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EASTER ACTIVITIES 2019 AT THE RSC

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
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www.rsc.org.uk/easter
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL – MONDAY 6 MAY 2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering families a whole host of exciting activities over the Easter and Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations period.

Highlights include: 

  • Join the RSC for a host of activities to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday from 27 to 28 April, including vocal warm ups and movement workshops by RSC professionals
  • See the inner-workings of RSC magic with an open set changeover, and find out how the stage changes between performances
  • BSL interpreted events including Kate’s Storytree 19 April, Blood, Guts and Gore 24 April and Light, Sound, Action 24 April
  • Visit the beautiful Tulip Festival at Morton Hall this May, raising money for Stitch In Time, the campaign for restoration and redevelopment of our Costume Workshop

Blood, Guts and Gore, £3.50 adult, £3 child
The Event Space, The Other Place
Wednesday 10 April, 11am – 12noon
Wednesday 24 April, 11am – 12noon
This event will be BSL interpreted.

All ages

Brenda Leedham, former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up, talks about the tricks of the trade and how bruises, cuts and scars are created. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Introduce: Stage Fighting, £3.50 adult, £3 child
The Gatsby Rehearsal Room, The Other Place
Thursday 11 April, 11 – 11.45am
Suitable for ages 4-8 years and their families/carers


Work as a family to create your own mini fight scene. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover: Stage Fighting, £4 adult, £3.50 child
The Gatsby Rehearsal Room, The Other Place
Thursday 11 April, 1 – 2.30pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Create an epic fight with fake punches, slaps and hair pulls. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Drop-In Craft Day, FREE
Swan Theatre Colonnade
Friday 12 and 19 April, 11am - 4pm
Suitable for all ages

Enjoy our free craft workshops inspired by our current shows. Drop in at any time in the day and stay for as long as you like. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Introduce: Model Box Making, £3.50 adult, £3 child
Upper Foyer, The Other Place
Monday 15 April, 10.15 – 11.15am
Suitable for ages 4-8 years and their families/carers

Join us in creating your own miniature stage ready to play out your favourite play! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Discover: Set Design, £4 adult, £3.50 child
Upper Foyer, The Other Place
Monday 15 April, 12 – 1.30pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Discover how Theatre Designers create beautiful sets and have a go at creating your own mini stage design. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Explore: Set and Costume Design, £9
Event Space, The Other Place
Monday 15 April, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Suitable for ages 13 – 17 years

Create your own set design inspired by the speech ‘the seven ages of man’ in As You Like It led by RSC assistant designers.

 

Introduce: Music, £3.50 adult, £3 child
The Clore Learning Centre
Tuesday 16 April, 10.15 – 11am
Suitable for ages 4-8 years and their families/carers

Come and play simple rhythms and discover all sorts of instruments that are played live during our plays. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover: Music, £4 adult, £3.50 child
The Clore Learning Centre
Tuesday 16 April, 11.15am – 12.45pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Work together as a group and discover different rhythms and instruments. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Explore: Music for Theatre, £9
The Clore Learning Centre
Tuesday 16 April, 2 – 4pm
Suitable for ages 13 – 17 years

Work with an RSC musician to create your own rhythmical score and learn how music can bring a scene to life.

Introduce: As You Like It, £3.50 adult, £3 child
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Wednesday 17 April, 11 – 11.45am
Suitable for ages 4-8 years and their families/carers

Introduce your child to As You Like It through games and simple rehearsal techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Discover: As You Like It, £4 adult, £3.50 child
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Wednesday 17 April, 1.30pm – 3pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Take part in this fun introduction to the play. Discover the story and themes in As You Like It as you work as an actor does, on your feet! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Discover: Stage Fighting, £4 adult, £3.50 child
The Clore Learning Centre
Thursday 18 April, 11 – 12.30pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Create an epic fight with fake punches, slaps and hair pulls. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Explore: Stage Fighting, £9
The Clore Learning Centre
Thursday 18 April, 2 – 4pm
Suitable for ages 13 – 17 years

Learn how fights are created for the stage in a safe and non-violent way, with RSC Fight Director, Tom Jordan.

 

Kate’s Storytree, FREE
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Company
Friday 19 April, 10.15 – 10.45am and 11.30am – 12noon
Suitable for under 5s
This event will be BSL interpreted.

Gather around the Storytree with Kate for tales old and new. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Introduce: Theatre Games, £3.50 adult, £3 child
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Company
Friday 19 April, 11 – 11.45am
Suitable for ages 4-8 years and their families/carers

Come and play fun theatre games with an RSC actor. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover: Taming of the Shrew, £4 adult, £3.50 child
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Company
Friday 19 April, 1.30 – 3pm
Suitable for ages 8 – 12 and their families/carers

Discover the story and themes in a fun introduction to the play. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Easter Trail, FREE
Around the building, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Friday 19 – Monday 22 April, all day
Suitable for all ages

Pick up a free trail to hunt down the Easter bunny and a sweet surprise!

