Category Archives: NAC Stories

Sell-out scratch performance of new play, Mother Country

Mother Country, a new play by award-winning writer, Mags Chalcraft-Islam and acclaimed director, Sonia Williams was debuted to an appreciative full house at NAC last night.

The ‘scratch’ performance on Wednesday 29 January was the first time it was seen by an audience. 

“Outstanding + hugely powerful play and performance.”

“It was A-maz-ing !!!” – Twitter comments

The show was born from a collaboration between the descents of the enslaved and slave holders. Mags Chalcraft-Islam’s ancestors owned plantations in the West Indies; Sonia Williams is from Barbados.

Together they re-imagined the encounter between Britain’s first black female writer, Mary Prince, and her own collaborator, the abolitionist Susanna Strickland.

Norwich Arts Centre is proud to support this show.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Photo Credit Kelly Robb



Anglia Print receive international recognition as most “Sustainable Organisation 2019”

We’ve always thought that the company who print our brochures were the best and now they’ve been recognised by the world! At the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment’s (IEMA) Sustainability Impact Awards, Anglia Print won the most “Sustainable Organisation 2019” award. The highest international environmental award available for business. Open to global entrants of all sectors […]

Phase 1 Complete!

Hello! We’ve had a pretty intense Summer and Autumn re-opening since we closed our doors at the beginning of July 2019 to embark on the first stage of our 40/40 #nacregeneration campaign. Having received an Arts Council England grant back in October 2018 for 500k we started our fundraising journey to match fund and raise […]

NAC co-commissioned show goes on tour

  We’re pleased to say that a show co-commission by Norwich Arts Centre and Norwich Theatre Royal will be touring in October, visiting Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth as well as the Soho Theatre in London.   CAMP! by Norfolk-based writer James McDermott is a new cabaret play which makes a song and dance about […]

Augsburg exchange

  NAC Stories entry written by Sonja – Work experience exchange student from Augsburg, Germany at Norwich Arts Centre July 2019   Hello everyone,   My name is Sonja and I am 20 years old. I was born in Armenia, which is located in the continent of Asia, but at the moment I live in […]

What does a 15 year old think of NAC brochures from the 80s?

  NAC Stories entry written by Maggie (Aged 15 – Work experience at Norwich Arts Centre July 2019)   Looking through the archive was extremely interesting, because I learnt so much about not only music but the design of brochures/leaflets from the 1980s through to the 2000s, and how music was so significant to the […]

Keychange 50:50 gender pledge

  We’re proud to have signed the Keychange pledge for a 50:50 gender balance pledge across our performers by 2022.   #Keychange   “The UK’s PRS Foundation, announced on 25th June 2019 with European partners at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in London, that it is extending the global and groundbreaking Keychange 50/50 festival pledge to […]

Culture Quest Music Appreciation Group receives Lottery Funding.

  We’re very pleased to be able to share this news from Culture Quest…   When the members of the Culture Music Appreciation Group had to face the reality that funding from Norfolk County Council was coming to an end, they formed an Unincorporated Association, elected a committee and wrote a constitution. This enabled them […]

Fundraising update #NACregeneration

  We’re please to say that as of June 2019 we have hit 35% of our fundraising goal for NAC Regeneration, the project that will transform the venue’s accessibility and carbon footprint. To make NAC Regeneration happen, we need to raise 40k by our 40th anniversary in 2020 to unlock £499,000 funding from Arts Council […]

CAMP by James McDermott

    Norwich Arts Centre have co-commissioned a new piece of theatre, with Norwich Theatre Royal, by Norfolk-based writer James McDermott.   Over the course of the research and development of the show James has kept a blog and it’s a great document of the process. You can check it out at   Extract. […]

Making a stand against single use plastics

  We’d like to introduce the new NAC bio bottle.     Norwich Arts Centre is making a stand against single use plastics and moving to biodegradable reusable water bottles for all artists and customers. Manufactured in the UK the biodegradable bottles are eco friendly and BPA free.   The venue would usually get through […]

‘Attitude is Everything’ mystery shopper report

  We were pretty proud of our staff this week when Aisling Gallagher of Attitude is Everything, the charity that supports disabled people’s access to live music, told us that she’d received ‘probably one of the most positive reports I’ve ever had from a Mystery Shopper!’   A mystery shopper from the organisation recently awarded NAC 10/10 […]

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