Matilda drawing workshops

12 July 2010

Summer holiday fun for children at the RSC with Matilda drawing workshops

'Matilda and Friends' drawing workshops:
Monday 9 August 2010 (For ages 11 – 15)
Tuesday 10 August 2010 (For ages 11 – 15)
10am-12noon, Waterside Space, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tickets cost £5

Saturday 4 September 2010 (For children aged 6+ and their parents/carers)
2 – 4pm, Waterside Space, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tickets cost £5 adult/ £2.50 Child

All workshops can be booked via the RSC Box Office on 0844 800 1114

To celebrate the Royal Shakespeare Company's forthcoming production of Matilda, A Musical, based on Roald Dahl's well-loved book, the Company is inviting budding young artists to draw their own versions of characters from the story.

Through a lively and fun workshop, those aged between 6 and 15 will discover how to bring to life some of the most memorable people in the story, such as Matilda's school friends; her favourite teacher, Miss Honey; her flamenco-dancing obsessed mum; or her formidable, much -feared head-teacher, Miss Trunchbull.

Each workshop is led by animator, Tom Cross. Dates and times are given at the top of the release.

Anyone taking part in the workshops could also see their artwork become part of 'Matilda and Friends', an exhibition that will take place in Stratford later in the year around the opening of the RSC production.

Matilda, A Musical previews in the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 9 November 2010 and plays for a straight 12 week run until 30 January 2011. It will be directed by the Tony Award-winning Matthew Warchus, the book is by playwright and screen-writer Dennis Kelly, and the music and lyrics are by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

Nicola Salmon from RSC Events said:

“The RSC commissioned illustrator and author Quentin Blake, well known for his long-term collaboration with Roald Dahl, to produce drawings to publicise Matilda, A Musical. We're now looking to the younger generation to interpret Dahl's delightful and sometimes grotesque characters for themselves. The workshops are going to be great fun, and I can't wait to see the drawings!”

For more press information and Quentin Blake's illustration for Matilda, A Musical, please contact:
Dean Asker
RSC Press Office
01789 412660

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