Our top 10 theatre themed activities and events to do with kids this week
- 27 July 2020
As you know we publish a blog every Monday featuring upcoming activities and events for the whole family to take part in. So far we have shared our 'Top 10' music, art and literary themed activities and this week we've put together a hand-picked list of online events and activities themed around theatre - we hope you enjoy them!
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1. Theatre at home for years 7 & 8
Tuesday 28 July, 7.00pm - 7.30pm. From The Garage, Norwich. Recommended for ages: 11 - 13 years.
A great way for your youngster to develop their stage presence and theatre-making skills as well as teaching valuable life skills such as working with others, speaking in a public setting and boosting confidence. Taught by professional artists with industry experience, participants will explore using scripts and developing character. Areas covered include status, voice work, physicality and an introduction to other practitioners. Sessions focus on a particular theme, skill or piece of script with feedback at the end. Drama games and exercises make for a fun way to make new friends and learn.
2. Create a scarf story!
FREE. From Three Feathers Theatre Company. Recommended for ages: 0 - 10 years.
Grab a scarf and let’s retell your favourite story! This is a fun activity where you use a scarf, a piece of material or any object you like as a prop to help retell a story.
Follow the link below to see a demonstration of the activity by retelling the famous tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Using a piece material is great because it is very malleable. You can use other things too like: box, string, chair, hat, or a stick. Get creative! What object are you going to use? What story are you going to retell?
3. Open Theatre at Home
FREE. From Open Theatre Company. Recommended for ages: 2 - 16 years.
In these uncertain times where we can't be in the same place physically, it's even more important we find new ways to connect with each other. We're bringing as much of Open Theatre online as possible - our productions, our theatre groups and our non-verbal drama sessions.
Head to Open Theatre at Home's website and take a look at the range of activities to get involved in.
4. What a Wonderful World Live Stream
FREE. From Little Angel Theatre. Recommended for ages: 2 - 5 years.
What a Wonderful World brings to life the much loved song in a story which encourages little ones to see the beauty of the world and to love other people.
Huffington Post said of the book, ‘Hopgood does the impossible and makes a song as ubiquitous as What a Wonderful World feel fresh again’. This is an adaptation of a book in Tim Hopgood’s classic songbook series.
Hopgood’s illustrations will be brought to life with design by Alison Alexander, and new recordings of the songs by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr.
Available to watch until 30 September, make sure to watch the show!
5. Build your own theatre!
FREE. From Greenwich Theatre. Recommended for ages: 3 - 16 years.
Thanks to Greenwich Theatre you can have a go at building your own theatre! Build your very own Greenwich Theatre to use at home.
Download the template and instruction from their website and send us your theatre designs, set designs and maybe even the premiere performance in your very own Greenwich Theatre!
6. Anna and Arji's Broom Cupboard
FREE. From A Line Art. Recommended for ages: 3 - 8 years.
A 5 minute TV show where Anna Bruder and Arji Manuelpillai from A Line Art share interactive playful arts and craft activities, stories, poems and games for the whole family to make and play at home. A new webisode is shared every Monday.
Share your creations with us by email, or tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we will feature you on The Broom Cupboard Art Gallery. Each webisode is BSL interpreted.
7. Moon Song Lockdown Project
FREE. From Bamboozle Theatre Company. Recommended for ages: 4 - 14 years.
Bamboozle are a world leading company creating work for young audiences on the autistic spectrum and with learning disabilities. The show Moon Song was made for young audiences on the autistic spectrum and so resources may be especially welcomed by families with a child on the autistic spectrum and or with learning disabilities, but of course they are fun and accessible for all families!
Inspired by Bamboozle Theatre's Moon Song, this series of resources includes a range of creative activities to join in with at home, so why not build a rocket and join them on their journey to space?
8. Design an outfit fit for the theatre!
FREE. From Waddesdon Manor. Recommended for ages: 5 - 12 years.
Baron Ferdinand enjoyed a bit of dressing up. When invited to fancy dress balls, he liked to dress as a Renaissance nobleman from Austria.
9. Creative Play on YouTube
FREE. From Teeny Tiny Theatre. Recommended for ages: 2 - 8 years.
Teeny Tiny Theatre have tons of fun, creative, family games, songs and play activities on their YouTube Channel for your little ones.
Pretend to be a pirate or go on an under the sea adventure, sing a dinosaur song or invent your own unique story together...
All of the activities can involve the whole family playing together - take a look and get involved!
10. Storytellling and theatre
FREE. From Open City. Recommended for ages: 6 - 16 years.
We experience our cities and the places we live in very personal ways and from many perspectives: your version of the city is unique and you’re the best person to tell stories about it. This exercise, designed by Okra, will guide you through the process of making your own theatre to perform the Stories of Your City at home.
It will teach kids about storytelling, background, foreground, characters, and props...and then give everyone the opportunity to have endless fun making up 'plays' to perform with your new stage set!