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Families are being offered an array of activities to keep the children busy in the Midlands by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

RSC, summer family activities, Stratford upon Avon
Summer is full of fun for families at the RSC

Many of the events are free in Stratford upon Avon - just half an hour East of Birmingham. They take place until Friday September 1.

The RSC Summer Holiday Family Activities range from pretending to be a gladiator in a Roman world to storytelling sessions, the chance for children to mess around in a theatrical dressing up box or find out more about how the make-up department make people look like they have cuts and bruises.

Here is a list of what is taking place over the summer:

I Think I Can at The Other Place, 22 Southern Lane, Stratford upon Avon.
Every day until 5 August. 11am -2pm.
This is inspired by the RSC's current Rome season and devised by Terrapin Puppet Theatre, uses puppetry and live video to create a miniature ancient Rome inspired town.

The miniature town features 150 playful figures. Participants first take part in a personality test and are matched with their own Roman character mini figure. Visitors can then enjoy finding out more about their figure before placing it in the Roman town where its journey will begin. Through puppetry, live video and live audience interaction, this innovative public artwork asks who would you like to be today?

I Think I Can takes place at The Other Place until Saturday 5 August from 11am to 2pm and is suitable for children ages seven and older.

Roman Day of Games, free, Bancroft Terrace
Sunday 13 August, 12pm-4pm
Come and play some traditional and reimagined Roman games in our special arena and enjoy Rome inspired versions of Rock, Paper, Scissors and KnuckleBones. Suitable for all the family with equipment provided.

Shed of Stories, free, Bancroft Terrace
Sunday 6 August, 12noon-4pm
Visit the Shed of Stories and hear Roman tales as well as enjoying the pop-up library where children and families can read together. There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece.

Family activities summer Stratford upon.avon, RSC
Shed of Stories is one of the many ways to keep children entertained

Introducing: Theatre Games, £3.50 adult, £2.50 child, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Monday 7 August and Monday 14 August 11am-11.45am
Get active with an array of Shakespeare inspired rehearsal games.

Uncover the Collection, free, Swan Theatre Foyer
Monday 7 August and Tuesday 8 August, 11am-4pm
Explore a selection of props, costumes and accessories from the RSC Collection and unearth stories of Shakespeare's Roman plays. Suitable for all ages.

Blood, Guts and Gore, £3.50 adults, £2.50 children, Events Space
Tuesday 15 and 22 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
Join former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up, Brenda Leedham, as she demonstrates the tricks of the trade and how bruises, cuts and scars are created. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

One Day Animation Workshop, 10-12 years, £28 lunch not included
Wednesday 9 August, 10am-4.30pm
Wednesday 16 August, 10am-4.30pm
Create your very own digital flicker book filled with your very own costume drawings inspired by the RSC's costume store and archive photos. Spend the day drawing your own designs for your favourite Roman Shakespeare characters.

Family and friends will be invited to join you at the end of the day to share your work. Each participant will also be sent a link to their digital flicker book to keep after the event. Young people do not have to be accompanied by parents or carers.

Craft activities, free, Swan Theatre Colonnade
Thursday August 10 and Friday August 11, 11am-4pm
Be inspired by the Roman costumes in the RSC's archives at this free drop-in event. Suitable for all ages.

Stratford upon Avon, family activities summer RSC
Parents and children can share the fun

Kate's story-tree at The Other Place, free
Friday 11 August, 10am-10.30am and again at 11.30am to 12pm
Friday 18 August, 10am-10.30am and again at 11.30am to 12pm
Friday 25 August, 10am-10.30am and again at 11.30am to 12pm
Friday 1 September, 10am-10.30am and again at 11.30am to 12pm
A Roman story-time with Kate and her Storytree. Dress in a toga, make a Roman wreath and hear stories about ancient Rome. All props and materials are supplied. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Two Day Animation Course: 13-16 years, £55 lunch and accommodation not included
Thursday 17 August – Friday 18 August, 10am-4.30pm
Create your own animated RSC Julius Caesar style gif at a special two-day animation course. Participants will work together and present their films to family and friends. Participants will also be sent a link to their film to keep after the event.

