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Digital classes, workshops and more w/c 20 April

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It's been an exciting week for us as we announced the successful artists and projects from our digital commissions call-out. You can find out more about them and their projects here. From poetry, dance to storytelling, music and even creating your own game, we look forward to sharing these new activities with you over the coming weeks. The first of these to be released will be PillowTalk Theatre's #dreamOUT which will be bringing families short tales to engage children and inspire adults. Look out for the first of this series on Wednesday 22 April. Also keep an eye out for details of Matthew Rawcliffe's week-long dance course for young people.

We will also be continuing to bring our own wide range of online activities, challenges and workshops for all to enjoy. As the community choir sessions were so popular we will now be running online weekly Singing for Wellbeing sessions every Wednesday. Here's a breakdown of everything lined up for next week (commencing 20 April).

Do I need to book for these sessions?
Rhyme and Shine
and Singing for Wellbeing are the only events that are a live session and bookable online. Other content will be provided as pre-recorded videos and released onto our homepage on the release day for you to enjoy in your own time.

Workshops w/c 20 April

Monday 20 April

Storytime - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
Becci, our Learning and Participation practitioner, will be recording her next reading in this storytelling series. This week, the story of choice is Stanley the Postman by William Bee.

Tuesday 21 April

Rhyme and Shine - interactive session via Zoom at 10.15am
Rhyme and Shine is a popular singing session that typically takes place in our Learning Centre for parents/ carers and babies aged 2 and under. Becci will be streaming a session which you can enjoy in the comfort of your home, via the online app Zoom. Find out more

Wednesday 22 April

#dreamOUT - presented by PillowTalk Theatre
Every week, the PillowTalk storytellers will provide your family with a short tale to engage children and inspire adults. Along with the story will be: three questions to get you thinking, three ideas for fun activities to do at home, and one extra special illustration.

Singing for Wellbeing Online - interactive session via Zoom at 2pm
Join Becci for 30 minutes of Singing for Wellbeing every Wednesday, with the chance to have fun singing along to classic songs from a range of genres.

Infant Youth Theatre - interactive session via Zoom at 10.30am
Live online session to continue support for participants of Corn Exchange Youth Theatre.

Armchair Reviewers Club - Response to last week's screening - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
For last week's session of the Armchair Reviewers Club, we sat down to watch the Emma Rice's Wise Children in the comfort of our homes. We encouraged our audiences to submit their thoughts on the play via email or social media, and we'll be creating a 'roundup' that brings these reviews together.

Thursday 23 April

Junior Youth Theatre (School years 3 - 6) - interactive session via Zoom at 10.30am
Live online session to continue support for participants of Corn Exchange Youth Theatre.

Intermediate Youth Theatre - interactive session via Zoom at 2pm
Live online session to continue support for participants of Corn Exchange Youth Theatre.

Armchair Reviewers Club - Watch the Play - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
Join us on Thursday as we watch another theatre performance via a link in the comfort of our homes. For this week we will be sitting down to watch Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True. We'd love you to submit your thoughts, either on social media or by emailing getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk by Monday 27 April and we'll deliver the verdict on Wednesday 29 April.

Clay with Cáit - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
This final instalment of our free workshop series Clay with Cáit is the perfect activity for children to get involved and get creative with clay. Join Cait to learn how make an animal pencil holder, using air dry clay and simple equipment you'll have at home. If you don’t have clay to hand, why not try salt dough as a fun alternative.

Friday 24 April

Rhyme and Shine - interactive session via Zoom at 9.45am
Rhyme and Shine is a popular singing session that typically takes place in our Learning Centre for parents/ carers and babies aged 2 and under. Becci will be streaming a session which you can enjoy in the comfort of your home, via the online app Zoom.

Junior Youth Theatre (School years 7 - 9) - interactive session via Zoom at 10.30am
Live online session to continue support for participants of Corn Exchange Youth Theatre.

Alphabetland - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
Our Early Years and Education Officer will be recording 10 minutes of songs, rhymes and games, which will be uploaded onto our website.

Dare to Dance - pre-recorded video accessible from website homepage
Our popular dance group for over 55s led by NOCTURN’s John Darvell will be available in a series of online sessions you can take part in at home. John’s sessions are fun creative and a great way to stay active. Why not make a Dare to Dance session your exercise for the day?

Date for your diary

On Monday 27 April at 10.30am we will be holding a live online session of Memory Café via the app Zoom. This session is suitable for people living with Dementia, their carers and family members and will feature well-known music, performed by pianist James Baker from Berkshire Maestros. Places for this session need to be booked in advance by 12pm on Friday 24 April. Find out more

Know someone who doesn’t have access to the internet? Let us know and we will call them or post them with some activities to enjoy. Email getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk

Or, why not tell us what you'd like to see next!