Norwich theatre company Curious Directive has moved into its first permanent home, and in doing so established a hub for artists in the city that will offer affordable rehearsal and work space.
The company, which specialises in science-led theatre, has taken over a 15th-century church in central Norwich out of which it will operate, and has also set up four initiatives to help “ease the strain on grassroots theatremakers in the city” and offer resources that its members felt were lacking early in their careers.
The theatremaking hub is being created thanks to funding from Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, which are working together with the company on the project.
The building includes a co-working space for administrative work, which will be rented at £68.50 a month, and has capacity for 15 artists and companies, and a rehearsal space, available for £1.25 per hour.
The spaces will include WiFi, a kitchen, a garden and meeting rooms.
In addition, Curious Directive will run a tech library, offering emerging theatremakers free use of the technology it uses in its shows, including video projectors, up to 60 virtual reality headsets, sound desks and 360-degree cameras.
There are also plans to convert part of the church into a wood and metal workshop to enable companies to build their own sets. Fundraising is currently underway for this and the company said it wanted to encourage more ambitious small and mid-scale touring.
A statement from the company said: “Curious Directive has created all these resources as they represent four simple resources, which were missing from their organisation in the early days. All under one roof, with no agenda, we’re delighted to offer these out to young theatremakers, ensuring the creation of theatre in Norwich is just that little bit easier.”