The challenge has been issued for Norfolk to get creative with 11 days of exciting workshops and performances this Easter in Norwich City Centre.
Although there is plenty for young people to do, events for families, adults and the over-50s are all included within the programme of events which will be happening at Norwich Theatre Royal’s Stage Two learning and participation centre behind the main building.
The underwater world is the theme of a shadow puppet workshop happening on April 5 which will see practitioners from visual performance company Garlic Theatre help children create their own simple, colourful and unique shadow puppets.
April 12th will see three drama workshops for children aged 2-7 and their families (above) who will be encouraged to create their own magical adventures about a puppet called Pip who is ill. His only cure? A lock of hair from a magical creature that lives in the jungle. These sessions, where children must be accompanied by an adult, are run by the Norwich-based Little People’s Drama Company.
A taste of Brazil comes to Norfolk on April 5 and 12 with some samba workshops which are also for all the family. Everyone will get an introduction to street percussion and the chance to create simple rhythms. It is open to children aged 6-plus and will be run by Norwich Samba who have been working with the city community for over 15 years.
Discover the excitement of puppetry by taking part in a show and then making your own on April 6. Teacher and puppet-maker Caroline Riley will also encourage all the participants in the family session to then create their own mini-show as well.
Families are also invited to be part of a must-see event in the diary – a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Professional actor and storyteller John Kirk will introduce the poetry of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland on April 11 as well as take part in an interactive workshop with drama and storytelling. Aimed at children aged 5+ and their families, water and confetti are also part of this fun-filled session.
Roll up, roll up to the Theatre Royal Big Top as Lost In Translation Circus arrive on April 13. They have a whole day of entertainment lined up starting with a parent and child acrobatics workshop where they will learn balance and technique to create their own acrobatic routines. Juggling, hula hoop-ing and acrobatics are all lined up for a parent and child circus workshop, and there is also a workshop specifically for young people aged 8-12 that day as well.
Slapping, stabbing, punching and parrying are on the festival time-table on April 3 as the British Academy of Stage and Screen Fighting will run three unarmed combat stage fighting sessions for 8-15 year olds. The expert team will take participants through a range of different techniques which would be used in film, theatre and television.
It is not just about performance. UEA scriptwriting graduate James McDermott will be encouraging budding young playwrights aged 14-25 to spread their creative wings. He will be equipping with the tools and techniques to help create and craft dramatic stories on April 4.
Meanwhile poet and writer Victoria Adukwei Bailey will introduce the excitement of creative writing, poetry and performance on April 5. During two hours, she will take 14-25 year-olds through the idea of what home really means leaving the session with the start of a poem, play or performance.
Dance, martial arts and acrobatics combine in Capoeira Workshops on April 4 and 12. (below)The basic movements including kicks, dodges, floor movements and rhythmic steps will be taught, together with an insight into how to combine them in a sequence and create some improvisational work with the aid of arts outreach organisation Capoeira Communities.
There are plenty of opportunities for adults to get creative too beginning with a No Hiding Drama Workshop especially for those who may be a bit nervous about taking to the stage. Running on April 8, the two hours session will use games and stage exercises to help break through the no-confidence barrier run by Simon Floyd from The Common Lot theatre group.
Also in the adult programme is an introduction to mask and movement with an introduction to physical theatre on April 9. Freelance director Mark Pitman will demonstrate how playing with masks can help transform your movement as a performer.
The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat will also run versions of their courses in Performance Combat and Armed Combat on April 9 for adults.
And the theatre will also be expanding its educational programme for the over-50s under the Limelighters banner. A programme of workshops have already run successfully with visiting dance companies taking participants through music and movement sessions.
This is being expanded with a dramatic writing workshop on April 5. UEA graduate James McDermott will share tools and techniques to help participants generate dramatic stories. Poet and writer Victoria Adukwei Bailey will be running a poetry and performance workshop to generate some autobiographical writing by mapping their lives, and using both time-lines and iconic photography.
And there will also be the chance for Limelighters to discover the skill of stop-motion animation on April 7. This beginners session will give participants the chanc to work in groups and create some work using a range of materials with animator and illustrator Anastasia Tohill.
Wendy Ellis, learning and participation manager, said the Get Creative programme aimed to encourage the community to try something new. She said: “We have partnered with a host of experts in different areas of performance and creativity to bring together this programme.
“From shadow puppets and animation through writing to stage combat, there are plenty of chances to dip your toe in the water of something new or enhance your skills, so come along and see us in Stage Two this April and get creative.”
Dates and Times
All events will be held at Stage Two
Unarmed Stage Fighting, Monday 3 April from 10-11.30, 12.30-2 and 2.30-4. £10
Introduction to Dramatic Writing Workshop. Tuesday 4 April, 6-8. Suitable for 14-25. £10
Capoeira Workshop, Tuesday April 4 from 6.30-8 for 16-25. Wednesday April 12 10-11.30am for 6-11. 12-1.30 for 12-17. £8
Shadow Puppet Workshop, Wed 5 April 10-12. Suitable for 6+. All under-10s to be accompanied by an adult. £5-£7
Limelighters Dramatic Writing Workshop, Wed 5 April, 10-12.30. Suitable for 50+ £10
Samba Workshop, Wed 5 April, 1.30-2.30 and 3-4. Suitable for 6+. All under-10s to be accompanied by an adult. £3
Poetry and Performance Workshop, Wed 5 April from 6-8. Suitable for 14-25. Tickets £10
Puppet Making Workshop, Thursday 6 April, 10-12.30 for 4-7 year olds with accompanying adult. 2-4 for 7-11 with accompanying adult. £5
Limelighters Poetry and Performance Workshop, Fri 7 April. Suitable for over-50 10-12.30. £12
Limelighters Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Friday 7 April, 1.30-4.30. Suitable for over-50 £15
No Hiding Drama Workshop, Saturday 8 April from 2-4. Suitable for adults. £17
Mask & Movement Workshop, Sunday 9 April, 12-3. Suitable for adults. £20
Performance Combat, Sunday 9 April, 12-1.30. Suitable for adults. £15
Armed Combat, Sunday 9 April, 2-3. Suitable for adults. £15
Mad Hatter’s Storytelling Performance and Workshop, Tues 11 April from 10.30-12 and 2-3. Suitable for 5+. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. £
Family Drama Workshop, Wed 12 April, 10-11, 11.45-12.45 and 2-3. Suitable for 2-7, with accompanying adult. £4-£6
Family Circus Workshop, Thursday 13 April from 12.30-2. Suitable for 3-7, with accompanying adult. £8
Family Acrobatics Workshop, Thursday 13 April from 10-11.30. Suitable for 3-7, with accompanying adult. £8
Youth Circus Workshop, Thursday 13 April from 2.30-4. Suitable for 8-12. £8
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