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What’s On – International: 28th Sept – 4th Oct

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1. Romeo and Juliet

What – Theatre Performance
When – 28th September onwards

From 28 September you can watch the renowned Globe Theatre’s 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet filmed in their theatre. This will be available to watch until February 2021 on their YouTube channel. The Globe also has fabulous resources created especially for young people including a weekly blog of their rehearsal process, character notes, interviews, notes on language as well as resources for teachers.

2. Reading is Magic Festival

What – Festival
When – 28th September – 2nd October 2020

Step into a world of creativity with the Reading is Magic Festival. Six days of free, inclusive and engaging digital events for schools and families. The festival was inspired by Cressida Cowell’s key message as the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate: “reading is magic, and magic is for everyone”. The award-winning children’s author and creator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series said, “Books have a transformative magic in their unique ability to develop three key magical powers – intelligence, creativity and empathy.” In association with Cressida, the festival has set a daily theme drawing on specific points from her Children’s Laureate Charter declaring that ‘every child has the right to…’

  • Be creative for at least 15 minutes a week
  • Have a planet to read on
  • See themselves reflected in a book
  • Have advice from a trained librarian or bookseller
  • Read for the joy of it

The Reading is Magic Festival promotes creativity and connection through stories and shared experiences, creating content for children and young people in primary and secondary schools.

3. Michael Ball – Past and Present Tour

What – Musical Performance
When – 2nd October 2020 for 48 hours

Part of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On series, join Michael Ball as he celebrates twenty five years in show business with an unforgettable performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Share the emotion of show stopping songs from musicals including Gethsemane (Jesus Christ Superstar), Empty Chairs At Empty Tables (Les Miserables) and Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers). From Queen to Supertramp, Duffy to the Andrews Sisters, this very special evening with Michael promises to be a night to remember.

4. The Time of Your Life

What – Physical Theatre Performance

The Time of Your Life is a 30-minute performance by Gecko created especially for LIVE FROM TELEVISION CENTRE, a live broadcast that aired on BBC Four in 2015. The Time of Your Life has an ordinary man at its heart. Desperate to feel different and to find a real human connection in a world consumed by social network and mass advertising, the man embarks on a journey through rooms representing different milestones in his life. The rooms are transformed using powerful visual effects to create an increasingly vivid world for the viewer that disintegrates as quickly as it appears. Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company based in Suffolk and led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav.

5. Fondation Thalie

What – Opportunity
When – Submission Deadline 15th October

Fondation Thalie in Brussels has opened applications for a 2021 research residency for visual arts and creative writing. The programme is open to visual artists, authors, poets, videographers and performers living outside Belgium. Residencies last one month during February-June 2021. Fondation Thalie provides a writing workspace with the opportunity for a public presentation within the programme in the form of a reading, workshop, projection or performance. A round trip ticket is supported by the Foundation along with a 900 € grant for a full month of residency. Applications close Oct 15th.

6. Tips On How To Read Poems And Stories

What – Knowledge

Michael Rosen gives you incredible tips on how to perform children’s poems and stories. Rosen, a celebrated children’s author and poet, has written over 140 books including the classic poem Chocolate Cake and the picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Also a TV presenter and a political columnist, Rosen served as Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009.

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