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  • Free family fun day featuring Stratford Town Colts FC matches and homegrown West Midlands football freestyler and Guinness World Record holder Rebaz Mohammed, who will be hosting a football freestyling workshop
  • Smash the Stereotypes and help design a brand-new PACCAR room exhibition with a week of free half-term activities to celebrate identity and acceptance
  • Visit RULES DON’T APPLY, a free exhibition of making and fun, created with families this October half term, and open from November to March alongside The Boy in the Dress

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is celebrating difference and its upcoming brand-new musical, The Boy in the Dress, with a host of football, fashion and fun-themed activities this autumn.

The fun kicks off with a day of free football and fashion across the Swan and Bancroft gardens on Saturday 26 October. Local youth footballers Stratford Town Colts FC will be playing matches across the afternoon, while Guinness World Record holding freestyle footballer Rebaz Mohammed will be giving performances and a workshop. Elsewhere in the gardens, visitors can join a human foosball game, play table football, or pick a beautiful dress to play in.

Saturday 26 also marks the start of a brand-new week of completely free half-term activities at the RSC, running until Thursday 31 October. Visual artist and social maker Megan Clark-Bagnall will be on hand in the PACCAR room to help visitors smash stereotypes by discovering and celebrating their identities through art, craft, and fashion. Children will be invited to make ID cards and badges to showcase their own special talents and qualities, then take part in a range of fun, creative activities to inspire them to think about who they are and what they can be. The week will finish with a bang with a special moment at 4pm on Thursday 31st to smash stereotypes.

Ideas and artwork created by our half term visitors will go on to feature in the newest PACCAR room exhibition, RULES DON’T APPLY, which will open with the first previews for The Boy in the Dress on 8 November. RULES DON’T APPLY is a playful, interactive exhibition with many different activities for children and families, that celebrates individuality and friendship. Highlights include activities where visitors can make themselves a cover model for a life-size interactive magazine, design their own T-shirt slogans, and make friendship bracelets.

All activities listed are FREE. No tickets required. Half-term activities are recommended for ages 7+.


Notes to Editors:

For more information about this press release please contact Emily Magdij on 01789 412657, 07920 541729 or

The Boy in the Dress is supported by RSC Production Circle members Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys, Charles Holloway, Ms Teresa Tsai and Kathleen J. Yoh

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

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

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.

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