Well, I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while now and share the awesome things that Playbox Theatre (Warwick) have been up to over the last few months. So, better late than never, here it goes! I first visited Playbox at the start of the year when they launched their very amazing and very FREE play-space for toddlers.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I have been kept updated on what they’ve been up to via their social media feeds, and am going to attempt to drop some highlights into the space below, then of course, encourage you to go and explore more of the exciting-ness for yourselves.
Playbox Theatre is open and back up and running – in an altered and adjusted fashion, of course. Some aspects of the aforementioned Play Square are available – a select number of play items are positioned around the foyer area for you to enjoy, and in lieu of the usual studio-space, some fun, new outdoor bits are on offer instead.
Opening times, along with the lovely new cafe, are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am-2.30pm. A brand new Baby Sensory Studio is also open from 9.30am – 12.00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, featuring a theatrically-lit space, atmospheric lighting, sound, music and moving images. And all of these things are free and ticketless (except for a few quid for the price of whatever yummy-ness you purchase from the cafe, of course)!
As well as a ton of free stuff, they’ve just announced the on-sale of a new performance installation for ages 3+. Dreaming takes place in October on the main stage at their site in Warwick – this 20 minute experience will blend music, lighting, design, film and live acting to explore the wonderful world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Just £5 a ticket, a perfect intro to Shakespeare and designed so that audience members can socially distance.
If that wasn’t enough, they are are also running weekly Magic Carpet Storytelling Sessions (which cost just £5 per child and include lunch), as well as October half-term Holiday Workshops. This is all before even mentioning their usual workshops, activities and clubs for kids of all ages. And if young members can’t make a session in person, they have been catching-up online during the pandemic, meaning that no-one has missed out on feeling part of their important community… how ace is that?
And as an education resource and centre who are committed to being fully-compliant with safety and hygiene procedures, Playbox have put COVID-19 communication at the top of their list. They’ve published in-depth COVID-19 policy and guidance video for all visitors and members, with loads of clear and useful information about what they are doing to keep people safe at this time.
Visitors are required to wear masks in all public spaces and during performances (if they are 11+), taking them off when eating and drinking in the cafe and during workshops. All of what is fast-becoming ‘the usual stuff’ is on offer – hand-sanitiser, open spaces, good ventilation and a re-jig of their rooms to make social distancing easier.
They’ve got it all covered.
See you next week in the Play Square, we will be there!