Festive magic is set to take over the Bush Theatre as it transforms into a creative Christmas hub for children during the next two weekends.
The theatre – which is financially supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council – is hosting A Storystock Christmas, bringing a series of interactive storytelling, craft, drama and comedy sessions for all the family.
Kicking off on Saturday (9 December) at the theatre in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, the event launches with a morning drama workshop giving youngsters the chance to create a show and perform it to family and friends the same day.
The Once Upon a Christmas drama workshop is aimed at 7-11 year olds and is packed with creative games and improvisation over three hours, before the little actors perform their show on a professional stage.
Younger children can join in the festive fun later that day, as the theatre is taken over by an interactive and immersive telling of the story Sproutzilla vs Christmas, by Tom Jamieson and Mike Byren at 2.30pm.
Suitable for little ones aged 4-8, the hour-long storytelling session will be followed by a festive pom-pom making workshop.
Meanwhile, the following Saturday (16 December) opens at 10am with a workshop featuring a Norwegian troll called Odd.
Children aged 4-8 can enjoy finding out about Odd in a storytelling session that also includes making their own miniature grotto to take back home for Christmas.
At 11.30am, join sisters Natalia and Lauren O’Hara, who will share their new book – Hortense and the Shadow – in a workshop featuring heroines, bandits, and a touch of pantomime, before creating some glittery fairytale crafts.
A lunchtime slot is filled by the School of Comedy, which brings a masterclass of improvisation to the Bush, giving everyone a chance to grab the mic and tell a joke, a funny story, sing a ridiculous song, or share a naughty poem.
Award-winning poet Jen Campbell will then share her new picture book, Franklin’s Flying Bookshop, a story about a little girl and her dragon friend, before leading a dragon-drawing workshop.
Both Saturdays end with a 4pm session for the whole family, featuring an interactive re-telling of the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore.
Families can make antlers with the cast before joining in with Father Christmas’s antics, and some festive singing for good measure.
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