Acting Communities in Norfolk
The Norfolk Arts Forum, run by Norfolk Arts Service, emails a bulletin out every Friday. It contains information about local arts and cultural opportunities including jobs, training and funding.
Norwich Fringe is a network and community of creative people from in and around Norwich. They are running events in Norwich and supporting local artists. Check out the website for details of training and development opportunities. They are currently running free workshops and events. They hold a regular ‘Creative Exchange’, a regular, informal meetup for artists to get together and chat over coffee. You can also sign up for their online Artists’ Directory.
Norfolk Screen celebrates and promotes film production in Norfolk. Including locations, past productions that have been filmed in the area, news and resources etc. Their website also includes a directory of build space, locations, facilities, services, cast and crew available in the Norfolk region, enabling filmmakers to utilise local resources to minimise production costs and carbon footprint.
Local Facebook group sharing film and TV opportunities, and promoting the work of the members. Occasionally has student film opportunities for actors.
Facebook group covering all aspects of theatre across East Anglia. It does get a bit busy with ads for productions, but there are occasional opportunities that come up, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
A Facebook group sharing casting notices in the region for paid work in film and theatre.
Acting Work in Norfolk
A lovely local theatre company of strolling players that are always on the lookout for actors working in and around Norfolk for Murder Mysteries and comedy shows.
Cast is an agency that provides roleplay training services. Based at the University of East Anglia, they provide actors to roleplay for schools within the university as well as external public, private and voluntary organisations.
Film and Television in Norfolk
Norfolk attracts filmmakers from all over the world. We are incredibly fortunate to live in an area of beautiful, open, flat, waterways and sweeping coastline, stately homes, woodlands, heathland and medieval architecture.
Locally based agency recruiting supporting artists for television and film
Norfolk Screen’s website holds all the information you could need to meet filming requirements in Norfolk. They also hold a directory that contains facilities, services, cast, crew, build space and studios for the region.
An independent television production company based in London and New York. They have a studio in Scottow Norfolk, producing programmes for international broadcasters. Also, well worth making contact with them if you are looking to work in film production behind the camera.
Acting in Norwich Theatres
Norwich is a relatively small city, but it has a thriving arts scene, culturally, musically, visually and theatrically.
If you are between jobs but want to keep your actor gears well oiled and/or just experiment with something new, there are lots of small theatres in Norwich that are often auditioning for actors.
They provide an opportunity to work on a variety of productions from the traditional to contemporary, the safe to the edgy, depending on the venue and director. A chance to experiment and test out different methods and styles. To just keep your hand in whilst doing your survival job and looking for paid acting work, test your limits, push yourself in a different direction and/or develop as an artist.
As they are community theatres they often are looking for people to help out with directing, costumes, lighting, sound and stage management too, so they are a great way of getting experience in areas that you might not have worked in before.
A beautiful gem of a theatre, with historical links to Anna Sewell. It is on the North side of Norwich, somewhat tucked away in the grounds of what is now the Sewell Academy. The theatre holds just one hundred people, so has a very intimate feel.
The theatre bounced back incredibly well following the pandemic and is now back to its regular programming of seven shows a year, running from October through to July. Audition notes for the season can be found on the Sewell Barn website.
Right in the heart of Norwich City Centre, the Maddermarket is a traditional theatre space, with an auditorium, gallery and stage and is home to the Norwich Players. It can hold 310 people in total but is still small enough that you could be sitting at the back and you still have a good view of the production.
They have leaned toward being more of a music venue than a theatre since the pandemic, but still occasionally put out audition calls for shows, so worth keeping an eye on their current audition notices over on the Maddermarket website.
The Great Hall theatre company used to hold residence at The Assembly House in Norwich and performed all of their productions “in the round” within the beautiful setting of the Noverre ballroom. Their tagline was “Theatre you can almost touch” because the audience was so intimately placed around the stage.
Disappointingly, following lockdown, the Assembly House decided it no longer wanted the theatre performing there. A sad loss for Norwich, visitors and Theatregoers as performances were always very well attended.