Norwich is a creative city. It is bursting with different people with different stories to tell. After a few years away Norwich Fringe is returning to provide a platform for conversations between creatives, performers, artists and musicians. Norwich Fringe is about our city of creative people – and we mean mean creative in all senses of the word. Those on stage, those that make, those who create and those who make it all possible.

Our main aims are:

  • To develop a network and a sense of community for creatives; providing support, information and inspiration in these tumultuous times.
  • To profile Norwich as a creative and modern city; embracing everything offered locally.
  • To encourage working with both conventional and unconventional venues and platforms as spaces for creativity.
  • To provide a safe platform for, in particular, emerging artists to showcase work and support them in building a wider audience.

Norwich Fringe Values:

  • To be an actively anti-racist organisation.
  • To have a zero tolerance policy on abuse or bullying.
  • To provide, to its very best ability, accessible events for disabled artists.
  • To listen and respond to the voices of its participants, team or facilitators.
  • To develop a model that is both financially and ethically sustainable.

The Team

Our current team are listed below. We run Norwich Fringe on a voluntary basis and we’ll always endeavour to grow our team. We particularly encourage those who are under-represented to come forward, share their ideas and join the team! We know the arts has the power to profile voices, to encourage conversation, action and change. It would be great to hear from you.
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The producing team
Joseph Ballard, Director
Molly Farley, Producer
Sam Webber, Producer

The wider programme team includes the producers, along with:
Anita Staff, Head of Visual Arts
Martin Westgate and Hooma Comedy Club, Associate Producer for Comedy
Frazer Beckles, Venue and Business Liaison
Dan Randell, Festival 2021 logo design @dr_visualart

About the producing team

Joseph Ballard
Director and Producer

Joseph is a theatre maker, performer and playwright. He also runs his own theatre company, New Stages, which supports Norwich Fringe. Joseph has vast experience of running festivals and venues.

As a freelance practitioner, Joseph has led workshops in schools, for theatre and arts organisations, fulfilled roles such as a producer and project manager for various organisations. Other roles include Artistic Director and Chief Executive (Arts North Norfolk and The Atrium), Festival and Events Director (Peterborough Festival), Programme Manager (various venues), Director (No/Where Fringe) and Inspire Programmer for the East of England (London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games). He also volunteers with various local and national organisations including programme Arts and Ents for Norwich Pride. He has also established new theatre companies, venues and charities and continues to provide advice for the arts and third sector.

As a playwright, has a broad portfolio from original work to adaptations, musicals and pantomime.

He performs as an actor and cabaret/variety artist and he is an active member of Equity’s East Anglia Variety Branch, being a keen advocate for variety and pantomime.

Read more about Joseph.
Read more about New Stages.

Molly Farley
Molly enjoys making work her theatre company, Coast To Coast.

Molly is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s English Literature and Drama BA and during her time at UEA she formed Coast to Coast Theatre Company with fellow student Rohan Gotobed. Their aim was, and still is, to champion the voices of regional theatre makers. Their company works with new writing, with a focus on socio-political pieces.

Molly is principally a director. She sold out her debut Edinburgh Fringe run in 2018 with ‘Nowt As Queer As Folk’; a farcical presentation of middle England’s attitude to change. More recently she presented ‘Play Before Birth’ with her company at Norwich Theatre Royal, exploring the intersection of the climate crisis and young women’s attitudes to motherhood.

During the closure of theatres she has mentored writers looking to develop their work and facilitated online events to connect artists across the country. She’s hoping to continue this work as soon as we can get back to ‘normality’, but in the meantime cannot wait to get stuck in with bringing the community together with Norwich Fringe.

Read more about Coast To Coast Theatre Company.

Sam Webber

Sam began producing/directing theatre at aged 16, gained his BA in Scriptwriting & Performance from UEA, before going on to teach drama in local schools, as well as working as a freelance tutor/director/drama teacher across Norwich. He is heavily involved in theatres across the city, having regularly directed/performed/produced/written for Norwich’s various stages over the last few years. Notable projects include Fat Dog Theatre, an independent young company based in North Devon, and Death and the Data Processor, a puppet comedy for adultsin which Sam was writer/performer that toured across the UK Fringe scene. He currently teaches Acting on the Performing Arts Foundation Course at The Garage. Outside of work, Sam co-hosts the podcast Play Ground, which takes a deep dive into plays classic and contemporary, for academic as well as entertainment value.

Sam’s special interest lies in new adaptations of older works, breaking expectations and dramatic conventions to find something new in otherwise well-known plays & stories. He takes a keen interest in new writing and is always searching for new projects by young practitioners to nurture and develop.