Stratford on Sea

9 July 2014

A brand new month of free family activity at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon during August

1 - 31 August

10am – 5pm


The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering families a month of free summer entertainment in August, as the Bancroft Terrace plays host to seaside activities and end of the pier style fun as part of Stratford-on-Sea.

Highlights include a special family trail at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre based on Shakespeare's magical play The Tempest. Every day, families can pick up clues around the building to complete a quotation from the play. They can also pose for photos as their favourite Shakespeare character as part of a traditional seaside funny faces board, featuring drawings from award winning illustrator Greg McLeod. During the week visitors can relax on deck chairs and enjoy an ice cream or cold drink, and on weekends they can partake in a range of food and drinks on the Bancroft Terrace. Every Sunday throughout the month there will also be a selection of free drop in activities.

Drop in activities and events
Free activities for all ages, just drop in no need to book.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
All activities take place on the Bancroft Terrace, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sonanta Flamenca
Sunday 3 August, 12pm - 12.45pm and again at 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Enjoy Latin rhythms and flamenco music from father and son group Sonanta Flamenca.

Punch and Judy
Sunday 10 August, 11am, 1pm and 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.

Nicky Pound and Lucy Huzzard
Sunday 17 August, 12pm - 12.45pm, 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Check out folk duo Nicky Pound and Lucy Huzzard, who will combine the viola and melodeon for two special performances.
Askew Sisters
Sunday 24 August, 12pm - 12.45pm, 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Hear the Askew Sisters who mix fiddle and melodeon to create traditional folk music.

Pavement Art Workshop
Sunday 24 August, 10am - 5pm and again on Monday 25 August, 10am - 5pm
Take part in seaside style pavement art where visitors can transform the terrace of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and get involved in an all day workshop.
The Whale
Sunday 31 August, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Enter the jaws of an aluminium whale for a three minute theatre show from Coventry acting company Talking Birds and discover a special sea-side inspired tale.

Other RSC activities and workshops in August

Who Wears the trousers?, the Swan Theatre

Celebrate the final week of our family exhibition, Who Wears the Trousers? with a series of fun art workshops on drawing, screen and oil painting. The exhibition, which includes work from artists Girls Who Draw, aims to explore the tradition of cross-dressing in theatre and how clothes are used to express who we are.
Drop in craft activities – free
Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 August, 11am - 1pm
Enjoy a range of craft activities involving oil pastels and water colours. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Screen Printed Characters and Costumes – £10
Tuesday 26 August, 2pm - 4pm
Create your very own quirky characters inspired by our family exhibition Who Wears the Trousers? with a range of craft material. Suitable for children aged eight and over.

Screen Printed Patterns and Notebooks – £10
Wednesday 27 August and Thursday 28 August, 2pm - 4pm
Create your very own notebook and learn some basic book binding techniques in this two hour workshop. Suitable for children aged eight and over.

Clore Learning Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Play in Two Days – £38
Saturday 2 August, 10am - 5pm
Sunday 3 August, 10am - 5pm
Youngsters can learn how to create their own Shakespeare inspired play in two days with this special workshop. An RSC expert will be on hand to guide those aged between 15 and 18 through the theatre making process. The chance to perform at the RSC's open air theatre the Dell is also on offer.

Summer Skills – £9 per session or £40 for all five
Monday 11 August - Friday 15 August, 10.30am - 12.30pm (ages eight-11) and 2pm - 4pm (ages 12-16)
Join an RSC expert every day for a special two hour session and learn how to stage fight, use your voice for the theatre and create a dramatic scene.

Speaking Shakespeare – £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Monday 18 August, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Want to have a go at performing some of Shakespeare's speeches? Come along to this fun and lively session that will have you quoting Shakespeare like a professional. For ages nine and over.

Singing Workshop – £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Monday 18 August, 2pm - 3pm
Come and sing your heart out with an RSC voice coach. No experience necessary. For ages nine and over.

Family Workshop – £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Wednesday 20 August, 2pm - 3.30pm, Macbeth
Thursday 21 August, 2pm - 3.30pm, The Winter's Tale
Learn more about the themes of power and jealousy in two of Shakespeare's classic plays – Macbeth and The Winter's Tale as part of two workshops. Designed for youngsters aged nine and over, the 90 minute sessions will focus on the language and characters of Shakespeare's play in a fun way and interactive way.

The Story Garden – £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Wednesday 20 August, 10.30am - 11.30am, Macbeth
Thursday 21 August, 10.30am - 11.30am, The Winter's Tale
Enjoy being part of the action and help tell the story of one of Shakespeare's plays – including Macbeth and The Winter's Tale. Suitable for children aged four to eight and their parents.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Blood, Guts and Gore – £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Friday 1 August, 11am – 12 noon
Friday 8 August, 11am – 12 noon
Monday 18 August, 11am – 12 noon
Friday 29 August, 11am - 12 noon
Join former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up, Brenda Leedham, as she talks about the tricks of the trade and how bruises, cuts and scars are created. Suitable for all ages.

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