Happy Birthday Shakespeare, FREE
Swan Theatre Colonnade
Tuesday 23 April, 11am - 4pm
Suitable for all ages

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday by creating a card, souvenir ribbon or party popper! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Open Set Changeovers, £6
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Tuesday 23 April, 2pm
Thursday 25 April, 4pm
Recommended age 10+

Take your seat in the auditorium to watch our technical teams transform the stage from one play’s set to another in approximately 90 minutes, as our host talks you through the fascinating process. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Lights, Sound, Action, £6
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Wednesday 24 April, 2 – 3pm
Suitable for all ages
This event will be BSL interpreted.

Meet our Lighting, Sound and Automation teams as they explain and demonstrate the technical side of theatre-making. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Discover: Play in a Day, £28
Studio Theatre, The Other Place
Thursday 25 April, 10am – 4.30pm
Suitable for ages 10-12

Create your very own shortened version of The Taming of the Shrew in just a day, with help from an RSC expert. Family and friends are invited to watch the final showing at 4pm. For young people to attend without their parents/carers.

 

Explore: Technical Play in a Day, £28
Studio Theatre, The Other Place
Thursday 25 April, 10am – 4.30pm
Suitable for ages 13 – 17 years

Learn how simple lighting and sound designs are put together as you work with our technical team at The Other Place. You’ll work as a group to design the lighting and sound cues as you watch our ‘play in a day’ company rehearse. Family and friends are invited to watch the final showing at 4pm.

 

Secrets from The Play’s The Thing, FREE
Swan Theatre Colonnade
Friday 26 April, 12 - 3pm
Suitable for all ages

Enjoy a selection of rarely displayed props and costumes from the RSC collection and get hands on to re-create past productions. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tulip Festival at Morton Hall Gardens, £10 adult, under 12 free
Morton Hall Lane, Holberrow Green, B96 6SJ
Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Immerse yourself in the glory of tulips in borders, colourful pots and cut flower displays, with expert advice from Bloms Bulbs, winner of 67 Chelsea Gold Medals.

The Play’s The Thing
£8.50 adult, £4.25 child, kids go FREE during Warwickshire summer holidays
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Open all day
Suitable for all ages

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre making in our award-winning interactive exhibition.

Kids go free during Warwickshire school holidays.

 

Tower and Tours
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Suitable for all ages

Get closer to the world of theatre on a tour and enjoy spectacular views from our Tower.

 

Family Activity Trail, FREE
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Available all day
Suitable for all ages

Explore our building and discover all the fun things to do. Find our dressing up cabinet, amazing Lego mosaic, big bear, shining stars installation and peep holes mural.

FREE, pick up from leaflet racks in the theatre.

 

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations LISTINGS
Studio Theatre
Saturday 27 April

Join us to celebrate Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday with free activities throughout the day.  A series of workshops and demonstrations are available to book for free at The Other Place Studio Theatre, alongside drop-in activities and pop-up performances.

 

Vocal Warm Up
12 – 12.20pm

Join an RSC voice coach for a short introduction to warming your voice up ready for a performance on stage.


Stage Fight Demo
12.30 – 1.00pm

Watch the professionals as they unpick the many stages in creating a fight scene for the stage.

Rehearsing Shakespeare
1.15 – 2pm

See how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with an Assistant Director and actors showing the type of exercises and discussion that take place during rehearsals.

 

Movement Workshop
2.30 – 3pm

Join us for a practical workshop on using your body to create characters.

 

Theatre Games
3.15 – 3.45pm

Join us for fun theatre games led by RSC Assistant Director Nicky Cox

 

Stage Fight Workshop
4 – 4.30pm

A short practical workshop to introduce a few simple stage fight techniques.

The Play’s The Thing

Entry to The Play’s The Thing will be free for everyone on Saturday 27th April.

 

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about this press release please contact Emily Magdij on 01789 412657, 07920 541729 or Emily.magdij@rsc.org.uk

About Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world.  We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.  

Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage.  All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.  

We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre.  We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.  Registered charity no. 212481 www.rsc.org.uk

The RSC is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The redevelopment of the Swan Wing and The Play’s The Thing exhibition are generously supported by the NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND, TUBNEY CHARITABLE TRUST, GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION, DCMS/WOLFSON MUSEUMS & GALLERIES IMPROVEMENT FUND, THE WOLFSON FOUNDATION and others.

The restoration and redevelopment of the Costume Workshop is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and The Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy, The Foyle Foundation, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and other generous supporters.


Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

 

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