Summer holiday activities

28 June 2013

Summer Holiday Shows and Activities at the Royal Shakespeare Company

This Summer Holiday the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is offering audiences and visitors activities for all the family to find out more about making theatre. Inventive theatre company The Wrong Crowd is in residence for one week offering a range of activities for families inspired by the current costume exhibitions at the RSC In Stitches. Other workshops include how fake wounds are created in stage make up demonstrations and acting and fight workshops. Plus the RSC's outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, plays host to a range of community and semi-professional productions throughout the summer weekends.

For more information visit www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/events  
To book call box office on 0844 800 1114

THE WRONG CROWD RESIDENCY Tuesday 20 – Monday 26 August
Inspired by the RSC's current costume exhibition In Stitches, The Wrong Crowd are taking up residency in the Royal Shakespeare Company for one week, bringing the world of costume-making to life. Events will take place across the week offering opportunities for people to join this visually-inventive theatre company as it delves into the art of designing and crafting costumes for the stage.

The Wrong Crowd makes theatre, which fuses storytelling, music, live action and puppetry, re-interpreting wild, old stories for contemporary audiences.

For more information, please go to: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/wrong-crowd-residency.aspx

The activities offered by The Wrong Crowd include:

Free Drop in Activities
Each morning try our simple costume templates that you can then decorate and wear as you explore the rest of the costume exhibition. From a crown and cuffs or ears and a tail, there will be something for everyone to make. Please note, this activity requires using scissors, so younger children may need assistance from an adult and should not be left unattended.

Suitable for all ages
Tuesday 20 – Sunday 25 August, 10am - 2pm
Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Free

Creative Costume Making
Puck, the mischievous sprite, has stolen all the costumes for our characters and we need your help making more. Join The Wrong Crowd for a creative afternoon of designing and crafting your own costumes for some famous characters from Shakespeare's plays.

Suitable for ages 8+
Tuesday 20 – Monday 26 August, 2pm – 4pm
The Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
£12 Children
Children must be accompanied by an adult, but do not need to purchase a ticket.

A Sleepover at the RSC
Join The Wrong Crowd for the evening as they lead you on a magical night of costumes and stories. The evening will begin with costume making inspired by the In Stitches exhibition, bringing them altogether for a parade. We'll then to settle down for the night, in one of the most magical buildings in theatre, to hear bedtime stories.

Suitable for ages 8 – 12 years and their parent or guardian
Sunday 25 August, 6pm until Monday 26 August, 9.30am
The Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
£35 For one child and one adult

OTHER EVENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE:

Summer Skills
Practical workshops exploring performance skills with RSC practitioners. Either choose specific sessions or book the whole week at a discounted rate.

Monday 19 August - Movement
Tuesday 20 August - Stage Fighting
Wednesday 21 August - Voice
Thursday 22 August - Working with Text
Friday 23 August - Creating a Scene

For ages 8 - 11 years, 10.30am - 12.30pm
For ages 12 - 16 years, 2 - 4pm
Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tickets cost £8 per session or book all five sessions for £35

Play in 2 Days
Work over two days with an RSC practitioner to create a shortened version of Hamlet. Working as an ensemble theatre company, you will devise, direct and act in a 30 minute performance that will be presented to family and friends as part of the summer season at The Dell open air stage.

Suitable for ages 15 – 18 years
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August, 10am-5pm
The Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
£36 (lunch not included)

Story Garden
Join us in the Story Garden on Saturdays throughout the year for a fun and active story. Each session will be on a different tale inspired by Shakespeare and the themes in his plays.

Suitable for ages 4 – 8 years
Saturday 20 July and Saturday 17 August, 10 - 11am
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Adults £3/Children £2

Family Workshop
Take part in a fun family workshop and work as an actor does, on your feet! No previous acting experience or knowledge of the play required, as you'll be introduced to the story of Hamlet or As You Like It on the day.

Monday 29 July
Hamlet workshop, 11am
Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
As You Like It workshop, 3pm
Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Tuesday 6 August
A Midsummer Night's Dream, workshop, 2.30pm
The Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon 
Adults £3.50/Children £2.50

Hamlet Active Storytelling
An opportunity for those aged between 3-7 to become an actor and tell the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Suitable for ages 3 - 7 years
Tuesday 30 July and Monday 5 August, 2.30pm
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Adults £3/ Children £2

Blood, Guts and Gore
Former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up, Brenda Leedham demonstrates how to create fake bruises, cuts and scars. Willing participants will be required!

Suitable for all ages
Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 8 August, 2.30pm
The Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Adults £3.50/Children £2.50

Stage Fighting
Learn how to pull a punch in this stage fighting workshop and demonstration.

Suitable for adults and young people aged 10+
Thursday 1 August, 2.30pm
The Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Wednesday 7 August, 2.30pm
The Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Adults £3.50/Children £2.50

Movement
A session focusing on ensemble approaches to theatre-making and how the company explores movement work in the rehearsal room.

Suitable for adults and young people aged 11+
Friday 2 August , 2.30pm
The Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Friday 9 August, 2.30pm
The Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Adults £3.50/Children £2.50

The Dell
On weekends throughout the summer, the Royal Shakespeare Company's outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, plays host to a range of lively student, community and semi - professional productions. Performances kick off on Saturday 8 June, and continue until Sunday 1 September. The Dell is situated on the banks of the River Avon in Avonbank Gardens, near Holy Trinity Church. Entrance is free.

For more information, please go to: www.rsc.org.uk/thedell 
 
Tower
Take a trip up the Tower to experience an alternative view across Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond. A lift will take you up to the viewing platform. The Tower is open daily from 10am until 4pm. Please note the Tower may be closed around Matinee performances in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
£2.50 Adults £1.25 Children

Rooftop Restaurant
Enjoy the very best of British food in relaxed, contemporary and stylish surroundings with stunning panoramic views from the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Company's recently transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Our informal yet striking dining room is unlike any other in the Midlands, with a terrace looking out onto the River Avon and surrounding countryside. All dishes are available in half portions for younger guests with family friendly dishes always available, plus all children receive a free Shakespearean activity sheet and set of crayons.

For further information, please contact Amy Belson on 01789 412622 or amy.belson@rsc.org.uk

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