Had a really exciting morning yesterday running the Mini Studio at the Sainsbury Centre (SCVA) in Norwich. I wanted to create a magical, playful space for under 5s to come into to explore, play and create. I started the session of with some songs and some giggling and then let the 20 or so under 5 yr olds loose in the education room of the SCVA. As the morning progressed it became apparent that we would need to go on some sort of procession as a celebration and an ending to the session. So, me armed with my ukulele and the shakey eggs passed around, the children and parents gathered with their objects they had created and we paraded and sang our way through the SCVA and out into the autumn sunshine.
I am loving doing this sort of work and Mini- studio is such a great platform to experiment with new ideas partly because the participants are all really open minded and willing to give things a go. These sort of experiential sessions are really inspired by Charlotte Arculus and the Theatre of Adventure. I went on some training run by Charlotte about a year ago and my workshops have never really been the same since!