Visiting the theatre is no longer just a spectator sport at the Mayflower Theatre.
They continue to put on a huge range of workshops providing acting and drama experience for all ages, and the Easter holidays are no exception.
For the very young theatre enthusiast, the Mayflower is running a series of family drama workshops.
The first of these, The Ocean’s Favourite Song, takes place on April 7. Families will be taken on an underwater adventure where they’ll meet Crabby Crab and Great White Shark with his big wide smile.
Next is The Happiest Clown in Town on April 9. Families are invited to join Fred and Claire and find out why they have the title of the happiest clowns in town. But be warned: you are going to have to be quick to avoid those custard pies.
Both of these workshops are led by Vikki Simmons, who has facilitated many workshops for Mayflower Theatre.
Northern Ballet will also be running a workshop for young ballet fans and their parents later in the month. Tying in with their Elves and the Shoemakers production, their workshop will combine movement, music and storytelling, in a short creative dance session.
For slightly older children and teenagers, Mayflower Theatre runs workshops and events covering everything from circus skills to adapting novels for the stage.
On April 7, young people get the chance to join the circus for a day. Barnum Musical Theatre Workshop is aimed at 12-16 year olds and will be a day filled with songs and a few circus skills.
At the end of the workshop participants will have the chance to show off what they learned by staging their own show for their parents.
On April 9-10, eight to 12-year-olds will ‘Put on a Show’. Over the two days the children will create and perform a show. They will be fully engaged in the whole process including prop making, scenery design, character creation and of course, performance.
For adults, there are also workshops relating to shows coming to Mayflower Theatre in the coming months.
Tickets for all workshops are on sale from Mayflower Theatre’s box office on (023) 8071 1811 or online at mayflower.org.uk