Royal Shakespeare Company - Baby & Toddler Group
In the summer term of 2017, TheVERYidea artists were commissioned by the RSC to deliver a research and development project to explore setting up an early years group at their creative hub, The Other Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Pilot sessions, inspired by The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth were trialled with local families, in partnership with local Children's Centres and the Tyler House Group. The R&D gave artists the opportunity to explore creative possibilities and how to connect with themes and motifs in Shakespeare's plays. Plus access to the RSC's amazing Costume Store and their vast Prop Store where props and artefacts were selected as objects to include in the resources offered to families. The pilot sessions proved a great success, with parents commenting on how different the sessions were to other baby and toddler groups and how much they favoured the open-ended, free-flow approach. Following on from the research, the RSC asked TheVERYidea to deliver their new, weekly parent and baby/toddler group sessions for the 2017/2018 academic year. Each half-termly programme offers a range of activities, including movement and music, in a stimulating, creative play space - all inspired by Shakespeare's work and encouraging children's own exploration to develop their ideas and imagination.
"Brought my 2 yr old & 8 month old - brilliant for both of them. So much to explore & create with really interesting materials. It was lovely to watch the children use their imagination in a way that is so different to other play groups with ordinary toys. Really impressed."