3 July 2015

A festival of free family activity at the RSC throughout the summer holidays
Saturday 18 July - Sunday 6 September

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering families six weeks of free drop-in entertainment, with extra activity taking place on weekends, as Stratford-on-Sea returns to the Bancroft Terrace throughout the summer holidays.

Highlights include:

- Take part in seaside style Pavement Art Workshops where visitors can transform the terrace of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
- Visit an aluminium whale and enjoy special three minute theatre shows from Coventry theatre company Talking Birds
- Check out a giant seaside mural and have a go at colouring part of it in

Funny Faces board
Saturday 18 July – Sunday 6 September: 10am - 5pm
Pose as a Shakespeare character with your friends at our funny faces board.

Fortune's Wheel
Saturday 18 July – Sunday 6 September: 10am - 5pm
Take a turn on Fortune's Wheel to decide which play you will act a part from and then enjoy acting it out on our special stage complete with props. The event will take place in and around a newly commissioned miniature stage, developed by theatre company Stan's Café, architect Yinka Danmole and children from a Birmingham primary school. Suitable for all ages.

David Gibb: Letters Through Your Door
Sunday July 19: Performances at 11.30am and again at 12.45pm
Families can enjoy listening to children's songs from across the world performed by BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee David Gibb.

Up Against the Wall: Live Drawing Display and Giant Colouring Workshop
Saturday 25 July: 12 noon - 5pm
Sunday 26 July: 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Watch artist Scott Walker as he creates a giant cartoon seaside scene on the Bancroft Terrace and then come and help him colour it in the next day.

Talking Birds' Whale
Sunday 2 August: 10am - 1pm or again between 2pm - 5pm
Enter the jaws of an aluminium whale for a three minute theatre show from Coventry theatre company Talking Birds and discover a special sea-side inspired tale. The Whale is suitable for all ages, fully accessible for wheelchair users and has a hearing loop for hearing aid users.

Sunday 9 August: 12 noon - 4.30pm
Check out balloon modelling group, Balloonatic, as they create balloon sculptures of all shapes and sizes. Suitable for all ages.

Punch and Judy
Sunday 16 August: Performances at 11am, 1pm and again at 3pm
Catch some traditional seaside entertainment with a Punch and Judy show. 'Professor' Clive Chandler of Tip Top Puppets will be performing three shows throughout the day. Suitable for all ages.

Pavement Art workshop
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August: 10am - 5pm
Take part in a seaside-style pavement art workshop where visitors can transform the terrace of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or watch the scene take shape throughout the day. Suitable for all ages.

The Wind and The Sun by Tell Tale Hearts and In Situ Circus Theatre
Sunday 30 August: Performances at 12 noon, 1.30pm and again at 3.30pm
Enjoy some live theatre with this special mini-play based on Aesop's fable, The Wind and the Sun, and you may even become part of the action. Suitable for all ages.

The Bone Ensemble's Caravania!
Sunday 6 September: 11am - 5pm, 20 minute performances throughout the day
Check out an interactive beach, and journey into space with special 20 minute performances based in a caravan. Caravania! by The Bone Ensemble, is suitable for ages five to 11. A range of fun activities are also available for all ages.


Notes to Editors:
For further information, please contact RSC Press and Communications Officer Nurinder Mantell, 01789 412657/07920 541729.

All Stratford-on-Sea activities take place on the Bancroft Terrace, Stratford-upon-Avon and children must be accompanied by an adult.

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