New Stages is about creating new opportunities, exploring creativity and empowering communities through different projects from theatre, the wider creative arts and wellbeing.

New Stages is a Community Interest Company, meaning we a not-for-profit organisation with a social enterprise approach to all of our work. New Stages Projects CIC is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales, company number 13203008.

Our work is also rooted with our values and ethos that we advocate through actions and not just words.

In 2020, we resurrected Norwich Fringe, to bring the first Norwich Fringe Festival for 6 years back to Norwich. It’s all taking place online over the 18th to 21st March 2021. For more information about Norwich Fringe, click here.

New Stages runs North Norfolk Youth Theatre (classes for 8-12s and 13-17s), North Walsham People’s Theatre, an adult acting group and North Walsham People’s Choir. All classes are designed to be friendly, engaging and fun. Classes, workshops and shows take place in North Walsham and participants come from the local area and across North Norfolk, Broadland and the rest of Norfolk like Norwich and beyond!

In October 2017 we launched North Walsham Pop Up People’s Theatre. We celebrated full houses and successful shows, from new writing, cabaret and pantomime! You can read more about that here.

We have a team who help to keep things going and you can check out who they are below.


New Stages and our classes are under the leadership of the director, Joseph Ballard.
Joseph is a professional performer and director with 17 years teaching experience for theatres, clubs and schools.
You can read more about Joseph on his own website (click here).

In 2009, Joseph set up his theatre education company called Response Theatre and then relaunched the activities in 2016 as ‘New Stages’ reflecting an influx of new adventures and opportunities for those involved in the classes. All classes now take place in North Walsham which is an ideal location for those traveling in from the surrounding areas across Broadland and North Norfolk.

In 2017 New Stages relaunched to engage with the local community in North Norfolk much more than before. New Stages runs North Walsham People’s Choir, North Norfolk Youth Theatre, North Walsham People’s Theatre and a creative welling workshop programme. In October 2017 we launched North Walsham Pop Up People’s Theatre, where we present shows in a town centre location.

Creative collaboration is a powerful thing and the company has worked with different organisations from the creative, educational and youth sectors. In summer 2012, our project called What’s Your Story was awarded the prestigious Inspire mark for excellence from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, making us officially part of the London 2012 family and its legacy.

Past partnerships have included MAP (Mancroft Advice Project with What’s Your Story), Anteros Arts Foundation, Town and Parish Councils, The Atrium and Catch 21. Workshops and performances have taken place at our own People’s Theatre, The Atrium, Norwich Puppet Theatre,  the Big Screen, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Open, The Great Hospital and parks and festivals as part of our open-air tours.

Since then the company has grown, with the strong belief that collaborations with other organisations, education providers and other practitioners is the key to rewarding, innovative successful projects.

Check out our archive What’s On page here.

Click here to email Joseph, our director.

Here is our gorgeous team for New Stages and North Walsham Pop Up People’s Theatre.