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Online Early Years Drama Workshops: The Hatmaker & the Cheeky Monkeys 11 - 17 Dec 2020

In this fun and playful online drama workshop inspired by a traditional story from India, little ones and their grown-ups will explore the importance of family and giving during the festive season.

Seejo, the hatmaker, is very busy making beautiful, colourful hats to sell at market so he can buy some treats and presents for his family. But on his way to the market he meets some very cheeky monkeys who try to disrupt his plans. Can Seejo trick the monkeys and get to the market on time? Come along and join in to find out!

All you need is:

  • a cleared space
  • a cushion to sit on
  • and a sense of fun and imagination!

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 imagine together in this delightful festive 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.

The Ark's 25th birthday season is sponsored by BDO.