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Whiny Orangutan & Brilliant Banana: Online Drama Workshops 20 Aug 2020

Using a fun reimagined version of Aesop’s Fable of The Dog and the Bone, little ones and their grown-ups will explore the idea of being content in this interactive early years drama workshop with Joanna Parkes.

There was once an orangutan who was never happy with what he had. He was always looking for something better. His friends were fed up with him always comparing and complaining. They just wanted him be happy, so they invited him to a picnic. While he was there, he spotted the best banana ever!

Do you think the orangutan was happy with the brilliant banana or did he try to get something even better to eat? Join us on our imaginary picnic together at home and find out! Using our imaginations, let's see if we can come up with ways to help the orangutan be happy with what he has.

For our indoor picnic, all you need to bring with you is:

  • A blanket, rug or picnic blanket
  • A couple of soft toys to come on the picnic with you (any favourite cuddly animal will do)
  • A cushion to sit on
  • Plastic or paper plates and cups if you have them.

If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry - we can simply use our imaginations instead.

Combining drama, story and play, this interactive online drama workshop with Joanna Parkes 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.