Eastgate Welcomes All for Engage Open Day Sat 8 April

The Eastgate Theatre is offering free fun for the whole family on Saturday (8 April) when it throws open its doors for a special Engage Open Day – a chance to sample the theatre’s many different arts activities, with exciting taster sessions in music, drama, dance and crafts.

The action starts at 10am when Frances Taylor leads Rhythm Kids – a half-hour taste of musical fun and games for 3-5 year olds. A hugely popular class when first introduced in January, Rhythm Kids will return for a new block of classes later in April together with the rest of the theatre’s jam-packed Engage programme.

Next up (at 10.45am) is a 30-minute drama taster for 5-16 year olds with Derek Douglas from the Scottish Theatre & Music School, which teaches everything from performance to role play, script work and improvisation. This is followed (at 11.30am) by a 45-minute Art Sparks workshop – an invariably lively and messy art class for 7-12 year olds, led by artist Anna Nicholson.

Then, in the afternoon (1.15pm), the Eastgate’s in-house dance expert Alex Sanders tells all about an amazing opportunity to get involved in a new community performance project alongside BrewBand – Scotland’s latest super-band created by award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew.

The free sessions are rounded off with some serious fun at 2pm when Tigerlilly encourages all ages to try their hands (and hips) at Egyptian Bellydance. Look out too for face-painting, egg hunts and other Easter games.

After the various hands-on tasters, the day finishes with a fantastic auditorium performance when Jango Starr presents his latest hilarious show, One Man Shoe (suitable for ages 5-11). A perfect climax to this year’s Engage Open Day, this delightful show bursts with slapstick comedy, puppetry, magic and juggling.

The Eastgate Theatre’s Engage Open Day is on Saturday 8 April, 10-3pm. All taster workshops are free. Jango Starr’s One Man Shoe starts 2.30pm. Tickets £8, £5 schoolchildren (£22 family of four) available from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online.

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