Saturday 2 June to Sunday 10 June at IWM North
This half term at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums in Manchester, families can recreate their favourite children’s books about war. Visitors can bring to life their own magical stories and scenes from books like Carrie’s War and War Horse – by harnessing the power of shadows.
Running from Friday 1 until Sunday 10 June, IWM North has a packed programme of free family activities, including fun animation workshops, storytelling and creative sessions.
Those inspired by the major exhibition Once Upon a Wartime, which explores much loved children’s novels, are invited to come and learn how to tell their own stories through the magical medium of shadow puppetry. Animation workshops on Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 June, led by an experienced puppet maker and performer, reveal the skills needed to create your own shadow puppets.
Meanwhile, family friendly masked characters are on the loose. Will you spot one of these specially developed characters as you explore the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition on Thursday 7 June? Inspired by the stories featured in the exhibition, the characters are brought to life through the use of full face masks and physical theatre techniques. The fun characters are created by renowned visual theatre specialists Curious Cargo.
Free creative activities run from 1-4pm every day in the Learning Studio. Everyone can get creative by crafting personalised moving characters, peeping portraits and ragdoll or wind up characters.
Alternatively, visitors can drop in and gather round for a variety of storytelling sessions. Every morning meet at the Harrier Jump Jet to explore stories through puppets and pictures that help bring to life true heroic and heart-warming tales of wartime animal bravery in the Animals and War activity.
Inspired by the story of War Horse told in the exhibition? IWM North’s shop is full of pocket money purchases to help you step into the world of the book – like the toy First World War Tommy Helmet. Or if you are more excited by the story of The Machine Gunners, pick up our Chocs Away chocolates for high flyers. Our Traditional Teddy Bear is the perfect item for any make-believe evacuee who loves the story of Carrie’s War.
Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for adults and children alike to really get involved in the story by recreating scenes with the puppets or even making up their own. Some of the greatest children’s books about war ever written are brought to life in the exhibition, we hope our half-term programme will inspire people to get involved and get creative.’
DETAILED LISTING INFORMATION
Animation Workshops - Shadow Puppet Workshop
Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 June
10.30am-11.15am & 11.45am-12.30pm
Recommended age range: Whole family
Inspired by the much loved children’s stories in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition? Learn to tell your own tales through the magical world of shadow puppetry in our specially commissioned workshops. Join an experienced puppet maker and performer and learn the skills needed to make and use your own shadow puppets.
The workshop will include using scissors. Children under 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult
FREE and to guarantee a place book via email@example.com or 0161 836 4000
Daily Learning studio
Open Learning Studio: Kinetic Characters
Recommended age range: Ideal for all ages
Create your own moving characters from the books in the Once Upon A Wartime:
Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday 2, 3, 4 June, 1-4pm
Move it! Create your own dynamic split-pin character inspired by our displays
5, 6, 7 June, 1-4pm
Move it! Create a moving portrait whose eyes literally follow you around the room.
Ragdoll or Wind Up Characters
8, 9, 10 June, 1-4pm
Move it! Create your own dynamic ragdoll puppet inspired by our displays
What A Performance:
See one of our special, family friendly performances dramatising stories of wartime adventure including the story of a First World War Tommy and the Second World War story of the evacuation of Dunkirk.
See one of our special, family friendly performances dramatising stories of wartime adventure and themed to the exhibition, Once Upon A Wartime. Hear the story of the women who prepared horses for their new lives on the frontline, like Joey in the story War Horse.
Meet at the Harrier Jump Jet
Recommended age range: 4 – 10
1, 7 June, 11.30am
Meet our charming rag doll character Billy and discover his tale of evacuation in this Second World War themed session. The session includes dressing up, object handling and multi-sensory resources to help younger visitors look at wartime themes in this family-friendly session.
What Nancy Did Next
2, 8 June, 11.30am
Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her wartime experiences away from home and making new friends ... especially with a quiet and timid horse called Rufus.
In this interactive Family Friendly session, visitors can choose what happens and so each story-telling session will be different. The session uses puppets and multi-sensory resources including sounds and smells.
3, 9 June,11.30am
Meet our charming cat puppet character Oskar and discover his tale of adventure on a journey across a divided city in search as he seeks out a friend on the other side of the Berlin Wall. The session uses puppets, multi-sensory resources including sounds and smells, and object handling including the chance to see a real piece of the Berlin Wall.
Animals & War
4, 10 June, 11.30am
Puppets and pictures bring to live heroic and heart-warming tales of wartime animal bravery such as the stories of Bonfire the horse owned by poet John McCrae and Simpson and his donkeys.
5 June, 11.30am
Follow the tale of a group of shapes that discover how much better things can be when we all get along.
The Adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin
6 June, 11.30am
What have a parrot, a coconut and a motorbike got in common? Find out in this interactive story telling session.
Get animated this June Half Termby Marielle Roux. Published Thu 24 May 2012 15:57
Saturday 2 June to Sunday 10 June at IWM North
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