By Jacqueline Grima
The Royal Exchange Theatre came to visit the Manchester Children’s Book Festival last weekend to hold a series of fun workshops for children.
Elizabeth Chinnery from the theatre’s Learning and Participation Department said, “We’re here today with some of our Young Creators who are running the workshops. They are working with the theatre to learn how to become directors, writers, technicians and producers. Working in a theatre is about more than just acting.”
In the workshop, children and parents were invited to stand in a circle, introduce themselves and talk about something they like doing. For example, Stanley liked Lego, Ben liked reading, Alice liked tennis and Clarence liked the book festival’s special guest Rastamouse! Then everybody joined in with miming everybody’s favourite activities.
Young Creators then invited the children to play a game called ‘Rubber Chicken’. The game helped the children learn about numbers and practice their counting skills. Then they all had a great fun pretending they were ducks, lions and bumble bees with helped the children explore sounds.
Next, the children were asked to pretend that they were alarm clocks to wake up the theatre’s special friend Geoffrey the Giraffe.
All the parents and children loved their time at the Royal Exchange workshop. Lucy, a mum attending with her children, said, “The whole Family Fun Day has been really well organized. The children have especially loved meeting Geoffrey the Giraffe and joining him on his adventures.”
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from 24th June – 3rd July. Download the 2016 brochure for information on upcoming events.