My First Play: After The Storm – A Retelling of The Tempest

The ship we were travelling on has sunk. As the storm fades and the rain stops falling, we find ourselves on a magical desert island. While beautiful, it’s not home. Also trapped on the island are the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda. Can the magical creature Ariel help us all find our way home?

Some fan favourite My First faces will join us as we set sail on another Shakespearean journey – My First Play: After The Storm, A Retelling of The Tempest.

Audiences will remember Emily Panes, playing Miranda, from last year’s My First Panto: Rapunzel. Alex Tosh, playing her father, the wizard Prospero, appeared in our debut My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap.

Jack Blakey, playing Ferdinand, was in My First Panto: Jack and The Beansprout and My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid. They’ll be joined by Norfolk actress Joanna Brown, playing Ariel, who was in the Norwich production of My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood.

The interactive musical adventure for ages up to seven and their families is our latest co-production with Norwich-based theatre company All-In Productions and is full of singing, dance and play.

Writer and director Daniel Burgess said: “It’s amazing to welcome back some of the My First family. Emily, Alex, Jack and Joanna were big hits with audiences. They get what the My First shows are about and really know how to make them fun for all ages. I can’t think of anyone better to be stranded on a desert island with for two weeks. We’re going to have a great time.”    

This is an absolutely magical way to introduce children to theatre… It took only minutes after we left The Garage for Erin to ask if we could go back and see something else
there again soon.”

Me, Him, The Dog and a Baby on My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap

“It was so lovely to see children do what children do without anyone batting an eyelid – shout out, dance at will, join in, not join in – the show is theirs”

Norwich Mumbler on My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid

“Fairytale fabulous and a magical treat for tinies, this was my first My First Panto.
Fun, funny, engaging, immersive, telling a story in such way that those watching are part of
it; and full of joy it’s wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny for grown-ups. 
My three-year-old granddaughter adored it”

Rowan Mantell, EDP / Norwich Evening News on My First Panto: Rapunzel

Cast bios

Emily Panes: Emily studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Actor Musicianship. Her credits include The Wonderful Discovery of Witches (UK tour), The Art of Skipping (Kings Head Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Romy and Julian (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Dance Hall (Bloomsbury Theatre) and The Talk (Rich Mix). As a voiceover artist, she works for clients such as O2, Three and Deloitte and recently played violin on the debut album of Northern Souvenirs.

Alex Tosh: Alex trained at Rose Bruford and graduated in 2012 with a first-class degree in Actor-Musicianship. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in the saxophone. He’s appeared in Stick Man Live (UK Tour), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour) and Sunny Afternoon (West End).

Jack Blakey: Jack studied at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Actor-Musicianship. His credits while at Rose Bruford include Island Song, The Seagull, Macbeth and The Cherry Orchard. His professional theatre credits include: Frankenstein, The Merchant of Venice, Feet First and Mark And The Marked (Box Clever Theatre). Other work includes playing double bass in The Cabaret Farce (Edinburgh Fringe). When he’s not acting, Jack plays drums for Zoe West & The Hanging Baskets.

Joanna Brown: Joanna graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School as an Actor-Musician. Her theatre work has included The Scarecrow’s Wedding (Scamp Theatre, UK Tour), Alice In Wonderland (Derby Theatre), Gatsby (Union Theatre, Southwark), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre In The Forest and Red Rose Chain), The Princess and The Pea (Tutti Frutti). While studying she played Rapunzel in Into The Woods, Betty Parris in The Crucible and Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

About All-In Productions

Established in 2014 All-In Productions aims to delight, challenge, move and amaze audiences while making the experience accessible as possible to audiences who wouldn’t normally engage in the arts. For more information visit Follow them on Facebook @allinproductionsuk, Twitter @_allinprods and Instagram

About The Garage

The Garage is a centre for performing arts located in Norwich which supports the creative journeys of participants, audiences and artists. It is home to The Garage Trust, a registered charity providing support and development opportunities for people from all backgrounds. For more information visit The Garage is a registered charity No:1098975 and registered company No:4510240. Follow them on Facebook @garage.norwich, Twitter @_thegarage and Instagram @TheGarageNorwich

Performances: Wednesday 25 March – Thursday 9 April, 10.15AM, 1.15PM and 3.15PM

Relaxed performances Sunday 29 March, 10.15AM and Thursday 2 April, 1.15PM

BSL interpreted performances Thursday 26 March, 10.15AM; Saturday 28 March, 1.15PM and Wednesday 8 April, 3.15PM

Audio-described performance Saturday 28 March, 10.15 AM

Running time: 60 minutes                                       Tickets: £12.50 adults / £7.50 children /
                                                                         under 1s go free

Special offer

Buy your tickets to My First Circus: Lessons of The Jungle Book and My First Panto: Goldilocks and The Three Bears and get your tickets for My First Play: After The Storm, A Retelling of The Tempest for free! Offer automatically applied at purchase. 

To book

Call the box office on 01603 283382 or visit

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