THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY WILL HOST A SERIES OF FREE POP-UP PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE COMPANY’S COSTUME-MAKING HERITAGE

Midsummer Dance Party 2018, photos of general public, taken in Avonbank Gardens. Annual event to celebrate Midsummer. in 2018 it was inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
Image credit (Photographer and copyright):
Photo by Sam Allard (c) RSC

On Friday 20 August 2021, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will host Costume Day, a day-long festival takeover of the Bancroft Terrace and Gardens in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, celebrating the newly opened Costume Workshop and the RSC’s costume-making heritage, bringing it to life for locals and visitors alike. The day will include a series of free pop-up performances, workshops and family-friendly activities taking place across the town.

Costume Day is part of the RSC THREADS project, a programme of events that celebrate the heritage of costume-making in Stratford-upon-Avon, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Highlights include:

Behind the Seams – visitors are invited to join some of the teams from the RSC Costume Workshop in the Costume Day marquee, situated on the Bancroft Gardens. RSC costumes will be on display and visitors will be able to speak with the costume makers who created them, discovering the variety of skills and many techniques they use to produce our magnificent costumes for the stage.
Makers’ Market – visitors are invited to discover local craftspeople from Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area. These artists will be selling their wonderful creations and demonstrating their unique skills as they make their pieces at the Market along Waterside.
Costume Craft – the RSC will provide the opportunity for visitors to try their hand at costume-making. Colouring, activity packs, crafts and a chance to have creations woven into a costume will all be on offer throughout the day to all ages and abilities.
Story Boat – a chance to spend a summer’s afternoon on the RSC story boat, listening to tales of the people behind the scenes in the Costume Workshop and the creations they made. Voyages are running for free throughout the afternoon.
Pop-up performance: Georgie the Knight and the Armour Too Bright – a joyful pop-up performance where audiences can join Georgie as they discover what it means to be a Knight (and how to really look the part). Each performance lasts approx. 25 mins, followed by a 25-minute craft workshop. All performances will be BSL interpreted.
Music on the Bancroft Terrace – relax with a drink from the RSC Riverside Cafe and soak up the sights of the festival in the Bancroft Gardens and along Waterside whilst enjoying live music from great local talent.
Mannequin Trail – A trail of beautifully costumed mannequins from the RSC Costume Department and the RSC Collection will be on display in shop windows all around town.
Costume Day will conclude the RSC’s summer programme of family activities, a series of free pop-up performances, interactive workshops and outdoor performances for families, running for four weeks starting this week, from Tuesday 27 July – Friday 20 August. These events will take place on the Bancroft Terrace and in the newly constructed Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, situated in the Swan Gardens flanked by the River Avon.



COSTUME DAY
All activities will abide by government guidance, including any required social distancing, at the time of the event.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Behind the Seams

12 – 8pm: Marquee, Bancroft Gardens

Come and join some of the teams from the RSC Costume Workshops in the Costume Day marquee on the Bancroft Gardens. Visitors will get the chance to see some of our amazing costumes up close and meet the people who made them. Discover the variety of skills and chat with our skilled and creative costume makers about the many techniques we use to produce our magnificent costumes for the stage.

Makers’ Market

12 – 8pm: Waterside

Come and take a stroll through our Makers’ Market and discover craftspeople from Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area. These crafters will be selling their wonderful creations and demonstrating their unique skills as they make their pieces with us at the Market.

Costume Craft

12 – 8pm: Various locations on the Bancroft Gardens

Colouring, activity packs, crafts and a chance to have your creations woven into a costume will all be on offer throughout the day to all ages and abilities.

Story Boat

While away part of your summer’s afternoon on our story boat, listening to rich stories of the people behind the scenes in the Costume Workshop and the fabulous creations they made, as you cruise along the Avon. Voyages will last 20-30 minutes and are running for free throughout the afternoon.

Book your place on the day at one of our information stands.

Pop-up performance: Georgie the Knight and the Armour Too Bright

1pm: Amphitheatre, next to the Tramway Bridge
2.30pm: Henley Street, outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace
4.30pm: Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Join Georgie as they discover what it means to be a knight (and how to really look the part) in these fun and energetic pop-up performances.

All performances will be BSL interpreted.

