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Published October 2nd 2015
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Local artists, schools and community groups in Staffordshire are being given the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience free of charge.

The Lichfield Garrick theatre has launched a new Community Stage which can now be booked by interested parties eager to display their talent on a professional stage.

Lichfield Garrick theatre, Chris and Dan
Local act Chris and Dan 'christens' new community stage


A special space for the Community Stage has been made available on the top floor of the Garrick theatre.

Selected acts and groups will now be given a slot on the stage, usually before or after a performance either in the main theatre or studio.

The Community Stage has been introduced by the Garrick's Artistic Director, Tim Ford, in order to encourage artists, schools and community groups from the region to showcase their work to a wider audience without having to pay a venue booking fee.

Lichfield Garrick theatre, Chris and Dan
Chris Buckle and Dan Anketell "so proud


The first act to take advantage of the free space was Lichfield-based duo 'Chris and Dan' who performed a selection of classic contemporary songs and hits from the musicals to a packed audience.

The duo is made up of local performers Dan Anketell, who is also a music teacher, and Chris Buckle.

Chris said: "We're so proud to be the first act to perform on the new Community Stage.

"Our acoustic set was well received and it was such a buzz to play in front of an audience. The stage is a great opportunity for local performers and we would encourage everyone to have a go."

Lichfield Garrick theatre
Lichfield Garrick providing free space for local artists, schools and community groups


Tim Ford said: "Chris and Dan were brilliant, showing just what Lichfield has to offer. So, if you're a musician, poet, dancer or even a stand-up comedian, we want to hear from you and give you the chance to develop your performance skills."

To apply to perform on the Community Stage, please email tim.ford@lichfieldgarrick.com

To find out more about the Lichfield Garrick's Community Stage and to see who is booked to perform, visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com
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Why? Local Artists Given Chance To Showcase Talent For Free
When: All year
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: Free
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