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Dilly-dally Tortoise and Hurried Hare: Online Early Years Drama Workshops 10 Jul 2020

Discover animals who like to move around at different speeds in this fun online Early Years drama workshop for ages 2-4 and their grown-ups with Joanna Parkes.

Hurried Hare is always in a rush – running around quickly and doing everything really fast. Sometimes too fast! Meanwhile, Dilly-dally Tortoise likes to do things slowly and carefully. Sometimes people laugh at him for being so slow, but he knows that sometimes it is better to take your time.

Using the well-known Aesop’s Fable of The Tortoise and the Hare as a starting point, have fun exploring what things you should do slowly, and when it might be a good idea to speed things up. Maybe Tortoise can even help Hare to realise that sometimes it’s good to simply slow down. Let’s use our imaginations together and find out! All you need to bring with you is:

  • A blanket or scarf
  • A soft toy (any favourite cuddly animal will do)
  • A cushion to sit on

Combining drama, story and play, this interactive online drama workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, join in with a 2 to 4 year old to discover, explore and create together in this delightful workshop adventure.

Requirements for Participation
Important: A parent or adult in the family must actively engage in the workshop with their child and be present in the room throughout the workshop.

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level
  • A clear floor area of about 4 paces square – free of movable furniture and any trip hazards.
  • Children and adults should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

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About Joanna Parkes

Joanna became the second recipient of the John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residency at The Ark in 2019. She has been working in the field of Creative Arts Education as a Drama Facilitator for many years, in many diverse contexts. Her practice uses participative process drama methods, underpinned by her belief that drama provides people of all ages - from toddlers to 90 year olds - with wonderful opportunities to investigate the world, and their role within it, through play and imagination. Joanna also completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education which specifically examined the role drama can play in supporting children’s holistic personal development, reinforcing her belief in the profound, transformative power of drama and early engagement with the arts.

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Part of The Beautiful Beasts @ Home

This summer, enjoy a range of delightful online events and experiences in visual art, drama and dance, inspired by The Ark's collection of loveable animal sculptures, The Beautiful Beasts. Find out more about The Beautiful Beasts @ Home.

The Beautiful Beasts @ Home is part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.