Norwich Theatre has announced its programme of creative and fun activities for the Feb half term (Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb). The week is jam-packed with events to get you moving, making, acting and imagining.
Across the week, all the one-off sessions are priced at just £5 per child, with free adult spaces in sessions for the whole family.
To complement the Norwich Science Festival, we are exploring the science of creativity with a number of free drop-in activities during the week. Come and experiment with colour mixing, creative writing and making music . Don’t forget to complete the formula sheet by attending pre-booked, or free drop-in sessions and find out how these elements work together to create great theatre!
Sam Beal Creative Engagement Officer at Norwich Theatre said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming families from across Norfolk to Norwich Theatre this February half term. All families are welcome, with specialist SEND sessions, creative play and crafting for babies and toddlers, costume design sessions, and a deep dive into the world of physical theatre for ages 11-16.”
If you have a budding performer on your hands, why not join the Acting and Performing workshops on Tues 14 Feb. Imagination Walk is suitable for children aged three months to five years and will see you and your little ones go on an imaginative walk through woodland while staying warm and dry inside! This session will draw inspiration from much-loved children’s books. Discover fun improvisation techniques in Role Play, explore directing, acting and costuming a scene of your own in this playful drama and play session for the whole family. This session is suitable for children aged 6-11 with their grownups.
Older children won’t miss out on the acting bug with Improvisation Station. Young people aged 12-16 will have the opportunity to work on their improvisation, comedy and performance skills whilst having fun. By the end of the session, they will feel more confident in creating humorous characters.
Explore the world of stories, children’s books and imagination with Family Story Makers (15 Feb) and Sensory Stories for SEND (14 Feb). Family Story Makers is an interactive session dedicated to storytime. It uses physical theatre, movement and non-verbal creative play exercises to bring stories to life. This workshop is perfect for children aged 2-4 years and their grownup. Sensory Stories for SEND is a creative session designed specifically for disabled and neurodiverse young people aged 7-11 and their parents and carers. Using lots of sensory materials, you will be guided through imagination and sensory play.
In Dr. Brainstorm’s Secret Formula to Save the World (15 Feb), your child’s writing and creativity might just save the world! As one of Dr Brainstorm’s assistants, they will have to use their imagination to come up with the rest of the formula to save the planet. This writing and devising workshop is perfect for children aged 6-11.
If crafting is up your family’s street, come along to the Designing and Making sessions on Thurs 16 Feb. Crafty Babies will see you and your little ones experiment with colour and mark-making using a range of materials. Leave with an original piece of art – perhaps one for the fridge door! Crafty Babies is for children aged 0-5 years old and their grownup. Explore the art of costume design in the Costume Factory. Using a range of recycled clothing and unconventional materials – step into the world of a costume designer. This is a fast-paced workshop, which will see you take home your own wearable art. This session is perfect for those aged 6-11 years.
Get everyone up and moving with the Music and Dance sessions on Fri 17 Feb. Mini Dance Lab for children aged 8-11 is a high-energy, fun and accessible introduction to a variety of dance styles inspired by some amazing shows. No dance experience is necessary to take part. Movement and Physical Theatre explores physical theatre, a unique blend of choreography, gymnastics and performance that world-famous theatre companies use. This fast-paced workshop will result in an original piece of physical theatre. This session is suitable for children aged 11-16 and promises to be fun.
During the week (Mon 13 Feb – Thurs 16 Feb), Norwich Theatre will also be running its Theatre of Possibility – Holiday Programme. Specifically for autistic children, this half term holiday programme will guide participants through playful drama games and group exercises, resulting in a final piece of creative work that explores their questions, opinions and hopes for the future.
Café Royal is open six days a week (closed Sundays) to meet friends or relax after a workshop. The café will offer a free cookie with every children’s hot chocolate or Fruit Shoot during the half term week. Don’t forget to stamp your loyalty card to get your tenth drink free.