Fun Palaces


Sunday 5 October, 11am – 3.30pm

We will be celebrating theatre director Joan Littlewood's legacy with a day of Fun Palace activity.

In 1961 Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a 'laboratory of fun', 'a university of the streets'. It was to be a temporary and moveable home to the arts and sciences that would welcome children and adults alike, based on Joan Littlewood's motto of 'Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.'

Join us for a day of free activities when we open the doors of the Courtyard Theatre for you to experiment with the elements of theatre making in our Theatre Laboratory.

Free drop-in activities

11am – 12 noon and 1pm – 2pm – The Writer's Pad
Join poet Aoife Mannix to create a cloak of words made out of visitors' visions of their fun palace. Be inspired by what others have written before having a go yourself.

12 noon – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm – The Drawing Desk
Create cartoon characters with artist Tom Cross who will capture your ideas and help craft drawings from your imagination.

11am – 3pm – Crafty Capers
Join Escape Arts in their 'Imagination Station of Invention' and build a one off sculpture during the course of the day.

Escape Arts are a Stratford-upon-Avon based charity that uses the arts to support local people and reaches out to help people with all needs across Warwickshire.

Free Demonstrations, Talks and Readings on the Courtyard Theatre stage

11.15am – Demo: Quick Fire Costume Change
Find out backstage costume secrets and see how fast a quick change can be.
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12noon – Rehearsed Reading: Miss Littlewood
Writer and composer Sam Kenyon shares a selection of songs from his new musical about the life of Joan Littlewood.
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12.30pm – Talk: Joan Littlewood's Life and Work
A question and answer session with our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman about Joan Littlewood.
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1.15pm – Demo: Have a go at Directing RSC Actors
Join our Assistant Director Anna Marsland and actors for this session where you get the chance to direct the performance.
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3pm – Demo: The Big Experiment
Our workshop participants have had an hour to rehearse the elements of text, movement and stage fighting and will come together for a final rehearsal onstage to create a one off performance of the opening speech from Henry V, 'O, for a muse of fire'.
Come and watch the final rehearsal, where you the audience will also have a role to play!
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Free Workshops

Take part in 30 minute taster sessions with RSC professionals in:

11am and 12.30pm – Stage Fighting
Learn how to pull a punch and fake a slap.
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11.30am and 1pm – Movement
Explore how actors use their bodies in performance.
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12noon and 1.30pm – Voice and Text
A short introduction to Shakespeare's words and how to deliver them.
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The Big Experiment

2pm - 3pm – Free Workshops
Take part in a one hour workshop on Stage Fighting, Movement or Voice and Text which will lead to a performance of the speech from Henry V which starts 'O, for a muse of fire…' on the Courtyard Theatre stage.
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3pm - 3.30pm – Final Performance
Our workshop participants come together for a final rehearsal onstage to create a one off performance of the opening speech from Henry V.
An audience will watch the final rehearsal, and also have a role to play!
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All workshops, talks and demonstrations are free and ticketed.

Free tickets can be booked in advance by phoning the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110.

A limited number of tickets will be available on the day, 30 minutes before the start of each event.

Visit the Fun Palaces' website to discover more about this national event and find a Fun Palace near you.

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