. Saddened and frustrated by this, she launches into a monologue about her relationship with transportation and the different ways it has affected her, the environment, and the world. Read a Norwich Eye review of an earlier Cruyff production here: https://norwicheye.co.uk/whats-on/norwich-eye-reviews-the-footmonster-and-narration/


REDuck ProDUCKtions ‘Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters’ by Jordan Monsell

Returning to Norwich as a fast-paced abridged version of the show that had its world premiere at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe to a sell-out run and received 5* reviews at both Edinburgh and the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Read a Norwich Eye review of earlier REDuck productions here: https://norwicheye.co.uk/whats-on/norwich-eye-reviews-scratch-shot-at-the-louis-marchesi/


Pretty Funny

Pretty Funny presents a variety show with MC musical comedian Jenny Beake featuring Norwich based performers Ciara Jack and Trish Dunn plus multi award winning Welsh Stand Up Jenny Collier.


In Titania We Trust  

The queen of cabaret and illustrious songstress Titania Trust presents an insight into the world of a hardworking (and demanding) performer. Titania will churn up songs of the shows and teeter through torch song as she recounts her bygone days in the hope that reflection of the past can help make the present much brighter.


Performance Poetry  

Including performances from James McDermott, Lewis Buxton and Poppy Stevens.


Acoustic Stage

Including performances from Salman Toheed and Emily Parish.


The whole line-up will continue to grow and be updated daily via Norwich Theatre’s website and social media channels.

Presented by Norwich Theatre and Lost in Translation Circus, INTERLUDE is a six-week programme of live performances and participatory activities delivered in a temporary outdoor venue adjacent to Norwich Theatre Royal in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, from Mon 10th Aug to Sun 20th September 2020. The event is supported by Norwich City Council and Norwich BID, in association with Aspall.

Additional shows and events will be programmed by a number of partner organisations in Norwich, including Norfolk & Norwich Festival, The Garage, Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Puppet Theatre, with support from The National Centre for Writing. The whole line-up will continue to grow and be updated daily via Norwich Theatre’s website and social media channels.


INTERLUDE 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 began with the re-opening of the Playhouse Bar which includes a creative conversion of the much-loved stage at the Playhouse into a relaxed new lounge area and now, alongside INTERLUDE, also includes Norwich Free Market being held in the Theatre Royal Car Park.





Interlude Fringe is on Sun 13 Sep, 10m-6pm. The event is part of INTERLUDE, in Chapelfield Gardens, which runs until Sun 20 Sep 2020.


Day Ticket: £15 (ticket will give entry to the whole day programme).