Can’t visit places in person? No biggie. There are so many virtual things out there at the moment to keep your little people engaged / entertained / interested / creative / [insert other appropriate adjective here]. And ICYMI, London-based theatre and education centre Shakespeare’s Globe have been, and are still, running workshops online for students and kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a bit of a biased plug – as a company that I have worked for on and off for years, I’m a wee bit obsessed with the great work that this epic institution does, both on stage at their home in London and around the world. And once Coronavirus hit, an exciting online offering got added to that list.
As well as free online teaching resources for all ages, they’ve been running sessions and workshops for all ages under their ‘Telling Tales‘ umbrella – an annual festival of events that normally takes places on site in the Globe Theatre but has now found its place on Zoom. There’s a huge range of stuff on offer, from puppetry workshops for toddlers, to fun play-themed sessions for the whole family, to more focused learning classes and courses for teenagers who would benefit from some independent time with professionals.
One of the super cool parts – for many of the events there are a range of prices available, with the Globe asking bookers to ‘pay what they can’, with an appreciation that things are tough for a lot of people right now. As a company asking for donations themselves right now, at point in time when the theatre industry is in crisis mode, selfless gestures like this don’t go unrecognised by fans.
So, my tiny human and I will be joining the puppetry storytelling session on Zoom next weekend, and we cannot wait! It will most certainly make an educational and refreshing change from our normal Saturday morning ritual of back-to-back CBeebies.
Move over Duggee, Shakeys in town. Hope to see some of you there!
Browse all online events for families at shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/telling-tales-2020 and see what else they are up to at shakespeareglobe.com. Teaching resources are available at shakespearesglobe.com/learn/teaching-resources.