Make a Mosaic from LEGO® bricks, free, Bancroft Gardens
Sunday 20 August and Sunday 27 August, 12noon-4pm
Come and help us make a mosaic of Shakespeare's face, using special LEGO bricks. Complete your own mosaic panel which is added to the whole design and watch the giant artwork emerge. Led by Bright Bricks.

Introducing: Shakespeare, £3.50 adult, £2.50 child, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Monday 21 August: Romeo and Juliet, 11am-11.45am
Tuesday 29 August: Hamlet, 11am-11.45am
Introduce your child to Shakespeare and his stories through simple rehearsal techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover: Shakespeare, £4 adult or £3 child, Clore Learning Centre
Monday 21 August: Romeo and Juliet, 2pm-3pm
Tuesday 29 August: Hamlet, 2pm-3.30pm
Take part in this fun introduction to the plays. Discover the stories and themes as you work as an actor does, on your feet.

Play in a Day: £28, Clore Learning Centre
Tuesday 22 August: King Lear, 9-10 years, 10am-4.30pm
Thursday 24 August: King Lear, 11-12 years, 10am-4.30pm
Friday 25 August: King Lear, 13-14 years, 10am-4.30pm
Tuesday 29 August: As You Like It, 9-10 years, 10am-4.30pm
Thursday 31 August: As you Like It, 11-12 years, 10am-4.30pm
Create your very own shortened version of a Shakespeare play in just one day with help from an RSC expert. Young people can attend without their parents or carers.

Discover: Stage Fighting, £4 adult or £3 child, Clore Learning Centre
Wednesday 23 and 30 August, 11am-12.30pm
Learn how actors bring together different techniques to make fight scenes look real on stage in this special workshop with an RSC expert.

Explore: Stage Fighting, £9, Clore Learning Centre
Wednesday 23 and 30 August, 2pm-4pm
Learn how actor brings together different techniques to make fight scenes look real on stage in this special workshop with an RSC expert. For ages between 13-17 years.

The Play's The Thing, £8.50 adult or £4.25 child, Swan Theatre
Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sundays 10am-4pm
Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon at The Play's The Thing. Discover rarely-seen treasures from our museum and archive, exquisite costumes, amazing model-boxes and weird and wonderful props.

The Dell
Saturdays and Sundays
Families can also enjoy a range of free theatre at The Dell, the RSC's open air performance space in Stratford-upon-Avon, on Saturdays and Sundays, until 27 August, throughout the summer. Over the weekends amateur, semi-professional theatre groups and colleges will perform theatre inspired by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Second Saturdays: Free drop-in family activities
Every second Saturday of the month, 1pm-3pm
Families can enjoy regular free Shakespeare and theatre inspired activities on the second Saturday of every month at The Other Place. From crafts, storytelling and music making, there will something for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit -

Other regular free drop-in sessions are:

Play Cart: available at the RSC Riverside Café, Susie's Cafe at The Other Place Foyer
Monday – Sunday, 10am-5pm
Families can enjoy an array of craft activities with the RSC Play Cart available in the Riverside Café and at The Other Place foyer.

Story Blankets: available from The Other Place information desk
Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm
Aimed at children aged between two to six years of age, the RSC's story blankets use special fabrics and simple puzzles to bring a story to life.

Adventure Bags, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Cloakroom
Explore Shakespeare and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with a special RSC adventure bag. Suitable for ages six to 10 years. Ask a member of staff to borrow one.

Play Cart: RSC Riverside Café and The Other Place
Monday – Sunday, 10am-5pm
Families can enjoy an array of craft activities with the RSC Play Cart available in the Riverside Cafe. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dressing Up Box: cloakroom, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Monday – Sunday, 10am-5pm
Dress-up with a range of special costumes from the RSC Costume Store. The permanent dressing-up box is for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Events take place until September 1. To book tickets call 01789 403493.

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Why? Summer ideas to keep children busy over school holidays near Birmingham
When: Until September 1
Phone: 01789 403493
Where: The Other Place and other venues
Cost: Many free events
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