Music on the Bancroft Terrace

12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm
Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Relax with a drink from our Riverside Cafe and soak up the sights of the festival in the Bancroft Gardens and along Waterside whilst enjoying live music from great local talent.



SUMMER FAMILY PROGRAMME 2021
LISTINGS INFORMATION

All activities will abide by government guidance, including any required social distancing, at the time of the event.



Tuesday Comedy Time

Inspired by themes in The Comedy of Errors, join the RSC on Tuesday afternoons for funny, energetic, and silly performances, suitable for all the family.

Performances last 30 minutes and are suitable for all ages.

Free, no booking required. Spaces are limited and subject to current government guidelines.



Syrovy by Artizani

Tuesday 27 July

2pm and 3.30pm

Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Syrovy enters the space and everyday objects conspire against him: newspapers become sails, there is a waterfall of cutlery, he dances with chairs and clothes confound him. Eventually, he finds balance on a wobbling bouncing rope.



Bonkers Balloon Show by Balloonatic

Tuesday 3 August

2pm and 3.30pm

Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Bonkers Balloon Show is a completely off the wall, unique show filled with comedy, circus fun, music, magic and lots and lots of balloons. A simple balloon gets turned into an alien, a helicopter and an air guitar and audience members are transformed into balloon creatures in front of your very eyes.



At Your Service by Ian Marchant

Tuesday 10 August

2pm and 3.30pm

Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Walter the Waiter is always “At Your Service” and ready to please.

Conjuring up feats and clever tricks with his many accoutrements, always poised to deliver plenty of fun. From the confines of his mobile serving station, he’ll command carrots to dance, swing saturation around and around, manipulate champagne bottles as you have never seen, do things with spoons you can only dream of.



The Giant Balloon Show by Dizzy O’Dare

Tuesday 17 August

2pm and 3.30pm

Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Infectiously energetic, anarchic and unashamedly silly; add an award-winning entertainer, an 80’s soundtrack, and twist that into an hilarious show for the whole family.



Pop-up performances: Georgie the Knight and the Armour too Bright

Wednesday 28 July, 3, 11 and 18 August

10.30am, Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The below performances will all take place at 2.30pm:

28 July: Amphitheatre, Stratford Canal Basin

3 August: Pavilion, Stratford Rec

11 August: Henley Street

18 August: The Band Stand, Stratford Rec

Join Georgie as they discover what it means to be a knight (and how to really look the part!) in these fun and energetic pop-up performances, created and directed by Nicky Cox. After each performance, the audience will be able to make an item inspired by the show.

All performances will be BSL interpreted.

Each performance lasts approx. 25 mins, followed by a 25-minute craft workshop. Free, no booking required.



Drop-in Craft Workshop

Wednesday 28 July, 3, 11 and 18 August

Bancroft Terrace, outside Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Join us on the Bancroft Terrace for craft activities inspired by costume-making techniques. Drop in for as long as you like to add your creative mark to our mannequins, then come back and see them on the 20 August as part of Costume Day.

Free, drop-in, no booking required (limited capacity). Suitable for all ages.



Music on the Bancroft Terrace

4.15 – 6pm

Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

29 July: Antonia Kirby

5 August: Taylor-Louise and Levi Washington

12 August: Sugar Sweet Duo

19 August: Hannah Woof

Enjoy a drink or an ice cream from the Riverside Cafe as you listen to a free music gig on our terrace outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Free, no booking required (limited capacity).



An Actor’s Workout
Friday 30 July, 6 and 13 August

10am – 11am

Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre

Start your day like an actor in the rehearsal room! Join our workshop leaders for a weekly warm up in the Garden Theatre. These fun, interactive sessions are the perfect excuse to get on your feet and join in the fun with family and friends.

All workshops will be BSL interpreted.

£5 each or £15 family ticket, suitable for ages 5+



Costume Day

Friday 20 August

12noon – 8pm

To celebrate the newly re-opened Costume Workshop on Waterside, the RSC will host a festival style take-over of the Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, celebrating the company’s costume-making heritage. The day will feature a series of free pop-up performances, workshops and family-friendly activities taking place across the town, giving audiences an opportunity to share their connections and memories of the Costume Workshop in a variety of ways.