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Summer children’s workshops at Theatre Severn praised by participants

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A series of summer workshops at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn have been praised by participants. The venue created and hosted a programme designed for children during August 2020, including storytelling sessions for children aged 2-7 years, and a four-week drama workshop.

Specially adapted to adhere to social distancing by Once Upon a Party in partnership with Theatre Severn, “Princess Storytime” gave young children the opportunity to meet The Mermaid Princess, The Snow Queen, Princess Beauty and The Tower Princess for readings of favourite fairytales. Across four weekly sessions almost 100 children attended with a parent or guardian, and also enjoyed dancing, songs from the stories and a photo with their favourite princess to remember their experience. 

An attendee said:

“My daughter and I loved it! So well organised and amazing from start to finish! My daughter has told everyone about meeting her favourite princess!”

Children at Theatre Severn summer workshops

Theatre Severn summer workshops

Designed for children 11+ years, “Devising Theatre” gave aspiring local performers the opportunity to flex their creative muscles in engaging drama activities based on the theme ‘My 2020’, their individual experiences this year. Led by highly experienced local theatre practitioner Lisa Morris, participants explored a range of dynamic exercises focussed on developing their ideas, performing as an ensemble and theatrical flair. To ensure social distancing was observed, capacity was limited and all places on the four-week course sold out in advance. 

Children at Theatre Severn summer workshops

Theatre Severn summer workshops

Following the completion of the workshops, Theatre Severn received this feedback on behalf of one of the participants:-

“I wanted to thank Theatre Severn for running these workshops which have been thoughtful and fun in a difficult time.”

Children at Theatre Severn summer workshops

Theatre Severn summer workshops

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:-

“The summer workshops at Theatre Severn provided children with an exciting and engaging experience to develop social skills, confidence and creativity. I am delighted that Theatre Severn was able to adapt and create such an appealing programme for children to enjoy during the school holidays.”

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